Touring Saint Simons Island, GA

 

We spent the say touring St Simons Island, GA. It is a must stop if you are driving 95 through Georgia. It sits 30 miles north of the Florida boarder. Only about 5 miles off the freeway and down a 2-mile causeway, this slow paced historic island is a great stop!

Adventure Family In Motion

Adventure Family In Motion
Adventure Family In Motion

 

Adventure Family In Motion
Adventure Family In Motion

The Village is more of the historic downtown area with eclectic shops, great food and a beautiful pier. There are two great parks for the kids and to top it off the dolphins love to play near the pier! The island looks like ancient times with the Spanish moss. Take note, the moss is beautiful in the trees but once it falls on the ground, it becomes infested with chiggers, DO NOT WALK IN IT!

Adventure Family In Motion
Adventure Family In Motion

We spent a full Saturday riding our bikes around St Simmons Island and checking out all the sites. We parked the Adventure Van at the beginning of the causeway and road the bike path to the island. The fog was dense and visibility was only about a mile or less.

Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island

Our first stop on the island was SSI SUPS. The owner has extensive knowledge of SUPs, the island and originally comes from California where SUPs are huge. The walls are full of beautiful photography and the counter was packed with local jewelry.

SSI SUP
SSI SUP

Stop number two was at the Monkeywrench Bike Shop. A great shop which mainly featured rental bikes and beach cruisers, but the mechanics were a wealth of knowledge.  This shop has grown extensively in the past few years.  They had a Surly Pugsley on the showroom floor just begging for someone to purchase it and start knocking out some serious miles on the beach.

Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles
Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles
Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles

We took a right out of the parking lot and headed down the bike path alongside the road, passing the golf course, beautiful homes and small shopping centers.  We biked to Fort Frederica, which was 5 miles from SSI SUP. A nice ride although the path was pretty bumpy and at times only wide enough for one bike.

Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA

Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA

We turned around at Fort Frederica and took the paths back. We stopped at The Growler Factory, because who can pass up the opportunity to sample craft beers. For $5 you can buy a growler and for another $5 you have it filled (depending on size and style of beer). There are over 40 kinds of craft brews to choose from.

Growler Factory, St Simons Island, GA
Growler Factory, St Simons Island, GA

After The Growler Factory we had lunch at Southern Soul BBQ, which sits at the corner of a busy roundabout in an old gas station. Sounds eclectic right, because it is! There is very limited seating inside, but long picnic tables outside that you can share with 10 of your new BFFs. A huge smoker sits on the outskirts smoking the days BBQ.  The menu consists of a variety of options, along with many beers on tap.   There is a reason this place has been featured on the Food Network channel; it’s GOOD!

Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA

 

St Simons Island is a great weekend get-away with lots of things for the family to do.  The views are great, plenty of places to bike.  Maybe rent a SUP from SSI SUPs and spend some time out in the water.  St Simons Island is an awesome place to relax via an active vacation.

 

Have you ever eaten at Southern Soul BBQ? When was your last stop at St. Simons Island?

Nevada City, California Food, Friends and Great Weather

Recently we had the opportunity to return home to the Nevada City, California area for a visit.  While we truly wish a longer stay (permanent) would have been in the cards, it just is not at the moment.  We still have high hopes of living in this town in the near future and crave the eclectic area packed full of great food, lakes, mountain bike trails and cool festivals.

Nevada City
Nevada City

If living in Nevada City, CA is not something you are able to do, the next best thing would be to visit.  Hopefully our whirlwind trip pictured below will help you see the high points, but this doesn’t even start to capture the super cool stores and amazing outdoor activities surrounding this area.

Nevada City
Nevada City
Nevada City
Nevada City

This trip was really focused on spending time with friends, however in our free time, the below restaurants and locations are a must!

Nevada City
Nevada City

Breakfast started a small New Orleans themed place call Ike’s Quarter Café.  Ike’s prides themselves on local ingredients and a variety of gluten free, vegan and healthy food options.  Numerous different types of locally baked bread, waffles and creations are available.  Ike’s is CASH only, has outdoor seating and allows “dog parking” just outside the entrance.  Get the Gasserhouser and thank me later!

Ikes Cafe
Ikes Cafe
Ikes Cafe
Ikes Cafe
Ikes Cafe
Ikes Cafe
Ikes Cafe
Ikes Cafe
Ikes Cafe
Ikes Cafe

The craft beer scene is alive and well in Nevada CityJernigan’s Tap House & Grill has brought the “tap house” and burger joint theme to town and are doing a great job supplying a HUGE selection of craft beer.  Go to Jernigan’s, select a few different beers to try in a tester flight and have a giant burger; makes me smile just thinking about it.

Jernigan’s Grill & Tap House
Jernigan’s Grill & Tap House

The afternoon was spent shopping and sipping on coffee from Cafe’ Mekka. We walked the streets poking in shops, window shopping and people watching. The weather was spectacular for mid January. We stopped at Pioneer Park and let the little lady run laps around the spacious park.

Nevada City
Pioneer Park, Nevada City
Nevada City
Pioneer Park, Nevada City
Cafe Mekka
Cafe Mekka
Cafe Mekka
Cafe Mekka
Cafe Mekka
Cafe Mekka
Cafe Mekka
Cafe Mekka
Nevada City
Nevada City
Cafe Mekka
Cafe Mekka
Nevada City
Pioneer Park, Nevada City
Nevada City
Nevada City

The evening called for PIZZA in with friends.  North Ridge Restaurant has great food as a whole, but they make pizzas that are to die for!  North Ridge is a great family place with a huge variety of food and some nice beers on tap.

The following day we had lunch at Lefty’s which sits on a super quaint creek and has the BEST outdoor seating in the town.  The “SOP” burger is where it’s at, paired with one of the multiple craft beer options available, you can’t go wrong at Lefty’s.

Finally not a restaurant, but definitely a must visit location is Ol’ Republic Brewery.  When Ol’ Republic came to town we were ecstatic.  Nevada City needed a quality place to hang out and have a locally made beer in a family friendly environment.  Ol’ Republic does not serve food, however they allow you (and encourage you to) bring food in from one of the many local dinning establishments close by.

Nevada City is a town with loads of character; a real must see of Northern California.  We have traveled all over the world and Nevada City, California is on the top of my list as one of the most versatile towns with great food, shopping, beer and incredible outdoor fun.  Go check it out!  

Adventure Family In Motion

10 Best Rails-to-Trails

TravelLeisure.com has come up with a list of the top 10 best rails to trails!

1 – Bizz Johnson Trail

30 Miles from Susanville to Westwood California.

Susanville, CA is 208 miles north of San Francisco.  Start at the 1927 train station and dont stop until you get to the 25-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan at the trail head of Westwood. The trail crisscrosses over the Susan River Canyon 12 times. It weaves back and forth through the forest.

2 – Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway

20 Miles from Mineral Wells to Weatherford, Texas

Starting 40 miles west of Fort Worth the trail winds past horse ranches, longhorn pastures and meadows of wildflowers.

3 – Katy Trail 

225 Miles St. Charles to Clinton, Missouri

Covering nearly the entire state of Missouri, the Katy Trail is the longest rail to trail that runs east-west. This trail covers portions of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

4 – Little Miami Scenic Trail, Ohio

68 Miles Milford to Springfield, Ohio

The trail travels along the Ohio’s Little Miami River. Start at the southern end in Milford and bike down stream for an easy ride.

5 – Pinellas Trail, Florida

35 Miles St. Petersburg to Tarpon, Florida

This is an easy ride along the Gulf of Mexico. Make sure to be in Clearwater at Pier 60 in the evening to enjoy the artist.

6- Virginia Creeper Trail, Virginia 

34 Miles Abingdon to Whitetop, VA

Take a shuttle to the top of the states second highest peak. Cross waterfalls, small towns and ride along the waters edge. This downhill ride is a quick decent to the bottom.

7 – Capital Crescent Trail, Washington DC

12 Miles Georgetown – Silver Spring, MD

This trail is flat asphalt-and-crushed stone that overlooks the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. Beware, this trial is heavily congested with runner, rollerbladers and dog walkers.

8 – Island Line Rail Trail, Vermont 

13 Miles Colchester to Burlington

On the north end,  this trail extend three miles into Lake Champlain on a narrow causeway. The southern section runs along the waterfront in bike-friendly Burlington, VT.

9 – Switchback Railroad Trail, Pennsylvania

18 Miles Jim Thorpe to Summit Hill

In the western Poconos, head to the former mining town of Jim Thorpe. The trail was once the route used to carry coal down to the barges on the Lehigh Canal.

10 – Elroy-Sparta State Trail, Wisconsin

32 Miles Elroy to Sparta

This is the first rails to trails in the Nation! It has three tunnels along the trail so bring a flash light!