Touch Screen Thermostats – Sandpiper on Jekyll Island

ThermostatsThermostat - Sandpiper on Jekyll Island

Sandpiper Cottage has three thermostats: in the upstairs family room, the upstairs hallway, and the downstairs family room. Since they’re touch screen units, they might look a little confusing without the standard buttons. But they’re actually very simple to use. Each thermostat normally shows the current indoor temperature in the center. Below that number, it shows the outdoor temperature, as reported by the weather service over the internet. Since the weather service reports the temperature from the Brunswick airport, the actual temperature outside Sandpiper may vary by a few degrees.
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Using a Keyless Entry Code – Access Instructions – Sandpiper Cottage on Jekyll Island

Keyless Entry - Access Instructions - Jekyll Sandpiper Cottage
Keyless Entry

A keyless entry, or smart lock, is a lock with a keypad. You can unlock it by entering a code instead of using a key. At Jekyll Sandpiper, we use such a lock for the deadbolt on the front door. You can give your access code to all members of your party.  It also allows for flexible arrival times at the initial check-in. We will email or text you your personal entry code prior to your stay.
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Georgia Florida Football – A Great Reason to Visit Jekyll Island

Georgia Florida Football Game near Jekyll Island
Georgia Florida Football

Do you like Georgia Florida football? Because the Georgia Bulldogs will play against the Florida Gators on Saturday, October 27th at 3:30 PM. Per a long-standing tradition, the city of Jacksonville will host the two teams. Georgia fans will flock to the coast, and they have Georgia on their minds. So many prefer to stay on Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island for the weekend. The turnoff for Jekyll on I-95 is only 29 miles from the Florida state line. That makes travel down to Jacksonville for the game quite doable. There are even buses that make the trip a bit easier. It’s a great option for avoiding the crowded parking lots. And it allows everyone to have a drink without the worry of the drive home.
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Friends Getaways – Spring and Fall Weekends on Jekyll Island

Friends on the Beach
Friends Weekend

Some of our best gatherings have been group vacations. Why not meet up with a few friends and head to Jekyll Island. Enjoy a weekend of adult companionship with good friends and family.  We will tell you about the best bars and restaurants on the island.  Jekyll has spots for those group photo shots and enough activities to keep everyone fully engaged for many weekends.  Just imagine a weekend focused on adults or perhaps a family gathering that focuses on the older children.  A chance to replenish those inner resources, as you escape your every day work life.
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Downing Musgrove Causeway – Your Entry to Jekyll Island

Entry to Jekyll Island Causeway
Downing Musgrove Causeway

The nine mile stretch of road connecting GA State Highway 17 to Jekyll Island is the Downing Musgrove Causeway, also known as the Jekyll Island Causeway.  Two small ponds flank the first part on the causeway, each displaying a Jekyll Island sign. The road then goes between two Spanish-styled towers before running straight east and creating your gateway to Jekyll Island.  To either side of the road you will see saltwater marsh, often with egrets, roseate spoonbills, and hawks hunting for a meal. There are several turn-offs that provide views of the marsh and the Sidney Lanier Bridge.  Jekyll Sandpiper renters who appreciate nature will not get tired of driving the causeway.  On your next drive you might see Kingfishers, a Bald Eagle, rabbits or a flock of ibis.
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Ships and Boats that Ply the Waters around Jekyll Island

Ships and Boats around Jekyll Island
Golden Isles Ships

The port of Brunswick is just west of Jekyll Island. Ships follow a channel along the Brunswick River between the northern tip of Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. Then they continue under the Sidney Lanier Bridge to reach one of the docking areas.  Large car carriers are one of the most common ships coming into port.  They seem to sit up above the water even when the are fully loaded.  When Jekyll Sandpiper renters cross the Sidney Lanier Bridge going to Brunswick, they might look to the left (west) to see two or three of these ships docked while cars are unloaded.
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Grilling Patio – Spring 2018 Updates at Sandpiper Cottage on Jekyll

Sandpiper Grilling Patio - Jekyll Island

For our Spring 2018 updates to Sandpiper, we focused on two ideas: better grilling for visitors and less sand for our housekeeper.  Our biggest project was to create a patio area under the balcony on the east side of the house.  The balcony above it protects this area from the rain, and it stays fairly dry even during thunder showers.  Many guests already figured out that it is a good area for grilling. Now the barbecue grill team has a relatively sand-free area, with chairs and a gas grill addition to the existing charcoal grill. We hope you enjoy cooking those burgers, brats, and hot dogs for your friends and family.
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Jekyll Island State Park – A Dog-Friendly Island

Collies on the Beach - Jekyll Island
Dog-Friendly Island

We love our collies and know that many people are just as attached to their dogs, so we’re thankful that Jekyll is such a dog-friendly island. Bringing your dog to the beach can be tremendous fun. Jekyll Island is a Georgia state park, and the entire island is state-owned.  Many Georgia state parks, including Jekyll, are pet-friendly! Leashed dogs are welcome on most Jekyll beaches, but some remote areas where birds and turtles are being especially protected prohibit them.
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Flowers on Jekyll Island – Colorful Spring Blossoms

Cherokee Rose
March Flowers

March is an especially beautiful time of year on Jekyll Island when it comes to blooming. The March flowers, from spreads of bright-colored azaleas to pinkish white Cherokee Roses, provide a cacophony of color.

Cherokee Rose

Georgia adopted the Rosa Laevigata, also know as the Cherokee Rose, as the state flower in 1916.  It is believed the Native America tribe of Cherokee distributed plant cuttings that originated in China. The Cherokee legend about about the rose says that the mothers cried at their forced removal from the their homelands.  Then this beautiful rose grew where the tears fell.  You can find the rose along the path called the Trail of Tears, the route the Cherokee followed from Georgia to Oklahoma.
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Safety Features at Sandpiper

Rental Safety
Safety – Modern Infrastructure

We completed a major remodeling and updating of Jekyll Sandpiper in March, 2017. You may not see many of the safety-related changes, but they’re there! The electrical system, including all the wiring and circuit breakers, is completely new. The three AC units and the two tankless hot water heaters are also new. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, hard-wired with battery backup, protect the rooms. They are networked together, so you will hear an alert anywhere in the house. The roof is also completely new. The Glynn County building inspector checked out and approved all the changes.
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Book Direct – How to Avoid Extra Fees on Your Vacation Rental

Avoid Service Fees - Book Direct

Service Fees

For the past four years, we have used three of the big name vacation rental advertising sites as our way to connect with vacationers for Sandpiper on Jekyll Island. This is our 6 bedroom / 5 baths beach house. These sites offer the convenience of seeing a variety of choices, and you used to be able to use the biggest such site for free.

Last year a well-known travel company bought that site, and now it’s hard to avoid a service fee without booking directly with a vacation home owner. These fees can be significant. Even if the vacation homeowner pays the listing site a subscription fee, the site will charge the renter a minimum service fee of 4% – 8% of the rental. Otherwise, the fee can currently be as high as 13%, depending on the site. “Service Fee” sounds somewhat better than “Booking Commission,” but it’s simply a fee the site charges the renter for using its services.
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House Rules

Please treat Jekyll Sandpiper cottage with respect, so that we can continue to provide outstanding accommodations to our family and yours.  Below is a summary of our rules, please refer to our rental agreement for more details.  We cannot cover every situation, so we ask that you act reasonably even if the specific situation is not covered below or in our rental agreement.  Please contact us if you are in doubt.

  1. All events, that will require rented equipment or additional guests on premises, must have prior approval.
  2. Guest limits must be maintained! No extra, off the street, or unexpected guests.
  3. All rented equipment must be removed by check-out.
  4. Noise ordinances observed. Quiet time is between 10 pm and 7 am.
  5. House rules apply to all guests. Any damages are the responsibility of the renter.
  6. Only 20 persons may stay the night. Guests beyond the rental party must secure separate lodgings.
  7. No camping or RVs allowed.
  8. No parking on the lawn or opposite side of the street. Tickets will be issued by the county and damage to the yard and will be the renter’s responsibility.
  9. Any violation of the rental agreement could result in the loss of security deposit, eviction, or both. All guest are subject to the rental agreement which specifies addition limitations such as no smoking, use of house equipment, etc.
  10. Remember this is a residential neighborhood. Children and families live nearby. If there is suspected underage drinking, public intoxication, public indecency, drug use, excessive noise or other illegal activity, the Glynn County Sheriff’s Department will be called and you could be arrested or evicted.

What is Jekyll Island?

Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is a barrier island on the southeast coast of Georgia, USA. It is the southernmost of the Golden Isles, a collection of islands near Brunswick. The state of Georgia took ownership of Jekyll in 1947, and it created the Jekyll Island-State Park Authority (JIA) to run the island in 1950. Jekyll measures 7 1/2 miles by 3 miles in length. The island has 10 miles of beach and 20 miles of bike paths. The JIA maintains many pavilions and picnic sites for public use, as well as public fishing piers and a public boat launch. Jekyll is 5700 acres in size, and by law the state will allow development of no more than 35% of Jekyll’s land.
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Irma Hits Jekyll Island

Irma Prep
Hurricane Prep
Irma Blows Through

Once a category 5 hurricane, Irma’s reach hit Jekyll Island as a tropical storm.  The dunes on the east side of the island took the brunt of the force from Irma’s storm surge. Jekyll was without water and electric for several days.  We owe our thanks to the recovery crews that quickly came onto the island after the storm.  They removed downed trees and fixed the sewer and electric lines. Local volunteers and restaurants pitched in to feed the workers, serving more than 700 meals over three days.

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