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6 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 While this year has been filled with unprecedented challenges, there have been silver linings as well. The resort’s closure last spring inspired us to recall our most beloved traditions from our 92-year history, which reminded us of the many things we had to look forward to once we were able to welcome back members and guests. From bingo to our most popular culinary dishes (page 34) to our long history of connecting with friends of Sea Island through publications (page 82), we took time to reminisce and shared these traditions, memories and more on social media (page 72). When members and guests returned to Sea Island, we found that some new trends had emerged. For example, traditional large weddings transitioned to “minimonies”—intimate gatherings with fewer attendees (page 58). Yet the smaller guest lists have not reduced the specialness of the events. In fact, our wedding team has found that these sized-down celebrations allow for even more creativity and personalization. We have also seen a shift in the second home market: Interest in properties on Sea Island and St. Simons Island is surging, due in part to the new options for teleworking and remote learning. We explore the trend in “A Second Look at Second Homes” on page 62. While much has changed this year, we have done our best to preserve the Sea Island experience and take steps to protect our guests, members and team members. Our wide range of outdoor activities are as enjoyable as ever, if not more so. Kayaking tours, which welcome all skill levels, are a great option for families (page 24), offering a chance to exercise in the fresh air while catching exciting glimpses of wildlife. And some of our nature programs are even more fun now thanks to the addition of Mavis, a barn owl who recently joined our falconry team (page 26). She brings smiles to all ages. If your outdoor activity of choice is golf, the Seaside, Plantation and Retreat courses are ready for play. To help you stay in swing shape during the offseason, some of our golf experts have shared tips for how to practice at home on page 22. And while we await the return of the Ryder Cup, which has been postponed until September 2021, we explore the unique history of the golf event and the important role of the team captains in “Steering the Show” on page 40. While many of us were disappointed about the postponement of major events and celebrations during these uncertain times, I am especially grateful to have things to look forward to: the holidays, the new year and, of course, next year’s Ryder Cup. For our guests and members, I hope that Sea Island can be that source of both anticipation and familiarity. We always look forward to seeing you. Here’s to continuing traditions—and creating new ones. Sincerely, Scott Steilen President and CEO, Sea Island Welcome to Sea Island! WELCOME
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8 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 34. TASTE OF TRADITION Join us on a nostalgic journey to revisit seven longtime culinary favorites at Sea Island. By Amber Lanier Nagle 40. STEERING THE SHOW Often viewed as one of the most rousing tournaments in golf, the Ryder Cup demands a lot from its team captains, including strategic planning, player selection and nerves of steel. By Dale Leatherman 47. STORIED SIPS Step back through history with a curated series of cocktail menus that combine famous people, places and events from Sea Island and beyond. By Ashley Ryan 52. NATURALLY HEALING Outdoor experiences offer unique benefits for well-being. By Katherine Duncan 58. FROM MATRIMONY TO MINIMONY Prompted by the pandemic, the only thing that is small about these intimate weddings is the guest list. By Ashley Breeding 62. A SECOND LOOK AT SECOND HOMES Once offering their owners a place with an entirely different feel than their primary residence, secondary properties are now serving a broader purpose and enjoying longer periods of use. By Cynthia Lescalleet 68. PIECING IT TOGETHER It’s prime time for puzzles as the long-standing pastime is more popular than ever, offering a relaxing escape for individuals and a shared goal for families. By Sharon Stello 40 52 47 Contents | Features Fall/Winter 2020/21
28 Market St Suite 120, St Simons Island (912) 638-1221 THE OUTLET AN INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR AMY SMILOVIC Q&A: Tibi is sold around the world at luxury boutiques. Why does a global designer brand have their only outlet located on St. Simons? Our flagship is in Soho, NY.We sell around the world at Matches Fashion, Net-a-Porter, Bergdorfs, Printemps Paris, and more. But St. Simons is my home where I grew up and I wanted to make sure I always have roots here. How is the Tibi outlet different from the NY flagship? The atelier in New York regularly sends prototypes (one-of-a-kind pieces) and runway samples to the outlet. You may find something with pins in it, it might have an experimental sleeve that we deemed, well, too experimental. If you love style, then it’s a place to explore and discover.We also have our warehouse on the mainland. So that means the store features current and past season styles as well, but at outlet pricing. Where is the outlet located? We are at the shops on the corner of Frederica Road and Sea Island Road - Just a quick bike ride from The Cloister at Sea Island. . .
10 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 6. WELCOME LETTER 14. SEASONAL FLAVORS: A PIECE OF THE PIE From pecan to pumpkin to sweet potato, Southern chefs didn’t invent these decadent baked goods, but they certainly added distinctive twists. 16. LIBATIONS: COZY COCKTAILS Sip these Sea Island specialties to warm up on cool evenings. 18. SOUTHERN STYLE: 1940S FLAIR These classic styles remain relevant in an ever-changing world. 20. MIND + BODY: BEATING THE BURNOUT As fatigue is more common than ever, it’s important to take the right steps to reduce stress. 21. GET FIT: RIGHT ON TIME ,V LW PRUH EHQHÀFLDO WR H[HUFLVH LQ WKH PRUQLQJ RU LQ WKH HYHQLQJ" +HUH·V ZKDW RQH 6HD ,VODQG ÀWQHVV H[SHUW KDV WR VD\ 22. IN THE SWING: GOING BEYOND THE GREENS Work on your golf game at home this season with these tips from Sea Island professionals. 24. FAMILY FIRST: KAYAKING WITH KIN Families make lasting memories while paddling across the ZDWHU HQMR\LQJ IUHVK DLU H[HUFLVH DQG QDWXUH·V WKHDWHU 26. OUTWARD BOUND: FEATHERED FRIENDS With her caramel coloring and heart-shaped face, Mavis, a barn owl who recently joined the falconry team at Sea Island, is already charming members and guests. 28. FAVORITE THINGS: NESTLED IN NATURE Sea Island guests reminisce about some of their favorite moments in the great outdoors. 30. MEET THE CHEF: GLOBAL FLAVOR Chef de Cuisine Noah Gumustekin brings his international HSLFXUHDQ H[SHUWLVH WR 6HD ,VODQG 32. HISTORY: THE LEGEND OF BLACKBEARD Tales of the infamous pirate endure in coastal Georgia more than 300 years after his death. 72. CONNECT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA During the resort’s closure, Sea Island highlighted different traditions each week on Instagram and Facebook. These included fun activities to enjoy at home and things to look forward to once the Island was able to welcome back members and guests. 74. EXPERIENCE THE BROADMOOR Learn about our sister property, The Broadmoor. 76. SEA ISLAND STYLE Find the latest looks from your favorite brands, plus sporting gear, gourmet goods and more at the wide variety of shops. 82. THEN AND NOW: RING THE BELLS Over the last 90 years, Sea Island publications have provided information, imagery and memories for thousands of members and resort guests. 26 FALL/WINTER 2020/21 ATURAL REMEDIES Outdoor experiences that promote wellness PIECING IT TOGETHER Puzzles combine tradition and trend CLASSIC PIES FOR EVERY CRAVING Pecan Beyond and NA Outd MINIATURE PIES FEATURING SEASONAL INGREDIENTS; ON PAGE 14 Contents | Departments Fall/Winter 2020/21
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14 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 Across the country, people crave the indulgent baked dishes of sweet or savory ingredients wrapped in firm, flaky crusts. Southerners are no exception, and are even credited with inventing some pies, like classic pecan. This is partly due to the region’s long, sunny growing seasons, which result in bounties of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts that offer plenty of inspiration for delicious holiday baking projects. The mere mention of the word “pie” conjures up images of grandmothers rolling out doughy concoctions of flour, water, salt and Crisco on kitchen counters, and families gathered around dining tables to savor the end result. “I think, when you bite into a piece of pie, it takes you home again,” says Ashley Cardona, executive pastry chef at Sea Island. “Pie helps us celebrate special occasions, welcome new neighbors and mourn the loss of loved ones.” Pie, in general, reigns supreme as an all-American favorite, though the American Pie Council points out that its origins stretch back to ancient Greece and Rome, where pies were predominantly stuffed with meats. In the early 1600s, English settlers brought a few pie recipes to the New World. “And Americans made it their own,” Cardona says. “I mean, what’s more American than apple pie?” Whether sweet or savory, the foundations of an unforgettable pie are a great recipe and fresh seasonal ingredients. Pecan pie, available at The Market at Sea Island, is a prime example of a recipe developed from ingredients Southerners had on hand each autumn. Native to North America and primarily grown in Southern climates, pecans are harvested just in time to be baked into Thanksgiving pies. Texas, Louisiana and Alabama all claim to be the true birthplace of the pecan pie. While the jury’s still out, one Pecans are harvested in the fall, just in time to make pies for Thanksgiving. A Piece of the Pie From pecan to pumpkin to sweet potato, Southern chefs didn’t invent these decadent baked goods, but they certainly added distinctive twists. By Amber Lanier Nagle SEASONAL FLAVORS
FALL/WINTER 2020/21 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 15 thing we do know is that, in the 1920s, Karo syrup began printing a pecan pie recipe on its label, which led to a sudden rise in the pie’s popularity. “We use a very traditional recipe offering a delicious ratio of fresh nuts and custard,” Cardona says. “We use lots of fresh, Georgia pecans in our recipe—that’s the real secret to Sea Island’s pecan pie.” Pumpkin pie is another showstopper synonymous with Thanksgiving. Many people eat a slice every year on the fourth Thursday of November to commemorate the harvest meal shared by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag guests, though there is actually no mention of pumpkins in documents chronicling the first Thanksgiving. “In those days, [pumpkin pie] was more of a savory dish—not sweet at all,” says Cindy Ott, author of “Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon.” “It changed in 1796 when Amelia Simmons included a recipe of pumpkin, molasses, milk, eggs, and spices in a cookbook titled ‘American Cookery.’ ” The rest is sweet, delicious history. “We keep our pumpkin pie classic, too, with a familiar blend of spices—cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves—and garnish it with a thick dollop of whipped cream,” Cardona says. “It’s a staple at Sea Island’s Thanksgiving Day brunch.” Some turn down a slice of pumpkin pie in favor of the sweet potato pie. Both have a smooth yet rich consistency, a delicate sweetness and similar spicing profile, but traditional sweet potato pies carry a hint of molasses. “We feel that the brown sugar and molasses amplify the flavor of the sweet Perfect Pecan Pie SEA ISLAND’S ITERATION OF THIS FAVORITE DESSERT WILL HAVE YOUR MOUTH WATERING IN NO TIME. 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 2 tablespoons butter, melted ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon molasses 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1½ cups pecan halves 1 pre-baked pie crust, in pie pan Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slightly heat sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt and molasses on the stove until sugar is dissolved. Slowly add in eggs, incorporating with a whisk, then add vanilla extract. Set mixture aside. Place pecans into the already baked pie shell and pour the liquid filling over them, ensuring that all the pecans are wet before they float to the top. Bake for approximately 1 hour. Pie is done when the center just begins to soufflé. Cool completely, then serve. Miniature pies, including pecan and apple varieties, are available at The Market at Sea Island. potatoes,” Cardona notes. “We puree the sweet potatoes down until they are creamy and use them in both our pies and pound cakes, another favorite Sea Island dessert.” Buttermilk pie boasts a light-textured custard filling with a slight tangy flavor. “It’s a blank canvas we can use to build flavorful options. We may incorporate blueberries into a recipe for a little pop of flavor that balances the tanginess, or we may add a little lemon zest to it. In another variation, we shape it into a delicious apple custard pie,” she explains. As for the classic apple pie, Sea Island chefs use Granny Smith apples to complement the brown sugar and fall spices added to the dessert. “We once took the apple pie off the holiday menu at The Market and our customers nearly rioted,” Cardona says. Savory versions also have a devoted following. A hearty chicken pot pie—made with tender breast meat, golden carrots, peas and luscious gravy, all cooked inside a buttery crust—graces the menu at the rustic Oak Room from time to time. Stop by Sea Island’s dining venues to try slices of these beloved treats, or visit The Market to enjoy mini varieties. These miniature, shareable versions of both apple and pecan pies will be available throughout the fall and winter, along with a rotating Chef’s Choice selection. Longtime staples in American cuisine, pies are the centerpieces of so many lovely moments at the resort and beyond. Renowned as a holiday dessert, these slices of happiness connect us with loved ones and remind us of home sweet home. m
16 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 As the warmer seasons transition to fall and winter, there is a certain crisp feeling in the air, which signals that autumn colors are coming and the holidays are close behind. Toward the end of the year, cozy fireplaces beckon us to settle down nearby with a warm drink in hand. At Sea Island, innovative menus and welcoming ambiance create a warm atmosphere that complements the climate. Whether you find yourself getting comfy at The Cloister or sipping spiced drinks at The Lodge, these cozy cocktails are just what you need to get into the spirit of the season. Sea Island Hot Toddy One of the most iconic warm cocktails is the hot toddy, a surefire way to warm up on cool evenings. With such a simple yet classic recipe, it’s no wonder that Nic Wallace, resort lead bartender, developed the Sea Island version to be served at all of the on-site restaurants this fall and winter. Using Sea Island Buffalo Trace Bourbon—specialized whiskey that is barreled and bottled just for the resort—as well as low-proof, sweet-yet-tart velvet falernum, the drink is built right inside the glass mug. The bartender also incorporates honey syrup, lemon and hot water so as not to take away from the flavors of the whiskey and liqueur. The cocktail is garnished with a lemon wheel and a sprig of mint, resulting in a bright and enjoyable fall drink. Eve’s Temptation Even Eve would have had a hard time saying no to this apple-based beverage. The River Bar & Lounge serves this drink on the rocks, but the warm flavors are undeniably reminiscent of fall. Made with WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye, a specialized whiskey aged for six years, the ingredients combine perfectly to create a LIBATIONS Cozy Cocktails Sip these Sea Island specialties to warm up on cool evenings. By Jessica Farthing Left to right: The Mexican Chocolate Brownie, Sea Island Hot Toddy and Eve’s Temptation
FALL/WINTER 2020/21 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 17 cocktail with complexity. In addition to the whiskey, Eve’s Temptation comprises Laird’s Blended Applejack, a spirit made with treeripened apples; spiced apple shrub; and two kinds of bitters—Fee Brothers’ Black Walnut and Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters. “The walnut and pimento pull everything together,” says Erica Gantt, the head bartender at the Forbes Five-Star Georgian Room. The rocks glass is garnished with a dehydrated apple wheel that has been dusted with cinnamon, which Gantt notes adds another layer to the cocktail. “You are getting the aroma off of the apple wheel as you drink the beverage, and the apple flavor and spice from the rye [whiskey].” Burro di Caldo Translating to “hot butter,” this rum cocktail at Tavola is as smooth and satisfying as it is warm. The drink features handcrafted spirits from Bumbu Rum Co., a celebrated rum robust WhistlePig barrel-aged maple syrup, orange zest and juice, cloves, star anise and cinnamon sticks. After the flavors have blended and the liquid has been double strained, the hot drink is served in a mug, garnished with a dehydrated orange slice. Mexican Chocolate Brownie Both known as drinks that will increase energy, coffee and tequila are sure to heat things up in this chocolate brownie-inspired beverage at Southern Tide. Chilled black coffee is combined in a Mason jar with Altos Plata tequila infused in-house with jalapeño as well as angostura bitters and Kahlúa, then poured into a hot toddy glass. In a shaker, the seaside bartenders blend simple syrup, heavy whipping cream and cinnamon, spooning a dollop of the end result over the drink and sprinkling it with cinnamon. Perfect for cool nights, this rich, spicy drink will leave you wanting more. m distillery from Barbados that combines sugar cane and spices to produce a complex liquor that embodies the Caribbean. “You can taste allspice and cinnamon in the rum,” Gantt says. Bartenders at Tavola mix the rum with hot water and lemon in a glass coffee mug before garnishing it with a house-made fall butter blend—with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and brown sugar—using a cinnamon stick. Glogi Visit nearly any major city in Europe during the wintertime and you’re sure to find stalls offering deliciously spiced mulled wine amongst an array of trinkets, decorations, sweet treats and artwork. In the Oak Room, bartenders have created Glogi, a Scottish variety of mulled wine, for members and guests to enjoy. Apple cider and a full-bodied Sea Island merlot are simmered in a saucepan along with the Glogi at the Oak Room Burro di Caldo, a hot buttered rum cocktail
18 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 From feminine fitted collars to classy pleated skirts, certain sophisticated looks stand the test of time. As such, it’s not surprising that 1940s-inspired pieces have found a place in modern fashion. These chic staples were originally designed for practicality and comfort while also keeping style in mind. Now, designers are enhancing the iconic apparel and accessories with modern flair, proving that ’40s fashion can be both timeless and trending. Chelsea Kimrey, an Atlantabased stylist with over 15 years of experience, says that the World War II era brought a style evolution as a result of many women staying home while their husbands went to fight in the war. As goods became scarcer, so did clothing, and floor-length pieces were swapped for midi skirts and slacks. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” Kimrey says. “Skirts were designed and made shorter to save fabric. … Initially, [women] wore men’s pants around the house and, later, it became acceptable to wear them in public, birthing the woman’s trouser.” A symbol of changing times, widelegged trousers are the perfect place to start when trying out a 1940s aesthetic. “I love wearing them to a business meeting—they are the ultimate power pant,” she says. Another stylish nod to the era is the breathable mechanic suit, evocative of WWII icon Rosie the Riveter, which provides a comfortable fit for an on-the-go lifestyle with a cool tomboy feel. For more feminine flair, Kimrey loves an A-line day dress paired with a classic pump or a simple white blouse with a refined Peter Pan collar. Accessories offer another easy way to try on the trend. Elegant details can enhance any outfit, whether dressing up for a day at the office or dressing down for a casual evening out. Try donning a headscarf on your next trip to the beach or adding some strappy, closed-toe heels to your closet. “To be more adventurous and playful, try a puff sleeve,” Kimrey says. “This is great paired with jeans. It’s flirty and perfect for date night.” Kimrey feels that the throwback trend perfectly complements Southern style. Like ’40s fashion, traditional regional attire often takes a more formal, sophisticated approach. “Everything is tailored and intentional,” she says. In fact, Kimrey says that what she most adores about 1940s attire is its structure and intention, and that’s also the key to perfecting the modern take on it. With pieces that are meticulously crafted to produce a specific look at the forefront of this style, a talented tailor and attention to detail are essential. “This style has very specific places in which the hems and lines fall on the body,” she explains. “A-line skirts must fall just below the knee while waists are cinched in and must hit just below the rib at the smallest place of the waist. If these aren’t in place and tailored to fit, the look is poorly executed.” With these tips in mind, a quintessential 1940s look is just the ticket for style and elegance this season. From statement sleeves to gentle collars, delicate features add an air of sophistication and grace that is timeless and ideal for any occasion—without the need to exclusively rely on polka dots and pearls. m 1940s Flair These classic styles remain relevant in an ever-changing world. By Ashley Besing SOUTHERN STYLE RODARTE BELTED POLKADOT SILK MIDI DRESS, $1,495 (MODAOPERANDI.COM) GREG KESSLER/COURTESY OF RODARTE
FALL/WINTER 2020/21 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 19 1. CORNELIA JAMES ANNABEL PURE SWISS COTTON JERSEY GLOVE, $125 (CORNELIAJAMES.COM) 2. MARC JACOBS THE ’40S DRESS, $595 (MARCJACOBS.COM) 3. ALICE + OLIVIA ERIC HIGH-WAIST FRONT PLEAT PANTS, $395 (NEIMANMARCUS.COM) 4. YSL CASSANDRA MINI TOP HANDLE BAG, $2,150 (YSL.COM) 5. PRADA BELTED POPLIN MIDI A-LINE DRESS, $1,910 (BERGDORFGOODMAN.COM) 6. DIOR TEDDY-D LARGE BRIM BUCKET HAT, $1,300 (DIOR.COM) 7. AKRIS PLEATED KNEE-LENGTH WOOL SKIRT, $995 (AKRIS.COM) 8. OSCAR DE LA RENTA PAVÉ FLOWER BROOCH, $350 (OSCARDELARENTA.COM) 9. CHELSEA CREW VIVACIOUS VIBES T-STRAP HEEL, $69 (MODCLOTH.COM) 3. 2. 7. 9. 8. 1. 4. 5. 6.
20 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 Lack of energy can change everything about your day—your mood, your productivity, your mental sharpness. Whether it’s from the occasional long night or the result of chronic fatigue, tiredness can significantly impact mental and physical health. According to a recent National Sleep Foundation study, nearly half of all U.S. adults feel sleepy anywhere from three to seven days a week, and that affects their ability to get things accomplished. Alyssa Beck, a personal trainer, certified yoga teacher and Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist at Sea Island, says burnout, or chronic stress and fatigue, can contribute to undesirable side effects, including weight gain, mood imbalances like depression and anxiety, increased blood pressure and even muscle weakness due to the way stress influences the body. To regain control over your energy levels, Beck says facing the fatigue head-on is the first step, and it starts with being honest. “If you’re exhausted, acknowledge that,” she advises. “If you feel strangely or uncharacteristically emotional, admit that. You have to know where you are before you can decide and understand where you are going.” Exercise has long been one of the best ways to increase energy and lower stress levels. The Sea Island Fitness Center offers a variety of classes to get your blood flowing, such as Energizing Morning Flow, Total Body Strength and Outdoor Fit. To tackle further physical aches, pains or areas of muscle weakness, the center also offers one-on-one Muscle Activation Techniques sessions that help to restore balance by improving range of motion and strength. As sleepless nights are often the result of anxiety, unplugging from devices and incorporating mindful moments are key to enhancing energy. The Somadome in The Spa at Sea Island is a cocoonlike pod designed to help regulate the nervous system and the production of melatonin and cortisol through LED color therapy, sounds, meditation and energy healing. “Entirely nonjudgmental, the pod itself will guide you through a relaxation of your choosing,” Beck says. “Each session lasts only 20 minutes, but its effects are immediately noticeable.” Oft-overlooked poor sleep habits can also lead to drowsy days. “You don’t necessarily have to clock eight hours per night, but consistency is certainly key,” Beck says. “Set a schedule and hold yourself accountable so that you’re going to be waking up at roughly the same time each day.” Dr. Margeaux M. Schade, an assistant research professor in biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University, studies sleep research and agrees with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended “sleep hygiene” practices, such as reducing blue-light exposure before bedtime to help promote better rest. “Anxiety about current events may make it tempting to constantly check electronic devices for news feeds at times when we should be reducing our exposure to artificial light sources for optimal circadian function,” Schade says. Other best practices she supports include nap timing, not over- or under-committing to time spent in bed and preserving the bed as a place for sleep. While burnout can feel insurmountable, tuning in to your body and making small changes in your everyday routine can help build a roadmap to recovery. m MIND + BODY Beating the Burnout As fatigue is more common than ever, it’s important to take the right steps to reduce stress. By Allison Emery Somadome is a meditation pod that uses color and light therapy to promote relaxation. COURTESY OF SOMADOME
FALL/WINTER 2020/21 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 21 An old proverb states, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” But does that hold true when it comes to working out? According to Brandon Loewen, personal trainer, fitness instructor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Sea Island, consistency is king rather than time of day. “If you find a time of day that you enjoy exercising, you are more likely to stick with your exercise routine and reach your fitness goals,” he says. For this fitness guru, that means getting started first thing in the morning. “I personally enjoy getting my heart rate elevated when I first wake up,” Loewen says. “An invigorating run on the beach or intense session on the indoor cycle gives me a boost of energy that kick-starts my day.” Loewen says it’s also important to listen to your body’s needs. “Since my body feels at its strongest later in the evening, I can put the most energy and effort into my strength training routine,” he notes. “On days that I do not strength train, I like to end my day with a walk with the dog and an easy foam roll or yoga session. This helps me unwind after a busy day of training and be prepared for the next day.” He adds that whatever time of day you choose to exercise should be when you have the most energy, as that is when you will see improved performance over time: “For some individuals, this could be first thing in the morning, or for others, this could mean in the evenings after your body has had plenty of time to ‘be awake.’ ” For those who are unsure of what their exercise routine should look like, the team of fitness professionals at Sea Island are passionate about helping people reach specific goals, whether it’s improved performance, weight loss, building muscle or relieving any lingering joint or muscular pain. “If you already have a fitness routine and would like to monitor your progress toward your fitness goals, set up an appointment for a 30-minute fitness assessment, which includes an InBody fitness scan and consultation with one of our trainers,” Loewen says. Whether your preference is dawn or dusk, Loewen suggests eating a small snack prior to working out such as a granola bar, a smoothie or anything with a healthy mix of protein, fat and carbohydrates. “Just like you would not go on a long road trip without first putting gas in your car, your body needs calories to sustain your energy levels during your workout,” he notes. What it all boils down to is to pick an optimal time and get sweating, whether it’s soon after waking up or returning from work. There’s only one person who knows which routine is right—and that’s you. m GET FIT With some prep and planning, it’s easy to stay active while traveling. Right on Time Is it more beneficial to exercise in the morning or in the evening? Here’s what one Sea Island fitness expert has to say. By Allison Emery Fitness expert Brandon Loewen says that the best time of day to exercise is whenever you have the most energy.
22 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 Practice makes perfect, and there’s no doubt that experience on the golf course is the best way to improve your game. However, not everyone has everyday access or can make it to the course during the offseason. Luckily, Sea Island is host to a number of experts who know just what to do to stay in shape—and make sure your golf game does, too. Tom Hemmings, senior golf fitness specialist, and Daniel Gray, elite instructor, both work at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center. Ready to assist members and guests at every turn, Hemmings and Gray are well-versed on giving advice and helping golfers of all skill levels reach their full potential. Read on to learn what tips they have to offer to make sure your technique thrives this season. Use Your Hips “Hips are a major component of the golf swing; that’s where a lot of your power is generated,” Hemmings explains. “If you can’t trigger the motion through your hips, those muscles are not being utilized to their capacity.” One exercise you can do at home that will ensure optimal range of motion once you’re back on the course is a simple pelvic rotation. Hemmings says to face a wall and place both of your hands against it with your upper body in a stable position. While keeping your upper body still, rotate your hips—first in one direction, then the other. “Imagine your belly button is being pulled by a piece of string to one side,” he adds. Start with a set of 10, working your way up to 15 repetitions. Picking Up Speed Grab a SuperSpeed Golf training aid to practice your swing at home, Gray suggests. “You have five segments in your golf swing: pelvis, torso, lead IN THE SWING Going Beyond the Greens Work on your golf game at home this season with these tips from Sea Island professionals. By Dale Leatherman Daniel Gray, elite instructor at Sea Island, uses a SuperSpeed Golf training aid to practice swinging.
FALL/WINTER 2020/21 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 23 arm, hand [and] clubhead,” he explains. “Starting the downswing in that order is the best way to create maximum speed.” This concept, called kinematic sequence, or “the order in which the body rotates toward the target in the downswing,” is one thing to master to make your swing faster. “The magnitude … of these segments [is] … less important than the order and how one Tom Hemmings, senior golf fitness specialist, demonstrates how to make your core strong and flexible. is important,” Hemmings notes. To increase your range of motion, he suggests lying on your back with bent knees and feet flat on the floor. Place your arms by your sides and your hands at your waist; raise your hands, moving your arms in a semicircle from your waist, and touch the floor above your head— as high as you can reach. “The more range of motion you can get in your shoulder joints, the fewer variants there will be in your backswing, which is affected by weak or tight muscles,” Hemmings explains. Complement Your Core In addition to good range of motion, Hemmings says you want to make sure your core is both strong and flexible. “Your midsection contains your lumbar spine and thoracic spine,” he notes. “The thoracic spine can be a big restrictor in turning your upper body.” To combat this, Hemmings recommends standing and facing a mirror with one foot slightly forward. Then, he says, place a golf club across your chest, touching both of your shoulders. Without turning your head, rotate your upper body until the club is over your front leg. Then switch your stance and complete for the opposite side. “If you are right-handed and your left foot is forward, the motion mimics your core rotation to impact,” he adds. “As this exercise is working your core, the staggered stance is challenging your stability, which is also a component of the golf swing.” Tackling Tight Lies “Low point control for tight lies is an important area of focus in your short game,” Gray says. “If you constantly hit behind the ball, this suggests that your head is moving away from the target through impact. With more advanced players, you see the top of their spine move slightly in front of the ball in the backswing.” Gray says that a simple short game drill can help if you are struggling with spin and contact. Pay close attention to your setup, tilting your spine toward the target. To check that you are doing it correctly, use your lead hand to touch the top of your front knee to create spine tilt. Visit Gray’s Instagram page (@dgraygolf) for a video that offers tips on using your own shadow and three golf balls to practice on a sunny day in your own backyard. For even more offseason inspiration and expert insight, check out the Sea Island Golf Performance Center’s Instagram account (@seaislandgpc). m segment transfers energy to the next segment to maximize your speed potential.” Range of Motion Tightness in the shoulders is a common side effect, just one of the results of the repetitive motion associated with the sport. But your golf game will vastly improve if you are able to move more freely. “Shoulder flexion
24 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 FAMILY FIRST Interest in paddle sports—such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding—has surged lately among travelers of all ages. It’s a great way to exercise outdoors, bond with family and explore some special places, all while avoiding crowds and following the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Equipment sales are rising, and rental programs like the guided tours at Sea Island are more popular than ever. Perhaps that is no surprise on Georgia’s coast, with its terrific opportunities to skim along in one- or two-person sea kayaks while exploring the creeks, marshes and open waters surrounding the area’s mosaic of barrier islands. No prior experience is needed to enjoy the outing. “About 70% of families that sign up for kayaking have paddled before and already Kayaking with Kin Families make lasting memories while paddling across the water, enjoying fresh air, exercise and nature’s theater. By Joe Rada
FALL/WINTER 2020/21 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 25 know they like it,” says Jesse Johnson, head guide with the outings program at Sea Island. “The other 30% have never been in a kayak and may need instructions on balancing and steering. But it’s super easy to learn, so before long they’re grinning and having fun.” Whether you’re an expert or a first-timer, kayaking offers exciting opportunities to witness wildlife, and every outing is unique. A pair of American oystercatchers might swoop past, wingtips flapping just above the saltwater, and disappear beyond swaying marsh grass. A mother-and-calf pair of bottlenose dolphins may the surface in sleek gray arcs. Or you could see a lone mullet leap, quiver briefly in midair and splash back down. “It’s like this all the time out here, nature putting on a show,” says Johnson, who enthusiastically narrates such marvels as they happen. “For our kayaking members and guests, we use every opportunity to talk about wildlife and tides and the natural world. There’s so much to see, so much to learn.” Shoving Off For groups leaving from the Rainbow Island Water Sports Center for two-hour tours, the tide determines their kayaking route. “If the ramp to the floating dock is straight out, that’s high tide, and if it’s a steep slant down, that’s low tide,” Johnson explains. “We see tide changes of up to 9.5 feet here, making a big difference in where we paddle on any given trip.” High tide usually means heading north, where narrow paths through mazes of tidal grasslands become more accessible. “In the marsh, we see so many birds,” Johnson says. “Ospreys perching on treetops, pelicans flying in formation, egrets wading. … If I rub my paddle on the river bottom in the right places, explosions of shrimp all jump at once. Kids and parents love that, and it gives me a chance to talk about how so much of the seafood we eat comes from these coastal waters.” Low tide leads to heading south on open waters lined by marshes and beaches. “Going south, we see more seashells, sea turtle nests in the summer, sometimes dolphins or a manatee swimming alongside us, and shorebirds like plovers, terns, gulls and skimmers,” Johnson says. “I always point out exposed oyster reefs. You want to avoid them because oysters are very sharp, but you don’t want to miss seeing hundreds of them spitting water from the outgoing tide.” Pulling Ashore The Rainbow Island Water Sports Center offers a variety of paddling tours, including the Family Salt Marsh Kayaking, Kayak Shore Lunch, Kayak Fishing and Sunset Kayaking excursions. During the popular Kayak Shore Lunch outing, paddlers reach the southernmost tip of Sea Island and pull ashore on a wide, secluded, seashell-strewn beach. Coolers filled with picnic lunches preordered from a resort menu await, including options such as pasta salads, deli sandwiches, chicken flatbreads with avocado and gigantic cookies. The on-land portion of this excursion continues with exploration of the beach, tidal pools and dunes, where topics range from sea turtle nests and the habits of hermit crabs to knobbed whelks, the official Georgia seashell, and whatever interesting items wash ashore. “We tailor each trip to the guests,” Johnson says. “If they are interested in nature, we search for it. If they just want to enjoy the quiet, that’s great as well.” Whatever they choose makes for fine memories. m Paddler Practices WHETHER YOU ARE A FIRST-TIMER OR VETERAN KAYAKER, HERE ARE SOME PADDLE ADVENTURE TIPS FROM SEA ISLAND’S HEAD GUIDE, JESSE JOHNSON. Wear something you won’t mind getting wet, and show up ready for some fun. Apply sunscreen—yours or what your guide provides. Creams stay on better and last longer than sprays, especially in saltwater. Stay hydrated. Bring your water bottle or enjoy the water provided by the guides. Getting in and out of a kayak can be awkward, whether alongside a dock, on a beach or in shallow water, so be sure to have someone assist you. Rather than risk dropping cameras or phones overboard, leave electronics behind and count on guides (who do this all the time) to take photos and email them to you.
26 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 Catching a glimpse of barn owls in the wild is rare, as they hunt almost exclusively at night. Their flight is virtually silent, aided by soft feathers that don’t allow even a quiet whoosh. Found all over the world except Antarctica, they reside in many different habitats. Barn owls specifically nest in abandoned buildings, making their homes in steeples, stables and, of course, barns. They are popular with farmers and winegrowers, who often try to attract the birds to protect their crops from rodents. It’s no wonder that in folklore, barn owls are sometimes depicted as messengers of protection and luck. Meet Mavis Weighing roughly 1 pound, Sea Island’s barn owl, Mavis, delights members and guests with her big personality and heart-shaped face. She is often seen at the Beach Club or The Cloister, accompanied by Sea Island falconer and handler Paige Hansen. “I started as a marine biology major in college, but then I did an internship at a zoo in the bird department and fell in love with birds,” she says. Hansen has raised Mavis since the resort acquired her when she was just 6 weeks old, keeping the bird in her home at first and now in a backyard enclosure at night. “Mavis is called an imprint,” Hansen explains. “So now she thinks she’s human—or maybe that humans are owls. Imprinting makes her more comfortable around people and not as wild as owls normally are.” Hansen adds that Mavis “is feisty and has a big attitude, and she’s very smart, too. She loves to be around people.” The barn owl is one of the stars of the show, featured in the resort’s Owl Prowl, Introduction to Falconry, and Raptors and Reptiles classes. Taking Flight The falconry program at Sea Island began when birds of prey were first brought on the premises to chase away boat-tailed grackles and other nuisance birds that were trying to steal food from people. It evolved into offerings for members and guests with half-day falconry hunts at Broadfield, A Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge, as well as other on-property programs that provide exciting experiences for those who want to watch the birds in action. Hansen hopes to train Mavis to fly to members and guests Members and guests can meet Mavis, the resident barn owl, at The Cloister or Beach Club. Feathered Friends With her caramel coloring and heart-shaped face, Mavis, a barn owl who recently joined the falconry team at Sea Island, is already charming members and guests. By Nancy Dorman-Hickson OUTWARD BOUND
FALL/WINTER 2020/21 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 27 and possibly to hunt as well. “Hunting with owls is uncommon,” she admits. “It can be done, but it can be tricky. Owls can be difficult to hunt with due to their mostly nocturnal nature. Convincing them to hunt during the day can be tough or hunting with them at night is tough for us who are not as well adapted to the night.” Currently, members and guests can touch, pet and hold Mavis, although the barn owl “is not like a dog or cat; she is not naturally cuddly,” Hansen says. Hansen explains that in the wild, barn owls can hunt in complete darkness without ever spotting their prey. “That’s because of the ring of feathers that circles her face, which acts like a satellite dish to bring the sound of the prey to her ears,” Hansen explains. “The ears are crooked or asymmetrical, meaning one ear is higher than the other. That slight difference gives her the ability to track down the prey without ever seeing it, even though she does have incredible night vision as well.” If it’s feeding time for Mavis, people participating in a class may choose whether or not to watch as she devours her food. “When owls eat, they swallow their food whole if they can,” Hansen says. In Mavis’ case, the barn owl is fed a steady diet of mice and chicken. “Mavis is a bottomless pit,” Hansen adds with a chuckle. How barn owls’ digestive systems handle food is somewhat astonishing. “In their body, they completely separate the meat from the bones,” Hansen explains. “The meat goes to the stomach to be digested and all the bones, feathers and fur are compressed and formed into a pellet, something resembling a hairball.” The owl regurgitates the pellet within 24 hours. People participating in the Owl Prowl can dissect the pellet to find clues about what an owl ingested. “It’s like a scavenger hunt for what the owl ate,” says Hansen, who loves being able to share the uncommon qualities of owls like Mavis with members and guests. “Owls are so special—especially barn owls—because they are nocturnal,” she says. “When you see them, it’s a special sight.” m Owl Observations DISCOVER JUST A FEW OF THE INTERESTING TRAITS THAT MAKE BARN OWLS UNIQUE. 1. These birds have wingspans of roughly 40 inches—equivalent to the arm span of a small child. 2. In addition to rodents, barn owls can eat insects, reptiles, fish or small birds. 3. Found everywhere except Antarctica, these birds make their homes in all kinds of habitats, from forests and fields to grasslands, wetlands, deserts and even busy urban spaces. 4. It takes roughly a month for barn owl eggs to hatch, then another two months until the youth are able to fly for the first time. 5. Long legs, toes and talons allow barn owls to pluck their prey from hard-to-reach areas like tall grasses or marshland. 6. Females are often heavier than males, and have more markings on their face, chest, wings and tail. 7. Barn owls can turn their necks 270 degrees (or more), providing them with an expansive field of vision. Sea Island falconer and handler Paige Hansen uses Mavis to educate members and guests about owls and their behavior.
28 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2020/21 Nestled in Nature Sea Island guests reminisce about some of their favorite moments in the great outdoors. By Ashley Ryan With the beach, marsh and maritime forest, Sea Island is home to rich natural habitats that can be explored all throughout the year. Thanks to a seemingly endless number of outdoor activities, wildlife encounters and nature-oriented tours, members and guests are often inspired to return year after year to enjoy their favorite outdoor pastimes and discover new ones, while making memories that last a lifetime. In this issue, three ladies share recollections of some of their most treasured experiences, from riding bikes to searching for seashells. FAVORITE THINGS JAMIE ALBARES Having previously spent time in the Golden Isles, Jamie sought out a way to attend a continuing education conference at Sea Island. She has been returning ever since, drawn to the beautiful scenery and outdoor adventures. Jamie lost her greatest travel companion, her dog Jack, over the summer, but she hopes to make new memories with another furry friend. “I plan on bringing my puppy, Hank, on all future trips, as I know he will love it like Jack [did]. Jack was always so happy to visit,” she says. This December, Jamie will embark on her biggest Sea Island adventure of all: a small wedding ceremony at The Cloister. FAVORITE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ON SEA ISLAND: Guided horseback ride on the beach. “I have never been disappointed. After the ride, we get to spend some time with the horses and I always bring an apple to feed [them].” BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SUN RISE OR SET: On the marsh side, “from the balcony of my hotel room,” or on the yacht in the evening. FAVORITE WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER: “We usually go during the time that the sea turtles are nesting. … And over by the beach side, there are small brown bunny rabbits that always put a smile on my face.” CAROLE PHILLIPS Carole started visiting Sea Island when she was only 3 months old. “My uncle used to say I was practically born at Sea Island,” she jokes. “… Many of my favorite childhood memories involve The Cloister and we call it the ‘Real Happiest Place On Earth.’” Growing up, she was often outdoors, where she could be found jumping off the diving board at the old Beach Club pool. Now, she and her family enjoy fishing off The Cloister dock, venturing out on the popular Turtle Walks and simply admiring the island scenery. FAVORITE PLACE FOR SCENIC VIEWS AT SEA ISLAND: Both the Beach Club and the Yacht Club (now the Coastal Experience Center) as well as “the patio off the back of the main building that looks out over the dock.” BEST THING ABOUT THE TURTLE WALK: “We love being able to see the new hatchlings make their way out to the ocean while following the moonlight.” WHERE THEY GO FOR SNACKS AFTER A LONG DAY OUTSIDE: The Solarium at The Cloister for tea, lemonade and cookies. JENNIFER SMITH For nearly a decade, Jennifer and her family have been enjoying time spent at Sea Island. It all started when her brother Mark suggested a trip for their annual summer vacation. “We all fell in love immediately and have been going ever since,” she explains. “Lots of laughter and memories are always … anticipated.” She says that one thing that drew them to the Island is the fact that there are outdoor adventures for all interests. “Whether you are a golfer, fisher, biker, tennis player, hunter [or] swimmer, there is something for everyone— every age and every personality,” she adds. FAVORITE PLACE FOR SWIMMING: The beach, where she gets cozy with a book, enjoys good conversation or builds sandcastles with her kids. “Enjoying the sound of the ocean and [the] children’s laughter is so delightful.” BEST PLACE TO LOOK FOR SEASHELLS ON THE ISLAND: Down by the cottages. UNFORGETTABLE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Kayaking trip with her mother and sisterin-law. “The tour was awesome and setting up a beach picnic was so special.” BEST WAY TO START THE DAY: Waking up early and going for a bike ride past the historic homes and tall oak trees. BENEFITS OF EXPLORING NATURE AT SEA ISLAND: Growing and learning more about herself and her loved ones. m