Sea Island Life - Spring/Summer 2017


4 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 with the flowers in bloom and the Atlantic Ocean calling, spring and summer inspire us to embrace the outdoors. Whatever seasonal activities you look forward to, the experience is sure to be that much better when shared. Here at Sea Island, groups of all types and sizes can find plenty of ways to enjoy this time of year. From exciting after-dark adventures (page 18) to fitness opportunities (page 22), there are a wide range of options for couples, families, friends and even colleagues to make memories together. One experience that’s sure to appeal to everyone is mealtime. For generations, breakfast has served the dual purpose of fuel for the day as well as family bonding time, particularly in the South, where spreads of stoneground grits, buttermilk biscuits and other regional staples quickly draw everyone to the table. In “Rise and Dine” (page 32), we explore how the morning meal has evolved. The hearty breakfast isn’t the only Southern tradition we’ve highlighted in this issue. Read about the stories behind classic cocktails that originated below the Mason-Dixon line—as well as modern interpretations of the drinks—on page 14; creative ways to incorporate local culture in weddings on page 54; and the history of pimento cheese (affectionately known as Southern pâté) on page 12. We also look back at the history of our own Golden Isles. You may be surprised to discover the direct impact that World War II had on the islands (page 30), a topic featured in a new documentary by Sea Island Club member Lance Toland. And on page 28, you will find out about how the area inspired renowned author Eugenia Price; affected the founders of Methodism; and served as the site of an 18th-century battle that protected Georgia from Spanish invasion. We reach even further back in time to explore the transformation of cartography, from the earliest maps painted on cave walls to the use of satellite imagery (page 74). As you explore the resort, don’t forget to look up. Many of our ceilings feature unique or unexpected elements (page 68). You will also see examples of sporting and wildlife art around Sea Island; we dive into the art form on page 64. Many artists within the genre are inspired by hunting dogs. You can learn more about why canines are the ultimate hunting partners on page 38. Whether this is your first visit to the Island or your hundredth, we hope the following pages will provide insight into favorite traditions as well as ideas for new ones, and ultimately, help you make the most of your time with us. Sincerely, Scott Steilen President and CEO, Sea Island WELCOME TO SEA ISLAND! WELCOME


6 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 32. 38. 44. 48. 54. 60. 64. 68. 74. features RISE AND DINE Hearty Southern breakfast spreads are back and better than ever. By Amber Lanier Nagle NATURAL INSTINCTS With specialized skills and a love for the chase, dogs make the ultimate hunting partners. By Nancy Dorman-Hickson ONE FOR THE BOOKS Davis Love III looks back on his illustrious golf career following one of his best years yet. By Tiffanie Wen ROLL OUT THE BARREL New approaches to barrel aging lend unique flavor profiles to cocktails, spirits and beer. By Michelle Franzen Martin LOCAL LOVE Taking cues from their surroundings, couples opt for personalized weddings filled with locally inspired accents. By Tess Eyrich BABYMOON BOUND Parents-to-be are embracing travel as a way to relax and reconnect before greeting the new addition to their family. By Belinda Lichty Clarke ADVENTURE IN ART The popularity of sporting and wildlife art is surging full-speed ahead. By Ashley Ryan OVER THE TOP Stunning ceilings add character to diverse spaces throughout Sea Island. By Kristin Conard A GUIDING FORCE From using the stars as a guide to placing satellites among them, the maps we use to find our way have changed drastically throughout history. By Joe Yogerst 38 68 48 SPRING/SUMMER 2017 BOTTOM RIGHT: VANESSA ROGERS/COURTESY OF THE CONTINENTAL SEA Island LIFE

8 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 departments WELCOME LETTER SEASONAL FLAVORS: SOUTHERN PÂTÉ Pimento cheese is one of the South’s culinary darlings. LIBATIONS: SOUTHERN SIPS These classic cocktails have a history as rich as their taste. SOUTHERN STYLE: SEEING STRIPES Luxe lines are gracing this season’s most stylish silhouettes. OUTWARD BOUND: ADVENTURES AFTER DARK Explore Sea Island under the cover of nightfall with these exciting activities and events. MIND + BODY: PATHWAY TO PEACE Meditation is easier than ever with the increasing popularity of labyrinths. GET FIT: WORKING OUT TOGETHER Group fitness classes offer companionship and a fun way to get in shape. SEA Island LIFE SPRING/SUMMER 2017 ON THE ROAD FAMILY-FRIENDLY ROUTES TO THE ISLAND NATURAL INSTINCTS DOGS MAKE THE ULTIMATE HUNTING PARTNERS RISE AND DINE START THE DAY WITH A SOUTHERN BREAKFAST FC_SI9.indd 31 3/21/17 10:55 AM FAMILY-FRIENDLY ROAD TRIPS ON PAGE 24; PHOTO BY DASHA PETRENKO/SHUTTERSTOCK 4. 12. 14. 16. 18. 20. 22. SPRING/SUMMER 2017 SEA Island LIFE FAMILY FIRST: ON THE ROAD All routes lead to Sea Island in these epic itineraries. IN THE SWING: HEAD IN THE GAME Two notable sports psychologists offer advice on conquering the mental aspects of golf. ON THE ISLE: DID YOU KNOW? Discover fun facts and stories from around Sea Island’s neighboring Golden Isles. FAVORITE THINGS: MOTHER’S AND FATHER’S DAY Read about the people, places and memories that are treasured most during Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations on the Island. HISTORY: WAR ON THE ISLES A new documentary explores the role of the Golden Isles in World War II. SEA ISLAND STYLE Find the latest looks from your favorite brands, plus sporting gear, gourmet goods and more at the wide variety of shops. EXPERIENCE SEA ISLAND This guide includes what’s new, dates to save and other Island notes. EXPERIENCE THE BROADMOOR Learn about our sister property, The Broadmoor, and discover its news and latest events. THEN AND NOW: JUNIOR STAFF Now a flourishing program that assists with resort happenings year-round, Junior Staff began with only a few members entertaining kids during the summertime. 24. 26. 28. 29. 30. 78. 80. 84. 98. 2106

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10 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 EDITORIAL & DESIGN EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Steve Zepezauer CREATIVE DIRECTOR Sonia Chung EDITOR Katherine Duncan [email protected] ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Ashley Burnett ASSOCIATE EDITORS Elizabeth Nutt, Sharon Stello, Briana Verdugo ASSISTANT EDITOR Ashley Ryan MARKETING DESIGN DIRECTOR/ART DIRECTOR Paul Graff JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER/PRODUCTION ARTIST Shaylene Brooks CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jackie Adams, Belinda Lichty Clarke, Kristin Conard, Nancy Dorman-Hickson, Laura Janelle Downey, Tess Eyrich, Sarah Gleim, Dale Leatherman, Michelle Franzen Martin, Amber Lanier Nagle, Karlee Prazak, Rachel Quartarone, Matt Villano, Tiffanie Wen, Joe Yogerst PHOTOGRAPHER/PHOTO EDITOR Jody Tiongco DIGITAL MANAGING EDITOR Kim Zepezauer SALES ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Carrie Robles [email protected] 305-431-5409 NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Maryellen Case [email protected] 914-953-3202 PRODUCTION MANAGER Tina Leydecker PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Megan Shelhamer FINANCE ACCOUNTING MANAGER Cyndy Mendaros CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steve Zepezauer CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER Scott Sanchez CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER & SPECIAL PROJECTS Donald Nosek PRESIDENT & CEO Scott Steilen CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Parra Vaughan MANAGER, MARKETING & CRM Jessica DiVincent STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Eliot VanOtteren ©2017 BY FIREBRAND MEDIA LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO PART OF THIS PERIODICAL MAY BE REPRODUCED IN ANY FORM OR BY ANY MEANS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM SEA ISLAND LIFE. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHORS AND ADVERTISERS AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THOSE OF THE OWNERSHIP OR MANAGEMENT OF THE MAGAZINE OR SEA ISLAND. TO OUR READERS: Sea Island Life invites you to share with us your reactions to our magazine. Send your correspondence to Editor, Sea Island Life, 385 Second St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or to [email protected]. The magazine accepts freelance contributions; however, unsolicited materials cannot be returned, and Sea Island Life accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to unsolicited materials. ADVERTISERS: For inquiries, please contact Carrie Robles at [email protected]. Sea Island Life, 385 Second St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651; 949-715-4100. SEA Island LIFE

12 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 SEASONAL FLAVORS there are many foods synonymous with the South: shrimp, grits, cornbread and barbecue among them. Then there’s pimento cheese. The creamy concoction has been a staple at parties and Southern homes for generations. However, despite its reputation for being so classically Southern, it actually has Northern origins. Pimento cheese supposedly got its start in New York, where most of the cream cheese in the country was being produced at the turn of the 20th century. About 10 years later, canned pimento peppers from Spain became available in New York, and it didn’t take long for the two ingredients to be combined, creating pimento cheese. It wasn’t until farmers in Georgia began growing pimentos that the spread became so popular below the Mason-Dixon Line. The region also gave it its own twist: Instead of using cream cheese, Southern cooks created their own recipes, incorporating bolder shredded cheddar cheese mixed with mayonnaise to recreate the creamy texture of cream cheese, along with a few dashes of cayenne pepper or hot sauce. The simple, cheesy spread has remained popular ever since, but somewhere along the way, we started to recognize that pimento cheese’s iconic flavors could still be prepared—and served—in sophisticated ways. “People gravitate to simple flavor profiles,” says Daniel Zeal, executive chef at The Lodge at Sea Island. “Pimento cheese is easy and it’s delicious.” The restaurants at The Lodge serve a ton of the cheesy spread (about 5 gallons every two to three days during the busy season), which is made with Tillamook cheddar cheese, Duke’s mayonnaise and whole imported roasted pimento peppers. “Our bread service at The Lodge is baked biscuits with pimento cheese as one of the core ingredients,” Zeal says. “But we’ve put pimento cheese in everything from deviled eggs and grits to risotto and pork buns.” Chef Kevin Clark, the owner of Home Grown Ga. in Atlanta’s Reynoldstown neighborhood, has also noticed pimento’s big fan base. His restaurant makes about 50 pounds of the spread every week. SOUTHERN PÂTÉ PIMENTO CHEESE IS ONE OF THE SOUTH’S CULINARY DARLINGS. BY SARAH GLEIM Pimento cheese with homemade pork rinds at Sea Island

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 13 Classic dishes like deviled eggs benefit from a dollop of pimento. BOTTOM RIGHT: ANDREW THOMAS LEE “I grew up with pimento cheese always in my refrigerator, but it was never homemade,” Clark says. “I never really even liked the stuff until I made my own—it was just some spread my mom always bought.” Clark has definitely perfected his take on pimento cheese. Home Grown’s version has won the Meltdown competition at Atlanta’s Cheese Fest three times, and Clark and his partner, Lisa Spooner, were invited to produce and sell it in retail stores across the country, from Georgia to New Mexico, including at Murray’s, Albertsons and local specialty stores. The award-winning Grant’s Stack sandwich at Home Grown, which includes a fried green tomato, bacon and pimento cheese grilled on Texas toast, is one of the restaurant’s bestsellers. Another one of the restaurant’s favorites, Lynne’s Stack, is named for a customer who ordered two salmon patties, two fried green tomatoes, sautéed spinach, tomatoes and melted pimento cheese grilled on Texas toast every day. Back at Sea Island, the simple pimento cheese sandwich on white bread is also extremely popular with guests, especially golfers. “It’s probably the No. 2 item we sell on the golf course, just after the hot dog,” Zeal says. “The Masters probably has a lot to do with that. The $1 pimento cheese sandwich is one of the most popular topics of conversation at the event.” However, the culinary staff at Sea Island know how to elevate pimento cheese beyond the traditional white bread sandwich. At the elegant Forbes Five-Star Georgian Room, guests start their meal with a pork bun with pimento cheese amuse-bouche. “It’s made with pimento cheese, bacon, fried pickles and coleslaw on handmade steamed buns,” Zeal says. “It’s the first bite you get at the Georgian Room—it’s a really great opportunity to showcase what we can do. What’s more Southern than pimento cheese and house-made bacon?” m PIMENTO PERFECTED Here’s how to make Home Grown Ga.’s special pimento cheese spread. Yield: 3 to 4 servings 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar ½ cup of mayonnaise ½ cup of diced pimento peppers 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper 2 to 4 dashes of Crystal hot sauce In a large mixing bowl, stir together all of the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and spreadable. Cover and chill. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes and stir well before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

14 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 The Old-Fashioned combines bourbon and bitters. SOUTHERN SIPS THESE CLASSIC COCKTAILS HAVE A HISTORY AS RICH AS THEIR TASTE. BY KARLEE PRAZAK libations come in all shapes, sizes and strengths these days, and with an increasing love for craft cocktails, mixologists are progressively putting their own spin on the classics, from an Old-Fashioned crafted with rum to adding ice cream to the minty Grasshopper. Many of these time-honored concoctions hail from the South, where bartenders and mixologists of yore utilized the region’s specialties to make drinks that have persisted for decades. But while these traditional cocktail recipes have been passed on by generations for a reason— the ingredients and measurements have been balanced to create the perfect taste and combination of flavors—it can still be a refreshing change of pace to mix up bases and garnishes. The following four cocktails are classics that not only have deep roots in Southern history, but can also be enjoyed with fun modern twists. The Mint Julep Kentucky is supposedly to thank for this cocktail classic. Made with bourbon, sugar syrup and muddled mint served atop a mound of crushed ice and garnished with fresh mint, this simple and timeless drink is best enjoyed on sunny afternoons. The julep originated as a medicinal tonic and later became a catchall term for sugary cocktails, but it wasn’t until Kentucky added bourbon and mint and started serving it as the official drink of Churchill Downs Racetrack that the mint julep truly gained notoriety. Today the drink is credited with a lot—it’s the official drink of the Kentucky Derby; it was famously served up by U.S. Senator Henry Clay (who introduced the cocktail to Washington, D.C.); and it allegedly inspired the modern use of a straw, since it’s nearly impossible to drink without one. Thanks to its influence, the regal julep requires proper presentation. “If you serve juleps in a glass cup, you might as well not even do it,” says Miles Macquarrie, Savannahbased bar manager at Kimball House. “A lot of it is about that historic presentation in a metal cup to keep it super, super cold.” Modern twist: Jessica Zigman, head bartender of the Forbes Five-Star Georgian Room LIBATIONS

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 15 The Sazerac was invented in New Orleans. The Forbes Five-Star Georgian Room offers a strawberry-rhubarb mint julep. at Sea Island, recommends adding fresh muddled berries and/or syrup, especially strawberry or rhubarb, to make a delicious julep like the one offered at the Georgian Room lounge. The Sazerac Some credit New Orleans with inventing cocktails. While this might be debatable, New Orleans can certainly take credit for creating the Sazerac. The libation was first mixed up in the Sazerac Coffee House by its owner, Sewell Taylor, and named after its original base of Sazerac de Forge et Files brandy. But due to a phylloxera epidemic that devastated French cognac production and importing, Zigman says the Sazerac quickly adopted a rye base. This is the recipe that stands today, which is, according to Zigman, “the perfect representation of what a cocktail is defined as: spirit, bitter, sugar and water.” The drink traditionally consists of rye whiskey or cognac stirred together with simple syrup and bitters, which originally came from a local apothecary run by Antoine Amedie Peychaud, hence the wildly popular Peychaud’s Bitters today. The whole mixture is then served in an absintherinsed glass. Modern twist: Macquarrie says the Kimball House serves its Sazeracs with a gomme syrup to add more texture and body. “By using the gum arabic powder in the syrup, we create a really rich, viscous texture without having to add too much sugar, so the drink stays really dry and full-bodied.” The Old-Fashioned Legend has it that, in the late 19th century, bartender James E. Pepper started creating this simple favorite in a private Louisville, Kentucky, social club called the Pendennis Club. Pepper was known for two things: keeping an impressive stable of thoroughbreds, and being a well-known bourbon distiller. The classic recipe mixes a sugar cube with bourbon and bitters and is served over a large ice cube, then garnished with a sliver of orange and a maraschino cherry. Modern twist: At Sea Island, Zigman says she recommends swapping out the traditional bourbon base spirit for rum, brandy or even tequila. Chatham Artillery Punch Arguably the strongest drink served in the South, this punch, which originated in Savannah, Georgia, is one surefire way to liven up a party. It is made by mixing two gallons of wine, one gallon of rum, a half gallon of tea, pineapple, maraschino cherries and oranges, and finally, topping it all off with six bottles of Champagne. The next step is the most important—it must sit for at least two days for maximum flavor. “The great thing about a punch cocktail is the longer you let it sit, the better the flavors marry together, adding depth and richness to the cocktail,” Zigman says of this crowd-pleaser. Allegedly, Chatham Artillery Punch wasn’t invented in a bar for patrons. The punch was ILLUSTRATIONS BY SHAYLENE BROOKS circumstantially created by a local Savannah hotelkeeper who was helping the Chatham Artillery unit welcome the Republican Blues, a military company, to town after training drills. Another story claims the punch was presented to George Washington upon arrival. Regardless, all stories point to a great party ensuing. Modern twist: If you find yourself in Philadelphia, pop into Southwark Restaurant and try its creative Philadelphia Fish House Punch, which features apple brandy, bourbon, Jamaican rum, peach liqueur, lemon sherbet and nutmeg. m The great thing about a punch cocktail is the longer you let it sit, the better the flavors marry together ... ” —JESSICA ZIGMAN “

16 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 showing off your stripes has never been easier, thanks to today’s designers, who have taken classic linear looks and revived them with modern twists. The popularity of the pattern can be traced back to 1858, when French sailors incorporated Breton stripes into their uniforms. But it took trendsetters like Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn to turn the nautical design into an on-demand pattern for clotheshorses. Now, today’s high-end designers are picking up where they left off. “Stripes are always a spring staple, but previous seasons have typically shown the traditional nautical version,” says fashion stylist Christie Moeller. “But now, with creatives like Marc Jacobs and his futuristic rave-inspired collection to digital striped prints at Diane von Furstenberg, elegant gowns at Carolina Herrera and utilitarian stripes at Fendi, designers are truly showing their stripes.” Today’s pieces boast a wide variety of stylish lines: thin, thick, horizontal, vertical and more. “Spring 2017 sees stripes through a glorious kaleidoscope of colors, in new, inventive ways and in varying sizes across a spectrum of mediums,” Moeller says. Influenced by her travels along the Italian Riviera, Abbey Glass showcases the pattern in her spring/summer 2017 collection. “The use of stripes in the collection was inspired by resort beach umbrellas and beach towel stripes,” Glass says. “I took the idea of these romantic, Italian beach towns and translated the bright colors, rich patterns and picturesque scenery into clothing.” Men’s clothiers are also getting in on the action. “Emporio Armani, MSGM and Lanvin all showed stripes in their men’s collections for spring 2017,” Moeller says. “For the guys, it’s all about getting sporty with their stripes—retro-inspired knits, candy cane striped cotton shirts and colorblocked stripes add a youthful, fresh spin.” With fresh approaches to an old favorite, it’s clear that the classic pattern has taken on a new life of its own. “They say a tiger can’t change his stripes,” Moeller says. “Well, this season’s designers proved that adage wrong.” m SEEING STRIPES LUXE LINES ARE GRACING THIS SEASON’S MOST STYLISH SILHOUETTES. BY LAURA JANELLE DOWNEY SOUTHERN STYLE 1. NAVY BLUE AND LIGHT BEIGE STRIPED LONG TANK DRESS WITH BELT, $245 (LACOSTE.COM) YANNIS VLAMOS


18 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 ADVENTURES AFTER DARK EXPLORE SEA ISLAND UNDER THE COVER OF NIGHTFALL WITH THESE EXCITING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS. BY JACKIE ADAMS the playful spirit of Sea Island doesn’t fade when the sun goes down—nightfall just brings new and unique ways to enjoy the resort. While during the day the beaches are buzzing with activity, at night the shore quiets down and it becomes a great time to explore and play. Guests can roll up their sleeves and get up-close and personal with the local wildlife, grab some paddles to go full-moon kayaking or take a paddleboarding tour through the area’s enchanting marsh. Read on for some of the best adventures Sea Island has to offer under the stars. Survival Skills Gather around the campfire during the spring and summer for this 3.5-hour outing that teaches children ages 8-14 about marsh ecology, pitching tents, utilizing a compass and more—and don’t forget cooking s’mores and hot dogs over the fire. With the perfect balance of education and adventure, it’s one of the resort’s most popular classes. “If you remember going to camp, you know that once the sun goes down it’s always more fun to play games outside,” says Brittany Lear, the activities and programming manager at Sea Island. OUTWARD BOUND Glow-in-the-Dark Putting Tournament

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 19 INDOOR FUN Spend the night inside with these other fun Sea Island activities. Following hours of outdoor adventure, a night of cozy entertainment inside is another way to end the day. For younger guests, Kids’ Night Out is a popular program. The class, which runs from 6-10 p.m., boasts childcentered activities put on by the Junior Staff. Kids ages 3-12 are invited to do crafts and watch a movie inside after playing outdoor games. It also allows parents to take a quiet night off and explore some of the other evening activities at Sea Island, like booking a reservation at one of Sea Island’s many dining options or taking in a movie at the resort’s Beach Club Theater. The 94-seat theater offers complimentary movies twice a day. Sea Turtle Night Walks This family-oriented program starts at 9 p.m. on most summer nights. After a 20- to 30-minute presentation on the nesting and hatching habits of local turtles, guests are led on a short walk down the beach in search of nesting female turtles crawling out of the water to lay eggs, or to watch baby turtles hatch. Full Moon and Sunset Kayak and Paddleboarding Tours Let a nature guide take you on a two-hour float trip into the marsh during sunset. A perfect activity for all ages and skill levels, these leisurely tours occur three times a week depending on the season and offer a unique way to experience the end of each day. “When you’re seeing the transition into dusk, when the sun sets over the marsh grass in this area, it really makes the grass turn this ... gold color,” says Gavin Earl, manager of water sports at Sea Island. Full moon tours can be requested to explore the marsh by starlight. Glow-in-the-Dark Tournaments Volleyball: In this exciting, flashy event, the resort’s staff set up a half-dozen black lights, bring out neon-colored volleyballs, put down fluorescent court tape and raise fluorescent nets for an unforgettable competition. Participants are also encouraged to wear white to make the party even more fun. Putting: This nine-hole event will have you and your group putting under the stars. Each hole is brightly lit by glow sticks, and the golf balls also glow. This is a perfect activity to center a cocktail party around, or a fun choice for a little after-supper competition. Pin and Drive Contest: Head to the Sea Island Golf Performance Center for this fun competition that makes for a perfect dinner or after-dinner event. Using balls that glow in the dark, the player closest to the pin or with the longest drive wins. m The Sea Island Survival Skills class is geared toward children ages 8-14.

20 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 PATHWAY TO PEACE MEDITATION IS EASIER THAN EVER WITH THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF LABYRINTHS. BY ASHLEY BURNETT there is no getting around it: We live in a stressful world. Whether it’s the demands of building a career or attempting to accomplish personal goals, stress—and its negative effects—can be found everywhere. “Seventy-seven percent of people regularly experience physical symptoms from stress [and] 73 percent have psychological symptoms from stress,” says Ella Stimpson, director of spa, fitness and racquet sports at Sea Island. “… It’s pervasive, and a lot of our illnesses can be attributed to stress.” As a result, people often practice meditation and yoga to bring balance to their lives. However, as Stimpson notes, those classes aren’t for everyone. In lieu of structured wellness exercises, others are turning to labyrinths: pathways that wind their way to a central point. With every step, practitioners focus on their breathing and intentions. Labyrinths can be walked at any time, and the benefits can be felt without any prior instruction. “It is a walking meditation,” Stimpson says. “… It’s a way to relieve stress in an unconventional way that’s more palatable to people than sitting in a structured environment where you have to do certain moves or you have to breathe in a certain way.” Labyrinths have been in use since 2000 B.C. throughout much of the world, especially in Europe and Asia. While they eventually fell out of favor, they were rediscovered in the medieval period when churches began utilizing them. Labyrinths experienced a more recent surge in popularity in the 1990s, when resorts began building their own as part of their wellness services. Today, even hospitals are providing them for patients to use. At the Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens in Los Angeles, which was inspired by the famous Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France and is open to the public, the aim of walking the labyrinth is to decrease “mind chatter” as Carol Jones, the garden curator, says. “Walking the labyrinth provides a focus that can quiet the mind,” Jones says. “It gives the body and mind something to do while we simply put one foot in front of the other.” Sea Island boasts its own seven-circuit labyrinth, which is open for guests to enjoy whenever they wish. It can also be reserved for special events as well as guided meditation, in which a facilitator will conduct a pre- and postwalk session, explaining the mechanics of the labyrinth and asking participants what they hope to achieve and how they feel afterward. Built in 2006, the maze is centered around what Stimpson calls the “four Rs:” remember, release, receive and return. Remembering is about recalling a problem or question you have in mind, while releasing is about letting that question or problem go. The next step is receiving, which occurs once you reach the middle of the labyrinth and receive what “the universe has sent your way,” as Stimpson says. The return refers to when you walk back through the maze, refreshed and renewed and—hopefully—a little more enlightened. m MIND + BODY Sea Island’s labyrinth is perfect for meditating.

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22 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 Yoga, both indoors and outdoors, is a popular activity for those looking to work out with companions. Exercising with other people can help boost motivation. working out by yourself can be difficult. There’s no one to hold you accountable, and the solitary experience can leave even the most goal-oriented exercisers feeling uninspired. By teaming up and joining fitness classes together, friends, family members and co-workers can encourage one another’s efforts and enjoy shared success. From competitive sports to restorative yoga, Sea Island offers a variety of options for groups of all types and activity levels. “At Sea Island, we offer a wide range of classes,” says Tom Hemmings, the resort’s fitness operations and training supervisor. “We offer anything from … a yoga/Pilatesstyle [class], all the way to a high-intensity style class.” Classes are offered every day. They are kept small, and private instruction is available. Some of the most popular, according to Hemmings, are the yoga classes. “I think it’s a great way to push yourself GET FIT with your peers [and with] your friends,” Hemming says. “… And when you come in with a group, … the sense of fulfillment and accomplishment with a given task or activity is through the roof.” Working out together is not limited to classes. Sea Island’s squash court is a popular location for exercising with other people. Hemmings says the resort offers a “prehab” workout before the game begins, where participants can warm up for a round. Sports fans can also take advantage of the golf courses and tennis courts. Both activities offer opportunities fun, collaborative exercise. Group nutritional coaching is also available and on-site trainers or nutritionists can create workout and diet plans to suit everyone’s individual needs. There are many exercise-oriented teambuilding activities available, too. Brittany Lear, activities and programming manager at Sea Island, points to a few experiences that are perfect for larger groups looking for an activity in a team setting. Sea Island Sprint, for instance, is a racing event in which participants divide into teams and search Sea Island for clues that lead them to various locations. Beach Olympics is another option, where groups participate in a fun yet physical competition. Whether you choose to run on the beach, participate in an Island-wide hunt for clues or sweat it out in a Pilates class, one thing is certain: Working out is more fun with a partner (or two or three). m WORKING OUT TOGETHER GROUP FITNESS CLASSES OFFER COMPANIONSHIP AND A FUN WAY TO GET IN SHAPE. BY ASHLEY BURNETT

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24 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 nothing brings a family together like a good road trip. Traveling by car lets you have new experiences together, whether that means visiting landmarks, taking turns playing DJ in the car or indulging in snacks picked up from local eateries as you drive. Because family members are in close quarters, everyone has to interact, guaranteeing some quality bonding time. Some of the best road trip routes in the contiguous United States lead to Georgia’s Golden Isles, home to the Forbes Five-Star resort Sea Island. Taken individually, these drives are great ways to experience the South and offer a unique vacation you’ll remember forever. From New York City or Chicago From New York, the drive to Sea Island can be anywhere from 800 to 1,200 miles long. The fastest route is I-95, which passes through Washington, D.C., as well as Richmond, Virginia, and Savannah, Georgia. For a more scenic route to Sea Island from New York, plot out a course that combines stretches of I-95 with smaller roads and follow U.S. 13 down the Delmarva Peninsula to experience the 20-mile-long Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel, an engineering feat. Also on the peninsula is the Assateague Island National Seashore. This gorgeous spot offers a nice reprieve from the car—you and your family can walk along the shoreline, or stop and explore the region’s many trails, which wind their way through marshland, dunes and pine forests. Along U.S. 13, you can also divert and take a long stop in Philadelphia, which was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage City thanks to its historical and cultural significance. Visit national icons like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in person. Kids will also enjoy Sesame Place, a Sesame Street theme park, and the Please Touch Museum, which encourages youngsters to touch the exhibits. For trips starting from Chicago, head south on I-65 to Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky. Then go east on I-64 to Lexington before connecting with I-75 to Knoxville and I-40 through Asheville, North Carolina, to the coast. But along the way, make sure to stop in Lexington and Asheville. Lexington plays host to several farms and ranches, and kids will relish the opportunity to tour the region’s horse farms. Several companies offer guided tours through horse country, including Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours. With their help, you and the kids can learn about the history of Calumet Farm, which bred several winning horses. Horse Farm Tours Inc. boasts similar ON THE ROAD ALL ROUTES LEAD TO SEA ISLAND IN THESE EPIC ITINERARIES. BY MATT VILLANO FAMILY FIRST Road trips are a great way to create lasting memories.

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 25 offerings centered around Lexington, with a visit to modern farms, as well as the homes of award-winning thoroughbreds California Chrome and American Pharaoh. In Asheville, make sure that the destination is your go-to for breakfast or lunch. This foodie haven has a plethora of kid-friendly eateries like Sunny Point Cafe, as well as The Corner Kitchen and Chai Pani, where a James Beard-nominated chef whips up Indian classics. Meanwhile, for an experience related to the historic South, venture east to Charleston, South Carolina, and explore Fort Sumter, the site of two Civil War battles. From Dallas No matter how you plot out the 900-miledrive between Sea Island and the Dallas area, you’re in for a treat. If you want to stick to interstates, take I-45 south to Houston, then head east on I-10 until you hit I-95, when you begin to head north. Along this route you’ll drive through Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Gulfport, Mississippi; and Pensacola and Tallahassee, Florida. If you take I-30 you can stop in Memphis, where you can check out the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel; tour Graceland (Elvis Presley’s former home); and listen to live blues at the restaurants along Beale Street. For a slower drive, take I-20 east to U.S. 80, and marvel at civil rights history in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, along the way. Montgomery is a great place to catch a Minor League Baseball team. The Montgomery Biscuits, the Class-AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, play in Riverwalk Stadium, with the support of their mascot, Big Mo. From Atlanta The drive to Sea Island from Atlanta is the shortest of these options, ringing in at a little over 300 miles. Because many Atlanta residents can do the drive in about four hours, it’s tempting to stick to the interstates (I-75 to I-16 to I-95) and keep the stops to a minimum. Yet for a slower and more relaxed journey, try any one of the smaller scenic road combinations that bring you from Georgia’s largest city to the picturesque coast. Some of the smaller cities worth exploring include Alma, which is known as the blueberry capital of Georgia and has a blueberry festival every June; Tifton, which is home to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, a working museum that replicates a traditional farm community of the 1870s; and Waycross, where visitors can tour the 19th-century Obediah’s Okefenok, a beautiful pioneer homestead. Macon is also a great stop. It is home to the Tubman Museum, named for Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman, and is one of the largest museums dedicated to AfricanAmerican art, history and culture, as well as the Ocmulgee National Monument, which has preserved traces of over 10 millennia of Southeastern Native American culture. For a sweet treat, make sure to add Claxton, Georgia, to your itinerary. The so-called “fruitcake capital of the world” is home to Claxton Bakery, which serves up classic fruitcakes. While you can’t actually tour the factory itself, you can stop by to pick up the perfect road trip snack. Alongside fruitcakes, you’ll find other various Southern snacks and specialties that’ll tide you over until you reach Sea Island. m Fort Sumter dates back to the Civil War. Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former home in Memphis, Tennessee Grab lunch at the Snack Shack. REST AND RECOVER Take a break from your road trip and stay at Sea Island to enjoy these relaxing spots. Sometimes in the middle of a long road trip, an extended pit stop is necessary. With this in mind, Sea Island is a great recovery point for a family touring the southeastern United States. One of the best spots at Sea Island to relax is during a supper overlooking the marsh at the River Bar at The Cloister. Or head over to the golf course for a few rounds to stretch your legs, or book a treatment at the spa to relieve any muscle aches from long hours spent in the car. If you’re traveling with young kids, consider kayaking into the marsh to look at seabirds, or enrolling the youngsters in Camp Cloister for a day of activities on their own. On the way out, the Snack Shack at the Beach Club is a good place to grab lunch before getting back on the road, while the Surf Shop sells all sorts of Sea Island-branded items that make great souvenirs.

26 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 IN THE SWING HEAD IN THE GAME TWO NOTABLE SPORTS PSYCHOLOGISTS OFFER ADVICE ON CONQUERING THE MENTAL ASPECTS OF GOLF. BY DALE LEATHERMAN any golfer who has suffered the yips over a 3-foot putt knows that mental toughness in the sport is just as important as physical ability. Like proper stance, swing and technique, skills such as self-control and steady play under pressure can also be learned. “The game is designed to create mistakes, and the golfer who is best at dealing with bad bounces or bad breaks and his mistakes is most likely to succeed,” says sports psychologist Dr. Robert Rotella, whose work with top international golfers and other sports figures has made him a legend. In 2016, Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III asked Rotella to serve as a sports psychologist and sounding board for the American squad, a request that was echoed by the players and everyone else involved. The result was a historic win by an exuberant, confident team. Rotella, who frequently coached Love during his playing career, gives the Ryder Cup captain all the credit for “creating a mood and mindset that was relaxed and positive,” he says. “Davis did a terrific job of taking care of the players and their families so they all had a great experience. We felt that the American teams had had too much pressure in the past. They wanted to win too badly and tried too hard, which affected their ability to play.” So how does the average amateur find a mental groove that has positive results? “When you go to the first tee you have to be unflappable,” Rotella says. “You have to know your mindset and say nothing can happen on the course to change it. Second, you need to have a routine on every shot. All great players have it. Third, you better put a lot of time into the short game. We saw in the Ryder Cup the value of a routine and being able to putt under pressure.

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 27 Practice greens at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center “Every round comes down to a pitch or putt anyone can do—if you let yourself do it,” Rotella continues. “You have to trust yourself. All the great players get lost in their own world when it’s time to hit.” Rotella, who coached University of Virginia student golfers, made a lasting impression on one student in the 1990s—Dr. Morris “Mo” Pickens, who is now the sports psychologist and performance coach at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center. Pickens’ approach is to “help golfers understand how to think about golf,” he says. “The ball always gives you physical feedback, and golfers tend to assume every mistake is physical, which can lead to working on something that’s not broken. I help athletes understand their emotions, thought processes and practice habits and how each affects performance.” Golf falls into three categories, he says: what happens on course, preparation and practice, and off-course influences. “On course, what matters is self-management—how you think, how you talk to yourself, when you’re going to relax and when you’re going to focus,” he explains. “You’ll plan each shot and make decisions analytically, not emotionally. You’re not going to think about needing to sink the putt to make the cut; that’s emotional. When Stewart Cink won the 2009 British Open he talked to himself before every shot, keeping it physical to avoid emotions. Every putt was about distance, slope and break, not ‘8 feet for birdie to go to two under.’ “Preparation … [involves] things such as club fitting, lessons, sleep, diet and workouts,” Pickens continues. “I refer you to experts on those issues. I get much more involved in practice. Take what I call scorecard golf—36 putts, 14 tee balls (not counting par 3s), four wedges on the four par 5s, and six up and downs, which equals 60 shots. But you’ve only hit five clubs—driver, putter and three wedges. The eight or nine other clubs simply help you advance the ball without hurting yourself. So practicing your 6-iron more than your putter is inefficient. To be good at scoring, only five or six clubs matter.” Pickens points to PGA TOUR pro Zach Johnson, with whom he focused on wedge practice—an hour each on trajectory, distance and spin control twice a day—25 to 30 hours a week. Five months later at Augusta National, Johnson made 11 birdies on par 5s and won the 2007 Masters. As for off-course influences, Pickens stresses managing daily tribulations and concentrating on preparation. “Success depends on skills such as time management, organization and prioritizing,” he says. “I ask students to focus on two or three things such as committing to shots, maintaining composure or having great tempo. We write them on the yardage book or as initials on your glove. It’s a visual reminder so after the first four holes it doesn’t matter if you’re two under or two over, you’re focused on what you’re trying to do on the fifth hole. “People are good at separating the emotional in other parts of life but don’t think about applying it to golf,” Pickens says, “so I give them a new way to look at it.” m BY THE NUMBERS DR. ROBERT ROTELLA • Is the author of more than 10 books, including “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” • Coached numerous professional golfers to 74 major tournament wins since 1984 • Coached Pádraig Harrington to three major championships • Spent more than 20 years as University of Virginia’s director of sports psychology DR. MORRIS PICKENS • Has more than 20 years of experience as a sports psychologist and performance specialist • Since 2005, his students have had 27 PGA TOUR wins. • Coached three majors winners: Zach Johnson, Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink • The junior, college and amateur students who worked with him have had more than 200 wins. • Four of his students were ranked as No. 1 amateur in the U.S. by GolfWeek. • Coached seven tournament-winning college teams, including one National Championship Dr. Robert Rotella Dr. Morris Pickens (left) TOP RIGHT: BOB CULLEN

28 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017 DID YOU KNOW? DISCOVER FUN FACTS AND STORIES FROM AROUND SEA ISLAND’S NEIGHBORING GOLDEN ISLES. ON THE ISLE THE WESLEY BROTHERS The roots of the Methodist Church can be traced back to Georgia. In 1735, Gen. James Oglethorpe invited Anglican clergyman John Wesley to come to Georgia and serve as the colony’s chaplain. Wesley made the journey with his brother, Charles, who planned to become Oglethorpe’s private secretary. After arriving in 1736, John became a minister in Savannah while his brother went to Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island to fulfill his role with Oglethorpe and serve as minister. Following an illness, Charles returned to England and John assumed some of his preaching duties at Fort Frederica. Life as a colonial preacher proved challenging for John; his attempts at missionary work with the Native Americans were ineffective. However, the brothers did form a congregation on the island, and John’s experiences in Georgia left a lasting impact. The brothers, now credited with founding Methodism, are even honored with a memorial garden and church, Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica, which are both on land donated by Sea Island. FORT FREDERICA Troops on St. Simons prevented Spanish invasion. Gen. James Oglethorpe established Fort Frederica in 1736 to protect the southern boundary of his new colony of Georgia from the Spanish in Florida. In 1742, the Spanish attacked the area and one of the fights that ensued with the English defenders is now referred to as the “Battle of Bloody Marsh.” Despite the dramatic name, which can be traced back to the old stories claiming that the marsh “ran red with the blood of Spaniards,” casualties were relatively light. Oglethorpe’s troops won the day, ensuring Georgia’s future as a British colony. Today, the fort’s remains are a national monument protected by the National Park Service. EUGENIA PRICE A renowned author found her inspiration on the islands. Acclaimed author Eugenia Price (1916-1996) is best known for her historical fiction, which is largely based in Georgia. Her first fictional work was inspired by events that took place on St. Simons Island, and it led to her three-decade-long career in the genre. The St. Simons trilogy, which consists of “The Beloved Invader,” “New Moon Rising” and “The Lighthouse,” was written between 1962 and 1969. Not only did it establish her as a historical novelist who dedicated months, or even years, to researching for her books, it also inspired renewed interest in the Golden Isles. In 1965, Price and fellow writer Joyce Blackburn moved to St. Simons from Chicago. In her 30-plus years as a resident, Price was an active supporter of the community, advocating for the local environment and its historical sites. m MIDDLE: COURTESY OF NATIONAL PARK SERVICE; BOTTOM: MERRIAM A. BASS website | facebook Sea Island Resorts | twitter @SeaIslandResort | instagram @sea_island pinterest | youtube HASHTAG HISTORY Share your experiences as you discover local and nearby historical sites during your visit to Sea Island by using #SeaIsland.

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 29 MOTHER’S AND FATHER’S DAY READ ABOUT THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND MEMORIES THAT ARE TREASURED MOST DURING MOTHER’S DAY AND FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS ON THE ISLAND. BY MICHELLE FRANZEN MARTIN FAVORITE THINGS Although their families have grown over the years, one thing has stayed the same for Jim and Mary Jane Barger, Nancy and Bill Wood, and their children and grandchildren: the importance of spending time with loved ones. Long before Jim Barger Jr. married Nancy Wood’s daughter, Burch, both families spent many days at Sea Island, and continue to make new memories as their kids have families of their own. This is especially true on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day—times of the year that they count among their favorite things. NANCY AND BILL WOOD Mother’s Day has always been special for Nancy, who spent many years celebrating the holiday at Sea Island with her three children, Burch Barger, Manning Rountree and Bailey Rountree, and her mother, Emma Burch Nalley, at the Beach Club. “It … [involved] a delicious meal and stimulating conversation in spectacular surroundings,” Nancy says of the celebration, which often started with a predawn swim at the Beach Club. FAVORITE THING ABOUT MOTHER’S DAY? “Each year I spend a few hours enjoying the handmade Mother’s Day cards made over the years by my children, and now grandchildren.” JIM AND MARY JANE BARGER Jim and Mary Jane have shared many memorable Father’s Day celebrations at Sea Island with their children, Melanie and the younger Jim, and their grandchildren. “What a wonderful place we have to live and what wonderful times for children and families [it provides],” Mary Jane says. FAVORITE FATHER’S DAY MEMORY? “After church, we would hurry to the … [Sea Island] Golf Club to enjoy the fabulous salad bar, delicious corn muffins and the Crabsino sandwiches,” she says. MELANIE BARGER Melanie loved spending Mother’s Day with her family at Sea Island when her children were preschoolers. Today, she’s creating new Mother’s Day traditions with her fiancé, B.B. Shelander, and his children, Mac (21) and Mary Banks (17), along with her children, Jon Phillip (13) and Margaret (11). FAVORITE MOTHER’S DAY SURPRISE? “It was such a treat to be surprised by flowers for my mother and me upon our arrival [at Mother’s Day lunch at Sea Island].” FAVORITE FAMILY EVENT? Sea Island bingo. “One year, I surprised myself and won the jackpot.” BURCH AND JIM BARGER JR. Jim and Burch, both raised on St. Simons, returned to the area after more than two decades so they could raise their sons, James and George, there. “We wanted them to tromp through the marsh mud, to wander the beaches and play among the ancient oaks as we did when we were children,” Jim explains. Father’s Day is especially meaningful as they celebrate with three generations of family. FAVORITE FATHER’S DAY EXCURSION? “My Dad and I wake before dawn on Father’s Day and take the canoe into the saltwater lake near our home and into the creeks … between our house and Rainbow Island, searching for redfish with the fly rod.” MANNING ROUNTREE AND KENDALL HOYT Nancy Wood’s son, Manning, has a cottage on Sea Island and visits several times a year with his wife, Kendall Hoyt, and their two children. He has many wonderful memories of Mother’s Day on the Island from his childhood, including having breakfast or brunch at the Beach Club. FAVORITE MEMORY ON MOTHER’S DAY? “We would always challenge my younger brother, Bailey, to eat his age in pancakes, which he could do well into his 20s.” m From left: Jon Phillip, Mac, Mary Banks, Margaret From left: George, Burch, Jim, James Mary Jane, Jim and some of their grandchildren Back: Kendall Hoyt, Manning; front: Rhys, Eli From left: Burch, Manning, Bailey, circa 1990