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Time travel through our traditions.

Connecting for more than 90 years.

Traditions. We make them in good times. And they help us bond together in uncertain ones.

We invite you to time travel with us through some of Sea Island’s most beloved traditions that have evolved over our 92-year history. We hope this journey will bring fond reminiscences of time well spent and put a smile on your face as you look forward to being part of these traditions when we can again welcome you home to Sea Island.

While some of our traditions may have experienced slight changes over the years, two of our most important will never change – our commitment to gracious, southern hospitality and our excitement at welcoming you home each time you return to our Island. We know that traditions are part of what makes Sea Island not just a special place, but a personal one. And this is why it’s more important than ever to keep them alive.

Then and Now.

Cloister Bells

Sea Island’s earliest printed connection with future and current guests was Cloister Bells, created by Sea Island’s young publicist, Mary Wylie Jones McCarty, in 1930.  Featuring photos of activities and the beauty of Sea Island, Cloister Bells took its name from two large Spanish bells, which are still on the grounds of The Cloister, and from the traditional use of bells to ring out good news. Cloister Bells evolved into ShoreLines in 1934.

Sea Island Life Magazine

Launched in Spring 2013, this is the latest bi-annual publication by Sea Island. Sea Island Life, in both its printed and digital forms, continues the tradition of showcasing the natural coastal setting, expansive array of activities, and the traditions which make Sea Island so special.  Read our latest edition by clicking the button below.



Sea Island Corn Muffins

Our most requested recipe.

Makes 12 large muffins or 18 regular-size muffins.

1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
1/2 Cup Sugar
3 Eggs
16-Ounce Can Creamed Corn
1/4 Cup Whole Milk
1 Cup Bread Flour
3/4 Cup Cornmeal
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Salt
1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1/2 Cup Bacon, Diced and Rendered

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a large muffin pan.
  2. In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the melted butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add creamed corn and milk; mix completely.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add to butter and sugar mixture; mix until incorporated. Fold in cheddar cheese and bacon. Scoop into muffin pan, and bake for 18 minutes.

Memories Made.

Rick and Mary

We were married August 1973 and came to Sea Island for our honeymoon. On the 3rd night, we donned our recent rehearsal dinner best and went to the Beach Club for drinks on the patio before the Al Fresco dinner dance. After we were seated, a photographer came to our table and said "You are dressed perfectly for black and white photos. I'd like to buy you a drink and take your picture with that nice looking waitress." We posed for 45 minutes, pretending to sip long emptied cocktails. The photographer got our address and promised to send a copies of some of the pictures. Several weeks later we received glossies with a release to sign. A few months later, our picture appeared as the Sea Island ad and continued to be for the next 5+ years.


Growing up, I would take friends down to Sea Island every summer for the last hoorah before school started. Summer going into sophomore year of high school, one of my friends developed a mutual crush with a Sea Island lifeguard. He came to Bingo with my family, and we spent A LOT of time at the diving pool. My friend said goodbye before we drove back to Memphis in my mom's minivan. We all asked if she had kissed the lifeguard, and she said "no." We all told her that she would regret not kissing the lifeguard, so my mom did a U-turn on Sea Island drive. We all cheered as my friend ran up and had her first kiss with the Sea Island lifeguard outside of the old beach club! It's definitely a memory none of us will every forget!

Issues You Don't Want To Leave In The Past.

With 14 past issues of Sea Island Life, where will you begin?

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Let's be Social! Social Media, that is.

Join us on Instagram as we further celebrate this tradition of communicating with our Sea Island family. Also, take a guess on what the next tradition highlighted will be.

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