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St. Marys Georgia Activities

Make Spencer House Inn your home for your visit to the coast of Georgia – whether you want to be active each day with a trip to Cumberland Island or Okefenokee Swamp or whether you would like to slow your pace and stroll the tree-lined streets of the village of St. Marys and spend your time immersed in history or perhaps shop for antiques and other unique items – whatever brings you to Spencer House Inn, we are so glad to have you as our guests – thank you for coming!

Dining | Outdoor Pursuits | Museums, Parks and Historic Places
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Saint Marys Restaurants and Dining

Here are a few of our favorite restaurants – it’s nice to be able to walk to several of the restaurants that are near the Inn and in addition there are others to choose from which are just a short drive away.

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The Blue Goose Wine and Coffee Shoppe  478-233-1548;  Mon.-Thurs. 7am-8pm, Fri. 7am-9pm, Sat. 9am-9pm, Sun. 12n-6pm. The Blue Goose is a wine bar and coffee shop located right across the street from the Inn. They sell wine by the glass and by the bottle and you can also purchase coffee by the cup or by the pound along with a muffin, slice of cheesecake, fruit & cheese plate or a delicious sandwich or salad. You can enjoy your beverage of choice at outside tables with bright umbrellas or inside on comfy couches or a little table for two.

Lang’s Marina Restaurant 912-882-4432; Lunch Tues.-Fri. 11am-2pm; Dinner Wed.-Sat. 5-9pm; closed Sun. & Mon. Local seafood at its best, shrimp and rock shrimp are their specialties, seafood selections available, shrimp from Lang’s own boats, wine & beer, located beside the St. Marys River & the waterfront park.

Cedar Oak Cafe and Java Joe’z 912-882-9555; Mon.-Fri. 7am-5pm; Sat. 8am-3pm; Sun. 9am-3pm. Terrific selection of salads, sandwiches, smoothies, desserts and coffees.

Pauly’s Café 912-882-3944; Sun.-Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am-10pm. Almond crusted grouper #1 on the menu plus other seafood, chicken, steak, pasta dishes with an Italian flair along with salads, soups, sandwiches, fine wines & beer and specialty desserts.

Riverside Café 912-882-3466; 7 days a week 11am-9pm. Dine across from the beautiful St. Marys waterfront & the ferry to Cumberland Island, inside or out on the porch – breakfast any time, casual lunch, dinner available, wine & beer, the menu is Greek & Mediterranean inspired & so much more including  homemade desserts.

Captain Seagle’s Seafood Restaurant 912-882-2472; Sun.-Thurs. 5-9pm; Fri. & Sat. 5-10pm. Dine in history at the Riverview Hotel with fresh seafood including shrimp & grits, steaks, pasta, chicken plus sandwiches, salads, seafood bisque & desserts, full bar service.

Shark Bites Bar & Grill 912-576-6993;Sun.-Thurs. 11am-11pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am-12midnight. Appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees and oysters on the half shell, all overlooking the St. Marys River.

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Borrell Creek Landing Restaurant 912-673-6300; Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11am-2:30pm; Dinner 7 nights a week 5-10pm. Beautiful panoramic view of the marsh & sunset, for dinner a nice selection of seafood, steaks, chicken, duck prepared with flair; full bar service; separate areas for group events.

Mad Hatter Tea Shop 912-576-3645; Mon.-Fri. 11am-2pm, closed Sat. & Sun. Delicious sandwiches, salads, crepes, quiche, soup of the day & a wonderful selection of teas & their specialty scones plus a variety of cupcakes to choose from.

St. Marys Seafood & More 912-467-4217; Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am-10pm & Sun. 11am-9pm; wide array of seafood, also salads, soups & appetizers, something for everyone, family run & very friendly.

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Outdoor Pursuits

With our beautiful coastal location and our moderate year round temperatures, St. Marys and the southeast Georgia coast are a perfect location for outdoor activities all year long.

Learn more about Cumberland Island which is just a short ferry ride from St. Marys. You can also view our Cumberland Island Map.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Another jewel in the Georgia Coastal crown, the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge is located 45 minutes west and is the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern United States and contains the impressive Okefenokee Swamp. A visitor’s center with a short movie; plus hiking trails, boardwalk & observation deck, picnic tables are all added features for a fun time at the swamp.

Okefenokee Adventures A 90-minute scenic boat trip through the Okefenokee Swamp is offered several times a day. Canoe, kayak, boat and bike rentals are also available. 912-496-7156

Crooked River State Park 500 acre park features picnic sites, boat dock & ramp, nature center, bird blind, bicycle rental and 4-mile hiking trail – 10 minute drive or 30 minute bike ride from Spencer House Inn. On the way, stop at the McIntosh Sugar Mill tabby ruins.

Camden Bicycle Center Bicycle sales, service and rentals – they will deliver to Spencer House Inn. 912-576-9696.

Colonial Coast Birding Trail The Colonial Coast Trail aptly weaves bird watching into the state’s historical roots, encouraging visitors to stop at Civil War forts and plantations, as well as at freshwater wetlands, woodlands and tidal rivers. Though the driving route parallels Interstate 95, the many visitors’ centers along the way and their staff will offer plenty of suggestions that will get both skilled birders and novices off the beaten path.

The Cumberland Sound Ferry Book a private charter for family & friends on this ferry which can travel between St. Marys, Georgia and Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island, Florida – you can take your bikes too. On occasion this ferry will also run between the two cities for special events & local festivals. We hope the ferry will resume full service again at a later date.

East Coast Greenway The Greenway connects Georgia to Florida via The Cumberland Sound Ferry and is a long distance paved urban trail system with a 3,000 mile route linking cities along the Atlantic coast.

Short drives – make Spencer House Inn your home base for half day trips to the beach communities of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, Florida to the south and St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Sea Island, Georgia to the north, all within a 30-60 minute drive.

Kayaking

Up the Creek Xpeditions  A wide array of guided half day and full day kayak tours of Georgia’s scenic waterways, for all levels – salt marshes, rivers, swamps and beaches, can be reached by phone 912-882-0911, text or email.

Offshore & Inshore Fishing
Fish the Atlantic Ocean, St. Marys River, Satilla River and Crooked River with experienced guides or on your own – public boat ramps available.

Fish Masters Charters 912-729-5214

Lang Charters 912-882-4262

Salt Grass Charters 912-674-8238

No Limits Charters 904-966-1922

Lang’s Marina is a full service marina. Lang’s offers a deep water marina with direct ocean access. 912-882-4452

Golf
There are two championship golf courses in the area, Osprey Cove, a Mark McCumber designed 18-hole course on the tidal marsh with beautiful views, and Laurel Island Links, which was designed by Davis Love III and is also an 18-hole course nestled in the marsh lands. A third course, Trident Lakes Golf Club, on the Kings Bay Naval submarine base is also available and is a great value.

Laurel Island Links 912-729-7277

Trident Lake golf course 912-573-8475

Osprey Cove 912-882-5575 (private access)

Tennis – lighted public areas.

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Museum, Parks and Historic Places

St. Marys, Cumberland Island and Camden County, Georgia are rich in history – as you explore the various venues in the area, you’ll be surprised at the many facets of Americana that permeate our southeast Georgia locale.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum Located across the street from Spencer House Inn in St. Marys, the museum houses a collection of artifacts from Cumberland Island dating from the first inhabitants of the island & includes unique pieces from the Carnegie family collections. A new exhibit features the Forgotten Invasion of the War of 1812. These exhibits are open to the public and include pieces from the lives of Native Americans, African Americans, the Carnegie family and others who lived on the island in the 19th and 20th centuries.

St. Marys Submarine Museum A fascinating walk through the history of submarines and the men who operate them and a peek through an actual periscope. Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun.12-5pm, closed Mon. 912-882-2748.

Orange Hall House Museum Tour one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the southeast. The City of St. Marys has just completed an extensive exterior renovation of Orange Hall – it looks regal and the helpful docents are awaiting your arrival for a tour to step back in time.

Historic Oak Grove Cemetery Established in 1788, many graves date back to as early as 1801 and are a history of “who’s who” in Camden County, Georgia. A section of the cemetery has headstones that are in French & camellias bloom all winter & azaleas bloom in the spring.

Howard Gilman Memorial Waterfront Park Stroll, sit or swing at this beautiful park in a natural setting along the St. Marys River, a beautiful spot any time of day but especially at sunset. The park features a gazebo & arbors, a Charleston-style fountain, children’s playground, picnic area, stage, river piers for walking & fishing – boat launching & docking nearby – wonderful site for a wedding or special event.
Link to video

Can walk to – waterfront pavilion, dock, boat ramp and marsh walk

38 National Register sites

Historic churches – Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic and Episcopal

Toonerville trolley

Washington pump and oak

St. Marys Aquatic Center Open May-September; drift lazily down the “continuous river” on your inner tube, swim a few laps or ride the twister slide & explore 1,000 ways to get wet in a fun atmosphere.

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Shopping, Antiques and Art

Downtown Historic Area

Market on the Square 912-882-2215 – delicious homemade fudge, terrific assortment of ice cream and that cute gift, trinket or t-shirt to take home as a souvenir – try the variety of Torani flavors for espresso, cappuccino & lattes – don’t forget that treat for your pet – open 7 days a week.

The Cottage Shop 912-882-9171 – Unique gifts, household and garden decor, accessory pieces, antiques, linens, framed prints – something for every room of your house – open Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm.

The Golden Pineapple 912-882-0616 – Beautiful pieces sure to enhance the décor of your home. Unique antiques, sculpture, ceramics, paintings, jewelry and gift items.

Once Upon a Bookseller 912-882-7350 – Pick up the latest best seller to read on your vacation. Better yet, browse the interesting and varied selection of books about Cumberland Island and other historic places in the area. Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm.

Cottle & Gunn 912-510-0639 – Painted vintage furniture, locally made art & crafts and workshops where “the paint flies & the furniture grows wings.” Open Mon.-Sat.10am-6pm & Sun.1-5pm.

Olde Town Gallery 912-673-0102 – Local art on display and for sale is a wonderful example of the incredible talent here in our small coastal community. The gallery is staffed every day by volunteer artists who are members of the Coastal Camden Art League.

Local Art Gallery 912-882-9336 – Dedicated to local artistic creations of various media.

Alexandra’s Attic 912-882-5861 – True antique shop with many rooms to stroll through, like stepping back in time but so much to choose from. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm.

Gray’s Gallery 912-882-3226 – Affordable local art and custom framing by owner/artist Elizabeth Gray. Nice selection of candles and also antiques. By appointment only.

St. Marys Antiques & Collectibles Mall – open 7 days a week, 2 locations, so glad to have them back, so fun & so much to look at your head will be spinning.

St. Marys Community Market – every Saturday at the waterfront pavilion 9am-1pm.

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Area Events & Festivals 

White Lighting Ceremony & Parade
Historic Downtown St. Marys
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at dusk

Christmas in the Park
Gilman Waterfront Park, St. Marys
December 6, 2014 12noon til 8:00PM

Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes
Historic Downtown St. Marys
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 5:30-9:00 PM

Mardi Gras
Historic Downtown St. Marys
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Concours d’Elegance
Amelia Island, FL
March 13-15, 2015

Crawfish Festival & Parade
Woodbine, GA 
April  24 & 25, 2015

Shrimp Festival & Pirate Parade
Fernandina Beach, FL
May 1-3, 2015

Independence Day Festival, Parade, & Fireworks
Historic Downtown St. Marys
Saturday, July 4, 2015

Catfish Festival & Parade
Kingsland, GA
August 29, 2015

Rock Shrimp Festival & Parade
Historic Downtown St. Marys
October 3, 2015

Hay Days
Historic Downtown St. Marys
October 10-October 31, 2015

Okefenokee Festival & Parade
Folkston, GA
October 10, 2015

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Other links of interest

St. Marys Welcome Center 912-882-4000 – Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sunday 12noon-5pm. See a video of historic St. Marys; tram tours available Mon.-Sat. 11am and 2pm, pick up at waterfront pavilion.

Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base: – St. Marys is the East Coast home port of the Trident submarines – a submarine museum is located on the St. Marys waterfront.

Greyfield Inn is located on Cumberland Island.

Camden County Chamber of Commerce

Kingsland Georgia Convention & Visitors Bureau

St. Marys Downtown Development Authority

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