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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
Hide and seek: Commune with nature and collect a shell or two on a sandy strand just off the Georgia coast.
Though it stretches for 10,000 acres on the Atlantic Ocean, Little St. Simons has just six cottages tucked among its forest of red cedar trees, and only 32 guests are permitted at a time. A pencil maker spied this place in 1907, but because the trees were too wind-bent for his No. 2's, the island has been passed down through family members for preservation and recreation. Still, the land mostly belongs to its flora and fauna, including bald eagles, painted buntings, horseshoe crabs, and roseate spoonbills. After a slumber in one of the antique-filled, air-conditioned bungalows (which range from one to four bedrooms apiece), much of the daily rhythm revolves around birding expeditions. There's also a thick web of hiking trails, bicycles and boats to borrow, and seven miles of beaches without a single boom box blasting. A fishing pole should be a constant companion. Life is so low-key here that what produces the highest heart rates is the weekly oyster roast.
Find your way: Fly into Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida, each of which are about a two-hour drive from the Hampton Point Marina; from there, it's a 12-minute boat ride.
Little St. Simons Island
Tel: 888 733 5774
Rooms from $450 per night for double occupancy, including boat transfers to the island, all activities, meals, and alcohol. It's open year-round, but during peak season (May through October), children must be 9 or older.