Saint Marys, Georgia

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Peacemaker Sails into Saint Marys

The city of St. Marys, Georgia welcomed the arrival of the Peacemaker ship last week as she made her way toward her weeklong home, docking south of Langs Marina on the St. Marys River from January 25th to February 1st. The Peacemaker - a tall, wooden barquentine ship that hearkens to the sea-dwelling vessels of centuries past - took a one-week hiatus from her scheduled route down the coast of Florida before making her way toward her next stop in Mobile, Alabama, on…

Sunrise in St. Marys (video)

Catching the early morning sun on its upward ascent while breaking above Amelia Island southeast of St. Marys is one of the many wintertime perks of living on the Georgia coast. From late spring to fall's end in St. Marys, sunrises are limited to the north end of town and, barring access to a boat, are impossible to appreciate from Waterfront Park. However, if you can make your way to the North River/East Meeting Street boat ramp during the warm seasons, you'll…

Holiday Biking in St. Marys, Georgia (video)

While thoughts of December usually trigger images of sweater-bound people bundled up in their homes and nestled closely to a crackling fire, that type of behavior in St. Marys this winter would have resulted in a few heat strokes. That's because while most of the United States is shoveling snow or dodging near-freezing raindrops this time of year, the weather in St. Marys couldn't be better. Temperatures flirted with 70 degrees on Christmas Day, with nightly lows bottoming out in the mid-50s throughout the week. Winter…

Like Clockwork: Afternoon Summer Storms Roll Through Saint Marys

Tourists are going to drive 10 miles under the speed limit everywhere they go, the yellow flies are going to drive hundreds of Cumberland Island visitors to the brink of insanity, and afternoon thunderstorms will put a damper on scores of vacations during the summer months on Georgia's Atlantic coast, so we might as well get used to it. [caption id="attachment_552" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Watching the storm roll in from the west toward Saint Marys, Georgia.[/caption] Travelers could literally set their watch to the afternoon thunderstorms that roll across the…

A Visit to Saint Marys, Georgia

Picturesque maritime streets and centuries-old architecture continue to make the historic district of Saint Marys, Georgia a must-see for supporters of historic-coastline preservation. Formally established as a coastal town in the fall of 1787, the area surrounding Saint Marys, including Cumberland Island, had been explored by the Spanish as early as 1566, making it one of the first locations in the United States to entertain European guests (Saint Augustine, Florida, the nation's oldest city, was founded one year earlier in 1565). A few things have…