Brunswick, GA - Close to Jekyll and St. Simons Islands - Yet With Its Own Charm
Brunswick, Georgia - The Mainland Gateway to the Golden Isles of St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island
Brunswick, Georgia - the "Cinderella" to Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. While St. Simons and Jekyll certainly aren't ugly stepsisters, Brunswick is most often the forgotten one when tourists flock to the Golden Isles of Georgia.
There's plenty to see in Brunswick and you ought to take a look when you are visiting Coastal Georgia.
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Brunswick is located 65 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida and 75 miles south of Savannah, Georgia. Known as the 'Gateway to the Golden Isles', Brunswick is home to over 15,000 citizens and is also the bustling center for Glynn County, Georgia which has a population of almost 80,000.
Established in 1771, today Brunswick is home to one of Georgia's deep water ports (the other is located in Savannah) and is a major port for foreign car importation, among other things. Your Porsche - or the one you wish you had - very likely first touched American soil in Brunswick, Georgia.
Along downtown's Union Street, you'll find beautiful historic homes. Since most of pre-1864 Brunswick was burned during the Civil War, these homes reflect a town getting back on its feet in the late 19th Century. Here you'll find Victorian homes of all types and sizes as well as the popular four square and Arts and Crafts style homes from the early 20th century.
Enjoying Downtown Brunswick
Historical and Interesting
If you bypass Brunswick, one of the things you'll miss is an interesting downtown with plenty of charm. Many don't realize that Brunswick was designed by the same man who designed Savannah, Georgia. And like General Oglethorpe's plan for Savannah, Brunswick's downtown and living areas were built in grids with community squares and greenspace in mind.
Today, many of the Squares have succumbed to 'progress' and have been built over - houses, churches and offices now stand in areas meant to be enjoyed by the locals. However, the squares that have survived are undergoing a renaissance of sorts and are being improved and revived by a local organization known as Signature Squares.
Quaint, Historic Downtown Brunswick
Enjoy a little southern comfort and skip the basic motel room
To get a true feel for Brunswick, consider staying in one of the beautiful bed-and-breakfast inns within walking distance of the shops downtown. Brunswick has a lovely historic district and all of the inns listed in this section can be found there.
Stroll the moss-draped pathways around town or simply sit on the porch with a drink and a good book.
This very large home in the historic area of Brunswick has been opened as a Bed-and-Breakfast by a few different owners. But, the current owners have it exactly right! Jaw-droppingly beautiful, especially when decorated for the holidays. You must give it a try.
Small - just five bedrooms - but beautiful. Located on lovely Union St. and within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and the waterfront.
Indigo Coastal Shanty
Funky, low key, perfect for downtown Brunswick unpretentious restaurant. Great food when you just want to wear your flip-flops, shorts, and t-shirt.
Willie's Weenie Wagon
The little hot dog hut across from the College of Coastal Georgia. Willie's is an institution. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pork chop sandwiches, and some good sweet tea are just a few of the things you'll find to tempt you.
Creative wood-fired pizza and scrumptious pasta, too. Can get noisy but so fun and great for people watching.
On the Way to Brunswick's Deep Water Port
Driving directions to Brunswick - Take time to visit that little town across the bridge from Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island
You have to cross a bridge to get to Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island. Take some time before you cross to visit Brunswick or come back across for a walk down quaint small town streets of cute shops and historic homes.
Moving to Brunswick? - Local Businesses You'll Want to Know About
Moving to Brunswick, Georgia or just staying for a few months to enjoy our warm weather. Either way, here are some links that will be very helpful to you.
- Canal Road Self Storage
Centrally located in Brunswick - which means it is perfect for RV storage, boat storage, auto storage, or just those boxes that you don't have time to unpack right now. Just off Interstate 95 so it's easy to move your boat from storage to water and b
- Brunswick Convention and Visitors Bureau
Lots of useful links for visitors and homegrown folks, alike.
- Blythe Island Regional Park
A beautiful county park with a small lake, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and deep water boat access. Bunnies too. Definitely worth getting your boat or RV out of storage to visit.
- The Harrison Firm - Personal Injury and Real Estate Attorneys
The Harrison Firm is located in downtown Brunswick and also serves St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Darien, Glynn County and all surrounding towns and counties in southeastern Georgia. Over 40 years of experience to assist you with your legal matter