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Latitude 31/Jekyll Island Ga

We've made this trip a couple of times as it is a 30 minute jaunt from Vidalia, GA (VDI). Right on the Jekyll Island Club Wharf, in the middle of the historic district, Latitude 31 wins the prize for best location and great food. The menu has everything from Oysters Rockefeller to seafood crêpes to bourbon peach- and pecan-glazed pork tenderloin. Entrees range from $11-$22. There's also a kids' menu. D, MC, V. Closed Mon. 

Outside is the "Rah-Bah" for an outdoor relaxed atmosphere for a drink or two for your non-piloting companions.

Jekyll, 09J offers no FBO services with only a small terminal building with clean restrooms, water fountain and a couch to flop on if waiting out some weather. St.Simons (SSI) is 5 miles north across the sound with any refueling needs you might need. If there is wind, chances are it will be cross wind out of the west from the expansive marsh plain between the island and the mainland.If performance allows when landing on 36 land a little long and take advantage of a small stand of trees that block the wind to some degree. 

Just land and chock/tie down and walk out the gate and head south about 1/2 mile through the grounds of the historic Jekyl Island Club to the wharf on the back river. (You'll fly right over the restaurant if on an extended final for RW36) From time to time you might be lucky enough to find one or two of the community bicycles there next to the gate of the airport. Just jump on, ride and return them where you found them. (Do the words "laid back" come to mind) Casual island attire is fine but bathing suits/flip flops will be more suited outside at the Rah Bah. Jekyll Island is covered in another submission here on AP, but I wanted to point out this easy/rewarding flight and meal to those in our area or traveling this way.

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Mr. Wes Chapman

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