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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cumberland Island

Off the coast of Georgia is an uninhabited island full of wild horses, hiking trails and long Atlantic coastline. When I say uninhabited, I mean for the most part. There are a few people that live on remote parts of the island and visitors can take a ferry to the island year round.

The island came to my attention years ago when John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette married there in a candlelight ceremony in the tiny First African Baptist church. Our one day trip last weekend didn't allow us time to find the church (total bummer for me), but it did give us time to make our way along one of the trails to enjoy a day on the beach.

It is absolutely picturesque being on an island where wild horses roam. You just have to step very carefully, if you know what I mean.

While there is an inn on the island, it is high dollar. It also does not allow guests under six. Because of this, most people stay nearby and take the ferry onto the island. You can go for a day trip, which is what we did, or making camping reservations and take a ferry back to the mainland days later.

We stayed in St. Mary's, Ga., at the Cumberland Island Inn. The suites are basically two connected hotel rooms, but they are clean and spacious.

The Inn also offered two free ferry tickets as well as a $40 coupon for one of three local restaurants. We chose St. Mary's Seafood, which has to be the most popular place to dine. Our whole gang - all seafood lovers - gave it two thumbs up.

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