A Special Time of Year–Holidays on St. George

You may automatically think summer when you think of St. George Island, but the holiday season is a great time for visiting!

The air is cooler in the winter on SGI–we typically experience that perfect “sweater weather” for most of the season–but not so cold that heavy coats and scarves are a necessity. The day time is perfect for hikes and strolls on the beach, and our roomy rentals offer the perfect place to gather the whole family for holiday meals.

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Read a book on the porch while taking in the salty air, and spend the evening with family near the fireplace. SGI will make your holiday season unforgettable!

Fireplaces at Amelia and El Dorado.

Best of all, you’ll take advantage of our great low rates!

 

The Beach: The Best Gift of All?

Want to give a gift that the whole family will enjoy? Give the gift of a beach vacation!

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Come for the holiday season or purchase a gift for use in the summer. We offer large homes perfect for family gatherings or small townhouses just waiting for a couples’ getaway.

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Give us a call today and let us help you plan the ultimate surprise–a trip to paradise!

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Spooky Happenings around SGI

Want a relaxing stay at the beach but don’t want to miss out on all the Halloween fun? Never fear! St. George Island and surrounding Franklin County have tons of events to take you from beach day basking to trick-or-treating.

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Want to take in some spooky sights with a historic edge? Check out the Chestnut Street Cemetery Ghost Walk.

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This event, held  in Apalachicola on October 29, takes visitors for a haunted stroll through the beautiful Chestnut Street Cemetery. Many gravestones predate the Civil War, and with the tours guided by the Apalachicola Historical Society, you are sure to gain a bit of knowledge with your fright.

Click here for more information.

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Interested in a night time event that’s a little less frightening? Visit the Lighthouse Lantern Festival on October 22 in Carrabelle. The two-day event will feature a lantern making workshop and evening lantern display, live theatre, music, dance presentations, storytelling and craft exhibits.

Click here to learn more about this year’s festival.

It wouldn’t be Halloween without trick-or-treating, which takes place every year in Franklin County. Ask at the front desk or tune into local radio for details about this year’s trick-or-treat times.

Have a spooky day!

53rd Annual Florida Seafood Festival

One of the best parts about life on the Gulf is enjoying great seafood, and the Florida Seafood Festival is the perfect way to celebrate! This year’s festival takes place November 4th and 5th.

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Dubbed Florida’s oldest maritime event, the state’s Seafood Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. Held from Friday to Saturday during the first weekend of November, the festival includes highly competitive oyster eating and oyster shucking competitions, a carnival, a 5K run, fireworks, the blessing of the fleet, a parade, musical entertainment (Kellie Pickler and Craig Campbell have performed in past years), and plenty of delicious food. The festival takes place on the Apalachicola River at Battery Park.

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Bring the family and enjoy the beach and all the great seafood Florida has to offer. Give us a call and we’ll help you make the most of a Seafood Festival getaway!

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Local Favorites: Fall on SGI

The fall season is a local favorite on SGI. Fall on SGI means cooler temperatures, but the calm waters of the gulf often stay warm well into November.

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October is also the time where island visitors can witness the monarch butterfly migration. Thousands of butterflies head south to spend winter in warmer climates, and pass through St. George Island on their way.

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Customers visiting the island in the fall enjoy discounted rates, less crowded beaches and all the beauty SGI has to offer. Try fall on SGI–you’ll be hooked!

Where to Stay for Great Fishing on St. George Island

Collins Vacation Rentals has a home to fit your fishing needs!

While our whole island is an angler’s paradise, Collins can match you with the perfect home to take your fishing game up a notch. From easy beach access, to private docks, to deepwater canals, and–of course–the perfect kitchen for cooking the catch of the day!

We have lots of great bay front and canal front homes–many with private docks or dock access for your convenience.

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the dock at Wild Child

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fish cleaning sink and dock view at Avid Angler

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community dock for the homes at Kinja Bay

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view of the dock from screened cabana at On the Waterfront

Ready to fish but favor casting from the shore? St. George Island’s miles of beach allow for hassle-free fishing. For a quiet fishing experience, our State Park allows anglers to fish for flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting, Spanish mackerel and other fish off the beach or in the bay, and has two boat ramps for guest use.

So grab your poles and head down to the shore!

your chance to share what makes st. george island unique

Every year, Collins Vacation Rentals hosts a Viewfinder’s Photo Contest. Winners receive great prizes, and all participants have the chance of seeing their photographs published on our website, social media, or in our annual Rental Guide.

Here is a sampling of some of our favorite entries from past contests!

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This year’s prizes include:

  • First Place: a $200 credit towards your next stay with us ($200 Value)
  • Second Place: a $100 credit towards your next stay with us ($100 Value)
  • Third Place: a $50 credit towards your next stay with us ($50 Value)

2016 Photo Contest Guidelines

  1. Date to begin submitting photos is January 1, 2016.
  2. We invite our guests of Collins Vacation Rentals, Inc. to submit photographs of your favorite memories of St. George Island.
  3. Entries should be JPEG format, between 1MB and 5MB in size. Photos should be uploaded through this web page.
  4. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number and email address and check the box telling us you have read and agree to our Photo Release Guidelines.
  5. Professional photographers are not eligible to win the contest, but are welcome to submit photos for consideration.
  6. The deadline to submit photos is October 15th, 2016.

Click here to learn more about our photo contest and to submit your entry!

 

Island Locations: 300 Ocean Mile

Want the beach experience but don’t want to rent a whole house? 300 Ocean Mile may be the perfect fit for you!

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300 Ocean Mile features a variety of townhomes with a range of minimum night stays, making this location great for a weekend getaway. Great pools, community boardwalks to the beach, grills, private decks, and more will make your vacation special.

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300 Ocean Mile is located close to the state park, so bring your bike (or rent one from our island shops) and enjoy a trip to the gorgeous, natural park.

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Click here to learn more about 300 Ocean Mile!