Photos from top: Eagle Lodge. Photo by Macie Harper Enjoy a cup of coffee on the dock or watch the sunset. Photo courtesy of Private Islands of Georgia The endless amenities at Eagle Lodge allow for a peaceful and luxurious stay. Photo courtesy of Private Islands of Georgia Whip up a low-country boil using the fully equipped outdoor kitchen. Photo by Macie Harper
Step into Georgia’s best backyard, where time slows and Mother Nature’s beauty remains unblemished. Here, situated among the barrier islands of the Georgia coastline, you will find Eagle Island. Dock the boat and leave your worries behind – you’re on island time.
Sitting between mossy oaks in the middle of the 10-acre island lies the luxurious, peaceful Eagle Lodge. Capt. Andy Hill, owner of Eagle Island, has spared no attention to detail and has left no stone unturned in creating this gorgeous Georgia hideaway. Salvaging treasures from his surroundings, Hill managed to use 90 percent reclaimed materials in the building of Eagle Lodge. Not only will you find stunning landscape designs made from fallen cedar trees and pathways made of oyster shells, but if you look closely you will begin to see bits and pieces of history and traces of time - vintage brick, windows, fixtures and doors, ballastone and more. Here you will find a 1,500-square-foot, wrap-around screened porch, hot tub, outdoor fireplace, two full baths, outdoor shower with heater and sink, fully equipped chef’s kitchen and fully equipped outdoor kitchen, commercial ice machine, Direct TV, wireless Internet, 40-foot floating dock, tandem kayak, blue crab traps and more! It won’t be long before you’ll be calling this place home.
Grab a bucket of bait and some traps and go crabbing, fish off the dock, explore the Darien River via kayak, take a walk on the trails, boat out to the beach or simply opt for a nap on the wrap-around porch – the options are endless! Eagle Island is what you make it. Able to accommodate 14 guests, Eagle Island is the perfect place to host your next family getaway, girls weekend, boys trip or even plan a honeymoon. With various vacation packages available, craft and create your own private escape. Rates vary but start as low as $475 a night.
Long before you even arrive, the guest services team at Eagle Island are anticipating your stay. They’ll even pick up your groceries for you and have them stocked upon arrival. Simply visit the local Harris Teeter grocery store online to place your order and the staff at Eagle Island will take care of the rest. Or, if you prefer, bring your own groceries. A visit to the coastal paradise of Eagle Island wouldn’t be complete without a low-country boil or some succulent seafood. No luck crabbing or fishing off the dock? No problem. Hill and his staff can help you get your hands on some great seafood including wild-caught Georgia shrimp, oysters, local clams, etc.
Boat transportation to and from the island is provided, as the only way to reach Eagle Lodge is by boat. Those who would like to bring their own boat are encouraged to do so. Pontoon boat rentals are also available. Rental prices and information can be found on the website. You may also visit the beach by boat which the staff at Eagle Island can assist you with. If you bring your own boat or choose to rent one, you can explore the beaches on Sapelo Island in Doboy Sound. Danny Grissette, of Altamaha Coastal Tours, is available for guided kayak tours. His vast knowledge of the rich ecosystem surrounding Eagle Island makes for an informative and enjoyable adventure. Witness wildlife from the comfort of your own kayak. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the legendary bald eagle soaring through the sky.
For more information on Altamaha Coastal Tours, visit altamaha.com. Or, for the kayak enthusiast, check out the Kayak Escape package offered at Eagle Island. For more information on Eagle Island or to book your island getaway today, visit privateislandsofgeorgia.com/eagle-island/.