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Great Vacation..St George Plantation on St George Island

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Last updated: 04/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Welcome to MORNINGSIDE BY THE SEA, sited on a lot filled with natural indigenous vegetation in St. George Plantation. Our beautiful beach is a short, 2-minute stroll along a sandy wooded path with no streets to cross.

Our home is comfortably furnished with one king, two queens, two twins, and one double convertible bed. You will find a real 'home away from home,' with informal, comfortable furnishings, interesting art and artifacts, and a very well-equipped kitchen. An open vaulted-ceilinged kitchen/dining/living area (with fireplace), one bedroom/bath are on the second floor, to take advantage of the Gulf views. This level also has a screened porch for alfresco dining and 'rockin.' The lower level has three additional bedrooms and 2 baths. A large sundeck with reclining lounge chairs may be accessed from two of the bedrooms. All bedrooms are carpeted, while the living areas have heart pine floors. Guests will find 2 TVs, 2 DVD players, wireless internet, free long distance calling, and a CD player/radio. Guests are welcome to enjoy the games, puzzles and books in the home.

Morningside by the Sea is architect-designed to capture cross breezes for fresh air living and sleeping in mild weather.

St. George is a peaceful and beautiful barrier island off Apalachicola, Florida. On the north is Apalachicola Bay (famous for oysters). To the south is the Gulf of Mexico. This is an area very much into eco-ventures, with several local companies providing escorted and self-guided tours into the Apalachicola River/Bay estuary. The Gulf, river and bay offer great boating and fishing opportunities, with local charter companies available to help you plan and achieve your adventure.

St. George Plantation has a pool and tennis courts, usually available to guests. Our uncrowded beach speaks for itself. The sand is white, the water is bottle blue/green, and the shells are (usually) plentiful. The birds, dolphins and ghost crabs are free!

Morningside by the Sea was built in 1991. We think of it as a family home rather than merely an investment. It is used by us and our kids for more than 16 weeks a year. We hope think you will enjoy Morningside as much as we do and fully expect you will soon love this island as much as we do. If you are looking for water slides, amusement piers. goofy golf and high rise living, this is not for you. If you consider vacation a time to enjoy life, family and nature while doing next to nothing then St George is the place to be.


Don't fail to visit St. George State Park at the opposite end of the island. Here you will find dramatic moonscape dunes, secluded beaches and scenic hiking trails. The East Slough Trail can be accessed from the first large picnic shelter area...cross to the north side of the road and follow the wooden walk. Take bug spray! Trail meanders about 1.4 miles through uplands and along and over marshes. at the end you pass through a camping area with 2 small lakes...look for the gators on the far bank. Return to your car by walking the trail in reverse or by walking west on the beach.

The lighthouse in the middle of the island was recently relocated and rebuilt following its 2005 collapse at its original location since 1853 on Little St. George Island to the west. A community effort salvaged the brick and much of the lantern frame. In 2008 it was rebuilt using the original construction plans. Pay a small fee and climb to the top for a great view. Visit the replica of the keepers cottage / museum / gift shop at no charge.

ANERR is in East Point near the mainland end of the bridge from the island. Learn what happens when salt and fresh water meet. No charge but contributions appreciated. Museum, small aquarium and touch tanks. Kids love it! Also pick up information on the ANERR access areas on the island and mainland where you can hike, bird-watch and get great photos.

This 4 mile easy trail has its east trailhead on the north side of US 98 about 8 miles east of East Point. Nice trail in good weather (don't try in wet weather unless you want to wade in real scary water). Nice views of sound and marshes. Beautiful wild flowers in season. Take bug spray! Be sure to find out the origin of the name 'Tate's Hell' from the locals.

This beautiful and historic little town is across two bridges from the island (about 12 miles). Many preserved Victorian and Greek Revival buildings, great restaurants and interesting shops. See the 1907 Gibson Inn Hotel, 1838 Trinity church, Lafayette Park, Maritime Museum and the trail to the river from the parking area at the original ANERR location near Scipio Creek Boat Basin. Also at Scipio Creek is the headquarters St Vincent Island Nat'l Wildlife Refuge where you can obtain passes to visit this undeveloped island. A bit of the 1850's local doctor John Gorrie tried to develop a machine to cool his patients habitually suffering from Malaria every summer. His machine was a failure as air conditions but very successful at making ice (moisture froze on the coils). Today he is credited inventing artificial ice
production...Thank you Dr Gorrie!! See the small museum dedicated to him and his accomplishment.

On route 30 about 10 miles west of Apalach, this is more an institution than a restaurant. In business in the same building for over 80 years. Old time laid back place. I once arrived at 11:30 for lunch and found it closed. I asked the old man sitting on the bench out front if they would be opening. 'Yep, reckin so.' 'When?' 'Well, when they git here.'...My kind of place!

Located on US-98 about 12 miles east of East Point. In the 40's Camp Gordon Johnson near this small town was a major beach assault training center for the US military. Many of the veterans of the Normandy landings trained on the beaches of St George and Dog Islands. Today there is a WW-II museum in town. This is also a big boating and fishing center.



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Property Type

  • House
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    At least one member of rental party must be over 25...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Infant beds should be brought from home...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, no exceptions, even for owners and their families....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms


  • Books:

    Small selection of novels, nature books and cook books available...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    at both TVs...moreless

  • Games:

    Games and puzzles stored in kids bedroom closet and washer/dryer closet...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable TV with several premium channels...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    flat-screen TV and DVD player in living area and 'kids' bedroom...moreless

  • VCR


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Nice beach and Gulf views from living areas. Beach access is an easy 2 min walk along a sandy path with no streets to cross. Great for kids!...moreless

  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Upper level kitchen, dining, and living in open floor plan with great view....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Before final departure please set thermostat...heating mode 60 deg Nov - Feb and cooling mode 80 deg March - Oct....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Please clean lint filter before final departure...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    for one car...moreless

  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage:

    under-house for one car...moreless

  • Heating:

    Before final departure please set thermostat...heating mode 60 deg Nov - Feb and cooling mode 80 deg March - Oct...moreless

  • Internet:

    Free WIFI...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Including for convertible bed...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking for 3 off-street. One car under cover and 2 additional in drive....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Please no off-street parking (Community regulation)...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free LD calling from landline phone in home...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Please bring your detergent...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Free WIFI...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Be sure damper is open!!...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Well equipped...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for up to 12 people...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Well equipped for almost any need...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Small pantry closet for guests...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    VRBO guest will have access to use of several beach bikes, beach chairs, floats and beach umbrellas ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large partially covered deck with chaise lounges. Two bedrooms have direct access to deck....moreless

  • Golf:

    Golf courses for public use in Carabelle (20 mi east on US98) and Port St Joe (25 mi west on US98)...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available at several local rental agencies with free drop off/pick up...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Park style in-ground grill...moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Screened porch with table for alfresco dining and chairs for 'rockin'...moreless

  • Tennis:

    3 Plantation community courts. Reserve at Clubhouse/office...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Plantation pool is a 10 min walk via pedestrian/bike path or 2 min drive from house...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.9
from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
HIGH rate 2015
May 23 - Aug 9, 2015
4 night min stay
MID rate 2015
Aug 10 - Nov 1, 2015
3 night min stay
LOW rate 2015
Nov 2 - Nov 20, 2015
3 night min stay
MID rate 2015
Nov 21 - Nov 29, 2015
3 night min stay
LOW rate 2015
Nov 30 - Dec 18, 2015
3 night min stay
MID rate 2015/16
Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016
3 night min stay
LOW rate 2015
Jan 4 - Feb 27, 2016
3 night min stay
MID rate 2016
Feb 28 - Mar 12, 2016
3 night min stay
HIGH rate 2016
Mar 13 - Apr 9, 2016
4 night min stay
MID rate 2016
Apr 10 - May 28, 2016
3 night min stay
HIGH rate 2016
May 29 - Aug 6, 2016
4 night min stay
MID rate 2016
Aug 7 - Nov 26, 2016
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 9%


2016 rent increase +/- 5%

MIN STAY 2015: HIGH 4n=$1505, ex n=$285 / MID 3n=$895, ex n=$200 / LOW 3n=$710, ex n=$150

DISCOUNTS: 9/6/3mo adv booking=15%/10%/5% off, repeat guests 5% off, 2 wk rent = 1.8 x 1 wk rental

MONTH 2015: Dec & Feb=$2132 / Sept, Nov, March=$2404 (add approx. 5% for 2016)

RENTAL WEEK: Sunday to Sunday (other turn dates possible)

TAX: Add 9% to rent




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Ben or 404 683 3290

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Last updated: 04/28/2015
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  • St George Island State Park

    "Empty beaches, impressive dunes, good hiking along the marshes and uplands. Lots of Flora an..."

  • Cape Saint George Lighthouse

  • Tate's Hell State Forest

    "Coastal High Bluff Trail is a 4.5 mile walk through coastal uplands and along marshes. Nice ..."

  • Tate's Hell State Forest

    "Coastal High Bluff Trail is a 4.5 mile walk through coastal uplands and along marshes. Nice ..."

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75 Miles
Nearest Airport
Panama City Regional or Tallahassee
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
St James Bay Golf Club near Carabelle
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 98

Car: Necessary

Morningside is located In St George Plantation. Our VRBO guests have access to owner storage room for use of bikes, floats, beach umbrellas, etc. Guests also have access to Plantation pool, fitness center and tennis courts. Further afield on the Island don't miss the Lighthouse and Lighthouse Museum or St George Island State Park at the opposite (east) end of the Island. You also may find the Apalachicola National Estuarine Reserve (Headquarters and museum/aquarium near mainland end of bridge to the island) access areas on the island interesting for hiking, marsh views and bird watching.

On the mainland, see Apalachicola! It is a beautiful and historic little riverfront town with many historic buildings and sites, good restaurants and shopping and friendly residents who are always willing to be helpful.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1992

About: Morningside by the sea was built in 1991 on a lot purchased in 1983. We are not exactly newcomers. Three married couples, all from Atlanta, own, love and enjoy Morningside. Their 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren love it too!

Why Plantation:
We chose St. George because it is so 'un-florida'. The island is off the beaten path with a slow pace and a laid-back atmosphere. No highrises, no cars on the beach, no tourist hype, no crowds!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We come to St. George for one simple relax and get away from the daily big city grind. We are here to enjoy family and friends, eat lots of (too much on occasion) the world's best seafood and to observe mother nature at her best...and these are the more strenuous activities while here.

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  • Morningside by the Sea

    Morningside by the Sea

  • Queen bedroom

    Queen bedroom

  • Morningside by the Sea

    Morningside by the Sea

  • View toward Gulf

    View toward Gulf

  • Blue Heron family

    Blue Heron family

  • Twin bedroom

    Twin bedroom

  • Foggy morning on East Slough in St George Island State Park

    Foggy morning on East Slough in St George Island State Park

  • Osprey pair guards the nest on the Island

    Osprey pair guards the nest on the Island

  • Living/Kitchen area

    Living/Kitchen area

  • King bedroom (upstairs)

    King bedroom (upstairs)

  • October sunrise

    October sunrise

  • Queen bedroom

    Queen bedroom

  • St. George Lighthouse

    St. George Lighthouse

  • Sea Oats and the Gulf

    Sea Oats and the Gulf

  • Butterfly Migration...a sight to behold in the Fall

    Butterfly Migration...a sight to behold in the Fall

  • Endangered Bald Eagles are seen frequently on St George Island and in the area.

    Endangered Bald Eagles are seen frequently on St George Island and in the area.

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