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eCREATIVE JEKYLL ISLAND Once the winter retreat for the nation’s wealthiest, visit the Jekyll Island Club remarkably restored compound with epic grounds, gardens, and superb historic tours by trolley or night time horse and lighted pumpkin carriage rides out of a fairy tale through The Three Oaks Carriage Company (www.threeoaksfarm.org). You’ll feel you’ve emerged into the opulent and lush world of the film, The Garden of the Finzi Contini’s and the secluded Island Club offers rooms in the Club itself, its Sans Souci, and others – each with their own unique character. For a romantic weekend try the 1917 Crane Cottage, modeled after an Italian Renaissance villa seen by the original owners and its divine Courtyard at Crane cafe. We live for their shrimp pasta and artichoke dish and fantasized about it the entire way but would order the slider trio of crab cake, salmon cake and shrimp salad over and over. At Crane Cottage, you will be hard pressed not to imagine you are in Renaissance Tuscany with its Mediterranean furnishings, manicured gardens with loggia, citrus trees, magnolias, confederate jasmine, rose bushes and bubbling fountains and Italianate oak and tile, cypress ceiling beams and fireplaces. Dine at breakfast or dinner or have classic English tea complete with tea sandwiches and crumpets at the main hotel’s formal dining room with white table cloths and silver service.