How to Plan a Guilt-Free Mom Escape to the Georgia Coast #GAMomEscape

Although I made a huge deal out of turning 40 back in 2013 where I flew out to Los Angeles by myself, this year I wanted to travel a little closer to home. My birthday weekend was right before the first day of school, so that was a No-Go. A.J. started at a brand new school and I wanted to make sure everything was in order. So I planned a short “Mom Escape” with my friend Rochelle a few weeks after my birthday. This way we were settled in to a bit of a routine and my husband could easily handle things while I was enjoyed sun and fun on the Georgia coast.

Disclosure: We received a complimentary stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and a review of the Toyota Avalon to share our honest opinions. 

I chose the Georgia coast as a Mom Escape because it was a trip we could take without a lot of time on the road, without spending a lot on gas, while getting to enjoy the lovely beaches before the end of summer.

Rochelle and Joyce

How to Plan a Guilt-Free Mom Escape to the Georgia Coast

Leave an emergency list

Before we left Saturday morning I sent out an email to my family with everything they needed to know about our weekend stay.

  • Hotel name, address, phone number and website
  • Rental car info: License plate and car color
  • Companion contact information
  • Check-in and check-out times
  • Preliminary itinerary

I know this might sound like a lot, but I’m big on safety especially for women traveling alone.

My husband and A.J. also attended a Braves home baseball game during my Mom Escape Weekend. I left their tickets and parking passes attached to a refrigerator magnet. The guys are always in the fridge, so I figured they wouldn’t miss it.

Consider travel time

It was important for me to be able to take a short trip. I don’t like being in the car for more than five hours. I have to be in the mood to fly somewhere lately due to the expense, baggage fees and security lines. Our visit to Jekyll Island, Georgia took less than four hours to get there, even with stops for fuel and morning traffic.

Breakfast Patio Jekyll

Set a budget

Rochelle and I shared the cost of fuel in the Toyota Avalon and paid for our own meals. We ate at the on-site tavern at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Rochelle ordered room service to enjoy breakfast on the patio and we venture out for a nearby lunch. All of this eating out can add up. We also brought our own snacks for the car ride.

There’s also a small parking toll ($6) you can pay daily or if you visit more frequently can purchase an annual pass.

Guilt-Free Mom Escape

Stay connected

Thanks to our iPhones I was able to FaceTime with A.J. and my husband while we were away. Hearing his little voice in the morning was one of the highlights of my day. He’s already got a loose tooth and I need regular updates!

Make special requests

When we checked in at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we were greeted by the amazing front desk staff. They answered a lot of questions,  gave us a tour around the property and encouraged us to explore the island. Shuttle service from the hotel to the beach and new shopping mall – meant we didn’t have to move the car the whole weekend! After the drive down there and my everyday commute around Atlanta, I gladly parked the car and relied on the shuttle

Jekyll Island Club Hotel Room

Take a nap

Even as the Mother of a six-year-old I don’t have overnight feedings to ruin my deep sleep, but there are still nightmares and coughs and requests for water in the middle of the night. So during our weekend stay, I took a much-needed nap. Yes, I could have been swimming or walking along the beach. But my body needed me to press pause and I did.

Our room was comfortable and spacious, with two double beds. It could have easily accommodated four adults. Situated at the front of the hotel, we had access to an enclosed patio too. In case you’re wondering, we couldn’t hear any outside noise through the patio and the doors were secure.

Comment below: How difficult is it for you to take a guilt-free mom escape? Is a visit to the Georgia coast or the beach ideal for you?

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Jekyll Island Sunset

Jekyll Island Beach Yoga
Photo Credit: Jekyll Island Club Hotel Facebook Page


For moms who’d like to visit Jekyll Island, I encourage you to consider

Connect with the Jekyll Island Club on Facebook,  tweet @JekyllClubHotel or call 1-855-851-8493 with any questions about a future stay. There’s also 50% off accommodations September 9-11, 2016.

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About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. Yes…the nap! Sounds like an amazing time!

    I’ve heard people have made fun requests on different hotel booking sites to see if people will do them and then documented if they did! It might be fun to try for my next hotel stay!

  2. I love it! I know moms think we’re supposed to be super heroes, and we sort of are. BUT we can only be super heroes if we recharge! I love this getaway idea.

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    That sounds so lovely. I don’t know if I could go and not feel guilty, though 🙂

  4. Every mom deserves an escape and I am so happy you were able to indulge. Room service and a nap? Yes please!

  5. These tips would definitely take a lot of the stress out of traveling there for me. I like your advice and your trip sounded great!

  6. Seems like an awesome place to stay! I have never thought of going on a mom escape before! That might be just what the doctor ordered! Thanks to your list I will feel a little more comfortable and rest a little easier knowing everything is taken care of. Thanks!

  7. Looks like a wonderful time! Everyone deserves a break… I’m glad you were able to treat yourself.

  8. I loved all your photos while you were gone. For my mom’s weekend we went north to a lakehouse and ate breakfast out every morning. No cooking for us and a nightly bottle of wine with a lakeview!

  9. I love Jeckyll Island. We used to go there for vacation every single year!

  10. I’ve been under a lot of emotional stress lately and a mom escape sounds really tempting! I should totally plan one soon. Thanks for the tips! These are pretty helpful.

  11. That looks like such a beautiful place to go on vacation. It sounds like you had a lot of fun!

  12. This is definitely amazing! Georgia sounds like a great place for a mom escape!

  13. A weekend getaway would be something I would just want to do in the near future. Its been hectic and stressful these past few weeks and a few days to recharge would really do me good. I love your idea of leaving details of your trip and contact information of your companion too. I should make my boys do the same when they go out with their friends.

  14. I am in need of a mom escape. This trip looked like so much fun and I love your photos!

  15. Wow, I want this! I want to go on a solo trip or a mom-gang trip with my best friends!

  16. This makes me a little more comfortable with the thought of a weekend away from my little ones. There is so much to think about, but reading it all written out the way you have it makes me feel a lot better about going on a girls trip!

  17. It sounds like you guys had such a good time! I love visiting Georgia!

  18. Georgia is such a beautiful place, I am glad you had a wonderful time! Thank you for the tips, Joyce !