|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
INCLUDES CLEANING, CLEAN LINENS & BATH TOWELS!
Truly an 'Island Secret'! Very 'BEACHY' & fun coastal cottage with beautiful upgrades throughout! Only 4 rows of homes between you and the beach! A short walk to the beach boardwalk located only a football field and a half away, (150 yards), at the end of 8th Street! Enjoy the lush & knarled coastal oaks on our 2nd floor deck or screened porch! When we have 10-15 knot winds from the south you'll enjoy listening to the ocean waves. Complete privacy from neighbors!
Our new & fully stocked kitchen offers stylish quartz solid-surface counters, under mount sink, white beadboard cabinets, and new appliances!
The kitchen, dining, and comfortable living areas are all open to each other and overlook the deck & island vegetation.
Each room in the house is a fun coastal color! You're at the beach on an island and on vacation! Two bedrooms and one bath are upstairs along with one bedroom and one bath conveniently located downstairs on the ground floor with a separate entrance. Perfect for multiple couples wanting a bit of privacy or adult children! There is a large laundry room with a washer and dryer located downstairs too!
You have a extra large private hot/cold outdoor shower, park style charcoal grill, and a new fish cleaning sink & table located downstairs. Plenty of parking for your boat and cars, all within the privacy and security of a 16' wide gate and a fully fenced yard! Yes, we love your 4-legged children and are pet friendly! You'll love the securely fenced & gated property for your dogs!
A short walk away is Regatta Park! This is a bay front park that offers parking, covered picnic tables, park style grills, a white sandy beach nestled on a cove, and a kayak launch site!
Glenn & Lawson Smith would be honored to have you as guests at our 'Island Secret'! Please email us or call Glenn on his cell phone for further questions or to arrange your wonderful vacation on an island paradise!
(NOTE: When inquiring through VRBO, Glenn will promptly reply to you from his personal email address). Sorry no group gatherings allowed, even for day use, beyond the maximum occupancy of 6 people.
Island Greetings, Friends! We both grew up around Tallahassee where we still live today and started enjoying nearby St. George Island as kids since the '60's. My wife has fond memories of the island while visiting her family's beach house on East Gorrie. Oh my, have things changed! Fortunately, with 16 of the island's 27 miles preserved along with low density zoning & height restrictions, our island will remain pristine.
I have fond memories during Middle School in the mid-70's of a buddy & I camping for a week at a time on the beach at the end of the island, without a tent, miles from the nearest house, long before the state park existed.
Our first experience of building on the island was in 2004 when we custom built our dream home, a large 4 story beachy home with all the resort amenities imaginable. We later sold the home and desired to create a cozy island vacation experience that is perfect for a small family or couples that want an affordable get-a-way. The 2nd time around is the best, 'Island Secret'!
Lawson is a 4th generation FSU graduate and lifelong teacher while Glenn enjoyed hospitality in a 25 year airline & travel agency career. Both careers allowed us to serve others & to understand peoples needs.
Our family of 7 enjoys boating around the area, shelling, and spending time together on an island that they also grew up on!
We'd love for you to create memories too & experience St. George Island in a laid back setting and a relaxed island atmosphere.
Thank You for viewing our page! We hope that you'll be our guest at Island Secret!
Glenn & Lawson Smith
Glenn Smith purchased this cottage in 2014
We purchased this property as we love beach cottages! Not everyone wants to spend a small fortune for a short vacation. Why pay more?! Whether you're a couple, several couples, or a small family, you'll find everything you need at Island Secret in a fun and beachy surrounding!
Our family fell in love with this property because of it's privacy among native island vegetation and still being so close to the beach where you can enjoy the sounds of the waves. You can have family-or-friends time on the deck without seeing a neighboring house.
Such a gem! My husband, daughter and I spend a Christmas week in this cozy, beautifully appointed beach cottage. Everything from check in to check out was a breeze. As foodies, we brought everything we would need for our meals, only to find Island Secret has it all. We will definitely be back to St. George Island and we can only hope that Island Secret will be available! This is the perfect spot to spend any occasion! Thank you Glenn and Lawson for sharing your little piece of paradise!
I can't say enough about this happy place! We've been visiting SGI for years and have rented other properties. This by far is our favorite. The owner was so easy to work with, accommodating and gracious! The decor is such fun bright colors. The kitchen is so well stocked and spacious. We loved the back deck and ate most of our meals out there. The outdoor shower was our favorite one to use. We enjoyed the grill area and made smores and enjoyed the space. My teenager loved her downstairs space. What we loved the most is we were able to bring our dog and knew the fenced in area was available. We look forward to making many more memories at Island Secret!
My best friend and I were excited to get down to the beach for our own spring break. We knew it would be fun but Island Secret made it even better than we could have ever expected. The place is absolutely adorable......fun colors, comfortable decor......great outdoor space (a deck upstairs, a screened porch off the downstairs bedroom, and a sitting area by the grill). The kitchen had everything we could have wanted. We didn't miss a beach view at all and enjoyed our secluded little hide-a-way. Shade is a wonderful thing after a day on the beach. We were only several blocks from a small park on the bay and that was a excellent place to view sunset. The extra bedroom downstairs gave us a chance to "be together" and yet have our own privacy. I am sure we will be back....hopefully very soon! Thank you Glenn and Lawson Smith for making this place FABULOUS!
My family and I have visited Saint George Island for many years. We have rented many different homes on the island, and "Island Secret" is at the top of the list! In only one other case have I rented a house directly from the owner, rather than from a management company, and my experience then was also wonderful. When that house was sold, I had to look for something new, and Island Secret fit the bill perfectly!
Let me first tell you something about the owners, Glenn and Lawson. I have never worked with kinder people. I originally rented Island Secret for two months. When our 90-year-old father was diagnosed with cancer, I realized that it would be impossible to be away in Florida for 2 months. Foolishly, I had no traveler's insurance, and was by agreement committed to the house for 8 weeks. But Glenn was amazing. He set out to re-rent the house for February, which, thank heavens, he succeeded in doing. He then put up with all of my deliberations about whether or not we could make it to the house for any part of January. He did this with a rare compassion that we will not forget. Once we were at the house, the belt on the clothes dryer broke. We were prepared to make this simple repair ourselves, but before we knew it, Glenn had arrived with not only a new dryer but a new washing machine! "Responsive" is too mild a term for this kind of service! Throughout our stay, Glenn stayed in touch. We so appreciated this connection.
As for the house itself, it is charming. No, there are no giant master suites with sweeping views of the Gulf. What you have instead is a cozy, impeccably clean, brightly decorated, happy beach bungalow. The bedrooms are snug, but this added to the charm. The main living areas are spacious and bright, and there is a lovely deck that opens to the tree tops, the sound of birds singing, and in winter, the amazing sound of the surf as it is carried over the island. As a writer, this was the perfect, private retreat for me. We also found the kitchen to be amazingly generous in all aspects; it lacked absolutely nothing.
We loved the location of the house, nestled in the part of the island that serves as a year-round home for many. I met most of the neighbors as I walked West Pine, made friends-- both human and feline--and enjoyed popping over to the beach to watch the sunrise. Next door is the "botanical garden" and charming compound that belongs to the owners, a sweet bonus! Thank you, Glenn and Lawson!
Island Secret was the perfect fit for my husband and I, our children, and my parents. My parents enjoyed the separation and privacy of the "granny flat" on the ground floor. The TVs were all good sized flat screens and the internet was fast and powerful. We've been coming to SGI for years and I've never stayed at a cleaner and more spotless home. It was beachy, updated, comfortable, and a short 2 blocks to the beach boardwalk. It was nice to be away from the busy road and activity while enjoying the wooded privacy and quiet serenity of this fenced and gated place. We loved the sunsets at the park on the bay about a block away! My mom and I craved over the extremely well stocked kitchen which even supplied multiple spices! Thank You for sharing your home! We will be back!
We were lucky enough to stay for month of Feb. 2016 for a month, just the two of us with our two beach loving dogs. We loved the setup at Island Secret for us and the dogs. It was perfect. Glenn was an excellent host, helpful and kind. We tried almost all of the places he recommended and liked them all. "Hole in the Wall" became out favorite hang out and the oysters were amazing. Fun place. We like to support local places with local owners.
We have booked Island Secret again and will be looking forward to coming back as soon as we can. Great time of year, we loved walking on the beach and the dogs loved it too. We enjoyed our time alone at the cottage as well. It is private and peaceful. Thanks Glenn. Lucy and Tom from Gwynns Island, Va.
*During Thanksgiving week, Christmas/New Years holidays, and Spring Break we have a 5 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY REQUIREMENT. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY allowed is 6 people.
We accept checks only & a personal check is fine. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. 50% deposit due within 10 days of a reservation w/ the final 50% by 30 days prior to arrival.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.