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Great Vacation..St George Plantation on St George Island

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)


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.


More Details

Property Manager
Ben Dooley
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Ben Dooley

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!

Ben Dooley purchased this house in 1992

Why Ben Dooley chose 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!

What makes this house unique

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.


Plantation House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 2 baths have tub/shower, 1 bath has shower only. There is also an outdoor shower with hot and cold water.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • 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


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Great Vacation..St George Plantation on St George Island
average rating of 4.852941 based on 34 reviews

Brief but very welcome break from the city rat race

  • 5 of 5

The 7 of us (2 couples and the kids) had a great stay on St George. Weather was perfect for our brief time of laid back decompression. The house is conveniently located, very comfortable and well equipped...we highly recommend it to all planning a trip to the Forgotten Coast. Loved hanging out (drink in hand) on the screen porch and deck, the use of bikes and beach gear so kindly offered by the owners, and the stroll through the woods to the beach! We had not been to St George in several years...that was a mistake! We will be back much sooner this time!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We are happy you were happy with Morningside by the Sea. And yes, you do need to get back to the island soon and we will be looking forward to hearing from you again when you have set the date!
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Another wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Despite a couple of rainy days which pretty much restricted us to relaxing on the screen porch, we had another great trip to St George Island and stay at ''Morningside by the Sea''. This house remains very comfortable and well equipped with great location. This trip we enjoyed hiking the East Slough Trail in the state park for the first time. It is a relaxing easy walk through beautiful surroundings. Also a big thumbs up to the Plantation's new amenity, the Resort Village Pool...large pool and deck surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and even less crowded than the uncrowded Clubhouse pool. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy you had a good stay. Thanks for a great review, thanks for coming back, and thanks for promising to come again!! We are ready to welcome you next trip to the island...just say when!!
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Very nice home. Only two issues were freezer kept popping open so had to tape closed in order to kee

  • 4 of 5

Freezer kept popping open so had to tape closed. Air conditioner would not keep home at selected temperature. Otherwise nice home.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy you liked the house but sorry for any difficulties. I am not sure whether you were aware (there is usually a notice and phone number on the bulletin board) guests are invited to contact our management / maintenance company for help with any problems. Not sure what is the difficulty with the freezer door though I suspect the front wheels need to be adjusted to put a slight backward tilt on the refrigerator which lets gravity close the doors. The thermostat has a built-in +/- 3 degree swing which means on the cooling cycle it will stay on until the actual temp is 1.5 degrees below the setting temp and it does not come on until the temp is 1.5 degrees above the setting temp. Thanks for being our guest.
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Great home great location everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

Morningside by the sea is a great home it was perfect for our family of four. Very close to the beach nicely accommodated - the screened-in porch is absolutely wonderful! The owner was very good to work with and very responsive.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon. I strongly 2d your opinion of the porch. That is my go to place when I am at the beach...I especially love it during a gentle rain!
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A nice beach house

  • 4 of 5

Although Morningside By the Sea was a good choice for our family group of 9 (5 adults, 4 children), better weather could have improved our stay. Several really rainy days made for some cranky kids in a rather tight space. The well-equipped kitchen had everything we needed for cooking our in-house meals, but good restaurants in the area and across the bridge put meal preparation at the bottom of the list. We enjoyed the generous loan of the beach equipment from the storeroom --picture Grandma (me) attempting the boogie board! We also loved the access to two beautiful pools, which we had almost to ourselves most of the time. The house has quality furnishings, very comfortable beds, and lovely artwork. I would definitely stay here again but probably with a few less people. The owners and management company made this the easiest rental I've ever made.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jean. We appreciate your kind comments and hope you do come again soon. Sorry about the can get ''drippy'' on the gulf coast anytime, but as in your case, a tropical storm passing well to the west made it even worse! Kids and grandkids are great...especially running around outside ;-)
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We Keep Coming Back

  • 5 of 5

This is our third time at Morningside. There are a lot of houses to choose from on SGI, but the location and comfort of this house has been just perfect for our family. I echo other reviews in regards to the home being clean, well-equipped and just a short (beautiful) walk to the beach. And, the beach is wonderful. If you are looking for a beach where you can relax and take in pristine views of the Gulf without the crowds and the high-rise hotels and condominiums this is your place. Hence why they nicknamed it the forgotten coast...we hope it stays that way! My husband and I love to cook and the house is so well stocked that we don't need to bring anything from home other than the food we bring or buy. They have thought of everything one might need to make your own meal while staying there. Fresh seafood choices on and off the island are an absolute treat. We also had our first deep sea fishing experience with Gad's Guide Service and will definitely be repeating that experience again. During our stay we had a tropical storm move in (just for a day) and the owners were in regular contact with us and keeping us informed of any communications they were receiving. I have to say, even on a rainy day we had a great time. The house is stocked with puzzles and games and plenty to read. The owners have also put in some new windows since our last stay which have improved the views of the gulf and wild life around us. The location of the house is quiet and private something else we really appreciate. We are looking forward to making more memories at Morningside!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Three times is the are officially a Morningside regular!! We are so happy that you are happy! Thanks for coming back and thanks for the great and informative review. So, when can we put you on the calendar for 2017?!
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Panama City Regional or Tallahassee
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
St James Bay Golf Club near Carabelle
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

RENT FOR LESS THAN 1 WK: HIGH 4n=$1598, 5n=$1795, 6n=$1935...MID 3n=$930, 4n=$1220, 5n=$1370, 6n=$1470...LOW 3n=$725, 4n=$950, 5n=$1065, 6n=$1150
DISCOUNTS: 9/6/3mo adv booking=15%/10%/5% off, repeat guests 5% off, 2 wk rent = 1.8 x 1 wk rental
MONTH 2017: Dec & Feb=$2223 / Sept, Nov, March=$2505
RENTAL WEEK: Sunday to Sunday (other turn dates possible)
TAX: Add 9% to rent
2018 RENTS: Add approx. 3.5% to rates shown above.



Please contact owner for a reliable rental quote, payment information and cancellation and refund policy.

Ben or 404 683 3290

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.