Creative Retreat to Cumberland Island
A photographer friend of mine convinced to join her at Vero Workshop last fall on Cumberland Island.
Taking the ferry over was like a breath of fresh air as we watched the mainland disappear behind our wake. There are no roads or direct access to the island- the only way in or out is a ferry that runs twice a day. As we approached Cumberland Island, we could feel the magic just stepping onto the pier. This island was home and summer escape to generations of the Carnegie family, and they have worked hard to preserve it's timelessness and spirit of solitude.
Our cell phones had very little signal, and we were encouraged not to bring them to community dinners and cocktail hours. Everyone on the island seemed pleased to follow those rules, so what remained was actual human conversation with other guests when we encountered one another! (Imagine!)
The stunning grounds of Greyfield have been perfectly preserved for both their guests and workers, as well as the occasional wild horses that roam the island. At the opposite end of the island was the remains of Thomas Carnagie's mansion, which no longer stands, but left picturesque ruins amidst the swaying Spanish moss trees.
The islands have been declared a National Seashore and are therefore protected- and so the presence of nature permeates every breath and step of the beaches and old pathways.
Greyfield Inn provided bicycles and packed lunches free of charge for us to roam the island during the days, and we were treated to gourmet meals in community-style dining each evening with the other residents of the cabins and main house of the inn.
Overall, it was the perfect escape from a hectic life schedule with a dear friend, and I hope to return as soon as possible!