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December 9, 2020   |   Newsletter
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Generously sized homesite (0.420 acres) in Cumberland Harbour in the prestigious Oaks enclave! The homesite has gorgeous live oak, on a quiet cul-de-sac with 90 feet of street frontage and 142 feet of nature buffer in the back of the homesite.  Build your dream home on this gem of a homesite in a place like no other . . . Cumberland Harbour!  This homesite is listed at $29,900.
This homesite is also within walking distance of the Amenities Center.  If you are interested in this homesite, please call our office to schedule an appointment to tour our community either in-person or by a Zoom call or select the link at the bottom of this newsletter.
When looking for a home plan that would fit on the above homesite,  I came across Allison Ramsey’s Holiday House.  What luck that this is the exact size I was looking for and it has an apropos name for this time of year.  It’s a beautiful cottage and has a surprise bonus in the back of the home!

Brilliant light streams through the many windows in the living room with a stunning wood burning brick fireplace for those chilly nights we’re now encountering.

Large, rustic but modern kitchen with a center island and an adjoining dining room.
Laundry room with fun forest green cabinetry and a farmhouse sink.   Master bath with a sunken tub and dark rustic vanity.
This two story home has the master on the main level with a reading room and library adjacent to the master as well as an oversized walk-in closet.
The second level has an additional two bedrooms, one bath and a sitting area which is great for family and friends visiting.
The library offers room for cozy seating and another great fireplace.
Our favorite part about this home plan is all of the open space which flows from the interior space.  As you can see from the main level floor plan, the home wraps itself around the terrace, pool, fire pit and the outdoor kitchen.  We also love how you can be at the kitchen island prepping for a meal and either watching the kiddos in the pool or speaking with your friends who are outside having fun!
Click here for Allison Ramsey Architect’s website
Jekyll Island is hosting a light show like none other.  Their website boasts 500,000+ total light bulbs, 35,000+ lights on the Great Tree, 712 firework shells, plus 15 sightings of Santa.  Known as the Holly Jolly Jekyll, the light show will run through January 3rd.
You can take a self-guided tour by foot, in your car, by horse drawn carriage, or by tram.
The “Great Tree” as previously mentioned is amazing to see in person!
Besides the light show, Jekyll also offers cookie decorating, guided historic home tours, Peppermint Land mini golf courses, drop letters at the North Pole Express Mailbox for Santa, breakfast with Santa, fireworks displays, drive-in movies, and a Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade on Dec. 5th.
Click for more info on Holly Jolly Jekyll
St. Marys has canceled their annual White Light which featured a parade, dancing, singing, lighting of our downtown Christmas tree and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Although we know this cancellation was made to keep everyone safe, that hasn’t stopped our town from still looking festive and beautiful with lights and decorations.
One of our historic bread and breakfasts:  The Goodbread House, also decorated for the holidays.
Link to The GoodBread House website
Another one of our historic bed and breakfasts is The Spencer House Inn all decorated for the holidays and awaiting your visit!
Click here for more information on The Spencer House Inn
Howard Gilman Park is located in downtown St. Marys and is dedicated to the owner of the Gilman Paper Company that was one of the largest employers in St. Marys for many years.  The park always looks radiant, but even more so now with lights throughout the park and the beautiful fountain!
Click here to visit the St. Marys website

The Best Classic Chili Recipe

The Best Classic Chili – This traditional chili recipe is just like mom used to make with ground beef, beans, and a simple homemade blend of chili seasonings.

Prep Time:  5 mins
Cook Time:  25 mins
Total Time:  30 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best chili, chili recipe, classic chili, homemade chili

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 334kcal

Author: Amanda Finks


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion -diced
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper* -optional
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce


  • Add the olive oil to a large soup pot and place it over medium-high heat for two minutes. Add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground beef to the pot. Break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the beef is browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and optional cayenne. Stir until well combined.
  • Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and tomato sauce. Stir well.
  • Bring the liquid to a low boil. Then, reduce the heat (low to medium-low) to gently simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.


I typically skip the cayenne pepper because I have a young kiddo.  Then, I put out some hot sauce for those adults that want to add some spiciness to their chili.


Serving: 1/6th of the recipe | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1249mg | Potassium: 1110mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1445IU | Vitamin C: 12.8mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 7.5mg

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Cumberland Harbour offers homesites on deep water, marsh front, lake views, nature and our cottages at Park Place.  We also offer assistance with home and design plans as well as access to our Signature Builders.

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Cumberland Harbour!
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Cumberland Harbour
Atlantic Salt Realty
108 West Saint Marys Street
St. Marys, GA 31558
Serving St. Marys, Amelia Island, St. Simons & Sea Island
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