This year's conference will be held at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel in beautiful Jekyll Island, Georgia. Jekyll Island is located just off the Georgia coast about halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida.
The grand tradition of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel began a century ago, when it was founded as an exclusive retreat for members of America's highest society. Today, where Morgan, Pulitzer, Rockefeller and Vanderbilt once came to relax, discerning visitors may enjoy the same unique combination of natural beauty and elegant architecture, private amenities and personal service.
The hotel boasts a historic past. In the late 1880s, Jekyll Island became a winter retreat for America's wealthiest, including the Rockefellers, Pulitzers, and Morgans. The Jekyll Island Club was considered to be the most exclusive club in the world, and its membership possessed one-sixth of the world's wealth. Visits by these wealthy citizens led to historical events at the Club, including the formation of the Federal Reserve System (1910), and the first transcontinental phone call (1915).
All conference meetings will be held at the four-star Jekyll Island Club Hotel. A block of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate. For lodging, please call the Jekyll Island Club Hotel at 1-912-635-2600 and reference "DLA Conference" or "University of West Georgia." Other hotels conveniently located on the island include the Hampton Inn (912-635-3733), Villas By The Sea (1-800-841-6262), Days Inn (912-635-9800) and the Beachview Club Hotel (912-635-2228). Each of these properties is oceanfront and within a 5 minute drive of the conference hotel. Please call for rates.
Air transportation is available into nearby Brunswick, Georgia (15 miles) as well as international airports in Savannah (90 miles) and Jacksonville (60 miles). The Jekyll Island Club Hotel highly recommends EDWARD Transportation to and from Brunswick Airport, Savannah Airport, and the Jacksonville Airport. Rental cars are also available at each airport.
By land Jekyll Island is convenient to I-95, take Exit 29 and follow the signs east on U.S. 17 for approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto the Downing Musgrove Causeway (GA 520). Cross onto Jekyll and through Collection Station (a $5 Daily Parking Fee required).
In spite of its exclusive past, Jekyll Island today has many affordable attractions for visitors. Every inch of the island's 10-mile beach are open to the public. The state-owned island also boasts 63 holes of golf, which make Jekyll Island Georgia's largest public golf resort. For those who prefer tennis, there are 14 clay courts, in addition to an indoor court at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Other favorite activities on Jekyll Island include biking (you can be anywhere in 20 minutes), exploring the historic district, fishing, dolphin cruises, nature walks, and horseback riding.
Take a short drive or water taxi to neighboring St. Simons Island, known for its selection of seafood restaurants and quaint shops.
Visit the Okefenokee Swamp, one of the oldest and most well preserved fresh water areas in America. Home to abundant wildlife, including alligators, bald eagles, black bears, and waterfowl. Entrance is less than one hour drive.
Check out Cumberland Island National Seashore, accessible only by ferry. This beautiful, undeveloped barrier island was the site of JFK Jr.'s famous wedding to Carolyn Bessette in 1996.