The Holiday Tours of the Reynolds Mansion were a sellout success again this year. Although the number of tours werereduced from 20 to 9, overall the change resulted in a win-win for everyone. The tours sold out in the first two week with advertising limited to social media and flyers, demonstrating how popular this holiday event is. Special thanks to Blue Heron Inn and the Darien Waterfront, local B&B’s for their advertising and offering package deals for overnight stays for visitors from out of town. The Mansion increased their revenue by booking 2 groups during the month, kitchen costs were reduced and gift shop sales increased.
Visitors came from far and near. Church Groups, Red Hat Societies, Homeowner Associations, Garden Clubs and families took the opportunity to learn more about the south end of the island and enjoy brunch in the Mansion. For some it was their first time to visit Sapelo Island. For others it was a holiday tradition. We celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and helped make lasting memories. To sum up the month, the docents said, “Everyone just had fun!”
The Mansion, the Island Manager and the FOS Holiday tour team are already discussing options for next year tours.Check back in September to see the 2019 tour schedule and make your reservations early.