How the Grinch stole Sea Island

“Then he got an idea! An awful idea!

The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea!”

Er, make that a wonderful, ocean-breezeful idea!

With apologies to Dr. Seuss for the slight rewrite of his grinch-um opus, but darned if Sea Island hasn't come up with an idea to make even the crankiest holiday curmudgeon's small heart grow three sizes in a day.

For the first time ever, the swank gated resort on the Georgia coast is going full-on "Christmas with the Grinch." From Dec. 20-27, all the would-be Who's can come down to Whoville — um, Sea Island — to enjoy Grinch-themed activities and cooking classes (not sure if that means roast beast, but you can build a Who gingerbread house); and watch (out) for appearances by the Mean One … Mr. G-r-r-r-inch, himself, and spend time in Sea Island's Beach Club, which is being transformed into its own version of Whoville.

The event even has its own Twitter hashtag — #grinchatseaisland — where you can keep up on all the latest developments.

That’s in addition to other beloved holiday activities on Sea Island, including caroling at the Cloister, nightly “Elf Tuck-Ins for young guests, the Reindog Parade and more.

Long boasting a reputation for being a clubby residential and getaway spot for the well-off, Sea Island has been expanding its outreach to possible new visitors of late. The AJC wrote a story about this development last year, including the different themed weekends being hosted there on topics that are somewhat highbrow (a Creativity Conference) and somewhat less so (last year's Classic TV weekend, which included appearances by Jerry "The Beaver" Mathers and Mary Ann from "Gilligan's Island"). The biggie is an annual "Downton Abbey"-inspired event, that's usually attended by several actors from the hit show; Sea Island says it will host its "final" one from Feb. 4-6, 2016. Go here for more information that and other upcoming weekends/events planned for Sea Island.

Some things never change, though: To participate in any of these events, including "Christmas with the Grinch," you must be a guest of the resort. For reservations and information on the different properties (The Cloister, The Lodge or The Inn), go to