Celebrate August on Tybee Island, Georgia

TYBEE ISLAND Georgia — Tybee Island’s Lighthouse Inn points to summer beach ideas and ways to celebrate an August summer getaway in 2011. Budget travel to this sub-tropical seashore on the Georgia Coast makes Tybee Island even more appealing!  Certainly, Lighthouse Inn believes staying in our 100-year-old bed and breakfast cottage (instead of a Tybee Island hotel) is a better choice for Tybee lodging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tybee Island's Last Song movie prop - Georgia's Peach of a Beach sign

“Georgia’s Peach of a Beach” [Tybee Island, GA] is an enticing showplace — 5 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, waterway sports, daily shrimp boats harvesting the freshest day-boat catches, romantic hideaway, play grounds to celebrities, pirates & foodies, and historical places of heroes, health and entertainment.  Average August weather is high 85F and low 69F.

1) LOW RATES. LESS CROWDED BEACHES
In August it’s the ideal time for empty nesters to take full advantage of 5 miles of less crowded beaches, spurred by the start of school across the United States. All seasons, Lighthouse Inn’s low rates are reasonable with inclusives like private parking, homemade breakfast, beverages, & WiFi! Peak Season rates (May 1 – August 31) are a modest $10 higher at Lighthouse Inn.

2) LOW TIDE SEASHELLS
Low tide
offers the perfect opportunity for shelling, a relaxing beach sport to graze the wide open beach and sand bars in search of unique shells left from the sea’s high tide.  Creatives use the colorful, diverse seashells to fill clear lamp bases, or unique decorations on mirror or picture frames.

3) ROMANTIC “SAVANNAH BEACH” HIDEAWAY
Innkeepers Susie and Stuart point not only to Lighthouse Inn’s affordable romantic hideaway, but remind us of travel media editors, writers and producers pointing the way to Tybee Island, Georgia. It’s been a popular destination since the railroad first rolled from Savannah to “Savannah Beach” (now officially “Tybee Island”). Travel + Leisure named Tybee among America’s Best Little Beach Towns in August 2010. Health.com named Tybee America’s Healthiest Beach. AOL Travel’s listed Tybee on Top Ten City Beaches. Georgia Traveler on Georgia Public Television points to Tybee Island.  And, Tybee is named a Top 5 Hidden Beach.

4) PLAY GROUNDS TO CELEBRITIES, FOODIES, AND PIRATES.
The very southern appeal of Georgia peaches points our thinking not only to summer fruit and beautiful women, but Georgia’s coastal foods and celebrities.  The Disney movie, Last Song starring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear, was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 17, 2010.  Movie props included tourism signs with the tagline, “Georgia’s Peach of a Beach”.  Like the movie’s small chapel, re-purposed now as a Tybee wedding chapel, the movie’s Georgia tourism signs have been re-purposed to promote Tybee tourism.  Check out more movies that were filmed on Tybee Island.

See the shrimp boats at work on the Tybee beach horizon. Then, dine on the freshest foods from the sea.  Shrimping season runs April through January.  In addition to shrimp, day-boat fish, and crab are featured in island diners, also serving Georgia’s freshest vegetables and fruit.

What’s seasonal fresh on Tybee’s local menus in August? Apples, basil, beans, blueberries, cantaloupe, cucumber, figs, garlic, grapes, melons, mushrooms, okra, onions, peaches, peppers, potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini, and zucchini blossoms.

Plan ahead and book sell-out lodging for Tybee Pirates’ Fest — October 6-9, 2011.

5) WATERWAY SPORTS IN THE VENUE OF THE 1996 SUMMER OLYMPICS (R) GAMES’  YACHTING RACES
In July and August, 1996, the Atlanta Olympics (R)  yachting events (now renamed SAILING) were held off Tybee Island and Little Tybee Island in Wassaw Sound.  It’s a best kept secret: Tybee Island’s waterways are praised among America’s best sailing, kayaking, and fishing locations. More waterway sports include para-sailing, jet skiing, and surfing.

Lighthouse by Nathan Jones (Bobbityjones) on 500px.com
Lighthouse by Nathan Jones

6) HISTORIC PLACES OF HEROES AND HEALTH
In addition to the iconic Cockspur Island lighthouse, Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on Cockspur Island. Prominent not only in America’s Civil War, by the summer of 1941, there were rumors that the Navy would establish a base on Cockspur Island. The island housed Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers, quarantine housing and health facilities at the turn of the 20th Century.

On August 1, 1947, the Fort Pulaski formally re-opened its gates to the public, administered by National Park Services.

Movie goers will see Fort Pulaski as a prominent movie location in Robert Redford’s “The Conspirators,” a Civil War era movie released in April 2011.

7) QUIET NORTH BEACH: FORT SCREVEN HISTORIC DISTRICT
Don’t miss the welcoming birds and quiet of North Beach, a great spot to watch sunrise and sunset, with or without a cooling beverage.  Tybee Museum and iconic Tybee Lighthouse are here.  Did you know? In June 2002, Secretary of the Interior Norton came to Tybee Island to launch the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Program.

In August 1741, five years after the first Tybee Lighthouse was completed, a new lighthouse was commissioned. While work was progressing on a new lighthouse, a storm swept the old lighthouse away in.

In the north beach area, we recommend a casual lunch or dinner (with gourmet touches!) at North Beach Grill or Sundae Cafe.

Surf Day by GDhiman  Photography (GdhimanPhotography) on 500px.com
Surf Day by GDhiman Photography

8 ) FEEL THE ATLANTIC OCEAN SPRAY AND SALTY AIR FROM THE TYBEE PIER

Led by efforts of the people of Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia, built the Tybrisa Pavilion II and dedicated it with the Tybee Island City Council on August 9, 1996. The Tybee Pier and Pavilion, a premier entertainment center, was completed in time for the 1996 Summer Olympics (R).  For additional information and reservation requests for weddings, family reunions, and other social functions, call (912) 652-6780.

A Friday meet up for “Night Skies – Telescopes at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion”, hosted by Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at sunset.  Weather permitting. August 5, 2011 (plus September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2, 2011). Free. 912/401-8634 email oaadir@kwbell.net.

9) PLAY VOLLEYBALL ON THE BEACH!
Nets and balls are set up on the beach through August.   In August 1994 Tybee Island was the site of a Bud Light Beach Volleyball tournament. The event was held to show that Tybee could host the 1996 Olympics (R) beach volleyball venue. In September, the island found out Cobb County, Georgia, had been chosen.

10) RIDE THE $3 SHUTTLE FOR DAY TRIP TO SAVANNAH HISTORIC DISTRICT
Take the 4-times-daily shuttle from Tybee Island into the Landmark Savannah Historic District downtown. Enjoy lunch at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady & Sons (Congress at Whitaker streets near Ellis Square). In August 2002, Paula Deen began taping of “Paula’s Home Cooking” on the Food Network. The show first aired in November 16, 2002.

More Tybee Island August Events:

Thurs., August 4, 2011 (7 pm): Lee Tyler Post at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 804 Jones Ave, Tybee. Presented by TYBEE POST THEATER.  Free.  Donations Accepted

August 6, 2011: Junkyard Angels, Huckapoos, Tybee Island, GA (played with Marshall Tucker Band in April 2011, Savannah GA)

August 11, 2011: Red Cross Community Blood Drive, 2-7PM at the cafeteria by the YMCA.

Sunday, August 21, 2011:  At Tybee Wedding Chapel, TYBEE POST THEATER presents “A Cabaret with Haviland Stillwell and Steven Jamail“.

More Tybee Tidbits:

July and August 1996: The yachting event of the 1996 Summer Olympics of Atlanta was held off Tybee Island, Little Tybee Island, and Wassaw Sound.  The Summer Games were officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics.

August 31, 1898: Second Lieutenant Henry Sims Morgan died in an act of heroism on August 31, 1898. During a terrible hurricane, the Italian Bark Noe wrecked in Tybee Roads, putting the crew in jeopardy. The 24-year-old Morgan, in charge of the fortification work at Fort Screven, and a crew of five volunteers attempted to rescue the imperiled crew. Morgan and one volunteer lost their lives in the attempt. In 1903, classmates dedicated a plaque to Morgan’s memory at West Point. In 1923 at Fort Screven a duplicate was mounted on a large granite stone, which was moved to Fort Pulaski when Fort Screven was decommissioned but later returned outside the Tybee Museum (in the parking lot) in 1994.

August 27, 1881: Hurricanes plagued the Cockspur Light. In  1881 a massive storm struck Cockspur Island, causing water to rise 23′ above sea level. The storm surge filled the lighthouse interior and destroyed the Keeper’s residence.The Tybee Island Front Range Light survived the hurricane that destroyed the village on Cockspur Island.

August 1861: Most of the Confederate men captured at Fort Pulaski near Tybee Island were exchanged at Aiken’s Landing on the James River, 12 miles from Richmond, Va.  The freed soldiers were soon back in Savannah. The officers were exchanged in September at Vicksburg, Miss.

For more information:

Lighthouse Inn, a Tybee Island beach inn
Historic Tybee Beach Bed and Breakfast Cottage, Celebrating 100 Years!
tybeebb.com | lighthouseinn@bellsouth.net
16 Meddin Drive | Tybee Island | Georgia | USA 31328
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