TYBEE ISLAND Georgia — It’s easy to name 10 Reasons for a Tybee Getaway!
We think that travelers forget that year around there is a peaceful, relaxing coastal vibe that remains on Tybee Island, Georgia. It’s hard to imagine how that’s possible in light of the little beach town’s renewed celebrity status — a place that Coastal Living magazine calls a “low-key, family-oriented outpost“. Just today we learned that Tybee Island beach is the lead in an Explore Georgia video feature by CBS Atlanta’s “Better Destination” series.
To replicate that low-key aura, what better place to launch your uber local Tybee Island tourism break from work than at Lighthouse Inn‘s 100-year-old bed and breakfast cottage?
Tybee Island’s Atlantic Ocean beaches, outdoor water sports, daily shrimp harvests, historic places of heroes, biking and birding, plus beach style entertainment only scratch the surface when considering “Why Tybee Island, Georgia?“
“Some things are best mended by a break.” –Edith Wharton
So here we go, offering up ten reasons to get away to our little beach town of renewed renown.
1) SLIP AWAY TO ONE OF AMERICA’S BEACH TOWNS OF THE SUMMER GAMES OF THE XXVI OLYMPIAD!
Unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, the summer yachting [now called sailing] events of the 1996 Summer Olympics of Atlanta were held off the coast of Tybee Island, Little Tybee Island, and Wassaw Sound. In was in July and August, 1996!
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.
2) SEE THE NIGHT SKY AND BLUE MOONS ON TYBEE BEACH
Take in the dark night sky wonderland of stars from Tybee Island’s flat beaches. Red flashlights (only) are permitted on the NIGHT beach during May – October, in support of sea turtles nesting and hatching season. Parking lot lights are shielded on the beach side. The next Blue Moons will happen on May 18, 2019, and Octobter 31, 2020.
“Once in a Blue Moon” is credited to James Hugh Pruett, written in the March 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine.
Wish you had a little night sky tutorial? “Night Skies – Telescopes at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion” is hosted by Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at sunset once a month, weather permitting. The group meets up at Tybee Island Pier. The public is invited to join in (free). 912/401-8634 email email@example.com.
3) “MOST BEAUTIFUL SMALL TOWN” RUNNER UP.
Is it possible that the sentiments of “Let the beauty we love be what we do,” a quote by Rumi, is at the core of Tybee Island’s nomination for “Most Beautiful Small Town”? It is clear that being on Tybee Island — taking in the quaint charm of our eclectic Georgia beach town, and expansive quiet beaches — is central to the beauty that earned Tybee Island a spot on the runner’s up list for America’s Most Beautiful Small Towns presented by Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road (July 2012).
Downtown Savannah is only 20 minutes away. Take the 4-times-daily shuttle from Tybee Island into the Landmark Savannah Historic District downtown.
4) “PERFECT LITTLE BEACH TOWN”.
Lighthouse Inn was one of two lodging recommendations in the Perfect Little Beach Towns feature by Southern Living (June 2012), saying our beach B&B is “where Wi-Fi meets rocking chairs with stories to tell”.
Certainly, the temperature is just about perfect. Average August temperatures are high 85F and low 69F.
Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”.
But, at Tybee Island the change is at a southern slow pace, sometime simply referred to as “Tybee Time” — a popular concept of easy relaxation in the American south. For comparison, it’s not quite the vague, unhurried pace of “soon come“, a well used island phrase in Jamaica!
5) POPULAR PLACE FOR SEAFOOD FOODIES
Get away to comfort island foods — a place of hush puppies & shrimp boats. Coastal Living Magazine’s “America’s Best Seafood Dives 2012” names North Beach Grill (a short walk from Lighthouse Inn) and The Crab Shack the two best seafood dives in Georgia. Serving up the freshest foods from the ocean, Tybee Island’s shrimping season runs April through January. So, if you miss the August trip, you still have months to dine on day-boat fish, shrimp, crab and oysters.
What else is fresh, local, and seasonal 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.
6) LOW RATES. LESS CROWDED BEACHES.
Budget Travel magazine solicited nominations in the publication’s “Coolest Small Towns 2012 poll“. Keith Jones wrote about Tybee Island: “Just a cool as the Florida Key West but closer.” Winners will be announced in January 2013.
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 the new school year across the United States. All seasons, Lighthouse Inn’s low rates are reasonable with inclusives that are otherwise costly — private off-street parking, homemade breakfast, refreshing beverages, & WiFi! Peak Season rates (May 1 – August 31) are a modest $10 higher at our Tybee Island bed and breakfast inn.
7) PRIVACY FOR A USA BEACH VACATION
The rich tradition of privacy on Tybee Island, Georgia, is one of the island’s best kept secrets. It feels like a personal place to escape! And, the island is named among “5 Hidden Beach Destinations in the US” on Yahoo! in an article by Brian C. Hopkins. Tybee Beach is even more quiet on weekdays.
Perhaps Tybee Island is hidden only in perception. The neon signs are few and far between on island. Yet, Georgia’s northernmost barrier island has been a getaway hit with the southern elite, Savannah locals, and northern healthy-spot-seekers since the railroad first rolled from Savannah to “Savannah Beach” (now officially “Tybee Island”). Earlier in history, Savannah’s first settler families arrived by steamer with scrumptious beach picnic feasts.
In the last few years travel media editors, writers and producers are pointing the way to Tybee Island, Georgia. Health.com named Tybee America’s Healthiest Beach. It’s been that way a long time! Travel + Leisure named Tybee among America’s Best Little Beach Towns. It’s been this way a long time!
8) HISTORIC PLACES OF HEROES AND HEALTH
In addition to the iconic Cockspur Island lighthouse (photo above), 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.
Did you know? In 2011-2015 America commemorates the Civil War Sesquicentennial, another great reason to visit the Tybee Lighthouse and nearby Fort Pulaski.
The Tybee Lighthouse hours are 9am-4:30pm, and closed on Tuesdays.
9) BIRDING BEACH IN 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.
10 ) 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 on the pier, call (912) 652-6780.
More Tybee Island Tidbits:
- In August 2002, Paula Deen began taping of “Paula’s Home Cooking” on the Food Network. The show first aired in November 16, 2002. Her son, Jamie Deen hosts a new family-style show, “Home For Dinner” which is filmed on Tybee Island. It airs on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. on The Food Network.
- 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 of the memorial was mounted on a large granite stone, which was moved to Fort Pulaski when Fort Screven was decommissioned. It was later returned outside the Tybee Museum (in the parking lot) in 1994, and can be seen at the museum near the Tybee Lighthouse and Lighthouse Inn.
- 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. Cockspur is accessible by kayak at low tide.
- 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.
- 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.
Dixie-Land’s southern ways and friendly “I’m Likin’ You!” welcome are more of the reasons to visit Tybee Island, Georgia, and stay at Lighthouse Inn.
We hope you will slip away soon and often! Let us know how we might entice you more.
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