Story Ideas: Tybee Island’s Lighthouse Inn on the Georgia Coast

Tybee Island, Georgia, is a place of biscuits & hush puppies, beach-side cottages and rocking chairs, shrimp boats and dolphin tours, beach volleyball, hop-scotchin’-on-the-beach fun, neighborly faith. It’s America the Beautiful in charming beach style of the Deep South.  For centuries, Tybee Island was home to American Indians and the resort of buccaneers. Once officially named “Savannah Beach”, say the single word “Tybee” and the world knows it is Tybee Island on Georgia’s Atlantic Ocean sea coast, USA.

Lighthouse Inn Tybee Island, GA - 16 Meddin Drive

Lighthouse Inn - 16 Meddin Drive

Lighthouse Inn is 100 Years and Counting! In December 2010, the military cottage built for Fort Screven’s officer housing turned 100 years old.  It never looked better!  The story goes that it was once the band leader’s home. Today a grand piano showcases the innkeepers’ love of music.  Original art decorates the charming, character-rich historic inn, a treasure that lives on in Tybee’s rich history.

Scrapbooks of Tybee. Images of Tybee Island include picket fences at the historic Tybee Lighthouse, Lighthouse Inn, and along the sand dunes of long flat beaches.  Lacking true barrier effectiveness, the simple over-the-fence, laid back lifestyle depicts the friendly beach charm of Tybee Island, Georgia.

“I’m Likin’ You!” Dixie-Land’s southern ways are welcoming.  What is it about Tybee Island that allows travelers to walk into an ice cream shop, restaurant, shop or bar and suddenly be welcomed as the guy(s) or gal(s) next door?  The “I’m Likin’ You!” attitude begins with a nod, a wave, a smile, and gentle laughter.  There you have it! That’s the way the days or nights  go on here!  On Tybee Island, it is expected social behavior. Lighthouse Inn innkeepers epitomize southern graces and share the uniqueness of Tybee Island’s way of life.

America the Beautiful. Photogenic Tybee Island, Georgia, is photographed as art — people and nature in motion, and a way of leisured life in the sunny south.  See Tybee pictures here at TrekEarth.com

Tybee Island's Fort Screven Beach and Lighthouse

Tybee Island's Fort Screven Beach & Lighthouse

Nostalgia on the beach. The easy life is showcased in simple pleasures —  sand castles, Frisbee, tag football, hop-scotchin’, beach sailing.  Once upon a time terrapin races and beach rodeos entertained Georgia’s Sea Island visitors.

Fireflies & Eggnog on Tybee Island. With temperate winters, winter holidays on Tybee Island bring neighbors onto beach porches, around Low Country oyster roast pits, the grand piano and the bed and breakfast table at Lighthouse Inn.

Tybee Island Georgia (aerial)

Tybee Island, Georgia

It’s a holiday feast for the spirits, the eyes, and the appetite.

From Out of the Blue! Georgia Barrier Islands, part of the legendary Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina, are renown for migratory birding, the majesty of container and break bulk ships arriving from international ports, shrimp boats on the horizon, kayaks paddling close to shore, and sunbathers in a row.  But, did you know that wild horses swim from one Barrier Island to the next?  Tybee Island is the northernmost of the Georgia’s “barrier” Sea Islands.

Give it a Whirl. Try your hand at climbing the 178 steps that circle up the historic Tybee Lighthouse, swirl a fish or shrimp casting net, kite on the beach, dance on or under the pier, or hoola-hoop on the beach.

View from top of Tybee Lighthouse. Photo (c) Susie Morris.

178 Steps Up the Tybee Lighthouse.

See Fort Pulaski and historic lighthouses by water.  Or, take a 5-minute boat spin to Hilton Head, Daufauski Island, Little Tybee, Pig Island, or Goat Island from Tybee Island. Although restricted, Wassaw Island and Ossabaw Island are open for public beach access (by boat only) during daylight hours.

Goose Bumps in the Sea and Sand. The ebbing tide and windy sand seem to clean the beach for new arrivals.  Romantics cuddle up, contented under the heavens.  Seniors inhale the salty Atlantic Ocean breeze and soak up the vitamin-rich sun as though extending life.  Sailors race once a year in the Tybee 500, destination Tybee Island, Georgia.  Who are these people who seek out the coastal life?

Rollin’ Happy. Cycling is a popular way of getting around Tybee Island.  The island is famous for flat beaches.  Cyclists are taking full advantage of the Rails to Trails on McQueen Island near Fort Pulaski National Monument.  Bikes are used for the beer run to the local, on-island grocer or beverage store.  From cruising village style streets to rolling in the sand or racing competitively, is it the exercise, the flashback to simpler times, or getting out in the ocean air?  What is it that makes the sport or leisure of cycling phenomenally popular on Tybee Island?

Sweethearts Ever After. The dream of a sub-tropical wedding on the beach is dream fulfilled, even on a budget in Tybee Island, Georgia. Ultra affordable, the wedding on America’s Healthiest Beach (2009) exposes a beautiful moment in time.  Even before the advent of the railroad, Tybee Island has been a sought out haven where families begin life together.  Tybee Island professional Shannon Christopher captures some of life’s most memorable moments for beach weddings and engagements, plus travelers on a island holiday on Tybee Island and Savannah.

Here’s to a Brighter Day. Fort Screven gets new life through restored officer cottages, its historic and restored Light Station and Post Theatre, a newly transplanted “raised cottage“, and the no-frills chicness found when dining along the Tybee Island beach, or overlooking Back River or shrimp boats at Lazaretto Creek.  The happy chirping of painted bunting songbirds and a “How do you do?” welcome from passing island folks add to anticipation of a brighter day at Lighthouse Inn on Tybee Island, Georgia!

Pie, Oh My! Who is arriving for the beach culture, and who is making road trips for the island’s cuisine? Tybee Island restaurants are getting critical, wonderful  reviews!  No one needs “do without” fine dining on your beach vacation to Tybee’s seaside island.  At Lighthouse Inn bed and breakfast cottage, Stuart amazes guests with his wonderfully simple gourmet breakfasts, made more perfect with his southern homemade biscuits.

Haunted Lazaretto.  Lazaretto Creek area was quarantine area in Georgia’s colonial-era. More info.

Still Tybee Island’s iconic social spot, the Tybrisia Pier and Pavilion was famous as Tybee’s premier dance hall for decades where soldiers, locals, debutantes, and northern tourists seeking out the Tybee resort danced the night away.  More info.

Eclectic Tybee. “True Tybee Tales,” “Redneck Riviera”, “Tybee Tacky” and “Truckstop by the Sea” mentioned in Sherpa Guide.

For more information:

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