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Make A Spring Break For Tybee Island

Make a spring break for tybee islandMake a Spring Break for Tybee Island and enjoy the history and beauty of one of Georgia’s most important barrier islands!  Head for the coast and celebrate these great days in May.  Our Natural Retreats are the perfect happy homes as we present real Southern Living.

SCAD Sand Arts Festival

On May 1, the sand starts flying!  The annual SCAD Sand Arts Festival takes to our beach to showcases the sculptural talents of SCAD students, alumni and staff as they turn mounds into art.  The categories include sand castle design, sand sculpture, sand relief and wind sculpture.

Tybee Rainbow Days

make a spring break for tybee island

May 1-3, our island lights up with rainbows and smiles.  Island wide, LGBT travelers gather to show their pride on Tybee with a series of events including a Parade, a White Party, T-Dance, Beach Sweep and Sunday Brunch.

Tybee Island Celebrates Spring

tybee celebrates springTybee Island celebrates Spring and this coming weekend is full of great events!  Our little barrier island is well known as a wonderful place to relax and to get away from it all and it’s also a place where arts and culture, ecology and quality of life is honored, as well.  This weekend you’re invited to enjoy the Natural Retreats at Tybee Joy Vacations and to support fund raising for our historic Tybee Post Theater, animal rescue, Diabetes research, Girl Scouts, Breast Cancer research, our sea turtles, and mobility issues.  These are all very important issues for our community and you’ll have lots of choices to enjoy wine, song, good eats and the arts, too!

2015 Tybee Wine Festival

The 7th Annual Tybee Wine Festival is our annual springtime celebration of wine and coastal dining to support the restoration of our Tybee Post Theater.  From Wednesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 26, come delight in five days of international wines, fine food, and live music across the island.

TCT Trailer Trot

tybee island celebrates spring

On Saturday, April 25, the Tin Can Tourists roll back into town with all makes and models of  vintage trailers.  They’ll have 70 vintage trailers from the 1939-1980’s on display and available for touring.  They’ll be on display at the River’s End Campground.  Tickets are $10.00 per person, children 1o and under are free.  All proceeds will benefit local charities to include, One Love Pet Rescue, Phi Pigma Kappa Diabetes Research, Tybee TaTas and Girl Scout Troop 2012.  Parking will be available at the North Beach parking lot with an easy walk to the campground.

Tybee Island One Fork At A Time

By David Barwick for Tybee Joy Vacations, Natural Retreats

Tybee Island one fork at a time

Fresh frozen Lemonade at Seaside Sweets!

If you are what you eat, you could be anything you want when you dine on Tybee Island one fork at a time.  You can choose from fresh seafood straight from our waters around Tybee or dive right into some of the best Mom style casseroles you’ll have set in front of you.  It’s kind of like the old saying, “She’s as country as a cornbread wedding cake” when it comes to home style cooking and I darest you challenge the other worldliness of the finest collection of chefs here against any in the world.  Now, there’s way too much to choose from to get a real good taste of Tybee in one day, so get ready to strap on a feed bag because I’ve got some great gastronomic suggestions for how to get it all in when you stay for a week.  Here’s your Tybee Diet and Workout Plan starting from the beginning.  Remember, you can eat as much as you want so long as you work it off.  Here’s how I’d spend day one.

Rise and shine and get in line.  Get up way before the sun and work up an appetite with a brisk morning stroll along the main beach.  The world-famous Breakfast Club is the place for breakfast lovers.  You’ll want to get there early because the line to get in stretches way down the block.  Now, bear in mind you can’t go wrong with anything you order, but here’s how I’d do it.  Country Fried Steak Breakfast!

tybee island one fork at a time

It’s BIG, it’s fried crisp, it’s got lotsa peppercorn gravy! Two eggs any style, grits and toast. They butcher it, cube it and bread it right there.  Sometimes, I even add-on a decadent Belgian Waffle, to cut the sweet, ya know.
tybee island one fork at a time
No, you do not head directly to the hammock, day bed or lounge chair after.  You haul butt back down the beach the same way you came (after this breakfast you might have to make two or three trips).  Yes, I know you’ll be parched and I’ve thought of just how to remedy that.  Belly up to the bar at Seaside Sweets for a fresh frozen Lemonade, hot or iced coffee and the most delicious fresh fruit smoothies that can’t be beat.  No, you cannot slurp up a fresh gelato.  You’ll just ruin your lunch I’ve got planned for you.  Be good and I might recommend an afternoon treat.
tybee island one fork at a time
We’ll be starting our sea turtle nesting season, soon, so before heading back to your Natural Retreats with Tybee Joy Vacations and stop in to look and learn with the Tybee Island Marine Science Center.  Find out just how hazardous and unkempt a beach can be for nesting mommies and work the rest of that breakfast off by filling in any holes you find along the beach.  Next, reach-1-2-3 for every piece of trash you see.  What may seem like harmless litter becomes a death trap for nesting turtles and their nestlings.
tybee island one fork at a time
For lunch, seat your fanny over at Fannie’s on the Beach.  From the menu, thumb over to the Specialties and order the Quesadillas.  

Tybee’s Market at the Lighthouse

tybee's market at the lightouseThe sun is shining, the sand is dazzling and the coastal waves are calling you down!  This weekend it’s Tybee’s Market at the Lighthouse, so let’s rock the beach and shop!  There’s plenty of room for you to make a break for the coast and enjoy fabulous fresh seafood by Friday night, catch some rays and waves on Saturday and then hit the market at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Find something unique for yourself or that someone special.  There’ll be new vendors with some new and exciting items, not to mention all the regular vendors who will be returning with beautiful art work.  You can also shop for pottery, woodwork, jewelry, plants, candles, assorted bags and trinkets, baskets, art work, bamboo crafts, photography, vintage jewelry, initial art (design your own piece), honey, plants, handmade soaps, mosaic tile work, organic doggie treats and products, antique shabby chic and so much more.  Get in the groove with music provided by Shock Wave Entertainment.  As an added treat, the Tybee Garden Club will be there selling plants, too.

Now, your first bit of shopping couldn’t be easier.  Just go online or give us a call and you can select from our collection of Natural Retreats.  From small and cozy to big and WOW!  Which one of these would work best for you?

tybee's market at the lighthouse

Happy House has off-street parking for four or five cars and an eight foot privacy fence in the rear yard. A full service, four-stop elevator provides handicap access to this home. This is a great beach location with a short four minute walk to the sandy beach and

A Tybee Toast To Earth Day

a tybee toast to earth dayCome join us for a Tybee Toast to Earth Day as we pop the first corks to celebrate our Tybee Wine Festival.  On Wednesday, April 22, the opening event is the Celebration of Earth & Vine.  We’re celebrating in grand style with an elegant four-course wine dinner prepared by four celebrity chefs from Tybee and Savannah. They include two of the hottest new food stars, Mashama Bailey of The Grey and Kyle Jocovino of The Florence. Joining them are Kurtis Schumm of Tybee Island Social Club and Tybee Island Fish Camp, and Michael Gottlieb, formerly of Gottlieb’s Restaurant and Dessert Bar.  Renowned winemaker Gerard Bertram has selected the wines that will be presented personally by each of the chefs to accompany their dishes.  A wine-tasting reception precedes the dinner at Tybee’s gorgeous new event space. the Grand Ballroom of the Tybee Wedding Chapel.  The reception starts at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow  7-9 p.m.

Tybee Joy Vacations is proud to present our own collection of Natural Retreats in concert with this salute to the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.  Here are some of our beautiful beach houses, cottages and condos available for your stay during Tybee Wine Festival.

a tybee toast to earth day

Happy House offers a truly unique experience.  The elegant, spacious and completely pampering interior this large beach house provides is sure to please and

Tybee Wine Festival

tybee wine festivalThe grapes are in and the bottles are lining up for the Tybee Wine Festival.  April 22-26, 2015, head for the coast for the finest pairings of wine, seafood and good times!  We’re very grape-ful to be celebrating this wonderful rite of Spring for the seventh year.  It all comes together in our happy place by the sea, just 20 minutes east of historic Savannah.  It’s going to be another signature event presented by the Tybee Post Theater.  What could be better than five days of international wines, fine food, and, of course, live music set in five special venues across the island?

Fans of the Tybee Wine Festival will be excited to once again savor the best in flavor from the vineyards and the sea with an intimate and elegant five-course wine dinner at the Tybee Island Social Club, the casual oysters and wine celebration beachside at Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill, and the Sunday champagne brunch at Tybee’s famous Crab Shack.  New comers and return wine enthusiasts alike will be ready to swirl and toast as our festival kicks off on Earth Day, April 22, with an elegant “earth to table” dinner prepared and presented by four celebrity chefs in the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel’s Grand Ballroom.  Of course, the centerpiece event will be the Grand Wine Tasting on the beautiful grounds of the Tybee Island Light Station.  You’ll relish samplings of more than 100 international wines, tastings from our favorite Tybee restaurants, an enormous silent auction and live music on the festival stage.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the arrival of Spring with wine, food and song and our Natural Retreats at Tybee Joy Vacations can accommodate large families and groups of friends all the way down to singles and couples.

Happy House

tybee wine festival

This spectacular three story luxury cottage sleeps 27.  This is the place where everyone has comfort and room to relax.  

Tybee Joy’s Easter Egg Colors

Tybee joy's easter colorsTybee Joy’s Easter egg colors will be mostly the same as the colors she loves every day.  You can bet on lots of turquoise, pink, lavender, yellow, sea foam and orange…just like the colors you find in our Natural Retreats on Tybee Island.  Joy lives her colors and you can always count on purses and flip flops to match.  Just take a look at some of our favorite beach houses, cottages and condos available for Easter week and you’ll see what we mean.  They’re perfectly hued and tinted to get you hopping down the Tybee trail in no time.  There’ll be lots of Easter activities going on, so you can be sure you’ll be able to honor all of your Easter traditions right here by the sea.

Muse Cottage

tybee joy's easter colors

This bright and happy raised Tybee cottage is brimming with color.  Just imagine the family fun you’ll have on the screened porch and the gorgeous sunsets you’ll share from its private dock on the marsh.

80th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens

80th annual savannah tour of homes Just like you, we’ve oohed and ahhed over photos for years and this weekend we’re taking the 80th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens!  It’s our chance to enter these beautiful homes and to be inspired by their fabulous gardens.  March 26-29, join us as we admire many of the special furnishings that have been treasured by families for generations, yet seldom seen by visitors.  Y’all know how gracious our Southern hostesses can be, so bring along a good appetite for more special events, as well as some of the best food and hospitality the South has to offer.

“Savannah has the largest urban landmark historic district in the United States. In this 2.5 square mile area, there is an astonishingly preserved genteel city encompassing the beauty, architecture and history of the old South. Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Edward Oglethorpe whose colonial plan was based on a grid of residences and broad thoroughfares with spacious public squares at regular intervals. This design has blossomed into a gracious city whose downtown has been enhanced by more than fifty years of preservation activity. Twenty-two oak-canopied squares surrounded by lovely homes and churches give Savannah a character of its own.”  – Visit Savannah

80th Annual Savannah Tour of Home

Events fill quickly and may have limited seatings, so please reserve your tickets early (www.savannahtourofhomes.org/ecommerce/tickets)!  Make this even more special with your own private tour and stay in

Columbus Ships Sail Past Tybee

columbus ships sail past tybeeNext week will bring a special treat as the Columbus Ships sail past Tybee up the Savannah River to port.  On Tuesday, March 24, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina,’ replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open for visitors in Savannah. The ships will be docked at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza the rest of the week through early Monday morning March 30.  The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel sailing vessel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel,’ a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.

columbus ships sail past tybee

Admission: $8 for adults, $ 7 for seniors, and $6 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary. Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com. Minimum of 15. $5 per person. No Maximum. Visit our website at www.ninapinta.org.  Phone: 1-787-672-2152

Next week will also be a great time to discover Tybee Island in the Spring.  Come enjoy warm days and cool nights before the big crowds arrive in the summer.  The charming and laid back qualities of Tybee Island are always here, so come enjoy it without the high season traffic.  Our Natural Retreats of Tybee Joy Vacations make the perfect vessels for you to sail into Spring, too!

columbus ships sail past tybee

Island Hideaway is a beautiful, private home located on the North End.  It’s close to the Lighthouse and has four bedrooms, two baths to sleeps eight.

Farewhale Festival

farewhale festivalTybee’s FareWhale Festival Hosted by Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is coming up Saturday, March 21st from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  Come on down to the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion as we celebrate the end of the calving season for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.  It’s time for them to leave our coastal waters and make their way north off the coast of New England near Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary.  One of the great events to enjoy is the right whale obstacle course.  You’ll also learn more about whales from experts and educators in the field. Enjoy live music and artwork from local artists and then take part in a guided beach walk on the shores of Tybee.  It’ll also be the perfect voluntourism opportunity for you and your family and frends to help keep Tybee beautiful.  Sign up to volunteer for our beach cleanup from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

farewhale festival

This will be a great weekend for clubs and civic groups to add the Tybee Beautification Association’s Beach Sweep to their community service projects and just think how much fun this will be for a Girls Getaway, for a Family Quality Time Trip and for Adventure Guys and Fishermen to support the conservation of our

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