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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.

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.  

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

Dixie Swim Club

dixie swim clubCome on girls.  It’ll soon be swimsuit time, so let’s celebrate the season with the Dixie Swim Club!  Tybee Arts Association will present “The Dixie Swim Club” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, as directed by Carol Ingham and Joyce Paulson.  The story takes you though the Lives of five friends who met on a college swim team.  They vacation together every August for a long weekend but the laughs will last a lifetime.

“I want to thank you guys for all the sympathy cards you sent when Burl left me,” says Vernadette. “And I want to thank you for all the sympathy cards you sent when he came back.”

Y’all know how the Tybeetians love to put on a good show.  When we’re not acting up we’re acting out and there’s always room for more spotlight.  Opening night is next Friday, March 6th. Go to www.tybeearts.org or call 786-5920 to get your tickets. You can also use the “Book Now” button on our timeline and it will take you to the Tybee Arts website.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to call a meeting of your our Gal Pals, so y’all get to packing and don’t worry whether last year’s swimsuits still fit.  The important thing is that flip flops always fit just right and Tybee Joy Vacations has the best beach houses, cottages and condos all set for y’all to dive right in!

dixie swim club

Happy House is our spectacular three story luxury cottage that sleeps 27!  Your swim club will surely make a huge splash here!  

The Joy of Savannah’s Irish

the joy of the savannah irishIt’s the time of year when we celebrate the joy of Savannah’s Irish!  Just in case you didn’t know, Savannah puts on the largest Irish Festival in the South.  We already have Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras Tybee this weekend, so y’all should come on down and let’s sprinkle in lots of Irish fun, too.

One of my favorite groups to watch is the Irish Dancers of Savannah.  “Founded in 1989, the purpose of the Irish Dancers of Savannah is to ‘promote and preserve Irish culture and tradition in Savannah through dance’.  The IDS are devoted to ‘keeping the tradition alive’ by providing Irish dance lessons to children and adults and by performing lively dance routines at various cultural, religious, civic and private events.

Under the direction of Savannah native Maria Kenney Buckhaults, who has been dancing for over 40 years, this hard working and energetic group was the city’s first organized Irish dance school.  The group’s studio and meeting hall, known as the Irish Cultural Center, is conveniently located in midtown Savannah, and welcomes all of Savannah Irish to their center.  Each August, the group hosts the city’s first Irish dance competition, the Historic Savannah Feis.”  – Savannah Irish Festival

the joys of savannah's irish

Throughout the weekend, there’ll be lots of dedicated children’s activities and performances on the kids stage and you can bet the luck of the Irish there will be lots of fun for adults, too!  You won’t find a better time to enjoy dancing, singing, fun and games for the whole family Saturday and Sunday February 14 and 15! Get your tickets at www.savannahirish.org.

the joy of savannah's irish

The joy of Savannah’s Irish brings so much more fun to an already busy weekend.  Savannah and Tybee Island are perfect for romancing that someone special for Valentine’s Day and just know we’re going to laissez ruler les bon temps for Mardi Gras Tybee, too.  When it comes to having the most joyful getaways, you know it always starts with the Natural Retreats of Tybee Joy Vacations!


Mardi Gras Tybee Is More Bodacious

mardi gras tybee is more bodaciousJust like everything else we do, Mardi Gras Tybee is more bodacious every year!  Tybeetians believe there can never be too much pomp and circumstance and we generally like to strut like the spotlight is on us (on any given day, some of us seem to be having a private celebration of our own…).  When it’s a holiday or special event it just means the party is already implied.  Mardi Gras Tybee get an extra boost this year since most of the hoopla takes place around Valentine’s Day, too.  It’s no hardship on us.  We generally have multiple costumes in just about any color, so we might be red and pink or green, gold and purple.  It’s still a spectacle no matter what we wear.

Now, Tybee is just about three miles long, so Butler Avenue becomes our grand parade route next Saturday, all the way down to Tybrisa Street.  Gather with the rest of our party goers at 2 p.m. at your favorite viewing spot along the route.  As usual, the floats and parade participants start off at Memorial Park, travel all the way down Butler Avenue, and past the Tybrisa Round-A-Bout.  Be sure to follow the crowds to the end because there’ll be a costume contest.  The winners will be crowned the 2015 Mardi Gras Tybee King and Queen and they’ll then host our street dance fun with music from the Zydeco Band!

mardi gras tybee is more bodacious

Tybee is the kind of place where you never really have to wonder, “Where’s the party?”  When in doubt, just hit the streets.  The King and Queen will reign supreme and in

It’s Chilly So We’re Roasting

An Afternoon in the Low Country Tybee JoyIt’s chilly, so we’re roasting…Oysters, that is!  Doesn’t a little nip in the air make you want to heat things up?  Lucky for us we’re right here where the sweetest, plumpest oysters get plucked right from our Tybee waters.  It’s going to be another big weekend here, so we figure once you’ve run as many as five of the events for the Critz Tybee Run Fest, lined up for the premiere of Sponge Out Of Water that was shot on Tybee Island and in Savannah, shopped the Tybee Arts Association Show & Sale, and tromped from bar to bar with your Bridal Party Gone Wild ,you’re going to need to refuel!

Our good friends at Captain Butlers are hosting the Lazaretto Creek Boat Club Oyster Roast this Sunday, February 8th.  Belly up for some shucking and jive around 1 p.m.  The event kicks off with Danielle Hicks LIVE from 1PM-4PM and Damon and the Shitkickers LIVE from 4PM-7PM.  In between, there’ll be all you can eat oysters and chili dogs to benefit Tybee and Wilmington Island Wishes. There will be a fire pit outside near the playground, as well as seating inside around a huge fire.  Pack your pockets full of green backs and plastic because you’ll want to shop during their amazing silent auction!

it's chilly so we're roasting

Won’t this be fun?  It’s best to register in advance, but you can also just pop in when you get there.  Again, it’s at Captain Butler’s at 115 Penrose Dr., Savannah GA 31410).  This is a family fun event, so all ages are welcome.  It costs just $25 for everyone 15 & up, $10 for kids 14 & under and it’s free for children 5 and under. Tickets at the door on Sunday will be $30.    

Tybee Island Lighthouse

The Tybee Island Lighthouse is participating in Super Museum Sunday and offering free entrance to the Lighthouse on Sunday, February 8, 2015.  This is a great opportunity to tour the lighthouse and the grounds.

Tybee Island Lighthouse Tybee Island


The historic role of the Lighthouse was to guide and protect sailors as they approached the shore.  The beacon led them away from harm and guided them safely to the shores.    This is your chance to take a tour of the well-maintained historical treasure and the keepers cottage.  If you feel fit enough, climb the 178 steps to the top for a spectacular breathtaking view of Tybee, Savannah, Daufuskie Islands, and Hilton Head.  The Lighthouse museum is composed of both the lighthouse and of Fort Screven.

Visit the Lighthouse on Sunday from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m., located at 30 Meddin Avenue, Tybee Island.  Call 912.786.5801 for more information.

Tybee Island Lighthouse Tybee Joy
I still love my view of the Lighthouse from my porch.


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