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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!

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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.
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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.
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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.
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For lunch, seat your fanny over at Fannie’s on the Beach.  From the menu, thumb over to the Specialties and order the Quesadillas.  

Welcome To My New Home-Part Three

Here are  more photos of my new home.  These from the dining and kitchen area.  Yes, turquoise blue is my favorite color…mixed with pink and lime green!
Welcome To My New Home- Part Three Tybee Joy

Welcome To My New Home-Part Three Tybee Joy
I have a lot of furniture from Ikea and I also love repainted pieces.
Welcome To My New Home-Part Three Tybee Joy

Welcome To My New Home-Tybee Joy

Welcome To My New Home-Part Three Tybee Joy

I love using oyster shells everywhere.

Welcome To My New Home-Part Three Tybee Joy

Welcome To My New Home-Part Three Tybee Joy

Welcome To My New Home-Part Three Tybee Joy
I’ll be back later with the final set of photos…of the bedrooms and office.

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.

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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.

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I still love my view of the Lighthouse from my porch.

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Welcome To My New Home – Part 2

Come on in and check out my new place.  I recently sold my beach cottage on the marsh and didn’t want to rush into finding something else so quickly, so I rented this raised cottage.  Because it’s a rental, the wall must remain white, which is absolutely testing my turquoise patience, but I actually don’t mind the white walls for a change.  I think all the color that I use in artwork, linens, and accessories is okay even against the white backdrop.

The floor plan is open and today I’m featuring photos of the living room and a peek into the kitchen.

Welcome To My New Home - Part 2 Tybee Joy

Welcome To My Home - Part 2 Tybee Joy

 

Welcome To My Home - Part 2 Tybee Joy

Welcome To My Home - Part 2 Tybee Joy

 

Welcome To My New Home - Part 2 Tybee Joy

Welcome To My New Home - Part 2 Tybee Joy

Yes, I hung the television above the fireplace and I’m working on hiding that awful cord!

Welcome To My New Home - Part 2 Tybee Joy

Welcome To My New Home - Part 2 Tybee Joy
I hope y’all have enjoyed today’s tour.  I’ll be back later with more photos!  Have a joyful day!

Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies Tybee Joy
The Girl Scouts won’t be coming to your door or selling their famous cookies at your local grocer for a few more weeks.  Don’t fret though, because you can now purchase the cookies online!  It was only a matter of time before this happened and the cookie went digital.  While you can order cookies online, you must first receive an e-solicitation by a Girl Scout.  The girls may also use a cookie app during their door-to-door sales, allowing customers to order large quantities and have the cookies delivered within days.  This ensures that each box of cookies sold directly benefits the girls themselves.  This is a good way for girls to sell the cookies to friends and relatives who live outside of their town.

Under the program each girl can have her own cookie website and customers can gain access to the site if the scout sends an invite.  The digital option will make it a lot easier to sell cookies to a lot more people.

Savannah is proud to be the home of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girls Scouts of the USA.  The Gordon Low home below is a popular historic house museum and features many original Gordon family furnishings.  The home is open for tours year round.


Girl Scout Cookies Tybee Joy

Girl Scout cookies have been apart of our American culture for 100 years.  So what’s your favorite cookie?  Mine has always been the Thin Mints!  I have always loved them fresh out of the frig with a glass of cold milk.  But now…I also love them with a cup of coffee and the Thin Mint cream.

Girl Scout Cookies Tybee Joy
Truthfully, I love all the Girl Scout Cookies…If you can’t remember all of them, get to know them again.

Yes, the Girl Scouts IS the largest girl-led business in the world.

Selling cookies teachers the girls:
~Goal setting
~Decision making
~Money management
~People skills
~Business ethics

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So enjoy a Samoa, Thin Mint, or whichever cookie you love and remember you are helping to build life skills for a young girl!

Lazaretto Creek

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Twenty miles east of Savannah on the road to Tybee Island, you will see this sign on the right hand side of U.S. Highway 80.  Lazaretto Creek divides Tybee Island from McQueen’s Island.  I found this history about Lazaretto on Wikipedia.

“Because of Gen. James E. Oglethorpe’s opposition to the “peculiar” institution, Georgia’s original charter had an antislavery provision. Seeing possible profits from the use of slave labor, Georgia’s planters overruled Oglethorpe’s wishes, and in 1749 repealed the anti-slavery provision and passed legislation to allow slavery in the then colony of Georgia.

In the legislation, the erection of a lazaretto, or quarantine station, was ordered to be built on Tybee Island. 18 years later, in 1767, 100 acres (0.40 km2) on Tybee Island’s extreme western tip were purchased by Josiah Tattnall to create the quarantine station. Several hospitals there were constructed a year later, where voyagers who arrived ill were treated and those who died were buried.

The lazaretto remained in use until 1785, and when the buildings came into a state of disrepair, they were re-built on nearby Cockspur Island.

The creek, which gets its name from this hospital facility, stands as a tribute to this institution.

Today, Lazaretto Creek is a popular spot for several Tybee businesses.

Tybee Jet Ski and Watersports offers rentals, sales, and tours of jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards.

Lazaretto Creek Tybee Joy
Coco’s Sunset Grille is the perfect spot to watch the sunset on Tybee Island and enjoy a hand-made cocktail and the freshest seafood…right off the boats!
Lazaretto Creek Tybee Joy
Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tour Boats offer dolphin tours, sunset cruises, and inshore and deep-sea fishing.

Lazaretto Creek Tybee Joy

The shrimp boats dock at Lazaretto Creek…offering the area THE best and freshest shrimp!

Lazaretto Creek Tybee Joy

Lazaretto Creek Seafood is the spot to purchase the fresh seafood…this place is very old-school Tybee and has the best deals to purchase the seafood right off the boats!  You may contact them at 912.786.8920.

Lazaretto Creek Tybee Joy

Do you want to catch your own seafood?  Amick’s Deep Sea Fishing provides a first-class fishing service.  Captain Amick will take you on a safe, exciting, enjoyable, productive fishing trip!

Lazaretto Creek Tybee Joy
Be sure to visit Lazaretto Creek on Tybee Island…tell them Tybee Joy sent you.  Y’all have a joyful day!

Shops at Tybee Oaks

Tybee Island is full of small boutiques, art galleries, souvenir shops, restaurants, and we have the “Shops at Tybee Oaks”–a collection of funky shops located at 1213 U.S. Highway 80, on the left, just as you enter Tybee.  Shops at Tybee Oaks Tybee Joy
Latitude 32 offers apparel and accessories for men and women that reflect the unique, relaxed nature of Tybee Island.

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Shell Art Gift Shop offers everything from fine jewelry to Christmas decor.

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The Misty Marsh Shoppe offers ladies apparel, accessories, gifts, and spa products.

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Caldwell’s Cottage offers cute apparel, gifts and monogram service.

Shops at Tybee OaksHuc A Poos is THE place for pizza on the island and a great gathering spot for sports watch parties.

Shops at Tybee Oaks Tybee Joy
Tybean Art and Coffee is the island’s only real coffee shop and is a favorite of mine!

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Check out the Shops at Tybee Oaks and tell them Tybee Joy sent you.  Y’all have a joyful day!

Savannah Coffee Roasters

If you are visiting the Savannah/Tybee Island area, stop in at the Savannah Coffee Roasters.  They have been roasting their own coffee on site since 1909.
Savannah Coffee Roasters Tybee Joy
The coffee shop  serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week at 215 West Liberty Street.

Savannah Coffee Roasters Tybee Joy
You can view their gigantic roasting machines right behind the service area.
Savannah Coffee Roasters Tybee Joy
Bags of coffee beans are placed right outside the roasting area.  The place smells divine y’all!
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Magazines and newspapers are offered and there are comfortable chairs inside and out; or, you can take a seat a table-clothed table for breakfast or lunch.
Savannah Coffee Roasters Tybee Joy
Savannah Coffee Roasters offers coffee machines and their specialty roasted coffees.  A popular blend is the Good and Evil Coffee…created by the Director of the famous movie–Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and the Savannah Coffee Roastmaster, Hayden Banks.  Some other popular coffees are Savannah Pecans, Pralines and Cream, Moon River, and Plantation Blend.   They all sound so Southern!
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You can contact the cafe at 912.238.2426 for more information.

Crystal Beer Parlor

The Crystal Beer Parlor has been a favorite restaurant of Savannahians since 1933.  It was one of the first American eating establishments to serve alcohol after the repeal of Prohibition.
Crystal Beer Parlor Tybee Joy

Located  on the corner of Jefferson and West Jones, in the historic downtown area, the Crystal Beer Parlor is definitely old-school Savannah.

Crystal Beer Parlor Tybee Joy

The entry walls are covered with photos of famous and infamous citizens and scenes from Savannah’s past.

Crystal Beer Parlor Tybee Joy
Crystal has an extensive craft beer list and a nice bar area.
Crystal Beer Parlor
Although they are known for their huge, juicy, delicious burgers, their fries and crab stew are also fabulous!  Check out the menu which is loaded with seafood, salads, soups, and lots of Southern faves.  Don’t don’t forget to try the must-order dessert–Gawgia Peach Cobbler.
Crystal Beer Parlor Tybee Joy
The Classic Crystal Burger is soooo good y’all!   It is a 1/2 lb of grilled ground chuck with all the condiments.   I understand why this burger is so popular.
Crystal Beer Palace Tybee Joy
Be sure to visit this Savannah institution at 301 West Jones Street.  Call 912.349.1000 for more information.  Y’all have a joyful day!

Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade is one my favorite designers…I love the clothes, purses, jewelry, and shoes!  Of course, I had to make the trek to the store on Madison Avenue during my visit to New York.  It was all decked out for the holidays!
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All the high fallutin’ stores have well-dressed security personnel to protect the all the good stuff!
Kate Spade New York Tybee Joy
I had the privilege of meeting Kate Spade on a previous trip to New York at the Martha Stewart American Made Awards.  Although she no longer owns the business, I love her and the Kate Spade brand today.
Kate Spade New York Tybee Joy

The entire store is so chic.  I love the hot pink settee and the Roman shades are fabulous!
Kate Spade New York Tybee Joy

Kate Spade couture…all so fabulous!
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Kate Spade has THE cutest party dresses ever.
Kate Spade New York Tybee Joy

The purse and booties are so cute!  In fact, the more I look at those boots…ooh la la!
Kate Spade New York Tybee Joy

Be still my bow-loving heart!  I ADORE this!  The bigger the bow, the better.
Kate Spade New York Tybee Joy

Beautiful shoes.  Kate Spade makes beautiful shoes y’all!
Kate Spade New York Tybee Joy
Of course, I just had to snap some photos of the ladies room.  Bows forever!
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Kate Spade New York Tybee Joy
Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope y’all have a joyful 2015!!!

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