By David Barwick for Tybee Joy Vacations, Natural Retreats
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!
I love using oyster shells everywhere.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, I hung the television above the fireplace and I’m working on hiding that awful cord!
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.
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!
Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tour Boats offer dolphin tours, sunset cruises, and inshore and deep-sea fishing.
The shrimp boats dock at Lazaretto Creek…offering the area THE best and freshest shrimp!
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.
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!
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.
Latitude 32 offers apparel and accessories for men and women that reflect the unique, relaxed nature of Tybee Island.
Shell Art Gift Shop offers everything from fine jewelry to Christmas decor.
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.
The coffee shop serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week at 215 West Liberty Street.
You can view their gigantic roasting machines right behind the service area.
Bags of coffee beans are placed right outside the roasting area. The place smells divine y’all!
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 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!
You can contact the cafe at 912.238.2426 for more information.
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.
Located on the corner of Jefferson and West Jones, in the historic downtown area, the Crystal Beer Parlor is definitely old-school Savannah.
The entry walls are covered with photos of famous and infamous citizens and scenes from Savannah’s past.
Crystal has an extensive craft beer list and a nice bar area.
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.
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.
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 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!
All the high fallutin’ stores have well-dressed security personnel to protect the all the good stuff!
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.