Top Spots to Kindle Romance on Tybee Island

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There are so many romantic spots on Tybee Island to celebrate with your beloved. The sea has been inspiration for love and romance as far back as we can remember. Tybee’s expansive shoreline offers couples the opportunity to walk along the beach, hand in hand, for miles… a pastime that has always been revered in the world of romance.

Tybee Island offers a magical backdrop for falling in love. Take for example my parents: Their first date was a walk along the beach at sunset, my Dad proposed on top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse, and they were married on North Beach. Tybee’s ambience  offers ample opportunities to spark romantic moments.

 

 

 

 

This Valentine’s Day, take your partner to watch the sunrise on the main pier, walk along the beach, rest on a beach swing, have a romantic dinner at a local restaurant, and end the day watching the sunset at the back river. 

Photo by: https://www.instagram.com/joshontybee/

Romantic Getaways at Oceanfront Cottage Rentals

Our accommodations offer several luxurious and romantic features, so that you won’t even need to leave the property to invoke a little romance. Here are some of our favorite places to relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones:

Enjoy rocking with your partner on the porch of “Little Beach Cottage”
Relax poolside soaking up sunshine with your beloved at “Captain TY-B”
Get cozy in the hammock with your sweetheart on the screened in porch at “McNeal’s Historic Cottage”

Even if you’re not coupled, we think all types of love should be honored on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy these spots for a peaceful moment of solitude or with a friend!

During the month of February, we are offering a special: Buy 2 nights, get the 3rd FREE! There’s still time to plan a romantic getaway on Tybee, call us at 800-786-5889 to book one of our beautiful homes today.

Book Directly with Oceanfront Cottage Rentals and Save! #bookdirect

Did you know that you could save up to 20% on your next vacation? Over the past several years Online Travel Agents masked with names like HomeAway, VRBO, AirBnB and much more have increased their “convenience fee”. This fee is basically a fee to use their site. The majority of the homes listed are actually managed by a Vacation Rental Company.

Imagine this…..

So let’s say you have already booked through one of these Online Travel Agents. Who do you call when the Air Conditioner does not work in your home? Who do you call when you need a recommendation for the best pizza in town? What do you do when your hot tub stops working? What about if half of the house does not have power? Who do you call if you have a question about how to use a fireplace?

Definitely not the Online Travel Agent that you submitted your Reservation request through. Their “Customer support” is just a call center somewhere.

Now, Imagine this…

You call Oceanfront Cottage Rentals and speak to a vacation expert. You ask questions about a few homes and then they email you a few more options. Then you call to make your reservation…and find out we are running a special during your vacation week! You save hundreds of dollars! You have a peace of mind knowing that when you arrive you have a 24 local staff to answer your questions and guide you through your vacation experience!

I bet you can think of a few other ways to spend 100’s of dollars, right?

However you decide to plan your Tybee Vacation, just know that with Oceanfront Cottage Rentals…you matter! #bookdirect

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Top 5 Tybee Island Restaurants

Our Staff’s Top 5 Favorite Restaurants on Tybee

Whether you’re craving local seafood, or classic southern fare – Tybee Island has the restaurant and the dish for you! You might be surprised to learn that although Tybee is only 3 1/2 miles long, it features over 30 restaurants! Guests always ask us locals where we like to eat, so we thought we’d make it easy for ya’ll. These are our top 5 picks of Tybee Island Restaurants… favorite dish included.

Sundae Cafe

The late and revered Chef Kevin Carpenter has left behind a legacy with Sundae Cafe, 80e Gastropub, and the latest addition – The Cafe on 80.  Caitlin and Julianna both agree – you must try the spicy tuna wrap!

80e Gastropub

Krystal says they have the best wings on the island – hands down! This modern pub has a great atmosphere with many flat-screen TV’s to watch your favorite sports teams.

 

AJ’s Dockside

Summer swears by the crab cake sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries. Located on the back river with breath taking views of the sun setting behind Little Tybee Island. Aj’s Dockside restaurant also has fresh seafood!

 

Coco’s Sunset Grille

Carla loves the “Coco Marley”, a jerk chicken wrap. Coco’s also boasts spectacular marsh and sunset views… the name says it all.

 

Huc-a-poo’s Bites and Booze

You wouldn’t guess it by the laid back, dive bar atmosphere, but Huc-a-poo’s is one of our owner’s favorite places to eat! Stacye’s favorite dish is their grilled chicken salad.

So there you have it – straight from the sea horse’s mouth!

Our seasoned staff is very knowledgeable about all things Tybee. We love to support all the small, local businesses on the island.

Did you know there are no chain restaurants on the island? All Tybee Island restaurants are locally owned and operated. This is just one of the many qualities that make Tybee so charming and unique!

Now is the perfect time to book your next Tybee Island vacation. The beach isn’t too crowded, parking is plenty, and there are no long waits for the delicious dishes at these Tybee Island restaurants. Call us today at 800-786-5889 for off-season specials!

 

7 Selfie Spots on Tybee Island

…to end 2017!

2017  is almost over… can you believe it? It certainly flew by! Despite the setbacks caused by Hurricane Irma, business on Tybee Island has been booming. More and more people are discovering our little paradise.

 

We are moving into a new era of travel where technology and social media reign. Gone are the days of the postcard… hello Instagram!

 

Let’s be real, we live in the “age of selfies”.  Solo travelers are on the rise and they love to share their adventures with friends and family.

 

OFC blogger, Julianna, did some research and exploration on Tybee Island. We thought it would be fun to feature “Tybee’s Top 7 Selfie Spots”. Here is what we found…

 

DISCLAIMER: These were all taken WITHOUT a selfie stick! #skills

 

Giant Shark Mouth 
This scary guy can be found on the North End next to “Island Style”

 

Tybee Island Lighthouse 
You can capture the whole lighthouse with a selfie!

 

The Welcome Sign

The Welcome to Tybee Island sign… classic selfie spot!

 

The Anchor on the Bend of Hwy 80 
This Tybee Island landmark is decorated with Christmas lights right now!

 

The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel
Our sister company, The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, is one the most beautiful landmarks on the island!

 

Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion 
OK… so this one is an “us-ie”… the Pier has many great spots to take selfies on!

 

T-Rex Statue 
This random dinosaur statue is off Hwy 80 on the North End!

 

 

We hope this gives you some inspiration for your next “selfie odyssey” on Tybee!

As we move into 2018, we want to thank everyone for an amazing 2017. We so appreciate all of our guests!

 

Please give us a call  at 800-786-5889 to take advantage of our holiday specials and gift certificates. What could be a better Christmas gift than a Tybee Island vacation? We can’t think of anything better! Happy Holidays, friends!

 

What To Do When It Rains On Tybee Island

There’s more to Tybee than you know…

We always hope for clear, sunny skies when we are on a beach vacation, but occasionally we are faced with unpleasant weather and the beach just isn’t an option. Lucky for us here on Tybee, there are many ways to spend a rainy day on our little island. Tybee Island may be small, but there are many things to do on the island indoors. Here is a rainy day itinerary that we made to help you make the best of inclement weather!

Morning

Start your day off right with a hot coffee from the Tybean. Take a stroll through all the art galleries and locally owned boutiques in the area, such as Seaside Sisters, the Misty Marsh Shoppe, and the Tybee Cottage Art Gallery. These shops are great for buying unique, handcrafted Christmas presents for your friends and family.

 

Afternoon

Hop on down to the Breakfast Club for brunch, or have lunch at Fannie’s… then take a stroll down Tybrisa and the Strand to take advantage of off-season deals! If you’re all shopped out, drop into the Marine Science Center and learn more about Tybee’s local marine life.

 

Evening

Grab a drink at Tybee Social Club and then catch a flick at the Tybee Post Theater. The next showing is “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” a Christmas classic! Be sure the check the schedule often, as during the off-season the Tybee Post Theater has several movie showings, concerts and plays.

 

We hope this brief sample itinerary helps you get out of your rainy day funk. Rainy days are few and far between on Tybee Island, but we’ve got you covered for when mother nature does her thing. The weather is unpredictable, but there is always something to do and somewhere to stay dry on Tybee Island.

Ready to plan your next vacation? Call us at 800-786-5889 and ask about our off-season specials!

Experiencing the Holidays on Tybee

Holidays are better at the beach!

Sometimes, Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a stressful time of the year. We scramble last minute to prepare a Thanksgiving feast, we fight lines and crowds at the mall to ensure everyone gets what they want for Christmas, and even when we manage to get all the gifts and food prepared, often we still have an unsatisfied family member or two!

 

We have the perfect solution!

Tybee Island’s winter is randomly interspersed with warm and sunny days, so it’s the perfect place to escape the winter blues. Why not spend the holidays here? The sound of the waves crashing against the shore is absolutely tranquilizing and melts away the stress of the holidays.

 

We believe everyone in the family will be a lot more relaxed at the beach. The atmosphere on Tybee during off-season is even more laid back than summer (if you can imagine that!) It is mostly locals and families staying at this time. The winter months slow down the pace here on the island, and there will be times where it feels like you have to beach all to yourself. Being on the ocean has a natural, calming effect on us.

 

Not only will everyone be more zen over the holidays on the island, but there are still plenty of fun things to do here to keep everyone entertained. In fact, there is so much to do here over the holidays, there’s an entire website dedicated to it: Tybee for the Holidays

 

Tybee holiday events

Tybee Island Christmas Parade

Dec 2nd 1:00 pm

Start: 14th St parking lot

Ends: Tybee Gym at the YMCA (kids get a picture with Santa!)

 

A Lighthouse Christmas

Dec 2nd, 9th, and 16th

Where: Tybee Island Lighthouse

When: 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm

 

18th Annual Tybee Polar Plunge

Jan 1st 2018

Where: Tybee Pier and Pavilion

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Dec 31st 12:00 am

Where: Tybee Pier and Pavilion

 

We still have some beautiful large homes available for you to rent!

1923 Chatham – Available for Thanksgiving

Lighthouse Livin’  – Available for Thanksgiving

McNeal’s Historic Cottage – Available for Thanksgiving

 

We still have several homes available for Christmas and New Year’s too! Please call us at 800-786-5889 for more information. Happiest of Holidays from everyone at Oceanfront Cottage Rentals!

Exploring Little Tybee and Tybee Creek

Article, photos and videos straight from the boat of  Stacye Jarrell, owner of Oceanfront Cottage Rentals

Lannie and I enjoy boating around Tybee.  We are fortunate to live on Tybee Creek where our dock and boat are located. Lannie restored an older Boston Whaler and we just love taking it out to see what we can discover.

When the opportunity presents, we spend our free time exploring Little Tybee.  I want to share with you all some footage of us enjoying the beauty of our area.

We passed by AJ’s Dockside Restaurant  and headed over to Myrtle Island, one of the 18 islands that make up “Little Tybee.”  The first video is a great place to fish because of the giant, dead trees that are in the water as a result of a campfire that burned the area several years ago.

Video of Little Tybee Island

 

 

Later, we headed off to see Buck Hammock and then came back to the south bank of Tybee Creek.  The oyster rakes are beautiful and a great structure to fish.  We enjoyed looking at the homes at Spanish Hammock, and our ride ended with a beautiful sunset.

Sunset from our boat

If you have ever tried to capture the beauty of dolphins jumping, you know how hard it is! One time we were lucky enough to capture a video of dolphins frolicking in Mosquito Ditch as we were cutting through Tybee Creek heading for a deserted beach on the Atlantic. That was another spectacular sunset evening.

Video of Dolphins from Stacye & Lannie’s boat

 

Here is a fun video of our friend, Mac Kitchens, on his motorized stand up board on Tybee Creek.

Video of motorized stand up paddle board

 

Another day, we were on the sandbar that extends from the southern tip of Tybee overlooking Little Tybee, when a motorized parasailer flew by.  That was a neat experience!

When you are walking along the southernmost tip of Tybee, you can see Little Tybee Island. The term Tybee Creek is interchangeable with “Back River” by the locals. They are one and the same, so don’t get confused.

It is a joy to share the same love of boating and exploration of nature with your best friend and husband.  Thank you sweetheart for the ride!

 

Another gorgeous sunset

Gearing up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

The Details

When?

  • November 4th – 5th at 7:30am

Where? 

  • Start line: Bay St & E Bull St (Emmet Park, 4089 E Bay St)
  • Finish line: Drayton St @ E Park Ave
  • Finish Festival @ Forsyth Park
  • Here is a map with detailed information.

Why?

  • Support charities, build community, and improve your health while doing so!

The Race

Every year, the renowned Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon visits Savannah. This year it comes to us on November 4th and 5th – perfect timing – just as the weather starts to cool down. This is the time of year that people are inspired to walk through our beautiful downtown squares, to slow down and take notice of our charming historic district, and to spend time outdoors, admiring the live oaks and diverse plant life that Savannah boasts. What better way to kick off the changing of the seasons than with a marathon that takes you through the historic streets of our beloved city.

 

 

This year marks 20 years of the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon since its inception in San Diego. The headliners this year are Fitz and the Tantrums who will be performing a live concert at the finish festival in Forsyth Park. If you’re not familiar with their music, check out this song to get familiar before race day! We know you’re going to have a blast this year; here are some tips to ensure everything goes smoothly.

5 Tips for a Successful Marathon:

 

  • Rest – We know you’re excited and the adrenaline might make it hard to fall asleep the night before, but it’s so important to get to bed early and get a full night’s sleep before race day. You want to be as energized as possible to make the best time.
  • Show up early – With a marathon of this magnitude, you’ll want to get there early to ensure you find parking, pick up your number and any other items, and get a good spot near the starting line.
  • Stay hydrated – Take advantage of the hydration stations throughout the course.
  • Encourage each other – It might be a good idea to run with others, that way when you start to lose steam, you have a support system nearby the uplift you.
  • Stretch – Don’t forget to stretch before and after you run. This is so important! It helps to prevent injuries and muscle cramps, as well as several other health benefits.

Staying on Tybee Island?

Old Town Trolley Tours is offering a shuttle from Tybee to the Start Line and a return shuttle after the race. There are two pick-up stops on Tybee that the trolleys will be arriving at:

  1. Jones Ave @ Park St (In front of Memorial Park)
  2. 14th St @ Butler Ave (Hotel Tybee).

Click here to get more details on departure times, the return schedule, and other packages and options from Old Town Trolley Tours.

Good Luck!

We hope this helps all you runners out there! Oceanfront Cottage Rentals wishes you our very best at the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in Savannah. Thank you all for supporting charities from across the country and building community in our budding city.

We invite you to experience Tybee Island’s Endless Summer

Desoto Condo Rental on Tybee Island

tybee island's endless summer

Sure, the idea of Fall is extremely appealing; but do those short days & cold weather have you craving a little beach time?

On Tybee Island we love our “Endless Summer” Beach Season. This time of year is right after Labor Day and goes all the way up until Thanksgiving. The crowds have subsided. Tybee Island becomes a hidden beach retreat! The daytime weather is usually a warm 80ish and a crisp cool temperature in the evenings.

After a relaxing day at the beach, throw on a light jacket, and head out to one of the local restaurants for live music and happy hour specials! One of our favorite Endless Summer hot spots is the North Beach Bar and Grill. Or, imagine yourself under a Tybee sunset, filled with a sky that has turned orange and purple, grilling for your family and friends.

If those thoughts are not enough to have you rushing to book your beach getaway, before the hectic holidays, check out our discounts and specials!

Here is our pick of 5 Tybee Rentals that will have you swooning for an Endless Summer Getaway! #endlesssummer

Villa By The Sea Tybee Rental Oceanfront Cottage Rentals
Villa By The Sea #heatedpool #hotub
Desoto Condo Rental on Tybee Island
101 Desoto “Belle of the South” #pool #balcony
Brass Rail condo on Tybee Island. Brass Rail 315
Brass Rail 315 “Paradise on Tybee” #pool #location
59 Captain's View 6 Bedroom Rental on Tybee Island.
59 Captain’s View #heatedpool #comfortable
Captain Tybee Vacation Rental
Captain Tybee #heatedpool #porches

 

Fall Fun on Tybee

After a very busy summer on Tybee Island and the chaos of Hurricane Irma, we here at Oceanfront Cottage Rentals are excited for cooler weather and pumpkin flavored everything! As clean-up and community service efforts continue for those affected by Irma, Tybee Island residents and visitors are looking forward to enjoying some balance with the promise of these FUN Fall events:

13th ANNUAL PIRATE FEST – October 5th-8th

Owner of OFC, Stacye Jarrell and her husband Lannie were crowned King and Queen of the last Pirate Fest!

Click Here for full schedule.

Tybee’s Got Talent – September 30, 7 pm

The Tybee Post Theater presents its 3rd annual talent show for Tybee and Savannah locals. Amateurs only!

Click Here to view flyer.

Tybee I.C.E Run and Car Show – October 14, 9am-3pm

Local non-profit “Island Car Enthusiast” car club hosts their 8th annual car show and run benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Click here for more info.

 

Our little Island has made it through two major hurricanes, this year and the last, and we couldn’t be more grateful that the majority of our properties came out mostly unharmed. We want to thank the Tybee Island community for always coming together during times of distress. Now, let’s get ready for some fall fun!