Southern Charm

True Southern Charm is still alive & well!

Tybee is a small Southern beach town full of sweet, goodhearted folks. We are proud of how we were raised and the fact that we practice good manners. It is polite to say “Yes ma’am, No ma’am, please and thank you” here even though other parts of the country think we are being condescending. We think of it as being “raised right” and our Mama wouldn’t have it any other way. Everyone is treated with respect and we’ve never met a stranger. To top it off, we have that sweet Southern accent that sounds like angels playing the harp.

Kick off your shoes, put your toes in the sand!
Southern hospitality is our specialty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you are here, you will learn that our little island isn’t about a bunch of planned activities. It is an island where you are meant to kick back, put your feet up and sip sweet tea. Come sit a spell! Give yourself a break; you deserve it!  Bless your heart.

Recommended Porches:
1-2nd Terrace– Porch swing and rocking chairs!
5 Driftwood– Comfy chairs looking out to the sea. Not oceanfront, but it doesn’t need to be.
Claire’s Rendezvous– Oceanfront balcony right on the sand, You can’t get any closer!
Bella Luna– Oceanfront 5 bedroom home with massive balcony overlooking the Atlantic.

Recommended Eateries:
Windrose Café (Locals love it; it’s cheap & good.)
Social Club (High Class folk)
Sundae Café– Some of the best food on the island. Fancy dinner at night, put on your best flip-flops and make sure to call ahead.

Who has the best sweet tea?
We love the Tybee IGA for their large “aquarium” sized sweet teas. It has just the right sweetness, and perfect for front porch sittin’. Ask Wendy what she’s cooking for lunch while there.

Best Waterin’ Holes:
Doc’s Bar– You can find a plethora of locals here and they’ve never met a stranger.
Wet Willie’s– Younger crowd that likes frozen drinks.
Quarter Bar– Open Late, good cheeseburgers, pool tables, and they play all kinds of sports on their tvs.
GastroPub– Marble bar with sports on every tv, Beer on tap.

Escape Tybee

Escape Tybee Rooms
By Summer Fortner

Tybee Island may be small 3-and-a-half-mile island, but we are always adding new fun things to do on the island!
Tybee is now introducing a brand-new Escape Room! Escape rooms are a popular activity that require players to work together to solve puzzles to “escape” the room! It is a physical game – no electronics allowed! The game lasts 60 minutes in total! Bonus – it is located inside so perfect to escape the elements outside!
Escape Tybee is team based and perfect for 2 to 8 players to join and solve the mystery! The story of the room is honestly the best part! The story lines are about events that really happened on Tybee Island – so a good way to get a history lesson in too!
The Escape Tybee offers two different rooms to try out! “Blackbeard has Shanghaied You!” and “The Tybee Bomb is Armed”!

  • Blackbeard has Shanghaied You!” is all about being stuck on the ship of Queen Anne’s Revenge. The crew is leaving the ship to have some fun on Tybee Island. You have 60 minutes to find the hidden treasure and get off the ship!
  • “The Tybee Bomb is Armed” is based in the late 1950’s. A US air force B-47 has dropped a hydrogen bomb into the waters on the south end of Tybee Island. It was never found until now. You have 1-hour to disarm it. Good luck!
To reserve your spot at the Escape Tybee, click here! Hurry before all the spots fill up!

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski National Monument
By Krystal Cassidy

Looking to enjoy a day outdoors but need a break from the sandy beach? Take a short drive for a couple miles to Fort Pulaski right off Highway 80. This beautiful landmark will keep you and the family busy for hours and will also give you the feel of historic Savannah without the drive downtown! You can even bring your fur baby along with you, that’s right, Fort Pulaski is pet friendly!

Fort Pulaski National Monument
Figure 1: Present day Fort Pulaski. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, Fort Pulaski National Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Pulaski was declared a national monument in October 1924. The Fort was originally built to protect the Savannah River as Savannah grew as a booming port city during the American Civil War. Start your visit off at the Visitor’s Center + Museum to watch the park film, “The Battle for Fort Pulaski,” to gain knowledge of the true gem that is Fort Pulaski. You can also plan for a guided tour, offered 7 days a week, or you can walk around at your own leisure!
The national monument is also surrounded by a 5,365-acre park featuring stunning tidal marshes. Make sure to wear the right footwear as you venture around all the natural walks on site here!
There are varying walking trails available surrounding the monument, ranging from a ¼ mile to six miles! As you take in the beauty of the natural trails, you will also have views of both the Savannah River and Tybee Island! Talk about a breathtaking way to spend the day! After you’ve built up an appetite, you can head over to the picnic area (both covered and uncovered areas available) to enjoy lunch!
Before heading back to your Oceanfront Cottage Rental home, make sure to make a stop at the gift shop for a souvenir and don’t forget to tell us all about your favorite part before you head home!

The Dogs Days of Summer/The Dog Days of Tybee

By Clark Faulkenberry
The hottest days of the summer, usually during July and August are often called the “The Dog Days of Summer”. Most of us think that it’s the time of year that is it is so hot that even dogs will lie around on the hot concrete panting and acting crazy; and it’s too hot to be outside for summer fun. “Dog days” have nothing to do with our four-legged fur babies which are part of our family and travel on vacation with us more and more.


“Dog days” actually occur when “Sirius”, the dog star, is directly overhead. It is the brightest star in the constellation “Canus Major” and the brightest star in the Earth’s night sky.
Tybee Island loves our canine friends. Oceanfront Cottage Rentals has approximately 100 vacation rentals and about half of them are “pet-friendly.”
You can view those here:
#1-18th St- Upper and Lower
Blue Skye
Tybee Oasis
Little Beach Cottage
Ocean Queen
Evelyn’s Oasis


There are also several Tybee restaurants which allow you to bring along your furry friends. A few of these are:
Sting Ray’s, The Crab Shack, Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp, The North Beach Grill, The Sugar Shack, AJ’s Dockside, and CoCo’s just to name a few.

Tybee Island features 2 dog parks on the North end of the island near the Police Station; the Little Bark Park and the Big Bark Park.

Dogs are not allowed on Tybee Beach, but they are allowed on the beach at Fort Pulaski and I have spotted a few with their humans at the IGA Grocer. 

Coming in August….. “Dog Days”- A delightful comedy which follows some acquaintances in Los Angeles, CA who bond by their lovable furry friends..

Stay tuned for more great blogs brought to you by the Oceanfront crew!
Stay Cool during the Dog Days! We look forward to providing more information to help you plan your next trip to Tybee!

 

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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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!

 

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!