Shiver me timbers, ye scurvy seadogs! October be nearly upon us which means one thing…….pirate invasion! T’is month has tons ‘o thin’s to do; what a great hour to come aboard. Th’ annual Pirate’s Fest is from 10/9-12. Th’ whole island dresses like a band ‘o pirates ‘n joins in fer th’ festivities. Thar be a plethora ‘o events which range from th’ Buccaneer’s ball kickin’ it all off to th’ parade whar swashbucklin’ bling gunna be divvied up. Thar be a ferris wheel ‘n a pettin’ zoo fer th’ lads and lasses. Adults gunna heartily enjoy th’ live entertainment wit’ local bands appearin’. So, make yer’ way down ‘n pillage the South end. Ye be destined t’ have a great time! Weigh anchor n’ hoist th’ mizzen!
The beach is a place where many people come to re-nourish their souls. Cares seem to wash away when the waves are kissing at your toes. That hectic life you ran away from seems so far away that you never want to return. A busy life is what we are accustomed to, but why? Life is so much more enjoyable strolling along the beaches searching for seashells and soaking up local color.
As summer drifts away, Autumn peeks her bashful head out and begins to bring down cool breezes. This begins a beautiful period here on Tybee. As the sea oats deepen from pale yellow to a deep gold, they wave in the wind and say farewell to hot weather. Fallen leaves prance along the ground daring you to dance along.
Sunsets are to die for! Skies are painted in reds, oranges, and even pinks. It’s hard not to smile while gazing at a gorgeous Tybee sunset. You can look forward to reading a book on the beach swings or watching the birds fly down to escape the harsh winters from up north. Scan the coastline to observe container ships bringing cargo into Savannah ports. The dolphins also chase the shrimping boats into port at Lazaretto Creek. The way the sunlight glistens over the top of the ocean will bring you peace of mind. You will be on cloud nine for days from the pure ecstasy of the simple things that most people take for granted. Science has proven that the beach cleanses your body of negative energy. It surely shows! A day on the beach is like a day in paradise.
Dance along the tides, wish upon the stars, and always have hope, even when there is none in sight.
(Photo by Caitlin Salter)
Labor Day Activities are planned for this weekend to celebrate the holiday. Join the fun with Tybee’s finest at our annual Labor Day Beach Bash! The live entertainment opens with Big Engine on Saturday and the Swinging Medallions on Sunday. The fireworks will blast off around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday night. You may also want to check out the Tybee Lighthouse. There will be a large selection of vendors at the “market” (10am-4pm on Sunday.) Some items in the boutiques are handmade items such as soaps and jewelry, mosaic pieces, bamboo crafts, and an area you can design your own pieces of art.
(Photo by Caitlin Salter)
The Black Skimmer is a year round resident here on Tybee. Primarily, skimmers will be near the bird sanctuary on the north end by the Lighthouse area. When nesting, the parents’ take turns kicking up sand behind them to “scrape” up a depression to build a nest to lay their eggs. Nests are usually small at around 10” wide and maybe an inch deep. Eggs are pale cream in color with pink or brown spots. The male and female take turns incubating the eggs. Hatch-lings will immediately leave the nest and will lay in the depression. This area is a lower temperature and parents will shield them from the sun. Babies are even known from time to time to dig their own depressions.
Babies are born with the upper and lower mandibles the same size. The lower jaw does grow quickly. It takes 24 days before they are able to take flight; parents have to feed them during this period. Babies are fed almost exclusively during the day. Adults can easily scoop fish as they skim the top of the water. They are mostly nocturnal or crepuscular, meaning that they are most active at night because the water is calmer with fish closer to the surface.
With their long wings, this allows them to make sharp turns while flying. If you are lucky enough to catch a flock, you would think they were flying dogs because of their “barking” cries. Being very social birds, they tend to stay with their flock and nest in the same areas each year. Larger colonies are more successful; smaller ones usually feel the urge to relocate.
In New Jersey, Florida, and North Carolina skimmers are on the state protected list. Big concerns for this species popped up in 2010 during the BP Gulf Coast oil spill when 263 birds were affected. Federally, however they are not protected or considered endangered. Their official status is of least concern and thank goodness. We love having these beautiful birds here on our island!
Tybee Island is the prized island jewel of Coastal Georgia, nestled just east of Savannah outside of all the hustle and bustle of city life. You will know you’ve arrived once you pass over the Lazaretto Creek Bridge and peer out over the Cockspur Lighthouse and the area marina. You will see the waves breaking along the shore and if you are lucky you can catch the dolphins following the shrimp boats in. You may also see the big cargo ships cruising along the coastline. The neck of the Savannah River meets the Atlantic Ocean on North Tybee. On your left coming in, check out the Tybee Oaks which houses some of the best little shops on the island. Then, head down to the lighthouse at the first red light, just take a left. You can climb all 178 stairs to the top for an amazing view of the North side of Tybee.
As you make your way further south along Highway 80, you will notice a colorful array of homes and shops. We are all about some southern vintage charm! Don’t forget to check out the Pier area. This is the heartbeat of the island and where everyone wants to be in the summer. There is the Tybee Island Marine Science Center if you are bringing children along. It has a good selection of the area wildlife in their touch tanks. If you are feeling adventurous, you can plan a beach ecology trip through the Marine Science Center. Tour guides will direct you along the beach and show you some sites that you might not see otherwise.
As one of Georgia’s coastal islands, we enjoy a great variety of wildlife and natural wonders…The beaches are clean, the water brisk…come down and experience the wonder of island living…we’d love for you to stay with us! We offer 1-7 bedroom condos and homes, oceanfront and ocean view…You can check them all out on our website or feel free to stop by and see us in person!
Warm summer wishes,
Oceanfront Cottage Rentals
(Photo by Caitlin Salter)
Sunday is Mother’s Day! Honor your mother in all the days of your life. One day you’ll look back and miss the time you never spent with her. You’ll miss those laughs and memories of the past long forgotten. Listen to the stories she tells and the life lessons she is passing along. Treat her with respect and kindness every day, not just the designated “Hallmark” holiday of Mother’s Day. You shouldn’t need someone to tell you to appreciate the people you love in your life. Think of that this year and reflect on changes you should make to better enjoy life and the people in it. What makes your mother special? What makes her mom? What have you done for her lately? Does she know how much you appreciate her? Make sure by planning a last minute getaway for your Mom! She deserves it! We can do a 2 night stay within 5 days of reservation check-in. Check out this adorable cottage, Inlet Breeze that is within walking distance of all the shops and pier on the South end of Tybee…
$728/2 nights last minute! What a deal, and what a great location. Take your lovely mother for a stroll down the beach and a nice little dinner at AJ’s Dockside! We are open until 9pm tonight! (800-786-5889)
It’s hard to believe that Savannah’s 189th Saint Patrick’s Day celebration is only 3 days away! Tomorrow, Tybee will kick off the festivities with the Irish Heritage Parade. The parade will begin at 3 p.m. at city hall.
For those of you that haven’t had a chance to experience the Savannah Saint Patrick’s Day parade on this lucky day, I will forewarn you that it is a riot! The parade is such a good time for all ages, but there is also history behind all of the fun.
Hibernians (natives of Ireland) marched the streets of Savannah in 1813 to honor the death of Saint Patrick of Ireland, giving way to Savannah’s very first Saint Patrick’s Day parade. As more Irish immigrants inhabited Savannah, the tradition became bigger and bigger until the parade became what it is today, the 2nd largest in the world!
Why not be a part of that, yourself? While most of Savannah is probably booked solid, we still have some amazing homes available with some great discounts 🙂 Just give us a call and join Oceanfront Cottage in celebrating on this awesome fun-filled day! Erin go Bragh!
It is race time again! The time of year when there are tons of races to choose from! Here’s the down and dirty on the up coming races 🙂
Trick or Trot 5k/10k – Wilmington Island – October 26th
Warriors for William 5k – JF Gregory Park – October 27th
Woof Woof Run/Walk – Habersham Village/Ardsley Park – November 2nd
Run for Dana 5k – JF Gregory Park – November 2nd
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 – Downtown Savannah – November 9th
KiDS Rock Savannah – Daffin Park – November 10th
Flying Fortress 5k: The Race for CHARACTER COUNTS! – National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force – November 16th
PurpleStride Savannah – Tybee Island – November 16th
Girls on the Run 5k – Savannah State University – November 23rd
Trail of Hope 5k/10k – Skidaway Island State Park – November 23rd
United Way Savannah Turkey Trot 4 Miler – Daffin Park – November 28th
Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run – Talmadge Bridge – December 7th
Reindeer Run 8k – Hutchinson Island – December 14th
That’s a lot of miles! Get to movin’ 🙂
The City of Tybee Island has invested its resources to help visitors have a better Tybee beach vacation experience. Whether you have rented a Tybee vacation home for a week, weekend, or just enjoy coming for the day, these signs will help make your stay more enjoyable. Continue reading “Tybee Beach Signs”