How to plan the perfect Labor Day weekend on Tybee Island.

For many people, Labor Day weekend is considered the unofficial last weekend of Summer. This three day weekend is also another excuse to plan a  trip to the beach!

One of the biggest celebrations on the Georgia coast happens right here on Tybee Island.

Planning your holiday weekend should be easy, so we want to pitch in and share our tips on how to make the most of your Tybee Labor Day weekend.

#1. Book A Beach Home Rental!

Are you spending the weekend with just a few friends or inviting the whole family? Chances are, Oceanfront Cottage Rentals will have the perfect vacation rental home to offer you. Check out the availability here or contact a Vacation planner now. 912-786-0054 Availability will not last long!

#2. You’re going to need groceries!

A Labor Day weekend is not complete without firing up the grill. Make sure you have everything you need to prepare snacks and meals throughout the weekend by visiting one of the local grocery stores. If you would prefer to skip the lines, Tybee Island’s IGA also offers Grocery delivery!

#3. Rent beach equipment and bikes!

One of the many great things about Tybee is that you can get everywhere by bike. Tim’s Beach Gear and Burke’s Beach Gear rentals offer bike and beach gear rentals. They will also deliver and set up your gear.

#4. Put on your dancing shoes! 

That’s right, grab your dancing shoes (or flip flops will do). There will be a live band performing on the Tybee Pier and Pavillion. The performances will include covers of beach music that the whole family will recognize.

#5. Plan to take lots of pictures!

Make sure your phone is charged because you are going to want to capture all the memories of this weekend. You’ll definitely want to plan on taking pictures under the fireworks display that will take place on Tybee’s south beach.

Tybee Island Pirate Fest 2018

Are you looking for an experience you will never forget?
The Annual Tybee Island Pirate’s Fest is an event you do not want to miss!
October 4-7th, 2018 Pirates (and wanna-be Pirates) will tybeeislandpiratefestivalarrive on Tybee Island for the annual festival. This weekend is filled with events for the entire family.

Thursday, October 4th is the Buccaneer Ball at the Crab Shack. 

This event is a big party filled with food, live entertainment, and introductions of the 2018 Pirate King and Queen. Purchase your Tickets Here. 

Friday, October 5th begins the Festival on the South End of Tybee. 

Thieves Market, Little Matey’s Cove (petting zoo, bouncy house, carnival, magic show and much more), and LIVE music performances begin at 6 pm at the Sweetwater Beer Garden Stage.

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Courtesy of Visit Tybee.

Saturday, October 6th the fun continues. FIREWORKS!

Thieves Market, Little Matey’s Cove and the fun on the South end will continue. This year will be the introduction of  Beach Water Battle!!

1-2 pm is the Kids and Pet Costume Contest.

3 pm-5 pm is the Annual Pirate’s Parade! Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

6 pm is the Adult Costume Contest, followed by music and more on the Sweetwater Beer Garden Stage.  The festivities will continue into the night and end with a spectacular Fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean.

Sunday, October 7th 

Little Matey’s Cove and Carnival opens back up with more exciting family-friendly experiences.

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20 Oceanview Court – Oceanfront Cottage Rental’s Tybee Rental

Book your Pirate’s Festival Tybee Vacation Rental Here. 

Read more about the 2018 details here. Click Here

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.

Tybee Restaurant Week

So, you enjoy dining out at restaurants and also enjoy a good deal? Come down for Tybee Restaurant Week!

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Tybee Restaurant Week

No problem, during Jan 16-25 you can eat for a fraction of the normal cost during Tybee Island Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer 3-course “prix fixe” (pre-determined) dinner menus for $25-30/per person. Pricing does not include tips, be sure to bring a little extra for the wait staff.You can select from a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. You do not need to buy a ticket or coupon; just dine out at participating restaurants. You can also prompt to order from the regular menu if you prefer.

Location: Various Tybee Restaurants
Time: Various
Cost: $25-$30
Contact: http://tybeerestaurantweek.com

If you are looking for a place to stay during this time, below are some options that may interest you! We are running a great special until May.

Stay 3 nights, get your 4th night free!

1 Bedroom:
118A SBRC 

2 Bedrooms:
Vue 233
8 Captain’s Watch
3 Bedrooms:
1 Pelican Point
101 19th St.

We look forward to having you visit our beautiful island! – OFC

Santa Claus is coming to town!

We begin the holiday celebrations on December 5 at 6:30pm with Lights on for Tybee when we light our Christmas tree. You can join in the celebrations and Christmas carols. It will be held in the roundabout near the Pier.

Then, Santa will be making his debut during the Christmas Parade on December 6 at 1pm. Make sure to bring along the kids to see him and to grab some goodies! After the parade, you can gather at the Tybee Gym for a photo with Santa!

Holiday Market will be at the Tybee Lighthouse on December 7 from 10am-4pm. Many vendors will be there selling a great variety of items. Perfect day to shop for Christmas presents at this unique market.we_wish_you_a_merry_christmas__79353_zoom

Fort Pulaski will begin Candle Lantern Tours on December 19 & 20. Pulaski commemorates the Confederate Nog party of 1861 each year during the holiday season. This Savannah tradition provides night tours of the fort by candlelight and oil lamps. In 1861, the tradition started when Confederate soldiers took a break from battle and decorated cannons with garland. They enjoyed fine delicacies from the city. Hot cider, cookies, music, caroling and night-time weapons firings will allow guests to re-live the festive occasion.

Also on December 20, The Tour de’ Lights Bike Parade will be held. It begins and ends at AJ’s Dockside. Award ceremony for the decorated bikes will be at 5pm. The following day the Floating Christmas Parade will be held.

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated with our annual firework bash! They can be seen from the beach in many areas, but the best view would be from the South end area.

Jump into the freezing ocean “Polar Bear Style” for the Annual Polar Bear Plunge on January 1. What a great refreshing start to the New Year! 2015 holds much promise!

TYBEE SALUTES HEROES

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Oceanfront Cottage Rentals is proud to be one of the sponsoring companies for the inaugural Tybee Salutes Heroes! The event is scheduled for the weekend of November 14th , and promises to be a family friendly fun filled weekend! As part of this event rental costs have been waived for the 50 selected active and retired Military Families to spend the 3-day weekend on Tybee. Oceanfront Cottage Rentals is also offering a 25% military discount for any active or retired military coming in for the event. The 50 selected families are;

50 Military Families

Adams Family, USAF – Retired
Bensken Family, USMC – Retired
Blair Family, US Army – Active Duty
Boone Family, US Army – Active Duty
Bushey Family, USMC – Retired
Bryd Family, USAF – Active Duty
Camp Family, USAF – Active Duty
Chapman Family, US Army – Active Duty
Cheek Family, US Army – Active Duty
Coggins Family, USAF – Retired
Davidson Family, US Army – Active Duty
Davies Family, USAF – Active Duty
Distano Family, USMC – Active Duty
Eckert Family, US Army – Active Duty
Fitch Family, US Army – Retired
Giordano Family, USAF – Active Duty
Grabowsky Family, USAF – Active Duty
Hill Family, USMC – Retired
Hubbell Family, US Army – Active Duty
Jenkins Family, US Army – Active Duty
Johnson Family, USAF – Retired
Lamberson Family, US Army – Active Duty
Linzan Family, US Army – Retired
Lopez Family, USAF – Active Duty
Marcy Family, USMC – Active Duty
Michael Family, US Army – Active Duty
Obrien Family, USN –Retired
Owens Family, US Army – Active Duty
Phillips Family, USAF –Active Duty
Poling Family, US Army – Active Duty
Power Family, US Army – Active Duty
Push Family, US Army – Active Duty
Renn Family, US Navy – Retired
Riley Family, US Army – Retired
Rowley Family, USAF – Active Duty
Saxton Family, US Army – Active Duty
Sharpe Family, US Army – Active Duty
S. Smith Family, USAF – Active Duty
J. Smith Family, USMC – Active Duty
T.  Smith Family, USMC – Active Duty
M. Smith Family, US Army– Retired
Stewart Family, US Army – Active Duty
Tierney Family, US Army – Active Duty
Walrod Family, US Army – Active Duty
Waters Family, US Army – Active Duty
White Family, US Army– Active Duty
Wilson Family, USMC/US Army – Retired
Williams Family, US Army/Marines – Retired Wimberly Family, US Army – Active Duty
Woodruff Family, US Army – Retired
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Tybee Salutes Heroes

 

Calendar of Events:

Friday, November 14:

  • Families will receive a welcome bag donated by Visit Tybee filled with coupons and discounts from local businesses.

Saturday, November 15:

  • Official welcome breakfast for military families at American Legion Tybee Post #154 from 8 a.m. -11 a.m.
  • Tybee Salutes Heroes Parade on Butler Avenue beginning at 1:00pm. Parade Route: 14th Street to Butler Ave., then North to Memorial Park (5th Street and Butler Ave.)
  • There will be a ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park directly after the parade.
  • Celebration at American Legion Tybee Post #154 at 6:30-9:30 p.m. featuring complimentary food, entertainment, children’s activities, and cash bar.

Sunday, November 16:

  • Rest and relaxation on Tybee Island.

Monday, November 17:

  • Check-out by 10 a.m.

Shiver me timbers!

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Shiver me timbers, ye scurvy seadogs!

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!

 

Autumn comes to Tybee Island!

seaoats  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- Fun on Tybee Island!

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Labor Day fun for everyone!

 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.
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(Photo by Caitlin Salter)