Mardi Gras is not just a New Orleans holiday – it is celebrated all over the world. Though the festival dates back thousands of years to Roman fertility rituals, the celebration has evolved. It is now primarily a Catholic event held every year between The Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. (more…)
What started as joke among friends has grown over the past 17 years into a well-attended tradition! Thousands come from all over to join in – or simply witness – the Tybee Polar Plunge. And why not? The colorful, funny, tongue-in-cheek nature of the event is a wonderful way to start your year off. (more…)
The SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Sand Arts Festival is a popular, annual sand sculpture competition comprised of SCAD students, alumni, staff, faculty, and high school students who compete in their own category. (more…)
What is the Tybee Polar Plunge?
Take the freezing Atlantic waters off of Georgia’s Tybee Island on New Year’s Day and add your rightfully shocked and complaining body: That’s right: you throw yourself into the frigid surf – and that’s the Tybee Polar Plunge in a nutshell. (more…)
Built on Cockspur Island at the mouth of the Savannah River, across from Tybee Island, Fort Pulaski is a massive, five-sided, brick fortification buttressed with 7.5-foot-wide walls. Completed in 1847, Fort Pulaski was able to mount 146 cannons, both on and inside the walls of the fort. (more…)
The Rainbow Fest Weekend (previously Tybee Gay Days), as presented by GaySavannah.com, is a great opportunity for LGBT visitors and residents to show their pride on the sunny, springtime Georgia coast. (more…)
With a five fun and unique wine, food and educational events to choose from, the Tybee Wine Festival has a little something for everyone and all taking place on beautiful Tybee Island.
2014 Tybee Wine Festival Events:
“Let’s do Lunch,” The Art of Coastal Design and Cuisine – April 10
Learn the art of eye-catching table centerpieces and learn how to prepare an entire gourmet meal, from appetizers through dessert at this amazing, tasting luncheon featuring all of the foods demonstrated, white wine, and recipes for each dish. (more…)
Ordered by the Governor of the 13th colony in 1732, General James Oglethorpe, the first tower was but a day marker – meaning there was no light. Only the height of the structure’s profile on the horizon served as guide. It stood near the shore of Tybee Island, 90 feet tall and constructed of brick and cedar.
A storm took this first tower in 1741, even as another, better tower was being constructed somewhat farther from shore and the potentially angry sea’s grasp. This second tower, 94 feet tall, didn’t fare much better. Within two years of its completion, wind erosion and sea encroachment made it clear that a different approach was needed – and fast. (more…)
This year marks the first annual Tybee Gay Days, featuring fun-filled schedule of events May 3-5, 2013 on Tybee Island, Georgia.
Presented by GaySavannah.com, this is a chance for LGBT tavelers will show their pride on the Georgia coast!
Get to know Savannah, enjoy delicious fresh seafood and dance the night away. Explore Tybee, a laid-back island paradise located 20 minutes east of our historic Savannah vacation rentals. Come for a full weekend of festivities and experience the unparalleled beauty of Savannah.
“We’ve created a signature event that will showcase Tybee’s laid-back style. Tybee has always been very welcoming and supportive of the gay and lesbian community.
We invite everyone to experience Tybee’s relaxed coastal style and warm Southern hospitality,” says reps from GaySavannah.com
With five miles of public beaches, top-rated restaurants and lively nightclubs, all you need is a great place for you and all your friends to stay. Save money, stay together and enjoy Savannah’s historic district by renting one of our Savannah vacation villas. With occupancy for two to 26, bring all your friends! The more the merrier, right?
Event Highlights from Tybee Gay Days
Saturday May 4
After Party, 6:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. at the Tybee Social Club. After spending the day exploring Savannah, come to the Social Club for a big party on the deck, under the stars with the ocean breeze in your hair.
Sunday May 5
Brunch, 12 – 2 p.m. in three locations: Coco’s Sunset Grill; Fannie’s on the Beach & the Tybee Social Club (reservations required here)
Beach Sweep, 2:30 p.m. in front of Fannie’s on the Beach (1613 Strand Avenue). Join forces with the Tybee Beautification Association to clean up the beach on Tybee Island. Work off some of those calories you just ate at brunch!
T-Dance Closing Party, 6 – 10 p.m. at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Held in one of Tybee Island’s most romantic locations, the alcohol sales from this event will benefit Savannah Pride. Enjoy a live DJ and performances by Kristina Foxx, the Las Vegas showgirl of the south. Foxx has appeared with Paula Deen and Kathy Griffin will be bringing live vocal talents mixed with humor.
See the full schedule of events at the Visit Tybee website.
The McQueens Island Historic Trail is truly one of Savannah’s gems. It provides access to the natural beauty of the area, far from the historic city squares and stately architecture found in the city itself. Bikers and walkers staying at our Savannah, Georgia, Vacation Rentals will not want to miss it.
In the late 1800s, a railroad connected Savannah to Tybee Island, at the mouth of the Savannah River. Much of the old railway has since been converted into a biking / walking trail parallel to the South Channel of the Savannah River. It is a delightful spot for exercise and fresh air.
The gravel trail follows the river for six miles, often passing through saltwater marshes. Cabbage palms, coastal cedars, and yaupon holly line the path. The McQueens Island Historic Trail runs quite close to the river in some spots, more removed in other spots. Walkers, runners and bikers should keep an eye out for frolicking dolphins, American alligators, box turtles, bobcats, and birds. Shipping traffic is common, as well.
There are many benches along the trail, and picnic tables at each end. Allow time to visit Fort Pulaski, at the east end of the trail, and the turning point at the west end of the trail. Here picnic tables surround an enormous oak tree, decorated with an unusual assortment of buoys, driftwood, bones, etc. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Additional trail information and photos may be found at McQueens Island Historic Trail.