Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler – It’s Tybee Mardi Gras!

Tybee Mardi Gras 2018New Orleans may be hours away but it will feel like the Big Easy right here in Savannah on March 2, 2019.

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…)

Plunge Into The New Year – Tybee Polar Plunge 2017!

Tybee Polar Plunge 2017Come to Tybee Island January 1st, 2017 and kick off the New Year by throwing yourself into the frigid Atlantic with thousands of others at the annual Tybee Polar Plunge!

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…)

Dig Into the 2015 SCAD Sand Arts Festival

2015 SCAD Sand Arts FestivalThe 2015 SCAD Sand Arts Festival, scheduled for May 1st, is a great chance to enjoy both Tybee Island’s beaches and watching talented artists work their magic on sand.

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…)

Tybee Polar Plunge 2015

Tybee Polar Plunge 2015In Savannah and looking for a unique and fun way to celebrate the New Year? Take the 2015 Tybee Polar Plunge!

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…)

Fort Pulaski National Monument – A Window on History

Fort Pulaski National MonumentFort Pulaski National Monument, a brick fortification constructed in the early 1800’s to protect the city of Savannah, was the unwitting testing ground of the first rifled cannon.

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…)

2014 Tybee Rainbow Fest Weekend

Tybee Rainbow Fest WeekendThe second annual Tybee Rainbow Fest Weekend is scheduled for the first weekend of May, 2014 and promises to be more fun-filled than last year’s event on Tybee Island, Georgia.

The Rainbow Fest Weekend (previously Tybee Gay Days), as presented by, is a great opportunity for LGBT visitors and residents to show their pride on the sunny, springtime Georgia coast. (more…)

The 2014 Tybee Wine Festival

2014 Tybee Wine FestivalThe Tybee Wine Festival is back for its 6th year and there’s hardly a better way to welcome spring to Savannah!

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…)

Tybee Island Lighthouse – Guiding the Way for Over 270 Years

Tybee Island LighthouseTybee Island Lighthouse, in one incarnation or another, has helped guide ships safely to the mouth of the Savannah River since 1736.

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.

Uh oh.

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…)

Group Lodging for the First Annual Tybee Gay Days

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, 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.

Enjoy delicious food, gracious service and beautiful scenery with a visit to Savannah.

Enjoy delicious food, gracious service and beautiful scenery with a visit to Savannah.

We invite everyone to experience Tybee’s relaxed coastal style and warm Southern hospitality,” says reps from

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.

McQueens Island Historic Trail

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.

Shipping traffic seen from the McQueens Island Historic Trail. Photo by Rob Steel.

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.

When availability permits, Savannah Pedicab will deliver bikes to any of our Savannah Vacation Rentals.

Additional trail information and photos may be found at McQueens Island Historic Trail.