Vacationers planning a trip to Tybee Island, an Atlantic Ocean beach town 20 minutes from downtown Savannah, may notice that the laid-back island doesn’t offer the quality - or number - of hotels and resorts as nearby destinations such as Hilton Head. Tybee does, however, offer something that larger beach communities can’t: peace, solitude and off-the-beaten-path accommodations that make for unforgettable vacations.
Tybee Island Inn's grounds include lush landscaping, a gazebo and a garden — Photo courtesy of Tybee Island Inn
Tybee Island Inn, a romantic bed and breakfast located one block from the beach on the island’s secluded north side, is a hidden gem for vacationers. The building housing the inn was built in the early 20th century as a day room of Fort Screven hospital, a system of buildings that was linked by underground tunnels.
The inn, which features seven guestrooms, retains many original features, including heart-of-pine flooring in several rooms and tin roofs covering the front and back porches. All of the guestrooms are nice, but visitors especially like Captain's Quarters, a recently renovated spacious suite on two levels boasting a luxe bathroom with a copper tub and fenced courtyard.
Each morning, guests are treated to a full gourmet breakfast prepared by the inn’s chef, along with a snack and tea in the afternoon. Visitors rave about the personable service and amenities, which vary by room but may include jetted tubs, private decks and private patios or porches. The inn also has pet-friendly rooms for those traveling with their pooch.
Guests who can tear themselves away from their quaint digs will find that the beach is just a short, five-minute stroll. Tybee’s north beach area is the perfect place for those seeking a quiet spot to bask in the sun and play in the surf. The large beachfront is also good for shell collecting and dolphin sightings.