Savannah

Visiting Tybee Island

On our last day in Savannah, my mom and I decided to get up bright and early and drive about 20 minutes east of the city to explore Tybee Island.

Visit Tybee

With our visitors guide in hand, our first stop was the beach. We arrived at the beach around 9:00 a.m., and it was pretty empty. It wasn’t too hot, and we were even able to rent two beach chairs and an umbrella, which I appreciated since my skin is basically translucent ;).

It was peaceful feeling like we had the beach to ourselves for a few hours. Going from the hustle and bustle of downtown Savannah to the laid-back atmosphere of Tybee Island in a matter of 20 minutes was such a cool experience. We set up near the pier and relaxed for a few hours.

BeachTybee Beach

We grabbed lunch at restaurant along the beach and checked out the pier. By 1:30 p.m., the temperature was in the 90s and the beach was packed. We decided we had had enough of the beach and were ready to check out the Tybee Island Light Station. I was super excited because I’m absolutely fascinated by lighthouses.

Right before we left the beach, we watched two people get married next to the lifeguard station. I cheered and clapped really loud after they said their vows and kissed, haha.

I’ve visited a few light houses in the Outer Banks (Currituck, Bodie Island, and Cape Hatteras) and read The Light Between Oceans, which has only fueled my interest in lighthouses. Needless to say, Tybee Island Lighthouse did not disappoint!

It was built in 1773 and was burned by the confederates in 1861. In 1867, it was rebuilt after the Civil War. What’s really amazing is that the bottom 60 feet of the lighthouse are the original 1773 lighthouse.

Tybee Island Light Station

When I found out visitors could climb the lighthouse and explore the grounds, I jumped in line to buy a ticket. My mom decided to hang back and look for me when I reached the top because it was so hot outside.

After heading up 178 steps, I was rewarded with a gorgeous view 154 feet above sea level. It was just surreal. Viewing God’s beautiful creation from a different viewpoint was such a blessing. The picture really doesn’t do the view any justice.

View from Tybee Island Lighthouse

After climbing the lighthouse, I was able to explore the head keeper’s cottage, summer kitchen, and 2nd assistant keeper’s cottage. There was so much history to take in, I felt like I could have spent hours wandering around the light station grounds.

Something funny happened as I was walking around. One of the workers noticed I had a Pittsburgh Pirates hat on and told me the head boss of the light station was from Pittsburgh. We chatted for a bit and then I continued to explore. When I walked into the gift shop, the head boss spotted my hat and told me he was from Mckeesport, which is pretty close the the area I grew up at in Pittsburgh. It’s a small world 🙂

Tybee Island Lighthouse

After visiting the lighthouse, we walked around a beach shop for a little while. We then headed back to our hotel to pack up for the long drive home to Pittsburgh.

Next up, I will be discussing what we ate while in Savannah!

Do you like lighthouses?

Have you ever been to the beach? Which is your favorite?

Three Days in Savannah

My mom and I ended up road tripping from Pittsburgh to Charlotte to Savannah instead of flying from Pittsburgh to Savannah and I’m so glad we did. We had a great time driving and talking, and we both loved our brief stay in Charlotte.

We arrived in Charlotte on a Saturday afternoon and stayed at the Crowne Plaza. We worshipped at Charlotte Church of Christ on Sunday morning, and then drove to Savannah. We arrived in Savannah the day after the Savannah College of Art and Design held their graduation and the city was wild. There were so many intoxicated people. It was just crazy. Thankfully the city seemed to calm down as the week went on.

The Savannah College of Art and Design

The Savannah College of Art and Design

We stayed at the Hampton Inn Historic District and I hate to say it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. On our first night, my mom and I got stuck on the elevator with eight other people for 20 minutes. We all started running out of air and had to be rescued. It was by far one of the scariest experiences of my life. Needless to say, I will never ride in an elevator again. Ever.

On our first full day, it rained from 8:00 AM until the next morning due to Tropical Storm Colin. There was some minor flooding, but nothing compared to how bad Florida was hit. We decided to visit the Oglethorpe Mall to get out of the rain and had a blast. It was a very clean mall and we both enjoyed it.

Oglethorpe Mall

We got cold at the mall so we bought matching hoodies, haha.

By Tuesday morning, the rain had cleared up and we were so excited to get out and really explore Savannah. It was a hot day, in the high 80s, but we didn’t let that stop us. We went to Forsyth Park, The Sentient Bean coffee shop, City Market, River Street, and Leopold’s Ice Cream. We also visited almost every square and took a trolley tour of the city.

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

View of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge from River Street.

View of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge from River Street.

City Market

City Market

Coffee ice cream from Leopold's.

Coffee ice cream from Leopold’s.

Hanging out in one of the squares. Yes, I am extremely pale.

Hanging out in one of the squares. Yes, I am extremely pale.

Sightseeing on the trolley tour.

Sightseeing on the trolley tour.

We spent the last day of our trip on Tybee Island, which I will blog about next. I’ll also be discussing the restaurants we went to, and sharing more pictures.

My mom said her favorite part of Savannah was taking the trolley tour and learning about the history behind everything. I would have agreed, but since I have hearing loss, I couldn’t understand the tour guide over the roar of the engine, haha.

My favorite part of Savannah was Forsyth Park. I absolutely loved how peaceful and beautiful it was! We both agreed that we enjoyed how walkable, clean, and dog-friendly Savannah is. I would go back in a heartbeat and I want to take Jimmy!

Have you ever been to Savannah?

What is your favorite city to explore?