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On Tybee Time
The little yellow house reached out to me, the feathers of its buttery cheer extending in a handshake, the kind that swaddled me with security. My feet stopped with the awe of my eyes before the porch. The giant oak with its Spanish moss-draped branch visiting from next door welcomed me with a gentle bow. It was paid tribute with creative garden accents and a bubbling fountain. My first impression was that I seemed to be coming home. I had left my house, my lovely haven of residence, and was visiting another one full of enveloping charm and warm thoughtfulness. It is a feeling I would wish on anyone, as though Johnny Mercer’s “Skylark” had led me to a place of such serenity. Yes, before I even stepped inside, the ambience of the Tybee Island Inn had come outside with a greeting smile.
As soon as we walked through the door, I was reminded once more of the sensation of coming home. The inn’s owners, the delightfully friendly Kilday’s Lloyd and Cathy, made us feel like family. We sank into the lush surroundings of the antique and nautically inspired living room, exchanging excited smiles that made us feel like children with all of the candy in the world, a jewel in the discovery of memorably perfect experiences.
Our room, the distinguished Captain’s suite, is mostly beyond the power of written description. Lloyd led us through its private screened-in patio to indulge our eyes and weary traveling selves with the ultimate feast of comfort and generosity. Soft lamps lit the historically significant bomb shelter, revealing modern conveniences melded with unique accents from the past, even part of an attraction at the old Tybee carnival. We spiraled up a restored staircase, reminding me of the one in the Tybee lighthouse I adore, to discover our luxurious private bathroom, completed by a copper bath that spoke to me with majesty, allowing a view of North Carolina’s “Old Baldy” lighthouse at dusk. When the lights were dimmed, reflecting off of the copper hue of the tub and the painting, it almost appeared real.
Our week’s stay felt too ephemeral, but we experienced the greatest possible way to love a place as if it were a person. Mornings awakened us not by alarm clocks, but the smell of a delicious homemade breakfast. The staff catered to the hungry whim of every person fortunate enough to stay there with delicious food finery, different each morning and brought to us out in the beautiful gazebo. And the afternoons greeted us, sleepy from the sun, with another treat of freshly baked confections. Every day we were there, Cathy and Lloyd did everything possible to see that we had one of the best vacations of our lives. We accomplished what we once thought impossible through their kindness and care. We were sewn into the quilt of Tybee’s removed charm and breathed along with the rolling waves and clinging sand minutes away and became part of Tybee’s heart in the sky, the sun. We were welcomed, warmly accepted and gently released back to our normal lives. This type of relaxation will become another close ritual between my mother and me. We will return, running up to the front door as if greeting an old friend.
Thank you, Cathy, Lloyd and everyone at the inn. In preserving a piece of history, you have presented the utmost charm we possess in the South with your own haven that instills the magic of Tybee Time and wraps about the heart a feeling of finding one’s second home that I know your visitors have already and will come to find as long as the Tybee Island Inn remains.
My mother and I stayed here for 4 days/3 nights in early April for her Spring Break (she's a teacher). We had originally planned to stay in Tybee for only 2 nights and spend 1 night in Savannah, but once we got here we didn't want to leave so extended our trip. Luckily the inn had a room available to us the extra night. We ended up here by complete accident. We had booked a room at the Savannah Beach Inn, but the innkeeper there had double-booked the room and kicked our reservation out 2 days before we were set to leave for Tybee. We were devastated, as it seemed that just about everything else on the island was booked that week. Luckily, after some last-minute scrambling and coming across the Tybee Island Inn on a website and phoning Lloyd, I was able to secure us a room. Lloyd saved our trip! During our trip, my mom and I visited the Savannah Beach Inn to see what it was like. We are so glad we didn't stay there! Supposedly the place has a ghost (a soldier), and it was not nearly as scenic or idyllic as the Tybbe Island Inn. No shade trees, no sense of coziness...just a big old house with a bunch of steps and a clueless innkepper (who never quite apologized for kicking our reservation, not one bit of remorse for us). It looked nice enough, but we are glad fate placed us in another B&B.
This place was an absolute dream. My mom and I stayed in the Captain's Room, which is on the bottom floor and has its own private entrance. The room was huge and had a nice nautical theme going on. Everything was colored blue. THe only drawback to the room were the steep winding stairs that lead to the bathroom on the main floor, but once you get used to going up and down them, they're not bad. My mom freaked when she saw them but got used to them quickly and didn't mind them. THe bathroom in this room is huge, with a big (and I mean BIG) antique copper bathtub and a walkin shower. There's also a sink and a vanity and a toilet (of course). The room itself is very spacious and has the world's most comfortable king-sized bed (it was hard to get up!), a sofa, a loveseat, a couple of tables, and an incredibly comfortable recliner. There's also a sitting area on the patio right outside the door. The hot tub is near the room as well. The only other drawback to the room besides the stairs was that we could hear people moving around on the main floor in the morning. If you're an early riser (which my mom and I aren't), it's no problem, but if you like to sleep in it could get on your nerves. You can hear the chairs being moved and you can hear the people talking. I think the room is directly under the dining area. Despite this and those stairs, my mom and I still enjoyed the room very very much.
The inn is soooo relaxing and the innkeepers are very nice and helpful. My mom and I spent many a moment chitchatting with one or the both of them, and they were very helpful in helping us find info on places to eat, bike rentals (bicycling around Tybee was relaxing and fun), and tours (I strongly recommend doing a haunted tour of Savannah!).
I highly recommend this B&B. You will not be disappointed. Absolutely everything was perfect during our stay. The food, the room, that porch and the swing....sigh...if only I could head back sometime soon :-)
This was my first time staying at a bed and breakfast and now I am totally hooked!
The food was excellent, my room was neat and clean. The owners were exceptionally nice and helpful. I met some wonderful people and I loved the atmosphere. I will definitely be back!!!
My wife and I were taking a vacation without our 3 year old daughter for the first time since before she was born. We had been so excited for months in advance about this vacation. We stayed in the biggest and most expensive room, the Captain's Suite. If you want to be able to sleep in past about 7:30 or 8, I would not recommend this room. The breakfast table is upstairs right above the bed in the room. There's not much between the floor of the kitchen and the ceiling of the Captain's Suite room, therefore, you could hear very cleary every word that was said and when the chairs were scooted in or out, the noise was just very magnified downstairs. Also, there were very big roaches and spiders everwhere in the room. One morning we awoke to no power on the whole island, and supposedly this happens a few times a year. We decided to go to Savannah that day and that was probably the best part of our week long trip. We decided to stay the night at an Inn there eventhough we had paid for our room at the Tybee Island Inn for the week. It was definately well worth it, as it was much more quiet and the room was very nice. Tybee Island Inn was very enchanting from the outside and the other rooms in the Inn may have been better, but I would definately NOT recommend the Captain's Suite if you want to go relax.
a nice inn..
We had a great experience at the Tybee Island Inn. We stayed in the Captain's Quarters. My fiance and I were married that weekend on Tybee Island. I was really pleased with the size and privacy of our room. The only problem was that our bathroom was located on the second floor and we had to climb some very narrow spiral steps to get to the bathroom. Other than that little flaw, our food was great and the atmosphere was nice and relaxing.
Excellent Inn and Great Staff!
We stayed at the Inn during July 25-July 29. My now-husband and I wanted a wedding on the beach with reception. The Inn gave us a perfect setting and they offer great wedding packages. I was able to plan a perfect wedding thanks to the Inn. The innkeeper, Lloyd is an Officiate and is very professional. His wife Cathy set up the reception, which turned out fantastic. We literally was able to walk to the beach from the Inn to perform the ceremony. The photographer they recommend on their site is excellent; the pictures I'm posting are done by her. (I asked him to wear the white shirt with khakis to keep with the theme, plus it was blazing hot. Usually he wears a nice 3 piece suit.) We booked three rooms for ourselves, family and friends. My husband and I stayed in the Captain's Suite, my brother and friends stayed in the Sea Captain, and our parents stayed offsite at the Tybee Palms cottage. I absolutely loved the Captain's Suite (I want that tub!). Everyone had a wonderful time and the breakfasts every morning were the best. I definately recommend the stay, especially if you are looking for a small but beautiful wedding. It's also a romantic little getaway even if you aren't getting married. I loved the atmosphere; even the birds had personality! I have absolutely no complaints!
Such a great place to stay! We had reservations with the Savannah Beach Inn, but they claimed that they had overbooked for the weekend and could not honor our reservation. Fortunately, Tybee Island Inn had vacancies, and we were able to stay in the wonderful Dolphin Room. It was private, clean, quiet and close to the beach. The owners couldn't have been nicer and the breakfasts were fantastic. I would recommend this b&b to anyone staying on Tybee.
I booked one of their cottages "Tybee Palms" and it was fantastic, did not want to leave. The owners are great, their breakfasts were exceptional, and the little touches made all the difference.. This is somewhere I will book again, and refer to all my friends.
Great place, Great people, Great food
My husband and I were recently married in the front garden of this wonderful Bed & Breakfast by Lloyd, the owner. Everything was perfect. We had a wonderful ceremony. The Tybee Island Inn is clean, well maintained and a very comfortable place to stay. The breakfasts were excellent and all of the staff were very friendly and accomodating. We wish to thank Lloyd and the staff for a memorable weekend. We will definately add The Tybee Island Inn to our list of great places to take a break from the hectic pace of the working world.
Tybee Island Inn was an excellent choice for our long girlfriends' weekend. The Inn was clean, beautifully appointed (the entrance with the spanish moss and front porch is awesome) and comfortable.
Our room had it's own porch. The hosts, Cathy & Lloyd, are very friendly and pleasant --- helpful but not at all in the way. Breakfasts were large and tasty.
We could walk to the beach easily, as well as the historic lighthouse.
I'd definitely go back and recommend it; the quiet on the island off season was particularly delightful.
View of Little Tybee Island
Cozy seating area
Cat in the window