Our stay in early March at the new Mermaid Cottages’ Skipjack Cottage circa 1929, reminds me of why I love Tybee! My favorite thing to do when I get on Tybee Time is nothing– that’s why it’s so important to stay in a cottage which feels good inside as well as outside.
Skipjack Cottage has lots of out door lounging areas– the screen porch was a wonderful place to hang out and look out on the old inn, the seashell road– which is literally a stone’s throw to the beach, and the palm trees.
My kids loved swinging on the porch swing!
Skipjack Cottage feels cozy and warm, but is deceptively huge with plenty of space to spread out– exterior dining and lounging areas on the back porch, a large dining table where we liked to spread out and sketch, and another table for the kids in the great open-air downstairs area. There are three ‘master’ bedrooms upstairs, each with its own unique look and feel, and– rare for a beach house– each bedroom has its own flat screen TV. We didn’t even discover the adorable newly decorated downstairs bedrooms until the second day, when the kids headed down to play foosball and check out all the great beach supplies. And I don’t usually hang out in the kitchen much on vacation, but this kitchen was so bright and airy, I found myself standing at the counter and gazing out the window over the ceramic mermaid time and time again.
We had a great time traversing around the area this time– we visited Oatland Island for the first time and had a charming easy stroll through the Spanish moss where we had the chance to get up close and personal with the marsh, a cougar and a few wolves (all safely in their habitats). We also spent some quality time in Savannah where we discovered a really cool magic shop, learned about loquats, tried a new kind of ice cream, saw the azaleas in bloom everywhere, and discovered-as always- multiple wonderful eateries. Just 15 minutes from Tybee, cosmopolitan Savannah makes it feel like we have the best of both worlds every time we go to the beach. And we always make time for an amazing coffee drink made by our friends at the Tybean on the way in and out of Tybee.
Call me crazy, but my favorite time at the beach is a rainy day! We had a fun rainy afternoon imitating some of the palm tree paintings in the cottage by making our own tiny watercolors, and spent many an hour lounging in the many cozy spots with a good book or a magazine or ten! Then we took a walk on the beach and it was so quiet and lovely to see the big waves crashing into the wet sand.
But mostly, the beach was just beautiful this trip– a few of our early spring days even hovered around 70– and we always like to buy a new pair of flip flops from the local surf shops. We had fun seeing other friends from Athens over at the North side of the island, and having dinner one night with everyone at AJ’s.
We loved Skipjack and would definitely recommend it for families, or– three couples could each have their own master bedroom and any kids or an extra couple or two can stay downstairs! It has a true historic feel with all the modern amenities– gas fireplace, new ac/heat, and the TVs made it nice at night– no fighting over a program.