What are you bringing to Tybee? You know once you get here you’ll be eat up with fun in the sun, fresh seafood and starry nights by the sea. Take a peek in our beach bag for some great tips as to what you should bring with you (don’t go into super-human packing mode. Most of these can be found right here in Tybee Island and Savannah, so travel light and stock up once you get here.). This week we want to recommend some beach reads, sunscreen, sweet treats, cool beverages and a very sweet bike ride.
You know when it comes to beach reads we’re all about anything by Mary Kay Andrews. I mean she does own two vacation rentals here (Breeze Inn circa 1942 and Ebbtide circa 1932). She will lock up her brakes to shop at the Tybee Mall (when someone on Tybee wants to get rid of furniture, art, junk, or assorted objects d’art they just put it out by the curb and anyone can snag it). She throws the best parties (mainly because she stations husband Tom, aka Mr. MKA, over a hot grill to roast oysters) and she’s an easy mark for photos and autographs. Just to be sure, we asked her about being approached by her fans and she said, “Anywhere, anytime so long as I’m not naked.” So, who better to ask for recommendations on this season’s best reads than MKA herself?
One such great new book she recommends comes from Patti Henry Callahan. “Eve and Cooper Morrison are Savannah’s power couple. They’re on every artistic board and involved deeply in the community. And they have the wealth and name that comes from being part of an old Savannah family. But things aren’t as good as they look. Eve and Cooper are fighting about her work, their marriage, and their daughter most of all. Teenaged Gwen is rebelling and Cooper is blaming this on Eve’s preoccupation with work. The Morrison marriage is taut with tension, but when Cooper is involved in a car accident with Eve’s sister, Willa, the questions surrounding the event bring the family close to breaking point. Sifting between the stories, Eve has to find out what really happened–and just who she believes–in The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry.”
This new beach read will certainly have your attention while you lounge on the beach, so definitely pack great sunscreen for your little ones. This week we recommend Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen. A baby’s skin is 10 times more sensitive to the environment. With a thinner skin and a developing natural protection system, a baby’s skin needs special protection from the sun and irritating chemicals. Unlike other leading baby sunscreens, it has 100% naturally-sourced sunscreen ingredients.
Of course, for that best, even, all-over tan we like to take off our rings, bracelets and other accessories. Keep them together and easy to spot with one of these must-have accessories bags from Seaside Sisters.
When it’s time for a treat what could be better than Gummies & Taffy that seem to have sprung right from the sea. Stop by Seaside Sweets on your way to the beach and stock up on snacks and to check out which flavors of Gelato you’d like to sample on the way back to your vacation rental.
Although this won’t fit in a beach bag, think about bringing your wheels to enjoy our bike friendly island. Our own Mermaid Mona recently snapped up her new Panama Jack bike at Target.
Mona says, “I just really, really like this one because it is girly, beachy AND has the gears/speeds. The other ones I had found before were similar but were only plain beach cruisers with no speeds; just a basic bike. They do have this one in the Men’s version (of course it’s not pink and yellow; green and brown I think) so go on down to Target and snag you one!”
What are you bringing to Tybee? We hope you bring lots of fun and happiness and a love of the beach. Don’t worry about anything you don’t bring. We’ll just designate you as a Mermaid-In-Training and we’ll show you how to live like a local!