Last month we spent another 7 nights at Tybee Island Inn. This was our fifth stay in almost 3 years and it never gets old. we make reservations with Lloyd well in advance and it's as simple as sending an email. He replies with a confirmation and we're good to go. We always book the Flamingo Room because we travel with 4 tiny Chihuahuas and this is their only pet friendly room. The room is small, but fine for us. There is a narrow spiral staircase leading to the bathroom so be advised if you have a bad back or knees. Plus, this room has it's own private parking and entrance with a small porch and garden for the dogs to enjoy. They also include our dog's names on the welcome sign at the front door, which makes anyone travelling with their dogs feel welcome. This time, Lloyd called us on our way down to advise us that he wasn't going to be there to greet us when we arrived, but the new innkeeper, Gary would be.
First let me tell you that the inn is by far the prettiest place on the island. The gardens are covered by moss hanging from the huge oaks overhead, It's a cool spot on a warm day, quiet, peaceful and beautiful.
Now let me tell you about Gary. We were travelling with our older, ailing Chihuahua, Blossom. We arrived on Saturday afternoon. Before breakfast the next morning, my husband went upstairs to ask Gary for a raw egg for Blossom. He was happy to whip one up for her and send it down with my husband. The next morning, I stepped out on the porch to go ask for another egg for her, and was so surprised to find a tray with a coffee pot, cups and an egg for Blossom sitting on the table outside our room! Not only were we surprised, it touched our hearts that we didn't have to ask, but Gary did this on his own. He did it every morning we were there!!! What a thoughtful, unselfish thing to do! We can't thank him enough for this. On another occasion when we thought we had locked our keys in the car, Gary was on the phone calling for help, but luckily we found the keys before his call was connected. Gary made it a point to visit with us, and our dogs and we enjoyed an afternoon in the gazebo with his Mother and Father who was visiting at the time. Gary is one of a kind and Tybee Island Inn is lucky to have him. Thank you Gary for all you did for us, and especially Blossom. Unfortunately Blossom passed away one week after we arrived home, so our next visit will be bittersweet, but we will be back. The hospitality here is beyond compare. Visiting Tybee Island Inn is like visiting with family. We worry about nothing when we're here. There cannot be another staff like Lloyd, Gary and Julie anywhere.
Gary and Julie's breakfasts were delicious and we enjoyed them in the dining room or on the sun porch each morning. There was usually so much of it, I couldn't finish my plate. The afternoon snacks were just as delicious.
Beach Tip: If you're travelling with your dogs, they are not allowed on Tybee Island Beach. But you can take a scenic 45 minute drive over to Hilton Head, SC and take your dogs to Folly Field Beach or another dog friendly beach there.
Restaurant Tip: We have eaten at almost every establishment on Tybee, but on this vacation we are recommending, MacElwee's, Coco's Sunset Grill, Marlin Monroe's (see my reviews for each) and Bernie's Oyster House near the pier. If you are going toward Savannah, try Troy Mediterranean on Wilmington Island. All these restaurants had great food and exceptional service so we can't recommend just one. You'll have to try them all and judge for yourself but the Bloody Marys are the best at Coco's and the steamed crab legs and shrimp are the best at MacElwee's.
Lloyd, Gary and Julie go above and beyond for us, so there is no reason to stay anywhere else. Thank you so much for all you do for us. We'll see you again in a few months.