Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews

Hi, my name is Michelle and I have a problem. I just read an entire novel in 24 hours. That’s nerdy isn’t it? Nerdy isn’t a title I’ve ever given myself but if having my nose stuck in a book 24/7 means that I’m nerdy then I will proudly wear that title. Hell, I’ll parade it out on the front porch too, but not until Spring because it’s currently 21 degrees in Southeast Kansas.

This book was amazing. I didn’t realize that it’s actually part two of the Weezie and BeBe Mysteries until after I started reading it, but I will definitely be reading it soon. Actually I have full intentions of reading every Mary Kay Andrews book that I can get my hands on. That woman knows how to write! And not just how to write but how to write a story that gets a hold of you and keeps you hooked until the end. She is amazing at writing mystery novels and makes you wish there was more right as you finish the book. If you haven’t read this book yet, be warned that my review does have some spoilers.

This book is about BeBe Loudermilk. A fierce, independent woman who has worked hard all of her life to fulfill her dreams. She owns a restaurant in downtown Savannah, Georgia and has an adorable little home in the Savannah Historic District, as well as some rental properties. Well, until she met a man named “Reddy” who swooped in, saved her in the middle of a horrible day and then quickly swindled her out of everything she owned. All she was left with was a run down hotel on Tybee Island. BeBe went from having it all to be forced to quickly putting her blood, sweat and tears into the Breeze Inn so she could support herself and have a place to live. All, with the help of the not so charming, Harry, a fisherman and the current manager at the Inn. Over the course of the story she and her best friend Weezie were able to fix up the Inn, and get her money back from the conman. And in the end she found love in the arms of Harry, an unlikely source. This was such a good read and I can’t wait to read more about Weezie and BeBe.

Being the research nerd that I am (that’s that word again!) I immediately googled the Breeze Inn on Tybee. I went to Tybee in December of last year, so I was instantly curious to find out if it was a real Inn. While there isn’t a run down hotel on Tybee named Breeze Inn, Mary Kay Andrews has an adorable rental house under the same name. Check out the adorable property here! 

If I had endless amounts of cash and my husband had more vacation time I could spent months staying in various beach properties. In fact, I’d happily move to Tybee Island permanently, get a waitressing job at Fannie’s and live my best life. That isn’t really an option for me at the moment so I’m glad I found Mary Kay Andrews so I can live on the beach vicariously through her books!

Salty Mermaid Cottage- Tybee Island, Georgia

If you have followed my blog, my Instagram or my personal Facebook page for more than… um.. about 10 seconds you probably know that I am OBSESSED with Tybee Island, Georgia.

Last December, my husband and I took a trip to Tybee Island after planning the trip for close to 11 months. From the second I stepped foot onto the island I immediately fell in love. Our stay wasn’t nearly long enough and I had to fight back tears when we left. The beaches are so incredibly clean. The locals are extremely friendly and the laid back atmosphere of Living On Tybee Time is an amazing life goal in my opinion. I may or may not have been searching for local real estate and jobs before we even left Georgia.

Recently, I’ve started to follow The Salty Mermaid Cottage from Tybee Island on Instagram. I love any opportunity I can get to get a little glimpse of Tybee Island and drool over that amazing coastal community. And you can tell that the owner has put some much thought and love into making her vacation a tropical paradise for her visitors. The owner of the Salty Mermaid contacted me and asked if I would like to share a little bit about her cottage with my blog followers and I knew I couldn’t resist showing off her breathtaking VRBO.

The Salty Mermaid is an authentic beach cottage that was constructed in the 1940’s. It was actually voted Swankiest Costal Charmer on Tybee Island. Viewing the photos, you can see exactly why it won this title. The interior and exterior décor are everything that you would expect from a beach cottage.

Can you imagine sitting on this porch swing in the morning while sipping coffee and enjoying the beautiful sounds on the ocean in the distance? I don’t think I could resist curling up here up a good book! Or perhaps napping on a porch swing after a long day of playing at the beach or browsing shops downtown!

The interior of the cottage is just as beautiful. This space screams relaxation with it’s fresh, clean walls and whimsy décor! I can imagine lounging on the couch in the evenings to enjoy a little bit of vacation downtime.

The kitchen are offers plenty of space for cooking and dining so that a family or a large group of girlfriends can enjoy a home cooked meal of fresh seafood! Maybe alongside a few pitchers of margaritas.



The mermaid in me is OBSESSED with this mermaid statue by the pool.

After you’ve rested up inside, (or even before, I mean it is vacation after all!) the outdoor space offers so many fun opportunities. There is a gorgeous salt water pool, a 6 person hot tub, a cornhole court and a fire pit for you to enjoy during your stay. Also, in the covered entertainment area under the home you’ll find an outdoor shower, a private bathroom and a ping pong table. The mom in me thinks: The outdoor shower is amazing for cleaning off sand covered bodies after trips to the beach. Also, no one could complain about being bored while resting at the cottage because there is so much to do!

At the end of the day there are plenty of places for everyone to crash after a fun day on Tybee Island. The interior of the cottage offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and it has sleeping for 8 people! How fun are these bunkbeds?

The other bedrooms are just as beautiful. I am obsessed with the TYB monogrammed pillows on the beds. What a fun touch!

As if this cottage isn’t great enough on its own, the location is perfect too! This is located mid-island, which is exactly where I would want to be when choosing my Tybee vacation spot. It’s just a 4 block walk to the ocean! On Tybee, everything is within walking distance since the entire island is less than 3.5 miles long. The beach, downtown and so many wonderful eating establishments are really only a quick walk or bike ride away.

If Tybee Island is on your list of places to visit, I highly encourage you to check out The Salty Mermaid! The hotels on the island are nice but I think a cottage is the best way to get the true Tybee Island Experience! If Tybee isn’t on your list, add it! You will not be disappointed in this gorgeous costal town. And one more thing, stop by and take me with you?

Anniversary Road Trip Tybee Island Part Two: Day 5

In December my husband and I took a massive road trip from Kansas to Florida and then to Tybee Island Georgia, our final destination. Yesterday I recapped our first day on Tybee Island and you can find that post here: thatswhatshellsaid.home.blog/2019/02/05/anniversary-road-trip-day-4-tybee-island/

Our second day on the island we woke up and I said “Can we drive to South Carolina?” I just want to stop right here and give my husband props. If I was him, I probably would have throat punched me. I already talked him into this massive road trip, he drove the entire thing (I hate driving) and here I am asking to get back into the car. But, South Carolina was RIGHT THERE. We were so close to the border. But, he didn’t complain or even push back, he just told me we’d have to stop at Walmart in Savannah because he forgot to pack sneakers. I just want to say I packed an entire bag of shoes and only wore one pair.. and I forgot my Toms. So we got in the car, drove to Wal-Mart in Savannah and then drove to Hardeeville, South Carolina to get a drink at the gas station. Yes we are ridiculous but we marked off one more state on this trip! We visited 12 states on this road trip.

After we got back to Tybee we stopped at Tybean, the cutest little coffee shop. (I am currently kicking myself for not getting a coffee cup while I was there!) We got vanilla frappes that would make Starbucks ashamed of themselves. While drinking our coffee we walked around the Shops at Tybee Oaks and then we walked down to Seaside Sisters. The Shops At Tybee Oaks are full of items from local artists. Including amazing photography from all over the island and Savannah. All the shops were so cute and I loved the Mary Kay Andrews booth at Seaside Sisters. She’s an amazing author and has a rental property on the island. She was in Tybee while we were there but we didn’t run into her. haha.

After visiting the shops we parked the took the car back to the hotel and went walking. Tybee is not a town meant for driving at all and I’d rather walk down the beach than drive any day. Tybee has so many seashells and I saw a ton of Sand dollars! All the ones we found were still alive though so we didn’t bring one home. (If they are brown they are still alive, so you need to leave them there! Not only is it unkind to remove them from the ocean, it’s against the law!) It was low tide so it was a lot of fun to walk along the edge of the ocean and look at shells. It wasn’t terribly cold for December. I was comfortable in a t-shirt and cardigan!

We walked to the pier and then into town for lunch. Our first stop was Lighthouse Pizza and we shared a calzone. Next we stopped into Wet Willies for drinks! You can drink while walking around Tybee as long as it isn’t in a glass container, so we took our drinks to the beach and kept walking.

I loved the movie and the book The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks so I had to be a creeper and take a picture of the house where the movie was filmed.

Then, we walked back through town to our hotel to charge phones for a little bit! After a little break we walked down to Huc-A-Poos Bites and Booze and grabbed another drink. I got a Rum Runner this time…do you see where this is headed? And we walked back to the shore and followed it to North Beach Bar and Grill. We just wanted a snack and another drink but they closed at 5 that day. 😦

But I did get an amazing picture on North Beach that will likely be my new screensaver.

Since they were closed, we decided to head back to the hotel and change for the evening. It was New Years Eve so we planned to spend the evening downtown! We got ready at the hotel and called a cab because we had already walked so much that day. Tybee Island Taxi was there within a few minutes and our driver was so fun. She gave us her card so we could call when we were ready to go back. We ate dinner at Fannie’s on the Beach. I had a Pina Colada and a Po’ Boy, Justin had a Sex on the River and a Brisket Cheesesteak Sandwich. It was all so good! After we left we walked around a bit and stopped back into Wet Willies for another drink.

By then, I realized that I had been drinking straight sugar and alcohol all day. This was after months of basically eating keto, and consuming very little sugar. AND I usually drink like once a month. I am such a rookie. I felt HORRIBLE! I just wanted to sit down and not move. We ended up calling a cab and going back to the room. We took a nap and then walked down to the beach to watch the fireworks over the ocean. Honestly, I wouldn’t have changed that at all. From what I’ve seen the pier was crowded with lots of people and it would have been hard to get a cab and get back to our room. We had our own spot on the beach, beach chairs and I felt so much better by then. Walking 12 miles in a day probably didn’t help.

I spent months trying to figure out what to do for New Years Eve on Tybee Island and the internet was NO HELP, so here’s my advice.

  1. Definitely walk or take a cab downtown. There are a few cab companies on Tybee and none of them are expensive.
  2. Don’t dress up. Tybee is so low key and laid back. Jeans, comfortable shoes and a long sleeve shirt is perfect.
  3. Plan for a long wait to eat downtown. We got in to Fannie’s pretty quick, but when were left there was a long line.
  4. There are plenty of bars to hang out at it. Don’t worry about making a plan, be flexible and live on Tybee Time.
  5. It’ll get busy downtown and at the pier for fireworks. Most of the hotels are a great viewing area to see fireworks, take advantage of beach access if you have it and watch fireworks from there.
  6. Have fun! Tybee is now one of my favorite places. I can’t wait to go back. Even in the winter, even in the fog, it was perfect.

In my next recap post I’ll talk about our drive home and our stops along the way! See you again soon!

Anniversary Road Trip: Day 4 Tybee Island!

Hey there! I’m finally back with another installment of our recap from our anniversary Road Trip! Day 4 was one of my favorites because we finally reached our final destination: Tybee Island, GA. This is the location that started the entire road trip and I had been dreaming of setting foot on the island for almost an entire year. Tybee is just 20 minutes from Savannah, Georgia so we didn’t have to spend much time in the car that day.

FINALLY!

When we arrived in town we just drove around the island to kind of get an idea of where everything was. For such a small island (the entire island is only a little more than 3 miles) there was a lot to take in. The quickly found downtown, some shops to visit, our hotel and the lighthouse! It was too early to check into our hotel so we went straight to the lighthouse.

Let me start out by saying that I am absolutely terrified of heights. My chest pounds, I get dizzy and I imagine plummeting to my death the entire time (anxiety is neat). But, I had been dreaming about visiting this lighthouse for so long, so I made myself climb it. This is Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. Ok, that maybe makes me question why I thought climbing it was a good idea.


It was a long climb up to the top. There are several stories and each landing has a window that you can peek out of it and maybe stick your face out of so you can catch your breath. Um. Not like I needed that or anything. The climb was hard, but I have to tell you, the view at the top was worth it. Even in the very dense fog it was still beautiful to be able to look around and see the island.

After climbing down the lighthouse and kissing the ground and trying not to cry we walked around to see the museum portion of the grounds. There was an old cottage set up to mimic the way it looks when the groundskeeper lived there in, I believe, the 1800’s. I told my husband it was Little House on the Prairie, ocean edition. We live just a few miles from Little House on the Prairie so it made me think of home.

The ticket to the lighthouse also gives you access to the cottages and the Tybee Museum in Battery Garland across the street. Also, we were able to leave our car at the lighthouse parking lot to walk across the street to North Beach. We walked along the beach for a little while before meeting our Savannah friends at North Beach Bar and Grill for dinner. North Beach was delicious. I had fish tacos and French fries. Yum!

After lunch we walked the beach a little bit more before heading into town to see if we could check into our hotel. We stayed at Desoto Beach Hotel. I still feel a little tricked because it’s advertised as Tybee’s only beachfront hotel. Almost every resort, suite, etc is located along the beach. But I guess this is the only one called a “hotel”. Hmmm… it was still a nice place to stay and I loved the direct beach access. I will say that if I was to ever go back I would want to stay in a cottage. I feel like this would have gave us more of a Tybee Island Experience. But, the hotel was clean and the staff was nice, and it was affordable.

Our room wasn’t quite ready so do our pre-check in, got our parking tag and went for a walk. You have to pay for parking everywhere in Tybee so if you can park at your hotel or cottage and walk, do so!

We walked along the beach to the pier and then headed into downtown. Our popped into a few shops before heading back to our hotel to change clothes and eat dinner. For dinner we walked to Agave Bar and Grill. Justin had an agave burrito and I can not remember what I had! But it was basically steak fajitas wrapped in a tortilla and covered in queso.

SO.FREAKING.GOOD. Also we each had like 2 strawberry margaritas which might explain why my memory is foggy. haha.

After dinner we popped into another souvenir shop (Waves Surf Shop) where I picked up a Tybee Island shirt for $5 on clearance. Then we walked back to our hotel and crashed for the night!

I really thought I’d be able to recap our entire stay on Tybee in one post but I was wrong! We did and saw a lot while we were there. Tomorrow I’ll finish recapping about our trip with a few more food recommendations and tips for New Years Eve on Tybee.