Traditional beachside vacations conjure images of playing in the surf, strolling on the hot sand and basking in the sun. While this can be a fun and relaxing way to spend a summer day, the peaceful tranquility of a beachside stroll during the crisp fall weather isn’t out of the question. Spending time on Tybee Island, located just a few minutes from Savannah, offers up more than just fun in the sun. During my stay there, I was surprised to discover that I could enjoy this seaside town during cooler weather just as much as during warmer times. One of the best ways to enjoy the crisp salt air is on Captain Mike’s dolphin tours during the day, or on a romantic cruise at sunset.
During the day, take a tour of the city’s sites. At the historic Tybee Island Light House, you can climb to the top and get a breathtaking aerial view of the beach. Visit the Tybee Island wedding chapel, and see how it was restored by Stacye and Lannie Jarrell after it was used for the movie “The Last Song.”
Once the sun goes down, there is no better place for seafood than The Crab Shack. Complete with fresh seafood, a rustic outdoor dining area and a place to dock your boat should you want to visit from the water, this restaurant has a laid back atmosphere anyone could appreciate. One of my favorite menu items would have to be the low country boil, which features sweet shrimp, corn, sausage and potatoes. Top off the evening with a walk on the pier and let the cool sea air revitalize you for the next day’s adventure. Details: For seaside accommodations call Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, (800) 786-5889, www.oceanfrontcottage.com
Celebrity Chef Tour
Foodies can enjoy spending time with some of the best chefs in the South at the Celebrity Chef Tour at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta on Friday, February 3. Benefiting the James Beard Foundation and hosted by Park 75 Executive Chef Robert Gerstenecker, this event will feature a cocktail party at Park 75 Lounge followed by a seven-course menu. Each course will be paired with wine to highlight the talent of one chef. Details: 75 14th St., Atlanta, (404) 253-3840, www.celebritycheftour.com
Rhodes Hall - The Castle on Peachtree
If you’ve never visited Rhodes Hall, also known as the “castle on Peachtree,” this Friday the thirteenth could be your lucky day. Join Chip Coffey, psychic medium from the A&E Channel’s “Paranormal State” and Joe Chin from Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters International” on January 13 for a tour you are sure to remember. There will be an autograph session, psychic readings and a live ghost hunt at Rhodes Hall with the stars from 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. To learn more about the hall’s history during a tamer tour, make sure to call ahead for their schedule. Details: 1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, (800) 604-9101, www.ghosthuntweekends.com