Tybee's Island, GA's, Big Give Aims Some Sunshine on American Outlook

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The Tybee Island community digs deep April 17-30, 2009 as part of Tybee's Big Give to provide discounts, goodies, events and more to visitors and day-trippers. At this eclectic, artsy and unpretentious beach community just 20 minutes outside of Savannah, most businesses are small and independently owned.

The Tybee Island community digs deep April 17-30, 2009 as part of Tybee's Big Give to provide discounts, goodies, events and more to visitors and day-trippers. At this eclectic, artsy and unpretentious beach community just 20 minutes outside of Savannah, most businesses are small and independently owned.

Tybee's Big Give is a collaboration of businesses giving back during worst recession in modern times. Vacation home rentals, motels, hotels, bike shops, charter boat captains, lighthouse tours, retail shops and boutiques and even mom-and-pop restaurants are working together to give guests a break on prices and a time they won't soon forget.

Few have gone untouched by the recession so many Tybee entrepreneurs are volunteering to bring visitors the short drive (3 1/2 hours from Atlanta) to experience the first sunny season on their recently renourished beaches. Sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference and Tybee wants to be the difference.

Island-wide participation in Tybee's Big Give means discounts on lodging up to 50% off for hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals ranging from lovingly restored vintage bungalows to palatial homes by the sea to condos. Restaurant participation in Tybee's Big Give includes gift cards, free kids meals, 10% off meals and more. For the four-foot-and-under set: pirate rings, bubbles and chalk for creating sidewalk art.

It's not just discounts and freebies--all kinds of activities await. Heading out to the open waters there is free bait, 25% off charters and discounts on activities like parasailing from Lazaretto Creek, jet skis and fishing. Tybee is often voted #1 for porch sitting by residents and visitors alike, but for those who want to stay active there is free early-morning yoga on the strand, free YMCA aerobics and fitness classes and free gym access. Also, fun free events such as a Guitar Hero Tournament will be held at Tybee's new cyber cafe and arcade. For nature lovers, eco-tours and crabbing trips explore the diverse ecosystems surrounding the island. (For select activities where island personalities have donated time to share with visitors, a suggested donation to Friends of the Tybee Theater of the Cockspur Lighthouse Restoration will be asked.) Tybee's Big Give offers a little something for everyone.

Tiny Tybee Island, a unique town full of true characters has decided to give back to their fellow Americans in hopes they might be able to get away for a bit of R&R. "We think a break from bad news, stress and worry is just what the doctor ordered and Tybee is the perfect place to do just that," says Chairman Greg Stoeffler of Tybee Island Tourism Council, a branch of The Savannah Chamber of Commerce. "Our decision for most all of our businesses to unify in a show of solidarity to give whatever we have to give during the last two weeks in April is one we are proud of. It shows the heart of Tybee. Some businesses are barely hanging on, but they still want to give, that is what will get us through these hard times."

Mayor Jason Buelterman, an avid surfer and lover of outdoor activities, resides on Tybee with his wife and young daughter. "One of the reasons people love Tybee is because of the lack of pretense," Buelterman explains. "We believe that people are re-evaluating priorities for all aspects of their lives including where they go for vacation. We want to convey that the down-to-earth appeal of Tybee is essential in times like these. We have always been a great affordable getaway, but now more than ever we hope people can come be a part of Tybee's Big Give. Even if it's only for an afternoon on the beach and dinner with the family, that can make all the difference."

For more information visit: http://www.tybeesbiggive.com.

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