Mermaid Cottages Supports Surfers For Autism

mermaid cottages supports surfers for autismMermaid Cottages and the Fourth Annual Coastal Empire Surfers For Autism Beach Festival are ready to catch some waves!  Our annual Surfers For Autism Hangout is about to get underway September 5th, 6th and 7th, 2014.   

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Mini Mermaid Labor Day Getaways

mini mermaid labor day getawaysIt’s time for our Mini Mermaid Labor Day Getaways!  Not everyone can break away for a full four day weekend and that’s okay.  We have a few cottages available for two and three night stays over the Labor Day weekend, so let’s take a look and start planning your visit.

August 30-September 4 Whitecaps, circa 1897 is an elegant, historic Officer’s Row home.  It’s just steps from the beach and has ocean views from the front porch.  This is on the quiet north end, so you’ll be very close to Jaycee Park and the Continue reading

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Now I Lay Me Down To Tybee

now I lay me down to tybeeNow I lay me down to Tybee.  Yep, sleeping by the sea is just what everyone needs for that full night’s restful sleep.  The beds in Mermaid Cottages have been thoughtfully turned down with you in mind.  Anyone can make a bed, but it really takes a skilled Mermaid to create a sanctuary where you get the most of your sleep time.  Our Mermaids work with our cottage owners to help find just the right mattresses, pillows and beddings for each bedroom and we help create some pretty special daybeds. sleeping porches and hammocks, too.  Just wish upon a Mermaid and tell us if you prefer soft and fluffy or if you need a firmer bed to get your best rest.  Every cottage is special and here are a few from our collection with some of the best sleep chambers on the island.

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Layla and Kevin Palmer of The Lettered Cottage completely redecorated our Enlisted Mens Mess Hall circa 1929.  They created this dreamy twin bedroom that’s perfect for Continue reading

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Transportation on Tybee Island

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By Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages

Transportation on Tybee Island is very unique in that they offer many different varieties.

vintage-bike-on-beach 2Adult BikeBecause the island is only three miles in diameter, the best mode of transportation is your own two feet! Most of the shops, restaurants and attractions are all within walking distance of one another. Please note, there are two ends of the island, North and South, and both have their own personality. If you’re not a fan of walking, no worries! Tybee takes much pride in providing a bicycle friendly community for locals and visitors.

Take a morning bike ride down the beach at sunrise or an afternoon cruise through the local parks and trails. If you’re adventurous, you may want to try out the six-mile long McQueen’s Island Trail, aka Old Railroad Trail, along US-80. Watch the beautiful sun set across the open waters and you will find yourself in awe. It’s the perfect end to a great day on Tybee!

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Enjoy Tybee’s Back Side

enjoy Tybee's back sideWe know you love Tybee’s great beaches and we want you to enjoy Tybee’s back side, too!  No, we’re not posting backside selfies to Instagram, but we do want you to take a look at some of Tybee’s most beautiful settings by the Back River.  Our Back River beach runs from around the 18th St. / South Jetty  to the Back River Fishing Pier.  It’s a quiet and small beach that features one of the most picturesque views of Little Tybee Island across the river.

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In addition to fishing, it’s also where you’ll enjoy loading your kayaks for a trek through the Spartina grass and Jack’s Cut on the way to Little Tybee.  Little Tybee is a 7,600 acre Natural Heritage Preserve owned by the state of Georgia. The birding is spectacular, as it is undisturbed and only accessible by boat. Contact a local captain/naturalist or a kayaking outfit to set up a visit.

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Paddle boards are welcome as is Yoga on the water.  Several of our Eco Tour Operators can also launch from here for a day of exploring the unique marine ecology to better understand the importance of Georgia’s barrier islands.

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And, if it’s a leisurely stroll or bike ride you’re looking to enjoy, just circle on back along Chatham Avenue and wave at our guests and locals sitting along the way, waiting for another spectacular setting sun.

tybee's back side

Many folks call to reserve cottages closest to the main beaches, but once guests stay along the Back River they’re hooked.

tybee's back side

Dutton-Waller Cottage circa 1938 is a historic Tybee raised cottage that’s been beautifully restored.  Enjoy the very easy walk to AJ’s Dockside Restaurant, the Alley III Kayak Launch and the Back River Fishing Pier.

tybee's back side

Flips Flop House is a fully restored and renovated historic Tybee ground level cottage.  Guests love its outdoor shower, bike rack and its two awesome porches!

tybee's back side

Heron Hideaway has amazing marsh views and the third floor screen porch is pure paradise.  Bird watchers delight at the steady stream of shore birds that wander by and our dolphins really put on a show when they know you’re watching.

tybee's back side

Mermaid Manor circa 1935 is another historic Tybee raised cottage surrounded by mature palms, live oaks and an organic garden.

tybee's back side

Tybee Tides circa 1930 is pet friendly, has a large fenced yard , a screened front porch and a garden.  The marsh is right out your front door where the sun quietly slips into the sea with majestic grandeur.

Tybee's back side

These are just a few of the many wonderful cottages along the Back River and marshes.  Now, we’re not saying you won’t ever Continue reading

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A Little Mermaid

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Mermaid Autumn’s first look at her cover photo on the Mermaid Cottages website.

A little Mermaid reached out to us to share her love of the ocean and she sent us a series of photos that quite simply took our breaths away.  We just had to know more.  We reached out to this little Mermaid and her mom and her words have really inspired us to be sure we support the dreams of all Mermaids-In-Waiting.  Her name is Mermaid Autumn and this is her story.

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“Autumn is a 10 year old spontaneous, playful, lovable junior mermaid.  She is a daughter to Christopher and Kara Trimmer and sister to Darius, Charles and Bradley.  Autumn has been swimming since she was a baby and she started swimming as a mermaid in pools the summer of 2014.  Autumn is a student at Kessler Elementary and loves the water, whether it’s oceans or pools.  Autumn loves mermaids and all water life, but she is most drawn to the unknown in the deep blue.  Autumn wants to help clean the ocean and its beaches and feels sad when she see human litter.  She wants to help save the sea turtles and feels confident that the turtles will one day soon be taken off the endangered list.  She currently is trying to start an Ocean Conservation Mermaid Group for juniors and is making orca loom bracelets for everyone that donates to her project/idea.  She would love to see more kids join her mermaid pod to swim and to volunteer for ocean clean ups.  One tail at a time, kids can save the ocean.”

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Free Things to Do on Tybee Island

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By: Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages

Who knew there was so many free things to do on Tybee Island? 

Watching the sunset or sunrise is a magical part of Tybee Beaches. There are four distinct beaches on our island. And we would love to tell you a little about each of them:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 5.10.22 PMNorth Beach starts as you come onto the island and stretches to the big anchor at the curve on Butler Avenue. The North Beach is a great place for bird watching. It is also a great spot for watching the cargo ships come into the ports at the Savannah River. 

Mid-Island starts at the big anchor and goes to 14th Street. For those looking for an adventure, you can search the beaches for shark’s teeth and unique sea shells along the shore.

South Beach begins at 14th Street and extends to the tip of the island.  This is your busiest beach of them all. South Beach includes the Pier & Pavilion where you can see fishermen pull in their catch, people watch, dolphin watch and enjoy the scenery. South Beach is great for all occasions and has many local shopping and eateries across the parking lots. 

Back River Beach starts at the tip of the island and goes all the way to Alley 3. This is where you’ll find a more private beach with a pier for fishing. It is a great location for dolphin watching as well. It also has the perfect view of Little Tybee, a small island across the water way accessible by boat. 

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Mermaid Cottages Are Available For Surfers For Autism

Mermaid Cottages are available for Surfers For AutismMermaid Cottages are available for Surfers For Autism, so give us a call or book conveniently online to support this inspiring weekend for families and volunteers alike.  Coming up on Saturday, September 6th, the Coastal Empire Surfers For Autism will be on the beach and in the surf from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  The action takes place around the beach area, south side of Walter W. Parker Pier & Pavilion.   This will be a fun and educational surfing event for special needs children and their families and everyone is invited to support the surfers.  

Mission Statement:
The Surfers For Autism mission is to unlock the potential of people with developmental delays, support advocacy for autism issues and scientific research. Our focus is to eliminate stigma through public awareness and education and to unite communities through volunteerism.

Whether you’re coming down solo to volunteer or you’re coming as a group or as a family with your own young surfers, Mermaid Cottages has just the right cottage for you.  Here are a few that are still available.

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Sea Stars Cottage circa 1932 is a historic Tybee raised cottage on the beach side Butler ( One block from the beach). Pets are always welcome  as there is a fully fenced yard.  You’ll love the wrap around porch with rocking chairs.

mermaid cottages are available for surfers for autism

Sandy Toes Cottage is an adorable single story cottage brimming with vintage charm.  It has three bedrooms and two full baths.  It’s also pet friendly with a fenced-in yard and everyone always enjoys the convenient outdoor shower.

mermaid cottages are available for surfers for autism

Barefoot Children is every pirate’s fun, fantasy cottage decorated with children in mind.  There’s a pirate-themed kids’ room, a reading nook, a play area under the stairs and a screened porch perfect for enjoying ice cream and popsicles.  The large family room also sports denim (beach and kid-friendly) furniture!

mermaid cottages are available for surfers for autism

Eisenhower’s Retreat circa 1894 is another beautiful, historic beach cottage located on the beach side of Butler Avenue.  It has four bedrooms and three full baths.  It’s simple yet elegant, cozy and nostalgic.  This is a summer cottage where you’ll make special beach vacation memories!

mermaid cottages are available for surfer for autism

These are just a few examples from our available collection, so be sure to call us or to visit our website to see all of the cottages we have available.  Mermaid Cottages are available for Surfers For Autism and we want to share them with you!

 

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Tybee Island Is So Adoorable

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Blue Heron circa 1940

Tybee Island is so a-door-able!  Just like our down home folksy charm, shopping at the Tybee Mall and our penchant for costumes, hilarity and outrageousness, the doors to our cozy cottages welcome you in.  Let’s take a tour around the island and you’ll see some doors that speak to you.  We might even get to look inside what’s behind some of them.  Look out, Tybeetians.  We’ve come a knockin’!

Blue Heron circa 1940 is a restored 1940′s beach cottage with all the coastal charm imaginable.  You’ll enjoy its high ceilings, hardwood floors and a luxury master bath shower you must experience to appreciate.  We love when our pet guests bring along their well-behaved humans and there’s a fully fenced yard to keep them safe.  Our many, many repeat guests to this cottage love the large screened Continue reading

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Summer Engagement on Tybee Island

Jimmy and Makenzie-summer engagement on tybee island

Love is in the air! Have you planned a summer engagement on Tybee Island? Mermaid Cottages Guest, Jimmy Corum sure did!

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Love birds, Makenzie Standifer and Jimmy Corum have been dating for 4 years and after discovering Tybee Island last summer for Jimmy’s birthday celebration vacation, they decided to make it an annual tradition. They knew Mermaid Cottages would be the perfect place to book their vacation with. Little did Mackenzie know, Jimmy had his own surprised cooked up this year! After arriving to their cottage, Castaway, for the week, Jimmy was so thrilled by all the decorations prepared for his entrance by the mermaids. Happy 31st Birthday Jimmy!

Birthday Banner- summer engagement on tybee islandThe couple brought their friends to join their newly found vacation spot this summer. They were so excited to come even though Makenzie hadn’t figured out why. So, the next day, their friends joined them in the living room, (now Mackenzie knows why).

Larry, Cindy, Makenzie, Jimmy, Earl, Jennifer, Kevin

Larry, Cindy, Makenzie, Jimmy, Earl, Jennifer, Kevin

Makenzie and Jimmy-summer engagement on tybee island

“It was our first full day at Tybee, and it was just after we all woke up and had breakfast.. I had ran to the grocery store, and when I came back he had it planned for someone to spill something on the tile (they know a mess will get my attention and I will clean it up)… as I cleaned it up another friend said “What is Jimmy doing?!” so I stood up and there he was on a knee…. All he said was “Can I keep you forever?” He made sure that we had it on video, and had lots of pictures… We spent that entire week together and came back closer than we’ve ever been. Every day we would wake up and look at the ring in awe:)”

Putting that gorgeous ring on!

Putting that gorgeous ring on!

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