A Whole Month of Puppy Love With Mermaid Cottages

a whole month of puppy love with mermaid cottagesFebruary will soon be here and this year it brings a whole month of Puppy Love with Mermaid Cottages!  You already know we feature pet friendly cottages, volunteer with pet rescues and sponsor puppies for Guide Dog and Service Dog training, so for a whole month we just want to focus on Puppy Love.  Certainly, some people will be making goo-goo eyes at someone special for Valentine’s Day and some will laissez ruler les bon temps for Mardi Gras Tybee.  We’re just a bit more partial to ear scratching and tail wagging and long walks with our best furiends.  It’s Puppy Love and we’re inviting your Wag Packs to come enjoy it, too!

a whole month of puppy love with mermaid cottages

Just take a look our new February Special and you’ll know it’s Pawty Time on Tybee Island:

  • Dogs stay free the entire month of February 2015.  That’s right.  There will be no pet fees for dogs from February 1 through February 28, 2015.  When you book your reservations online or talk with the Mermaid-on-Duty, just use our February Special Code: LOVE.
  •  In addition, guests with dogs staying February 6-15, 2015 will receive a free photo shoot as part of your visit.  The photos will be sent to each guest electronically and you can also arrange to have them professionally printed for purchase.  Pets can sit for their own portraits and we’re okay if their well-behaved humans get in the pictures, too.
  • Most of our cottages are dog friendly and some of them are just purrfect for cats, too.  We’re celebrating Puppy Love, but your February stay can be just as cat-tastic, too.  Just check our collection for our cat friendly cottages or ask a Mermaid when you call.

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Downtown Tybee


“She is a good woman. And while the phrase is enough to set my teeth on edge, there are moments when her virtue demands admiration.”

Staying near downtown Tybee is a lot like being unto the manor born.  On Sunday nights, you can bet our Mermaids are tuned in to Downton Abbey on GPB, but the rest of the time we’re working hard behind the scenes to create a most memorable stay for you.  Our cottage charm and coastal calm is evident from the smallest cottages to our grandest raised Tybee homes.  A stay in one of our grand dames is much like an outing with the Dowager Countess Violet.  Glorious with prestige, warm with treasured history and a bit of whit and whimsy waiting to greet you around every corner.  Such is the grace of our Dutton-Waller Cottage circa 1938.

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“You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal.”

This historic Tybee raised cottage was built by Mrs. Waller as her family’s summer home.  It has been beautifully restored and situated along the Back River District.  Our guests love the very easy walk to AJ’s Dockside Restaurant, the Alley III Kayak Launch … read more

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Tybee’s Winter Glow

Tybee's Winter Glow  photo: Melinda Martin Bailey

Tybee’s Winter Glow photo: Melinda Martin Bailey

We can’t guarantee you’ll leave with a deep tan, but during the off season we can assure you you’ll bask in Tybee’s Winter glow!  Winter is when the crowds are fewer and the traffic makes way for more bicycles and walking shoes.  Our cottages are warm and toasty and the sights and sounds of Tybee are just as luscious and vibrant as ever.  Now’s the time to dine at all the delicious restaurants  you’ve wanted to try and to make leisurely visits to our historical sites without deadlines or time limits.  Mermaid Cottages even has several attractive discount plans available this time of year and our Mermaid team is always excited to help plan your visit!

50% Rental Discount Sunday-Thursday Winter Special
Eisenhower's Retreat circa 1894 photo: Melinda Martin Bailey

Eisenhower’s Retreat circa 1894 photo: Melinda Martin Bailey

Mermaid Cottages is delighted to offer our best price EVER!  Sunday- Thursday nights through Thursday Feb 26, 2015 come enjoy our Cottage Charm and Coastal Calm during the quiet fall and winter weeks.  Many of our homes are Pet Friendly, all offer complimentary WIFI and our collection of … read more

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Tybee Restaurant Week

tybee restaurant weekTybee Restaurant Week is coming right up January 16-25!  You already love Tybee’s fun and quirky beaches and town and this is the best week to learn about our incredible culinary adventures.  Each participating restaurant will offer three course, prix fixe dinner menus for only $25 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Tybee restaurants offer a diverse range of island fare, so be sure to eat well and eat often.  The selection of restaurants and menus is so fabulous you’ll need just the right cottage to rest up in between courses.  Just take a look at this buffet of cottage charm and coastal calm.

Screened Inn circa 1929

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Located in the quiet and historic Officer’s Row section near the north beach, this ground level cottage is always a favorite and guests love the décor by Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage.  

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Tybee Bun Warmers

tybee bun warmers Yes, it’s cold and that’s why we love our Tybee bun warmers.  It may be downright freezing where you are, but on Tybee one thing’s for sure.  The sun will come out tomorrow.  If not today’s tomorrow it’ll be out the next.  For those iffy days when the sun is up and the temperatures are down, we just back up to a fire pit, an electric fireplace or even sprawl out on a deck with our cheeks to the sky.  Just where does one find all of these extravagances in the dead of winter?  At Mermaid Cottages on Tybee Island!

Basking Under the Tybee Sun circa1969

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There’s a picket-fenced yard for your pets.  An awesome front screened porch for sitting, morning coffee and evening cocktails. TVs in every bedroom and an electric fireplace!  

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Canty’s Cottage In Tybee Island

canty's cottage in tybee islandCanty’s Cottage in Tybee Island is one of our most popular cottages for Girls Getaways, family gatherings and couples retreats.  This circa 1957 charmer is vintage, yet freshly painted and updated.  This mid century modern island home belongs to Mary Elizabeth Canty.  She and her family have enjoyed it since her childhood.

Built in the 1950’s and completely restored with Central AC and all the modern conveniences, this ground level, pet friendly home features a large fully fenced back and side yards with views of the Back River.  Just 1.5 blocks to the Alley III kayak launch area, it’s just the right location for when you want to enjoy the beach and the Back River, too.

canty's cottage in tybee island

Canty’s Cottage has it’s own Tybee Tiki Hut, the ultimate finishing touch.  There’s even a hammock with pillows and lounge chairs for lots of … read more

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Happy Holidays In Tybee

the shrimp cottageHappy Holidays in Tybee begin with a stay at The Shrimp circa 1962.  Ever since this cute and cozy cottage was featured in the January 2009 Coastal Living it has been booked for all seasons.

This island charmer sits directly across the street from Memorial Park where wonderful family fun activites begin.  The park includes a large children’s playground, tennis courts, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts.  The beach is a short three block walk through the park.

happy holidays in tybee

Guests love the convenience of this ground level cottage and the easy living with the fun screened in … read more

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Mary Kay Andrews By Candlelight

mary kay andrews by candlelightHow ’bout a Tybee Christmas with Mary Kay Andrews by candlelight?  Our favorite author’s Breeze Inn Cottage circa 1942 is available December 19-25 and it’s all gussied up for the holidays.  MKA herself has hung the tinsel and set the colored lights to shining and she’s even having a wonderful holiday giveaway with some of her other writer friends to help make your spirits bright!

A Few of Our Favorite Things” Giveaway

This Christmas, how would you like to receive eight books in the mail from eight of your favorite bestselling authors? What if each author also sent you a personal gift specially chosen just for you? Well, all eight of them have gotten together to offer their beloved readers the chance at winning (more than) a few of their favorite things. Enter to win by noon EST on Friday, December 19, 2014.  The group of authors will choose one winner at random who will receive a series of eight different packages in the mail—one package personally sent from each author containing their book plus their special gift to you. Fill out the simple entry form and submit by the deadline. One entry per person. Open exclusively to residents of the US. Good luck!
mary kay andrews by candlelight
This Christmas, you could be getting one of Mary Kay Andrews’ lucky red currant aromatherapy candles in the mail along with a copy of Christmas Bliss.  “Christmas is coming, but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted—both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day—and is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry. Readers have come to love these characters in Mary Kay Andrews’ three previous Savannah novels:  Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze, and Blue Christmas.”
mary kay andrews by candlelight
Now, we say you should go ahead and pile in the car, forward your mail to Tybee and just wait for the packages to start piling up at Breeze Inn.  MKA’s circa 1943 cottage is an easy two block walk to the 9th Street beach walk-over and an easy stroll to the grocery store and restaurants. Totally restored and remodeled in 2009, the Breeze Inn has three bedrooms and three baths, a cook’s kitchen and a comfy living space with flat-screen TV.  The shelves are full of the author’s books and other wonderful “beachy” reads and there’s a private screened back porch where you can sit and read or relax and listen to the sounds of Tybee in winter. The cottage is decorated from top to bottom by MKA herself with family-friendly vintage and antique treasures collected from estate sales and flea markets around the country.  You’ll also have another autographed MKA novel waiting for you along with a welcome note.
 mary kay andrews by candlelight
Come on down and enjoy this Mary Kay Andrews By Candlelight Getaway.  It’s Christmas on Tybee we’d love for you to be here!

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Shopping Tybee’s Winter Wonderland

shopping tybeeIt’s Christmas on the coast and Mermaid Cottages has great tips for shopping Tybee’s winter wonderland.  From quirky to fun and everything under the sun, you can get it here.  From the time you cross the bridge, you’ll spot shops and stores and boutiques and galleries and signs pointing you to all of our treasures.  Just make sure you bring your biggest hauler and we can also connect you with lots of ways to ship your cache back home!

Make sure you’re fueled up and ready to shop from north to south.  Don’t forget to purchase your Sunrise Restaurant Gift Cards for Christmas. They make the perfect stocking stuffers for the Breakfast-lover in your family.

shopping Tybee

The buffet is wonderful and we can tell you they have the most incredible corned beef hash.  You just simply have to try it!… read more

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Tybee Island’s Best Stocking Stuffers

tybee island's best stocking stuffersWe believe everyone has been really good this year, so be sure to celebrate with Tybee Island’s best stocking stuffers!  Some things on our list are too huge to wrap and that’s why gift certificates fit just right.  Take a look at what’s hot for Christmas and then come on down, enjoy a winter getaway and shop, shop, shop.

Back In The Day Bakery Made With Love

“Cheryl and Griffith Day, authors of the New York Times bestselling Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, are back with more recipes to make with love. Who needs store-bought when baking things at home is so gratifying? In this follow-up to their smash-hit first book, the Days share ways to lovingly craft not only desserts, but also breakfast pastries, breads, pizza, and condiments.

tybee island's best stocking stuffers

The book features more than 100 new recipes, including some of the bakery’s most requested treats, such as Star Brownies and the Cakette Party Cake, as well as savories like Chive Parmigiano-Reggiano Popovers and Rosemary Focaccia. Cheryl and Griff share their baking techniques and also show readers how to put together whimsical decorations, like a … read more

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