Those hot, muggy and humid days of Summer are cooling down and the crowds of the season have ebbed like the tide. This is the time of year when our beach weather is so perfect and when we’re not booked up back to back. It’s also a great time for you to get in another end of Summer getaway to celebrate family and friends or to just give yourself a respite from another long work week. Our Screened Inn circa 1929 is just that kind of place where you can get nestled in along the quiet north end of Tybee just to eat, sleep and idle away your stress.
Located directly behind historic Officer’s Row, this cottage lounges along the quiet part of Tybee that’s to the Lighthouse and North Beach. It’s a ground level charmer with tall ceilings and extra large windows to allow in tons of natural light…. read more
Mermaid Cottages is celebrating the success of our programs to benefit Save The Elephants. The Elegance of Elephants: The Art of Conservation is our next fundraiser where you can also help us support wildlife conservation around the world. Over the next few months, we’ll be offering extraordinary paintings from our very successful arts community to our guests and supporters by raffle. Raffle tickets for each painting are $10 each. You can purchase as many tickets as you’d like up to our cap of 100 tickets per painting. Proceeds will help fundyour Save The Elephants programs throughout the year.
Our first painting to be raffled is this brilliant offering from Bellamy. Bellamy Murphy’s art has been displayed in many style and design books and magazines, including Southern Living, Coastal Living and Redbook. Her pieces bring the magic and the life of our Low Country life to many of our historic cottages and her art is always treasured by collectors.
This stunning piece is 12 x 12 and is instantly recognizable as a Bellamy creation. Bellamy’s piece will be available for raffle September 1 through September 30, 2015. Again, each ticket is $10 with a maximum of 100 tickets to be sold. Please make your checks payable to Mermaid Cottages and mail them to Mermaid Cottages, P.O. Box 2677, Tybee Island GA 31328…. read more
We’ll be looking for y’all to join us this Saturday, August 22nd, for the Kayak/SUP Race and Sunrise Paddle! Soon, our next Surfers For Autism event will bring young surfers to Tybee from all over and we want this to be our biggest and best year, yet. Join us at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the North Beach last crossover for the Sunrise Paddle and then sign up by 11 a.m. for the SUP race that begins at noon with North Island Surf and Kayak. Top off your fun and participation with food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and a raffle at Bubba Gumbo’s, too!
The Coastal Empire’s Surfers For Autism Beach Fest will be Saturday, September 12th, and that’s when we’ll need you here to cheer on these young surfers. At a Surfers For Autism event, young surfers are provided a safe, fun, judgement free environment where highly skilled surf instructors carefully guide them into waves. The surfers and their families are treated like rock stars and enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games and more.
We have three great cottages available for this weekend’s fundraiser, so book yours now and don’t miss this fun weekend…. read more
You love to break out your Summer whites, pastels and seer suckers at the beach much like Tybee is all decked out for celebrating life by the sea. A hot cup of Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee at sunrise, a pot luck picnic at lunch and a candlelit, romantic dinner out under the stars are just a few of the reasons our decks are so beachy. Some have umbrellas and some prefer the wide open, blue sky. Some are high up top and others are a little more down to earth. Some decks even become docks that stretch out over the water and the marshes. All of them are just that perfect slice of island life of which we can’t get enough.
Just three blocks from the beach, this ground level and historic 1920’s cottage fully has been restored and newly redecorated. Guests adore this family friendly back deck with a decadent, outdoor shower just around the corner.
Sea Largo is just two blocks from the 12th Street beach. Guests love that it’s pet-friendly with a fenced-in yard and has a large screened porch. Can you just imagine the cocktails and the naps out on this scrumptious deck beneath the oaks!
This historic, Tybee raised cottage sits on the beach side Butler Avenue, just one block from the beach. Our pet guests simply love the fully fenced yard and who doesn’t love the romance of a wrap around porch with rocking chairs? Can’t you just see yourself out on this second story deck just off the kitchen with morning Mimosas and late night after-dinner drinks under the stars?
This ground level cottage comes with you own private dock directly on Horsepen Creek. You’ll enjoy bird watching, crabbing and fishing right off the dock! Now, just how great do you think that first cup of Mermaid Morning Bliss would be out there?
This elegant, yet affordable dog-friendly raised Tybee cottage is on the south end near the Back River! the exclusicve Widow’s Walk gives you one of the best vantage points on the island to enjoy Tybee’s gorgeous sunsets! You’ll be just steps to a quiet, beautiful part of the beach, so do bring your camera!
This classic family beach house sits directly on the beach. You’ll enjoy incredible ocean views and our famous Tybee sunrises and sunsets! Crabby Jo’s is located directly behind Doyle’s; making this the perfect location for families traveling together. Just rent both! There’s nothing else to say except enjoy the views.
Tybee is all decked out for your next visit. Which one will you choose? Sorry, but these are just a sampling of the treats and retreats waiting for you. Guess you’ll just have to invite everyone you know to book a cottage and then have progressive parties from deck to deck so you can enjoy them all!
Where does your good go? When you volunteer, donate and support charities and causes to benefit others your good goes a long way. Please join us at the 17th Annual Friends of Animals where the theme is Rebel Without A Pawse. The attire is 50’s. The cost is $45 a ticket which includes three drink tickets and food stations plus entry into the auction. For more information and to purchase tickets http://friendsofanimalscoastalga.org/
Mermaid Cottages feature original art wherever possible. We also love to donate original art to various non profit events on Tybee Island and in Savannah to help raise money for their very important causes. This piece of beautiful art by local artist Jill Ferree was purchased by Mermaid Cottages and donated to this wonderful fundraiser coming up August 15, 2015. Our favorite animal rescue group One Love Animal Rescue will be one of the beneficiaries of this event…. read more
Where does your good go? Within each of us is a capacity for doing good for others and when we do this good the rewards are great. This entry is part of a blog series about how our Mermaids Make A Difference. It’s not a platform for us to just talk about our good deeds and to pat ourselves on the back. It’s an opportunity to share our passions and to inspire others. We don’t all have to be passionate about the same things, but it is important for each of us to be open to helping others. Some people are fortunate enough to have lots of time and resources to do great things. Others with less resources can make just as much of an impact. We just have to do good when and where we see the need. Have you thought about it? Where does your good go?
One of the passions we are happy to share is our work to educate and preserve wildlife around the world. Lead by our Head Mermaid Diane, our Mermaids have donated time, monies and resources to fund education and to support conservation efforts around the world. Here’s an update from one of our partners…. read more
We’re very excited about The Big Float coming up this month. No, it’s not a giant ice cream float, but it’s just as much fun! Join us when SweetWater’s Heady Peddlers – SC and Savannah wash up at North Island Surf and Kayak on August 29. We’ll be paddling (canoe, kayak, SUP, floats, etc.) and proceeds from the rental/tour will be donated to the Savannah Riverkeeper! Participants will be given two tickets to be entered into the BOTE raffle for their tie-dye wrapped SUP! Early registration earns you two additional tickets, so call 912-786-4000 to sign up. At the after-party there’ll be a drawing hosted right next door at Bubba Gumbo’s from 5-8 p.m.!
Before you hit the water, you just have to hit the beach and that means you’ll need one of our signature Mermaid Cottages to get the rest of your weekend into ship shape! Here’s a look at a few of our cottages available:
Located in the quiet and historic Officer’s Row section, this vintage, ground level cottage is a beach beauty. Guests adores the quiet of our North Beach and the history of Ft. Screven. The décor is by The Lettered Cottage, so you know you’ll be ever so beach happy you came!
You’ll adore the wonderful large screened porch of this cute and beachy, pet friendly cottage. It’s just four blocks from the beach and on one of our famous Mermaid corners where large groups and multiple families can be close and have some privacy, too!
Here’s another bright and cheerful cottage with a fabulous screened porch. It’s pet friendly, too, so you’ll also have a fenced-in yard. Guests love the partial marsh views from the back deck and the porch and the comfy beds for snuggling! This cottage is filled with art and it’s only one block from AJ’s Dockside Restaurant. Just imagine the drinks, the laughs and the sunsets!
Yes, it’s time for you to register for The Big Float and to reserve your Mermaid Cottage. We go together swimmingly!
The calendar may say Fall, but we’ve got plenty of hot Summer fun still to come and that includes the Coastal Empire Surfers for Autism Beach Fest on September 12th! Surfers For Autism creates grand scale beach festivals for children and young adults with autism and other developmental delays and we always have a grand time when they come to Tybee Island. Our young surfers will ride the waves in a safe, fun, judgment free environment where highly skilled surf instructors carefully guide them into waves. The surfers and their families will be treated like rock stars and they’ll enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, fire engine tours and much more. A catered lunch is also provided, all at no cost to registered participants, their families and volunteers.
Though only about three miles long, our little barrier island comes with lots of living. From north beach to mid island, to the south end and the Back River, which one is your Tybee? There’s the quiet of the north end among the historic homes along Officers Row, Fort Screven and the Lighthouse. There are the cute little color boxes of cottages lined up in a row throughout the middle of the island. Stress and worries seem to drop off as you round the south end after a day of shopping, pier watching and dining throughout downtown Tybee. Kayaks line up like rainbows as Eco Tour boat captains load up their passengers and paddle boarders strike Yoga poses from the Back River launches. It’s a wonderful place, but sometimes we just have our favorites, don’t we?
This hypoallergenic cottage is a ground level retreat with a gorgeous screened porch. Here, you’re just three blocks to the beach. Guests love to stroll through Memorial Park, which includes Tybee’s favorite children’s playground.
Paula’s personal beach retreat is available for your Girls Getaways, Bro Time Fishing Trips, Family Reunions and Grand Adventures with your grands! A stay here includes a special selection of Paula Deen goodies for you to try, a personalized cookbook from Paula and VIP reservations for dining at The Lady & Sons restaurant.
How does amazing marsh views and being just five short blocks from the beach sound? Here, the third floor screened porch offers incredible views of the marsh. This is a perfect location for bird watching and dolphin frolicks after feedings. Guests love that there’s plenty of space to spread out, making it very delightful for families!
We’ve still more great cottages sprinkled from north to south and to all points in between. Which one is your Tybee? Maybe you just need to try them all and then decide!