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Beach Bum Biscuits!

Mermaid Cottages is proud to sponsor Service Dogs through three awesome programs, including our Beach Bum Biscuits.  

We have always sponsored Guide Dogs like Boomer, Clarke, Berkeley, Erik and Tony (meet them on our Service Dogs page) and this is just another way we can continue these awesome programs.

Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Puppy Sponsorship Program

Your stay with Mermaid Cottages will continue the efforts to support Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Puppy Sponsorship Program, which make it possible for disabled individuals to realize their independence through the use of a service dog. These programs also assist returning soldiers soldiers with a variety of needs including post traumatic stress disorder.

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Your stay with Mermaid Cottages will also support The Guide Dog Foundation For the Blind. Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. has provided guide dogs free of charge to blind people who seek enhanced mobility and independence…. read more

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How’s Your Penmanship?

I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter…and pretend that it came from you…

…and I’m gonna write it on a Mermaid Cottages Note Card  from the new collection by the fabulous Fifi Flowers!  There’s the new cottage collection and the always wonderful pet collection and Fifi’s wonderful, whimsical calendars to mark off the days until your next visit to Mermaid Cottages and Tybee Island…. read more

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Making a Difference, Mermaid Style!

Welcome to Tybee Island!

Mermaid Cottages has the coziest homes away from home in Tybee Island and Savannah, it’s true. But we’re more than vacation rentals; we’re part of a community. That’s why we are active with the local island community, including helping people and local organizations we believe in and love. That’s what our project, Mermaids Make a Difference, is all about! We invite you to jump right in and volunteer during your visit. Of course, we’d like for you to get involved if even just for the day as well!

Beach Sweep September 2011

We love giving back to our community and want to share every opportunity we know about with you! If you are looking for ways to be more involved, whether it’s during your vacation or just for the day, make sure to check out the Community tab on our website.  It’s a little thing we like to call Voluntourism on Tybee, and we’d love for you to join us in giving a little back! We have a list full of fabulous ways to get in there and give back. There are loads of upcoming events listed for you to choose from, like The Journey to Peace Walk to benefit the SAFE Shelter of Savannah on October 22nd, and The PurpleStride Savannah 5K to raise awareness and funds to fight Pancreatic Cancer November 12th, just to name a few. We also have Beach Sweeps planned on a regular basis, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy! You can even show off your Mermaid pride with a tee shirt from Seaside Sisters, where there are loads of other Mermaid Cottages goodies as well. Goodies that help you give back with each purchase!

Just by staying with Mermaid Cottages you are giving back! Your stay helps us support Tybee’s Sea Turtles and the guide dogs we sponsor each year!

Mermaid Cottages loves Tybee Island, and we know you do, too! We encourage you to take a little time during your visit to Tybee and join us in giving back to the community we hold so dear. We hope to see y’all real soon!

 

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Mermaid Cottages’ Tradition Of Service

Mermaid Cottages is proud to sponsor service dogs through three awesome programs, including our Beach Bum Biscuits.  Proceeds from the sale of our biscuits go to support service and guide dogs!

Mermaid Cottages has always sponsored Guide Dogs like Boomer and this is just another way we can continue these awesome programs of service into the future!

For more info, stay tuned to our Beach Bum Biscuits Blog.

Contributions from Mermaid Cottages rentals and the sale of Beach Bum Biscuits help support these important programs:

Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Puppy Sponsorship Program

Your stay with Mermaid Cottages will continue the efforts to support Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Puppy Sponsorship Program, which make it possible for disabled individuals to realize their independence through the use of a service dog. These programs also assist returning soldiers soldiers with a variety of needs including post traumatic stress disorder.

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Your stay with Mermaid Cottages will also support The Guide Dog Foundation For the Blind. Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. has provided guide dogs free of charge to blind people who seek enhanced mobility and independence.

Beach Bum Biscuits can be purchased locally on Tybee Island at Seaside Sisters and you can also email us at diane@mermaidcottages.com or call us at 912 313 0784 to order by email or phone.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

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Packed And Ready!

by Madeline Belle Reed, ROVER Reporter

Sorry everyone.  No time to write.  I’m very busy packing for my upcoming Tybee Island vacation!

 

 

I want to make sure I have absolutely everything I need for my trip.

 

_ Stuffed Bunny

_Big empty suitcase to bring back a huge supply of Beach Bum Biscuits

_Pet Friendly beach cottage

Okay!  I’m ready!  Tybee Island here I come!

What? Oh, Brother!

Mommy says it’s still two weeks away.  I think I’ll go wait by the car just to be safe.

 

                                                                Hope to see you there!

                                                                Maddie!

                                                                Madeline Belle Reed

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Hey There, Calendar Girl!

A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous! quote by THE Coco Chanel.

Friend of Mermaid Cottages, Miss Janice over at Social Graces…Southern Style, wrote the cutest blog post about her famous Yorkie, Coco Chanel.
Coco was one of the gorgeous pooches chosen to be featured in the upcoming Beach Bum Biscuits note card collection by the always Fabulous Fifi Flowers!
Mlle Coco says, “Moi is so honored to be chosen  and am humbled by the outpouring of love and support from my family and friends!”
Proceeds from the Fifi Flowers Beach Bum Biscuits  pet notecard collection sponsor and support puppies to be trained as Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for persons with disabilities.
It’s not unusual to hear the words Priss Pot Diva and Coco in the same sentence, but we say you are a Divine Diva, darling Coco!

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Rosie’s Review

One of the most popular pet friendly Mermaid Cottages in our candyland of vintage and historic homes is Memories At The Beach.

Recently, we heard from a very special guest that visited us and she sent us her photo to share with everyone.

Rosie is a  four year old labradoodle from Newnan, GA and she and her humans spent a few days at MemoriesThis one story cottage received a GREEN makeover courtesy of its wonderful owners.  The renovation was based on “reduce, reuse and recycle” concepts.

All of the rooms have ceiling fans to circulate the air inside and all the light bulbs are compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

Memories At The Beach features all “Energy Star” appliances including the high efficiency washing machine, dryer, refrigerator and custom bamboo blinds have been installed throughout the house.

The energy efficient water heater delivers hot water on demand, but the real show stopper is the fabulous outdoor shower that is solar heated!  Talk about Socially Responsible Vacations with an exotic twist!

One thing that did not change during the update was the original Mamie Eisenhower Pink bathroom which was the color of choice for many homes built in the 1950s.

The cottage’s facade is beautifully framed within a canopy of grapefruit, orange, fig and key lime trees.  It faces East on a beautiful quiet street which makes it a perfect location for watching the island birds that live here.

Rosie loved the cottage and all its thoughtful touches, but being a real nature gal she particularly enjoyed her fresh supply of all natural Beach Bum Biscuits and she really appreciated the complimentary guest pet tag that let everyone know she was an honorary Mermaid during her stay!

The Tennessee couple that owns this magnificent island getaway has filled it with love and inspiration and they hope that you’ll be sure to come often to create your own magnificent Memories At The Beach (Click here to take a walk through tour).

 

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Flip Flops and Pet Friendly Fun

Mermaid Cottages welcomes Cindy and her family from Windsor, MO back for another stay at our fantastic Flip Flop Cottage!

This 1950’s ground level cottage is a fun and funky. pet friendly cottage that’s just 2 blocks from Memorial Park and just a hop, skip and a jump to the beach.  It’s conveniently located next to Maddie\’s On Jones and just steps away from Mimosa Cottage which makes it’s the ideal location to share all the Tybee Island fun with families traveling together.

Flip Flop has a large, fenced in back yard which is one of the reasons Cindy and her family love this bright and cheerful island home.  Cindy’s wag pack includes Bouncer and Vader and they’ve adopted this cottage as their favorite island getaway.

Bouncer and Vader know their visit will always include a fresh supply of Beach Bum Biscuits and they know how to accessorize island style by clipping on their complimentary guest pet tags as soon as they hit the door.

Bouncer and Vader always enjoy their walks around the neighborhood since they get to wag their tails at the other dogs they meet along the way and they even enjoy watching the island’s cats and squirrels that love to scamper just beyond their reach.

Our pet guests can also enjoy visits to Tybee\’s Bark Parks, explore the island’s walking trails and bone up on our many cultural sites such as Ft. Pulaski.

Some of our pet guests are also seafood lovers, so they can even take their humans out to enjoy the famous low country cuisines at such wonderful outdoor restaurants as Gerald\’s Pig & Shrimp and The Crab Shack!

No wonder Bouncer and Vader enjoy their Tybee visits so much!  You can too, so hop online or wish upon a Mermaid at 912 313 0784 and let’s find just the right pet friendly cottage for you!

Ya’ll comin’?

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Higher Learning For A Higher Calling

Mermaid Cottages on Tybee Island, GA is proud to report Boomer, our current puppy in training to become a Guide Dog, is settling in to college life!

Boomer’s away at the Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind Training campus in New York and he’s hard at work on his studies and training.  In addition to his classroom studies, Boomer will be regularly taken out into the field with a handler so that he can learn to cope with the sights, sounds and smells of the world.  This includes trips into the city areas where there is lots of traffic, public transportation, escalators, cross walks and everything he’ll encounter when he’s on duty.

Boomer has been praised for his hard work and calm personality as he has gotten used to the other trainees and their kennels and their handlers.  He’s a special young lad, but we can’t overlook the importance of the training and socialization he learned from Sandy, his “walker”, during his first 15 months of training.

Raising, socializing and training puppies to become Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for persons with disabilities is a labor of love.  It’s one of our favorite types of service projects and it’s a wonderful way for our guests to enjoy Voluntourism as members of our Mermaid Cottages family.

Do y’all remember when Boomer last visited and dropped by to meet the folks down at The Lady and Sons in Savannah?

He also dropped by Seaside Sisters to help promote the sales of our all natural Beach Bum Biscuits which helps provide support and sponsorship of our guide dog training program.  Watch a video of his visit here.

It’s been our honor and our privilege to follow along as Boomer has advanced on his incredible journey to someday provide Second Sight to a deserving person with disabilities.

It won’t be long now before he’ll graduate from school,  meet his new forever friend and together they’ll forge ahead with all the joy and gusto of a life fulfilled.

Go forth, young Boomer.  Your higher learning will prepare you for your higher calling.  Well done.

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Autumn On Tybee Is Pawsome!

When you announce to your pet pals that you’re going away for a trip, do they don masks and act as if they might be ashamed to be seen with you?

We’ve got the pet-perfect solution!

Tell them you’re going to Tybee Island to visit the Mermaids and you’ll get a much different reaction!

Autumn on Tybee is Pawsome!

It’s the perfect time to Fall in love with our quirky island paradise and a wonderful time for your wag pack to enjoy walks along the back river marsh, water adventures over to Little Tybee Island, exploring and hiking along the trails around Ft Pulaski and they can even join you for wonderful barbeque and seafood when you dine at Gerald\’s Pig & Shrimp!

Go ahead!  Ask your precious pooches if they’d like to come visit the Mermaids on Tybee Island!  You’ll get a much more positive reaction!

 

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