We’re porched on Tybee Island. No, it’s not a misprint. We’re not saying we’re parched. Given that we live on a quirky little island with plenty of watering holes, we are not sucking in the lively libations department. As we say in the South, “We’uns is porched!” We love our porches and they’re just as much a part of our quirky, laid back, “it’ll get done when it gets done“, “don’t rush me and make me waste my Sweet Tea”, “talk to the sand ’cause beach hair don’t care” laissez faire. We like ’em down low so we don’t fall off of ’em after being sociable and neighborly with our afternoon cocktails. We like ’em up high so we can rock in rhythm with the waves chasing the tides. We even like ’em stacked up two or three stories high like a Church lady’s hair that gets jacked-up-to-Jesus before Sunday morning services. Yep, we like our porches. In fact, here are several saintly porches that make us feel closer to heaven every time we kick off our flip flops and relax.
Summer is in full swing and there are still 11 places to spend your Tybee Time in July. Just hurry! Once the word gets out, these beach getaways will be snapped up, too. These Mermaid Cottages rentals are perfect for when you just want two or three nights at the beach. If you want to stay for a week or more you’ll need to look at coming in August or later. We say come every chance you get.
This is an adorable, fun cottage with children in mind! There’s a pirate-themed kids’ room, a reading nook, a play area under the stairs, and a screened porch that’s perfect for enjoying ice cream! There’s also a large family room with denim (beach and kid-friendly) furniture!
This historic Tybee raised cottage was built by Mrs. Waller as her family’s summer home! It’s been beautifully restored and located in the Back River District. You’ll adore a very easy walk to AJ’s Dockside, the Alley 3 Kayak Launch and the Back River Fishing Pier. There’s a fenced-in yard and it’s full of local art, too!
This ground level four bedroom cottage is perfect for families or for girls’ getaways! It comes with a private dock directly on Horsepen Creek where you’ll enjoy birdwatching, crabbing, and fishing right off the dock! It also comes with a fenced yard and it’s pet-friendly!
Now, here’s a fully restored and renovated historic Tybee beach cottage! Just as you’d expect, there’s an outdoor shower, a bike rack and two awesome porches to enjoy! It’s located in the quiet Back River district with a partial view of the Back River from the porch!
Paula’s personal beach retreat is available for your Tybee Island getaways and it includes special Paula Deen goodies, a personalized cookbook from Paula and VIP reservations for the Lady & Sons restaurant.
Maddie’s is a charming, cozy, pet-friendly and family-friendly cottage. There are new décor touches along with the cherished heirlooms that highlight the history of Tybee Island and of the Chu family. It also features an outdoor shower and a great outdoor area surrounded by live oaks and palms!
With interiors and touches by the fabulous Jane Coslick Designs & Restoration, this cottage is a favorite among pet friendly families who prefer the North End Beach and being close to some of Tybee Island’s most popular restaurants.
Barefoot Children got no need to explain. It’s just like the lyrics to a Jimmy Buffett song, “Show me yours and I’ll show you mine… Take me back to days full of monkeyshines… Bouncin’ on a bubble full of trouble in the summer sun.” Luckily, you can do more than just hum along. You can make that one tank trip down to Tybee Island and have your own Barefoot Children experience!
This sun-tastic and family-friendly two-story cottage is packed with fun details and cheerful decor! Conveniently located on Lovell Avenue, Barefoot Childrenis a quick two block walk to the beach and it’s only three blocks to the Tybee Pier and Pavilion. It’s also close to everything you love to do on Tybee. There’s shopping, the beach, and a great selection of restaurants. With four bedrooms, 2.5 baths and some especially fun kids’ rooms, you’ll be barefoot your entire stay!
The front staircase leads to a great screened porch with colorful pink and green chairs … read more
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!
Give your home a little cottage charm and coastal calm, even when you don’t live near the sea. You take home momentos of your beach getaways and the memories linger long after, so give your home a beachy makeover. You know. Just a little something to tide you over until you can get your toes in the sand, again. A knick knack, here. A tchotchke, there. A wash of pastel color for your walls, a door or a window. Textures you can touch when you need that little mental break. Whether vintage or brand spanking new, it’s up to you to celebrate what you like and to treasure your time at the beach.
What makes us happy? For Mermaids, it’s our happy color boxes by the sea. We love these color tips from House Beautiful and we can vouch for the magic they create! It’s been loads of fun to see just how colors make our lives better! We put our cottages to the color test. How well do you think we did?
Chef, boy are we excited to see Chef Steven Satterfield in Savannah and Tybee Island this weekend! Steven co-owns our Castaway Cottage circa 1955 with his partner, Ben, and we’re always thrilled to see them on the island. Steven will be signing copies of his latest book From Root To Leaf, so you have two great opportunities to meet him, pick up his book and have him sign it. He’ll be hanging around to meet and chat, so why not go to both!
Saturday June 20th at The Florence in Savannah from 1-3 p.m. Entrance is free and complimentary light bites will be served. There will be a cash bar, as well.
Sunday June 21st at Tybee Island Fish Camp from 5-7 p.m. Free entrance here, too, and there will be light bites and cash bar. Please make reservations for dinner at Fish Camp after the signing.
We’d invite you to come stay in Castaway Cottage circa 1955, but it stays booked all Summer! Well, we’ll tell you about it anyway in hopes you will come back when it’s available so you can enjoy whipping up Steven’s award … read more
It’s Summer and that means Mermaid Cottages is very busy, but sometimes you just need a little getaway in the middle of it all. Our Mini Mermaid Getaways to Tybee Island are the perfect little beach escapes when you can’t get away for a week or more. Here’s an update of our cottage charm and coastal calm that’s still available in June and July. Hurry, because they won’t last long!
June 30-July 2: This is an adorable vintage north end cottage! There’s a wonderful screened porch and a separate nest cottage with queen bed, kitchen, sitting area and a bathroom of it’s own! It’s private and perfect for families traveling with teenagers!
July 4/5: This is an original Tybee raised cottage that’s filled with vintage charm, modern conveniences and ocean views. This newest addition to novelist Mary Kay Andrews’ beach cottage collection is named after the beach house in her NY Times bestseller Summer Rental!
July 4-7, July This ground level cottage is perfect for families or girls’ getaways! You’ll have your own private dock directly on Horsepen Creek where you can enjoy bird watching, crabbing and fishing right off the dock! It has a fenced yard and is pet friendly!
July 5-9, July 27-31: This is a true cottage, so only serious cottage lovers need apply. It’s small, charming, authentic, a place to relax, unwind and escape to a slower time. It’s pet friendly and has a covered dock directly on the salt marsh!
July 8/9, July 20/21: This historic Tybee raised cottage is on the beach side of Butler Avenue and only one block from the beach. Pets are welcome with the fully fenced yard and the wrap around porch is filled with rocking chairs!
This vintage cottage is just one home back from the beach. There’s a wrap around porch and some of the best ocean views and breezes on the island! Shower off the beach sand before heading indoors in our fun downstairs showers! You’ll be cozy and comfortable and enjoy lots of local art!
Reaching back to touch upon memories from the past is much like revisiting an Old Love in Tybee Island. Many trains have come and gone, having brought Savannah folks and wealthy Americans to this little slice of the Georgia coast, once upon a time. There were days past when making the 18 mile journey from the Hostess City out to Tybee would have taken the better part of a day and then the railroad came. Excited beach goers could enjoy the leisurely ride out to the edge of the ocean and then take those last longing looks at the sea as the train headed back at sunset. One of the most beautiful memories of that time waits to receive her guests in grand style long after the trains have stopped. Still validating the ticket dreams of those coming to let go of the stresses and worries of life on the mainland.
Old Love circa 1921 is a classic 1920’s beach cottage on Tybee’s original cottage row. It’s perfectly pink with a tin roof, bead board… read more