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Madelyn’s on the Marsh circa 1940

When you need Spa Days and Ah Days with Mermaid Cottages, we’d love to suggest a few tips on where to enjoy the best showers on Tybee Island!  Yes, our cottage charm and coastal calm extend to our showers and baths, so be sure to set aside plenty of time to indulge yourself during your stay.  Just take a look at some of our rain heads and spa jets that are waiting for you.

It’s an Ah Day when you book your stay at Madelyn’s on the Marsh circa 1940.  This pet friendly and value-priced family cottage is located on the marsh.  Just imagine how you’ll enjoy amazing sunrises and sunsets and bird watching from here.  What?  Doesn’t everyone have a polka dot shower?

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Blue Heron circa 1940

Who’s ready for a Spa Day? Blue Heron is a restored 1940’s beach cottage with all the cottage charm imaginable! It has high ceilings, hardwood floors and a luxury master bath shower you must experience to appreciate! There’s a fully fenced yard for pets and a large screened porch where you’ll want to sit and … read more

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Mermaid Cottages’ Buoy 117

DSC_0265Mermaid Cottages’ Buoy 117 has joined our collection and you’re going to love it!  We’re so well known for our cottage charm and coastal calm and that’s just what you’ll get with this wonderful condo.  We asked the owner what she likes most about her condo.  “Ours is two doors down from the pool and the beginning of the dune walk. I fully set up the kitchen with everything that is needed to bake (including a Kitchen Aid mixer), as well as all tools and equipment needed to make cocktails.  It was my mother’s home for 12 years and we have so many happy, fun and beautiful memories. We are blessed to be able to share it with others so that we can keep it in our family.” mermaid cottages' bayside retreat Cute and cozy, this one bedroom condo is in the beachfront condo community of Savannah Beach & Racquet Club…. read more


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Tybee Island Is Just Like Being In The Movies

Tybee Island is just like being in the movies.  It’s the perfect setting for a Girls Getaway where you and your gal pals can enjoy some of the great on screen moments that have given you the best of memories.  New movies in production and productions already filmed here have brought us visits from stars such as Chris Evans, Ben Affleck, Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Sirus and Robert De Niro and Tybee has been quite the scene stealer for other feature films shot here, as well.  Whether it’s a classic road trip with your besties, that last hurrah with your posse before a trip down the aisle, some bonding time in the form of a sister-cation or a one tank trip when the girls just wanna have sun, this is the place where those quips and quotes from the screen come to life.

Young Hillary: Be sure to keep in touch C.C. ok? Young C.C.: Well sure we’re friends aren’t we?  -Beaches

Remember when you were very young and maybe got a 12-count box of crayons?  Pretty cool, huh, until someone else walked into the classroom with that gigantic 64-count, multi-tiered conglomeration from Crayola?  Now, you can have your pick from the colorbox of cottages at Mermaid Cottages.  From petite and intimate all the up to WOW!  The Mermaids will help you select just the right cottage for your next all girl Tybee soiree.  You really can have that little house with the white picket fence after all.

You can dance…You can jive…Having the time of your life…See that girl…Watch that scene
Dig in the dancing queen… – Mamma Mia

It’s never too late to catch up and recall the good times, the sad times, get over the mad times and remind yourselves there’s a bond between women that time nor trials can tear apart.  Call everyone together up high on the roof top at Coco’s Sunset Grille to toast the sunset, watch the shrimp boats unload the day’s catch and let the good times roll.  Put your smart’s to the test on Trivia Night and get the old team back in sync with a toast to the sun!

Vivi: [to herself, after Vivi discovers that Sidda is in Pecan Grove with the other Ya-Ya’s] Oh, what a surprise! Look what the backstabbing, traitorous cats dragged in! Oh, look who it is! All my old EX-FRIENDS! And the biological fruit of my womb… that rotted! – Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Tybee is a great place to mull about the Farmers Market on Mondays, shop for art in the local galleries or when the Tybee Arts Association has art shows and sales at the Tybee Lighthouse, or  over to Seaside Sisters when you need  that perfect gift and a delicious gelato at Sweetie Pie’s after a day of shopping.

Clairee Belcher: The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.  – Steel Magnolias

You never have to quibble over who gets the last shrimp or who grabs the biggest portions.  Tybee restaurants feature fresh seafood right from our Tybee waters with gracious portions.  Sip along on the famous fresh squeezed limeade under the pavilion at Gerald’s Pit & Shrimp while you wait for his delicious fried seafood  and barbeque combos.  Or, go gourmet all the way with the fine fusion stylings at Fish Camp.

Suyuan: That bad crab, only you tried to take it. Everybody else want best quality. You, your thinking different. Waverly took best-quality crab. You took worst, because you have best-quality heart. You have style no one can teach. Must be born this way. I see you.  – The Joy Luck Club

Tybee Island is just like being in the movies.  Assemble your all-star cast and hit the lights.  It’s time for your star turn.  It’s just for you and your girls and everything will be just right!






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Tybee Is All Decked Out

tybee is all decked outYou 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.

Nora’s Cottage circa 1920 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.5 Sleeps: 6 Pets: None

tybee is all decked out

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 circa 1960 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Sleeps: 4 Pets: Cats, Dogs

tybee is all decked out

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!

Sea Stars Cottage circa 1932 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Sleeps: 8 Pets: Cats, Dogs

tybee is all decked out

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?

Horsepen Creek Cottage & Dock circa 1949 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Sleeps: 8 Pets: Dogs

tbee is all decked out

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?

Inlet Seaclusion Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Sleeps: 9 Pets: Dogs

tybee is all decked out

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!

Doyles on the Dunes circa 1930 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.5 Sleeps: 6 Pets: None

tybee is all decked out

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

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!


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What The Shell? Let’s Go Beachy

what the shell?  let's go beachyWhat the shell?  Let’s go beachy with our décor!  Of course, we love working with our cottage owners to create that special cottage charm and you can do it, too.  Who says your home has to be right at the waters edge for you to let all shell break loose?  You might be land locked, but you go right ahead and create your own island paradise in your own home, too.  Here are a few inspirations that’ll have you going coastal in no time.

Mermaid Mona visits several beaches up and down the east coast every summer and she has a great eye for just the right items to compliment her coastal style.  She regularly shares her decorating projects and her photographs of her cottage style and here’s a beautiful tablescape she recently created.

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“The various shells were collected over time for the different beaches my husband and I visit each year.  The Mermaid-on-Piling is a… read more

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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.

tybee's back side

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.

tybee's back side

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 … read more

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Leave A Light On In Tybee

Barn Light ElectricA visit to Mermaid Cottages is always special and every visitor is special to us.  Look closely at some ads, commercials and TV and movie productions and you just might see some of our favorite cottages in starring roles.  Recently, our wonderful friends at Barn Light Electric Company completed another photo shoot and our Whitecaps circa 1897 and Screened Inn circa 1929 were photo ready.  Enjoy these incredible photos from the shoot and then make plans to come down and see them in person.  The products and selections at … read more


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Paula Deen’s Tybee Island Style

Paula Deen's Y'all Come InnY’all have enjoyed her recipes in your kitchen and her delicious Southern meals in her Savannah restaurants, but did you know you can also enjoy Paula Deen’s Tybee Island Style?  Paula’s beach house sits perched along a scenic little street, just a winking and a waving as if to say Y’all Come Inn!

We recently chatted with Brandon Branch, Paula’s Design Director and personal assistant, about pulling together “the look.”  He was a hoot and a half to listen to as he recounted his and Paula’s adventures through home décor shops, antiques dealers, thrift shops and Paula’s other houses and collections when they last set out to bring new updates to the beach house.

“One thing I want y’all to know is that this beach house is all Paula.  She and I went tromping through these stores, pulling two and three shopping buggies at a time and Paula was just a yanking and tossing pillows, fabrics, and stuff right off the shelves!”  Brandon says Paula gets inspired by family, friends and the happy colors found throughout Savannah and the surrounding low country.  “We got a sideboard for the foyer from Paris Market and some other pieces from Two Women and a Warehouse and she even pulled a beautiful piece from the house where she films.  Of course, the newer, bigger pieces of furniture are from Paula’s very first furniture collection.”

Paula Deen's Y'all Come Inn Den

Everywhere you look you’ll find special, personal touches from Paula’s collections of personal photographs and momentos  from her travels and experiences.  She even made a couple of the shell covered lamps herself!  Paula had first commissioned local Savannah artist Cathy Jarman to create some shelled pieces and since she loved them so much she asked Cathy to teach her how to start “shelling” her own pieces.

Paula Deen's Shell Art Lamps

Of course, the best way to enjoy Paula Deen’s Tybee Island Style is to come on down and get right up in the middle of it.  Y’all Come Inn is available for rentals all year round and you’ll find it’s got a beautiful, fully stocked kitchen with Paula’s cookware, kitchenware, utensils and such.  You’ll always find a gracious helping of Paula’s spices and mixes and, yes, even a stick of butter in the refrigerator when you check in.  Create your favorite dishes in Paula’s kitchen from your personally autographed Paula Deen cookbook and be sure to make the time to enjoy the complimentary VIP Dining Reservations at both The Lady and Sons and Uncle Bubba’s restaurants that are included with each rental.

Paula Deen's Furniture Collection

Paula Deen’s Tybee Island Style is just like you like it.  It’s colorful, warm and just like a big hug from someone you love.  Y’all Come Inn real soon!

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Christmas on Tybee!!!


This charming cottage wreath is decorated with fish netting and sea shells. And a little bit of Tybee beach sand sprinkled on the greenery. Seas and greetings to you all!

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The sea shells of Mary Kay Andrews ebbtide cottage

Mary Kay Andrews (who is our favorite New York Times best selling author) loves to use sea shells to decorate her wonderful Tybee cottages. Here are just some examples of what she does all around her cottage. Ill share what she does at breeze inn cottage soon!






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