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Mermaid Cottages, Homeowner Reflections with Connie Wright Stanley

Hershey showing all his charm!

Hershey showing all his charm!

Lessons Hershey Taught Us

Hershey our large Chocolate Standard Poodle came into our lives after we bought and renovated a Tybee Cottage near Savannah, Georgia.

 

Hershey standing post at Paws & Paddles Cottage

Hershey standing post at Paws & Paddles Cottage

We planned to rent it and decided to make it pet friendly to give us an edge in the rental market. We had friends and family that struggled to find pet friendly vacation accommodations so we felt it would help in renting our cottage. Diane Kaufman head Mermaid from Mermaid Cottages told us that she had positive experiences with renting to pet owners and she agreed it would help us widen our cottage’s appeal. She told us we needed a name for the Cottage and we combined the pet angle with our love for Kayaking. So Paws & Paddles it was. Diane and the Mermaids took us under their wing.

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Tybee Island Fishing at its Finest

What Better Place to Fish than the variety of hot spots on Tybee Island, GA?

Fishing at its Finest

Fishing at its Finest

There are great fishing spots all over our 3 mile island. You can catch many things from Bass to Trout to Sheepshead to Bream to Catfish.  Just remember, be sure to have your fishing license on you at all times!

At the entrance of the Lazaretto Creek Bridge is a great pier that sits directly across from the shrimp boats that bring in all the delicious seafood our restaurants serve.  The sunset is beautiful and there’s nothing quite like watching the dolphins jumping through the waves made by the shrimp boats as they come home from a days work.

Fishing Pier at Lazeretto Creek on Tybee Island, GA

Fishing Pier at Lazeretto Creek on Tybee Island, GA

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Bluwater Gal’s Getaway on Tybee Island

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Bluwater Gal & Guy on Tybee Island

Bluwater Gal Vacations on Tybee Island with Mermaid Cottages

“Bluwater Gal”, newly retired and adventure seeking blogger,  and her other half whom she calls “Bluwater Guy” visited Tybee Island for a New Year’s Getaway.  They decided to stay in a vacation rental versus a hotel and knew Mermaid Cottages was the place for them as soon as she saw the website! Although she once lived in Savannah as a child, it had been many years since seeing Tybee.

“There was so much to do. We got to stay and play on Tybee, but we also got Savannah for free!”

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Ward Family Makes Tybee Their Vacation Home!

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Family celebrates 4th of July fireworks at Tybee!

“Tybee Island is the low country’s best kept secret,” says recurring guest Lisa Ward.  She and her husband began coming to Savannah for weekend getaways.  They decided to take a drive to Tybee for a day and after uncovering this best kept secret, they would make Tybee Island their new vacation home! 

Lisa and her husband, Jon, have three children, Bella 5, Sophia 3, and Nathan 1 ½.  Being a family of five they love every part about what Tybee has to offer, from ecological tours with Capt. Rene to seeing miracles happen. One memorable trip Lisa learned about the Sea Turtle Project and was fortunate to witness with her daughter, Bella, a live turtle excavation.  “It was the most amazing experience. That’s why we love coming here.  It brings our family together in ways that visiting a local beach around Tampa can’t.  We drive six hours to get away with no distractions where the beach is wide open and never feels crowded.” 

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The local art of Tybee island

Tybee is full of wonderful local art and artists. Here are some or our favorites. Bellamy. Jill Ferree. Even the artist who paints coconuts. Love our quirky art!

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Grandma’s fried oysters

These are the world’s best fried oysters. These are actually gluten free and local fresh oysters. Very simple to make. Drain the oysters , dip in local fresh oysters. Then in these gluten free crackers. Then fry till crisp in a combination of butter and crisco. I don’t ever use crisco except for this once a year treat!! Enjoy!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Our little island of Tybee is getting all ready for the holidays! We love to use natural greenery that we find all over the island and non traditional ( but very mermaid traditional colors). I really think this turned out so lovely!

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Thank you mermaid boathouse and Martha’s Vineyard!

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We had such a wonderful visit to this magic island and cottage. Thank you for such a healing time!

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The best seats on the island

Having such a great visit to Martha’s Vineyard. Staying at the Mermaid Boathouse and couldn’t be happier. Here are some chairs we saw around the island today. Love to sit in any and all of them and enjoy the sights!

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Cottage charm on Martha’s Vineyard!

A long weekend getaway and enjoying the incredible island. Cottage charm is peeking out of every nook and cranny.

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