“She is a good woman. And while the phrase is enough to set my teeth on edge, there are moments when her virtue demands admiration.”
Staying near downtown Tybee is a lot like being unto the manor born. On Sunday nights, you can bet our Mermaids are tuned in to Downton Abbey on GPB, but the rest of the time we’re working hard behind the scenes to create a most memorable stay for you. Our cottage charm and coastal calm is evident from the smallest cottages to our grandest raised Tybee homes. A stay in one of our grand dames is much like an outing with the Dowager Countess Violet. Glorious with prestige, warm with treasured history and a bit of whit and whimsy waiting to greet you around every corner. Such is the grace of our Dutton-Waller Cottage circa 1938.
“You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal.”
This historic Tybee raised cottage was built by Mrs. Waller as her family’s summer home. It has been beautifully restored and situated along the Back River District. Our guests love the very easy walk to AJ’s Dockside Restaurant, the Alley III Kayak Launch … read more
Have a coastal Thanksgiving with Mermaid Cottages and get extra heaping helpings of our holiday discounts! Many local restaurants will even prepare your Thanksgiving meal for you, so enjoy early Christmas gifts for the cooks in your family. We have cozy cottages for any size gathering and they’re all on sale. We’re offering a tremendous value for the week of Thanksgiving (November 22-December 1, 2014) that’s better than pecan pie. Book three nights at any cottage and stay the fourth night free. And, book four nights and stay the fifth and sixth nights free (This offer applies to new reservations only).
Take a look at what’s on the menu from our collection.
Horsepen Creek Cottage & Dock circa 1949 is a ground level, four bedroom cottage that’s perfect for families. Gather your family … read more
Our Back River Bungalow has added new updates for your Tybee Time and we can’t wait for you to enjoy them!
This pet friendly cottage is in a really great location. It’s just six easy blocks right down 14th Street to the beach, four blocks to the Alley III Kayak Launch and the Back River Fishing Pier. Best of all, it’s only one block from AJ’s Dockside restaurant and our sensational Tybee Island sunsets.
Back River Bungalow has some very nice perks and benefits, as well. Captain Michael’s coffee is included with your visit and yours to take home at the end of your stat. You’ll … read more
I just love fiddler crabs. We even have a cottage named after them that sits on one of tybee’s tidal creeks. They live in the marsh mud and come out when it’s 80* or warmer. There are over million fiddler crabs in one square mile. These are some pictures we took on a summer boat trip with sundial charters and the terrific Capt Rene.
Flowers are still blooming all over Tybee. It may be fall elsewhere but not on our barrier island!
These morning glory have taken over our fence!
By Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages
Do you have a passion for helping people or the community? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? There are many ways to experience voluntourism on Tybee Island.
Tybee Island Beach Sweep If you want to get down and dirty, just join the island locals for a Tybee Beach Sweep in their efforts to keep our beaches gorgeous. We meet before sunrise to get started and walk the beaches cleaning up any trash dropped on the beach. This aligns with our eco-friendly goals of protecting our wildlife and the natural settings of the dunes and sand. We have a great time and what’s better than seeing the beautiful sunrise on the beach? Our next International Coastal Cleanup is September 20th.
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Y’all Come Inn Guests Meet Paula Deen!
Guests Bob and Bobbie Petty, Alice Stephens, and Kori Febgley picked Y’all Come Inn as their Tybee Island vacation rental with Mermaid Cottages.
This home is especially unique by its ownership, Paula Deen. Yes, this cookin’ queen is one of a few celebrities in Savannah who has a vacation home on Tybee Island that you can stay in! Paula Deen ensures all her guests who come to stay in her vacation home receives a special welcome gift of Paula Deen’s goodies, a personalized Paula Deen Cookbook and guaranteed VIP Dining at her restaurant, Lady and Sons in downtown Savannah.
While Bob and his family were here visiting Tybee, they got the opportunity to attend one of Paula Deen’s tapings for her new network. They had a great time getting to speak with her and are ever so thankful for the experience to see her in action, live!
“Y’all Come Inn was spacious and had everything we needed. We loved being fairly close to the beach and in between North and South Beach. It was truly a relaxing week for us. We were looking forward to a great meal at Lady and Sons, but we were even more amazed at their wonderful staff. They take real good care of you and the peach cobbler with ice cream on top was to die for! My wife, sister in law, and daughter had a field day over the shopping at Seaside Sisters! We also loved eating at Coco’s Sunset Grille.”~Guest, Bob Petty
“The whole experience with Mermaid Cottages from start to finish was “Johnny on the spot” with info and everything else. The privacy and relaxation that comes with renting a cottage from Mermaid Cottages is completely worth it! We can’t wait to come back.”~Guest Bob Petty
Click here to view Paula Deen’s vacation home with Mermaid Cottages and its availability for your next vacation to Tybee Island.
Who’s ready for some Rock ‘N’ Roll?
Savannah’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon is November 8th-9th and just around the corner. Tybee is right here for you! It is the perfect way to enjoy the best of both worlds, the beach and the city!
We want you to know it is easy for you to get to and from the Marathon Venue and your vacation rental with Mermaid Cottages. There will be shuttles available and you can pre-purchase round trip shuttle tickets as well as find out more about this upcoming event by clicking on this link. Tickets are $25 each. Runners & spectators may also use the shuttle. Many of our homes at Mermaid Cottages are right in close walking distance to the shuttle pick up locations for the marathon event. There are two pick up locations available on Tybee, 4th Street between Jones Avenue and Butler Avenue and Butler Avenue between 15th Street and 14th Street with two times for pick up: 5:00am & 5:30am. The ticket purchased is for a specific location, so please be sure to select the correct pick up location at checkout. Shuttle passes will not be mailed. ALL shuttle passes must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo on 11/6 and 11/7. Tybee Island is a pay to park community, so please plan to walk to the shuttle pick up locations. Return shuttles will leave from Forsyth Park (where the Finish Line is located) and will run continuously between 10:00am-4:00pm on Race Day only. Purchase Tybee Island Shuttle Pass
We have over 50 homes to choose from and will be happy to assist you in booking your stay with us. How great would it be to enjoy a relaxing afternoon after the race on the soft sandy beaches of Tybee Island! Well, we are ready for you. Mermaid Cottages is also pet-friendly so don’t leave your furry family members behind; bring them with you! There are loads of restaurants to choose from and you can also rent bikes to ride around all over the island. Come join us!
By Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages
Age is no factor when it comes to having fun! Tybee Island, Georgia offers a myriad of senior-friendly activities. Let’s explore them, shall we?
We have a variety of historical monuments and museums that will surely catch your eye, but if it’s romance you’re looking for, we would suggest a sunset walk along the beach. There are also beach swings placed conveniently around the island where you and your sweet pea can sit for a spell and watch the waves crash along the sandy beaches.
If you’re worried your legs may get tired walking along the sand, no problem! Stop by the Tybee Island Ocean Rescue Headquarters and rent a beach accessible wheel chair, made available by the City of Tybee. The best place to wheel onto the beach is at the 18th Street boardwalk where there is an extended walking tarp making it easier to get across the soft sand.
Enjoy a long walk or ride on the beach, but don’t forget the sunscreen and water bottle! We love our seniors, so if you have any questions while at the beach our local lifeguards will be happy to lend a hand.
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By Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages
Transportation on Tybee Island is very unique in that they offer many different varieties.
Because the island is only three miles in diameter, the best mode of transportation is your own two feet! Most of the shops, restaurants and attractions are all within walking distance of one another. Please note, there are two ends of the island, North and South, and both have their own personality. If you’re not a fan of walking, no worries! Tybee takes much pride in providing a bicycle friendly community for locals and visitors.
Take a morning bike ride down the beach at sunrise or an afternoon cruise through the local parks and trails. If you’re adventurous, you may want to try out the six-mile long McQueen’s Island Trail, aka Old Railroad Trail, along US-80. Watch the beautiful sun set across the open waters and you will find yourself in awe. It’s the perfect end to a great day on Tybee!
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