When the weather outside gets frightful, birds of a feather flock to Tybee in Winter! Hey, y’all, it’s time for the annual migration of snowbirds from the north and our island is right smack dab in the middle of the flight path. Mermaid Cottages always looks forward to November, December, January and February when we can welcome old friends and frequent return guests for the quiet season.
At first, our beloved snowbirds touch down with that iced up, frown-frozen, zombie stare and they just want to curl up in their cottages with our free Wi-Fi Internet, premium TV channels, great books, games and videos collections. As they thaw and start to venture out, the lure of eco tours, boat charters, fishing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, shopping, dining, live theater and music, and voluntourism opportunities bring forth a spring within each of them. Tybee becomes just the right place to be!
Most Mermaid Cottages are pet friendly, so pack up your wag pack and bring them, too. You’ll enjoy … read more
Photo by Margo Cook
Yes, we see all you lucky folks out on the beach and we’ve been thinking, “What’s in your Tybee Beach Bag?” Every day is a fashion show and some folks come prepared to spend the entire day without having to miss a moment in the sun. Some are reading, some are napping, some get the munchies while others pull out a multi-course meal. And, there’s the actual beach bag itself. Here are some packing tips that are sure to help make your time on the beach cool and breezy.
* Choose a sturdy beach bag big enough to hold all of your items. Keep in mind if you’re planning to keep some things chilled or warm.
* Decide if you’ll lay out on a beach towel or if you’d prefer a beach chair and an umbrella.
* Remember to pack toys, sporting equipment, sunscreen , sunglasses, hat and caps.
* Place your towels in the bottom of the bag, first, and then any books or heavy items followed by lighter miscellaneous items and then your hot/cold items in separate bags and inside a lunch box last…. read more
There’s no such thing as acting out on Tybee Island. To us, there’s nothing too strange or unusual or too over the top. About the only thing that perplexes us is why anyone would want to be normal? Well, for those of you who might get a “You ain’t acting right” comment from folks you see every day, we have a great solution. How about acting classes for adults right here on Tybee Island?
On Tuesdays and Thursdays in February you can take the stage and emote your little heart out. Each session is from 5 pm-7 pm and the cost for the eight sessions is $100. Tell your shrink to take a hike for the month and become a super star. For more info and registration, please call Renee’ DeRosset (912) 596-4992 or Kim Trammell (912) 228-0357.
And, for all you “Method” actors, let Mermaid Cottages set the scene. We have cozy, restored and historic cottages available all the way back to 1897. Just pick your favorite era and we’ll help you feature your best side from the 20s, 30s. 40s, 50s and more. Just think. You could even schedule a beach ecology tour to take you out to Little Tybee where you can swath yourself in billowy white and then imagine yourself as Lawrence of Arabia (no, you can’t strip our linens off the bed to get your Sheik freak on)!
What better place to learn how to act than here where our islanders do it so naturally. You won’t find a better collection of characters for inspiration and there’s not too much you can do that will elicit stares of haughty derision from passers-by. Isn’t it time you take command of the role for which you were born to play? We’re always acting out on Tybee Island and we’re ready for your close-up.
We love our labs. Chocolate , yellow, black. We love them all. Yes we are crazy dog people. Updates on two of our special dogs. Knight is back at the guide dog foundation in smithtown,ny and starting his harness training. He has all the makings of successfully completely guide dog training. We are all keeping our fingers crossed!
Toby is the chocolate lab who was in the kill sheltar here in savannah. He had terrible manage and was a big rowdy teenage dog. Lots of energy and no one wanted to adopt him. Manage looks terrible but is very treatable. We pulled him from the sheltar and fostered him until the very kind folks at Florida Lab Rescue offered to find him a home! So we drove him to Florida and they will have him on their website and help him find his for ever home!
We love our labs!
Knight with his guide dog school trainer
The letter from the guide dog school
Toby riding to florida to meet the Florida lab rescue folks!
It’s going to be another fun filled celebration on Tybee Island when the Mermaids make Halloween a special treat! You can be right in the middle of all the fun with a stay at Madelyn’s on the Marsh circa 1940.
Each year, the Mermaids help turn Lewis Avenue into a spook-tacular street for Trick or Treat delights. Here are some photos from Lewis Avenue last year. The Mermaids will be celebrating and giving out candy this year from Crabby Pirate Cottage circa 1940. We’ll even be giving out Beach Bum Biscuits for the ghoulishly decked out pets that come Trick or Treating, too!… read more
Don’t forget. Our 20 sea turtle nests are starting to reach day 60 in their hatching process. Lights out (or shades drawn) whatever we can do to help reduce the sky glow for Tybee and keep lights from shining on the beach. Our increasing number of nests is a direct result of Tybee helping keep our beaches dark during sea turtle season!
We love our wild Georgia shrimp. Tybee has her own fleet of shrimping boats. They are docked at the entrance to Tybee where the lazeretto bridge welcomes you on to the island. Our shrimpers are out every day bringing those fresh shrimp to the docks. I think the boats are a work of Art unto themselves.
Yes. I do believe these dogs are about as lucky and happy as they can be! Lazy Friday afternoon!
We now have 16 sea turtle nests on Tybee and the season isn’t done yet! Please continue to help keep our Tybee beaches dark this summer. The darker the beach the more sea turtles who come ashore to nest!