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Spend The Day With MKA

spend the day with mkaYou’re in for a real Tybee treat when you get to spend the day with MKA!  Mary Kay Andrews will be visiting Tybee Island and Seaside Sisters to autograph her latest New York Times bestseller BEACH TOWN on Thursday, July 2, 2015.  Come early to shop MKA’s junkin’ corner and for all things MKA and then get ready for her BEACH TOWN celebration from 1-4 p.m.  There’ll also be live music, drawings and a special giveaway to the first 40 people who show up!

In BEACH TOWN , Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster. Now Greer has been given one more chance—a shot at finding the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie.  It’s THE beach read of this Summer and your day to meet MKA!

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While you’re here, be sure to scout out MKA’s Tybee Island Cottage Collection and make plans to stay in them when you need that next great Girls Getaway, Bro Time for fishing, a grand beach getaway with your grands and family time with your loved ones…. read more

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Mermaids Gather Together

Mermaid Jennifer Creates Towel Animals!

Mermaid Jennifer Creates Towel Animals!

Who likes having a good time? We do!

Our Mermaids came together for a night of eating and socializing mixed with a little “show and tell”.

Mermaid Jennifer showed off her creative side by showing the team the different animals she can make using towels as a greeting to our Mermaid Guests.

We had a great time seeing all the different animals from turtles to monkeys to swans.  That’s what we do. We always try to make our guests feel welcomed when they arrive at Mermaid Cottages.

Look at this cool turtle!

Look at this cool turtle!

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Mary Kay Andrews Presents Christmas Bliss

Hang on to your tinsel.  Mary Kay Andrews presents Christmas Bliss and she’s coming to town!  She’s making a list of friends and fans to help start the holiday season and we don’t see your name.  Wish you could be a part of the celebration?  Well, we just happen to know how to make that happen and it doesn’t even matter if you’ve been naughty or nice!

Mary Kay Andrews

“From the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental comes a novella that celebrates love, the holidays, and antiques…. read more

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Hershey and the Rainbow Bridge

Today’s post is to share a recent passing of one of our owners’ beloved dogs, Hershey.  These cottage owners are devoted and loyal pet owners and their cottage has always been one to welcome pet guests, too.  Hershey was a handsome and beloved member of our Mermaid Cottages’ family, as well, and those of us with senior pets can certainly appreciate his passing is one to be eulogized.  We won’t try to speak any more eloquently than his owners who shared his passing on their Facebook page:


“Hershey had a fabulous time this weekend. He enjoyed Ribeye steak with us on the Terrace on Friday night. We went walking Downtown on Saturday and then a late afternoon cruise on Smith Mountain Lake with us and Anne…. He seemed to really love riding down the lake with the breeze blowing back those beautiful long brown ears. He watched Mike and Anne swim while I sat with him on the boat. At sunset we slowly headed back and reached shore after dark. Hershey was curled up and sound asleep for the ride back. He sat with Anne in the back seat of the car and kept his paw in her lap for the ride back. Sunday morning we went for a walk in the unusually cool morning air. We came back and read the paper while he napped at our feet. Sunday afternoon we went back to the Mountain house and he spent a small amount of time outside while we did chores. He stayed right with me while I was working boxing up items. I must have walked around him a 100 times but I was just glad he was there under foot. Our Homeowners group had their annual picnic at the Windy Gap Mountain Village picnic shelter. I knew this would likely be the last time that everyone who knew Hershey in the neighborhood would see him. I woke up after 3 this morning and felt a lot of anxiety. After tossing and turning I decided to check on Hershey. He had decided to sleep in the great room under the fan instead of our bedroom. When I went in he was laying down but had his head up. He didn’t move or turn to look at me. I knew something was very wrong. I laid down next to him and could hear his heavy breathing. After an hour or so I woke Mike up and told him it looked like the end was near. We both stayed on the floor with him. He was very hot. I wiped him down with cold water but he was still hot. I opened the door to the Terrace to let in some cool air. He staggered up walked two steps to the door and eventually walked outside and laid down on the cool paving stones. Mike and I stayed by his side and put towels and blankets around him and under his legs to protect them from the hard surface. His breathing got much heavier and a few times he struggled as if to get up. With both of us petting him under the now blue sky he quietly passed away at 7:50 a.m.”  -Connie & Mike, Paws and Paddles Cottageread more


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Next Sunday!

Well it’s official. Sunday night is the best night on tv. Homeland is over till the fall but thank goodness Downton Abbey started in early January. I adore Homeland, the great story lines, brilliant riding and incredible characters. But I’m now completely hooked on my friends at Downton. And yes they are my friends. Both the upstairs and downstairs people. Tonight took my breath away and the sadness was felt all over America!

Next Sunday is Super Bowl and I love Super Bowl. But 9pm is Downton time so let’s hope those ravens win by 9pm…..

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Owner Spotlight: Peter Polites

Dock’s Edge

As you can imagine, the presentation of our cottages is a partnership and a collaboration with our individual owners.  At Mermaid Cottages, everyone shares in the work and it shows.  Peter Polites, owner of Tybee Daze Cottage, is also a contemporary realist painter.  Peter recently introduced a new line of fine arts prints.This exquisite limited edition series captures dramatic moments of coastal marshes and seascapes. Using high stability pigment inks on matte white pigment canvas coated with UV satin varnish, each print comes with a 3” border for mounting on stretchers.  Frames and stretchers are not included…. read more

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The Mermaids of Tybee Island

Diane Kaufman air the Mermaid Cottages gathering

I recently attended a gathering of the Mermaids at Bohemian Cottage.  Here are a few shots I took of the Mermaid Cottages team and Diane.

There was a master class of towel and sheet folding by housekeeping and a dessert contest.

There is one shot of a mermaid that inspired this blog post.  I’ve been accused of dressing for my rooms in the past.  As an interior designer you get in the groove with color and pattern, it just happens.  Notice the zebra stripes.


Towel folding master class

General Judy with Marilou and Melissa

Kathy’s Tutorial / How to make a bed 101

Bobby / Mr. Fix It

Toni, Jill and Theresa

Desserts waiting to be judged.

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Spring Fever, the Latest from Mary Kay Andrews, Available Today!

It’s June 5th…are you at your local book store yet? We are, and we are just TOO excited! If you didn’t already know, Mermaid Cottages’ favorite author, Mary Kay Andrews, has a new book coming out today! That’s right, today is the day you can run out and pick up your copy of Spring Fever,  Mary Kay Andrews’ latest novel! Here’s what Mary Kay Andrews’ website has to say about this wonderful new addition to her already amazing book line up:

The New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental delivers her delicious new escapist novel about small towns, old flames, and deep secrets.

Pick up your copy of Spring Fever TODAY!

Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless.  They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history.  She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia.  But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.  Maybe everything happens for a reason.  And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back.  But there are secrets afoot in this small southern town.  On the peaceful surface of Hideaway Lake, Annajane discovers that the past is never really gone.  Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future.”

We can’t wait to add Spring Fever to our summer reading list! You can even pick up your copy during a meet and greet book signing TODAY. If you’re going to be in the Atlanta area, don’t miss seeing Mary Kay Andrews at the Barnes & Noble on Peachtree Road, 7:00 p.m.! It’s sure to be a fun time for sure. If you just can’t make it though, you can get your very own copy of Spring Fever at, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or Indy Bound today!

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Something Fabulous and New at Mermaid Cottages!

Everyone at Mermaid Cottages is so excited! We’ve been lucky enough to add a few new cottages to our family, and we can’t wait for you to discover them!

One of our newest additions is the amazingly beautiful Bohemian Cottage. The brand new picture on our website’s welcome page is just one beautiful corner of Bohemian! Our favorite photographer, Belinda Hall, simply out-did herself with her work at Bohemian Cottage! Every picture is more beautiful than the next, and we just adore them all! Belinda, you are simply amazing!

Interested in seeing whats new at Mermaid Cottages? Make sure to browse our cottage offerings and, as always, stay tuned to our blog for the latest updates on Tybee Island, Georgia and Mermaid Cottages!

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Mermaids in Our Midst: Happy Guests at Breeze Inn Cottage

Happy guests make our hearts skip a beat! That’s why, when we hear from you, we like to share your opinion and spread the love around a little. This review came to us about our own Mary Kay Andrews‘ cottage, Breeze Inn!

“This cottage was as charming in person as the photos online. This was the perfect get-a-way stocked with movies, reads, and games. The perfect family location close to the beach and grocer. The neighborhood was quiet and the beds comfy! The staff at Mermaid was very helpful with anything we needed. I could write a “novel” about how much fun we had!!!”

Reviews like that make us all warm and fuzzy, because it is definitely our mission to make your stay with Mermaid Cottages the best ever! If it isn’t, then we want to know. In fact, we want to hear from all our guests, no matter what!

Have a review you’d like to share? Well, we love to hear it! You can send your email to or even leave your recommendations on our Mermaid Cottages Facebook Page. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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