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Mermaids in Our Midst: Kevin and Layla Palmer

Meet Kevin and Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage!

Mermaid Cottages loves our Mermaid Friends and Family, and we love to introduce our readers to those special people, too! Meet Kevin and Layla Palmer. Kevin and Layla are our fabulous friends from Alabama, better known as the couple from The Lettered Cottage! The Palmers are one talented bunch, and we count ourselves lucky to call them friends!

Photography by The Lettered Cottage - Breeze Inn Cottage

If you haven’t had the chance, make sure you check out The Lettered Cottage blog. Clear your schedule, because you’ll be hooked! Kevin and Layla pour every ounce of passion and talent they have into their blog and projects. In their own words, they are “enthusiastically passionate about writing stories, making music, and interior design.”  The Lettered Cottage began as a place for them to share their projects, life, and basically document their passions. The photography is gorgeous, the projects and stories are always engaging…The Lettered Cottage should simply be on everyone’s daily reading list!

Photography by The Lettered Cottage - Screened Inn Cottage

We were fortunate enough here at Mermaid Cottages to have Kevin and Layla visit with us a few times! They have featured two of our cottages in their wonderful Guest My Nest feature. They also put their talents to work in our Screened Inn and Enlisted Men’s Mess Hall Cottages!

As if interior design talent weren’t enough, The Lettered Cottage couple has some serious photography skills under their belt! Kevin recently had his amazing photography of Mermaid Manor featured in Flea Market Style, and he has even started to help all you budding photographers out there learn how to shoot like a pro!

Photography by Kevin Palmer - Mermaid Manor Cottage

We’re pretty sure there’s nothing The Palmers can’t do! We are so thankful to be able to call them friends and part of the Mermaid Cottages extended family! If you’re interested in learning more about Kevin and Layla and The Lettered Cottage, make sure to check out their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and even YouTube! We know we can’t get enough of The Lettered Cottage…how about you?

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Mermaids in Our Midst: Jessica and Family from New Mexico

We love hearing from our guest about their Mermaid Cottages stay. Hearing from you helps us make sure we are doing everything we can to make your Tybee Island escape perfect, so it makes our heart smile to see notes like this one from Jessica all the way in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

“The perfect vacation home for our family! We loved everything about Crabby Jo’s! The bedrooms were a bit small but that wasn’t a problem. There were 3 adults, 1 teenager, and 2 small children in our party (with numerous visitors during the day) and we all fit just fine. The extra showers downstairs were perfect for hosing off before venturing in after a day at the beach. While not “baby proofed” I felt comfortable letting my kids (age 3 and 11 months) wander freely about the home – it was very clean and well-kept. The beach, just steps away, was a dream! We even saw baby turtle tracks! The rest of Tybee Island was wonderful as well – we ate a number of local restaurants, visited numerous shops, hung out at the pier, and even purchased some kitschy art to bring back home to New Mexico- a giant fish made out of scrap metal and an old boogie board! We drove nearly 27 hours to visit Tybee (with 2 wee ones in the car) and I’d do it all over again. I’d definitely stay at Crabby Jo’s again, too. Thank you for sharing your home with us!” ~Jessica M. from New Mexico

We are so excited your family vacation was such a success, Jessica! That’s quite a drive, so we’re glad you were able to relax and enjoy your stay after such a journey. We love to hear you fell for Tybee, and we can’t wait to see you again! Don’t be a stranger!

Have you stayed with us at Mermaid Cottages? We’d love to hear about your stay! Please take a moment to share your thoughts on our Mermaid Cottages Facebook Page, or shoot us and email at We love hearing from you!

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Mermaids in Our Midst: Jane and The Jitterbug Bakery

We’re so excited around here! Our good friend Jane is embarking on a major adventure, and she wants to take Tybee Island right along with her!

Jane Wells is the UX and community lead for WordPress, and she lives here on Tybee. Before she was a web design guru, she was a cook, baker, and manager of healthy cafes and kitchens in tourist lodges. Now, she has a mission to bring both her loves together!

The Jitterbug Bakery will bring a few things to Tybee that she is sorely missing! Jane hopes to open her bakery and provide Tybee Island with a go-to place for coffee, pastry, and yummy vegetarian options. And that’s not all! The Jitterbug will be a space where the community can relax, connect, and even learn!

She’s got the plan in motion, but she needs our help! You can read more about this wonderful project over on her Kickstarter Project page! Not only is there loads of info on her vision for The Jitterbug Bakery, you can learn exactly how you can make this plan a reality for Jane and for Tybee Island! You can even follow Jane through her start-up process and the progress of the entire project at her site,! There, you’ll find her blog, information on the project, a link to ways you can help her achieve her goal, and even The Jitterbug Bakery menu!

We can’t wait to help, and we are so excited to see where this adventure leads! Please join us in support of The Jitterbug Bakery. Jane, Mermaid Cottages, and Tybee Island will thank you!

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Mermen in Our Midst: Bryan Schroeder

Bryan and family at a past Oyster Roast!

If you know anything about Mermaid Cottages, you know we love giving back to our community. One way we do that is by working with the Georgia Conservancy. Well, in our time doing that, we make some pretty good friends along the way, and one such friend is Bryan Schroeder. Bryan the Stewardship and Outreach Director for the Georgia Conservancy, and he does an amazing job! We were chatting with Bryan about the up coming 2012 Oyster Roast and decided to ask Bryan what it is he loves about Georgia and her coast.

“I am a former Savannah resident; I lived on Anderson and Abercorn while my fiancé Danielle was getting her doctorate at Armstrong Atlantic. I currently live in midtown Atlanta. I certainly miss spending my mornings drinking sentient bean coffee and taking walks in Forsyth Park!

George, enjoying Forsyth Park!

Danielle and I both love the coast and have so much fun visiting with our dog, George! George is definitely the star in our family and the unofficial mascot of the Georgia Conservancy. He has been on my with trips from Cloudland Canyon to Ft. McAllister State Park, the site of our 2010 Oyster Roast. George will be greeting folks this year at the Georgia Conservancy’s Oyster Roast on March 3rd at Captain Butlers on Whitemarsh Island. We are so thankful for Mermaid Cottages donating the proceeds from visitors to the Oyster Roast to the Georgia Conservancy! It is going to make a huge impact!

We love visiting Tybee Island! The best thing about Mermaid Cottages is that they are affordable, well appointed and dog friendly! We can’t wait to be down there in just a few weeks!”

Thanks so much for sharing Bryan! We can’t wait to see you guys next weekend for all the oyster roast fun. It’s sure to be a huge success!

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Mermaids in Our Midst: Lisa with Plan It Green Designs

It is very important to us here at Mermaid Cottages that our cottages are as green as possible. Mermaid Cottages aren’t just about cozy, inviting interiors you know! Being green includes our landscaping as well. Planting for our region’s conditions is super important, and our go-to garden expert helps us do it all!

Lisa Watson is the founder of Plan It Green Design, and she is the wonderful person we go to for all things green! Lisa is our garden design consultant. She helps us with our planting and horticulture care and her goal is simple…use renewable, local, and eco-conscious resources while designing outdoor living spaces and gardens.


Our Headquarters, Mermaid Manor! Photo thanks to Lisa Watson

Lisa is a gardening guru! She has helped Mermaid Cottages create beautiful outdoor living spaces at our headquarters, Mermaid Manor, as well as our Tucked Inn at Tybee Cottage. We love her philosophy of re-using, recycling, re-seeding, and rethinking design to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Lisa definitely helps us make more sustainable choices for a better future, and we are so proud to count her as a member of the Mermaid Cottages family! Even better, Plan It Green Designs will be at the 2012 Tybee Island Energy and Water Fair this weekend! Make sure you stop by (it’s FREE) and visit the Plan It Green exhibit as well as the other more than 30 exhibits!

If you need help making you home and garden greener, or just want to learn more about our lovely Lisa, check out her Plan It Green Designs website, give her a call at 843.290.9017, or check her out on the offical Plan It Green Facebook Page!

Thank you for all you do Lisa, for Mermaid Cottages and for our planet!

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Bellamy’s beautiful Savannah Oyster Original

I’m here in Atlanta attending the WordPress Atlanta WordCamp.  Staying with one of my Savannah friends who has moved to Atlanta.  But a little bit of Tybee Island and Savannah has followed her!  Look at this beautiful Savannah Oyster piece of art that hangs in her living room.  All in gorgeous grays and whites.  Just perfect!


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Mermaids in Our Midst: Bliss and Happiness Reign Supreme at Mermaid Cottages

We love hearing from our guests! Every note, email, and phone call warms our hearts. It’s especially touching when we get to hear from our regular guests that return as often as they can. It means a lot to us to hear why they keep visiting, and just what makes them come back. We recently heard from just such a guest!

“Dear Mermaids, we first stayed with Mermaid Cottages back in March 2007. We immediately fell in love with Tybee and the cottages on that very first trip and have been on a whirlwind tour of your homes ever since! We have stayed at Nora’s (twice), Sea Largo, Castaway, Breeze Inn, Dutton Waller (twice), Blue Heron and now most recently, Brooks Cottage. We feel like we are at home the minute we arrive. Every detail is so lovingly taken care of by Mermaid Cottages. The homes are sweet, spotless, and cozy.

Just some of the many beautiful Mermaid Cottages!

In all of these years and all of these homes, we have never once run into a problem or been dissatisfied in any way. As soon as we are “on island” we immediately begin to relax and breathe it all in. As I’ve mentioned to Diane before, bliss and happiness reign supreme there. Hectic lives are forgotten. It’s even difficult to discern what decade we’re in, as Tybee has a knack for transporting us to an era before we were even born…and make it feel completely natural to be there. Each home has its own story, its own soul. Our favorite is simply the one we’re in at the time. We have truly loved them all.

Brewster and Bella enjoy the breeze at Dutton-Waller Cottage.

Our pups, Brewster & Bella, begin to get excited the minute they see our Tybee overnight bags come out. They know they are in for a treat (literally!) as all the homes provide Beach Bum Dog Biscuits! They love the fenced in yards and screened in porches. They too are on vacation from their work as certified Canine Good Citizen aide dogs. They train hard and play hard, but when in Tybee, they go local and relax along with everyone else. They love taking walks around the island, meeting new friends, and napping under a palm tree. We are eternally grateful that Diane, the Mermaid Cottages staff, and thoughtful designers have taken the time to preserve this very special slice of Americana and in turn share it with folks like me. And we are truly blessed to live close enough to come and be a part of it as often as we do.

Mermaids for life, Melissa & Alan C.”

Brewster and Bella love the porch at Brooks Cottage!

Wow, thank you so much Melissa and Alan! It’s letters like this that warm our hearts and make us smile. We are so glad to know we are doing exactly what we set out to do…make your escape to paradise as perfect as possible! Thanks so much for sharing, and don’t be strangers. We hope to see you and the pups again real soon!

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The Beautiful Photography of Belinda Hall

We are already excited about our Paws4Vets fundraiser this coming Saturday, but now we have more to be excited about! The amazingly talented Belinda Hall, of Belinda Hall Photographyhas contributed some wonderful items to our Silent Auction!

Come out to our Silent Auction This Saturday and bid on this amazing package!

Make sure you come out to Seaside Sisters to win this wonderful package! Portrait photographer Belinda Hall will capture portraits of your beloved furry friend and present you with images you will cherish for a lifetime. Your choice of on-location portrait session to include your entire family (humans welcome!) or you may save the session just for your furry friend. The session includes one hour with your professional photographer, 30-50 edited images presented in a password protected online gallery for download & sharing. You’ll be able to download web friendly images & print friendly versions of your pictures. The printing release included as well!

Taken at The Enlisted Men's Mess Hall, photography by Belinda Hall

Belinda is incredibly talented, and we are proud to say she has taken some of the amazing pictures of our cottages you see around our website. Her portfolio is gorgeous, and a definite must-see! In addition to pet portraits, Belinda can help you with just about any photography need you may have.  She says it best herself:

The talented Belinda Hall, photographer extraordinaire!

“The beautiful chaos and passion that life holds drives me as an artist. My specialties include Weddings, Portraiture, Fine Art, Architectural,and Commercial Photography. I am grateful for the opportunity to capture your moments in life, they are not only special to you but dear to my heart because I am given another chance to express the poetry of life through my love, photography.” — Belinda Ann Hall

Beautiful beach photography by Belinda Hall

If you want to see even more beautiful work by Belinda, make sure to stop by her website, You can even follow her on Facebook! We couldn’t be happier about her generous contribution to our auction this weekend and would like to say a great big Thank You to Belinda. Your talent never ceases to amaze us!

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Diabetes in a New Light

In case you missed it, Paula Deen announced that she has Type 2 diabetes Tuesday on the TODAY Show. We are so proud of Paula’s brave announcement, it took a lot of guts! Here’s the video, if you didn’t catch her appearance this morning. All the best to you and yours, Paula, and thank you for sharing your story to help others dealing with the same disease!

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Follow this link to a personal message from Paula. If you are interested in learning more about Type 2 Diabetes and even getting some lighter recipes from Paula herself, make sure to check out Diabetes in a New Light. Diabetes can be scary, but it is manageable. Best of luck and health, Paula! We love you!


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Mermaids in Our Midst: Enlisted Mens’ Mess Hall Bliss

We always love to hear from you, our cherished guest, about your stay here on Tybee! After one trip to Mermaid Cottages, you are part of our family, which makes you an honorary Mermaid! Here’s what a recent Mermaid had to say about her December stay at the Enlisted Mens’ Mess Hall:

“My sister and I traveled to the US from Australia in Dec 2011, after staying in NYC for ten nights, we were quite homesick. All of that changed once we were dropped off at this cottage; our whole trip finally felt like a holiday. It was just the most perfect stay we could have hoped for. The attention to detail is exceptional, there is not one thing the team at Mermaid Cottages hasn’t thought of. The cottage felt clean, fresh and summery. The bed was so comfortable I could have slept all week, and the bathtub! Wow. You could have a party in there. I have stayed in a lot of places, all around the world, and this cottage is without a doubt the best so far. Thank you so much for the blessing of letting us stay here.”

Nothing makes us happier than to know our guests are happy…especially when we hear a review like this! We are so glad you had a wonderful stay. Don’t be a stranger!

We love hearing from each and every one of our guests. If you have stayed with Mermaid Cottages, we’d love to hear from you about your stay. You can share your review on our Mermaid Cottages Facebook Page, or email us at We can’t wait to hear from you!

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