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Mermaid Cottages Welcomes Your FurMaids

mermaid cottages loves your furmaidsMermaid Cottages welcomes your FurMaids, so always bring them along when you visit!  Most Mermaid Cottages are pet friendly and it’s a treat for us when our pet guests bring along their well-behaved humans.  We work extensively with Savannah area animal rescue groups and there’s always a need for pet food.  Now through February 28, 2016 bring your pet AND a donation of pet food (dry or canned) and your pet will stay free (Excludes holidays and special events dates.  New reservations only, please.)!

Most appreciated are dry puppy, kitten, dog and cat foods such as Purina Pro Plan Adult/Puppy/Cat/Kitten;  Wellness, Wholesome or Grain Free varieties.  There’s also a need for wet/soft canned puppy or cat food.  Other items needed include:… read more

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Mermaids Make A Difference: Tybee Island Food Bank

Tybee Tides Holiday Decor cropTis the season when Mermaids Make A Difference!  Tybee Island Food Bank helps with canned foods and non-perishables when our locals have a need and now you can make a difference, too.  Book a new reservation for two nights or more in your favorite Mermaid Cottage now through February 28, 2016 and when you bring canned goods and non-perishables to donate to our local food bank we’ll add up to two additional nights to your stay at no charge (excludes holidays and special events dates.  This promotion is for new reservations only and may not be combined with other discounts.).

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Just think.  Two extra days and nights to enjoy Tybee Island in the off season!  That means two extra days to enjoy your Tybee Time just the way you like it.  You can walk, run, bike, surf, paddle and kayak your way around.  You can eat, sleep, read, shop and explore at your leisure.  Climb to the top of Tybee Lighthouse or get down with our Tybee nightlife and entertainment venues.  The possibilities are endless and there’ll be no lines or waiting…. read more

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Fifth Annual Coastal Empire Surfers For Autism Beach Festival

surfers for autismMermaid Cottages and the Fifth Annual Coastal Empire Surfers For Autism Beach Festival are ready to catch some waves!  Our annual Surfers For Autism Hangouts are preparing for your visit September 11th, 12th and 13th, 2015.   

Mermaid Cottages invites families of Surfers For Autism to come enjoy a Mermaid Cottages Hangout over this three-day weekend.  We want to share our Cottage Charm and Coastal Calm with those who surf to support children and families affected by autism.  This is our to say Thank You and to celebrate another wonderful year with your families.

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Mermaid Cottages is honored to share our collection of cottages and historic homes and here’s what you need to do to participate:

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Where Does Your Good Go? The Rescue of Rapa

where does your good goWhere does your good go?  Within each of us is a capacity for doing good for others and when we do this good the rewards are great.  This entry is part of a blog series about how our Mermaids Make A Difference.  It’s not a platform for us to just talk about our good deeds and to pat ourselves on the back.  It’s an opportunity to share our passions and to inspire others.  We don’t all have to be passionate about the same things, but it is important for each of us to be open to helping others.  Some people are fortunate enough to have lots of time and resources to do great things.  Others with less resources can make just as much of an impact.  We just have to do good when and where we see the need.  Have you thought about it?  Where does your good go?

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One of the passions we are happy to share is our work to educate and preserve wildlife around the world.  Lead by our Head Mermaid Diane, our Mermaids have donated time, monies and resources to fund education and to support conservation efforts around the world.  Here’s an update from one of our partners…. read more

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Mermaids Make A Difference At Second Harvest

Mermaids Make A Difference T-ShirtOne of our brand standards at Mermaid Cottages is our commitment to conservation and volunteer opportunities in our area.  We put on our Mermaids Make A Difference T-shirts and Mermaid hats and we dig in to help where we’re needed.  This Saturday, February 1st, is when our Mermaids make a difference at Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.  Each month, Second Harvest volunteers pack approximately 765 boxes of food to be delivered to local senior citizens in need.  Many times, our seniors are forced to choose between refilling their prescription medications, paying utilities and buying food.

The mission of the food bank is to feed the hungry by distributing nutritious food to nonprofit agencies and at risk elderly and youth, to assist in disaster relief, and work towards long term solutions to hunger and poverty. Their statement of purpose is “Utilizing food and education to improve lives and create a Hunger-Free community”…. read more

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Beach Retreats For Heroes 2012

Mermaid Cottages announces Beach Retreats For Heroes 2012!  Our second annual Beach Retreats For Heroes is about to get underway November 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th, 2012.

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Each year, Mermaid Cottages  invites heroes currently serving in the United States Armed Forces and their families to come enjoy a Mermaid Cottages Beach Retreat over this four-day weekend.  We want to share our Cottage Charm and Coastal Calm with those who serve as our way to say Thank You to our heroes…. read more

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Mermaids In The Media: She’s So Skirt!

voluntourism in Tybee IslandThis week’s Mermaids In The Media features Head Mermaid Diane and her She’s So Skirt! profile in the June issue of skirt! magazine.

The magazine says, “skirt! is all about women…their work, play, families, creativity, style, health, and wealth, bodies and souls…skirt! is an attitude.”  It’s definitely an honor for Diane to be included and it was another great opportunity to share her Mermaids Make A Difference philosophy.

Mermaid Cottages has the coziest homes away from home in Tybee Island , it’s true, but Diane makes sure … read more

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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!

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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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The 2012 Tybee Energy and Water Fair is Coming!

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Looking for something to do this weekend that is fun as well as good for the planet? Look no further than Tybee Island! This Saturday, February 11, is the Tybee Island Energy and Water Fair!

The Energy and Water Fair is an event designed to educate everyone in ways to conserve and reuse community resources.  Conservation is so important. We only have what the Earth has given, so we should know how to better take care of our resources! The Community Resource Committee is holding this fabulous event, and it’s not to be missed! There will be local vendors, scientists, and organizations participating.  Fair-goers will enjoy more than 30 exhibits and 8 workshops, plus free events for kids. There will even be free and confidential document shredding along with electronic recycling available at the fair! Learning ways to Use less to save more is easy and fun! Just look at this schedule of events!

WORKSHOPS

  • 9:30 – 10:00: Lester Wiggins, Savannah Tech Construction & Maintenance Technology, The Future of Solar Energy in Our Region
  • 10:10 – 10:40: Dr. Clark Alexander, Skidaway Institute, Sea-level Rise & Coastal Erosion in Georgia
  • 10:50 – 11:20: Anna Smit, Southern Alliance for Clean Air, Benefits/Challenges of Offshore Wind
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Pat Prokop, WTOC Weatherman, History of Climate & Use of Fossil Fuels
  • 12:10- 12:40:  Julian (Solar) Smith, How to Use Solar Energy
  • 12:50 – 1:20: Keith Freeman, One World Sustainable, Solar PV Potential in SE-Residential and Commercial
  • 1:30 – 2:00 Tonya Bonitatibus, Savannah River-keeper, Interconnection of Our Waterways & Their Uses
  • 2:10 – 2:40 Dr. Joe Richardson, Tybee Island Beach Ecology- Diverse, Seasonal, and Interesting.

ALL DAY EVENTS

– David Loxsom, Atlantic Recycling Solutions — Electronic Takeback

– Sam Kirkland, Wind Turbines of South Carolina — Exhibit

– Wes Jackson, Solar Cooker Demo — free sliders

– Scott Kilpatrick, Savannah Shredder, Document Destruction – confidential and free

– Lester Wiggins, Savannah Tech, Solar Power Generator — Exhibit

– Tybee Charter School — serving goodies

– Silent Auction

This fair is FREE to the public, so don’t miss a minute of the fun! Come on down to the Tybee Gym (next to Memorial Park) from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and learn loads of ways to lower your water and energy bills, as well as other things you can do to take better care of our planet. It’s the only one we’ve got! We hope to see you at the 2012 Tybee Island Energy and Water Fair!!

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Paw4Vets Fundraising Success!

We had an incredible turn out last Saturday for our Paws4Vets fundraiser! If you didn’t make it, you missed a lot of fun and friendship! Saturday, January 28th, Seaside Sisters on Tybee Island totally “went to the dogs!” We gathered there to help raise money to support Paws4Vets and to help fund the training of one very special puppy. Jimmy, an 8-week old Golden Retriever puppy named after our beloved Jimmy Kelleher of Seaside Sweets, will be trained by the wonderful people at Paws4Vets to be a service dog; he will go on to be the companion of a soldier right here in the Savannah area.

Through the Paws4Vets Assistance Dog Placement Program, our Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members (or their dependents) with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs, and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs free of charge. All Paws4Vets Assistance Dogs are trained by federal inmates within one of five federal prisons and/or the Paws4Vets Wounded Warrior PTSD Intervention and Assistance Dog Training Program. It’s a wonderful thing, and Mermaid Cottages is proud to sponsor such a great cause!

Saturday was certainly amazing! Paws4Vets founders Kyria Henry and her veteran father, Terry Henry, other service dogs from Paws4People, and soldiers from Ft Stewart and the surrounding area with service dogs came out to celebrate and help in the effort! Mary Kay Andrews was there as well with a fresh haul of wonderful vintage lovelies in tow, and pen in hand, ready to sign books for fans. There was an amazing silent auction full of treasures on which to bid, which included, among other things, a signed copy of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible!  Mermaid Cottages was there with our Beach Bum Biscuits and tee shirts. The proceeds from the sales of those items, as well as 10% of each purchase made in Seaside Sisters that day, went to the fundraising cause! And, to top it all off, there was a bake sale to end all bake sales. It was a wonderful day!

We were also honored to see GiftShopMag.com and SavannahNow.com feature our fundraiser on their sites! Make sure to head over and read the posts. We are so excited about them!

In all, the fundraising efforts raised $1000 to help Paws4Vets! Thanks to everyone for coming out to Seaside Sisters and supporting this great cause! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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