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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 and 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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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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Mermaid Tale: Crabby Pirate Cottage

Welcome to Lewis Avenue, home to Mermaid Cottages’ very own Crabby Pirate Cottage. This beautiful circa 1940 home is such a value! Crabby Pirate Cottage sits directly on the beautiful marshes of Tybee, so get ready for some amazing sunset views. Your bright and cheerful cottage features three cozy bedrooms, so groups of up to six sleep very comfortably. To make it even better, Crabby Pirate Cottage is also pet friendly! Don’t leave your best fur-iends behind! Bring them along to enjoy the salty sea air and gorgeous fenced-in yard.

Like all Mermaid Cottages, Crabby Pirate is close to everything Tybee Island has to offer! Enjoy a 15 minute stroll to the beaches and Tybee’s lively downtown, full of shops and restaurants, or just stay in and get away from it all. Your cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, cable television, and even complimentary high speed internet and WiFi! You can even enjoy a cook out or two on the grill provided outside! Crabby Pirate Cottage has it all!

What are you waiting for? Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here on Tybee Island. Book your trip today and fall in love with our little corner of paradise. Hope to see you soon!


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Mermaid Tale: Tybee Tides Cottage

Welcome to 1212 Venetian Drive on Tybee Island, home to the beautiful Tybee Tides Cottage! Originally built in the 1930’s as a fish camp, this very basic fish shack has been completely restored. The home is filled with wonderful regional and local art and was even the feature home of the 2007 Tybee Tour of Homes. The location on the Back River side of the island means you are on a cozy, quiet street, but still close to everything our wonderful little island has to offer. Leave the car behind and walk or ride your bike. At Tybee Tides, you are mere minutes from… read more

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Pelican Dive Cottage

September means another summer is winding down, but it doesn’t mean the fun is over! Tybee Island is ready and waiting for you. Fall is a beautiful time of year on our little island and it is the perfect time to enjoy all things Tybee without the crowds of the summer months. Our Mermaid Cottages are just waiting for you!

Our Newest offering this fall is Pelican Dive Cottage. This beautiful home resides on 15th Street near the South End of Tybee Island. Legend has it … read more

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Our Harris Street Cottage Needs a Name!

Welcome to Mermaid Cottages and 519 East Harris Street in Savannah!

Mermaid Cottages is so excited to say…we have a mermaid on the main land! Our cottage at 519 East Harris Street is a Mermaid Cottage in the thick of Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia. It is so new to the family that we have yet to name this southern treasure. (Start brain storming, more on this in a bit!)

The cottage fits right into its historic setting. This beautiful home was… read more


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Still Time for a Tybee Summer Visit!

If you are still hoping for a visit to Tybee Island this summer, you are in luck! School might be in session for some, but the beautiful warm weather and sunny days are still here on the island. We have quite a few cottages available in September, don’t fret!

Rose’s Folie is one such cottage! This little cottage is circa 1936 and just begs you to come in, relax, and enjoy your time at the beach! It’s an easy 10 minute walk to Tybee’s North Beach, and your dog will love relaxing or playing in the peaceful fenced in yard. Rose’s Folie sleeps eight very comfortably, with 2 queen beds and 2 singles. The cottage is also close to restaurants and other attractions, like the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum!

Sanford’s Place is also available for bookings in September! From the vintage decor and furniture, to the 1960s television, Sanford’s place is a retro delight!  The fun of downtown might only be five minutes away, but the cottage is still a quiet place to relax and unwind. Whether you are looking for the downtown beaches or the Back River, they are both a leisurely eight minute stroll from your cottage.

Another cottage available for your plans is Maddie’s on Jones! This bright and cheerful cottage is just waiting for you, so let the relaxation begin. The three bedrooms are perfect for a group of up to six. You’ll enjoy the large live oaks and palms, and the large completely fenced back yard. Maddie’s is pet friendly too, so bring your furry kids along to enjoy the cottage life as well. This home is in the perfect location to enjoy everything Tybee has to offer. Bring your bicycle or walking shoes and enjoy the easy four block stroll to the beach. Enjoy the enclosed outdoor shower, complete with hot and cold water, after your beach combing as well! You can take a leisurly walking tour of the shops and restaurants downtown during your stay, too. Make sure to sample island favorites like Charly’sThe Sundae Cafe, and Mac Elwees…all within a few blocks from your cottage door! If you need even more shopping and dining,Historic Savannah is only a 20 minute drive from your island retreat.

photo thanks to Margo Cook

What are you waiting for? Summer isn’t over yet! Plan you visit to Tybee Island today! There are more cottages available so please, don’t hesitate to give us a call and let us make your Mermaid Cottages dreams come true! We hope to see you on Tybee real soon!

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Beach Bum Biscuits:Don’t Leave Me In Here-It’s HOT!

At Mermaid Cottages, pets are among our favorite guests!  Pets are a part of our family and many times we want them with us wherever we go.  Just remember to be extremely cautious when leaving your pet alone in your car.  Even on cooler days cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures.  If at all possible, please do not leave your pet alone in your car.  Leaving your pet to run a quick errand can have deadly consequences.

If it’s necessary for your pet to travel with you use drive-up windows as much as possible.  This works for some banks, restaurants and pharmacies.

Shop in pet welcome stores.

Utilize a travel kennel outside the car, in the shade, if possible.  Just be sure you do not leave your pet alone or in an area where the pet can be pestered or disturbed by passers-by.   A travel kennel is a great way to ensure your pet can get air circulation, water and protection from the sun.

While on Tybee, please be sure to attach the complimentary guest pet tag provided in every pet friendly Mermaid Cottage.


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PAWS and PADDLES, our newest pet friendly cottage is all ready for a visit from young Griffin and his best gal, Mae.

Griffin is an avid outdoorsman and he’s looking forward to pulling a few big ones from the waters around Tybee.  Mae is just happy to go along and find some great adventures, too.

When it’s time to serve up the day’s catch they’ll enjoy the Pawsome Patio and back deck at Paws and Paddles!

When you share your Tybee adventures with your best furiend be sure to post your photos on our Facebook pages.  We love hearing about your Dog Tales and  everyone enjoys adding more smiles to our Wag Pack.


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A Special Gift For Mother’s Special Day

Thinking of a special gift for Mom on her special day?

For most Moms nothing is more special than the gift of time.  Mom always loves it when the family makes time for her, so how about surprising your Mom by volunteering to pet sit for her while she goes out to do some things for herself!

She’ll be grateful you were so thoughtful and she’ll be impressed you gave her the gift of time…for herself!

Jake says NO CATS

Just be sure to know your audience.

Oh, the joys of pet sitting!


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