Mermaid Cottages has tips for traveling with pets. Anyone who has a pet knows it’s hard to leave your pet behind. Here are some words of advice about pet friendly Tybee Island and our happy little houses by the sea. Remember, we have cottages that allow dogs, dogs and cats, and we’ve even had birds, reptiles and fish in our homes!
Pre-plan your preparedness
* Make your pet comfortable both during travel and at destination. Practice short trips to the park to associate good things with your planned method of travel.
* Try harnesses instead of leashes while traveling.
* Make sure your pet has your name and number on it, and maybe consider a tracking app.
* Work on doing their business on command. That will help when you’re stopping during travel, and will help when you get to your destination so your pet will know where to ‘go’…. read more
A new bath makes a big splash on Tybee Island and we want you to come see it! The off season may be when fewer people are enjoying beach getaways, but it’s definitely the time when our cottages all get deep cleans and new updates. If you’ve ever been on a Girls Getaway, a family beach trip or had a Big Chill weekend with friends, you know it can be a real challenge to get everyone ready and out the door for meals and nights on the town. So, if there’s ever an update that guests really appreciate, it’s a new bath.
Sea Stars Cottage circa 1932 now has five bedrooms and 3.5 baths and everyone is very happy! It’s an original, Tybee raised cottage with lots of beautiful vintage details and we’d love to share them… read more
This year’s Tybee Island Pirate Fest is October 28-30, 2016! Ole Hurricane Matthew blew the original dates right off of our social calendar, but hey, pirates want to have fun, too. There’s no way we’re gonna miss marauding, pillaging and grogging, either!
We’ve got our wench wear and pirate garb all laid out for all the fun and now we need you to come join us! Book your cottage for Pirate Fest and you’ll be in for a huge share of our available pirates’ booty. Book two nights and we’ll throw in another two nights as our guests. Just think, even if you can’t get here before Friday, with this special you can add Thursday night as one of your two free nights. This way, you can check in any time after 4 p.m. on Thursday. Then, even if you can’t stay over Sunday night, adding Sunday as your other free night means you’ll have a late checkout on Sunday. Spend all day at the beach and then head for home later in the day.
Photo: Tybee Island Pirate Fest
Here’s how easy it is to get two free nights. Book two nights and tell us you want the Pirate Fest Stay … read more
Tybee Island is a pet friendly paradise and fall is the perfect season to get out and paw around! It’s the end of summer and the beginning of the best time to visit our little barrier island. The crowds are gone. The traffic tie ups are no more. The sun is still shining and it’s time for a real pawty, doggone it!
This pet friendly cottage has three bedrooms and three full baths. There’s a private Master suite upstairs and a fenced in yard. The neighborhood is so walkable, you and your FurMaids will enjoy strolling around the island by day and then curling up in front of the electric fireplace in the evenings.
This charming 1940’s ground-level cottage is located conveniently on Jones Avenue and it’s just three blocks from the beach! It has bright, open rooms with plenty of places to hang out with your Wag Pack! Those needing an accessible cottage with a wheelchair ramp will love it here. There’s even a spacious deck and covered parking with an ample yard for your pet pals!
This ground level, four bedroom cottage is perfect for families, mancations or girls’ getaways! Your own private dock is located directly on Horsepen Creek. Here, you’ll enjoy birdwatching, crabbing and fishing right off the dock! The fenced, pet friendly yard is definitely something to wag about!
Want something really special to bark about? This towering raised cottage comes with three screened porches, including a magical sleeping porch. Kids love to bunk out there and your four legged pals will, too! This is such a great house for family get-togethers and the fenced yard is perfect for play dates with your pups!
Picture yourself here! You lounging by the pool and your dogs napping in the sun. As with each of our cottages, this little charmer is within walking distance of lots of pet friendly shops and restaurants with outdoor, pet friendly seating.
Vintage, bright and cheerful are just what you’d expect in a Mermaid Cottage. You really can have that picket fence experience. And, just think how dreamy your nap would be under its tin roof on a rainy day. It’s just three blocks from the kayak launch for a paddling adventure with your fur pal!
Now, we’ve shown you cottages that are perfect for your next Explore Georgia Pup getaway, so make a list of pet friendly adventures you’d like to experience. Our Mermaids will help you plan hikes, cycling, dining, entertainment and eco tours that’ll have you begging for more. Tybee Island is a pet paradise and we’re happy for you to tag along, too!
Mermaid 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
Have y’all met Tybee Twins? The most recent addition to our Mermaid Cottages collection is all ready to go for Fall 2015! Y’all know of our love for historic cottages and that means you’re in for a special, nostalgic treat!
This adorable cottage is pet friendly and features a fenced yard, three bedrooms and three full baths! This will be a great cottage for family vacations, girlfriend getaways and everything in-between. Each bedroom is unique and decorated in perfect beach style.
Calm and relaxing, the master suite features a King bed and it has its own en suite full bath!… read more
This Summer has been so much fun we just don’t want to let it end. The Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races are coming up on September 12. 2015. Thankfully, the weather stays very mild down here and that means more fun for everyone! The races will shove off from A-J’s Dockside, 1315 Chatham Ave and proceeds will benefit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. There will be three races with staggered start times:
Tybee River Race: 6 1Ž2 miles on the tidal river separating Tybee and Little Tybee Islands.
Little Tybee Challenge: 8 miles, circumnavigates part of Little Tybee Island.
Race Across the River for Gold Sponsors: Our Gold sponsors compete for a grand prize.
Another great way to support the Tybee Island Marine Science Center is to become a race sponsor. Your race registration fee is included and you’ll get your name on the t-shirt and more! Bronze sponsor is $100;… read more
Head on down to the Georgia coast this weekend and enjoy the flying dogs in Savannah! It’s time for the Hyperflyte Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship Qualifier this coming weekend, March 7 and 8. Attendance is free of charge. The event benefits Pets for Vets, an organization that is dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training, and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal. “Medical studies have proven that animals have significant effect on improving mental and physical health, which includes depression and anxiety, symptoms experienced by many serving in the military,” says Chief Master Sergeant James Fox, who is the mastermind of starting this event here in the Greater Savannah area. Participating local pet rescue agencies as well as Islands High School’s Veterinary Science program will also benefit from the event. Families and friends are invited to enjoy this unique event and applaud these talented canine athletes!
Mermaid Ambassador Sailor’s photo by Cindi Parsons Dunn
It’s February and that means it’s A Whole Month of Puppy Love With Mermaid Cottages! All month, pets stay free and some pet guests even receive a Mini Morsel Pet Portrait Session with Oh Joy! And, while you’re here, be sure to get out and enjoy all the pet friendly adventures around Tybee Island and Savannah! For instance, this coming Sunday, February 8th, is Super Museum Sunday! Join the Georgia Historical Society from noon-4 p.m. for Super Museum Sunday when over 40 cultural institutions, historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and coastal Georgia open their doors to the public. The event is free and open to the public (For more information contact the Georgia Historical Society).
Photo by Roxanne Lark, Mermaids Who Create 2014
In particular, I love the pet adventures when I visit Fort Pulaksi National Monument. This national treasure has it all. There are interpretive programs, miles of lush walking trails through more than 5000 acres of coastal marshlands, a 150 year old lighthouse, and an abundance of wildlife. Dogs are allowed throughout the grounds; just remember they must be leashed and under their owner’s control at all times. … read more