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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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The 2012 Tybee Energy and Water Fair is Coming!

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!


  • 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.


– 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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The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is Almost Here!

If you live in the Savannah area, and you don’t know about The Back in the Day Bakery…WHAT are you waiting for? The Back in the Day Bakery sits at 2403 Bull Street in beautiful Savannah, Georgia and it’s only the best place ever for all things sweet, savory, and delicious. They say “Slow down and taste the sweet life,” and it isn’t just a tag line. Owners Griff and Cheryl Day believe “good food should nourish your body and soul.” When you visit Back in the Day Bakery, you enter a neighborhood bakeshop where everything is hand made in small batches. They put a real emphasis on quality and local ingredients, and you can taste the love in every bite!

The Back in the Day Bakery is known locally as well as nationally for their decadent, down-home desserts and scrumptious rustic breads. Now, we know everyone can’t make it to Savannah, so what’s the next best thing? A cookbook of course! That’s right! The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is coming! We are super excited to see the finished product. Some of the cookbook was written right here on Tybee Island at our Mermaid Cottages! The cookbook celebrates the bakery’s tenth anniversary, and it’s packed with all the baking knowledge Griff and Cheryl have to share, right along with loads of amazing recipes to tempt your taste buds.

Just one yummy picture from the Back in the Day Bakery Facebook Page!

Back in the Day’s famous Buttermilk Biscones are in there as well as Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S’more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and the list goes on! The full-color photographs will make your tummy rumble. There are even behind-the-scenes bakery shots that will give you a peek into the day-to-day workings of  life at the bakery. This special cookbook celebrates family traditions, baking from scratch, and quality local ingredients. It’s basically a “down-home bake sale in a book!”

Where can you get yours? Well, the book will be available for purchase March 6, 2012, but you can pre-order a copy today! If you want to make sure to get your copy reserved before they hit the shelves, you can pre-order The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook at Amazon, Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, or Powell’s Books. So don’t wait! Order your copy today! We are so proud of Cheryl and Griff and want to send out a huge congratulations, happy ten years (and many more!), and a Thank You for every single smile we’ve had when we visit The Back in the Day Bakery! We can’t wait to pick up our copy of the cookbook!



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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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Cooking Class at the North Beach Bar and Grill!

Have you ever wanted to grow you cooking skills? Ever think about taking a cooking class, or two? Well, you’re in luck! If you happen to be on Tybee, you can learn some fun new things in the kitchen from The North Beach Bar & Grill! Designed for cooking enthusiasts of all skills levels, these classes are perfect for individuals, couples, and friends.  Even you accomplished chefs out there can learn some new cooking methods!

You eat a variety of meals in a day, so why not learn a variety of new meals to make at home? The classes range from appetizers through to dinner entrees and dessert, so there’s something for everyone. In addition to hands on training guided by Executive Chef Mir Ali, each class will last about two hours and will end with food and wine. You can attend a single class for $80, or reserve a spot in three classes for $200. Please book at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot. Book a class for yourself, or give one as a gift. Heck, do both!

Classes started January 10th. at 6:00pm, but you haven’t missed your chance! Classes run through February 28th, so grab your spot now!

Here’s the Winter Schedule of classes:

January 10     Appetizers

January 17    Soups and Salads

January 31    Entrees and Desserts

February 7     Appetizers

February 21  Soups and Salads

February 28  Entrees and Desserts

A maximum of 12 reserved spots will be available for each class and a minimum of five reservations will be required for each class to take place. If this is not met the class will be canceled and rescheduled for another day. Please call Chef Mir for detailed information pertaining to each class schedule at 912-704-6542. You can email Chef Mir at for information as well.

Don’t wait! Call and reserve your spot in class today! You won’t regret it!

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Mermaid Tale: New Addition at the Mess Hall!

Here at Mermaid Cottages, we pride ourselves on the beauty and comfort of each and every home we offer. We love to know our guests have everything they need during their stay, so when we make additions or improvements, we like to share them with you! The addition over at The Enlisted Men’s Mess Hall is one example!

The home used to be a two bedroom with one full bath, one half bath. Now, The Mess Hall boasts two full bathrooms with the addition of a brand new shower! The addition is in the front bedroom bath, where the two twin beds make their home. This makes the cottage even easier on families and groups, since there are now two locations to freshen up after a day of beach combing! Isn’t it lovely?

We are so excited about the new addition, and hope future guests find it just as wonderful as we do! Want to see it for yourself? Well, plan a trip today: we have open dates right now! The Mess Hall is just waiting on one thing… 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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Mermaids Make a Difference: We Love to be Green!

Around here, “being green” is about more than a pretty color! It’s so very important to Mermaid Cottages that we do our very best to take care of our environment, and we do everything we can to bring on the green. Being green isn’t as difficult as it seems. It is really just a lot of little actions that add up to big benefits when they become habits. We do a lot of those little things to reap the green benefits around here!

There are literally loads of ways to be a better steward of our Earth. What does Mermaid Cottages do to stay green? Well install Compact Fluorescent light bulbs in all of our homes to save on electricity and use Lo-flow water-saving devices in all bathrooms and outdoor showers. We keep all our cleaning products eco-friendly, which is better for you and your for legged family, too. We even conduct energy audits for all our homes to see where we might be able to save more energy. Mermaid Cottages even takes pride in making our outdoor living spaces as green as possible by planting drought resistant and local plants to help conserve water!

We invite our guests to join our green efforts during their stay, and maybe even take the good habits home with them! Here are just a few ways you can make your stay with Mermaid Cottages a little greener:

It's easier than you think!

Save Electricity
– Slay “Vampire Power” by turning off all lights, TVs, DVDs & computers when not in use
– Use the outdoor clothesline to dry your clothes (they smell good too!)
– Open the windows turn on the ceiling fans and enjoy the ocean breezes!
– Use Cold water, not Hot, in the washing machine
– Draw your curtains/blinds during the heat of the day

Save Fuel and Drive Less
– Walk, ride bikes, rent scooters or electric cars!
– Save gas and have more fun – Tybee is better enjoyed moving SLOW!

– Glass, plastic, cans, newspapers: use the home’s green recycling container

Reduce, Reuse
– Take reusable bags during your trip to the grocery store
– Use Dish Cloths and cloth napkins and less paper products

Conserve Water
– While brushing teeth, turn water off, and use a cup of water to cleanse mouth of
– Use dishwasher only when completely full with dirty dishes
– Take shorter showers with tepid water

Make being green part of your every day routine, Y'all!

And that’s just getting started! It’s not just Earth friendly to be green…it’s even fun! Once you start thinking of ways to conserve, reduce, reuse, and recycle, the ideas just start flowing. So we invite you to join Mermaid Cottages in our efforts to be a little greener. Maybe even take the habits home as a way of keeping your Tybee State-of-Mind!


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Come to the Harris Street Hoopla!

There’s always something going on around the Tybee Island and Savannah area, and this week is no exception. This Tuesday, January 10th, is the Harris Street Hoopla in Historic Downtown Savannah! Harris Street is home to the beautiful Savannah Sea Maiden Cottage as well as Savannah Shutterbug Cottage, and this Tuesday is your chance to tour both. You’re invited to pop in to enjoy a glass of wine and a chance to view two gorgeous downtown treasures!

Welcome to Savannah Sea Maiden Cottage!

Savannah Sea Maiden Cottagewas built by a successful African American post-bellum builder named John B. Savage. The cottage is filled with handpicked treasures from estate sales found throughout Savannah and Tybee. You’ll admire soaring ceilings, beautiful heart of pine floors, and loads of art from amazing local artists, such as Bellamy and Catherine Lovett, during your tour. Savannah Sea Maiden will also be included on the 2012 Savannah Tour of Homes! You won’t regret dropping by and spending some time in this special cottage.

Savannah Shutterbug Cottage is a contemporary and cozy retreat!

The Savannah Shutterbug Cottage is a beautiful one bedroom cottage, so-named because it was the studio of one of Savannah’s most well-loved wedding photographers. The entire cottage features original photography from Donna Von Bruening‘s travels both near and far!  The studio has been turned into a quiet escape in the middle of the city. The Shutterbug was just renovated and beckons its guests to slow down and enjoy the contemporary yet cozy southern atmosphere.

Come enjoy beautiful Historic Savannah, Georgia.

This Tuesday is your chance to drop in and enjoy a little time touring these beautiful homes! The doors at 549 E. Harris Street (The Shutterbug) & 519 E. Harris Street (Savannah Sea Maiden) in Historic Downtown Savannah will be open and welcoming visitors at 6 p.m. Come by and enjoy the homes, learn more about them, and learn how you can book a stay of your own! These homes are offered through Busy Bee Vacation Rentals of Savannah, Georgia. Come by and meet Laurie deVegter of Busy Bee Vacations Tuesday, give her a call at 912.220.0957, or check out Busy Bee Vacations online. We hope to see y’all Tuesday!

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Your Vote Counts!

It’s that time again! The Critz Tybee Run Fest  is right around the corner (February 3rd and 4th) and they are having their annual contest to choose this year’s t-shirt design! Many local and regional artists submitted, and some entries even came from as far away as Oregon and New Jersey! Loads of wonderful work was submitted and a panel of judges made up of race organizers and the Savannah Morning News did the hard job of narrowing the group down to the top five finalists. Now? Well, it’s your turn to help!

Check out the Top Five, think it over, pick your favorite, then head over and VOTE! Voting is happening now, and will run through January 5th. You’re voting for the design you think should grace the 2012 Critz Tybee Run Fest t-shirt! It’s going to be a hard choice…just look how wonderful they all are!

Check out the top five designs over on the voting page now!

Aren’t they great! Good luck to all the artists; we can’t wait to see which design is chosen for the t-shirt! Remember, you only have until January 5th to have your say in which design is the winner! Cast your vote now!

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