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Getaways To Tybee

Dutton-Waller Cottage circa 1938Getaways to Tybee are perfect for when you  need some adventure time with your family and friends.  Thanks to our friends at Travel + Leisure, everyone knows to head to the Savannah area.  Tybee Island and Savannah recently made several of their best of lists, including favorite beach towns, best girlfriend getaways and best affordable getaways and we want to be sure we’re on your list for getaways to Tybee, too.  High season has started and most places require a week’s stay, but sometimes we have two and three night stays available, too, so be sure to call and ask about our Mini … read more

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Foam For The Holidays

Foam For The Holidays is the best way to enjoy family and friends without the holiday stress!

Foam For The Holidays

Instead of crowding everyone in your home this year, invite everyone to book a Mermaid Cottages home full of cottage charm and coastal calm.  And, instead of spending all of your time in the kitchen you can just eat out in Tybee Island or Savannah or have your Thanksgiving meal catered in!  That’ll leave plenty of time for you to just sit back, enjoy the beach and let our delicious sea foam wash away your cares…. read more

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Y’all Come Inn Again

Y’all Come Inn, again!  Paula Deen’s Tybee Island Beach House is so popular it’s been booked up pretty much since the Spring.  Maybe y’all tried to come when it was all booked up and maybe those of y’all that did come are ready to come back.  Well, we’re so tickled y’all love this place we want to say, “Y’all Come Inn, Again!”

Y'all Come Inn Again

From December 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013, if y’all book two nights we’ll give you a third night free!  And, if you can’t stay three nights we’ll take 10% off your two night stay!  It’s our way of saying Thank You for being our guests and to also encourage you to take another look if you’ve never been here before (if you’ve already booked a new stay between these dates we’ll be happy to make sure your booking includes one free night for bookings of three or more nights and a Maximum 10% discount if you only booked two nights).  It’s kind of like the preacher says in church, “The checkbook is the last to be converted.”  With this special offer you’ll find a visit to Paula’s beach house is so reasonable it’ll all be over but the shouting!


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You Gonna Eat All That? The Spice Fusion Of Sol

A guest blog filled with pied opinions and curious notions along the way.

Pet Friendly Places to stay in Tybee Island,

What a day for a daydream!

Last week was one of those sets of days when I really appreciated the refuge of the Georgia coast.  It seems I spend a great deal of my time these days negotiating a cease fire with the indignities of middle age… even though I’m sure I informed the universe I would not be participating in the aging process some time ago.


Luckily the sands of time have not buried my love of a good meal and on a recent foray into Savannah with my favorite assortment of mermaids and seaside sisters, I enjoyed a delicious expedition into the world of spices courtesy of Sol Restaurant.   Tucked away in what once was an old service station on Habersham, Sol still sports garage doors that identify the dining space.

My meal was so spectacular I won’t spend my time trying to remember what any of my… read more

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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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Mermaid Tale: Made in the Shade Cottage

Welcome to Made in the Shade Cottage!

Welcome to 1012 Jones Ave Tybee Island, GA, home to Made in the Shade Cottage! This cottage is a great value, with lots of space inside and out. From a couples retreat to a girls’ getaway, Made in the Shade is the place to be! This cottage has been in the same family for years now and recently enjoyed a complete renovation! New furniture, fresh paint… a whole new cottage experience!

Our Beach Bum Biscuits are ready and waiting for your special pooch!

Your cottage isn’t just perfect for any group, it’s also pet friendly! Don’t leave those furry kids behind! Bring them and let them enjoy the fenced in yard, hammock, and swing right along with you.  Made in the Shade is also ground level, which makes this a very easy home for our older guests to get around.  This home has something for everyone!

Relax and enjoy the patio and screened-in porch all day, or take the easy four block walk to the beach! It’s up to you; this is your corner of paradise! And don’t forget the huge oak tree that makes its home in front of the cottage, creating a natural tree cover to keep the home cool. This beautiful cottage definitely lives up to its name! Made in the Shade isn’t far from everything Tybee has to offer, either. It only takes a few minutes to make it to the beaches, the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells of Downtown, and even the beautiful Tybee Island Lighthouse Station. Even Historic Savannah is only twenty minutes away! If staying in is more your speed, you’ll enjoy the complimentary WiFi and high speed internet, cable television, and fully equipped kitchen.  Made in the Shade Cottage has it all!

We even have open dates as soon as February, so you don’t have to wait! Plan a trip today. The sooner you get to Tybee Island, the sooner you can relax and unwind! Give us a call at (912) 313-0784, book this cottage online, or email us at We’ll make sure to help you plan your perfect getaway. Why Tybee? Come find out for yourself!

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Live Like a Local: Mermaids Make a Difference with Paws4Vets

Come out with Mermaid Cottages this Saturday, January 28th, 2012 and help us as we expand our Mermaids Make a Difference campaign! This coming Saturday, from 1 PM-3 PM, Mermaid Cottages and Paws4Vets will host a fund raiser at Seaside Sisters and kick off this newest addition to the Mermaids Make A Difference community service programs. Also featured at this special event will be 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.

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.

“Mermaid Cottages has always sponsored puppies to be trained as Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for persons with disabilities and we are now expanding the programs to include dogs specifically trained to serve veterans. Proceeds from the sales of our Beach Bum Biscuits and our Tee Shirts will also go towards sponsoring dogs for our veterans. We are honored to be partnering with Kyria Henry, Terry Henry, and the Paws4Vets program. We invite everyone to come out and support our veterans and their families!” ~Head Mermaid, Diane Kaufman

So come on out to Seaside Sisters Saturday and meet Jimmy, an 8-week old Golden Retriever puppy (named after our beloved Jimmy Kelleher of Seaside Sweets). This fundraiser is being held to sponsor little Jimmy’s training as a service dog for Paws4People. Funds from the sale of Beach Bum Biscuits dog treats and t-shirts go towards the sponsorship of this new furry hero, so we encourage you to shop ’til you drop for a great cause!  This little puppy will be placed as an assistance dog with a veteran or his family in the Savannah area. How exciting is that! Come be a part of something grand, stock up on some yummy dog treats for your special pooch, and honor those that fight for our country, too. See you Saturday!


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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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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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Tybee’s New World Record!

Two thousand twelve is here, and it really started with a bang here on Tybee Island! The fireworks on New Year’s Eve sent 2011 out in style, but Tybee’s 2012 got off to a fabulous start with the Tybee Polar Plunge and the island’s attempt to set a new world record- The Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps!

The Tybee Polar Plunge is a favorite annual event here, and it never disappoints. More participants show up every year, and this year was no exception! Over 2000 people showed up to take the plunge, don a swim cap, do both, or just to stand by and watch the craziness.

“Tybee Island entered the Guinness Book of World Records by staging the largest gathering of people wearing swim caps. The total was 2,049, easily breaking the previous record of 546 set in Osaka, Japan. The event was followed by the annual Tybee Polar Plunge. It was, indeed, a great New Year’s morning at the beach.” ~Connect Savannah on Facebook

The participants donned their caps, along with creative costumes, and a little past noon, everyone ran toward the waves! Check out this video from!

The fee to register for participation in the world record attempt and plunge was for a great cause. The funds raised at the Tybee Polar Plunge will go to the continued restoration of the Historic Tybee Post Theater to new glory. According to, the new record is unofficial at the moment, but that’s just until Tybee submits documentation to secure official word on the new world record!

Here’s to 2012 starting off with a bang! May your New Year be fun and fabulous…and hopefully, bring you to Tybee Island sometime!

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