Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

March 2009

People from my past are reappearing!

The articles from the various publications continue to give benefits of the un expected kind… between the Travel and Leisure Article and the AJC article people are continuing to discover us from all over the country and even world.

I spoke to a potential new visitor last night who told me he had been sitting in the doctor’s office and saw the article, tore it out of the magazine when no one was looking ( who hasn’t done that- I sure have!) showed his wife and called us. He can’t wait to visit. Pretty wonderful!

But here is the absolute best story. When the Travel and Leisure article first came out, I received several calls from on older man who really wanted to come and try out Tybee. He was not personally on the computer but he kept saying when he saw his daughter she would take care of the travel plans. After those first few calls I didn’t hear back but just figured they had made other plans. Then I received a call from his daughter and when she said her name, I paused and said- did you say Denise? When she said yes, I said, OMG Denise- this is Diane from the Columbus North Marriott!!! Denise and I had worked together as Directors of Marketing for the Columbus and Cleveland Marriotts and were really great friends. But as life often does, we both moved, had families to raise and while we stayed in touch, eventually lost touch. Denise’s dad was the older man who had been calling me and Denise was the daughter who would get on line to follow up! So after 10 years of no communication or contact, because of the Travel and Leisure Magazine we found each other! We always said once our kids were grown we’d have time to be great friends again!

And then yet another wonderful recent connection because of Facebook! One of my favorite meeting planner/ clients who then became a great friend recently found me on www.Facebook.com Kim and I caught up for almost 3 hours on Friday and have some very big ideas on new ways to do some co marketing together! She is very happy, a new bride and living on Prince Edward Island. She’s also a brand new blogger so visit her blog www.kimberlycameron.blogspot.com and see some of her recent marketing work www.thebeachesofpei.com

I’m so happy to have found both friends and look forward to who else may pop back into my life again because of my journey with Mermaid Cottages!

My new career- Reality TV Star

It all started so promising…. my hair place in South Beach told me that when I came in for my hair cut and highlights ( yes, that blond hair is not natural) I’d need to sign a release form. On the way back to Port Charlotte I was heading thru Miami to get my hair cut like I usually try to do when I’m in Florida…. When I asked why the press release, they told me they were being considered for a new reality TV show featuring a trendy hair salon . I laughed and told them I was the exact opposite of their usual clientele- Middle Aged, normal looking ( meaning not tall, thin and pouty) and flat hair. She told me that would be ideal especially because I was driving 7 hours for a hair cut!

I arrived on time, the production assistant made the group of us sign a release form ( he also had to describe what I looked like- I kept waiting for him to write down wrinkles, non trendy clothes and anything else that would distinguish me from the others waiting. ) Shakira and Lillianna who cut and highlight my hair both looked frazzled. The tv crew had been there all day and the bright lights and roving tv cameras were taking their toll. I sit in the chair and Shakira starts the foil process. No conversation. We’re both silent. She’s foiling away, I’m trying not to stare at the camera which is pointed directly at my head. Can’t think of a witty thing to say that might be captured on the next big reality show…. It was the oddest thing because I looked around and NO ONE was talking. All of those wanna be models and actresses who were there to get their hair cut also were silent. I have no idea if the cameras were perhaps capturing conversations and juicy life stories in the back rooms and perhaps were were just the background, but they were there shooting for the entire 2 hours I was there.

And the worst of it- poor Lilliana was so distracted that she just kept cutting my hair! I’d come in for a trim and now have a great hair cut, but way too short!!! And how was I supposed to tell her that with the cameras rolling… Or come to think of that, maybe that WAS their way of creating drama! Oh Well… They’ll let us know if/ when the pilot is picked up. The Real Housewives of the Hair Salon we were not…

Visit their website for hopefully updates on the show www.brownesbeauty.com

One Tank Trip

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper featured Tybee Island as a terrific “One Tank Trip” from Atlanta! We’ve had a large number of visitors call us and schedule first time visits to our island and planning to stay with us! Thank you AJC and our new favorite writer Amanda Miller Allen who came to visit and wrote the story.

Click here to read the whole story.
We also have a brand new “welcome” when you come on the island. One of our amazing life size turtles from the Tybee Turtle Tour has been moved to great everyone, locals and visitors , when they come on the island. Captain Renee created this turtle. She is also the owner/ captain of Sundial Eco tours here on Tybee . I’ve blogged about her many times in the past about how incredible her boat excursion had been for me. Visit her website for more info www.sundialcharters.net or call 912 786 9470

The Mermaid Mobile makes her parade debut!

Best laid plans, I’d fully intended to roll out the Marching Mermaids of Tybee this year for the 4 of the 5 parades Tybee conducts. Mardi Gras in Feb, St. Pats in March, Pirate Fest in Oct and the Christmas Parade in December ( we will NOT march in Beach Bum- too much water!) However with my family needs, we weren’t able to announce our parade group, gather uniforms or practise for the two first parades. Judy Lou ( Mary Lou and Judy rolled into one dynamo!) had already picked out their Mardi Gras clothes and were all ready to go. Not wanting to disappoint , I told them to just drive the Mermaid Mobile in the parade and blow kisses to the masses. That’s what they did! Fallon, Nevan and one of their friends sat in the back seat waving to the crowds, the mobile was full of her usual goodies ( toilet paper and paper towels, large bottles of organic cleaner, oven liners- the normal things we use to clean but that was part of the charm.) Enjoy the pictures from the Feb event and don’t forget to mark your calendar- the Marching Mermaids will be in the Pirate Fest Parade Saturday October 10th ( my birthday!). All are welcome to march with us, stay tuned for details!


Art abounds everywhere in our cottages!


Where else but on Tybee could you take a glorious shower ( hot and cold water!) in a piece of orginal art! Gypsy the Traveling Artist traveled our way recently and created a mural at M. Paddy Cakes Vacation Apartment. The shower is actually 2 private showers and now will make you smile before you even step inside. You lucky guests at M. Paddy Cakes can indeed “shower yourself with love.” And even sneak in a mermaid sightings while you’re there…. Enjoy!