Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

June 1, 2011

Live Like a Local: 1st Friday Art Walk!

Mermaid Cottages is super excited about this weekend! The entire North End Shopping District is coming together for an evening of fun, friends, art, inspiration, music, and culinary delights at their very first 1st Friday Art Walk!

The 1st Friday Art walk is a chance for all of Tybee to take a stroll and enjoy some great art, great food, and great company! It’s al happening this Friday, June 3rd, at the North End Shopping District Under the Oaks on Highway 80 here on Tybee. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. so plan to be there early! There’s even a raffle for a chance to win a Dragonfly Studio gift basket valued at $150! Raffle tickets can be picked up at any of the participating business and must be returned to Dragonfly Studios (1204 HWY 80) by 8 p.m. Friday to be eligible for the drawing at 8:10 p.m.!

Come out to the North End Shopping district and enjoy wonderful local art, amazing local food, and some pretty awesome shopping…just look at the participating galleries, boutiques, and restaurants!

There will be street parking available, but we really encourage biking or car pooling if possible! Please, son’t miss the very first 1st Friday Art Walk! We hope to see you there- it’s going to be a great fun filled night full of fabulous art!

Live Like a Local: 13th Annual Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races

A shot from the 2010 Races!

There are so many exciting things going on all around Tybee Island this season! Mermaid Cottages is excited about the 13th Annual Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races this Saturday, June 4th. We are sponsors this year, and we just can’t wait!

There are three races, each with it’s own starting time – The Tybee River Race, The Little Tybee Challenge, and the Race Across the River for Gold Sponsors! The fee for the River Race and the Little Tybee Challenge is $45, or $40 is you are a member of the American Canoe Association, and sign in for the races begins at 8 a.m. the day of the race, with a short orientation following sign in. Participants in the races will receive a free 13th Annual Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races t-shirt as well as a raffle ticket for a chance to win a drawing for the Perception Impulse 10.0 and paddle! There will even be an awards ceremony after the races, so even if you aren’t participating in a race, come watch the fun! make sure you visit the race website for more information. Any question you may have can be emailed to, so don’t hesitate to ask.

The Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races are a benefit held by A-J’s Dockside Restaurant here on Tybee, and funds go to benefit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. The center is a non-profit marine science education facility that offers hands on programs for schools and other groups, as well as the general public. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center also manages the very important Tybee Sea Turtle Project, which monitors loggerhead sea turtle activities on Tybee! So really, what better reason is there to get your paddle on?

The Tybee Island Marine Science Center!

Join the fun at A-J’s Dockside Restaurant at 1315 Chatham Avenue here on Tybee for their 13th Annual Sea Kayak Races benefit! Whether you are participating in a race, watching the fun, or just plain enjoying a great meal, it’s going to be an awesome time!

Beach Bum Biscuits:Belle’s Excellent Adventure

When our pet guests arrive for a stay at Mermaid Cottages they are greeted with our great brand standards:  A fresh supply of Beach Bum Biscuits and our complimentary Mermaid pet tags.  We get lots of compliments on both, but this past weekend our complimentary pet tags proved invaluable.

Our wonderful pet guests, Belle and Tink, brought Laura, their human, for a visit.  Upon check-in, Laura saw the guest pet tags and felt Belle and Tink would look cute with them.  Here, Belle models hers and the red pet tag complimented her beautiful black coat.

One day while Laura was busy inside her cottage, Belle and Tink were working on their sun tans outside in the fenced in yard.  Now, we’re not sure who got the bright idea first and they’re not talking, but at some point Belle managed to find her way outside the fence.   Leaving Tink behind to make excuses to Laura, Belle decided this would be her one chance have her own great Tybee adventure and headed out to explore the neighborhood.

Everyone knows one of the best ways to enjoy Tybee is to take a leisurely stroll down any street and take in the sights.  Luckily, one of our wonderful Tybee Life Guards, Lily, was on her way to work and Belle spotted her.

“This cute little playful dog just ran up to me to say hello and I knew she shouldn’t be out roaming the streets on her own,” Lily said.  Lily carried Belle to her Life Guard office and noticed Belle had ID tags.  Lily dialed the phone number, but didn’t get an answer.  She then noticed the bright red Mermaid Cottages pet guest tag and called.

Thanks to the pet guest tag, Lily was able to notify us that she had found Belle. Mermaid Jan and Head Mermaid Diane then checked with our cottage guests that had brought pets and they were able to let Laura in on Belle’s escapades!

The whole time Belle was happy and content to hang out with Lily, but she was also happy to see Laura, too.

Soon, Belle was safely back at the cottage with Laura and Tink.  So far, Belle and Tink still haven’t confessed to how Belle escaped, but  we’re pretty sure Belle just thought it was a cool getaway.

We’re proud to bestow honorary Mermaid status to Lily for her great pet rescue and Laura tells us that she and Belle and Tink just might think about relocating to Tybee.

We’re sure they’ll be welcome.  Belle has already scouted out most of the island and Laura and Tink agree with her recommendation of Tybee Island as a great place to live!

If you visit Mermaid Cottages with your pet be sure to clip on those pet tags!  And yes, for those of you that sometimes have humans that slip off unsupervised just clip one of the tags on them and we’ll be sure to return them to your cottage when we find them!