Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

Month: June 2011

Beach Bum Biscuits:Don’t Leave Me In Here-It’s HOT!

At Mermaid Cottages, pets are among our favorite guests!  Pets are a part of our family and many times we want them with us wherever we go.  Just remember to be extremely cautious when leaving your pet alone in your car.  Even on cooler days cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures.  If at all possible, please do not leave your pet alone in your car.  Leaving your pet to run a quick errand can have deadly consequences.

If it’s necessary for your pet to travel with you use drive-up windows as much as possible.  This works for some banks, restaurants and pharmacies.

Shop in pet welcome stores.

Utilize a travel kennel outside the car, in the shade, if possible.  Just be sure you do not leave your pet alone or in an area where the pet can be pestered or disturbed by passers-by.   A travel kennel is a great way to ensure your pet can get air circulation, water and protection from the sun.

While on Tybee, please be sure to attach the complimentary guest pet tag provided in every pet friendly Mermaid Cottage.


Seeing Bellamy: A SOCIAL Event

by Cottage Cheese

I remember seeing my first Bellamy. I was visiting Tybee Island and staying in one of my favorite Mermaid Cottages, Dutton-Waller Cottage.  I was already very excited to see the all white kitchen I had recently read about in Southern Living and I remember just propping back on the counter opposite the wonderful farm sink and taking it all in.  As my eyes tried to absorb the entire kitchen at once my sight path was interrupted by this lush, warm, savory reddish-orange hued painting of  shrimp.  It was huge and my mouth watered thinking about how that freshly boiled, buttery and salty shrimp would taste and I could just imagine the wet butter sliding down my chin and staining the front of my shirt.  Some things are worth the trouble.

The next day I visited Mermaid Manor, the headquarters for Mermaid Cottages, and I saw this huge painting of  an oyster shell that perfectly set the aqua and sea foam palette for the room and it felt as if I had just slurped the fresh raw oyster from its shell.  Somehow, I could taste the horseradish and cocktail sauce and hot sauce combination I always slather my raw oysters in before I set them atop a saltine and devour a dozen of them in quick, rapid-fire succession.  Wow.

Later that week, I visited an art show on the Isle of  Hope and I could hardly believe my eyes.  There were scores of these same style paintings carefully toted, but proudly displayed by people walking towards parked cars.  Color me happy.  The mother lode.

And, to top it all off I finally got to meet the person behind the expressive signature I had observed on the paintings.  Bellamy.  Bellamy Murphy.  The Bellamy. The artist.  I’m always awed by artists and artisans who create.  She is a beautiful person, a beautiful artist and a beautiful talent.  I could hardly put words together.

Now, you have a wonderful opportunity to meet Bellamy and attend an art show of her works.  The First Friday Art Walk is Friday, June 3 and the Tybee Island Social Club is hosting a public reception from 5 to 7 PM.  Come enjoy complimentary wine, meet Bellamy and be fascinated by her art.  For those of you that have seen her work (or better yet are lucky enough to own one or more) you know how fabulous this will be.

Do you remember seeing a Bellamy for the first time?

The First Friday Art Walk will be going on at several places in addition to the Bellamy Art Show at SOCIAL.  Come out to the North End Shopping district and enjoy wonderful local art, amazing local food, and some pretty awesome shopping.

There will be street parking available, but we really encourage biking or car pooling if possible! Please, don’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!

It’s art that expresses and entertains and educates.

It’s Cottage Cheese.

Don’t worry.  I’m still tossing curds and doing it my whey!



Beach Bum Biscuits:BOOMER Is Growing!

Everyone at Mermaid Cottages loves to hear from Boomer, the current puppy we sponsor for Guide Dog Training.  Boomer is now 15 months old and he’s growing into a handsome and spectacular dog.  Boomer is continuing his socialization and harness training under the supervision of Sandy, his “Walker”,  and he will soon be called back up to Guide Dog Training for his “college” curriculum.  He’s well on his way to changing forever the life of a person with disabilities.

It seems like just yesterday when we first met Boomer.  He captured our hearts the first time we met him.  Soon, he’ll help a deserving someone conquer the world!

Do you remember when Boomer first came into our lives?


Mermaids in Our Midst: Savannah Dream Weddings

Mermaid Cottages just loves hearing from our guests! We especially love when we can work with another local business to make wedding and honeymoon dreams come true!

“Hello! I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you again. We always have a such a good time at that very unique cottage! We WILL be back and will continue to recommend your properties to our wedding parties. Your cottages are always immaculate. Kudos to your cleaning team and all of your wonderful, friendly staff! Best, Jeanne-Marie”


photo thanks to Savannah Dream Weddings

Thank you so much Jeanne-Marie! We want everyone to know, Savannah Dream Weddings is the place to help make your wedding dreams a reality. Jeanne-marie is at your service and her motto is even “Your Dream is Our Command!” Make sure you visit her websites,,, and for endless possibilities for the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams! For more questions, you can also contact Jeanne-Marie at (912) 344 7882 or through email at

Thanks again Jeanne-Marie, we are so happy we could help you make dreams come true!


photo thanks to Elope Savannah

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!

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