Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

July 2011

Dog Day Afternoon

By Maddie, Mermaid Cottages’ ROVER Reporter

If you spend enough time on Tybee Island, GA sooner or later your humans are likely to flip through some little book and announce they want to go in to Savannah, GA.

If you’ve traveled with them much soon you may start to panic assuming this means you are about to get left behind.  I am here to tell you this is not necessary as Savannah can be quite pet friendly.  Naturally, you will want to take along a pet water bottle because sight seeing can get very hot.  Also be sure your human never, ever, leaves you in the car…even with the windows cracked!

There is a lot to see and do in Savannah, so here are a few of my favorite recommendations.  One of the first things you may notice is how many lovely doggie “rest areas” there are.  For some reason they refer to them as squares.  Many of them even have statues or fountains.  Honestly, I’ve never seen any nicer!  There are so many and close together that even if you’re a male dog you’ll have trouble taking advantage of them all.  Please be sure your human takes along pick up bags so you do your part to keep them clean for the next dog.

Next, while using the “squares” you may see a horse go by pulling a carriage.  DON’T bark at them!  This will get your human very upset and could cause them to say something horrible like, “Next time you’re staying behind”, or worse, “No Beach Bum Biscuits for you!”

Now, a lot of humans like to walk along River Street.  There are a lot of little shops there and many of them will let you come in.  Just be sure to  have your human ask first and always keep your human on a short leash.  At the end of River Street is a great statue of a dog.  It is a perfect place to have your picture taken to show all of your friends back home.  The statue also has a girl waving a scarf standing next to the dog, but don’t worry, you can always crop that out later.

On your way back to Tybee Island you can stop by Bonaventure Cemetery.  This is a nice and quiet place with lots of trees and paths for walking.  You are allowed in here, too, but again, keep your human leashed.  As you’re walking around your keen dog senses are likely to detect a bone or two buried there.  Listen closely.  This is even more important than the horses.  DO NOT dig them up!  I know.  I don’t get it either, but humans can be funny.

By now, everyone is probably ready to head back to your beautiful Mermaid Cottage on Tybee.  I like to take a quick nap on the trip back and dream about the jar of Beach Bum Biscuits awaiting me since I was sooo good.

Til next time keep those tails up and noses open to new smells!

Madeline Belle Reed “Maddie”

FINAL THOUGHT: If you have a lot of time and your human really likes seeing new places Beaufort, SC is not very far away and is very pet friendly.  They will even let you ride in the horse carriages now that you know not to bark.  I must warn you though…they do not have the nice “rest areas” like Savannah!



Y’all Come On Up At The Big House

by Cottage Cheese

Mermaid Manor is the headquarters for Mermaid Cottages and the home of Head Mermaid, Diane W. Kaufman.  It’s one of the most beautiful examples of a Tybee raised cottage and a true labor of love.  Built in 1929, this 3 BR/2 Bath vintage home has been restored to perfection and it’s frequently featured in national publications for its charm and presence.

If you’re looking for an island home and ready to immerse yourself in the finer things that low country living has to offer Mermaid Manor on Tybee Island, GA may just be the perfect fit for you!

Click Here to wander through these rooms with views that no longer have to linger in your mind.  Paradise is waiting.  Heed the sirens call.  It’s a magical, mystical mermaid wonderland.  Dive right in.


Photo by Richard Leo Johnson



Mermaids in Our Midst: Patti Digh


The fabulous Patti Digh!

We recently had the pleasure of having one of our favorite regular guests come for a visit to Mermaid Cottages! Patti Digh is not only a dear friend, she is an amazing author, life coach, and keynote speaker! Patti is the author of the fabulous Life is a Verb: 37 Way to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally. She has also penned five other hugely inspirational books as well as her award winning blog, 37Days.com. When Patti isn’t writing, she travels the world to speak about leadership, diversity, and mindful living. But, beneath all of that is what is most important. She is simply Patti- loving wife and mother of two daughters, a dog, and two cats. She and her family make their home in Asheville, NC, but boy, we sure do love when we get to see them here on Tybee!

Patti recently appeared on Voice America’s Conversations with Yourself radio program to chat about her wonderful book, Four Word Self Help. If you missed the show, don’t fret, you can still check it out! Click here and listen…or you can even download the episode to keep! Ain’t the internet grand?

Patti's fabulous new book!

We want to send out a big congratulations to Patti for her appearance on the show and for the success Four Word Self Help is having! We sure love seeing your smiling face here on Tybee, Patti! It was great to see you…take care and come back soon!

Don’t Miss The Wizard of Oz!

If you are on Tybee Island this weekend, don’t miss your chance to see The Wizard of Oz! It is the final weekend for the production, so make sure you make plans to catch it!

Don't miss this must-see event!

The show dates are of July 29th through the 30th. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s show is a matinee, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are  now available online as well as at the door, so there is no excuse…get yours today! For more information, check out the Tybee Arts Association website or follow the Wizard of Oz Event Page on Facebook. He hope to see you there!

Inspirational Mermaids!

There’s nothing better than a little positive energy to inspire you, and when you add a mermaid to the mix…well, you’re pretty darn close to perfection in our book! Just look at this week’s sightings!

"Go With The Flow - Life is a journey that is meant to be enjoyed and fun-filled. If it gets you down, Let go, and Go with the Flow! Trust that God and the Universe will take you to where your are meant to be ♥" CH © 2011
Artist Cynthia Headly!

These amazing dolls are the artwork of Cynthia Headley and they definitely have us inspired! Cynthia is from Callao, Virginia and these beauties are from her Inspirational Mermaids Art Doll collection. She has two lines- “Go With the Flow” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun!” These splendid dolls are meant to …