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Month: October 2011

Bring Out Your Inner Mermaid!

Halloween is next week! Can you believe it?! We sure can’t. Well, if you are still looking for a costume idea, why not go nautical! Mermaids are all the rage, if you haven’t heard, and there are loads of neat ways to show off your inner siren!

Everyone knows about The Little Mermaid, but there are so many more ideas to make your costume that much more unique. Look at all these different marvelous mermaid costumes (and even wigs!) we found online at and on! We are especially partial to that little mermaid princess…but they are all fabulous! There are even beautiful tales to be found on Etsy…just look at these fabulous tales from Pixy Tales!

Already have an outfit and just need some cool accessories? Well check out these! We LOVE the seaweed boa something fierce, and those nautical prosthetics from PM and D on Etsy are simply amazing! We even saw this fun make-up tutorial for those looking to transform into their inner mermaid!

How awesome is that, pretty awesome right? We sure thought so! We’ve been completely inspired for next week’s festivities and we hope you have too! Happy Haunting!

1st Annual Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats


photo by Willa Johnson

Once upon a time soon to be, in a cozy  cottage near the sea, writers on retreat will ponder, “Oh what an inspiration to create stories about Tybee Island life these historic  Mermaid Cottages must be.”

Mermaid Cottages  announces our invitation to published authors and journalists to be our guests for our1st Annual Mermaid Cottage Writer Retreats.  From November 2011 through February 2012, invited writers will enjoy the complimentary use of a cottage as a getaway to write and create new literary works.

In exchange for this complimentary vacation cottage stay,  writers agree to submit a short story or essay to Mermaid Cottages to possibly be included in a published compendium of stories about Tybee Island, GAAuthors will agree to license Mermaid Cottages to use their story in a published book, along with proper credit and a biography of each author, on the Mermaid Cottages’ website, and in any way to promote Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats.

A writer’s story or essay must be a minimum of 1500 words and revolve around Tybee Island, or some aspect of the locale, either as a setting or a subject.  We highly recommend the story line also include in some way the cottage in which the writer stays.  Any literary genre of story or essay is acceptable, including but not limited to memoir, mystery, fantasy, romance, horror, fiction and non-fiction.

An agreement to write and permission to license your story will be part of the application to your Mermaid Cottages retreat.  Stories must be submitted as a Word document within 30 days of the end of your stay at Mermaid Cottages.

We support the arts and want to publicize Tybee Island and Mermaid Cottages as a unique artistic retreat.  It is our hope that these retreats will become a regular feature of our island and the publication of a book of short stories will serve to promote the arts in our area.

Applications will be booked on a first come basis as availability is limited.  Be sure to follow us on our Blog, on Facebook and on Twitter to find out how you can apply for the Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats.

Once upon a time soon to be writers will be on retreat by the sea.  Our Mermaid Cottages are here to help introduce your characters and bring them to life.  Welcome to the Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats.

Mermaid Tale: Marsh Mermaid

Welcome to the Marsh Mermaid, the perfect place to get away from it all! This beautiful condo sits directly on Tybee’s beautiful 6th Street Marsh, so you are in for some gorgeous sunsets. Though the home is a duplex, it is extremely private and sound proof. Marsh Mermaid is a newer home perfect for anyone looking for a Mermaid Cottages Experience without the older home. The home features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, making it the perfect choice for a family vacation, girls’ weekend, or even a cozy honeymoon retreat!

Marsh Mermaid just enjoyed a makeover, so even if you have visited before, you’ll want to come back and rediscover this haven! Brew a cup of our very own Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee and enjoy the marsh views from your private deck. You must have breakfast at Tybee’s famous Breakfast Club at least once, but if staying in is right up your alley, you’ll enjoy the fully equipped kitchen. There’s even a grill to enjoy a good old fashion bar-b-que if the whim strikes!

Marsh Mermaid resides in a quiet Tybee neighborhood, but you are still close to the beach as well as the Back River area of the island. All of Tybee’s attractions are just minutes from your door, but you’ll also enjoy escaping and cozying up in your private retreat. Stay as connected as you want to be with the complimentary high speed internet and WiFi, or just kick back with a good book. The choice is yours! You’ll enjoy a large front yard, as well as a fenced-in backyard just perfect for your furry travel buddies to enjoy. And of course, your cottage is pet friendly, so please don’t leave them behind!

Don’t wait, Fall is one of the most beautiful season on Tybee Island and there are dates available right now. Plan you trip today and answer the “Why Tybee?” question for yourself! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Mermaid Guests Say It Best!

by Julie Engelhardt



Y’all know how much Mermaid Cottages loves taking care of our island visitors, but sometimes our guests say it best!  Mermaid Denise shared this wonderful, gracious blog post from our Guest Mermaid, Julie.  Julie’s blog post about her stay was so Mermaid Marvelous we asked Julie to share it with you here.

She Dreams of the Sea

Welcome to a glimpse of a mermaid’s world

a mermaid finding her way back to the sea . . .

This blog is about my magical journey and my exploration of paint, poetry, beauty, mystery, intuition, creativity, mermaid wisdom and fairy guidance.

Pink Cottages and Happy Mermaid Days!

Pink cottage II
Up until four years ago I lived my whole life near the Ocean.

These past four years I’ve been a landlocked mermaid.

But it’s only made me appreciate the Ocean even more.

Although I’ve been missing her so much.

Well I finally got to visit her.

A while ago I painted this watercolor of a pink beach cottage

and ever since

I’ve had a wish to stay in a pink beach cottage.

Well I got my wish last week!

I discovered the charming seaside town of Tybee Island in Georgia.

And would you believe I found a place called mermaid cottages!

They have the most adorable little pink beach cottage. …

Mermaid Cottage Goodies Alert!

They’re here! Mermaid Cottages goodies are pouring into Seaside Sisters and we are so excited! Now, you can bring Mermaid Cottages home with you in even more new and fun ways. Check these out!

These fabulous accessories are the handy work of Jackie Callahan and her company, J-Prons! Jackie is a self proclaimed “semi-empty nester” and wanted to fill her evening down time with creativity she doesn’t get the chance to let loose at her day job, where she is a registered nurse for an insurance company. “I have always loved to cook and, for some unknown reason, always loved aprons,” Jackie told us. So, she found a pattern, bought some yummy fabric, and pulled out her 28 year old Singer sewing machine. Not long after, her first apron was finished and the addiction began. After sharing a few of her creations on Facebook, she suddenly had loads of people wanting their very own apron! Ain’t Facebook grand?

Jackie says it has been so much fun finding whimsical fabrics and fine-tuning her own designs. “My husband Tim came up with the company name, J-Prons. Jackie+Arpons=J-Prons! In addition to the aprons, I also make slouchy shoulder/beach bags and baby/toddler hats. So, like our motto says, we’ve got you covered!” Make sure to head over to the official J-Prons Facebook Page and learn more about these fun, fabulous designs and keep up with all the new additions!

All of these fabulous designs are now available at Seaside Sisters here on Tybee, complete with our Mermaid Cottages logo!  The quality is outstanding…you will not be disappointed! These accessories make great souvenirs, but you will want to stock up because they make wonderful gifts as well! If you’d like to check out all of our goodies, head over to our Goodies page for a preview!

Don’t you dare leave Tybee Island without stopping by Seaside Sisters, the best little coastal shop ever. They have all things Tybee, and all things Mermaid Cottages! We can’t wait to see you there!