Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

Month: December 2011

Welcome Knight, Our Newest Sponsored Guide Dog!

Sandy and Knight!

Everyone at Mermaid Cottages is excited about the news! December 3rd, our good friend Sandy picked up our newest guide dog sponsor, Knight! That’s right, the same special little guy you all helped to name. Isn’t he just the most precious little thing? There’s nothing cuter than an eight month old black lab puppy!

Knight got his name thanks to everyone voting in our Name That Puppy Poll on our Mermaid Cottages Facebook Page. We received so many wonderful names (and reasons for those names) that a poll just seemed like the best way to choose the perfect fit, and boy did you guys come through! Knight won with 62% on the vote! Knight was submitted by Rob S. from Florida in honor of a good friend that passed unexpectedly November 23 at the young age of 36. Albert Knight, Jr. gave of himself each year by participating in the Relay for Life. He continued giving after his passing through organ donation and even a donation to Locks of Love. Since childhood, Al enjoyed spending much of his time at the beach and always lived life to the fullest, as if each day was his last. And now, his name will be carried on and his memory honored through the life of Knight, our newest sponsored guide dog!

Knight seems to be making himself right at home!

Sandy tells us Knight seems to be a very sweet and calm puppy so far. He really enjoys the company of his new friends, Aldo and Tony. Aldo (on the left above) is also a guide dog, and Tony (on the right) is Sandy’s big, beautiful Golden Retriever. Tony is about 105 lbs. to Knight’s about ten, so we ought to really be able to watch Knight’s growth when he sits next to Tony! Cuteness overload!

We are so proud to welcome Knight into the Mermaid Cottages family. We just know he will live up to his name and grow up to do wonderful things as a guide dog! Remember, every time you stay with Mermaid Cottages or purchase our Beach Bum Biscuits, you help us sponsor a service or guide dog through The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and  Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Puppy Sponsorship Program, so thank you for helping us help others!

Mermaid Sighting!

We asked, and you delivered! We love seeing mermaid sightings from our fans, and this sighting is amazing! Our friend Frances Kay sent this lovely lady to us and, of course, we had to share! Isn’t she lovely?

So glamorous! We are in the presence of a movie star y’all! She definitely looks ready for every holiday party in town, not to mention a rocking New Year’s Eve! Thanks so much for sharing your sighting Frances. We love her!

Have you seen a mermaid? Well, we’d love to hear about it! Please send your sightings and stories to us at diane@mermaidcottages.com. Your sighting could be the next featured right here on our blog!

Be a Mermaid for the Holidays!

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Oh my goodness…where did November go?! It sure is hard to believe the Christmas season is already here and the New Year is right around the corner. I mean, wasn’t it July just yesterday?!

This time of year might be a slower season on Tybee Island, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on! Tybee is still beautiful during the fall and winter months, and you can still enjoy long lazy days of strolling with the beach all to yourself! Just look at these beautiful pictures from our very own Mermaid Margo, owner of Fish Camp Cottage. Pure beach bliss!

Thanks to Margo Cook for these amazing pictures from our corner of paradise!
We love to decorate for the holidays!

The holidays are just about one of our favorite times of year here in paradise. Our celebrations are not-to-be-missed, and we definitely deck the halls…Tybee style, of course! That’s the good news; want the great news? There’s still plenty of time to plan a holiday trip to last a lifetime! We’d love to see your family on Tybee for the Holidays. We still have many cottages to choose from for your gathering. There are even dates available right now running from the first day of Hanukkah, to Christmas, straight through New Year’s Eve!

Christmas...Mermaid style!

Want to make a memory to cherish year after year? Let Mermaid Cottages help! Book you trip online right now, or give us a call at (912) 313-0784. We love helping you find your perfect dream cottage! The holidays are coming fast, are you ready? We look forward to hearing from you soon!

"Merry Christmas Y'all!" Decorations at Paula Deen's Y'all Come Inn!

How Are You Jingling This Weekend?

At Mermaid Cottages our wonderful mermaid decorating team and some of our cottage owners are busy transforming our cozy cottages and historic homes into a winter wonderland.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year to get Tybee-ized!  Y’all comin’?

1. Friday, the preview party/artist’s reception  for the Tybee Arts Association Art Show & Sale.   From 6 – 9 PM at the Old Elementary School cafeteria.  Look for TAA members circulating at the tree lighting.  They will give you one FREE Raffle ticket for Fridays Reception Party…Your chance to preview the show and win a fabulous prize.  Additional tickets for sale at the show, for drawings on Sat. and Sun.

2. On Saturday,  the TAA  Art Show & Sale from 10AM till 6PM.   At 3 PM,  Santa arrives next door at the YMCA.  While the children visit Santa, you can do some special shopping with us.

3. On Sunday,  visit the TAA Art Show & Sale from 10AM until 5PM.  Find that special something that is made locally and found no where else…. paintings, fabric and fiber art, jewelry, mosaics, photographs, stained glass, prints and, well, you just have to come and see it all…

Experience our theme for this show “Great Expectations”  beginning with your entrance  through the portico of the Old School Cafeteria into our Wonderland (with real elves).
We have a treat in store for YOU!

20+ local artists and artisans welcome you to our last show in 2011… fulfilling the promise of “Great Expectations” …

Tybee’s Holiday Shop and Stroll is Here!

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The big day is getting close…are you ready for the shopping? Well, if you are looking for wonderful places for fabulous gifts, look no further than Tybee Island! We have so many wonderful places to get unique and wonderful gifts it’ll make your head spin! And this weekend, you can explore them all during the Holiday Shop and Stroll, going on Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th, right here on Tybee!

Of course, Seaside Sisters has everything you need for the holidays, so make sure you visit them! From classy to sassy, classic coastal to Tybee quirky, they are the place to go! Also, pick up all your Mermaid Cottages stocking stuffers like Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee or Beach Bum Biscuits at Seaside Sisters as well. Those are feel good presents too, since every purchase helps out the Tybee sea turtles and our sponsored service and guide dogs, respectively! The ladies at the shop have all sorts of fun, sassy, and definitely unique gift ideas, so don’t miss it!

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Tybee also has loads of wonderful art galleries and other shops, perfect for anyone on your Christmas list! Stop by the Atlantic Beacon Art GalleryLatitude 32, and Gallery By the Sea, and Tybee Fish Art and more for gifts of all kinds, from clothing to handmade art from local and regional artists. So, if you are shopping for the mermaid-at-heart in your life, why not come to Tybee and knock a chunk outta that shopping list? See y’all soon!