Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

The Vintage Trailers are here!

Just when you think you’ve seen everything on this little island, the Sisters on the Fly ( www.sistersonthefly.com) roll into town. If you’re around this weekend, you HAVE to make time to participate in this very unique, very quirky event on Tybee on Saturday from 11AM- 3PM.

This fun loving group of women travel the country in their vintage mini trailers which they have tricked out in various unique themes . They set up camp, drink margaritas and get to be cowgirls and beach bums for the weekend. No husbands or boyfriends allowed, just good old fashioned female bonding!

Susan Kelleher of Sea Side Sisters connected with this fun group last fall and along with the Tybee’s River’s End Campground and the terrific Woody, pulled together a tour of the trailers as a fund raiser for St. Michael’s Elementary School here on Tybee. I went by to visit today and couldn’t believe how cute this little trailers are!!! Check out one of the articles about this event on www.savannahnow.com/node/476240

Danny the Cup Cake eating dog….

Danny in the front yard of our home- Mermaid Manor. He loves to people (and dog watch) as our many island visitors stroll or ride their bikes down Chatham Ave. The best part of spring season is so many of our visitors are back and all riding bikes! We encourage all our guests to ride bikes while here on Tybee. What a perfect way to to be Green, exercise and mix and mingle with our locals and other visitors and enjoy Tybee at a slower pace. We recommend one place to rent your bikes – Tim’s Beach Gear and the BEST place to rent bikes on the island if you don’t want to bring your own. Tim will personally deliver your bikes to your cottage.

The sign on the gate was created especially for Danny and Max ( my two labs) by Lori Prell, a terrific regional artist based in Cocoa Village, Florida. The dogs are enjoying their “boat drinks” and the sign reminds people to close the gate behind them so the boys don’t decide to charge out the gate and go visiting. Lori’s website the Black Dog Gallery and she will custom design a sign for your home.

That’s Max at the top of the stairs by the front door being the good dog that he is.

Danny is always ready to bark and dash out the gate , Max is just happy to be alive and be a dog on Tybee….

Thank you Alan Rubin for taking these pictures of the dogs and the cottage!

Sea Board House, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

I spent three days with my dear friend Lynda in Ocean Isle Beach, NC last week while attending the VRMA Eastern Region Conference in Mrytle Beach, SC. Lynda retired from her Corporate life in Atlanta and moved back to her home town region- Brunswick County in NC a few years ago and re created her life. She has completely restored an old ship builders cottage which sits on the banks of the IntraCoastal Waterway ( across from Ocean Isle Beach, NC) and created a home we all crave! Filled with her treasures from her travels all over the world as a corporate meeting planner and mixed with equally special finds from her yard sale and junking expeditions, Sea Board House is a nest to relax, be creative and re charge. Laurie Nelson, owner of Harris Nelson Designs ( www.harrisnelsondesigns.com) gave her expertise in the decoration and her creative genius touch is everywhere.

Lynda and I spent a day in Wilmington and Southport NC- both towns in their full spring glory. Azaleas, dogwoods and spring flowers blooming everywhere, the air warm but not humid, blue sky and big white clouds- there is nothing like springtime in the South- of that I am convinced!

I was in the area to attend the Vacation Rental Management Association Eastern Regional Conference, the professional association I belong as a vacation rental company. A great conference attended by over 200 Vacation Rental Companies all over the East. Lots of new ideas which you all will see on the mermaidcottages.com website very soon- including giving our guests a chance to review and then post their stay with us right on our website. If you’d like to post your review of a past visit to one of our cottages on the website , please let me know !

Spring Sojourn to Midway, Georgia

Friday was a perfect spring day and I was lucky enough to spend time with the very famous Craft Artist, Pam Martin in Historic Midway! This small southern community is about 30 minutes south of Savannah right off of Highway 17 ( the old coastal road before I 95 was built). Pam, her husband Joe and their beloved Golden Retriever Cobaka, live in a beautiful home Joe built right on the marsh . The town is covered with pink, coral and white Azalea plants and was breath taking! Pam’s studio is right next door to their home with the docks in front and a view that goes on for miles.

Pam is one of the most energetic people I know- in the course of 5 hours we had lunch, toured her art studio to see what was new, drove all thru Midway to shop her favorite junking stores and even went Letterboxing!. Lunch was all homemade by Pam and included cinamon raisin bread, grilled chunky chicken salad and of course her dark,gooey chocolate brownies… the only thing missing was her usual Peach Ice Tea- but hey- she couldn’t get to everything! Pam and Joe also make world class shrimp salad from Shrimp they catch right off their dock. She showed me her newest creations- Mermaids, Fish and Shrimp all made from dried goards and painted bright and cheery colors. HGTV was also there recently and will be featuring Pam and another dear friend and famous artist “Very Jeri” Gale on an upcoming show about American Crafts people. We’ll let you know the show date!

Be sure to check out Pam and Very Jeri’s art while visiting Tybee at Atlantic Beacon Gallery ( www.atlanticbeacongallery.com ) You can also visit her blog www.pamelamartindesigns@blogspot.com Pam loves to blog and will fill you in on her daily adventures which will astound you! Read all about our letter boxing experience on her blog. I’ll keep you up to date as I discover the Tybee Letter boxes! Who knew such treasure were out there!

“I have no special talents, I am passionately curious”
Albert Einstein

The Joy of Magazines

I just love magazines. Nothing makes me happier then to have a big stack of magazines to go thru before I recyle them. Right now I have a large stack and am getting thru them a few each night. I love to pull articles out to send to people to let them know I’m thinking about them ( found a great article to send to my sister about the “Hon Fest” in Baltimore where every June- a festival occurs to pay homage to all those “Ballmore” gals who call everyone “Hon”.) Other article treasures I found tonight- a great idea for Brown Bag Lunches to share with my friend Susan that she can use for the upcoming Vintage Trailor Tour on Tybee April 12th ( more details to follow on this amazing event!). An article on local SCAD graduate and Savannah Artist Tiffany Taylor, and best of all, some inspirations collected by writer Mary Engelbreit. They’ve inspired me and I want to share!
“Sucess is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on Fire.”
Anonymous

“Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off! But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and those who will follow after you.”
Amelia Earhart, American aviator

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; There is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”
Mary Engelbreit.

On to the next stack ( which includes a bunch of Southern Livings!)