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CRABBY JO’S:A Dog’s New Best Friend!

Ahoy, Pups!  Dog Days on Tybee just got even better!  Announcing the newest dog friendly cottage in the Mermaid Cottages Collection: CRABBY JO’S!

Located just one house back from the south beach on 18th lane, this newly refurbished cottage is your perfect paradise to get Tybee-ized!

With wrap around porches and sweeping views of the south end, the ocean breezes will always welcome you at Crabby Jo’s!  The yard is not fenced in, but you’ll find quiet Tybee streets that beckon you to dog stroll and wander!

This circa 1930 vintage hideaway sleeps six comfortably, so it’s a special home for families or a cozy cottage getaway for a couple.  Loaded with all the Mermaid Cottages brand standards, you can enjoy WiFi and all the modern conveniences or  turn the world off and just lose yourself in beach walking, beach combing, ecology discoveries and some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets Tybee has to offer.

It’s also stocked with our famous Beach Bum Biscuits and our extraordinary Morning Bliss coffee service.  You’ll find the art of slowing down has never been easier.


Ya’ll comin’?

Cottage Life Cottage Style

Most Tybee Cottages are made from Heart of Pine, a dense wood that termites do not like, so they make for good buildings.  With shallow-hipped roofs, the buildings are up off the ground to encourage air  flow beneath and protect against floods.  They always have these fantastic porches, some of which go all around the house.

Some of the cottages rise above the ground as if they’re touching the sky.  Others are more humble and quiet and tell you that while heaven is pretty…living down here is, too.

Those wondrous porches that fan out around the cottages are made for sitting and reading and watching the world go by.  They’re for spending time with old friends and taking naps.  But most of all they’re for those times when you want to dream about anything your heart desires.

Yes, for every moment one stands on Tybee ground there will be glory all the way to the sea.

Mermaid Tales: Back River Bungalow

Everything about Tybee is quirky and our cottages are no exception! Our Back River Bungalow cottage is in the Back River District of the island, close to great food at AJ’s Dockside as well as the Back River Fishing Pier. The cottage owners love the water, and it shows!

Come relax at the Back River Bungalow!

This is one of the bedroom doors in the cottage! Isn’t this fun? And the bedroom is cheerful and colorful too…what a creative way to keep the quirk of our little island alive and well!

Right this way to your underwater Escape!
Underwater Escape bedroom, one of four in the cottage!

Getting Ready for the Paula Queen Party…




We’re getting ready to host the SITE Savannah Conference Party @ Dutton Waller tonight! The Theme is “paula queen” and should be great fun! Look at how beautiful Dutton Waller turned out! More pictures to come…..
Here’s the invite we sent out our guests…
When: Saturday, December 5, 2009
7 PM — 9 PM
Where: Dutton Waller Cottage c 1938
1416 Chatham Avenue
Tybee Island, Georgia 31328
We look forward to welcoming our SITE friends to Tybee Island to kick off the conference in true Tybee style.Diane Kaufman and friends will be cookin’ all week homemade delicacies that are straight from Paula’s cookbooks. And since Paula “Queen” is a personal friend, you never know who might just show up! 

RSVP to: or 912.313.0784 …. By Dec 1st.

My Great Blue Heron Encounter @ Fiddler on the Creek


WOW! While going about doing my business yesterday of checking our various cottages before our guests arrived, I went out to the covered dock house at Fiddler on the Creek. The sheer beauty of this little cottage and dock house always stops me in my tracks, no matter how busy the day is. The tide was low, the Fiddler Crabs were out in full force ( hence the name!) , the oysters were clacking ( if you’ve never been quiet enough to hear the clacking of oyster shells at low tide, the sound is a popping sound. You can hear this sound at Tybee Tides, Marsh Mermaid, Doodlebug Cottage and of course Fiddler on the Creek) . I heard a rustle in the marsh grass and then a juvenile great blue heron took off! She was magnificent and made her croaking bird sound as she flew away, obviously upset that that I was enjoying the marsh while she was eating!
The picture above is what I saw and the porch shots are the pictures taken by world class photographer, Richard Leo Johnson during his summer visit of the screened porch and dock house at Fiddler.
Such a gift I was given with seeing this bird yesterday!