Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm


My Sundial Nature Tours Experience



This is Captain Rene Heidt who spent a large part of her day last week taking my daughter Katie and myself out on one of her Sundial Nature Tours. WOW! This was not a fishing trip, this was not a group dolphin tour, this was not even a ride around in the marsh and back waters and see “stuff”. This was a personally designed hands on AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

We met Rene at her waterside home on Tybee and she explained the day- making a special point to remind us this was our time and whatever we’d like to do and see- just let her know. We wanted to see everything possible! The “Marsh Hen” boat took us out and we saw migrating birds on their way from the South Pole on their way to upper Canada, we saw pods of doplphins, we saw marsh hens who make their nests in the marsh grass, we stopped at Little Tybee and walked the deserted beach- we were completely enthralled with everything! Who knew that this truly magical space was literally out our back door ( we also saw our cottage from the water while riding the back river area).

I absolutely, postively strongly encourage any one coming to Tybee to spend time with Capt Rene on one of her tours. Her website is , email is and phone is 912-786-9470. Children, adults, even your dog is welcome ( Dogs are allowed on Little Tybee- but during sea turtle nesting season – now- they need to remain on leash). Any questions or to learn more about my experience- just call or email me!!!

PS- as with some many of our Tybee locals- Rene wears many hats. She is also an accomplished artist creating beautiful water colors of marsh and nature scenes!

Look what’s washed ashore at Seaside Sisters!

WOW! Seaside Sisters Coastal Cottage Shop now is the Tybee home for Pamela Martin Designs. Her whimsical creations are in full bloom and Seaside Sisters is the only place on Tybee you can find her treasures. Her painted buckets ( ideal to hold drinks, or sand toys or any goodies you’d like) her beachy ornaments, fan pulls and brand new painted gourds- fish, mermaids and shrimp- everything you need to add some fun art into your life. Come by soon- the shop is now open 7 days a week.

Tybee’s New ( and only) Cookbook!

We are so proud of one of our own Seaside Sisters- Nancy Smith- who has just completed one of her life long dreams of putting together a cook book of her years of fun in the kitchen. “Cooking on Tybee Time” hits the book stores next week and will be available on Tybee exclusively at Sea Side Sisters Coastal Cottage Style Shop. Mark your calendars for her book signing at the shop on May 31st 1PM- 4PM, serving special treats from the cook book and ready to offer excellent advice on cooking, entertaining and how to live the good life. Nancy and her very special husband Bill love to entertain at their home ” Fish n Paradise” which is filled with orginal art ranging from Key West to Tybee. Did we mention that Nancy is an artist as well? Her speciality is whimiscal painted furniture, great painted windows ( full of bright fish and other beach themes” and just all sorts of things to make your smile! Her art can also be found at Seaside Sisters and she will custom paint anything you should need.

Congratulations Nancy!

PS- Don’t forget- for those of you on Tybee this upcoming weekend: The Cook Book Signing!Tybee’s Cookbook Author and a Seaside Sister, Nancy Lee Smith, proudly presents Cooking on Tybee Time

Nancy’s Cooking on Tybee Time is here!!!
Available Sunday, May 25, 2006
Seaside Sisters, 1207 Highway East
Sundance Plaza, Tybee Island

Nancy, Sallie, and Susan extend an invitation to YOU to attend a
book signing
Saturday, May 31,
1 – 4 PM

Refreshments from recipes in
Cooking on Tybee Time
Come join the fun!
Reserve your copy NOW or stop by Seaside Sisters

National Leave Your Car at Home Day!


Today is “National Leave Your Car at Home Day” and as usual little ole Tybee is ahead of the rest of the world! We always encourage our visitors and guests to park their car and ride bikes for everything you want to do while on Tybee. Bike riding- and remeber we’re talking those good old fashioned big seat beach bikes- is the absolute best way to not only be “green” and save on those crazy gas prices, but also get exercise and see Tybee at her best. Some of our recent guests sent us pictures of their bike riding AND taking that afternoon nap on the porch after a long morning of bike riding! And don’t forget if you want to rent bikes, call or email our favorite bike man Tim O’Neill for everything you need. He delivers right to your front door!