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Paw4Vets Fundraising Success!

We had an incredible turn out last Saturday for our Paws4Vets fundraiser! If you didn’t make it, you missed a lot of fun and friendship! Saturday, January 28th, Seaside Sisters on Tybee Island totally “went to the dogs!” We gathered there to help raise money to support Paws4Vets and to help fund the training of one very special puppy. Jimmy, an 8-week old Golden Retriever puppy named after our beloved Jimmy Kelleher of Seaside Sweets, will be trained by the wonderful people at Paws4Vets to be a service dog; he will go on to be the companion of a soldier right here in the Savannah area.

Through the Paws4Vets Assistance Dog Placement Program, our Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members (or their dependents) with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs, and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs free of charge. All Paws4Vets Assistance Dogs are trained by federal inmates within one of five federal prisons and/or the Paws4Vets Wounded Warrior PTSD Intervention and Assistance Dog Training Program. It’s a wonderful thing, and Mermaid Cottages is proud to sponsor such a great cause!

Saturday was certainly amazing! Paws4Vets founders Kyria Henry and her veteran father, Terry Henry, other service dogs from Paws4People, and soldiers from Ft Stewart and the surrounding area with service dogs came out to celebrate and help in the effort! Mary Kay Andrews was there as well with a fresh haul of wonderful vintage lovelies in tow, and pen in hand, ready to sign books for fans. There was an amazing silent auction full of treasures on which to bid, which included, among other things, a signed copy of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible!  Mermaid Cottages was there with our Beach Bum Biscuits and tee shirts. The proceeds from the sales of those items, as well as 10% of each purchase made in Seaside Sisters that day, went to the fundraising cause! And, to top it all off, there was a bake sale to end all bake sales. It was a wonderful day!

We were also honored to see GiftShopMag.com and SavannahNow.com feature our fundraiser on their sites! Make sure to head over and read the posts. We are so excited about them!

In all, the fundraising efforts raised $1000 to help Paws4Vets! Thanks to everyone for coming out to Seaside Sisters and supporting this great cause! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Mermaids in Our Midst: Bliss and Happiness Reign Supreme at Mermaid Cottages

We love hearing from our guests! Every note, email, and phone call warms our hearts. It’s especially touching when we get to hear from our regular guests that return as often as they can. It means a lot to us to hear why they keep visiting, and just what makes them come back. We recently heard from just such a guest!

“Dear Mermaids, we first stayed with Mermaid Cottages back in March 2007. We immediately fell in love with Tybee and the cottages on that very first trip and have been on a whirlwind tour of your homes ever since! We have stayed at Nora’s (twice), Sea Largo, Castaway, Breeze Inn, Dutton Waller (twice), Blue Heron and now most recently, Brooks Cottage. We feel like we are at home the minute we arrive. Every detail is so lovingly taken care of by Mermaid Cottages. The homes are sweet, spotless, and cozy.

Just some of the many beautiful Mermaid Cottages!

In all of these years and all of these homes, we have never once run into a problem or been dissatisfied in any way. As soon as we are “on island” we immediately begin to relax and breathe it all in. As I’ve mentioned to Diane before, bliss and happiness reign supreme there. Hectic lives are forgotten. It’s even difficult to discern what decade we’re in, as Tybee has a knack for transporting us to an era before we were even born…and make it feel completely natural to be there. Each home has its own story, its own soul. Our favorite is simply the one we’re in at the time. We have truly loved them all.

Brewster and Bella enjoy the breeze at Dutton-Waller Cottage.

Our pups, Brewster & Bella, begin to get excited the minute they see our Tybee overnight bags come out. They know they are in for a treat (literally!) as all the homes provide Beach Bum Dog Biscuits! They love the fenced in yards and screened in porches. They too are on vacation from their work as certified Canine Good Citizen aide dogs. They train hard and play hard, but when in Tybee, they go local and relax along with everyone else. They love taking walks around the island, meeting new friends, and napping under a palm tree. We are eternally grateful that Diane, the Mermaid Cottages staff, and thoughtful designers have taken the time to preserve this very special slice of Americana and in turn share it with folks like me. And we are truly blessed to live close enough to come and be a part of it as often as we do.

Mermaids for life, Melissa & Alan C.”

Brewster and Bella love the porch at Brooks Cottage!

Wow, thank you so much Melissa and Alan! It’s letters like this that warm our hearts and make us smile. We are so glad to know we are doing exactly what we set out to do…make your escape to paradise as perfect as possible! Thanks so much for sharing, and don’t be strangers. We hope to see you and the pups again real soon!

Mermaid Tale: Crabby Pirate Cottage

Welcome to Lewis Avenue, home to Mermaid Cottages’ very own Crabby Pirate Cottage. This beautiful circa 1940 home is such a value! Crabby Pirate Cottage sits directly on the beautiful marshes of Tybee, so get ready for some amazing sunset views. Your bright and cheerful cottage features three cozy bedrooms, so groups of up to six sleep very comfortably. To make it even better, Crabby Pirate Cottage is also pet friendly! Don’t leave your best fur-iends behind! Bring them along to enjoy the salty sea air and gorgeous fenced-in yard.

Like all Mermaid Cottages, Crabby Pirate is close to everything Tybee Island has to offer! Enjoy a 15 minute stroll to the beaches and Tybee’s lively downtown, full of shops and restaurants, or just stay in and get away from it all. Your cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, cable television, and even complimentary high speed internet and WiFi! You can even enjoy a cook out or two on the grill provided outside! Crabby Pirate Cottage has it all!

What are you waiting for? Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here on Tybee Island. Book your trip today and fall in love with our little corner of paradise. Hope to see you soon!

Mermaid Tale: Tybee Tides Cottage

Welcome to 1212 Venetian Drive on Tybee Island, home to the beautiful Tybee Tides Cottage! Originally built in the 1930’s as a fish camp, this very basic fish shack has been completely restored. The home is filled with wonderful regional and local art and was even the feature home of the 2007 Tybee Tour of Homes. The location on the Back River side of the island means you are on a cozy, quiet street, but still close to everything our wonderful little island has to offer. Leave the car behind and walk or ride your bike. At Tybee Tides, you are mere minutes from …

Pelican Dive Cottage

September means another summer is winding down, but it doesn’t mean the fun is over! Tybee Island is ready and waiting for you. Fall is a beautiful time of year on our little island and it is the perfect time to enjoy all things Tybee without the crowds of the summer months. Our Mermaid Cottages are just waiting for you!

Our Newest offering this fall is Pelican Dive Cottage. This beautiful home resides on 15th Street near the South End of Tybee Island. Legend has it …