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Veterans Day

Enjoy Veterans Day with Mermaid Cottages

enjoy veterans day with mermaid cottagesWe are proud to honor and support our military guests and families and we really want you to enjoy Veterans Day with Mermaid Cottages!  From November 10-17, 2014, Mermaid Cottages is offering  a special military discount of 25% off.  Just choose your cottage from our collection, book it online and enter your Special Military Discount Code HEROES2014.  This discount is available to Active Duty, Retired, Reserve, National Guard, Veteran(Inactive) members and families.  The 25% is taken off the regular per night rental charge.

Just take a look at some of our cottages available for your discount when you report for much needed R&R and Tybee Time November 10-17!

enjoy veterans day with mermaid cottages

Back River Bungalow has a large front porch with rocking chairs and a large back screened porch with a hammock.  This strategic location is close to the Alley III Kayak …

For Our Sons, A Soldier’s Story

Mermaid Cottages is proud and honored to host this Warner Robins, GA military family to Beach Retreats For Heroes and for their first trip to our Tybee Island ocean paradise!

We are so excited for our weekend in Tybee.  I have attached some photos of our little guys (The twins, Alex and Austin, and Charlie).
Thanks so much for everything!
For everyone soldier that serves there is a family that does their best to carry on.  Carolyn steps up,  as all military spouses do, to keep the family involved and plugged in and makes sure their home is waiting for her husband each time he returns.
Doyles On The Beach is a wonderful cottage right on the beach and a special place to celebrate family and service to our country.
Mermaid Cottages invites our active military men and women who serve to Beach Retreats For Heroes in support of our troops and to say Thank You to you and your families for your sacrifice and service.
 Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our blogs to find out when our cottages are available for Beach Retreats For Heroes.
What can you do?  Be thankful.  Say Thank You.

Serving With Honor, A Soldier’s Story

Mermaid Cottages is proud and honored to welcome Mary Sue and Gerry to Tybee Island for Beach Retreats For HeroesMermaid Jan shared this loving exchange from Mary Sue.

Hi Jan,

This is Mary Sue and I just spoke with you on the phone.

My husband is Gerry  and he is a Staff Sergeant with the 165th
Air National Guard here in Savannah. He is a member of their Security
Forces Squadron and recently deployed with his unit to Afghanistan for 6
months. Prior to this service in the National Guard, Gerry was a member of
the US Army and served as a Military Policeman and criminal investigator
and was stationed in Korea.

While in Afghanistan, Gerry volunteered with a special group of airmen and soldiers who routinely went “outside the wire” on missions to ensure that the perimeter surrounding Bagram Air Base was secure.  Also during his tenure in Afghanistan, Gerry missed out on seeing me graduate from law school, and his faithful and loving bulldog of seven years was put to sleep.

Needless to say, his time spent serving his country in Afghanistan was tough. I’m so proud of him and proud to be a member of his family.

I can’t get over how wonderful it is
of your organization to do something like this for our vets!

Thank you,

Mary Sue

We are so happy to welcome Mary Sue and Gerry to Heron Hideaway this weekend.  Thank you both for your service, your commitment and support to each other and for inspiring us to make a difference.

You can make a difference, too.

Support our troops.

Be Thankful.

Say Thank You.


Mermaid Cottages and Beach Retreats For Heroes!




A Soldier’s Story

It’s a Hero’s Homecoming Welcome for our wonderful guests, Elizabeth and Jason, staying at Mary Kay Andrews\’ beautiful Breeze Inn Cottage this week.  Mermaid Cottages is hosting Beach Retreats For Heroes in honor and celebration of our active service men and women and Veterans Day.

Mermaid Denise helped arrange this special getaway and she shares Elizabeth’s email of thanks here.

Hey Denise!
I spoke with you earlier about your Beach Retreats for Heroes program this weekend.  First, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart that y’all are going so far out of your way to make Veteran’s Day special for not only my veteran but myself as well.  My husband, Jason actually used to be stationed at Ft. Stewart before we were married, and he always speaks very fondly of his time in Savannah and days off spent at Tybee.  We have never been able to visit Tybee Island together, so this is such a nice surprise.  He is very excited to show me around his old stompin’ grounds.  I must also say that I selfishly am so excited to have the opportunity to stay in Mary Kay Andrews’ cottage!  I discovered her books while a student at the College of Charleston and immediately fell in love with her southern tales.  She is my most favorite author!  Y’all are truly making dreams come true!
Here is a little bit about my husband, Jason Widner.  He is originally from Seattle, Washington, and he became a soldier in the Army in February 2004 where he was first stationed at Ft. Stewart.  He soon after deployed to Tikrit, Iraq for 12 months.  He then deployed in 2007 for the second time for 15 months to the Al Anbar Province.  His third deployment was to Northern Afghanistan from June to November of 2010.  We currently reside in Columbia, SC where Jason is in school completing his bachelor’s degree, and I am becoming certified to teach Special Education.  For the Widners, the Army is truly a family affair because Jason’s older brother, Dan, is also a veteran having served two tours overseas.
I’ve also attached a picture of Jason taking a quick break during a patrol in August of 2007 during his second deployment.
Again, thank you so very much for reaching out to members of the armed forces in such a generous way!  It is so truly appreciated!
Have a wonderful afternoon,
Elizabeth North-Widner
It’s a story that touches every American man and woman and every person on this earth that is safe and at home with loved ones.  You see, it’s not just a soldier’s story.  It’s the story of spouses and parents and siblings and children and co-workers and friends who must carry on while their loved one is away in service to us all.
What can you do?   Be a good listener.  Be a good neighbor.  Be a good friend.  Be grateful.  Be thankful.
Say Thank You.
Celebrate homecomings.
 Make A Difference.