Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Mermaids, our Guests, and Paws & Paddles!

We had not been back to the cottage since April. Always a bit nervous to see if everything is still looking great. The answer after a busy season when we were rented so often.  YES! Thanks to our wonderful guests and the Mermaids at Mermaid Cottages. Everything was just as we left it.  I took Friday off and Mike got off a bit early and we hauled out off Windy Gap Mountain as soon as possible. Got here after midnight...a bit tired and sleepy and hungry, we skipped dinner to get here sooner. One of our Mermaids had stopped by Paws and Paddles and turned the lamp on in the great room and on the front porch for us since she knew we were coming in quite late. HOW nice is that! It really is the little things that make a great working relationship meaningful! I live customer service and it means so much to find others that understand that excellent customer service means exceeding customer expectations every day in every way!

Mike put the coffee maker on auto and the smell of coffee woke him up early. He switched on lights until I gently woke up and then he was jumping up and down and saying...wanta go watch the sun come up on the beach? Surprisingly I really wasn't that tired and I was ready to go. Ahhh...did I mention he drove all the way...nice man! Off to the beach, nice breezy morn about 73, coffee, comfortable chairs...with cup holders...courtesy of Mike. Really enjoyed the surf and wind along with the sunrise. Later my head was complaining about missing dinner and a real lunch yesterday. We sucked it up and left our comfty spot for the Breakfast have to wait it a huge, huge line in season but we walked right in this morning. They have been written up several times in Coastal Living Magazine and Southern Living!  Had I not known I doubt we would have went in. Very small kinda looks like a small bar from the outside...except for the Breakfast Club sign. The food is amazing good and they offer plenty of upscale and interesting dishes. Mike loves breakfast, me not so much. Here I do to! We had a simple meal of eggs and the best grits ever...they have awesome...shrimp and grits for breakfast. Then back to Paws to take Hershey out is so nice having a fenced in area, just open the door for him, and pick up later!  Mike took him for a walk to the pond and marsh right up the street while I finished nesting and putting things away.

I am sitting on the shady sun porch in my upholstered Chaise lounge, ahhh, and reading our book of cottage reviews.  Thought I would share some with everyone...we really try hard to exceed expectations and it makes us feel so good when someone notices!

Connie &Mike 1/12/12
Your cottage (Paws & Paddles) is amazing and from the moment I stepped through the door it provided inspiration for the story I was writing. Very thoughtful details!

What a beautiful cottage! Thank you so much for all the thoughtful details. I have never stayed in a rental home with so many niceties - that made it seem like home! Wonderful touches and great decorating - combined with the quiet, marshey area made this a great vacation from life's worries.

We so agree...worries don't belong on Tybee!
This is the first time for my husband and I in Tybee. It was everything we hoped for then some. We brought our dog Tucker a chocolate lab and even he felt right at home in these comfortable surroundings. We can't wait to come back and even though we never met the mermaids I knew they were there us. We will be back ASAP.

One more review...will save the others for later...
What a Fabulous cottage! My husband and I only wish we could stay longer! I never want to leave this adorable place! Ya'll have truly thought of everything a guest could ever need or want!!!
Connie, I have enjoyed following your blog for the past several months The cottage was truly the best it exceeded my expectations!!! We ALSO have a standard poodle and a yorkie. No dogs this trip but they will come back for sure. Thank you again for sharing your lovely home with us. Roll Tide!

I love all of these especially this one since she felt we exceeded her expectations & she was following the blog! I would love to write some day with hopes of being published at least online! A Tybee Dream...Dreams do come true. We would never have believed we had the courage to purchase the cottage. Then I totally went off the reservation...and called our decorator Jane Coslick of Coastal Living and Southern Living fame for restoring cottages on Tybee, and then found Eric to add on a small deck outdoor, love, love both. Plus Eric did all the painting, replaced some drywall you name it every time I came thing lead to another...but it all worked out beautifully...I had so much fun I wish I could do it again! More laters...

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