If George Washington Slept at a Beach House



Where I grew up, there were always plaques on different houses proudly claiming that…

George Washington Slept Here.

It was always a running joke that Ol’ George really got around.

But with all the places I saw, none of them really seemed like a vacation.

You know, to recover and warm up from all the battles and crossing the Delaware River.



They were all in cold temperature areas with upright, uncomfortable looking formal furniture.

I have got to think, that just once, George would have liked to stay in a beach house.

A beach house with a table big enough for all of his favorite troops to sit around and enjoy a meal together.

And comfortable furniture where they felt it was okay to put their feet up.



And a kitchen, dare I say, where he would want to whip up a batch of sweet tea.


 And where he could put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign to have a few minutes alone in a claw foot tub.


And sleep in a beautiful big fluffy bed with the blinds closed tight so he could sleep in.



And maybe he want to switch around where he stayed and wake one morning to filtered light streaming in through windows that also let in the nearby sea breeze.


And he might wonder what Coke was, but he sure would enjoy one that was frozen if he could sip it…


 …on a wide open porch with the most beautiful blue floor anyone has ever seen.


And I think he would want to start his day strolling to the ocean as the sun begins to rise overhead and begin to burn off the fog.


 And if you think that is something you would like to do, you should visit Mermaid Cottages on Tybee Island, GA.

This lovely cottage, Ebbtide,  was decorated by the superbly talented novelist Mary Kay Andrews.

Wishing you a beautiful day.


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21 thoughts on “If George Washington Slept at a Beach House”


  1. Lovely pictures. I wish I would have known of these cottages when we stayed at Tybee. We got to Tybee when they were having their celebration with all the water guns. We were a little perplexed. I guess it is a tradition we were lucky we did not get blasted with icy water from the gargantuan water pistols.

  2. Amazing! So beautiful. I especially like the groupings of artwork above the sofa, in fact all the artwork in the whole house is so unique. Love it. We have been experiencing a winter full of below zero temps, ice, and snow, snow, snow. The beach sounds pretty good right now! Thanks for a little glimpse at warm, sunny thoughts.

  3. Good Morning Laura!
    Love the tour of the wonderful beach cottage! Just feel like moving right in…so comfortable & cozy, plus the decorating is effortless & calming!

  4. Laura,
    My husband and I actually rented a cottage last spring through Mermaid Cottages when we visited Tybee Island. Each cottage is uniquely decorated and named and just oozes with charm and character. The cottage we stayed in was called “Fish Tale Cottage” and has been featured in Southern Living magazine and a book as well.

    Many of these cottages were in disrepair and ready to be demolished before a lady named Jane Coslick started saving these structures. She also has a great blog (Jane Coslick Cottages) where you can see more of her past and present projects. We loved it so much we plan on going again this year!

  5. If I were George Washington….I would have never crossed back over he Potomac after I saw the beach. 🙂

    Love the post.

    I can still see us sitting in those chairs discussing all the world issues. 🙂

    Happy day friend!

  6. I am extremely jealous, and SO in need of a beach right now! The cottage is beautiful. Sigh . . . Ok, back to the reality of ice and snow . . . Which George TOTALLY understood, unfortunately!

    Happy Wednesday!

  7. Laura,

    I’ve heard a lot about Tybee Island since I started blogging five years ago. I don’t think I ever would have had it not been for that because I live in the Midwest. My husband and I love little get always and this just seems like the perfect place, the little cottages sound so sweet!

    Thanks for the tour and your great sense of humor. How I’d love to be sitting on that dock this summer! Notice I didn’t say “now” because the bad weather is heading that way.


  8. So glad you had such a great time and the cottage is just dreamy…a beach cottage that anyone would dream of!…I love all of the decor, gorgeous details, the wonderful quilts and collections…and I must say, I so love the “Do Not Disturb” collection .. very cute and clever!

  9. Oh I missed this post but am glad you reminded us of it in your latest post on beach cottages. It is beautiful! I’ve heard of Tybee Island over the years and thought it would be a very special place to visit. I can see that it would be. Thanks for sharing your visit!

  10. A cottage fit for every dreamer who needs a place to put her feet up. I’ve been to Valley Forge in the winter and it was no picnic or restful cottage by the sea. Thanks for sharing this one with the engaging narrative! One day, I hope we make it down. Happy Valentine’s Day, Linda