1 Bedroom,1 Bath~Across From Marsh, Downtown St. Marys, 5 blocks to Waterfront
About Elizabeth Gray
Believe it or not, I am FROM St. Marys! I am Elizabeth Gray and I have always known that St. Marys is special. My sisters and I had an idyllic childhood here in our sweet little corner in SE Georgia. So many good memories.....loving parents, wonderful friends, roller skating and bike riding and boating and flying over the town (my Dad was a pilot and ran the little airfield for a time). Walking to elementary school with my mom (she was my third grade teacher and I don't think I've ever gotten into as much trouble as I did in her class! Everyone kept telling me that I was the teacher's pet and I think I must have started to believe them.....not so much!) Playing on my first softball team, getting my first job as a fifth grader at the local library (when it was on the second floor of Orange Hall).....those books smelled so good and I even had my own little desk and stamp! And got paid!!! From my mom and dad's front porch was where I started my first little business: a summer craft camp where children came and created artwork, played croquet, rode bikes, did cemetery rubbings, learned karate, performed plays and learned how to pitch a tent on overnight camping trips. This was probably the prelude that led me to a management degree and the creation of Gray's Gallery and Custom Frame Shop in 1981. It's hard to believe that was over 30 years ago. For about as long as I've had the shop, I've been in the rental business. In 2003, I entered a different phase of rental property: the 'Vacation Rental Business.' I've met many wonderful people, made some lifelong friends and have been very busy ever since! Hopefully, I'll meet you!
Elizabeth Gray purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Elizabeth Gray chose Saint Marys
Since I can remember, I have always loved this downtown St. Marys home. I have many fond memories of pick up softball and kick ball games played with childhood friends in this neighborhood. When the property became available for sale, I immediately put a binder on it. Truman and Ada Pease built the main house in 1947 as an upstairs/downstairs duplex. Sometime in the late seventies, the garage was converted to an apartment as well. The potential of the detached cottage intrigued me.
What makes this Cottage unique
There was always something about this home that attracted me to it. (1) its juxtaposition on the corner property itself, (2) the two story brick house with detached cottage, and (3) the marsh views & breezes afforded from the front yard. While there are shade trees, the property itself is sunny and bright. Love the hardwood floors and all the windows, and the different living levels, decks and patios. No matter where you are, it feels private. Over the years, I have collected some really pretty antiques and have framed some beautiful artwork. It was so much fun to scatter some of my favorite things here for you to enjoy!
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Loggerhead Turtle Cottage
Just a delightful stay in St Marys GA. Clean and comfortable accommodations made our stay very enjoyable. Knowing what we know now we would again stay in Loggerhead Turtle Cottage . Our host Elizabeth provided for all our needs. Just a beautiful modern cottage located within walking / biking distance of historic downtown St Marys.
Great Place, Dedicated Owner
This is a wonderfully appointed, very comfortable rental that is a short walk from the waterfront and downtown St. Marys. On the first day of our stay, there was an unpredictable and unavoidable appliance failure at the house. Within minutes of our contacting the owner she was on site and on the phone making things happen to get it replaced the same day. This prevented any disruption of our stay and kept everything comfortable at the house. We have nothing but good things to say about the house, and the owner's dedication to taking care of guests really took this experience to the next level. She has several rentals, and we stayed in a different one in the past, and you can count on all of them being great places.
Great place to stay, close to downtown St Marys
We really enjoyed the Loggerhead Turtle Cottage. Very comfortable and homey, with all the amenities you could want. Full kitchen, dishwasher, washer and dryer, lots of sofas and TVs, etc. Its your own little house for the extent of the stay. The owner is great to work with, responsive, and takes care to make your stay great. The cottage is minutes from downtown by car and within walking distance, and bikes are included in the rental. Really good spot to stay to get to Cumberland Island, which is why we were there.
Lovely decorated, spacious and restful accommodations. Easy walk to historic St Mary's. Loved it!
Our family of 4 fit nicely in the cottage.
Home away from Home
What a lovely stay we had at the Loggerhead Turtle Cottage. It was comfortable, very clean, well stocked with necessities and very well organized. It was in a quiet neighborhood, but close enough to town that we were able to walk to town for breakfast or just a stroll along the waterfront. Elizabeth was very attentive and available for anything we needed although everything we needed was in the cottage! We will definitely stay at the Loggerhead Cottage again when we visit St. Mary's!
Great place to stay while visiting the area
Elizabeth's cottage is a wonderful place to stay if you are visiting St Mary's and the surrounding area. My son and I stayed here during a visit to the Okefenokee and Cumberland Island. Each day, it was great to come home to this spot. The place is immaculately clean and very comfortable. Elizabeth does a great job of providing instructions in the cottage which let you know where anything that you might need would be. I would recommend this to anyone who was looking for a place in St Marys.
Cumberland Island National Sea Shore:
Cumberland Island is a must see/do while you are here.....you get tickets at the National Park Service Office (and they have a pretty cool gift shop upstairs) and buy your ferry tickets at Lang's Seafood Office at the waterfront. Beautiful, pristine beaches, shelling, wild horses and old Carnegie homes for the history buff in you. Here is an 800 #
Cumberland Island National Seashore is the largest and southernmost barrier island in Georgia. The park is the home to approximately 36,000 acres of pristine maritime forest, undeveloped beaches, freshwater lakes, wide brackish marshes and over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness. The Seashore was authorized by Congress in 1972 and is administered by the National Park Service.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia is a phenomenal place dedicated to conservation, education and rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. Jekyll also has bike paths all around the island for bicyclists.
In St. Marys, there is a Submarine Museum loaded with all sorts of artifacts.............and there is National Park Service Cumberland Island Museum as well. The Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame is now open at the St. Marys Convention and Visitor Bureau.
We have a St. Marys Public Library on Herb Bauer Drive, our County Public Library is in Kingsland, and we also have a Bryan Lang Historical Library at the County seat in Woodbine.
Fernandina Beach, Florida is my favorite place, besides Cumberland to walk the beach, sun, swim and play. Downtown Fernandina is loaded with shops and restaurants and bars. The downtown marina is full of boaters navigating up and down the Intercoastal waterway. (The marina office also sells nautical charts of the area.) Fernandina has done a beautiful job with their downtown district. They have a huge annual art show, the Shrimp Festival, the second weekend in May. It’s impossible to go there and not come away with a treasure. They also have a silk stocking district with interesting architecture......Pippi Longstocking was filmed in one of those houses. Fort Clinch is a state park there with bike paths and nice beaches as well.
Folkston, Georgia has a train center, the Folkston Funnel with a train watching platform for the 60 or so trains that pass thru daily, and also an entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp Park, designated a National Wilderness Area: 700 square miles of land, water and wildlife in South Georgia and North Florida.
St. Augustine, Florida If you like to photograph birds, the Alligator Farm
is terrific. They have rare and exotic birds, reptiles, and mammals. They just in the last while added a zip line course over their Zoological Park.............my friends did it and were grinning for days. St. Augustine is also home to the Ripley Believe it or Not Museum and the Potter Wax Museum, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, World Golf Museum, Imax theatre, the Fountain of Youth, San Sebastian Winery, the Castillo de San Marcos National Fort, Mantanzas National Monument, Marineland and a beautiful waterfront and marina, peppered with interesting shops and restaurants and bars.
A little bit more of a trek, but so worth it. The town is steeped in history, beautiful architecture, parks, restaurants and shops. The waterfront is inviting with walks, benches, boat traffic and interesting shops, bars and tourists. Tybee Island is just a little further and sports a great beach.
You can fish off downtown at the fishing pier at the waterfront park, or at the Meeting St. boat ramp. You can also charter fishing expeditions.