Galveston Favorites – Wendy

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Another SNS staff highlight this week!  Wendy has been an awesome member of our rental team for a decade now – where does the time go?!

What is your title and what do you do at SNS?  How long have you worked with Sand `N Sea?
I am the Maintenance Manager – so I coordinate regular maintenance visits to each of our vacation homes as well as making sure we get someone out quickly to address any issues that come up during guest stays.  I enjoy working with all of our local vendors.  I have worked with Sand `N Sea for 10 years.

How long have you lived on the Island?
11 years.

What is your favorite restaurant/dish on the Island?
Yamato’s Japanese Restaurant

What is your favorite attraction/thing to do on the Island? Why?
I really enjoy going to Moody Gardens with my family.  I like the Aquarium the best.

What do you think Galveston’s best-kept secret is?
Board Game Island – it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours in Downtown Galveston!

Thanks Wendy!  We look forward to another decade – or more!! 😀

Galveston Favorites – Raven

It’s time for another Sand `N Sea staff highlight! Meet Raven!

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What is your title and what do you do at SNS?  How long have you worked with Sand `N Sea
I am a Rental Reservationist. I help assist customers with information on rentals, booking vacations, and everything else in-between. October 13, 2015 marked my 1-year anniversary!

How long have you lived on the island?
I have officially lived here for 1 year and 7 months.

What is your favorite restaurant/dish on the Island?
I cook a lot at home, but I do like Mario’s Pizza.  They have a Margherita Pizza that is very tasty!

What is your favorite attraction/thing to do on the Island? Why?
I love taking my dogs to the beach with my husband, where we look for shells and sand dollars.

Where do you always take your out-of-town visitors? Why?
I like to take them to The Strand to walk around all of the shops! There is just so much to do you cannot get bored.

What local event do you like the best?
I am a big movie fan, and Movie Nite on the Strand is pretty awesome!

Thanks, Raven!  Stay tuned for another Sand `N Sea staff highlight soon!

Get Rewarded for Your Time in Galveston

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We love that we get to see some of the same guests and their families return to a Sand `N Sea vacation home each year!

Way back in 2005 all of our brainstorming finally hit upon a way to show our appreciation in the form of a frequent renter reward program. We wanted to make it simple for guests to earn free stays at our vacation homes, and we finally hit upon a system that would allow us to track rental history and home preferences.  EnterGuest Advantage!

We hate complicated reward programs (expired points? limited reward options? rewards not on par with our investment? No thanks!) and have kept it as simple as possible – we promise! No matter where you stay – beachfront, beachside, or canal front – the leaseholder earns 180 points per paid night. Once you accumulate 5000 points you get a free two-night stay in our mid or low seasons. It really is that simple!

Less than 4 weeks-worth of vacations gets you to a reward, and once you’ve reached 5000 points we get to help you plan a free two-night stay – what could be better, we ask you!? Use them for a surprise anniversary trip, a long weekend with the grandkids, an excuse to get some fishing in…we don’t care!

If you haven’t already enrolled in this free program, why not?  AND (here’s one of the best parts) we are happy to credit you for your past stays – up to 5000 points worth!

Whether you are coming back to the same vacation home for the 10th year or you like to float from neighborhood to neighborhood for a change of scenery each visit, we want to show our appreciation, and our guest reward program, Guest Advantage, is one way for us to say “Thank You!”

Galveston Favorites – Jessica

We are excited to start our series of entries highlighting our Sand `N Sea staff and their Galveston Island favorites!

Meet Jessica!

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What is your title and what do you do at SNS?  How long have you worked with Sand `N Sea?
I am the Guest Relations Coordinator and have worked with Sand `N Sea since July of 2009.  I get to do a little of bit of everything! I manage our guest rewards program (Guest Advantage), handle our social media and online presence, work with the Marketing Team on rental and real estate pieces, back up our Reservationists, head up special projects, and more!

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What is your favorite restaurant/dish on the Island?
I love getting dinner at the new Shrimp N Stuff location in Downtown Galveston.  The patio seating is this really nice little oasis.

What is your favorite attraction/thing to do on the Island? Why?

The Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid.  I love that the longer you watch each exhibit the more you see – and my husband and daughter could spend hours there.  I can’t wait to see it after the renovation is done!

Where do you always take your out-of-town visitors? Why?
We always do the Moody Gardens complex.  And the beach (of course!).  I also really enjoy wandering The Strand and always have to check out what’s new at The Admiralty.

What local event do you like the best?
It’s hard to choose!  I really enjoy ArtWalk and the Music/Movie Nites on the Strand.  As free and family-friendly events they’re my go-to for weekend entertainment. 

We hope that some of our staff favorites help you find some new things to do on your Galveston Island vacation!  Keep an eye out for more features of our team!

It’s Festival Season on Galveston!

It’s Fall!!  Don’t get us wrong – we love summers on the island.  However, if pressed, we might admit to loving October/November even more (shhhhh!). There’s something about a steady forecast of 80 – 90 degrees with a cool breeze, endless blue skies, and the less-busy beaches that really speaks to us.  Plus, it seems like there’s a festival (and festival food!) almost every weekend!

ARToberfest  – October 17 & 18
Island Oktoberfest – October 23 & 24
Mini Monster Bash –  October 31
Lone Star Rally rolls into town November 4 – 8…whew!

AND all of the “regularly scheduled” monthly entertainments are still happening: Music Night on the Strand, Island Market, ArtWalk, Family Day at the Ocean Star Museum, and more…

…excuse us while we head downtown to invest in some new walking shoes!

Midseason on Galveston Keeps Us Busy

We arrived at the office a little early the other morning and couldn’t resist a quick stop off across the street at Pirates Beach.  There’s a lot to be said for a coffee from MOD in one hand and a beachfront view of the Gulf complete with sand beneath your feet – all before the work day starts!

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Now that we are well out of peak season, our Rental Team is busy with a slew of midseason projects:  annual property maintenance, refreshing our Guest Books that go in each home, compiling pictures and info for our 2016 Vacation Planning Brochure, adopting and tweaking new rental software, and more!  Really, we’ve been working on 2016 all year…compiling suggestions from guest surveys, tracking retail and entertainment developments on Galveston Island, adding new vacation homes to the rental pool, etc.

All of that is going on while our Reservationists continue to help you book vacation rentals for Columbus Day, the Lone Star Rally, Thanksgiving, Christmas…you name it!

There really isn’t an off-season in the world of vacation rentals and real estate! 😛

Loving Galveston Since 1974

It seems like just yesterday we were opening our doors as a West End developer and home building business!  ::cues up nostalgic music soundtrack:: More than 40 years later, here we are – a solid leader in Galveston real estate sales and a vacation rental company with the largest inventory of professionally managed vacation homes on the Island!

We are proud to be a family-run business with a talented staff of long-term employees with fresh ideas.  As a team, we’ve moved from the days of a giant paper calendar and pencils to customized rental software and online reservation access for our guests and homeowners.  From paper pamphlets to a fully loaded website, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and now, a blog!

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We ♥ hearing the history behind our guest’s visits to the Island and seeing many of the same faces each summer at our vacation homes. We are looking forward to sharing stories about our company and our team members with you in the coming months and years!

Galveston is a great beach community with awesome local restaurants, shops, and hidden gems; and we can’t wait to highlight some of our favorite island spots as well as those of our homeowners, vendors, and guests.