115th Mardi Gras! Galveston

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Laissez les bons temps rouler!  The 115th Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration is kicking off this weekend, and we are SO ready!

Rumor has it there’s going to be more than 3 million beads, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties, 5 masked balls, and more than 30 live concerts over the course of the celebration (January 29 – February 9, 2016) on Galveston Island. Headliners this year include Collective Soul, Cory Morrow, and Candyland & Fightclvb.

Some of our “Must Attends” for the first weekend include:

January 29 @ 8 p.m.: Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade – Dance and twirl your way along this fun parade route.  This free event is the perfect excuse to have a lot of fun and get down with your friends, family, coworkers, or whoever!  Reserve your spot soon.

January 30 @ 11 a.m.: Mardi Gras! Galveston Official 5K – Grab your posse and enjoy a leisurely crawl or an intense run along this course through Downtown Galveston.  Open to all ages and levels.  Register online.

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January 30 @ 1 p.m:  5th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade – Roll your way through Historic Downtown Galveston with your friends and family on your glammed out golf cart!  Register your stunning ride today.

And the FREE and Family Friendly parades on January 31 include:
@ 1 p.m.: The Sunshine Kids Parade
@ 3 p.m.: The Shriners Hospital for Children Parade

AND….we have a rental special going on!  (as though you needed another excuse to take off for the weekend!)  Book a Mardi Gras getaway in one of our vacation rentals.  Book a minimum stay of 2 nights for anytime January 19 – March 7, 2016, and get an extra night at the beach for FREE – call us at 409.797.5500 to book today!

Winter on Galveston Island

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Are we right?!?  As “Snowmageddon” is getting ready to turn the East Coast into a big pile of snow, we can’t help but rejoice as we grab our pullover, throw on our flip flops (because, seriously, they are an all-year wardrobe piece – no matter what our mother says) and be SO happy we get to call this Gulf Coast island home!

Even though it’s not quite sunbathing weather, there is still plenty to do!  Today was a great day for shell collecting with the wind blowing the water out and opening up wide stretches of beach. Or, grab a wetsuit and your surfboard for the days with great swells out along the Seawall.

Stop by one of our local restaurants for some warm comfort food, then walk it off while hunting for the perfect treasure in one of the kitschy little shops along The Strand. The Galveston Historical Foundation is hosting a free (with RSVP) winter lecture series that dives into Galveston’s nautical past.  The Grand 1894 Opera House continues its season of awesome programming with the Oak Ridge Boys this weekend.  We are especially intrigued by the Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra of New Zealand performing next month…

There are great programs offered at Galveston Island State Park that is free with park admission, cooking classes at The Kitchen Chick, Winter Texan deals at the Moody Gardens Golf Course, plus…well, you get the idea!

We freely admit that winter is one of our favorite seasons on the island – the weather can still be gorgeous and, without the crowds that summer brings, you get a chance to soak in the beauty at your leisure!

Galveston Vacation Planning – Go!

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2016 Sand `N Sea rental brochures are hitting mailboxes this week!

You know what that means… it’s time to grab that “timely and productive” New Years resolution by the horns and get on 2016 vacation planning!  With 15,451 brochures going out to our guests you need to get your family and friends together soon to get your first choice of vacation rental this summer.  Looking for a large beachfront escape?  We’ve got several!  A cozy canal front spot where the fish are biting?  We’ve got that too.  Pet-friendly homes, homes with hot tubs, neighborhoods with pools…we’ve got ’em!

Did you draw the short straw at the holidays and get assigned family reunion planning?  Never fear!  We have a whole page of homes that work together to make it easier for you!  There’s sure to be a combo that Great Aunt Mavis and Cousin Joe can agree on. 😉 We also have several pages with local attraction information, birding tips and spots, and more!

Keep an eye on your mailbox this week and next for this go-to guide for planning your 2016 Galveston Island Vacation!

Galveston on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt

Sand `N Sea has an HGTV star in the making!

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Watch Sand `N Sea REALTOR®, Barbara Zimmerman find the perfect Island property for her clients, Celeste and Dustin, on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

HGTV was on location filming in Galveston in April and May.  Barbara’s clients live in Beaumont and both work in other cities.  They wanted an island home where they could “meet halfway” and “honeymoon” together as often as possible.   They fell in love with Galveston’s West End charm and Barbara helped them find the perfect island getaway.

Tune in January 10th at 7:00 p.m. CST or January 11th at 2:00 a.m. CST to watch Barbara’s episode!