FALL in Love with Galveston Island This Weekend!

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: October might be our favorite time to be on the Island! With a huge offering of free or low-cost family-friendly events, warm sunny days, and a jam-packed festival schedule you need to be here! This weekend is no exception!

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ARToberFEST
October 15 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 16 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

33rd Annual Greek Festival
October 15 – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October 16 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

FREE Admission Day at 1892 Bishop’s Palace
October 16 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

p.s. Don’t forget about our October Rental Special! Get a FREE night at the beach with your new minimum two-night reservation, through October 30. Check out the details¬†and book your weekend getaway now!

FREE October Night on Galveston Island!

Do you hear that? It’s 23 miles of beautiful empty beaches calling your name!

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Take advantage of Mid Season rates AND enjoy a FREE* night at a beach house with a minimum two-night stay from October 1 – 30, 2016.

Bring the family! Bring the dog! Plan a Girl’s Weekend with shopping, dining and more! Escape for 3 days of uninterrupted fishing on the bay! Getting the idea yet? ūüėȬ†Throw in a holiday weekend for Columbus Day on October 11 and there’s no excuse for not making time for a beach escape.

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*Valid for new stays only, between October 1 and 30, 2016, including Columbus Day weekend. Stays must be completed by October 30. Minimum 2 paid nights. Not valid with any other promotional offers. Not all properties are eligible for this promotion.

FREE night on Galveston Island!

Summer vacation is almost over ? but warmer temperatures aren’t going anywhere, apparently!

We want to help you cool off (and sneak in one more weekend on the sand before school starts!) and we’ve got a hot deal to help make it happen! Take advantage of Mid Season rates AND enjoy a FREE* night at a beach house with a minimum two-night stay from August 15 – 29, 2016.

What could be better than extra time at the beach we ask you?! Not much! Well, unless it were extra time at the beach with a frozen lemonade & our favorite paperback, or time at the beach surf fishing while a pod of dolphins chased only the largest fish to our hook, or…well, you get the idea! The beach has it!

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*Valid for new stays only, between August 15 and 29, 2016. Stays must be completed by August 29. Minimum 2 paid nights. Not valid with other promotional offers. Not all properties are eligible for this promotion.

Shorter Summer Stays in Galveston

Can’t escape for a full week at the beach this summer? We’ve got the answer… ::drum roll:: … a Shorter Summer Stay! We just released a great selection of vacation homes for stays as short as 3 nights in June. (If you’re part of our¬†mailing list then you found out this awesome news yesterday – ahem!).

Check-in and check-out days are totally flexible, and we’ve got¬†beachfront, beachside, and canal front homes with available dates – so there’s bound to be something that works for you! Big houses, cozy cottages, pet-friendly homes, homes with unobstructed Gulf views, hot tubs, you name it! Check out the current list of homes and available dates online.Can’t book just yet? ¬†Don’t worry!¬†We’ll be adding more homes and more dates as the summer progresses, so as the beach keeps calling¬†your name more insistently be sure to check back!

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Can’t book just yet? ¬†Don’t worry!¬†We’ll be adding more homes and more dates as the summer progresses, so as the beach keeps calling¬†your name more insistently be sure to check back!

Shorter Spring Break Getaways on Galveston Island

cute-sun-with-sunglasses-clipart-ytkg5regcHappy Friday!!!  Have you heard? We are now accepting reservations for as few as 3 nights for Spring Break 2016 on Galveston Island!

AND (wait for it…..) we just added several gorgeous new homes to our vacation rental¬†program! Check out some of the highlights below,¬†then visit their pages on our website to reserve one for your Spring Break getaway!

Bay Escape – Bayfront, Sleeps 14, & a Private Pool
Azul Seahorses РBeachfront, Sleeps 10, & a Pool Table
Cool View – Beachside (3rd Row), Sleeps 5, & Dog-Friendly
Casa de Vaca – Beachside (2nd Row), Sleeps 12, & 2 Living Rooms

Be among the first guests we welcome to these beautifully-appointed properties Рor search our whole inventory by amenity, location, and size!

Leap Into Galveston!

dolphinsleapinggalveston_dolphin_toursSo, it’s a Leap Year, and Monday is like a bonus day (on a side note, who opted for an extra MONDAY??! – but we digress). We can’t think of many¬†places better to spend this “extra” day than here on our own little slice of the island paradise!

The 29th is currently forecasted to be an awesome day to jump¬†into the water – 75 and partly sunny? Yes, please! However, if you’re not quite ready for the brisk water temps,¬†we’ve found a few other things to entertain ourselves this Leap Day weekend¬†ūüėČ

Beachcombing 101 at the Galveston Island State Park on Feb. 27,10 a.m.
Itzhak Perlman at The Grand 1894 Opera House on Feb. 27, 8 p.m.
The 38th Annual Corvette Expo on Feb. 27 & 28.

Plus, Galveston boasts some of the¬†national chains offering “leaplings” (people born on Feb. 29) special deals on Monday: ¬†get a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut, or a free cookie at McAlister’s Deli.¬† Then, take a long walk along Seawall Blvd. to work off your indulgences!

p.s. Don’t forget – We have a¬†Free Night Rental Special going on!¬†Book a minimum stay of 2 nights for any stay happening before¬†March 7, 2016, and get an extra night at the beach for FREE – call us at 409.797.5500 to book!!

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. ūüėČ 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!

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 Рwe promise! No matter where you stay Рbeachfront, beachside, or canal front Рthe 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!”

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! ūüėõ