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!

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.

Galveston on HGTV’s House Hunters

Did you know? We have our very own reality television star!!

Sand `N Sea REALTOR Cheryl Smith was featured on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters as she helped a Dallas couple search for the perfect family beach home.  Here she is with the crew:

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We had a great time trying to pinpoint exactly where they were on Galveston Island in each “beauty shot” and loved seeing some of our favorite local spots in the background.

Check out her full episode!  How many local spots do you recognize?

Galveston’s Beach Nourishment Going Strong

We can’t get enough of this awesome project!  There’s a huge expanse of brand new beach already open to the public, and work is continuing westward along Seawall Blvd.  Here’s a progress picture from September 17:

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We get to see the progress every morning on our way to the office, but if you aren’t lucky enough to be heading to a Sand `N Sea vacation home soon you can always watch the progress live on the SandCam!

Galveston’s Seawall West Nourishment Project

Imagine this: You’ve just arrived somewhere in Texas with your friends and family for a weekend getaway. The sun is shining on your face, the wind is in your hair, and you’re relaxing on 725,00 new cubic yards of beach. You read that right- there’s a whole new beach in town. Where are you? Galveston Island, of course! The biggest beach reconstruction project in the history of the Island, the Seawall West Nourishment Project, is officially underway.

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How far will 725,000 cubic yards (taken from the Galveston Ship Channel) really get you? Once moved, the sand will make for 20 brand new blocks of beach between 61st Street and 81st Street. That’s 20 new blocks of sun-bathing, sea swimming, frisbee throwing, and much more! Beach access in this area is currently limited, but it’s worth the wait! You can keep track of the progress by checking out Galveston.com’s Live SandCam.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers began adding sand for the Beach Building project in August 2015 and completion is expected by late October 2015. Come enjoy the finished project this fall by planning your next Galveston getaway!