Mardi Gras! Galveston – Get Ready for Another fun Night

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Heading to Galveston Island for our 109th Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration? We want to see you!

The party starts February 14, 2020 and continues through February 25, with plenty of festivities for all ages.  Our “Must Attends” for a true Mardi Gras! Galveston experience are:

February 14 @ 8:30 p.m.: Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade – This FREE event offers families, friends, and local businesses & organizations the chance to show off their moves! Check-in the night of the parade for a team number, grab your bedazzled umbrella and boogie on!

February 15 @ 1:00 p.m.: 9th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade – register your beach cruiser today!

February 16 Fiesta Gras (all day): A celebration of Hispanic Heritage, children under 12 get in free with an adult for this day full of live music, food & parades. Bidi Bidi Banda and La Leyenda are headlining this year’s festivities!

February 22 @ 6:30 p.m.: Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade – Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade, viewers will enjoy spectacular floats, marching bands, beads, and more!

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February 23 @ 1:30 p.m.: Krewe of Barkus & Meow Parade* – The Galveston Island Humane Society hosts this a-meow-zing parade full of pets decked out in their Mardi Gras finest!  Registration details and forms can be found online – this is a great one to participate in!

February 23 @ 3:00 p.m.: Children’s Parade* – the Firefighters Local 571 hosts this parade with costumed kids and decorated floats.

*Family Friendly for All Ages

DON’T FORGET….we have a rental special going on!  Book a Mardi Gras getaway of a minimum stay of 2 nights (for stays through February 29, 2020) and get an extra night at the beach for FREE – call us at 409.797.5500 to book today!

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Now we just need to figure out what we’re going to do with all of these beads…

Free Night on Galveston Island this Holiday!

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We made our list and checked it twice and found out that all of our guests are definitely nice! Come celebrate the holiday season with us on Galveston Island and get a FREE* night in one of our vacation homes!

Galveston Weather

A beach break is the perfect gift when the forecast for this winter weekend looks like this… guess we’ll be wearing flip flops with our ugly Christmas sweaters – or t-shirts. ūüėČ

Wondering what there is to do in the off season? The surf’s been up, so beachcombing has been particularly excellent lately. The shops along The Strand are decked out in their finest garland and tinsel and have a unique selection of gifts, and you can’t beat a dinner out at one of our local restaurants after a long day of shopping or strolling the beach. Plus, there’s a great selection of holiday activities!

*Valid for new stays only. Stays must be completed by January 2, 2018. Minimum 3 paid nights. Not valid with other promotional offers. Not all properties are eligible for this promotion.

4th of July on Galveston Island

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There are few things that send us straight back to the glorious summers of childhood faster than fireworks, popsicles, and the beach. You¬†know, back when some adult had to worry about sunscreen,¬†water bottles,¬†towels, & trying to scoop sand out of the car at the end of the day, and all we worried about was how many ghost crabs we could dig up and whether or not we’d get to finish our architecturally stunning sandcastle before the tide came back in.

If holiday weekends on the beach are part of your fondest memories too, then you definitely won’t want to¬†miss any of the¬†opportunities to catch dazzling fireworks displays on Galveston Island this 4th of July! And¬†the best part? Most of them are FREE!¬†Here’s a quick rundown of the parade and nighttime extravaganzas happening across the island this weekend:

July 1 & 2:
Bands on the Sand at Moody Gardens. Enjoy live music and fireworks at Palm Beach. Friday: Intercoastal Pirates.  Saturday: Space Monkeys. Tickets are $15 each and you can get all of the details online.

July 3:
Fireworks over Lake Como at 9 p.m. (FREE) SNS is a proud sponsor of this West End favorite hosted by the Pirates Property Owners Association. Lake Como is located just west of the Galveston Country Club, off of Stewart Rd.

July 4:
Pirates Beach Parade at 10 a.m. (FREE) This family-friendly parade boasts decorated golf carts, bicycles, pets, and more!  Bring your beach chair and watch the fun! The parade starts at our parking lot and continues north along 12 Mile Road, then west along Stewart Road.

City of Galveston Parade & Fireworks at 7:30 p.m. (FREE) Bring the family and enjoy the City’s stellar parade and fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico. The parade kicks off at 7:30 p.m., traveling along Seawall Blvd. from 45th Street to 22nd Street. The 20-minute fireworks presentation starts immediately after the parade, near 37th Street & Seawall Blvd.

We hope to see you out and about enjoying all that Galveston Island has to offer this weekend – maybe with a popsicle or two and a bucket full of sand! ūüėČ

Memorial Day on Galveston Island

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Thank you to all the brave men & women and their families who have served our armed forces!  As we spend time with friends and family on Galveston Island this Memorial Day Weekend we hope each and every person takes a moment to remember the sacrifices that have been made.

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!).

beach weekend getaway in galveston txCheck-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!

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 РDance 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 РGrab 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!