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!

Mardi Gras! Galveston – The Fun Marches On

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Whew!  We had an awesome time last weekend as we began our 115th Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration!  What about you?

Did you miss it? ¬†(How COULD you!!) ūüėČ ¬†Don’t worry! The party continues¬†through February 9, and there are still plenty of festivities for you to take part in. ¬†Our “Must Attends” for the second weekend are:

February 6 @ 9:00 a.m. & 11 a.m.: ¬†Krewe d’Espirit Rosaire Battle of the Bands* (9 a.m.) & Parade* (11 a.m.) – Marching bands from the Houston-Galveston area will perform and compete for the coveted trophy during the Battle of the Bands. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m., and includes Krewe royalty, motorcycle groups, drill teams, boats, and more! ¬†Immediately following the parade, the ‚ÄúYard Party‚ÄĚ at Jack Johnson Park¬†begins! More bead throwing, more music and food and drinks for sale and plenty of FUN!

February 6 @ 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 7 @ 1:00 p.m.: Krewe of Barkus & Meow Parade* РThe 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 Рthis is a great one to participate in!

February 7 @ 2:00 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 getaway of a¬†minimum stay of 2 nights for any time before¬†March 7, 2016, and get an extra night at the beach for FREE – call us at 409.797.5500 to book today!

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

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!

Thanksgiving on Galveston Island

Thanksgiving is full of family, friends and – of course! – food!  Who doesn’t love a Thanksgiving dinner full of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, cranberries (we will forever love the “fancy” cranberry sauce from childhood – complete with those snazzy ridges from the can!), etc.? And then, of course, there’s the pie.  Pumpkin? Check.  Blueberry? Check.  Apple? Check.  Seriously, it’s really just more fruit if you think about it ;).

While we all love the fruits of our kitchen labor – it can definitely get a little overwhelming! Thankfully (see what we did there?) there are a number of fabulous local food options for you during your Sand `N Sea Thanksgiving holiday!

Two great options for whole dinner takeout are Mosquito Cafe and ShyKatz Deli & Bakery.  Pick it up, take it home, heat it up, and enjoy dining al fresco on the deck of your beach house or enjoy the Gulf view from inside.

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Mosquito Cafe’s menu includes oven roasted turkey breasts, fresh basil & shrimp crostini, roasted maple sweet potato mashers, stuffing with Italian sausage, lemonade dream cake, triple dark chocolate cake, and more!  Orders must be placed no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 24. You can find their order form online.

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ShyKatz Deli & Bakery also has an extensive menu including a variety of entrees, delicious sides, and unique baked goods. You can reach them at 409.770.0500 to hear all of the great options and place your preorder.

There are also some truly delicious buffet options to consider:  The San Luis Resort Thanksgiving Jazz Brunch includes a Gumbo Bar, Seafood Bar, and live music (reservations 409.740.8601); Hotel Galvez is offering Thanksgiving Brunch or Dinner with grilled Halibut, bacon-wrapped pork loin, a full carving station and a huge variety of sides (reservations 409.765.7721); and Gaido’soffers all the classics, plus unique seafood dishes, drink specials, and their famous pecan pie (409.762.9625).

Our handy Thanksgiving Eats guide includes other great options too – check it out in our lobby when you check into your beach house!

Now that you’re drooling, pick a place and get those tables reserved!!  Make sure EVERYone gets a chance to relax and enjoy your Island Thanksgiving this year!