Sandhill Cranes have landed on Galveston Island!

Galveston Island Sunset and Birds

And what better way to celebrate this annual migration than Holiday with the Cranes, a fun experience hosted by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC)!

Attendees flock to various special programs – from the Dawn Patrol to an East End Winter Coastal Birding exploration over the course of the weekend.

This unique program is just one of the annual events that the nature-minded team at GINTC presents each year.  Their 16th annual Featherfest celebration is coming April 17 – 22, 2018, bringing birders of all ages and experience levels from around the globe to our corner of the Gulf coast!

Sandhill Cranes on Galveston Island

(You know what they say about the early bird – they get the best vacation home nest!…or something like that! 😉 We’ve got great Galveston Island vacation rental homes available for flocks of all sizes. We would love to welcome you to one for Featherfest!)

Free Summer Events on Galveston Island

Let’s be honest, everyone loves free stuff, right? Free music, free food, free movies (surely we aren’t the only ones that think theater prices are just a little outrageous – whew!)…anyway, if it’s free you can pretty much assume we’re going to at least try it!

Thankfully, our little gem of an island is jam-packed with awesome FREE events all summer long!

Movie Nite on The Strand  the first Saturday of every month brings a different cinematic adventure to the outdoor screen at Saengerfest Park. Films begin at dusk. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and movie snacks!
June 3Earth to Echo (2014)
July 1National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
August 5The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Galveston Tree Sculpture Tour – take a walking tour and see all of the beautiful sculptures made from oak trees that fell victim to Hurricane Ike in 2008.

red galveston island historic trolley Ride the Trolley along Seawall Boulevard and into Downtown Galveston. This free transport is a great way to see the East End if this is your first time to Galveston! (There are also several stellar local tours  if you prefer sometimes-weird tales & quirky facts that you can then pull out at random times to share with unsuspecting friends & family! Rates are reasonable, but book your tour time in advance!)

galveston island seawall beachfront fireworksBeachfront Fireworks Show – every Sunday night at 9 p.m. at the intersection of 37th Street & Seawall Blvd.  A great way to cap off an evening stroll along the Gulf!

Bucket Brigade Tours – hosted by Artist Boat, these 45 minute tours are offered at various locations and times along the new seawall beach. Check at the closest lifeguard station for daily tour times, or meander down any part of our 32 miles of beaches at your own pace with their Seek & Find Guide.

painting of two pink birds featured at galveston art walk galleryArtWalk – happens every six weeks, and is a fabulous excuse to get out and mingle on Saturday night. Wander through Historic Downtown Galveston and stop by the unique galleries, coffee houses and “other walls” that showcase some of the regions best talent. Many venues offer light hors-d’oeuvres too (score!). (June 3, July 15, August 26)

Hopefully you get to take advantage of some/all (for you vacation itinerary overachievers) of these great, family-friendly Galveston events!

Galveston Favorites – Wendy

sand and sea galveston staff

Another SNS staff highlight this week!  Wendy has been an awesome member of our rental team for a decade now – where does the time go?!

What is your title and what do you do at SNS?  How long have you worked with Sand `N Sea?
I am the Maintenance Manager – so I coordinate regular maintenance visits to each of our vacation homes as well as making sure we get someone out quickly to address any issues that come up during guest stays.  I enjoy working with all of our local vendors.  I have worked with Sand `N Sea for 10 years.

How long have you lived on the Island?
11 years.

What is your favorite restaurant/dish on the Island?
Yamato’s Japanese Restaurant

What is your favorite attraction/thing to do on the Island? Why?
I really enjoy going to Moody Gardens with my family.  I like the Aquarium the best.

What do you think Galveston’s best-kept secret is?
Board Game Island – it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours in Downtown Galveston!

Thanks Wendy!  We look forward to another decade – or more!! 😀

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!

galveston island city entry sign with palm trees

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.