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Sandbridge Shelling

Seashells… Down by the Seashore
“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. One moon shell is more impressive than three. There is only one moon in the sky.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, ”Gift From the Sea”

One of the most relaxing pastimes at the beach is to clear your mind, stroll slowly with loved ones along the shoreline, while gathering seashells on the beach. Sandbridge is the perfect place for shelling offering a quiet, secluded 5 mile stretch of beach to explore. The casual shell collector can enjoy shelling year round… even during the off season. Here are a few tips to make your shelling expedition even more fun:

Best Times to go Shelling:
Experts tell us that low tides, and the times of the new moon and the full moon, bring the best shells. If you visit immediately after a storm, you’ll find that the rough waves and strong currents will dislodge shells in shallow water and toss them onto the beach.

What To Bring for Shelling:
If you’re going to do any serious shell collecting, be sure to bring a strong mesh or canvas bag to carry your finds — shells can get heavy very quickly. You’ll want to bring along water and sun protection, as well as your basic beach gear. It helps to bring along lightweight beach or water shoes to protect your feet so you can explore areas along the tide line where shells are arranged in thick bands.

What Shells to Collect:
Keep in mind that an inhabited seashell is a sea creature’s home! Please don’t remove an occupied seashell, or live starfish, from the beach. If you find you’ve picked one up, don’t throw it into the water – place it gently down to avoid damage. Abandoned seashells, of course, are fair game. You’ll find beautiful ones in gently-used condition along the coast.Read More

41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest

41st ANNUAL NORFOLK HARBORFEST

June 9-11, 2017 
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia
Free & open to the public!

Friday: Noon – 11 pm (Parade of Sail – Noon)
Saturday: Noon – 11 pm (Fireworks – 9:30 pm)
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

The Annual Norfolk Harborfest® is THE LARGEST, LONGEST-RUNNING, FREE MARITIME FESTIVAL IN THE NATION! Hosted by Global AT&T and held in Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, the Norfolk Harborfest offers three explosive days of tall ship visits, national, regional, and local entertainment, electrifying fireworks show, and the biggest outdoor dock party in Hampton Roads. Harborfest is also proud to honor the Navy Reserve Centennial with a special recognition ceremony prior to Saturday night’s Fireworks. The family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public! **CLICK** for Harborfest Info.Read More

34th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival

34th Pungo Strawberry Festival
May 27th – 28th

FoxNews.com ranked this festival as #3
America’s Best Spring Food Festival!

Nothing signals the start of summer like fresh-picked strawberries, and Virginia Beach’s Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival is the perfect way to welcome the warm weather. The city’s kick off to the Memorial Day Weekend is with this family friendly country fair. The highlight of the festival is, of course, an abundant supply of scrumptious strawberries straight from the fields of Pungo. More than 50 food vendors will do their best to tempt the taste buds with an assortment of strawberry pies, tarts, shortcakes, jellies & jams.

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Warbirds Over The Beach Air Show

 World War II Aircraft Take Flight!

8th Annual “Warbirds Over the Beach” at the Military Aviation Museum

 

Siebert Realty is a proud sponsor of the “Warbirds Over the Beach” in the rural area of Pungo, which is just minutes from Sandbridge Beach.  The Military Aviation Museum presents its annual WWII Air Show, so come on out and enjoy this amazing show, as well as live WWII re-enactments, military flea markets, airplane rides, delicious dinners, fun hangar dances, and great family entertainment! Among the stars of the show will be the world’s only de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito to fly since 1996!  Schedule yourself a ride in an airplane from the Second World War, satisfy your hunger at our assorted food vendors, or shop our military flea markets.  Enjoy musical entertainment, from 10:00am on Saturday and Sunday, plus a steak or chicken dinner and hangar dance Saturday night. All four of our hangars will be open for guided tours.

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Sandbridge is the Sweet Spot for Virginia Beach Rentals

As a top beach vacation destination, you may have already set your sights on visiting Virginia Beach, VA. Upgrade that idea by planning to stay in Sandbridge, the exclusive area for Virginia Beach rentals. Picture it now: A vast beach, perfect accommodations, ideal proximity to all the fun, and no hotels. That’s right; no hotels.

Sandbridge offers visitors a neighborhood dynamic with a beach living feel. There’s breathing room between the homes; yet all rentals are within a good proximity of a wide beach. Since this is an exclusive beach area, the upkeep is held to a higher standard. The area creates a family-friendly environment without the over saturation of a busy beach. With that regard, it’s just only located  just 15 minutes from the Boardwalk. Guests in Sandbridge get the best of both worlds: space and activities.

Hope to see you at the beach!!

Siebert Realty – The Beach People
Over 350 Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals
www.siebert-realty.com
757-426-6200  / 877-422-2200

What You Need to Know When Booking a Vacation Rental

Booking a vacation rental home is no longer a rare occurrence. While many people make be accustomed to renting a home for the annual family vacations at the beach, there are many travelers new to the concept. With sites like Homeaway and AirBnB, travelers are gaining the knowledge that vacation rentals are budget friendly and an ideal way to stay while away from home. This is opening more doors for vacationing, but there are still important “need-to-know” facts when booking a vacation rental.

3rd Party Websites versus Property Management Websites
Third party and aggregate websites are amazing resources for initial research. These sites, like those mentioned above, provide a decent scope of the types of properties available in the area. The properties you’ll see could be directly from homeowners or from property management companies.

The catch is, what you read is what the homeowner displays, but sometimes systems don’t sync. You may be able to ask about a home for 3 nights, but really the home only takes 7 night stays. Other, more thorough, details about properties, specials, promotions , payment plans and rental information may not be included on these sites’ listings because their displays may not have a space for it.

So, as you do you research, certainly use these sites to browse, but definitely book through the property management company to guarantee you know what you are booking and that all of the contractual information is valid.

Vacation Travel Insurance
Often times, travel insurance gets a bad rap. It has that lingering annoyance of extra expenditure. Here’s the thing, if you are investing in a vacation rental, don’t just forget about it. Some vacation homes cost thousands of dollars; and while the cost split between multiple families makes it affordable, a few more dollars will protect the investment. Health reasons are the largest factors of cancelling trips, but travel insurance can cover and assist with a variety of items including unpredictable school day extensions, roadside assistance, misplaced luggage, and more.

Create a Must-Have and Want List
When transitioning from staying in a hotel to staying in a vacation rental, you can explore more options beyond wanting a king size or two double beds. Property management sites have advanced search options when you can see homes based on amenities, rooms, location, and more. By creating a list, you can research rentals that fit your perfect vacation, then explore and adjust from there, instead of overwhelming yourself with rental options.

Concierge Services
Hotels have front desk staff ready to support travelers. Vacation rental companies have entire departments.  If you are booking with an individual homeowner, try and establish a communication line prior to check in so you understand all details. With property management companies, you have dedicated support staff there to help answer any questions. Call about location insight, things to do, discounts, rental specific details, and more! You can still receive, and 100% deserve, quality service.

Read the Contract
Understanding what you signing up for is a best practice for any traveler, in any circumstance. Know cancellation policies, coverage, payment details and rental information. This is imperative should you decide to not book with a credible property management company. Always make sure you receive a valid contract, and if you book a rental through a 3rd party site, but it’s from a property management company, make sure you understand the property management company’s contract in addition to the website’s obligations – as they may not be the same.

Staying at a vacation rental is more than just a trend, it’s becoming the new accommodation norm. Arm yourself with this insight when booking your rental and set yourself up for the perfection vacation! Happy booking!

Siebert Realty – The Beach People
Over 350 Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals
www.siebert-realty.com
757-426-6200  / 877-422-2200

Sandbridge Oceanfront Rentals: Take Your Pick

Sandbridge Beach, located in an exclusive area of Virginia Beach, VA offers a wide variety of beach vacation rentals for families, as well as the perfect setting for a memorable trip! While the area has a myriad of house and condo options, if you want an uninterrupted beach view, then an oceanfront accommodation is perfect for you! Let’s take a look at the top three types of Sandbridge oceanfront rentals you may want to consider.

Oceanfront Condos in Sandbridge
Sandbridge oceanfront condos are a perfect size for smaller groups looking for a cozy place to watch waves. Additional perks include parking and a community pool should you want to take a break from the sand. Sandbridge offers two different Virginia Beach oceanfront rental condo communities to search for your perfect place to stay.

Traditional Oceanfront Beach House Rental
The next size up would be a traditional oceanfront beach house. These cottages provide the ideal location for those looking to step out right on the beach and have a range of amenities for guests. Some oceanfront beach rentals offer the essentials for those who will spend most of the visit outside, while others provide more extensive amenities like a pool and game room for guests who plan on enjoying the outdoors and indoors.

Luxury Sandbridge Beach Oceanfront Rental
The final type of Sandbridge oceanfront rental is the luxury rental. Luxury rentals are ideal for larger groups that would like a variety of activities available to them. Whether it is a pool, theater room, gourmet kitchen or more, these homes provide guests with an extraordinary setting for the most memorable beach vacation.

While there is a large selection of Sandbridge oceanfront rentals, the three most common categories are condo, traditional cottage and luxury home.  It’s up to you on what style rental fits your dream vacation wish list.


Siebert Realty – The Beach People
Over 350 Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals
www.siebert-realty.com
757-426-6200  / 877-422-2200

3 Keys to Booking Your Dream Sandbridge Vacation Home

Planning your ideal family beach vacation starts with finding the perfect place to stay. Hotels may not offer enough space, and you are guaranteed to have an overcrowded beach experience. More and more families are taking advantage booking a vacation home or condo to fit their accommodation requests. When reviewing Sandbridge Beach rentals, consider these keys for booking your ideal vacation home.

Timing to Book Your Sandbridge Vacation
Have you considered when you want to vacation? The popular times for renting a Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, vacation cottage fall between May and September; however, Sandbridge Beach and Virginia Beach offer a variety of activities and settings throughout the year that interest guests including state parks, festivals, concerts, and more. When selecting vacation dates, you should also consider your budget, as special rental rates run throughout the year.

Tip: While you can plan the time for your vacation, you cannot always plan life occurrences. Travel insurance helps protect your vacation investments from the unpredictable.

Sandbridge Vacation Rental Location
When coming to Sandbridge, there is an abundance of rental home styles and sizes. Do you want an oceanfront vacation cottage or is a high rise condo more your preference? Would you like a little privacy with a Sandbridge beach rental tucked away on one of the side roads, or perhaps a calming rental near the Back Bay Canal?

Tip: After selecting a time, you can customize your Sandbridge vacation home search by location, or even by price and availability, then review all the varieties of rentals that fit your needs. 

Amenities Offered in Your Beach Rental
Along with the location of the beach cottage, you should also factor in your accommodation desires. Sandbridge Beach rentals are able to sleep anywhere from 2 to 50 people depending on the property. Some rentals have pools, some have theater rooms, while others are more of an ideal place to gather for family meals while spending the most time enjoying the beach.  When traveling with family and friends, make sure you have a priority list of what you want your vacation cottage to have.

Tip: You can search by “amenities” that may fit your accommodation requests. 

Planning your vacation is fun. Planning your DREAM beach vacation by utilizing these three keys will make it memorable!

Siebert Realty – The Beach People
Over 350 Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals
www.siebert-realty.com
757-426-6200  / 877-422-2200 

Virginia Beach Vacation Rentals Are More than They Seem

Sun and sand. Adventure and relaxation. A long awaited beach trip with the family is a quintessential summertime memory for many and Virginia Beach vacation rentals are at the root of these memories. You walk in the front door of the weekly beach rental and immediately pick out your bedroom. Then, throw on some flip flops and head straight to the beach.

From cozy condos to oceanfront mansions, there are wide varieties of Sandbridge rental properties in Virginia Beach that set the stage for your family vacation. So often, these beach house rentals soon become part of a family tradition. The rental is more than just a place to visit; it’s the home away from home. A destination to look forward to each year.

Part of the perfect vacation is enjoying every moment of it, not just when you get outside. That’s why Virginia Beach house rentals are the way to vacation!  Each property comes fully equipped for your stay. Pots, pans, silverware, bath towels and mats, bedspreads and more!

Start the memories with family meals and stunning views. Go beyond the adventures of the beach and bay by creating memories with a family game night and a movie marathon.

If home is where the heart is, you can keep a part of your heart at the beach by staying at a Virginia Beach vacation home. Take more than a vacation by making a family tradition.

Siebert Realty – The Beach People
Over 350 Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals
www.siebert-realty.com
757-426-6200  / 877-422-2200