Top 5 Places to get Dessert in Virginia Beach

SPOON Dessert Café

If you’re a foodie like me, finding a good place for dessert is a necessity on any vacation. Whether you’re looking for a quick ice cream cone after a long hot day on the beach or just something to satisfy your sweet tooth while exploring around Virginia Beach, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of some of our favorite dessert places in and around Sandbridge Beach: READ MORE

Christmas in Sandbridge – Memory Monday 12/24/18

Greetings from a glorious Sandbridge Beach. I was just out on the beach earlier this morning with my dog enjoying a beautiful Christmas Eve sunrise.

It was truly an amazing sight as the sun was rising over an otherwise very calm Atlantic ocean, I looked to the west and saw the remnants of a full moon setting in the northwestern sky. Did you know that the full moon we had on the first day of winter was such a rare situation that none of us may live to see it again. READ MORE

Relaxing – Memory Monday 12/17/18

Relaxing at the beach
Good morning from a bright and sunny Sandbridge beach.   A good day to take a brisk walk on the beach as temperatures are expected to reach 60 degrees today.   Or you can just head to your deck and enjoy a relaxing view.

That is what we offer you today on Memory Monday.   A simple photo that conveys all that is good with a beach vacation.   Who would not enjoy sitting on your oceanfront deck, prop your feet up on the railing, and enjoy a warm beverage as you gaze out at the ocean?  In fact, how about we do that today?!

We hope you are having a relaxing day wherever you may be.   This is a busy and stressful week for a lot of people as it is effectively the last week of the business year as many companies are closed multiple days over the next two weeks.  Lots of family travel is in store for folks as well.

If you still have holiday shopping to do this week, or if you have some deadlines to meet at work we pass this photo on to you as our gift from Sandbridge Blue to remind you that relaxing times can be yours.

Now is the time to start thinking about a vacation for summer 2019 and we still have good availability on our properties for next year.   January starts our busy season in terms of bookings so why not take a look around our inventory today and get a head start on your own relaxing vacation?  Our booking calendars are all open for next year right now, and we can set you and your family up today with your own relaxing vacation.

We are ready when you are with our reservations staff available 24 hours to help with any questions you may have.

In the meantime we wish you all the best from the beach!

Memory Monday – Friends 12/10/18

Friends
Good morning from a very active Sandbridge Beach this morning weather wise as we look forward to winter storm Diego moving away from us and taking with it the affects on our weather.   Diego is not considered one of our friends.

Winds are blowing steadily at 25-30 miles per hour along the oceanfront this morning, and we had gusts yesterday upwards of 40 miles per hour.  Add to that a good amount of rain, some sleet, and a few minutes of snow and that made for a very ugly day along the beach.  We even had some of the flags in front of our office tattered by the strong weather.  Very surprising for us.

We look for better weather ahead, but this morning we look back on Memory Monday to a great photo that reminds us that not all of our vacation rentals are occupied by families getting together.   While we don’t normally rent to non-family groups….one could consider these ladies an extended family once you hear their story.

This photo is of a group of ladies that came and stayed with Blue in September.  Ann L tells the story of this remarkable photo.

She says “we live in a small rural town on the Rhappahannock river.  On our street great neighbors join together in times of need and times of fun.  9 ladies pictured here make an annual trip to the beach…and this is the official trip picture.”  What a great looking group of friends!

We think that is inspiring, and great.  Thank you Ann for sharing your photo of you and your friends with us.  It seems to us that times like this are rare occasions these days and it is encouraging to see the enjoyment of just being together and sharing in a photo.

We look forward to serving you and your group again soon.

All the best from the beach!

Dog day – Memory Monday 10/8/18

Dog day
Greetings from another fantastic morning here in Sandbridge.   This fall has basically been an extension of summer as every day has been glorious, and warm.    Like really, really warm.   This week in fact our high temperatures are expected to be in the 80’s every day!  Almost like the dog days of July and August except there are not nearly as many people here at the beach, and the evenings are much cooler than the summer.

Each Monday we work to share a photo memory with you which comes from one of our guests that stayed with us, and today we share with you yet another photo of some four legged friends that enjoyed a stay recently with Sandbridge Blue.  This photo comes to us from Jessica Niehaus of Columbus, Ohio who stayed with us just a couple of weeks ago with her two furry family members

We promise that we don’t have dogs all over the beach, but it is amazing about how many dog pictures we get sent to us for our Memory Monday photo contest.  It just goes to show that dogs really enjoy a beach vacation as well as their humans do!

We have properties that accept pets, as well as houses that don’t, and we have some great options available if you want to take advantage of the remarkable weather that we’ve been having lately.   All of our properties have great wi-fi so you can keep up with your e-mail while you enjoy our little slice of heaven so why not consider a little beach time before the real fall weather arrives?

We would love to help you arrange a getaway.   When you come don’t forget to snap some pictures and send them to us so we can post them here on Memory Monday and show everyone else what a great time you had.  Deal?

All the best from the beach!

Sand Chairs – Memory Monday 9/17/18

Sand chairs 2
Greetings from Sandbridge Beach which is quickly getting back to normal this morning.   The clouds have cleared out for the first time in almost a week, and we saw the most fantastic sunrise earlier this morning.   It looks like a good day to get some beach chairs and head to the water.

We have had quite a week here in Sandbridge.  We are trying to remember the last time an evacuation order was called for the area (it has been quite a while), but indeed the governor did call an evacuation for us last week in advance of Hurricane Florence.   The order was lifted on Saturday, and we welcomed our guests back over the weekend.   It was quite strange without them for a few days.

So that brings us to our normal routine, and that includes our Memory Monday photo submission.   Today’s submission is brought to us courtesy of Dwight Vaughn of Warrenton, Virginia who stayed with Sandbridge Blue two weeks ago at the vacation rental property “Starfish Inn.”

Dwight shows us a couple of pictures of his grandchildren enjoying their own “Sand Chairs.”  Who needs those bulky plastic or aluminum seats that you have to lug over the dunes when you can just move around some nice cool sand and plant your backside right on the sand?!

These handy chairs were made by their aunt and uncle.  We particularly like the arms on the chairs.   Ultimate comfort.

Dwight signs his message “One Proud Gandpa.”   We can believe it.  The cute factor machine will break when it comes to these pictures.  Thanks for sharing your photo memories Dwight.

Keep in mind we post photo memories of your Sandbridge Blue vacation right here every Monday on Memory Monday.   Then randomly we choose one of our submissions each month to win a drawing for a $100 discount on next year’s vacation with Sandbridge Blue.   We hope you win Dwight.

All the best from the beach!

Final Hurricane Florence Update 9/14/18 1 PM

Hurricane Florence
Evacuation order lifted.

Governor Ralph Northam lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the Sandbridge area so that businesses and residents could return to their properties and begin returning things to normal.

We have contacted our returning and arriving guests to advise that we will be able to accommodate their return by 4 PM tomorrow (Saturday).

Access to Sandbridge is not restricted. READ MORE

Hurricane Florence Update #4 9/14/18 11:00 am

Hurricane Florence
Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Watch, State of Emergency, Mandatory Evacuation,Flash Flood Watch, Tornado Warning in Place for Sandbridge.

On Friday morning Hurricane Florence came ashore in the Wilmington, North Carolina area, but effects of the storm are still being felt in Sandbridge.

Rain bands are continuing to affect Sandbridge, winds are strong and steady, waves and tides are running higher than normal at this time, and ocean over wash is being experienced on Sandfiddler Road in several areas.   Intermittent rain is predicted to affect our area through Sunday, and there is strong possibility of flooded roads leading into Sandbridge as well as on the beach.

A Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning, A State of Emergency, and a Mandatory Evacuation, a Flash Flood Watch, and now a Tornado Warning is in place for Sandbridge.  Conditions are still dangerous in our area.

Sandbridge remains under a mandatory evacuation.  The statements issued by the City of Virginia Beach indicate that the evacuation order may remain in place at least until Saturday.

All incoming guests scheduled to arrive on Today, Saturday and Sunday of this week are advised not to travel to Sandbridge unless and until they hear directly from Sandbridge Blue that roads are safe to travel on, and that their property is indeed undamaged and able to accommodate them.

If the projected path of the storm continues it would appear that the impacts on our area may diminishing, but again as evidenced by the tornado warning that was issued this morning.   It is still dangerous and conditions are not conducive to a relaxing vacation at this time.

We are hopeful the local emergency management authorities implement a scaled re-entry process that will allow us to prepare the properties properly for the arriving guests.   Many of our employees have evacuated the area which limits our ability to provide the services that our owners and guests have come to expect.

We continue to ask for your patience as things return to normal over the next few days.

Once the mandatory evacuation order is lifted we will closely inspect all properties to note any damage.   We then will work to undo preparations for the storm and make sure the property is clean and ready for arriving guests.

Again arriving guests will be contacted to advise that your property is available and ready for your arrival.

We will provide another update when the evacuation order is lifted or on Saturday morning by 9:00 AM

Hurricane Florence Advisory #3 9/13/18 10:00 AM

Hurricane Florence
Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Watch, State of Emergency, Mandatory Evacuation in Place for Sandbridge.

On Thursday morning Hurricane Florence was still some 200 miles from the southeast coast of North Carolina, but effects of the storm were being felt in Sandbridge.

 

Rain bands are beginning to affect the area, waves and tides are running higher than normal at this time.  Wind is strong and steady and making uncomfortable conditions.   Steady and heavy rain is predicted to affect our area through Friday as will windy conditions.

 

A Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Watch, A State of Emergency, and a Mandatory Evacuation continue to be in place as of this morning.  A Flash Flood watch is also now in place.

 

Our focus now turns to the guests that are scheduled to arrive on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week.   If the projected path of the storm is accurate it would appear that the impacts on our area may be less than originally expected and we may be able to get back to normal business by the first of next week.

We expect the mandatory evacuation to remain in effect for the next few days.  Arriving guests should not plan on coming to Sandbridge until you hear from Sandbridge Blue directly advising that the evacuation order has been lifted, and that your specific property is ready for your arrival.

Arriving guests should keep in mind that gas supplies are extremely limited, basic needs provided through local stores are unavailable at this time (Bread, water, ice, milk, eggs, etc.), and conditions are not conducive to a relaxing vacation at this time.   In addition all of our properties have been prepped for the storm so pools are turned off, outdoor furniture is stacked inside houses, items are tied down, and many of our houses are boarded.   Please give us the opportunity to prepare for your arrival before coming to the beach!

Your patience is appreciated as we work though this process.  Many of our employees have evacuated the area which limits our ability to provide the services that our owners and guests have come to expect.

Our office is planning on being open at least part of the day on Thursday.

We will provide another update on Friday morning by 9:00 AM (Weather Permitting)