Dreams Come True – Memory Monday 10/21/19

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Good Monday Morning! We hope you are enjoying this late October Monday and having Dreams about Sandbridge beach!

Dreams Come True

This week’s Memory Monday photo contest submission comes to us from Lisa Kueikis who stayed with us in the vacation rental “A Wish Upon A Star” this past August. READ MORE

Glorious sunrise – Memory Monday 8/27/18

Glorious sunrise
Good Monday Morning!  We hope you are enjoying a great Monday as we are here at Sandbridge.  This is the last full week before our kids go back to school here in Virginia Beach so we are going to embrace this week just as it looks like this glorious sunrise embraced the day.

This fantastic picture comes to us from Valerie Whetstone who stayed with Blue some time ago, but we did not forget her picture and we’ve been waiting for that just right opportunity to share it with you.   Today seems as good a time as any to reach into the archives and pull it out to share with you.

Ready?   Here it is!

We actually don’t know exactly where Valerie took this picture, but that doesn’t diminish the beauty of it.   It also reminds us that getting up early in the morning has some special benefits.   Not only do you get a jump on the day, but if you head to the beach you get to see glorious sights like this.   All we can say is Wow!

So this is the second week in a row of fantastic sunrises we’ve shared with you.  Maybe another one coming next Monday?  You never know…come back then to check it out for yourself.

Also don’t forget that we are always looking for great photos that share memories of our guests’ stay.   Each Monday we post a photo here to share those memories with you all, and then to make sure the positive memories are carried on we randomly draw one of our entrants each month to win our contest where we give the winner a $100 discount on your next year’s stay with Sandbridge Blue.

Keep that in mind the next time you are rolling through your photo memories!

All the best from the beach!

Sun and Moon: Memory Monday September 25, 2017.

This morning we are a little distracted here at Sandbridge Blue as Hurricane Maria churns to our south and is slowly moving north.  We’ve been through a lot of storms here in Sandbridge over the years, but we always perk up a bit when there is one coming as close as this one is predicted to be.   In the meantime we present to you another Memory Monday photo submission and this one we will call sun and moon.

These are two great shots here from Sandbridge Beach that were submitted to us from one of our loyal guests.  Taken from the same place on the beach there is a sunrise

And then after a sunrise, what is better than a great “moon rise” over the Atlantic?

Great pictures!  Thank you for your photo submission.   We look forward to serving you and your family again soon

Light Show: Memory Monday September 11, 2017.

Greetings on this Patriot’s day 2017.   Those of us old enough to remember know what happened 16 years ago today, and we take this time to pause and remember those who were lost that day, as well as to honor those who put themselves in harm’s way to save others on that fateful day.   I remember where I was on that morning when that plane crashed on live television (I was listening to Imus in the Morning on WFAN Radio in New York City as I was driving to work that day).   The nation would never be the same again.

We also pause today and give thanks that Sandbridge was not affected any more than we were (or will be) by Hurricane Irma.  The entire east coast was on high alert at the end of the week last week as the steering currents for the storm were all over the place.   We feel for those affected by the storm in Florida.  Our hearts go out to them all.

We distract ourselves from those two heady things for a moment today (Patriot’s Day, and Hurricane Irma) as we give you a light show of sorts from James Sell who provides us this creative photograph of a sunrise over Sandbridge beach.

We admire James for his photographic skill on getting this photo as the sun is reflecting off of the water and off of the sand, but we also admire James’ ability to get up early and get the “money shot.”   The early bird!

Thanks James for your photo.  We look forward to serving you and your family again soon!

All the best from the beach!

5 Things to Double Check Before Leaving on Vacation – Updated

Leaving on Vacation
There is nothing more exciting than the week before you go on a vacation. You begin to think about all the fun you will have and how relaxing it will be to get away for a whole week. What people don’t always expect is how stressful it can be to make sure you have everything taken care of in preparation for the trip. It’s easy to forget things when you’re scrambling around the day before you leave to make sure everything is good to go. Here are 5 things to double check before leaving on vacation.

Double Check Your Car

Few things are as scary as having car trouble when you’re on a road trip. Trying to fix mechanical problems on the side of a busy interstate or a deserted back road is enough to put a serious damper on your fun. Before you leave, check (or have a professional check) your brakes, oil, fluids and tires to be sure there aren’t any problems waiting to happen. A check up with a professional mechanic will be sure to ease road trip worries. It’s also a good idea to look into AAA if you don’t already happen. Even if your car checks out fine that doesn’t mean you can’t get a flat tire on the trip. You will thank yourself later when you don’t have to unpack the entire trunk to get to the spare tire and jack on the side of the road.

Don’t Let You Mail Pile Up

Burglars often check mailboxes in an effort to determine if a house is empty. Those with days’ worth of mail piled up give a clear signal that the homeowner is away. Before you leave, make arrangements with the post office to hold your mail or ask a neighbor to pick it up daily. This will also prevent scammers from going through your mail and gaining access to potential sensitive information.

Safeguard Your House

When you’re going on vacation, it is wise to safeguard your house before you leave. Unplug counter top appliances and television sets, so they don’t become victims of lightning while you’re gone. Turn off the water to your washing machine to prevent flooding and lock the gate to your pool (if you have one), so no animals or children are accidentally harmed. You may want to set your thermostat accordingly to the time of year you are leaving. It is recommended in the summer to keep your thermostat around 75 degrees and your heat at around 55 in the winter in order to maintain your home and keep the electricity bill down that week you will be away.

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Putt Putt Anyone?: Memory Monday April 17, 2017.

Putt Putt Anyone?

Happy Easter Monday to everyone.  We hope you enjoyed a fabulous weekend of egg hunting, and church going in the beautiful weather we all enjoyed.  Temps reached the 90 degree mark here in Sandbridge yesterday on Easter, and the folks vacationing enjoyed all manner of outdoor activities, including some putt putt golf!

Seriously, admit it….putt putt golf is a cornerstone of family vacations and we love this shot that was presented to us by Leonard Marquez of Sterling, Virginia who stayed with Blue and presented us this family photo enjoying a round of competitive golf in Virginia Beach while they were on vacation.

Thanks to Leonard for sharing this photo.  Although we don’t have the accounting of the scoring of this round, judging by the smiles on the photo we suspect the young lady on the left may have had the upper hand in this round!

All the best from the beach!

March Madness: Memory Monday March 13, 2017.

March Madness

So this week marks the official start of the 3 week malaise known as March Madness.  Whether you pull for the Cavaliers of UVa or the Eagles of Winthrop, or any of the other 66 teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament we are sure you are as excited as us to see what happens over the next few weeks.  Good luck to everyone’s teams!

Meanwhile we are glad to bring you this week’s Memory Monday photo contest submission brought to us this week by Rebecca Romanow of North Tonawanda, New York who stayed with Blue last summer and provided us this great shot of the early morning beach in Sandbridge.

Memory Monday is our weekly time to reminisce with our guests by presenting the best photos we receive from our valued guests.  We receive a lot of photos so please be patient as we pick one each week to publish.  Then, each month we randomly choose one of the photos that has been posted as our monthly winner. That person gets a $100 discount on their next stay with Sandbridge Blue.

Thanks again to Rebecca!  We look forward to serving you and your family again soon!

All the best from the beach.

Sun Over the Water: Memory Monday March 6, 2017.

Sun over the water

Happy Monday everyone!   We hope you made today a great day as we did here in Sandbridge.  Every Monday we share with you all a photo submitted by one of our valued guests, and today’s photo is a real winner.

We get so many photos that are impressive, and this one is one of those.  The imagery and the light coming off of the water was a great shot captured by Michael Capizzi of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania who stayed with Blue last summer.

During the stay Michael caught a picture of his kids holding hands by the water.   Kids grow up so fast don’t they?!   It is doubtful, if Michael’s kids are anything like ours, that this shot will be replicated as they get older.  For now though we think this photo should also make it up on the wall of the Capizzi house to remind them of a great stay in Sandbridge, and a special photo that was caught at just the right moment.

Thanks Michael for sharing your photo memories.  We look forward to serving you and your family again soon!

All the best from the beach!