Travel Tips
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Vacation season has been upon us for a couple months. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your vacation.

Leave the linens at home

There is no need to lug around pillows, blankets, beach towels, etc. on your Sandbridge Vacation. Sandbridge Realty offers the linen package on all our vaction rentals. Click here to see what is included.

Purchase the early check in

Purchasing early check in during the summer time is highly recommended. Early check in is a fee of $110 + tax and allows guests to pick up keys at 1pm as opposed to 4pm. Not all properties offer early check in so please check the description or ask a reservations agent. Since the vast majority of guests opt to check in at 4pm, early check in will allow you to skip the line and get a head start on your vacation.

Purchase the travel insurance

Sandbridge Realty recommends CSA Travel Protection to all guests. Many guests think of the travel insurance as an extra expense but you won't know how valuable it is until you have to use it. CSA Travel Protection will you protect your family and yourself from expenses incurred due to illness, injuries, weather, loss of job and other unforseen circumstances. The cost is 6.9% of the total rent. If a guest cancels and did not purchase the travel insurance, they are responsible for the rental cost no matter the reason for cancellation. CSA Travel Protection is your only lifeline.

Check what amenities are included

Packing for a vacation can be a hassle. Guests are advised to read the description of the property they booked so that they do not have to bring any unnecessary items. For example, some owners provide beach chairs, umbrellas, bikes, kayaks, etc. If a property doesn't list a certain item, it may be easier to rent rather than bringing those items from home. Ocean Rentals will be more than happy to assist with rentals of beach and adventure equipment such as bikes, surfboards, etc.

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Friday the 13th
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Friday, July 13, 2018

Today is Friday the 13th and what better way to commemorate this day than by sharing some stories of Virginia Beach's haunted past.

Cavalier Hotel

The Cavalier Hotel is the most famous haunted place in Virginia Beach. The hotel was built in the 1920's and attracted such famous names as Bette Davis, Al Capone, and Woodwrow Wilson.

The most notable spirit to haunt the Cavalier Hotel is Adolph Coors. Coors was the founder of Coors beer and died in 1929 when he fell outside a sixth story window. Circumstances surrounding his death are a bit cloudy. It was never determined if he jumped or if he was pushed out the window. Numerous guests have reported feeling his presence on the sixth floor.

Princess Anne Country Club

Many spirits have been reported at the Princess Anne Country Club. Among them is a mean spirited man wearing a cape who likes to chase people away. Please have also reported seeing a bride accompanied by eerie music. During renovations, construction workers claimed to hear what sounded like drinking glasses and silverware being set up.

Ferry Plantation House

As many as eleven spirits are believed to haunt the Ferry Plantation House. The house was built in 1830 but the land has been inhabited since 1642. One of the spirits have been identified as Sally Rebecca Walke who's mourning the loss of her loved one Thomas Williamson, a painter. Another famous spirit who calls the Ferry Plantation House home is the Lady in White. It is believed she died after falling down the stairs in 1826.

Elbow Rd

The urban legend of Elbow Rd centers around Mrs. Woble. You'll notice that her named spelled backwards is elbow. She lived in a house along one of the bends of Elbow Rd. Anyone who's been down this road knows how dangerous and curvy it is. One night, police found broken glass at the back door, an uneaten dinner on the table, and blood all over the upstairs area. A body was never found and the house was eventually torn down. Since then, there have been sightings of a bloodied and worn down body on Elbow Rd.

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Summer Concerts
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Tuesday, July 10, 2018

One of the best things about summer is all the music! There are no shortage of venues in Virginia Beach and some are even free!

Virginia Beach Oceanfront

There is plenty of entertainment down at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on multiple stages. This weekend, you'll find the Symphony of the Seas Concert Series on Friday, July 12. On Sunday, July 14 head over to the 34th St stage where the Tiki Bar Band will be performing. There are three main stages/gazebos and the locations are as follows:

7th St Stage

31st St Stage

34th St Stage

Commonwealth Vibez

Each month on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, three bands will play on ViBe Park's stage from noon to 10pm. Along with live music there will be pop-up vendors and craft beer. This event is a collaboration between Commonwealth Brewery and the ViBe Creative District.

Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

Not too far from Sandbridge is the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater. This outdoor arena showcases national acts. There is reserved seating as well as a lawn section. Make sure to bring a blanket or chair if you decide to grab some lawn seats. A few of the bands performing this concert season are Journey, Def Leppard, Jason Aldean, and the Dave Matthews Band.

Ynot Wednesdays

Ynot Wednesday will take place every Wednesday at the Sandler Center Outdoor Plaza until the end of August. Visitors will enjoy music ranging from blues to Motown to 80s favorites. There is definitely something for everyone. Ynot is the official sponsor and will be offering pizza, sandwiches, and gelato. Get your fill of fresh fruits, vegetables, and homegrown items from the Virginia Beach Farmers Market which will also be on site.

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4th of July in Virginia Beach
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Friday, June 29, 2018

It's that time of year when we all gather for bbqs, picnics, and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July. Here's what's going on in Virginia Beach.

The Annual 4th of July Boat Parade will be taking place in Sandbridge at 7pm. Sandbridge Civic Legue and volunteers will be leading this patriotic parade through Back Bay. The number of boats to participate has quadrupled since its inception. The parade route will start in Mill Pond then move up and down Sandpiper/Blue Bill and Blue Bill/Wooduck.

The Stars and Stripes Explosion takes place in multiple locations in the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. There will be live entertainment in the following stages:

17th St: Chester B's Motown Review (7pm-10pm)

24th St: BJ Griffin & The Galaxy Groove and The Tidewater Winds with the Regent University Singers (7:30pm-9:30pm)

31st St: The Deloreans (7pm-11pm)

Fireworks are scheduled to take place at 9:30pm.

Also in Virginia Beach, there will be a 4th of July celebration at Mount Trashmore. This is a family friendly event that starts at 4pm. The schedule is as follows:

Main Stage: Wayne Mitchell (4pm-6pm), Free for All (6:30pm-9:30pm)

Childrens Activities: 4pm-8pm (inflatables, face painting, and yard games)

Fireworks will start at 9:30pm. Funnel Cake Factory, Papa John's, and Skippy's Snoballs are just a few of the vendors that wil be there. The event is free but parking is $10.

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ViBe Creative District
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The ViBe Creative District is located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Its mission is to promote, support, connect, and inspire the arts and creative industries. There are many events that take place in the ViBe District. The Old Beach Farmer's Market pops up every Saturday from 9am-12pm in the parking lot of Croc's 19th Street Bistro. Every first Friday, you can come experience the Dragonfly Summer Concert Series. For a full list events, click here.

The ViBe Mural Festival took place from May 11-20. Eventhough the festival is over, you can still enjoy the artwork. A total of 10 murals were painted and all are within 1 mile of each other. Kate Pittman, executive director of the ViBe Creative Distric nonprofit stated, "We are thrilled at the opportunity to share 10 new murals with the City of Virginia Beach's residents and visitors."

Support local art and check out the ViBe Creative District!

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This Week's Events
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Monday, June 25, 2018

You've heard of Woodstock and now there's Sandstock. Sandstock is a tribute to Rock & Roll and will feature national and local tributebands. These tribute bands will cover the music of Motley Crue, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, Heart, and Fleetwood Mac. This is a 3 day event and all performances are free and open to the public.

When: June 29, 2018- July 1, 2018

Where: 2400 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Time: 6:30pm-10:30pm

Rascal Flatts released their 10th album last year and aren't showing any signs of slowing down. They'll be hitting the road this summer with their Back to Us Tour. Joining them will be Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce. They'll be performing at The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater on Thursday, June 28th.

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The History of Sandbridge
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Friday, June 22, 2018

The very first blog post was a quick introduction to Sandbridge but now it's time to learn how it all started. Sandbridge didn't start as the beach community it is today. From the 1870s to the 1920s, more than 100 gunning clubs were said to have set up along the shores of Back Bay and Currituck Sound. It was Back Bay known for its fishing and hunting, not the beach which was the big draw in Sandbridge. That all changed as the 1950s were approaching and gunning clubs were becoming less prevalent.

The first house in Sandbridge was built in 1953 by James Kabler and his family. There's even a road today in Sandbridge named Kabler Rd. A handful of families followed suit after Kabler and built homes. One of the original Sandbridge residents, Adelaide Snyder said "Our lives down here were about our children. There were between 12 and 20 children, and we all went on the beach between 10 and 12 each morning. We'd come up for lunch at noon, then read or nap until time to go back to the beach between 3 and 5. When fathers came home form work, it was the adults' time on the beach." It was defintely a family atmosphere which is what residents of Sandbridge are trying to maintain to this day.

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