Last weekend was absolutely awesome because I spent it with my husband and friends in a new place! Specifically, we spent Friday through Sunday at a beach house in Galveston – a full weekend of eating, hanging out on the beach, and board gaming into the wee hours of the morning. It was awesome AND a comparably cheap vacation!
The Beach House Search
Our friend, N, came up with the idea a couple of months ago to rent out a beach house for the weekend. Most of our board gaming group were just hanging out at his house and got really excited when he mentioned it. Over the next few weeks, N and I chatted about it a bit, narrowed down our weekend choices to what would work the best for the most of us, and then he started the beach house search.
We had a group of 10-12 people and wanted enough space for everyone. N also was 100% positive that we needed a place right on the beach…like walk out of the house and onto the sand. I wasn’t sure that was necessary (and I was wrong, lol), but I thought we all needed a real bed to sleep on. No sofa beds or couches – actual mattresses. He wasn’t sure that was necessary (and he was wrong, hahaha), but he started his hunt for a place with enough beds for all of us and direct beach access.
And he found it! Check this out!
Beach House Setup
Overall, the beach home we ultimately rented had 3 actual bedrooms and a loft area with a total of 2 Queen beds, 2 sets of bunkbeds (4 beds), and 4 singles up in the loft. That ended up being perfect for our group.
2 couples were assigned the Queens, the four single bachelors stayed on the beds in the loft, and Mr. BFS, our friend D, my sister, and I stayed in the bunk bed room (well, my sister ended up being invited to a different beach weekend of fun, but she had a bed with us technically, lol). I actually chose the bunk beds specifically so I could have a bottom bunk and stay as far away from natural sunlight as possible, lol.
Other than beds inside, we also had 2 full bathrooms (one with a tub), a washer and dryer, a full kitchen with a great dishwasher, and enough seating space for all 11 of us! Outside had even more seats, a long picnic table under the deck, a charcoal grill, and enough parking for 6-8 cars. It really ended up being absolutely perfect for us.
The best part of our weekend away was probably that it didn’t cost nearly as much as you would think. Since it’s off-season, N was able to get the beach house from Friday at 3pm through Monday morning at 10am for $1320 with all cleaning fees and everything…so it was $110 per person (remember there were 12 of us…one just had a better offer, lol). The only extra expenses were things like food (although the rest of the group provided 99% of that), gas to get there, charcoal, and other consumables.
Here was what it ended up costing Mr. BFS and I:
- Beach house – $220
- Food – $30
- Gas – $14
- Putt-Putt golf on Saturday – $16
- General Organizing Time – $N/A
- Mr. BFS Grilling Time – $N/A
- TOTAL = $280
That’s less than $300 for a great weekend away. Totally worth it. Next time, we will probably chip in way more (like $50 more) for groceries since the organizing will be way easier, but Mr. BFS may always get to eat pretty much for free as long as he doesn’t mind operating the grill for every meal. Our next plan is to organize the weekend AND the food, divide that up between all of the participants, buy the groceries the night before leaving (using coolers), and then we can enjoy every minute of the weekend without having to make any 30-40 mile round trips for supply runs. We were not nearly as organized as we could have been, but we still all seemed to have a great time.
Look Into It
Whether or not you live next to water, I highly suggest figuring out if you and a group of friends can escape for the weekend to somewhere new. It could be a beach house, a bed and breakfast, a cabin in the woods, whatever. Just see if you and yours can escape somewhere away from your normal responsibilities and just enjoy each other’s company. It’s more than worth it…especially if you can work the numbers in advance and find a great deal. 😀
Have you taken trips with friends? Any upcoming plans?
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