For ten years, we’ve hosted thousands of guests at Best of Times. Sharing hospitality with island visitors has truly been a family effort. Memories from this past decade are at the heart of our family—we’ve built furniture and decks, painted everything, scouted for beachy décor, made friends with summer guests, and welcomed back the same families year after year. Every season has been a joy and a privilege.

As our kids get older, we’ve hoped the next chapter of our lives would include even more chances to share it with visitors. Eight years ago, we watched the construction of Best of Tides from the front windows of our current house. The original owners carefully constructed this house to be a safe haven with breathtaking ocean views.

This new home was different enough from Best of Times it could offer something unique to our return guests—but also to give them the same family-friendly beaches they had grown to love. And with the right-across-the-street nearness, the location was too good to pass up.

For me, it’s been a dream come true to watch these people I love so much build their own relationship with this place I love so much. Our oldest daughter loves fishing. Our middle son loves running on the beach. Our middle daughter loves shopping on the Strand. Our youngest son loves the tourist attractions.

As our family has dreamed and worked to create a welcoming space for you, we’ve grown more excited about how much you’ll love this new guest house. Soft beds, a huge kitchen, beautiful architecture, beachy touches, and those gorgeous views make this house our new favorite.

Please stay with us. Check out your favorite neighborhood from vantage point of one of Pirate’s youngest and tallest homes. And, if you bringing a lot of your family, consider spreading out across both Best of Times and Best of Tides.

Friends-- our family is so honored to be part of your Galveston story.

May the island sun always be on your face, and the Gulf breeze on your back,

Christina & Mike Hergenrader