Through a vrbo listing I discovered an astoundingly affordable 1BR+/1BA condo at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort on Gulf of Mexico Drive on LBK at a special promotional rate of $99/night. The vrbo owner referred me to Resort Quest which manages the property. It was such a fine fit for my husband and me that we would have gladly stayed five weeks rather than just the five nights we booked.
Suite 256 was furnished with cheery red/blue beach look (and sleeper sofa) in living area/bathroom with whimsical accessories; tropical palms and dark wicker in the bedroom with a queen-sized bed; well-equipped kitchen and lanai, each with table and four chairs. From the lanai we had a view of the pool and the Gulf.
Amenities included a heated beach front pool, complimentary beach towels chaise lounge chairs on the beach, daily maid service,coin laundry facilities and Wi-Fi access.
Of course, the greatest asset is LBK's legendary tranquil and beautiful beach. Evenings about 6 p.m., we'd watch from our chaises as that gorgeous glowing globe, so infrequently seen during Cleveland's winter, would sink into the Gulf. "Do you think we'd ever get tired of this?" my husband asked me. And then we made plans to return in January 2010.