Galveston, Texas, is not your average beach town. Victorian elegance radiates from its turn-of-the-century brick mansions. From The Strand, its main shopping street. And from the grand Hotel Galvez, the 115-year-old Queen of the Gulf.Galveston | TAPINTOTRAVEL.com

Resilient Galveston

Although not a stranger to hurricanes, Galveston’s resilient spirit adds to its charm. You’ll see striking wood sculptures throughout the town standing testament to the spectacular trees that once flourished in the area (struck down following Hurricane Ike). And each work of art is especially meaningful to a family or the town.

A historic stroll

A walk down the main street is a stroll back in time. Brick storefronts sell antiques as well as the latest fashions in charming boutiques and upscale seashore home decorations and mementos.

La King’s Confectionery is an ice cream parlor with marble tables and iron chairs – straight from 1920. It also houses a candy factory offering homemade confections popular more than 100 years ago.

A grand (haunted) hotel

Hotel Galvez has a piano bar that evokes earlier times and views of the Gulf from loggias and wicker chairs. It offers all the amenities of a five-star hotel. Room 501 is reputedly haunted by ghost bride waiting for her the last seventy years for her groom to return from the sea. While you can get a crab stack in many of Galveston’s interesting restaurants, the best is served at Hotel Galvez. It is simply layers of mango, avocado, and crab meat; and it is simply delicious.

Hotel Galvez has a piano bar that evokes earlier times and views of the Gulf from loggias and wicker chairs. It offers all the amenities of a five-star hotel. Room 501 is haunted by a ghost bride waiting for seventy years now for her groom to return from the sea. While you can get a crab stack in many of Galveston’s interesting restaurants, the best is served at Hotel Galvez. It is simply layers of mango, avocado, and crab meat; and it is simply delicious.

High rise sightseeing

Another historic hotel is the Tremont House with a rooftop bar – the best place to see the Gulf and harbor activities as well as the town. This high-rise sightseeing is best accompanied by Titto’s Texas Sipper made with grapefruit juice, club soda, St. Germain, and – of course – Titto’s Handmade Vodka.

Other Galveston attractions include Moody Gardens with three pyramids that enclose a rain forest, discovery center, and aquarium. A world-class water park is fun for adults as well as children, and the Lone Star Flight Museum is one of the world’s best aircraft collections.

And, yes, the beach is public and the pier has amusement park rides, eats, and games. Galveston has something for everyone. If you go during the holidays, be sure to check out its hundreds of holiday events!

This tour takes you to Galveston. And remember, it’s not your average beach town. It’s a whole lot more.