Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean this island has shut down for the season. While the tourist season generally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the weather is pleasant most of the year so you can take advantage of fewer crowds and better rates in the Fall and Spring.
Stay: While there’s hotels for every budget up and down Seawall Boulevard, we’re a fan of this cute bungalow that’s a few blocks away from the Seawall. You’ll find it on Airbnb, and it’s owned by a local nurse who has created an adorable, cozy space with a queen and twin bed in the bedroom. The bathroom has been remodeled with a luxury rainshower. There’s a full kitchen, a patio and grill, and a fenced in yard. We picked up some groceries and a bottle of wine and relaxed on the porch one evening before venturing out for more good times.
Play: Galveston is a great place for history buffs, with over 20 museums on the island and historic homes to tour. Check out the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, or learn about The Great Storm at the Pier 21 Theater.
Off the island, we like stopping in Santa Fe at Haak Winery, a few miles off of State Highway 6. Haak is known for their Madeira wine, and their Blanc du Bois is also stellar. The winery offers tours and tastings and hosts dinners, weddings, and events. Tip: watch their calendar for the semi-annual Wine and Stars event where members of the Johnson Space Center astronomy club set up their telescopes so you can get a good look at stars and planets.
If beer is more your thing, back on the island you’ll find Galveston Island Brewing with their selection of local craft beer served in their own tap room.
While there are many bars up and down the seawall from fancy to dive, we enjoy the lobby bar at the Hotel Galvez for cocktails, conversation, and people watching.
For breakfast, flip a coin between the Sunflower Cafe and the Mosquito Cafe. Both serve fantastic breakfasts. The Sunflower has its own bakery; the Mosquito is allied with Patty Cakes Bakery across the street and again, we can’t pick a favorite. If you’re on Team Carbs like us, you’ll need to just try it all.