How to Have a Fabulous Girls Trip in Galveston
You’ve already got the “who’s” – you know, your closest girlfriends, super moms, lady-bosses and faithful confidants that could really use a break?
Now, gather them up, pack your bags and start heading to Galveston because we’ve done all the planning, including the “where’s” and “what’s” on how to have a fabulous – and much needed – girls trip to the island.
Where to Stay:
The Tremont House, with its classic European boutique-style elegance, is our top pick for a girls getaway. Not only does this gorgeous hotel include charming features – like live jazz in the lobby and suites with exposed brick, pressed tin ceilings and plantation shutters – it puts you right in the heart of Galveston’s historic downtown district and walkable to the area’s many attractions.
What to Do:
A huge benefit of staying at The Tremont House is having amenity privileges at (and complimentary shuttle service to) its sister property Hotel Galvez. Here, you can indulge in a group pampering day at The Spa, known for its luxurious body treatments, tranquil relaxation room and Eucalyptus steam rooms. After the spa, enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico while lounging at the Galvez pool and swim-up bar.
Just steps out The Tremont House doors are blocks and blocks of retail therapy waiting to be embraced. The Strand is Galveston’s main shopping street, home to popular boutiques like Head to Footsies and Tina’s on The Strand. But even more fun lies in off-the-beaten path finds on its surrounding streets. Head to Tangerine Boutique on Postoffice Street for coastal chic finds or Nautical Antiques on Mechanic Street for unique antiques and décor. The Kitchen Chick on Market Street is the place for specialty gourmet kitchen wares and accessories plus it offers group cooking classes!
Watching a Galveston sunset over the water is one of those island experiences unlike anything else. It’s even better when you’re on the water with friends. Groups can take a relaxing sunset cruise from Pier 21 (a few blocks from The Tremont House) on Galveston Water Adventures’ open-air tour boat. On this cruise, you’ll visit significant places in Galveston Harbor and see gorgeous views of the island. (Galveston Water Adventures also offers daytime cruises if your evening plans take you elsewhere).
For a night out, The Grand 1894 Opera House provides a stunning backdrop and intimate setting for its impressive lineup of live shows and music performances with no seat further than 70 feet from the stage. Fun Fact: The Texas Legislature named The Grand “The Official Opera House of Texas” in 1993. It is one of the few remaining theaters of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where to Eat & Drink:
Sunflower Bakery & Café
The Sunflower Bakery & Café is located in the heart of Galveston’s East End Historical District. This charming family-owned restaurant and bakery serves delicious breads and pastries made from scratch, fresh seafood and a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tip: while in the area, take a walking tour through the district to see a portion of Galveston’s Victorian architecture and historic homes – one of the largest collections in the nation.
The Rooftop Bar, located on the 4th floor of The Tremont House, is the only rooftop bar in Galveston and offers panoramic views of the historic downtown district and Galveston Harbor. It’s outdoor lounge atmosphere, extensive menu and cool breezes, make it a great place to toast the night away.