How to Have a Fabulous Girls Trip in Galveston

You’ve already got the whos - you know, your closest girlfriends, supermoms, lady-bosses, and faithful confidants that could use a break?

Now, gather them up, pack your bags and start heading to Galveston because we’ve done all the planning, including the “wheres” and “whats” on how to have a fabulous – and much needed – girls trip to the island.

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pictured: Galveston's rooftop lounges

Where to Stay

The Tremont House

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 is walkable to the area’s many attractions.

What to Do

Get Pampered at The Grand Galvez Spa

Indulge in a group pampering day at The Grand Galvez 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 and Postoffice Street are Galveston’s main shopping streets, home to popular boutiques like's; Tina's on The Strand and Gracie’s. But even more fun lies in off-the-beaten-path finds on its surrounding streets.

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Head to Tangerine Boutique on Postoffice Street for chic coastal finds or Nautical Antiques on Ships Mechanic Row for unique antiques and décor.

Take a Sunset Cruise from Pier 21

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).

The Strand is Galveston’s main shopping street, home to popular boutiques like Tina's on The Strand and Gracie’s.

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 serve delicious bread and pastries made from scratch, fresh seafood, and various dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Tip: While visiting Sunflower Bakery & Café, 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.

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Located in historic downtown Galveston, EatCetera offers a chic European ambiance and a fresh, unique take on sandwiches, paninis, salads and soups, including many vegetarian and vegan options. (Tip: Try the sundried tomato spread!)

Rudy & Paco

For dinner, the award-winning Rudy & Paco Restaurant is a must-do. The restaurant, located next door to The Grand 1894 Opera House, offers a delicious Central American twist on steak and seafood. On many nights, Paco himself will greet patrons.


Located on the Strand, Riondo’s is housed in a historic building that was once a bank – you can dine in the vault! You’ll be sure to enjoy the matchless farm-to-fork and sea-to-table Italian cuisine from Chef Rico. Italy. Menu items from the bread to the sauces are prepared in-house. Favorites include Three Layer Lasagna Bolognese and Seafood Ravioli Pillows.

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