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.
pictured: Galveston's rooftop lounges
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.
A huge benefit of staying at The Tremont House has 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 ha.ba's; Tina's on The Strand and Gracie’s. But even more fun lies in off-the-beaten-path finds on its surrounding streets.Learn More
Head to Tangerine Boutique on Postoffice Street for chic coastal finds or Nautical Antiques on Ships Mechanic Row 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 lessons.
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 Head to Footsies, Tina's on The Strand, and Gracie’s.
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.
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.
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!)
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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