The district spanning the area from 19th to 25th street and Strand to Church Street is home to a variety of unique shops, art galleries, eateries and antique stores. With 70 blocks to explore, couples are guaranteed to have a memorable and relaxing visit.
The Tremont House, a Wyndham Grand hotel, located in Galveston’s historic downtown Strand District is the perfect canvas to launch an adventure through this historic community. A two-day stay, immersed in this setting will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
With 70 blocks to explore, couples are guaranteed to have a memorable and relaxing visit.
Plan to arrive on Monday or Tuesday, as weekdays are much calmer and more serene. After 5 p.m., venture to The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House to watch the sun set over the harbor. Don't forget to take some photos while you are there. The Rooftop Bar is a one-of-a-kind feature in Galveston and has been rated as one of the best bars in the Houston area. Curl up on a couch and take in the breathtaking view.
A quick ride down the elevator and it is walking distance to many of Galveston’s finest restaurants. Nonno Tony's World Kitchen, Riondo's Ristorante, Olympia The Grill at Pier 21's amazing Mediterranean or Rudy and Paco's South American offerings are all available with a quiet corner table and impeccable service.
As you stroll to dinner, take time to look around and read about the awe-inspiring architecture along your way. Plaques are conveniently located in front of many of the area’s buildings detailing the history of not only the structure, but life in a bustling city of the 19th century. A stop at the shop Eighteen Seventy One, operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation, on Strand Street or the nearby Galveston Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on Mechanic Street will provide you with a wealth of information on the area.
After dinner, make your way to 22nd and Strand for an evening carriage ride tour through the area and take notes along the way of places to visit. Finish the night listening to the sounds of live jazz at the 1888 Toujouse Bar located in the Tremont lobby and sipping on a signature cocktails.
Morning comes and it is time to visit the Tremont Café, this on-site cyber café serves a full line of Starbucks coffees as well as truly unique breakfast items such as the breakfast flatbread and paninis. Feel free to surf the web or stretch out on one of the couches in the lobby and read a complimentary paper while enjoying the elegance of the hotel.
Pull out the notes from the carriage ride and plan the day’s fun. Will it be the art galleries on Post Office Street or the Texas Seaport Museum and 1877 Tall Ship Elissa at Pier 21? Allocate plenty of time to stroll on The Strand in search of one-of-a-kind treasures and boutique style clothing. Don’t forget to stop in a La King’s Confectionery for some homemade sweets or to share a Sundae.
Try the couples massage or have a pedicure together. Meditate in the Relaxation Room as the soft music takes you to another level of calm.
There are plenty of options for lunch so venture to Postoffice Street, The Strand or Pier 21 and find one that fills your craving. After lunch, consider heading over to another local favorite, MOD Coffeehouse on Postoffice and have an inspired coffee while enjoying some time on their relaxing patio. Hey Mikey's Ice Cream is just a couple of doors down too.
Once back at the hotel, catch a complimentary shuttle to the Hotel Galvez and spend the afternoon in the Spa, sample the complimentary champagne, warm stone neck wraps, and embark on an afternoon of pampering. Try the couples massage or have a pedicure together. Meditate in the Relaxation Room as the soft music takes you to another level of calm. For dinner, enjoy the fresh and local cuisine in the Galvez Bar & Grill as you look out over the Gulf. (Hint: The Campenchana is always a hit.)
On your last day, sleep in and take time to get up and move. Don't forget to call the valet team to pick up the luggage, as they can store it during the day while you explore Galveston a little longer and bring it out later when you leave.
Nothing promotes peace like a harbor tour. Conveniently located on Pier 21 a couple of blocks away, depart for an exploration of the area’s waterways. Look for the many varieties of rare birds found only in this area. Wrap up the day with a late lunch and a game of life size chess at next door Saengerfest Park.
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