Posted July 23, 2009 by Amy Westervelt
An island in the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston combines the beaches and surf of a tropical getaway with the architecture and hospitality of the south. With delicious food, charming inns, and unique shopping, Galveston offers a terrific beach getaway minus the expense of more obvious tropical destinations.
Historic Strand Shopping District: For everything from antiques to local art to unique and beautiful gifts, head straight for Galveston's Historic Strand Shopping District. In addition to dozens of vendors such as The Curiosity Shoppe (2218 Strand Street), housed in a historic Victorian building and selling everything from furniture to local art and handmade gifts, the area is packed with history and charm, perfect for an evening stroll.
Mosquito Cafe: Located in a restored 1870 Victorian in the East End Historical District of Galveston Island, the Mosquito Cafe is considered one of the best restaurants in the entire Houston metropolitan area. While the architecture may be classic on the outside, the restaurant's interior is delightfully modern, with sleek hardwood floors and mustard-colored walls. The menu focuses squarely on health without sacrificing taste in well-priced dishes such as grilled shrimp tacos ($14) served with Texmati brown rice and an amazing bacon cheeseburger if you're in the mood ($9.95).
Coastal Dreams B&B: Galveston is brimming over with charming Victorian B&Bs throughout its historic districts. For all the charm and history without the overwhelming clutter of antiques, book a room at the beautiful Coastal Dreams B&B, where your hostess Lana has kept some of the wonderful original details but opted for subtle, soothing decor in guest rooms. In addition to fresh cookies on your nightstand and a gourmet hot breakfast, Coastal Dreams has a pool, and is walking distance to both the beach and the Strand. Rooms start at $119 per night.
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