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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, July 25, 2008
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Greetings Getaway Lover,

This weekend we're going to the Gateway Of Galveston,
One of Texas's most popular year-round coastal destina-
tions, Galveston is an island in the Gulf of Mexico 50 
miles southeast of Houston, connected to the mainland 
by a causeway and bridge. The island is a marriage of 
the best of both worlds: it is both city and seaside 
resort. It offers historical and cultural attractions, 
as well as swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing. The 
restored Victorian Strand district, resort hotels, and 
beachfront businesses give a commercial feel to the 
north end of the island, while miles of private and 
rental residences on the southern end offer solitude 
and open beach access. 
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--DESTINATION: Galveston, Texas

Once one of the world's great port cities, Galveston was 
nearly devastated by a hurricane in 1900. More than 6,000 
residents were killed by the storm, and many structures 
were demolished. The hurricane prompted city officials to 
raise the island and add a seawall, making Galveston a 
safe place to visit today. After the 1900 hurricane and 
the opening of the Houston ship channel, Galveston lost 
its position as Texas's busiest seaport and the street 
known as the Strand -- formerly the site of stores, 
offices, and warehouses -- faded as a bustling center of 

In the 1950s, preservationists launched Galveston's ren-
aissance by restoring stately homes and building up 
commercial districts with modern facilities. The Strand, 
now on the National Register of Historic Places, has one 
of the largest collections of historic buildings in the 
country. A resort city with a southern flair, Galveston 
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Bishop's Palace 
House/Mansion, Galveston 
The Victorian Bishop's Palace (COST: $6), a limestone-and-
granite castle built in 1886 for Colonel Walter Gresham, 
has 11 rare stone and wood mantels and a wooden staircase 
that took 61 craftsmen seven years to carve. The house 
derives its name from the Catholic bishop of Galveston, 
the Reverend Christopher Byrne, who lived here from 1923 
until his death in 1950. Still owned by the local arch-
diocese, the mansion is open to the public but accommodates
the current bishop when he is in town. 

Address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston, TX, USA
Phone: 409/762-2475

Galveston County Historical Museum 
Museum/Gallery, Galveston 
Housed in a 1921 bank building listed on the National 
Register of Historic Places, this local history museum 
has exhibits on the Karankawa Indians, notorious pirates, 
and the hurricane of 1900. The original lens of the South 
Jetty Lighthouse is on display, and text panels and 
archival photographs reveal the sense of panic that en-
gulfed Galveston after the 1900 hurricane leveled the 
city. Maps on hand reveal areas hardest hit by the tempest, 
and a primitive film made a day after the hurricane shows 
panoramic shots of the devastation. COST: $2 suggested 
donation. OPEN: Mon.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-4; open until 5 
Memorial Day-Labor Day. www.galvestonhistory.org 

Address: 2219 Market St., Galveston, TX, USA
Phone: 409/766-2340

Neighborhood/Street, Galveston 
Broadway, a major thoroughfare 5 minutes by car (or 20 
minutes by foot) south of the Tremont House, is where to 
find the "Broadway Beauties," three of the finest examples 
of historic restoration in Texas. 

Other Places of Interest:

Galveston Island Trolley 
Scenic Drive, Galveston 
This interesting trolley tour passes through the Strand as
well as the Silk Stocking Residential Historic District, 
since 1996 the city's third and newest landmarked area. 
COST: 60¢. www.islandtransit.net 

Address: 2100 Seawall Blvd., or 2016 Strand St., Galveston, 
Phone: 409/797-3900

 Moody Gardens 
Garden/Arboretum, Galveston 
Moody Gardens (www.moodygardens.com; COST: $7-$10 per 
venue, discount combination tickets available) is a 
multifaceted complex that teaches, entertains, and 
fascinates. Attractions include the 13-story Aquarium 
Pyramid, showcasing marine life from four oceans in 
tanks and touch pools; Rainforest Pyramid, a 40,000-
square-ft tropical habitat for exotic flora and fauna; 
Discovery Pyramid, a joint venture with NASA featuring 
more than 40 interactive exhibits; and two IMAX theaters, 
one of which has a space adventure ride. Also, don't miss 
the botanical garden or Hope Therapy Program, an inter-
nationally recognized hippotherapy (rehabilitation through 
horseback riding) treatment center. 

Address: 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX, USA
Phone: 409/741-8484 or 800/582-4673 
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Harbor House 
$150 to $225, Galveston 
In the historic Strand area, this hotel is located in a 
former steamship terminal. Rooms are decorated in a 
nautical style and have views overlooking Galveston Harbor. 
Guests receive signing privileges at area restaurants and 
bars. 42 rooms. In-room data ports, marina, shops, business 
services. AE, DC, MC, V. www.harborhousepier21.com 

Address: No. 28, Pier 21, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
Phone: 409/763-3321 or 800/874-3721
Fax: 409/765-6421

Holiday Inn on the Beach 
$100 to $225, Galveston 
A cheerful Hawaiian atmosphere enlivens the rooms of this 
eight story hotel, most of which have private balconies 
with views of the Gulf of Mexico. B'Jiggers Lounge has 
live music and dancing on the weekends. The beach is just 
across the street or you can go 3 miles to Stewart Beach.
Moody Gardens is 3 miles away. 179 rooms. Restaurant, pool, 
wading pool, bar, dry cleaning, laundry service, business 
services. AE, D, DC, MC, V. www.holiday-inn.com 

Address: 5002 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77551, USA
Phone: 409/740-3581
Fax: 409/744-6677

La Quinta Galveston 
Under $100 to $225, Galveston 
Rooms here are bright and clean, with modern furniture and 
spacious bathrooms. A complimentary Continental breakfast 
is included in the room rate. The hotel is just 5 blocks 
away from Stewart Beach, 7 miles from the State Park, and 
4 miles from Moody Gardens. 117 rooms. In-room data ports, 
pool, business services. AE, D, DC, MC, V. Continental 
breakfast. www.laquinta.com. 

Address: 1402 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77550, USA
Phone: 409/763-1224
Fax: 409/763-1224

Seafood, $20 to $40, Galveston 
Sit in a glassed-in garden room overlooking the bay and 
order the specialty of the house, a rich dish of white 
lump crab mixed with bacon and onions and topped with 
cheese. The menu also features seasoned baked shrimp and 
grilled oysters. AE, D, DC, MC, V. Closed Mon. No dinner 

Address: 8509 Teichman Rd., Galveston, TX, USA
Phone: 409/740-0771

Fisherman's Wharf 
Seafood, Under $20 to $40, Galveston 
ate It  
New restaurants have joined this harborside institution, 
but locals keep coming here for the fresh seafood and 
reasonable prices. Dine indoors or out, keeping an eye 
on traffic in the ship channel. Start off with a cold 
combo -- boiled shrimp and grilled rare tuna. The fresh 
fish, shrimp, and oysters from the grill or fryer are 
hard to beat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: 3901 Ave. O, Galveston, TX, USA
Phone: 409/765-5708
Mario's Ristorante 
Italian, $20 to $30, Galveston 
There's a full Italian menu here and many seafood dishes 
such as red snapper and seafood fettuccine, but islanders 
rave about this restaurant's hand-tossed pizza. AE, D, DC,
MC, V. 

Address: 2202 61st St., Galveston, TX, USA
Phone: 409/744-2975 


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