Leap Into Galveston!

dolphinsleapinggalveston_dolphin_toursSo, it’s a Leap Year, and Monday is like a bonus day (on a side note, who opted for an extra MONDAY??! – but we digress). We can’t think of many places better to spend this “extra” day than here on our own little slice of the island paradise!

The 29th is currently forecasted to be an awesome day to jump into the water – 75 and partly sunny? Yes, please! However, if you’re not quite ready for the brisk water temps, we’ve found a few other things to entertain ourselves this Leap Day weekend 😉

Beachcombing 101 at the Galveston Island State Park on Feb. 27,10 a.m.
Itzhak Perlman at The Grand 1894 Opera House on Feb. 27, 8 p.m.
The 38th Annual Corvette Expo on Feb. 27 & 28.

Plus, Galveston boasts some of the national chains offering “leaplings” (people born on Feb. 29) special deals on Monday:  get a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut, or a free cookie at McAlister’s Deli.  Then, take a long walk along Seawall Blvd. to work off your indulgences!

p.s. Don’t forget – We have a Free Night Rental Special going on! Book a minimum stay of 2 nights for any stay happening before March 7, 2016, and get an extra night at the beach for FREE – call us at 409.797.5500 to book!!

Galveston Island is Made for Sweethearts

Confession time:  we still haven’t decided what we’re doing for Valentine’s Day! ::gasp:: Now, unlike some years, this isn’t because as we sit and think about what would be a great gift all we hear are those annoying crickets as absolutely nothing comes to mind.  This year, it’s because there are just too many cool local Galveston Island things to choose from!

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We love being such a short drive from Houston, but sometimes we just want to stay a little closer to home and soak in the relaxed atmosphere instead of getting all fancied up and then battling for a parking space in “the big city” 🙂  If you’re like us (or you’re lucky enough to be enjoying a long weekend at one of our vacation rentals), then we have a few suggestions for you and your sweetheart this weekend!

1.  Go out for brunch and beat the crowds, or plan a picnic lunch at one of our local parks and pick up some sweet treats from local favorites PattyCakes BakerySunflower Bakery, Farley Girls Cafe, or ShyKatz Deli & Bakery.

2.  Unplug all the electronics and enjoy a leisurely stroll along our 32 miles of beaches, or plan to attend one of the great programs at the Galveston Island State Park.  Saturday, February 13 brings Beachcombing 101 at 10 a.m. and a Bay Tower Hike at 3:30 p.m.

3.  Music lovers will enjoy the jazz and big band sounds of the Trio du Jour at the Tremont House’s 1888 Toujouse Bar every Friday and Saturday evening; or you can pick up tickets to attend the high-energy performance by The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra on Saturday, or the Galveston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

4.  Feeling creative?  Join the Paint Party at Galveston Island State Park onFriday at 4:30 p.m.  Or, the Affaire d’art International Fine Art Gallery is offering a “Couples Corks and Canvases” event on Saturday at 2 p.m. (limited seating, so reserve your spot ASAP 409.789.0079). There’s also a great assortment of art galleries you can wander through on a leisurely stroll through Historic Downtown Galveston – maybe you’ll find the perfect piece to remember your weekend away!

5.  Looking for something a little more traditional?  Try the Galvez Bar & Grill’s romantic four-course Valentine’s Day Dinner on Saturday or Sunday nights, or the popular Sunday Brunch. Reservations are strongly advised, online via Open Table.

You can see why we’re having trouble deciding!  Maybe we’ll grab breakfast at a bakery, join in the Beachcombing 101 class, head downtown and browse a few galleries, and then relax and enjoy one of the performances at The Grand….or maybe we’ll just pick up lunch from one of our favorite seafood spots and spend all day with a sweater and a book in our lounge chairs on the beach … these choices are tough! 😉

Mardi Gras! Galveston – The Fun Marches On

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Whew!  We had an awesome time last weekend as we began our 115th Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration!  What about you?

Did you miss it?  (How COULD you!!) 😉  Don’t worry! The party continues through February 9, and there are still plenty of festivities for you to take part in.  Our “Must Attends” for the second weekend are:

February 6 @ 9:00 a.m. & 11 a.m.:  Krewe d’Espirit Rosaire Battle of the Bands* (9 a.m.) & Parade* (11 a.m.) – Marching bands from the Houston-Galveston area will perform and compete for the coveted trophy during the Battle of the Bands. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m., and includes Krewe royalty, motorcycle groups, drill teams, boats, and more!  Immediately following the parade, the “Yard Party” at Jack Johnson Park begins! More bead throwing, more music and food and drinks for sale and plenty of FUN!

February 6 @ 6:30 p.m.: Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade – Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade, viewers will enjoy spectacular floats, marching bands, beads, and more!

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February 7 @ 1:00 p.m.: Krewe of Barkus & Meow Parade* – The Galveston Island Humane Society hosts this a-meow-zing parade full of pets decked out in their Mardi Gras finest!  Registration details and forms can be found online – this is a great one to participate in!

February 7 @ 2:00 p.m.: Children’s Parade* – the Firefighters Local 571 hosts this parade with costumed kids and decorated floats.

*Family Friendly for All Ages

DON’T FORGET….we have a rental special going on!  Book a getaway of a minimum stay of 2 nights for any time before March 7, 2016, and get an extra night at the beach for FREE – call us at 409.797.5500 to book today!

Now we just need to figure out what we’re going to do with all of these beads…