Resting against the peaceful backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Island has long been a favorite romantic destination for couples looking to step away from it all.
From the endless beaches to the beautiful sunsets on the bay, this historic island retreat holds more than its fair share of secret hideaways and cozy destinations. Within the heart of the island, the famed Strand National Historic Landmark District offers a wide variety of activities that are ideally suited for couples. Blending the best of the past with the luxuries of today, this little romantic retreat is a great way to step away from it all, if only for a moment, while you enjoy paradise with the one you love.
Spend a Night at a Hotel
Elegant, luxurious, and sophisticated, the Tremont House is located within the heart of Downtown Galveston. The epitome of luxury, this hotel places special emphasis on an experience you won’t find elsewhere. From stately room appointments to rooftop refreshments, the Tremont is a boutique-style hotel that radiates class. Your partner is sure to be impressed by their attention to detail while you enjoy a world-class jazz trio in the hotel lobby every Friday and Saturday evening.
If a water view is calling your name, The Harbor House Hotel and Marina may be just what you are looking for. Located at Pier 21, the hotel plays host to many cruise patrons looking for a romantic hideaway before their journey. Recently remodeled in a modern, industrial design, this waterfront property provides an ample opportunity to enjoy the very best Galveston has to offer. All of the rooms are quite large and feature a view of the harbor for that extra special touch.
Quaint boutiques, gourmet seafood eateries, and multiple museums and attractions all reside within walking distance of this extraordinary hotel and are sure to provide a magnificent setting for romance and discovery.
Visit the Strand
If a picturesque and romantic evening is to your taste, then a simple walk down the Strand in Galveston’s historic district may just be your cup of tea. Most of the buildings date from the 19th century – surviving The Great Storm, the 1900 hurricane – and are now beautifully restored to their original grandeur. The area features a wide variety of shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums all within easy walking distance.
Rent an Electric Bicycle from Zipp-E Bikes
Start your day with the one you love, trying out the newest phenomenon to hit the island! Zipp E-bikes are the perfect way to enhance your visit while reducing the amount of work required to move about the island. Not only are they a great way to cruise the day away with your special someone, Zipp E-bikes also provides guided tours of the island. Choose between the family-friendly Island Adventure and the adult-oriented Brewer-E-Bike tour and ride away in style!
Galveston History Tour Guide
Local legend, George Douglas Lee, plays host to this wildly entertaining and incredibly informative journey through the history of Galveston. The only Galveston Historical tour featured on the Travel Channel, George is a favorite amongst the locals for his unique perspective and in-depth knowledge of Galveston. If you can only make it out for one activity, George’s tour is not to be missed!
Tour the G. Lee Gallery
Also owned and operated by George Douglas Lee, the G. Lee Gallery is known as “Galveston Island’s Most Unique Art Gallery” and for a good reason! Featuring a wide variety of surreal and fantasy-based pieces from the local art community, this gallery is a brilliant outlet for the inner child in all of us. Truly one of the most valued members of Galveston, George Lee is a host you won’t soon forget.
Taste of The Strand Food Tour
Be sure to save some energy for the Taste of The Strand! This three-hour culinary delight is the perfect way for you and yours to spend an evening together. A “Walking Food and Mystery Tour,” the Taste of the Strand is the largest guided restaurant tour in Texas. Featuring stops at 11 of the best eateries in the Historic Strand District, be sure to bring a healthy appetite and your sense of adventure for this exciting, one-of-a-kind experience!
Romantic Sunset Cruise
As the sun begins to make its way towards the horizon, it’s time to make your way back to the water for a romantic sunset cruise. An excellent way for couples to relax after a long day on the town, this two-hour cruise takes you on a tour of the scenic Galveston Harbor. Patrons are welcome and encouraged to bring beer or wine to enjoy, though hard alcohol is not permitted. If sipping wine at sunset is your style, be sure to contact Galveston Water Adventures on Pier 21 today!
Stop in at Riondo’s Ristorante for Dinner
Chef Rico Caminos and his staff are firmly rooted in the “farm to fork” tradition. As many ingredients – including meat, seafood, and vegetables – are locally sourced. Locals often prefer the lunch specials like the wood-fired pizzas or their specialty salads, but no diner can go wrong by trying the eggplant tower or seafood cioppino. Riondo’s Ristorante also hosts private parties and events directly upstairs on the second floor of the historic Hutchings Sealy Building.
Try a Nightcap at the Rooftop Bar
Located in the Tremont House Grand Hotel, this beautiful and low-key nightspot is perfect for that after-dinner drink on a romantic date. Just order your favorite cocktail – the Yellow Rose and the Mojito are their specialties – and watch the sun go down or try the bar a little later to see the moon and stars over the lights of downtown.
Need More Information on Galveston?
For more information on these and other things to do when visiting historic downtown Galveston, please contact us at Mitchell Historic Properties.