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An Oil-Drilling Rig & Other Cool Attractions of Galveston, Texas

You don’t have to go far to find a tour, unique museum or another interesting site while in historic downtown Galveston - plus you might learn something, too.
 
If you are exploring Galveston’s historic harbor and have an interest in the oil industry, stop by the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum at Pier 19. The museum offers a unique opportunity to tour an actual jack-up drilling oil rig and learn about the oil…
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Added by Christine Hopkins on July 30, 2012 at 11:48am — No Comments

Galveston’s ‘Haunted’ Hotel Galvez Offers Ghost Tour and Dinner in October

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (June 12, 2012) – Guests at the “haunted” Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, can hear stories of the “Ghost Bride” and other reported strange occurrences during the hotel’s annual ghost tour and dinner in October. The 101-year-old historic Texas hotel offers a public ghost tour accompanied by a three-course dinner for $35 per person on Wednesday and Thursday evenings throughout the month, including…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on June 18, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Hotel Galvez Invites Couples to Renew Vows During Wedding Vow Renewal Valentine’s Weekend

GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (Jan. 17, 2012) – For 100 years, Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel has been a coveted site for weddings, honeymoons and anniversary celebrations. To uphold this tradition, this historic hotel is offering a Romantic Rendezvous weekend featuring a Wedding Vow Renewal on Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 10-12, 2012. As part of this…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on January 17, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Hotel Galvez to Host Free Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration Hotel Galvez to Collect Donations for The Salvation Army

GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (Oct. 6, 2011) – What do Santa Claus, the Mayor of Galveston and Queen Victoria all have in common? They will all be attending the City of Galveston’s Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, on Friday, Nov. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. This free holiday event is open to the public and marks the start of the holiday season in Galveston. As part of the evening, Hotel Galvez will be accepting monetary donations for the Salvation…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on October 14, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Free Halloween Carnival and Children’s Costume Contest Scheduled on October 29 in Downtown Galveston

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (Sept. 27, 2011) —Halloween fun will come alive in historic downtown Galveston with the Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand. The Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash, a family friendly Halloween carnival, offers a costume contest at 3 p.m., assorted games with prizes, and trick or treating at various downtown businesses from 2 to 4 p.m.

 

Children, ages 11 and under, are invited to…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on October 5, 2011 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Galveston’s ‘Haunted’ Hotel Galvez Offers October Ghost Tour Dinner and Room Packages

GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (Sept. 6, 2011) – Hotel Galvez & Spa, a Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, invites guests to embark on enthralling ghost hunts during the month of October. The “haunted” Texas hotel is extending its ghost tour to the public as part of a special three-course dinner special on Thursday evenings. The hotel has also scheduled a ghost tour dinner on Halloween. Additionally, the hotel will offer special overnight… Continue

Added by Christine Hopkins on September 6, 2011 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Are you a fan of historic hotels? 10 Quick Facts on Galveston's Centenarian Hotel Galvez

  1. Hotel Galvez opened on June 10, 1911 and was built at a cost of $1 million as a symbol of recovery following the nation’s deadliest natural disaster, the Great Storm of 1900.
  2. Hotel Galvez and the City of Galveston are both named for Bernardo de Galvez. De Galvez, who never set foot on the island, was a Spanish hero of the American Revolution.
  3. When the Hotel Galvez opened in 1911 it offered 275 rooms but the necessity of in-room bathrooms has reduced the current number…
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Added by Christine Hopkins on August 12, 2011 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Did you know that there is only one Rooftop Bar in Galveston

Unlike Houston, Galveston's downtown isn't surrounded by 75-story skyscrapers; the island's tallest building is a mere 20 stories. But a rooftop view in historic downtown Galveston offers a charming panorama of the harbor, ship channel and the Gulf of Mexico as well as buildings that date back more than 100 years.…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on August 12, 2011 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Hotel Galvez to Host Series of Rosenberg Library Exhibits This Summer

GALVESTON, TX (June 7, 2011) – Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is collaborating with Rosenberg Library’s Galveston and Texas History Center to host a series of exhibits and presentations at the hotel during the months of July, August and September as part of the hotel’s year-long celebration commemorating its centennial.

 

Rosenberg Library will open a history of tourism exhibit entitled “Pleasure Isle: Galveston’s Evolving Beachfront 1881 – 1943” on…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on June 15, 2011 at 11:54am — No Comments

Texas’ “Queen of the Gulf” - Hotel Galvez Commemorates 100 Years in June

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (May 2, 2011) – Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, will commemorate its 100-year reign as “Queen of the Gulf” with a free community celebration on Saturday, June 11. The grounds of this historic Texas beachfront hotel will come alive with family activities and live music during the day and culminate with a fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Hotel Galvez will host a variety of…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on May 23, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Texas’ Hotel Galvez to Commemorate Centennial with Community Celebration

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (March 28, 2011) – Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, will commemorate its 100-year reign as “Queen of the Gulf” with a free community celebration on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2011. On Saturday, the grounds of this historic beachfront hotel will come alive with activities during the day and culminate with a fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Hotel Galvez will host children’s activities such as face painting, arts…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on April 8, 2011 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Hotel Galvez To Host Spanish Wine Event During Food And Wine Festival

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (March 15, 2011) – As part of its ongoing monthly centennial celebrations, Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, will host a Spanish Wine Pairing Dinner on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. with visiting Chef Pedro Angel Garcia of Houston’s El Meson Restaurant. This special event is part of the 2011…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on March 18, 2011 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Noted Author, Gary Cartwright, Returns To Galveston For A Weekend Of Book Signings

GALVESTON, TX – (March 8, 2011) Gary Cartwright, noted author of Hotel Galvez: Queen of the Gulf, returns to Galveston on Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2. His schedule will be as follows:

  • Thursday, March 31, Noon to 3:00 pm: Celebrating Women Convention at Moody Gardens Convention Center, Hotel Galvez Spa booth; 7 Hope Boulevard
  • Friday, April 1, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Wine and cheese reception at Tina’s on The Strand; 2326 Strand
  • Friday, April…
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Added by Christine Hopkins on March 9, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Historic Hotels Sponsor New Galveston Mardi Gras Parade

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (Feb. 15, 2011) – Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House, both Wyndham Grand® Hotels, will present a new Mardi Gras! Galveston parade entitled “A Salute to George Mitchell” on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. This new parade is the first parade in downtown Galveston’s Mardi Gras entertainment district…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on February 16, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Hotel Galvez Hosts Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony

GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (Jan. 17, 2011) – Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, will host a mass Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. for couples who have celebrated their marriages and honeymoons at the historic hotel as well as other interested couples.

 

The Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony, officiated by Galveston Justice of the Peace Jim Schweitzer, will take place on the hotel’s…

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Added by Christine Hopkins on January 18, 2011 at 5:34pm — No Comments

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