Seedy But Beautiful Galveston, Texas

Author: , October 8th, 2015

Galveston - David Taffet

The most shocking thing about my recent trip to Galveston was how clear the water was. We waded in over our knees and we could still see our feet. I’ve gone to Galveston lots of times. I love Galveston, but I’ve never seen the water there this clean.

For anyone who’s visited the Caribbean or even beaches along the east or west coasts, that’s not much of a boast. But this was Galveston with some of the ugliest beaches and brownest water I’ve ever seen along an open coastline. OK, so the Galveston Chamber of Commerce probably won’t be linking to this piece.

Not only was the water clean, but so was the beach.

By David Taffet – Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Texas Gulf Coast Gay Travel Resources

A Perfect Day in Galveston, Texas

Author: , June 13th, 2015

Sunflower Bakery and Cafe - GalvestonGalveston Island is a unique coastal destination: An historic Victorian-era downtown surrounded by beaches that offer classic seaside fun. Whether you’re on a day trip from Houston or stopping over to or from a cruise, here’s how to make the most of it.

Breakfast at Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

Start your day at this family-owned restaurant of a local favorite, with specialties such as bread pudding French toast and oysters benedict. The restaurant is in the heart of the East End Historical District, putting you in the perfect location to explore the well-preserved architecture that makes Galveston so special.

Tour the Historic District

Taking a closer look at the historic grand mansions and the stories behind them reveals why Galveston is truly a Treasure Island. Check out Moody Mansion, a four-story, 28,000-square-foot home restored to its 1895 splendor. A tour of this home belonging to one of Galveston’s most influential families depicts life of wealth at the turn of the century. Then hop on an electric shuttle from Galveston Island Tours to check out the entire landmark district, including the unique tree sculptures that dot the island and were artistically carved from trees that were killed in Hurricane Ike.

By Shelley Seale – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Texas Gulf Coast Gay Travel Resources

Transgender Cruise Planned for December

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Transgender CruiseTravel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what he believes is the first trans cruise. “This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Land said, “because it feels safe being with other trans people.”

Land identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns. “I’m hoping to book 40-50 people,” she said.

The cruise is on the Navigator of the Seas that leaves from Galveston on Dec. 14 for a week. Three ports of call on the trip include Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. “In Belize, people should stay together, but it’s gay-friendly,” Land said. “Honduras and Cozumel are both very gay friendly.”

By David Taffet – Dallas Voice | Other Gay Travel Events

Best of Galveston, Texas on a Budget

Author: , October 19th, 2013

Galveston, Texas - Google Maps

from Google Maps

When you think of Texas, funky beach towns probably aren’t the first things that come to mind; it’s more likely that you’ll think of cowboys and barbecue. But with 300 miles of coastline, “Texas” and “beach” are a great match (and Texas has a quite a few beach surprises up its sleeve). Galveston, which is actually an island, has an offbeat, oceanside vibe, making it the perfect place to change the way you think about southern beach towns. And when it comes to exploring the island, you can see the best of it without spending a fortune.

From a pier with a Ferris wheel, to incredible gumbo, an awesome Mardi Gras scene, and a beachfront strip with enough unusual bars and restaurants to quench anyone’s thirst, the town has a lot to offer. It’s also full of gorgeous Victorian architecture that was meticulously preserved after the devastating Great Storm of 1900, and there are enough museums and history tours to keep any culture buff busy for weeks. Plus, with summer humidity on its way out, it’s easier than ever to save money and enjoy all the eccentricity that makes Galveston feel worlds away from the nearest mainland super-city, Houston. Here are my top choices for getting to know the culture of Galveston, for less.

1. Check out the Lone Star Bike Rally this fall. Not only is admission to this event completely free, but it’s a pretty cool way to spend an evening. For one, the entire cast of the popular show Sons of Anarchy is going to be there this year doing free VIP meet and greets, and there are plenty of rock, folk, and bluegrass bands scheduled to play throughout the weekend. Even if you’re not a biker or bike enthusiast, the event is worth visiting. Keep yourself busy at a poker game, vendor stalls, motorcycle shows, concerts, cultural events, or just indulge with some Texas gumbo.

Authored By Kristin Mock – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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The Texas Gulf Coast

Author: , December 11th, 2011

Texas Gulf Coast Gay TravelAlthough America’s Gulf Coast doesn’t have any major gay beach resorts, the Texas barrier island of Galveston has steadily become a popular destination with GLBT travelers. About 220 miles south, the coast’s largest city, Corpus Christi, contains a number of notable attractions as well as the coast’s only gay bar south of Galveston. And at the southern tip of the Texas coast, scenic South Padre Island has developed increased cachet as a getaway, thanks in part to biannual Splash South Padre Island gay parties.

Here’s a look at these three classic coastal getaways in Texas. Galveston

The historic and charming city of Galveston (www.galveston.com) is a haven of sandy beaches, opulent Victorian houses, and touristy but engaging seafood restaurants and souvenir shops. Gays and lesbians – many from Houston, 50 miles inland – regularly visit here. With colorful architecture, a small but discernible arts scene, and a laid-back demeanor reminiscent of Key West and New Orleans, this city of 48,000 is a bit more open-minded and offbeat than any other on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Galveston occupies a narrow, 32-mile-long, windswept coastal island. Several historic neighborhoods abound with stately old mansions and cheerful clapboard cottages, and the main drag along the shoreline, Seawall Boulevard, bustles with seafood restaurants, chain hotels, and shops selling postcards, seashells, swimsuits, and sunglasses.

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Historic Galveston: Texas’s Most Gay Friendly Destination?

Author: , April 23rd, 2011

Boshop's Palace, Galveston, TXListen carefully to the locals when you head south of Houston to go beachcombing: Most don’t refer to their town as “Galveston;” they will call it “Galveston Island.” Being an island is a big part of the lifestyle in this strip of land along the Texas Gulf Coast. Islanders have a different mindset than mainlanders, even when their spit of dirt is connected via a causeway. There’s a separateness to being here, which sometimes manifests as a survivalist mentality.

You need that easygoing independence if you’re gonna be front-and-center during hurricane season: You’re on your own, but you also stick together. (You’ll need to know the difference between a boy, a “boi” and a BOI — Born On Island — if you don’t wanna insult someone … or find the right guy on Grindr.)

Galveston Island has weathered (literally) its share of devastation. The Great Storm of 1900 — it doesn’t even have a name; it came before hurricanes needed them — turned most of the island’s homes into matchsticks, nearly wiping out the economy (it had been an economic powerhouse, but was usurped by Houston after that). That led to the building of the Sea Wall, the longest continuous sidewalk in the world and a barrier that has more than done its job.

Full Story from The Dallas Voice

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