This was quite the weekend! Finally after six months, my mom made her way down to Houston to visit. I have been living away from home for the majority of the past three years so it can get difficult not being able to go see my family whenever I want to. I was thrilled that she was able to come down for a short trip so I was sure to squeeze as many activities as I could into that time-frame, including a weekend at Galveston Beach!
During the weekdays I had to work so in the evenings we spent time together by enjoying barbecues and relaxing poolside at my new apartment complex. It really does look like a small oasis between the buildings here. Compared to my last apartment this one is like a resort. With all the amenities we found little reason to leave the first couple of days. My mom really enjoyed the pool and the gym.
At the last minute I used Airbnb to book a weekend in Galveston to give my mom a coastal getaway. Back in Pennsylvania you have to drive nearly seven hours to get to the nearest beach, but here in Houston it only takes a little over 40 minutes! I figured she would enjoy the old Victorian style homes and Galveston’s laid back beach atmosphere.
I chose to book an affordable room for three in this gorgeous Victorian home. The house was located near the seawall and was within walking distance or a short bike ride to the beach, historic downtown, and a strand of cafes.The house was an eclectic blend of antiques and collectibles.
They even had bikes that they lend out to their guests so you can take a ride around the island. Despite the fact that it was raging hot outside we still took a nice ride around to see the colorful beach houses in the east end. Then of course followed the advice of or host and ate a delicious breakfast at the Mosquito Cafe.
We spent most of our time at the beach and took in a tour of the Bishop’s Palace. The tour was quite a unique experience, because it was entirely self-guided. You pay 10.00 to tour the two floors of house and they give you a phone that looks a lot like a cel phone from the late 80’s. Every room is numbered so you have to dial it to hear about each room. I have to say that it was a bit distracting for my taste, but I got a lot of great pictures. The house was very ornate and beautiful.
On the last day we went down to Pier 21 near the historic downtown district for a 1 hour dolphin tour. For only 12.00 a person I have got to say this was an great deal for all the
dolphins we saw. It also felt great to be out on the water since it’s been so blistering hot here lately. This ended up being my mom’s favorite part of the trip so I’m glad we went.
After the tour we left Galveston beach behind and packed up to head back to Houston. I spent the rest of the time just hanging out with my mom since she had to return to Pennsylvania the following afternoon. We were very sad to part for a while, but thankfully its only for three months since my brother is getting married in October. I am looking forward to seeing my family and of course my cats Tuni and Boo.