Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a nice holiday season. I was able to spend a few weeks in Michigan and I’m so grateful for getting that time with my family.
I had driven the 18+ hours up to Michigan from Texas. Anyone with a dog understands why I drove instead of flying. It ended up being a good decision because as you probably heard, air travel around Christmas was majorly disrupted when a massive snowstorm hit the midwest.
We experienced our own travel disruption; however, it came after Christmas when my boyfriend Glenn and I tried to fly from Detroit to Puerto Rico. We made it to the Detroit airport but after a few delays we started to get the feeling that if we ever made it to our layover in Baltimore, we’d get stuck there. So we bailed and cancelled everything; the flight and Airbnb, for a full refund. And I’m so glad we did because the flight from Baltimore to Puerto Rico did in fact get cancelled.
With that change of plans we drove back to Texas early (with a quick stop in Memphis, TN) and booked a last-minute weekend on Galveston Island along the Gulf of Mexico. We found a dog friendly hotel that was a lot cheaper than renting an Airbnb.
Galveston Island has a reputation for being a little touristy and isn’t the most beautiful beach in the world but we have grown fond of these Gulf towns, especially since we lived in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi for three months last year.
An Uber driver told us that Galveston Island is on track to become the 3rd busiest cruise port in America behind Miami and Orlando.
We also learned that Galveston Island has a lot of cool history. Much like New Orleans, it was a major port for immigration in the mid-1800s. It definitely feels like a mini-New Orleans along The Strand, which is a street of bars and restaurants in the historic part of town.
Galveston Island is about 27 miles long and there are tons of public parking lots where you can stop and enjoy the beach. We found that the west side of the island was very residential and therefore a lot less crowded, plus there are pull-offs where you can drive you car right onto the sand! Florida could never.
The weather was mild over Near Years Eve with highs around 70F. January to March is their foggy season so we woke up to dense fog every morning but it would clear up for a few hours in the afternoons.
Of course, we don’t visit anywhere without trying to find amazing food. The Spot is one of the most popular restaurants on the island and it did not disappoint.
We also found ourselves enjoying nightly drinks on the 61st Street Pier at the Pelican and the Shark bar.
We had a wonderful breakfast at The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe before walking around the historic district. Everywhere was super dog-friendly, which we loved!
Grilled cinnamon roll that gave me flashbacks to the grilled blueberry muffin in Beaufort, SC.
And lastly, we rang in the new year at a ’70s themed party hosted by Galveston Island Brewing. I purchased flowery disco pants at the local Walmart and we boogied the night away!
2022 was filled with travel, roadtrips, moving cross-country and lots of good food. So even though we didn’t make it to Puerto Rico, I think we still had just as much fun on our little Galveston Island adventure.