The Monday after our wedding, Eric and I made the hour drive to Galveston for our honeymoon, dropping my family off at the airport on our way out of town. We only made the decision to take a honeymoon about a month prior, but I’m so glad we decided to do it.
Where we stayed: Two nights at the Hotel Galvez, a beautiful beachfront hotel built in 1911. It was so lovely inside and out, with a cool history, nice rooms, and lovely views. (Though, thanks to the exceptional fog that week—the fog-covered view from the hotel was actually featured on the Houston news every evening while we were there—we didn’t get to really enjoy the view or the beautiful outdoor areas.) Eric told them it was our honeymoon and they sent up some chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne the first night, which was a sweet surprise.
What I packed: This bra top and short set, because it is seriously the most ridiculously honeymoon-in-Galveston thing I’ve ever seen.
Where we ate: A handful of places, including the Hotel Galvez Bar & Grill, Willie G’s, and LaKing’s (for ice cream). The highlight was actually Miller’s (cute, right?), which was two blocks from our hotel. We went there for breakfast our last day and ordered so much food. My favorite was the pancakes—I’m normally not a pancake person but these were so good! I seriously can’t stop thinking about them.
What we did: Spent a lot of time visiting antique stores, something that we are now going to to make Our Thing whenever we travel because we basically already have, and because it’s the best way to get weird/cool/unique souvenirs. (I’m still regretting not buying the antique urine sample collection jar from one of the stores we visited, which I felt would be a perfect addition to our guest bathroom. Eric did not share my views.) We also went to shops along the historic Strand, went to the Texas Seaport Museum and toured Elissa (the “Official Tall Ship of Texas”), and took a ridiculously foggy long walk on the beach (from which my hair, sadly, never fully recovered). We took in all the (fabulous pastel!) houses that were already decorated for Mardis Gras. (I heard on the news that week that Galveston’s Mardis Gras celebration is the second-largest in the US). Oh, and we stopped at the (best!) outlets on our way home, which was a fun little bonus. Going to the outlets has always been our Valentine’s Day tradition (mini road trip + people watching and we’re happy) but our wedding rehearsal got in the way this year. I was excited we got to keep our tradition alive.
I’m really glad we planned such a low-key honeymoon because I was completely unprepared for how sad I would feel after our wedding was over. I had heard of people being sad the planning was over, but I was actually overcome with the sad feeling I get for a couple days whenever I have to say good-bye to family and friends…times, like, 1000. Our wedding day was so, so wonderful and I felt really sad that I was never going to experience an event quite like that again, with all my people in one place, and I really just wanted to hide out. I wasn’t a Debbie Downer the whole time, but I honestly don’t know if I would have gotten a lot out of a bigger trip.
Our little trip to Galveston was perfect though! The fog was a bummer but it wasn’t the end of the world, and it was much better by mid-morning on Wednesday. Though Galveston attracts tourists, it’s pretty quiet, plus it’s close to home and very affordable. We’d been there a handful of times before this, but we took in more of the city’s history on this trip, which was great. (I actually didn’t realize that Juneteenth originated in Galveston.) It was a good transition from our wedding weekend back to normal life, and I now know why people recommend you take a few days off after your wedding.