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        Galveston Offers Upgrades and New Meeting Spaces to Group Market

GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 13, 2019) – Galveston’s historic charm and affordability as a beach destination are not the only things drawing the attention of meeting planners year after year. That’s because the island has plenty of new offerings, from unique meeting spaces to recent multi-million-dollar upgrades.
Here’s a summary of all that’s new in Galveston:
Seawall to Sport Wider, Replenished Beaches in 2019
Galveston’s famous seawall will be sporting wider, replenished beaches by the spring of 2019. The Galveston Park Board is planning a sand nourishment project that will take place in April at Babe’s Beach, located just west of 61st Street along the seawall. The $24.5 million project is expected to place 1 million cubic yards of new sand on the half-mile stretch of beach, widening the area to provide for more recreational space for visitors.
New Extended-Stay Luxury Suites at The Tremont House & Hotel Galvez Upgrades
The Tremont House opened its extended stay suites, The Quarters, to its first guests last February. The Quarters—a $1.2 million project— is located on Mechanic Street in the 1858 Berlocher Building, offering king-sized beds, fully-furnished kitchens, and high-end furnishings for living and dining spaces in one and two-bedroom suites. Special amenities include a mini-bar, adjacent parking, room service, Wi-Fi, cable TV, access to Tremont Fitness Center and the Galvez pool. These suites are part of The Tremont House inventory and available for guests with stays from five days to a month-long or longer. In addition, The Tremont House’s sister property, Hotel Galvez & Spa, completed a $300,000 renovation to its pool area that includes new cabanas, upgraded restrooms and a remodeled bar.
Upgrades Completed at The San Luis Resort
The San Luis Resort is proud to unveil major recent upgrades and renovations. Most notably, the resort has completed significant pool-area renovations. The re-imagined outdoor oasis is the ultimate retreat for sun-kissed relaxation and enjoyment. Additional deck space was integrated to allow for new poolside lounging and restaurant seating options, cabanas and VIP area, The Cove. A new, custom-built fire pit provides the perfect setting for groups to sit back and soak in gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico from Adirondack chairs. Fitness center equipment was upgraded to further offer guests a state-of-the-art workout to jump start or end their day. In addition, the resort introduces Essentials, a conveniently located one-stop gift shop.
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center Commits to Sustainable Seafood
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center recently announced its partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program in an effort to lead the way in serving only sustainable seafood. Seafood Watch empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for a healthy ocean by assessing how wild-caught and farmed seafood affect the environment.
Historic Carr Mansion Restored to Charming Bed & Breakfast  
The Carr Mansion is a must-stay for the luxury traveler. Opened in July 2018, this stunning bed and breakfast, housed in an 1866 Greek Revival style mansion, underwent an extensive restoration and remodel to bring guests a one-of-a-kind retreat tucked in the heart of historic Galveston Island. The home’s interior features a modern design while staying true to its history with several original and antique pieces throughout the eight guest rooms, parlor, ballroom and pub. The home has been an institution in Galveston’s rich history since its construction and is one of the last remaining landmarks of the island's original building boom.
Renowned Island Restauranteur Opens New Concept, Vargas Cut & Catch
The owners of longtime Galveston favorite Rudy & Paco Restaurant (one of OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America) opened a new concept in late summer 2018 in downtown Galveston. The menu at Vargas Cut & Catch puts a fresh spin on prime steaks and seafood sourced from both Gulf and international waters.
Moody Gardens $37M Aquarium Renovation
Galveston’s Moody Gardens completed a $37 million renovation on its Aquarium Pyramid in May 2017, offering new exhibits including the addition of jellyfish and tropical penguins. The Moody Gardens aquarium features marine life from four regions of the world including the Gulf of Mexico to South Atlantic, the South and North Pacific and the Caribbean. Moody Gardens is a family entertainment complex featuring a tropical rainforest, aquarium, 3D and 4D theaters, a ropes course and zip line, Palm Beach water park, a golf course, the Moody Gardens Hotel and more. For details, visit
New Nature Trails and Planned Construction for New Pavilion
Last fall, the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve opened a new nature trail, complete with interpretive signage. The trail, which is ADA-compliant, allows visitors to better explore the lagoon’s 684 acres of coastal prairie. In late 2019, the construction of a new open-air pavilion is expected begin at the lagoon as well. Plans for the elevated pavilion include tables and benches, restrooms, parking, landscaping, trash/recycling cans and interpretive nature trails. The East End Lagoon is a birder’s paradise and a popular kayaking location on the island. 
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About Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest concentrations of well-preserved Victorian architecture in the country. For more information on Galveston Island, visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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