20 Perfect Summer Getaways
Courtesy of Tremont House
Where to Go: Galveston, Texas.
Distance from Houston: 50 miles southwest.
Where to Stay: Near the center of the Strand Historic District, and with an elegant portico entrance and a four-story atrium lobby with palm trees and glass elevators, the European-style Tremont House has 119 rooms and suites, each with Victorian styling, enamel and wrought-iron beds, black and white furnishings, and marble baths. Built in 1894, the Toujouse Bar has a handsome all-mahogany bar, and the rooftop terrace gives views of the harbor and town.
Price: Doubles from $155.
What to Do: Cool off two blocks away at the Star Drug Store, “the oldest drug store in Texas,” and sit at the horseshoe counter while sipping an egg cream or cherry fountain soda. Or throw your towel on the white sand at the 100-yard-deep beach at 53rd and Seawall, and escape the heat by slurping a sno-cone or wading in the cooling waters of the Gulf of Mexico.