Galveston offers deals, reopened
beach … and new parking fees
Galveston’s on a roll this June. In addition to the public events in the Travel Matters calendar (see back page), the island will see its annual mass renewal of vows June 8 at the Hotel Galvez for those who were married there over the years. Want to participate? Find a hotel package and more at bit.ly/14hYOJd.
For Father’s Day, the San Luis Resort has rates starting at $209 for Father’s Day weekend and is opening its Steakhouse on June 16 to honor Dad. (It’s usually closed Sundays.) For more on that getaway with Dad, go to sanluisresort.com.
On May 25, the city celebrates the re-opening of East Beach after a $1.6 million reconstruction. (It was trashed by Hurricane Ike.) The event is free with live concerts from 2 to 9 p.m., along with a bonfire and fireworks at dusk.
Finally, some not-so-good news: You’ll soon have to pay for parking along Galveston’s Sea Wall, probably $1 an hour. Watch for signs telling you how to pay (not decided yet).
Keep up with what’s going on at galveston.com.
June’s filled with fests, fun across Texas
June 1: Movie Night on the Strand, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston. “Jaws” at 7 p.m. Free. Bring your own seating.
June 1: American Institute of Architects Sand Castle Competition, East Beach, Galveston. Free to watch; parking $8. more at aiasandcastle.com.
June 7-9: Texas Folklife Festival, Institute of Texan Cultures, HemisFair Park, San Antonio. Music, food, dance, cultural groups. Admission at gate: $12 for anyone 12 or older, $5 ages 6 to 12. More at texasfolklifefestival.org.
June 8-19: Juneteeth celebration with events, exhibits, reenactments and concerts throughout Galveston. More at galveston.com/juneteenth.
June 13-16: Children’s Art and Literacy Festival, Abilene, featuring illustrator Walter Wick of the “I Spy” series. Art walks, parade, readings. Admission $15 for adults; $10 for children. More at abilenecac.org/calf.
June 15: Party on the Pier, 21st Street and Harborside Drive, 6 to 9 p.m. with music by Carolyn Wonderland. Free.
June 15: Ultimate Fest, East Beach, Galveston. Free; parking $8. More at houstonultimate.org.
June 17-July 12: Texas Trails and Tales, Institute of Texan Cultures, HemisFair Park, San Antonio. Experience 1800s culture with a barn, fort, schoolhouse, houses. Admission: $8 ages 12 and older, $7 for 65 and older, $6 younger than 12. More at texancultures.org.
June 22: Music Night on the Strand, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston. Free at 6 p.m.
June 23: Charles and the Fabulous 4 Band at Geronimo VFW Post 8456, 6808 N. Texas 123, Geronimo. Doors open 2 p.m. $7 donation. More at 830-303-9903.
June 29: Salute to America, Wonderland of the Americas Mall, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio. Free patriotic concert 7 to 10 p.m. featuring the band War.
Santa Fe Opera season
starts soon in open-air venue
Ahhhhh, it’s almost Santa Fe Opera time again. If you’re not an opera fan, the opera’s open-air performance hall in the mountains north of Santa Fe, N.M., just might turn you into one. Take food and chairs and picnic in the parking lot before the performance, then walk into a theater where you can see the sun set and the moon rise while you watch the performance.
If you’re already an opera fan, you’ll enjoy the professional performances June 28-Aug. 4 of Offenbach’s “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein,” Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro, Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” and the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s opera about Oscar Wilde, “Oscar.” Buy tickets and learn more at santafeopera.org.
Revel in Maine’s lobsters
at Cape Elizabeth retreat
Coastal Maine is one of my favorite escapes from the Texas heat, and lobsters are the stars of the show. Inn by the Sea at Cape Elizabeth, near Portland, has a Twin Lobster Package that will put you in a lobsterman’s overalls aboard the Lucky Catch to try your hand at lobstering.
The boat trip is followed by a five-course lobster tasting menu for two at Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich’s Sea Glass restaurant. The package also includes a “Dishing Up Maine” cookbook. It’s not cheap. Rates start at $498.26 per night with a two-night minimum. But you get to go lobstering. Find out more at innbythesea.com.
Reclining seats are getting
on nerves, survey indicates
What would you do if you were on a plane and the reclining person in front of you invaded your space to the point where you couldn’t use your tray table? Nearly 70 percent of passengers said they’d say something to the reclining fellow passenger in a survey by Travel Leaders Group that polled 1,788 travelers. But only 51 percent would speak up if seated in a middle seat with no arm rest access.
The results seem to speak to what’s annoying us passengers the most. Travelers were also asked what they’d do it they ran into a too-gabby person in the next seat. The favorite, with 38 percent: Bury your nose in a book.
Port Isabel offers movies
on its historic lighthouse
The Port Isabel Lighthouse, built in 1853, hasn’t served as a lighthouse since 1905, but it’s continued to serve as a tourist attraction. (It’s the only Texas tall lighthouse that lets the public inside.) In summer, it serves another purpose: Movies are projected on its white exterior. The summer film season starts June 7, and movies will be shown every Friday in June and July at 9:30 p.m. The selection of films — once they’re chosen — will be posted at portisabelmuseums.com. Bring your own blanket.