May 7, 2017 – Sunday Champagne Brunch at Hotel Galvez – Galveston +++

Come join us for an elegant brunch and some sea air.  Sunday brunch at the Hotel Galvez features an array of fresh fruit, cheeses, breads and pastries as well as an extensive seafood station offering smoked salmon, cocktail shrimp, crab claws and oysters. For those craving a taste of breakfast, the hotel offers made to order omelets and a waffle station. For those with an appetite for lunch, the pasta station offers marinara and Alfredo sauces and several pastas as well as vegetables, shrimp and chicken.  The hotel’s carving station offers prime rib every week but alternates between bourbon glazed ham, rack of lamb, or turkey, depending on the occasion. Brunch entrees always include eggs benedict and seasonal fresh vegetables. The hotel changes the other entrees to include a mix of chicken, fish, pork or beef.  Another popular item on the brunch menu is the hotel’s award winning seafood gumbo. The gumbo is a standard feature while a second soup option changes weekly.  To complete the meal, the hotel offers a wide selection of desserts, which include ice cream, bread pudding, cakes, cobblers and an array of candy. Adults will enjoy the flowing champagne, mimosas or choice of house red or white wine. Brunch at the Hotel Galvez & Spa was rated as the best Sunday brunch in the Houston area by Open Table Users and consistently is named as one of the Top 100 in the United States by Open Table users.

Following the brunch at about 1:30, we will go to Galveston’s Piers 19 – 21 where you will have your choice of several options.

1 – Share the adventure of the high seas at the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship ELISSA. Explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark which has also been designated one of America’s Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Walk ELISSA’s decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world’s oceans. In the adjacent museum and theater, witness the story of ELISSA’s dramatic rescue from the scrap yard and her meticulous restoration. (There is an additional charge of $12 per person – payable at the entrance).

2 – Visit the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum. Take a leisurely, self-guided tour through the retired Ocean Star jack-up rig which now serves as a museum and educational facility. From geological exploration, to drilling, to oil and gas production, you will see offshore drilling equipment, exhibits and videos on three levels of this refurbished offshore drilling rig. (There is an additional charge of $6 per person – payable at the entrance).

3 – BayWatch Dolphin Tours provides a 45-minute tour of Galveston bay on a boat that has a covered and heated interior, and has no propellers, so no marine life is ever harmed. You’ll enjoy a closeup of dolphins in their natural habitat.  (There is an additional charge of $10 per person – payable at the entrance).

4 – If shopping or people watching is your preference, the Strand is a short one block away.

5 – You could also visit the Tremont House Hotel’s sophisticated rooftop lounge where you can relax while enjoying the view with a refreshing drink.  The Tremont House Hotel is located one block past the Strand, between 23rd & 24th Streets (2300 Ship Mechanic Row Street). Cash bar.

The bus will depart the pier area at 4:30 pm and we will be back in Kingwood at around 6:00 pm.

We have a bus which will accommodate 20 members. Since this is a Sunday, WE WILL NOT BE MEETING AT THE METHODIST CHURCH OUTREACH CENTER. The Precinct 4 bus will arrive at the RANDALL’S PARKING LOT AT LAKE HOUSTON PARKWAY & KINGWOOD DRIVE at 8:45 am and depart at 9:00 am on Sunday, May 7.  The cost of the trip and the brunch is $45.  Remember the attractions at Piers 19 – 21 require additional admission charges which are not included.

The deadline for sign-ups, receipt of all checks and cancellations is Monday, May 1. The hosts for this event are Judy & Bill Miles.  Please click the “Sign me  to sign up and send your checks made out to Judy Miles to 20419 Sunny Shores Drive, Humble, TX 77346. For questions or concerns, please call Judy at 281-381-3934 or Bill at 281-381-1530. If the website says sold out, please call Judy or Bill and get placed on the waiting list.  We can often get a larger bus and accommodate more members. (Just a reminder, all cancellations must be done via e-mail and confirmation of receipt of cancellation will be by e-mail at judy829@comcast.net.)

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