Texas Flight Museum (pictured)
Fifty miles southeast of Houston, just over the Galveston Causeway, is a quiet island that recalls a simpler time, albeit with all of today's modern conveniences.
For lodging, the San Luis Resort & Spa offers 700 rooms, many with views of the Gulf of Mexico. The property recently added five luxurious 800-square-foot suites with private entrances.
The resort also features the Galveston Island Convention Center, offering 43,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 15,000-square-foot ballroom, and new lightning-fast Internet service.
The nearby Texas Flight Museum's hangar, full of vintage bombers, biplanes and more, holds up to 500 people for special events.
For a great meal, try Number 13 Steak and Seafood.