We just got back from nearly a week in Texas. It was 4 degrees when we left home and in the mid-50s when we got to Galveston. Not sun bathe at the beach weather, but certainly warmer than home.
Not that we were heading to the beach anyway. This was a work week, so we spent most of our time in conference rooms, training centers, or working in hotel rooms. That said, we try to have some fun on the road. But, we arrived on a Sunday, so we did take a bit of time.
I had googled “Wineries in Galveston” and found one nearby, in Santa Fe, TX. We stopped at the Haak Winery and tasted several of their wines. When we are tasting several, we always share a tasting, both to save money and so we aren’t drinking too much. We sat on their deck, which was possible because they had heaters, and enjoyed the sunny but chilly day. We bought a bottle of their White Madeira to take home, and walked around the vineyard a bit and drove on to our hotel.
Rooms were a bargain in Galveston, cheaper than nearer our client site, so we drove an extra few minutes in return for a view of the beach. Originally we had a view of the back parking lot, but the sink in our room didn’t drain, so we were moved across the hall to a room with a patio/deck and yes, we could see water, if we looked across the Walmart parking lot and the road. I’m not complaining, since I wasn’t expecting a view. And it wasn’t as if I was spending my time on the deck drinking margaritas!
We ate at a couple of local places. It felt like the local prices were high (tourist town) so we also went to our fall back position for diet friendly, fast and economical– Wendy’s salads. Oh, such connoisseurs are we!
When we finished with client work there, we drove for one last night in north Houston, and finally found what Philip had been wanting– Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen had cheap oysters on the half shell. So he had a dozen oysters, I had a shrimp cocktail with 9 large shrimp and we each had a side salad and a glass of wine and we were very happy.
Client visits went well, had some different food, found a new Texas winery. Working hard but taking time to smell the roses (you know, the ones planted at the end of the rows of grapes!) Great way to start the year!