The Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast
by Carl Burnham
Built in 1887 for H.S. Mather, the Garden Inn house is an elegant Victorian style chalet, containing an interesting collection of antique clocks, hats, period antiques, and a peaceful native garden. The owners are native Galvestonians, and enjoy telling others about the unique places to see on the island.
Three rooms are available of varying sizes. Each room is named after a local flower and appointed with vintage furniture and period reproductions. Our room was the Oleandor Room, with king sized bed, and designed in soft colors to complement the room. The Rose Room includes a queen sized bed, with direct access to a private balcony via walk-through windows. The Magnolia Suite includes two rooms with queen sized sleigh bed and sofa sleeper, and can accomodate up to four guests. The house includes central air and heat.
Our breakfast consisted of a range of fresh fruit, muffins, and coffee during our weekday stay. A three course gourmet breakfast is served on weekends.
Stained glass windows reflect warmly in the afternoon sun. The house includes a refreshing pool and hot tub next to an inviting garden area with hammock and goldfish pond.
Watch the butterflies or listen to the birds in the surrounding oak, pecan, and palm trees.
Bicycles are available to ride around the historic district neighborhood and the nearby Strand area.
Adults with children 12 and over are welcome, no smoking indoors or pets.
We would like to thank the Garden Inn B&B and the Galveston B&B Association for assisting with our feature and accommodating us.
I-45 becomes Highway 87, then Broadway once in Galveston. From Broadway, you will turn left onto 16th Street and travel 2 blocks. Turn right onto Ball (also referred to as Ave. H). The Garden Inn is located on the right at the end of the block.
The Garden Inn
1601 Ball (Ave. H), Galveston, Texas 77550
409-770-0592 / 1-888-770-7298
Hurricane - the 1900 Galveston Storm
Galveston and the 1900 Storm
Portrait of Galveston Island
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