Hotel Galvez & Spa wants you to embark on exciting ghost hunts and other spooky goings ons during the month of October.

Over the years, guests have reported seeing or feeling a presence in some parts of the hotel, primarily on the fifth floor. Hotel staff has often reported odd occurrences throughout the hotel, such as candles blowing out on their own and dishes breaking with no one around. The hotel is also known for its “Ghost Bride,” who has reportedly been seen in Room 501 and throughout the fifth floor. This October, the hotel will be included in an episode of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories entitled “The Ghost of Sister Katherine” and Hotel Galvez was featured on Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab in 2009.

The “haunted” hotel  - and did I mention that Hotel Galvez & Spa is a National Trust Historic Hotel and the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast - is extending its ghost tour, typically reserved for guests, to the public as part of a special three-course dinner special on Thursday evenings. Additionally, the hotel will offer special overnight ghost tour packages for guests on Thursdays and in conjunction with its Sunday Brunch.,

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 7 and continuing through Thursday, Oct. 28, the public can enjoy a one-hour ghost tour of the historic hotel followed by three-course dinner at Bernardo’s Restaurant, located on-site at Hotel Galvez. The public ghost tour is only available as part of the dinner package priced at $35 per person. The tour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required for the dinner. Guests must contact the restaurant at (409) 765-7721 for reservations and you can go here to review the menu.

This year, Hotel Galvez has also revamped its ghost tour packages to offer two options for overnight guests. Priced at $179 per night, the “Dinner with the Ghosts” package is available every Thursday night in October and includes deluxe guestroom accommodations for two, a three-course dinner for two, the ghost tour and valet parking. The Thursday night package is based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

The “Galvez Ghost Brunch” package, priced at $189 per night, is available every Sunday in October, including Halloween, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. The package includes deluxe guestroom accommodations for two, the famous Galvez Sunday Brunch for two, a guided ghost tour on Sunday evening, valet parking and a 25 percent discount on a treatment of choice at The Spa at the Hotel Galvez, giving guests the opportunity to relax before or after their frightful tour.

During Thursday and Sunday tours, Hotel Galvez concierge Jackie Hasan will guide participants through the ghostly past of the hotel while using an electromagnetic field detector and infrared thermometer to conduct a paranormal investigation.

Read more Galvez Ghost Stories here and here and here

Though the month of May is hot on our heels, April is still chock-full of fun things to do across the state. Take advantage of Mother Nature’s merciful weather, before she relocates Texas to the face of the Sun this summer. From the misty mountains of Big Bend to the Piney Woods, we’ve hand-picked these great getaways, now all you have to do is pick one…or more!

Big Bend Area

Fort Stockton – April 22-25
Big Bend Open Road Race

Marfa – April 29-May2
Marfa Film Festival

Alpine – April 25
Pioneer Days Festival

Hill Country

Austin – April 16-19
Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival

Austin – April 25
Eeyore’s Birthday Party

Buda – April 25-26
Buda Country Fair and Weiner Dog Races

Marble Falls – April 24-27
Balcones Songbird Festival

Georgetown – April 24-26
Red Poppy Festival

Gulf Coast

Sugarland – April 22-26
The Grand Wine and Food Affair

Corpus Christi – April 26-May 3
Great Texas Birding Classic

Port Aransas – April 17-19
Texas SandFest

Portland – April 16-19
Windfest 2009


Buffalo Gap – April 17-19
Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit

Cisco – April 25-26
36th Annual Folklife Festival

Lubbock – April 3-May3
31st Annual Lubbock Arts Festival

North Texas

Addison – April 16-18
North Texas Jazz Festival

Denton – April 24-26
29th Annual Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

Bastrop – April 25

Mesquite – April 24-26
Real. Texas. Festival

Fort Worth – April 16-19
Main Street Arts Festival

Wills Point – April 25
Bluebird Festival

Piney Woods

Henderson – April 15-May 31
East Texas Wildflower Trail

Kirbyville – April 17-18
Magnolia Festival

South Texas

McAllen – April 18-19
McAllen Music Festival

McAllen – April 18-May 3
McAllen International Birding Tours