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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

The 99Brand Salsa recipe has been coveted by guests since the San Antonio resort began serving the tasty condiment almost 17 years ago. After giving out thousands of copies of the recipe, the resort’s culinary team, led by Chef Jeffrey Axell and Chef Troy Knapp, perfected the recipe for mass production.

The San Antonio, Texas resort’s 99Brand Charred Tomato Salsa is made from bushels of freshly roasted vegetables, including tomatoes, yellow onions and jalapeños which are roasted in the hotel kitchen and then immediately delivered to a local bottling company where the finishing touches of fresh chipotle peppers, cilantro and other locally grown herbs are added. From start to bottle, it takes approximately 24 hours to make 500 jars of the elixir.

The salsa is the first in a trilogy of products that will be labeled under the 99Brand. A barbeque sauce and dry rub are in production and will be available for the holiday season. The 16oz. jars are available in the hotel’s General Store for $6.

Texas began registering cattle brands in the 1830′s, though many western counties did not begin brand registration until the 1870s or 1880s. D. G. Rogers, founder of the Rogers-Wiseman ranch, now home to the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, designed the “99″ brand and officially registered the mark in 1888.

Sometimes you just have to get away, if only for a weekend. In an effort to escape the oppressive wrath of Mother Nature’s practical joke of relocating Texas to the face of the sun each summer, I decided to pack up the three kiddos – ages 1 through 7 – my husband and myself to a jaunt up to Lake Texoma over the weekend. Tagging along was my sister and her beau.

On the recommendation of a friend, we decided to stay at Tanglewood Resorts – located just one hour north of Dallas. Perfect for a relaxing weekend for just you and a loved one, Tanglewood also proved to be an extraordinary option for our mini-family vacation, especially with their specials.  While we were there, we witnessed several family reunions at the resort and there were plenty of things to do and see that kept the kiddos occupied (hello kid-sized swimming pool!) for hours. In fact, Tanglewood is also home to not one, but two week long Kids Camps each year. One camp teaches basic golfing skills, while the other focuses on cooking, arts and crafts and outdoor adventure. For grown-ups, there’s plenty of golf , a beautiful swimming facility and a wonderful spa that I took advantage of with my sister.

Checking in was a breeze and our accommodations were superb and included free Wi-Fi for my ever multi-tasking, entrepreneur sister who can’t be away from her iPhone or laptop for more than a few moments. Dining at Tanglewood was wonderful and I really recommend their Chicago-style pizza. Breakfast was the big favorite among the kids; the buffet provided kid-approved French toast and pancakes along with the usual suspects of bacon, sausage, eggs, cereal, fresh fruits and more. My sister pointed out that the entire facility would be perfect for her business meetings and corporate getaways.

After taking advantage of all that Tanglewood had to offer, we sat out for a boating adventure on the lake. Near Grandpappy Point, about 10 minutes or so away from the resort, we stumbled across Texoma Rentals. The first person to meet our motley crew was the owner, Mike. Though he was extraordinarily busy and we didn’t have a reservation, Mike was able to not only able to outfit us with a boat and life jackets for all, he even graciously loaned us his personal tube to use out on the lake! Mike and Texoma Rentals don’t just stop at boats, you can also rent pontoons, jet skis, Wave Runners and Sea Doos, too.

When we came back from our water-based adventure, Mike told us to tell you Best of Texas Squawker readers to give him a call. If you do, Mike will give you 25% off and rental for just mentioning Best of Texas! Call him today at 903-327-8286.

Overall, we had a fantastic family getaway. We managed to beat the heat, keep the kids entertained and get in some grown-up fun in to boot!

Tanglewood Resort on Lake Texhoma
290 Tanglewood Circle
Pottsboro, TX 75076
(903) 786-2968
1-800-833-6569

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