Galveston is one of the gay-friendliest cities in Texas, if not the U.S., as well as one with a great tradition of historic buildings and architectural preservation. The Galveston Historical Foundation — led by out executive director (and former Dallasite) Dwayne Jones — will happily show you what the city has to offer, especially during its 41st annual Historic Homes Tour. Held May 2–3, and 9–10, the tour includes nine different private homes as well as many special events both weekends, with packages that include VIP access (hours earlier than everyone else), appetizers and beverages and you can, naturally, enjoy the other sites of the area as the beach season is just getting underway.

“This tour is a vital part of our community, and brings visitors from across the country,” Jones says. And all it takes you is a four-hour drive down I-45.

Tickets from $20 (early bird admission) to $50 (VIP packages). Available at

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 24, 2015.