Experience five-star service and gourmet goodies in a comfortable relaxing environment just four blocks from the beach and Pleasure Pier, and minutes from The Historic Strand District. Located in the Old Silk Stocking Historic District, this 1924 Mediterranean style historic inn exhibits a comfortable elegance throughout. The property is a third of an acre surrounded by lush tropical foliage, making it an ideal setting for a romantic getaway or a quick break from workday stress.
The home was built by Johnson Brothers Construction for Henry Trueheart Adriance, a partner in the first chartered real estate firm in Galveston, and his wife Eva Jones Adriance, a community organizer and hostess extraordinaire. The cost was just over $12,000 and included two bathrooms and five closets. The Adriance Home is one of the few in Galveston with a basement. Originally built for a coal burning boiler, complete with a coal shoot off the driveway, the basement now houses the HVAC and water heater systems. Throughout the 20's, 30's and 40's, the Adriance home was a place of social celebrations, committee meetings, and family get-togethers. Galveston faced tough times for several decades until the home was purchased by Gerry and Giles Bennett in 1983. Gerry, a community leader and organizer, as well as owner of Posh Interiors, redecorated the historic home adding lavish window and ceiling treatments and beautifully coordinated wallpaper and paint. The home was once again a showplace. In 2003 the home was bought by Jim and Connie Porter who turned it into a bed and breakfast. They retired to the mountains in 2018.
The historic inn was purchased by Jeff and Polly Jones who have incorporated family heirloom furniture into the decor, including Grandma's 1927 fully restored baby grand piano and Mom's Lalique chandelier. As the Jones renovate the property, the concrete and metal lathe constructed interior walls and solid concrete exterior reveal why this home has weathered almost a century of hurricanes sustaining only minor damage. The entire property, inside and out, should be fully restored by the home's centennial anniversary in 2024. Follow our journey on Facebook! Avenue O is not your Grandma's bed and breakfast. It offers the amenities of a large hotel, yet maintains the ambiance and personalized service of a home away from home. From the moment you enter this unique and warm Galveston Bed and Breakfast, you will experience the true meaning of Island Hospitality. We like to say 'come as our guest; leave as our friend'!
Jeff and Polly pledge to provide the best possible guest experience with clean comfortable accommodations and food prepared with love! Polly, a self-proclaimed chef (because she has a jacket that says so), loves to play in the kitchen and delight quests with filling and delicious treats. Local fresh ingredients, grown on the premises when available, are used in the careful preparation of each breakfast meal. Personalized services, such as Free Cruise Parking and VIP transfer are offered to guests who book directly with us. Want to impress your love with a special package of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne awaiting you in your suite? Need dinner reservations? Want to know the best place to have a beer? Which tours are worth the money? Need a carriage ride arranged for dinner? AveO is here for you! We like people and will do whatever we can to make your experience a memorable event.
Avenue O is the perfect venue for your next special occasion, too. We will even cater your event, Enjoy a tea party in the garden or mingle with your guests in front of the living room fire while enjoying music played on the baby grand piano. Our grounds are the perfect setting for your wedding venue or vow renewal celebration with up to 30 of your favorite family members and friends, complete with a gazebo and event tent. Jeff is ordained to perform your ceremony. Let us help you create a memorable experience for you next special occasion.