RELISHING ROCKPORT

A Coastal Getaway Hotspot

By Meredith Heins
Photography Courtesy Of Rockport-Fulton CC
 

The charm of the Texas coast may be your next, best weekend getaway this summer. Full of beaches, art galleries, and great dining, the Rockport-Fulton area has been a destination for those who want to stick their toes in the sand, and more.

The large fishing port is excellent for an afternoon ride on the coast after a day relaxing on the friendly beach. And if you are traveling with little ones, the fun playgrounds will keep them fully occupied. Rockport’s beach is ranked superior on cleanliness, environmentally maintained, and is loved by both the locals and visitors.

Whether it’s a rest and respite, or a activity-filled stay, the possibilities are   endless on where to dine, stay, and play with over 51 things to do. Here, we present a few of them as we dug through the sand and found the favorites of this relaxing haven.

SEE & DO

If you get too sunburned or wanting to explore Rockport, your itinerary has hundreds of opportunities.

The Fulton Pier is a favorite for outdoor recreation and shopping. The pier is filled with merchants ranging from anything like fresh gulf seafood to beachwear and jewelry, plus it is a perfect place to wear that oversized sun hat and sundress.

For you art lovers, the Rockport Center for the Arts should be your first destination.  With exhibitions, classes, and festivals, locals love to come and see the different flavors brought to the coast.

The 45th Rockport Art Festival is July 5th and 6th. There is nothing better than showcasing high-quality artist with live music under the summer sun.

The area is famous for its Whooping Cranes. One you see them you’ll never forget it.

Shopping in the quaint town is a treat with stores like Comforts of Home, and so many more.

The praise could go on and on about Rockport These coastal communities are filled with great beaches, fantastic hospitality, and let you create great memories. You’ve earned it, take a break and explore Rockport; you may find your new “go to” destination.

TOP PICKS:

Rockport Center For The Arts   902 Navigation Circle  361.729.5519  Rockportartcenter.com

Texas Maritime Museum  1202 Navigation Circle 361.729 1271 Texasmaritimemuseum.com

Fulton Pier  209 North 7th Street  361.729.5333  Fultontexas.org

STAY

A getaway is not complete without a warm room to return to after a day by the beach.

Our top pick, the Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay, has a great view off of their balconies to watch dolphins in the water. With top-notch hospitality and exceptional service, you are guaranteed to enjoy your weekend.

Another favorite, Angel Rose Bed and Breakfast, is every synonym for charming. Unique with its antique shop is what makes this B&B shine.

Or, if you are looking for your own stay, the Islands of Rockport offers world-class amenities with quick access to the Gulf and fabulous cuisine. There’s no escaping the breath-taking views of this beachfront beauty.

To unleash your spirit for adventure and step onto St. Charles Bay – a 100% waterfront island. Charming coastal cottages line the shore and the golfers in your group will be pleased to know that the island features several golf courses.

The Little Bay Club consists of 20 beautiful cottages scattered around the most tropical areas of Rockport. These cottages are perfect for two lovebirds or even families get-togethers.

What’s the best part of our top picks on where to stay? Any location is minutes from letting you from getting your golden tan.

TOP PICKS:

Islands of Rockport  4418 Texas 35  361.790.5062  Islandsofrockport.com

Reserve at St. Charles Bay  108 Reserve Lane  870.277.9780  Stcharlesbay.com

Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay  200 South Fulton Beach 361.790.8439  Lighthousetexas.com

Angel Rose Bed & Breakfast  902 E. Cornwall   361.729.3189  Angelrosebb.com

Little Bay Club  1801 Broadway  361-729-6257  Littlebayclub.com

DINE

The perfect place to get your fresh oysters fix and great vino is Rockport’s #1 ranked restaurant Latitude 28 02. Food loves rave about the stuffed mushrooms and shrimp cocktails.

Interested in an Italian fix? Bellino’s is a great quaint, romantic atmosphere, and the flawless spot to fall in love with Rockport (or even your date!)  Our favorite on the menu, Spaghetti All Carbonara paired with a glass of cabernet and topped off with the homemade Tiramisu!

We also recommend stopping by The Palm Room Bar and Grill for their famous martini’s and steak grilled to your taste.

TOP PICKS:

The Palm Room Bar and Grill at  The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay

200 S. Fulton Beach Rd. (Formerly The Palm Room)  866.790.8439

Lighthousetexas.com

Bellino’s  523 S Fulton Beach Rd. 361.729.9003  Bellinorockport.com

Latitude 28 02:  105 N Austin St. 361.727.9009  Latituderockport.com

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