Weekend in Rockport, Texas
Birding is also big, thanks in part to nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, which hosts the largest wild flock of endangered whooping cranes in the United States.
Everyone loves Rockport Beach, a long crescent of sand with calm shallows, picnic pavilions, and volleyball courts certified by the Clean Beaches Coalition.
Specializing in fine dining coastal cuisine, Latitude is known for its tasty dishes such as duck in a shallot and raspberry red wine reduction. 105 N Austin St.; 361/727-9009 or latituderockport.com.
This seafare restaurant serves mouthwatering fresh seafood—try the catch of the day topped with crab and pico de gallo. 202 North Fulton Beach Road; 361/729-1185 or charlotteplummers.com.
Jama’s Kitchen and Famous Cheesecake
Still hungry? Head over to Jama’s to indulge in a slice of homemade sweetness. 415 S Austin St. #7; 361/727-2229.
Inviting shops are also found on and around Austin Street downtown. Buy fine art at the Austin Street Gallery and acrylic paintings and pottery in Coastal Creations, and then head north to pick out fashion and home décor finds at The Bay Window (left), one block off the water.
This inn features comfortable rooms, a large pool, and a gazebo-topped fishing pier. Rates start at $109; 866/790-8439 or lighthousetexas.com.
Pelican Bay Resort
At the Pelican Bay Resort, the vintage tourist court gets a serious update with kitchen-equipped cottages and suites. Rates start at $119; 866/729-7177 or pelicanbayresort.com.