Hotel at a Glance: Pelican Bay Resort
At Pelican Bay Resort, you can idle on a private pier and await a tug on your fishing line as the sun sets over Aransas Bay. The pier is also outfitted with a place to clean your catch before you cook it on the resort’s outdoor barbecue grills.
- Home away from home: Amenities in cottages, garden mini suites, and the lodge include kitchens and, in some units, fireplaces.
- Bring the whole family for a stay in the 5,000-square-foot villa, which has a private pool, hot tub, and patio overlooking the water.
- Take a dip in Pelican Bay’s outdoor pool and hot tub.
Rockport-Fulton, Texas: Coastal Recreation and Thriving Arts Scene
It’s hard to keep people away from the water in Rockport and Fulton, where fishing boats and sailboats bob in a harbor that extends into Corpus Christi Bay. Vacationers spend their time kayaking, crabbing, or fishing off Copano Bay State Fishing Pier—one of the longest in the world. The area’s dozens of restaurants are seafood-centric: along Fulton Beach Road, you can sample local oysters or have chefs cook up your fresh catch. Rockport’s Texas Maritime Museum pays homage to the region’s fishing and shipping roots.
For centuries, Rockport-Fulton’s landscapes and wildlife have inspired artists to create breathtaking paintings and sculptures. Some of these works are on display at local galleries. To see some of what inspired the artists, head north to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, where whooping cranes fly amid live oaks and marshlands that cover more than 100,000 acres.