Posts Tagged ‘Corpus Christi’

Padre Island – Beach Time

Monday, May 21st, 2012

They say it’s always beach time in Corpus Christi, Texas. The same could be said for any town along the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. It’s almost always warm here, so why not make time to lounge on the beach?

Padre Island Sunset

Sunset over Padre Island.

Texas Bed and Breakfasts are located along the Gulf Coast in such towns as Port Aransas, Fulton, Rockport, and Corpus Christi. Since summer is approaching, the need for cooling Gulf breezes or a dip in the water is even more pressing than ever.

It would be easy to spend a month exploring the Padre Island National Seashore, which is close to quite a few¬†Texas Bed and Breakfasts. Said to be “the longest stretch of undeveloped Barrier Island in the world”, Padre Island is well worth a look.

Protected coastline stretches for 70 miles and encompasses a coastal prairie, dunes, and tidal flats. There are nesting grounds for sea turtles and a 1554 Spanish Shipwreck. Top this off with a healthy eco-system rich in wildlife, and you’ve got Padre Island.

All types of recreation are available, from wind surfing to snorkeling to diving and fishing. You can bring binoculars and spend hours scanning the horizon for endangered birds, or bring your fishing pole and find a spot to sit and wait for the tug of the line. You can swim, ride a bike, or comb the beach.

Padre Island is a place that has to be experienced in the flesh. Do it this summer if you can.

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Heritage Park in Corpus Christi

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Heritage House II, originally uploaded by cool4380.

Heritage Park in Corpus Christi is home to twelve lovely Historic Homes. When next you travel to the Gulf Coast of Texas and stay in a Corpus Christi bed and breakfast, you’ll find it enjoyable to spend a few hours visiting Heritage Park.

The Cultural Center is a good place to start your visit. Located in the 100-year old Galvan House (pictured above), it showcases interesting exhibits on the history, culture and art of Corpus Christi.

The twelve Victorian Homes of Heritage Park have all been lovingly restored and are beautifully maintained. Many are Texas Historical Landmarks. The oldest – Centennial House – dates from 1851 and has been a private residence, a Confederate Hospital, and an officer’s Mess Hall for the Federal Army in 1866.

The Lichtenstein House is a beautiful, simple, Colonial Revival Home. Long a private residence, it now houses the Creative Arts Center, which offers classes and produces shows in performing and visual arts.

The spectacular Grande-Grossman House incorporates elements of Victorian, Craftsman and Prairie architecture, and is a site to behold.

Architecture buffs will be delighted by a tour of Heritage Park. It’s a delightful addition to a vacation in a bed and breakfast Corpus Christi. Self-guided tours of Heritage Park are available year-round. The Cultural Center at The Galvan House is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tours of other homes may be arranged.