hurricane harvey

Five Years After Hurricane Harvey, Rockport’s Rebirth Continues with New Arts Center

December 20, 2022 | By Layne Van Vranken

Still Rebuilding Nearly Two Years after Harvey, Aransas Pass Isn’t Giving Up

May 17, 2019 | By John Lumpkin

Today, vestiges of Harvey are still visible—falling-down housing, vacant lots where structures were razed, unrepaired piers—but those are exceptions. The city “had to make a decision to simply accept the epic damage and live with the results or aggressively work toward building Aransas Pass better than before,” says Edwards. “Citizens and local officials decided to make Aransas Pass stronger.”

Port Aransas Seafood Eatery Phoenix Restaurant and Bar Bounces Back After Being Destroyed by Hurricane Harvey

September 19, 2018 | By

The question of whether The Phoenix Restaurant and Bar in Port Aransas would reopen after Hurricane Harvey was not “if” but “when.” In the aftermath of the devastating storm, the eatery’s namesake became more relevant than chef Tiana Worsham and co-owner Vanessa Brundrett could have imagined when they founded it a decade ago.

Find Lodging and Businesses in Port Aransas, Rockport-Fulton, and Aransas Pass That Have Re-Opened After Hurricane Harvey

July 18, 2018 | By

Anticipation grows as you roll down the window and drive onto the Port Aransas ferry to cross the narrow channel to Mustang Island. Salty air invades the senses, and sunrays glint on the shifting waters where dolphins play. As you disembark into the heart of this historic fishing town, brown pelicans skim the water for dinner or perch on weathered piers. Fishing boats rock gently in the harbor, rigged for their work in nearby bays or the open ocean.

Why Mattress Mack Means so Much to Houston

May 30, 2018 | By Heather Brand

Jim McIngvale moved to Houston in 1981 with $5,000 and a dream to build a furniture empire. Within a few years, the founder of Gallery Furniture had become a local household name as “Mattress Mack,” the pitchman featured in the retailer’s zany low-budget commercials.

How Houston’s Art Scene Bounced Back from Harvey After the Storm Collided with Its Season Openings

May 23, 2018 | By Heather Brand

Harvey struck when Houston’s world-class arts scene was gearing up for a new season, devastating venues and upending plans. But creativity and courage go hand in hand: “This city came together in a way I’ve never seen,” says Eileen J. Morris, artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre.

After Harvey, Houston’s Dining Scene Is Stronger Than Ever

May 23, 2018 | By Mai Pham

Ask Houstonians what they love about their city, and they’re bound to bring up its first-rate dining scene. Houston’s culinary offerings have been strong for a while but never more so than in recent years, with high-profile restaurants capturing attention on a national stage and the number of eateries in the Houston metro area swelling to a record of more than 12,000 featuring cuisines from about 75 countries.

Port Aransas to Beachgoers: Come on Back

May 23, 2018 | By John Lumpkin

Anticipation grows as you roll down the window and drive onto the Port Aransas ferry to cross the narrow channel to Mustang Island. Salty air invades the senses, and sunrays glint on the shifting waters where dolphins play. As you disembark into the heart of this historic fishing town, brown pelicans skim the water for dinner or perch on weathered piers. Fishing boats rock gently in the harbor, rigged for their work in nearby bays or the open ocean.

Crafting for Recovery at Farley Boat Works

May 10, 2018 | By

Hurricane Harvey’s Category 4 winds, along with a 6-foot storm surge, met their match in the backyard of Farley Boat Works. While countless boats across the island were strewn far from their moorings by the hurricane or sunk in waterways, a 60-foot schooner named Lydia Ann moved less than a foot in its construction cradle, its hull, deck and “doghouse” cabin largely intact.

Tacos and Happiness at La Playa Mexican Grille

May 10, 2018 | By

La Playa’s roof collapsed during Harvey and had to be removed. “Our restaurant was like a convertible,” recalls Villasana. Rain and wind pounded the interior, but the cinderblock walls held, as did the restaurant’s striking 4-by-6-foot painting of a man and woman by the late local artist Tiddle Caylor.

4 Voluntourism Options in Texas to Combine Your Passions for Travel and Doing Good

March 19, 2018 | By

Research shows that giving time to others can make you feel as if you actually have more time for yourself. Volunteering also reduces stress, improves health, and fosters personal satisfaction. Such benefits match up with many of the reasons that people travel. What if you could combine the two—volunteering and traveling?

Hurricane Harvey Recovery in Port Aransas

October 12, 2017 | By

Attractions
A list of re-opened attractions and businesses.
Restaurants
A list of reopened restaurants.

Hurricane Harvey Recovery in Houston

October 12, 2017 | By

Attractions
1940 Air Terminal Museum: Closed until further notice.
Alley Theatre: Closed until further notice.

Hurricane Harvey Recovery in Beaumont

October 12, 2017 | By

Attractions
Gator Country: Sustained damage to fences and the gift shop, but the boardwalks and park benches are open.

Hurricane Harvey: Coastal Community Updates

August 28, 2017 | By

Updated 10 a.m. Monday, September 18: We care deeply about the communities that are undergoing challenges as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

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