June 2019

Visitors from a Distant Sea Bring Tiny Treasures to Texas Beaches

June 13, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

Small quantities of a seaweed called sargassum wash ashore all year long. But every few years, beginning in April, the sargassum arrives en masse—a deluge of amber-colored stems, leaves, and tiny gas bladders that help the plants stay afloat (and pop when squeezed). This relatively unpredictable event seems to occur after huge blooms of sargassum in the Atlantic Ocean, some 2,000 or more miles away. While piles of sargassum might hinder swimming and sunbathing, they also provide opportunities for families and other beachcombers to find seahorses, strange shrimp, and other tiny creatures that hopped a ride to Texas.

How Sweden-born Artist Kent Ullberg Found His Muse Along the Texas Gulf Coast

June 11, 2019 | By Heather Brand

Kent Ullberg’s bronze sculptures dot the landscape across Texas—a giant bison in Corpus Christi, a cougar on the hunt in San Antonio, and eagles with outspread wings in Houston and College Station.

My Hometown: Luther Hotel Innkeeper Jack Findley Talks History and Having Fun on Tres Palacios Bay

June 10, 2019 | By Heather Brand

At the historic Luther Hotel in Palacios, proprietor Jack Findley often mingles with guests on the front porch overlooking Matagorda Bay. Findley’s path to Palacios was circuitous.

Texas Highways Editors Share Their Favorite Coastal Destinations

June 6, 2019 | By Emily Roberts Stone, Executive Editor

Share your favorite coastal memories and photos using the hashtag #myTXcoast for a chance to be featured on our social media accounts.

10 Can’t-Miss Beach Eats of the Gulf Coast

June 6, 2019 | By

Whether you’re a beach bum or you’ve never felt the sand between your toes, you’ll be craving a trip to the Gulf Coast after learning the stories behind these 10 iconic beach eats

Aransas Pass Makes a Perfect Summer Weekend Getaway

June 4, 2019 | By John Lumpkin

Could there be a better way to experience a town comprised of at least 70 percent saltwater than to get to the water as fast as you can? With 41 square miles of Redfish Bay inside its city limits, Aransas Pass offers just that—
a self-described “Saltwater Heaven” building on its revival after Hurricane Harvey’s destruction in 2017.

An Epic 367-Mile Road Trip Reveals the Best of the Texas Coast

May 31, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

From Port Arthur to Port Isabel, navigating the best of Texas’ bays, beaches, and bards

The Best of the Coast

May 31, 2019 | By

Agave Festival Marfa Dives Into the Plant’s Historical and Cultural Significances

May 31, 2019 | By Shawna Graves

Now in its third year, the mostly free event features panel discussions, tequila tastings, art exhibits, live music, and reservation-only pairing dinners—all celebrating the plant that has contributed so much to the region’s culture.

Photo: Clouds Loom Over Follett’s Island

May 31, 2019 | By

Even when clouds loom, any day is a good day on Follett’s Island, which features about 11 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Free access to the beach is available at multiple points between Surfside Beach and San Luis Pass along Bluewater Highway. During the summer, the water temperatures are usually a balmy low- to mid-80 degrees—perfect for fishing, swimming, horseback riding, birding, and camping on the beach.

Escape to the Mother Lagoon for a Quiet Coastal Getaway

May 30, 2019 | By Joe Nick Patoski

There are few places in and around Texas where the visible fish—plus dolphins, peregrine falcons, and brilliant-pink roseate spoonbills—outnumber the people viewing them. The Laguna Madre is one of those places, the only body of water in the state that truly qualifies as extreme.

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Port Aransas

May 30, 2019 | By Chet Garner

When the Texas summer starts cooking, my favorite form of relief is to dive into the largest body of water I can find, which is often the Gulf of Mexico. This is where Port A comes in—with its near-endless beaches, historic appeal, and laid-back attitude. Port Aransas is one of my favorite places to hit the Texas coast, and with its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey, it’s got more Texas grit and personality than ever.

Retrace the Life and Legacy of World-Champion Boxer Jack Johnson in Galveston

May 30, 2019 | By Michael Hoinski

“Jack Johnson was a real person from a real place called Galveston,” Collins says while standing in his church clothes outside Old Central Cultural Center, formerly Central High School, the first black high school in Texas. In the park behind Old Central, located on Avenue M, a life-size bronze statue depicts Johnson in his prime: roughly 6 feet, 200 pounds, and ready to rumble.

Tookie’s Campechana Cocktail Recipe

May 29, 2019 | By

Serves 6. Toss shrimp, campechana sauce, and pico de gallo in a bowl. Spoon into a martini glass, and top with diced avocado and
cilantro. Add jumbo lump crab on top of mixture. Place lime on the rim. Serve with tortilla chips and jalapeños on the side. 

5 Craft Breweries to Visit in Corpus Christi

May 23, 2019 | By Phil West

Craft beer fans might be pleasantly surprised by what awaits them in Corpus Christi: A trio of breweries opened within the past five years, and a couple of restaurants have recently started their own brewing operations. The result is adventuresome brews in a city more accustomed to mass-produced, beach-ready 12-packs. These days, when it comes to sipping in style, Corpus has you covered.

How Chef Mary Bass Gives Back to Galveston

May 23, 2019 | By Hannah J. Phillips

A Galveston native, Bass started her career by launching a bakery business, Viva la Cake Balls. She later became executive chef at Haak Vineyards & Winery in nearby Santa Fe in 2013, before becoming executive sous chef at BLVD Seafood when it opened in 2015. In 2018, Galveston.com named her “Best Chef on the Island” for the fourth consecutive year.

Sailors Test Their Endurance on the Annual Texas 200

May 23, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

This year marks the 12th edition of the Texas 200, a self-described “rolling messabout” up 200 miles of Lone Star coast June 10-14. Boats of all types and sizes, many built in garages, cruise in company through bays, cuts, and bayous and into the Intracoastal Waterway.

Photo: Vintage Postcard Depicts Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard in the 1940s

May 22, 2019 | By

The balmy excitement of a summer evening on Seawall Boulevard suffuses this vintage Galveston postcard. While the image is undated, the buildings point to the era of the 1940s and ’50s. Existing landmarks include the seawall, which the city constructed after the hurricane of 1900; the 1911 Hotel Galvez, still in operation; and Murdoch’s Bathhouse, a souvenir shop that has been rebuilt multiple times since the late 1800s. The postcard also depicts landmarks lost to time: the wooden Mountain Speedway roller coaster, built in 1921 and knocked down after Hurricane Carla in 1961; the 1929 Buccaneer Hotel, an 11-story building demolished in 1999; and, stretching over the water, the 1923 Balinese Room, a pier that succumbed to Hurricane Ike in 2008 and was famous for its history as an illegal casino.
Know of any fascinating vintage Texas photographs? Send copies or ideas to [email protected].

A Relative of German Settlers Retraces Her Ancestors’ Arduous Path to the Texas Hill Country

May 22, 2019 | By Amanda Eyre Ward

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