Emails, texting, kids, work, family and friends all seem to keep my wife and me from ever really settling in and being relaxed, most days around the house. Knowing that is half the battle; the second part is doing something about it. One of our favorite solutions each year is to take short hops down to the Texas coast to get away, relax, and refresh ourselves. For us the favored destination is Corpus Christi, Texas, just three hours from home. Just the smell of the warm and salty air seems to bring a healing to our busy lives.
Corpus has done a great job in creating itself as a premium Texas destination, maybe the best along the Texas coast. There are activities for singles, couples, and family. We have also attended conferences there and the accommodations and facilities were perfect for the events.
We have several styles of escape we use when visiting Corpus. The standard ‘friends and family’ includes a visit to the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington. If we are really on our game in planning our visit, we can hop across the highway and catch a (minor league baseball) Hooks game at Whataburger Field.
If you are a music fan, you will love the scene in Corpus. Hang with the locals in a classic coastal icehouse or beer joint. Bring a dinner jacket and enjoy the theatre, or wear shorts and flip-flops at the outdoor amphitheater.
A favorite destination of ours is the Brewster Street Ice House, located downtown and promoting themselves as the “best live music south of Gruene Hall”. It is hard to argue. They also serve our favorite foods while we relax in this salty air respite. Another classic that has held a must-visit spot in Corpus for years is the Executive Surf Shop. Great spot for music, food, and a huge selection of drafts.
The biggest names in Texas music regularly visit the Old Concrete Street Amphitheatre. It is considered South Texas’ premier outdoor concert and event facility. Every big name makes it a point to book a night here; they love it and we do as well.
The outdoor adventure opportunities are vast. For us, lots of our favorite time is spent exploring the shorelines and listening to the calming sounds of the rolling waves, birds, and breezes. The North Beach, Mustang Island State Park and Padre Island National Seashore offer hours of calming outdoor exploration and relaxation.
Birding is big in Corpus, and as a matter of fact, it is world class. There are tours and trails, special areas, and designated bird-watching zones that enhance the birder’s experience. New to the sport, you will do fine as there is a lot of help and information available in the area.
Of course, we can’t overlook the world-class fishing around Corpus Christi. Offshore, onshore, beach, pier, jetties, party boats, or private guides are all fantastic options. We have been coming to the area for years and almost every trip includes a hook in the water. If you are lucky and catch something, you can have one of the local eateries cook your fresh catch that very evening.
The Corpus area also puts you close to some of the most outstanding Texas hunting available, year-round. There is bird, duck, deer and exotic hunting all over the area and within an hour or so drive. Everything you can think of. Information on local guides and outfitters can be found online or through the visitors beau.
The little girl is building a sandcastle as her mom sits back in the warm sun and reads. Dad is splashing about in the waves and checking out seashells with their son. We are strolling along, no cell phones, no deadlines; we have forgotten most of the things we were stressed about yesterday. Yes, life is good on the beach and we are soaking it all in, one day, one hour, one minute at a time.
TJ Greaney – Editor CLM
President: Texas Outdoor Writers Association