Our May 2014 Issue featured the town of Rockport Texas. I enjoyed the town so much that my family decided to spend a weekend in Rockport. Also, we had the postcards to deliver and distribute in Rockport. The postcards? Each town featured in this magazine is supported with more than 2,000 postcards on the town. These postcards are given free to the businesses in the town for promotion of the town, businesses and this magazine. We went to the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce to give them some of the postcards. The shelves along the wall are filled with brochures and information. To our surprise, they declined the free promotional post cards because “you are not a member of the chamber”. They don’t want to promote Rockport and the businesses unless you are a member? This is the first city chamber of commerce that did not accept the post cards. However, there is good news! We went to the individual businesses, many of which were members of the chamber, and they were very happy to receive the free postcards to give to their customers. One place that had postcards for sale also wanted the Rockport postcards to offer for free. Then we offered some postcards to the Texas Maritime Museum. The CEO, Kathy Roberts-Douglass, loved the cards and not only planned to give them to all the visitors, she also gave us a free tour of the museum. This museum was so impressive that we purchased a yearly membership! Thank you Kathy Roberts-Douglass and the businesses of Rockport. Shame on the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. We’re promoting your town! Now, what about our weekend? Very enjoyable. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and also at the Lighthouse Inn. Both were excellent, but the breakfast was better at the Lighthouse Inn. The layout at the Lighthouse Inn was unique and not franchise-like. Also the Lighthouse Inn is right on the shoreline. The downtown area was filled with unique shops (many of which wanted the postcards). We browsed the many antiques and art shops. At the Sea Shell Shoppe, we found the exact type of shell we wanted. We also discovered Rockport Daily Grind. Located at 302 South Austin Street, The owner, Michelle, greeted us like we were old friends. Everything we ordered was excellent. We will stop by every time we are in Rockport! Hours are Tue – Sat: 7 am – 3 pm. We also spent some time on Rockport Beach. It is open from 6am to 11pm daily with hours extended to 12am on Friday and Saturday. You can walk on for free or drive on for $5/Daily and $15/Annually. This beach is great for walking along in the water and we saw many beach goers a quarter mile out in the water and the water was still only up to their knees. Rockport Beach is Texas’ first Blue Wave Beach and one of only four on the Texas Gulf Coast. Pets and glass containers are not allowed. The Saltwater Lagoon at the end of the 1 mile long beach has deeper water to swim in. Beeville is featured in this issue. There were a few places right outside Beeville that we had to include as they all are must visit sites. There are some very interesting sites in the small towns of Normanna, Pettus and Tuleta. For an interesting day, you should visit all the sites found in this issue, but especially recommended are the Bee County Courthouse, Rialto Theater, Praeger Building / Joe Barnhart Library, Beeville Art Museum, Lott-Canada School, and the historical homes. The A.C. Jones Monument for the “Father of Beeville” is in Evergreen Cemetery. Although the cemetery is fenced and the gate is usually locked, the grave marker can be seen next to the fence on the S. Polk St – E. Bowie St corner of the cemetery.
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