Coastal Breeze

January 27, 2017
Photo Credit: Miguel Asensio

Get into that Jimmy Buffett frame-of-mind on this ride along the Texas Gulf Coast. There are several historic structures in the small ranching town of Refugio. Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church, completed in 1901, is on the site where a two-hundred-year old mission once stood. Stretch your legs, visit with anglers, and do some nature study at Copano Bay State Fishing Pier and Goose Island State Park. Rockport has become an important arts destination in the state and celebrates several events each year. Charlotte Plummer’s Restaurant joins a long list of seafood eateries in Rockport. Winter is the time to catch a charter boat out of Rockport to the whooping crane sanctuaries. With a fleet of shrimp boats nearby, it’s a no-brainer
that Aransas Pass would have great seafood choices, such as Redfish Willie’s, also known for wonderful waterfront views. Ride the free ferry to Port Aransas, as always guided by fast swimming dolphins. “Funk” rules in Port A, so don’t be dissuaded by the appearance of many small eateries; they tend to sell the freshest off-the-boat seafood. Corpus Christi is capital of the Coastal Bend. The U.S.S. Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium are premier tourist stops, but thunder comes to town each October when BikeFest arrives.

ALONG THE WAY

ARANSAS PASS

REDFISH WILLIE’S WATERFRONT GRILL
322 Huff St.
361-758-9991
redfishwilies.com

CORPUS CHRISTI

CORPUS CHRISTI BIKEFEST
956-668-7484
ccbikefest.com
Early October

TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM
2710 N. Shoreline Blvd.
800-477-GULF
texasstateaquarium.org

ROCKPORT-FULTON

CHARLOTTE PLUMMER’S
SEAFARE RESTAURANT
202 N. Fulton Beach Rd.
361-729-1185
charlotteplummers.com

COPANO BAY
STATE FISHING PIER
TX Hwy. 35 at Copano Bay

ULTON MANSION
HISTORIC SITE
317 Fulton Beach Rd.
361-729-0386
thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/
fulton-mansion-statehistoric-
site

GOOSE ISLAND STATE PARK
202 S. Palmetto St.
361-729-2858
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/
goose-island

ROCKPORT ART FESTIVAL
Rockport Center for the Arts
902 Navigation Cir.
361-729-5519
Early July

ROCKPORT BIRDING AND
KAYAK ADVENTURES
216 N. Fulton Beach Rd.
(Fulton Harbor)
877-892-4737; 361-727-0643
whoopingcranetours.com

Ride Friday, Extreme Issue
(Map Credit: mapping specialists)

On The Road

Pit Stops

1. TEXAS STAR
CONVENIENCE STORE
2728 Agnes St.
Corpus Christi
361-882-3311

2. SHELL
719 Refugio Hwy.
Refugio
361-526-5007

Grab a Bite

1. BLACKBEARD’S
ON THE BEACH
3117 Surfside Blvd.
Corpus Christi
361-884-1030
blackbeards.restaurant

2. SHEMPY’S GRILL
3911 Hwy. 35 S.
Rockport
361-727-0019

Stay The Night

1. THE LIGHTHOUSE INN
AT ARANSAS BAY
200 S. Fulton Beach Rd.
Rockport
866-790-8439
lighthousetexas.com

Diversions

1. LIGHTHOUSE LAKES
PADDLING TRAIL
Port Aransas Causeway,
Trailhead on north side of road
before ferry landing.
tpwd.texas.gov

2. HORSES ON THE BEACH
16562 SPID Park Rd. 22
The Island in Corpus Christi,
North Padre Island (do not use
GPS to find)
361-949-4944
horsesonthebeachcorpus.com

Only In Texas

1. GREAT TEXAS COASTAL
BIRDING TRAIL
Various sites
tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/
wildlife/wildlife-trails/coastal

Events

$40

Realities Ride, the World’s Largest Poker Run

May 25 - May 26

  Realities Ride, the world’s largest poker run and fundraising vehicle for Realities For Children charity, will host it’s annual rally and ride for the kids on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th and 26th, 2019. Advance tickets are now on sale. Celebrating those who’ve served in our armed forces and helping Northern Colorado children in need, Realities Ride has been bringing people together on Memorial Day weekend for the past 18 years. This year’s event kicks off Saturday,…
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Free

2019 Basics for the Best

May 25 @ 7:45 am - 10:45 am

2019 BASICS FOR THE BEST This is to honor those that served and can no longer get out and about. To let them know they are not forgotten. It cost nothing but your time for the ride. But we are taking donations either with money or with items the vets are in need of. Tshirts-colored with pockets, slippers military themed hats and t-shirts, blankets and throws. There will be a collection point and the items…
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Yamaha Off-Road Motorcycle Demos

May 25 @ 8:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm

Yamaha has teamed up with 6-time AMA National Champion Jason Raines and his first-class Raines Riding University to bring you FREE motocross and off-road motorcycle demos for all ages and skill levels! Join us May 25th – 26th at Village Creek Motocross Park! A special course will be laid out specifically for the program and riders will be able to demo several different 2019 models like the TT-R 50E, TT-R 110E, TT-R 125LE, YZ65, YZ85,…
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$3

Fredericksburg Vintage Motorcycle Show

May 25 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DATE CHANGED 3rd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet Free admission to the public with a donation of 3 cans of food or cash donation for the local food bank. Thanks for your support. Ride out. We have Motorcycle Only parking in the lot. 12-9:00pm Bike show, Swap meet, Vintage ride, Live music, food and drink. Open class Vintage Bike Show $20 entry fee per bike. For more info call: 830-990-4433. Registration will be…
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$20.00 – $25.00

16th Annual Big Bike Run for the Little Tryke Fund

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

GRAPEVINE HERITAGE AMBUCS CHARITY POKER RUN INSPIRING MOBILITY AND INDEPENDENCE Registration: $25.00 per rider/ $20.00 per passenger per poker hand ($20.00 for additional poker hand). 1st Stop/Registration (2 cards) 9:00am-11:00am at Willhoite’s in Grapevine, TX. (Bikes out by 11:00am) 2nd Stop (1 card) at Roanoke ChopShop Live in Roanoke, TX. Final Stop and HUGE PARTY (2 cards) 12PM – 4PM at American Eagle Harley-Davidson in Corinth, TX. Party featuring live music by Lone Star 92.5‘s…
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