Sunday, July 12, 2009

Texas Coast Visit (Part II)

As we headed out on our second day of beachy small town shopping we ran across some really cool houses. Shopping is important but we like to take the road less traveled and discover interesting detours. Some were in need of some TLC and others were just perfect and "move-in" ready. I could envision the one below in all it's former glory. It sure would be fun to fix up...but first, I'd have to rob a bank or win the lotto. This one was right on the bay and had inhabitants that clearly love the place and take really good care of it.
This was another grand historical home in Rockport and clearly has been well taken care of. When we return I want to see if we can take a tour.
Below is the view that this historic homes looks out on. The Gulf of Mexico, palm trees and shrimp boats. What a view!
As we drive on the main road to Rockport we can practically sniff out the fun beach shops, this is our roadside view.
At the recommendation of a local, we ended up going to a new Cafe and Art Gallery. We were told they have some of the best Chicken Salad and we weren't steered wrong. This was a mural that was on one wall of the gallery. We asked about the painting and the owner laughed and said..."Everyone thinks it's a drawing of the shops just down the block....but it's wallpaper". We had to get up VERY close to confirm that. However, it looks VERY similar to the surrounding stores.
Our first stop was a cute little shop that had old and new items. And of course, most of it was ocean themed.
The next stop was a fun and funky place that we were quickly drawn too. It reminded us of a lot of the cool vendors at Warrenton. We asked them if they had ever been to Warrenton and they said of course....and they were pleased to report that they will be having a booth in the fall! Ya'll go seek them out....they are called the Rowdy Maui and do the coolest painted cowboy boots.

We loved all their colorful signs. This is my friend, Tyra, holding up one of our favorites. ;)
You can see they have an eclectic fashion sense and it's a hoot. They will paint cowboy boots that you bring in the store OR you can buy the already painted boots they have in stock.
The whole store was a feast for the eyes with their bright colors, clever signs and funky clothes, jewelry and artwork.
Now, jump back into the air conditioned car with us to head up the road...because remember, the temps over the weekend were hovering at 102 and we were hot and in search of a SNOW CONE! Those things are so refreshing and can cool you down immediately. Wouldn't this hammock be the perfect place to have enjoyed that icy treat?

Inside THIS store we found lots of Shabby Chic items. I've always loved turquoise and I love the way they are combining shades of turquoise with a pop of red. Hmmmm....do I smell PAINT in my future? Well, I believe I do!!
I have almost that exact dressing table (below). They painted theirs white but mine (I inherited from my Grandmother) is in very good shape in a mahogany finish so for once in my life, I believe I'll leave it unpainted.....but I do LIKE the look of the white dresser, don't you?
So thanks for coming along with us on our beachy, shopping adventure. There are SO many places to discover in that part of South Texas, I just know we'll be back to visit soon. Perhaps in the late fall when the temperature finally starts getting a bit more bearable.

28 comments:

  1. You are showing me a part of the country I have not been too. How very pretty it is. I love those big old homes and what a view. Those look like great stores to get lost in on a hot afternoon. I like the turquoise and bright red together too. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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  2. Thanks for sharing such neat places! I will look for those folks in Warrenton, for sure! ~Mindy

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  3. Great pictures and a great tour Susan. We spent the 4th in Rockport, we really love it there but boy was it HOT. Is that first house in Rockport? I don't recall seeing it but that would be such a neat place if you had the time (and lots of money) to renovate it. Love the shot of the Fulton Mansion. Take the tour if you get a chance, it's pretty amazing. The cafe and art gallery - was it Latitudes? One of our very favorite places in Rockport, along with the art center. Man, now I want to go back lol. Kathy

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  4. You are so lucky to be able to go to the coast and enjoy some time there, I am so envious. I want to go to the beach sooo bad. Not this year, it looks.
    The silly little puppy I'm keeping, "baby Daisy" was the one who chewed through the cord. It was $105.00 for a new one at Best Buy. Such a rip off since the whole lap top was only like 500.00. I guess they know they are useless without a power cord and they really stick it to ya.
    Hope you had a ball a ball at the beach and get to return soon,
    Shanda

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  5. Thanks for the side trip!! I can totally see myself in that hammock. I love those old homes, too.

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  6. Oh, Susan!

    I LOVEd this pos! I loved the homes (you must go on a tour and share it) and I loved the shops! I could do some serious damage in those stores!!!!!

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  7. Hi Susan,
    I love Fulton Mansion. I toured it years ago! I have also been to a few of the shops in Rockport. We were camping at Goose Island a few summers ago, and my stepmom and I went to a few. I am not really a beach person! I prefer a fresh water lake. Unfortunately, all the nearby lakes are very low due to the drought!
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  8. Great tour! You did go to some interesting places. Personally, I loved the fabulous homes and that adorable hammock. But in those temps only with the icee.

    Thanks for the sweet comments you left at Hospitality Lane. I hope you'll be back soon.

    Becky K.

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  9. Oh, do I love a virtual beachy shopping adventure, great fun, but no money spent. I'm cheap that way, but happily!

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  10. thanks for taking me on vacation with you... and for stopping by today.

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  11. Oh my, what gorgeous homes. I thought they were all just gorgeous. I would love to fix up an old home too, but again like you I would have to win the lottery. All the shope look like such fun. I'm sure you had a great time. I also wanted to let you know the next "Cloche Party" is scheduled for Sept. 11th for the Fall season. Be sure to grab my button on the sidebar to remind you and to let all your friends know. See you there. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Loved the tour. I too would have to win the lottery to fix one of those houses up. You found some great little shops.

    Hugs :)

    Irma

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  13. Looks like you yayas are having a blast! Rockport is a fun place to cruise around! Have fun and have a safe trip back home....xo...deb

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  14. Love the turquoise store!
    I so want to put some love back into the first house. :)

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  15. Hi Susan :)

    How fun! Not the heat, but the trip ;)

    Happy belated Birthday!!

    rue

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  16. Oh yeah...that little shop with all the aqua blue...heaven! I could live in there! So.stinkin.cute.

    ~Amanda

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  17. O.K you guys are just plain spoiled down there!!! So much to see and do,its just not fair!! Great post,thank you for coming by,glad you did!!! Chrissy

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  18. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your trip looks like it was a lot of fun - especially that little shabby chic shop. Your Carson is one cute little puppy!!!

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  19. Susan, I love Rockport, but haven't been there in a while, so I really enjoyed your trip.

    Love the shop you showed and need to take a trip down there and check out that store.

    Glad you are home safe and sound.
    Barbara

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  20. Oh, that first old house would be such a great fixer upper! Can you imagine how fabulous it once was? I want that hammock and it's little shade structure. laurie

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  21. Thank you for taking us on this trip! I enjoyed it!!! (I would have swiped the hammock!)

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  22. LOOOOOVe all the color in the store!

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  23. It's been decades since I was in that neck of the woods. Thanks for the ride...I loved it.

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  24. Great pics loks like you had a blast!!! The post before with a temp of 122!!! WHEW!! Blessings. Janna

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  25. I'm having a give away! 1000 posts!! Swing by and enter...and GOOD LUCK!

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  26. I am hoping to visit Canton this fall... I might have to trek a little more to hit some of your spots!! I love the tiki hammock!!!

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  27. Great pictures! Sure do miss the coast but not the storms!!

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  28. Looks like a great shopping adventure. Everything makes me think of paint...just not enough hours in the day!

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