23rd Annual Rockport Wine Festival

If you love wine then you better make sure you’re in Rockport Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 for a weekend filled with great wine and food. Featuring over 100 types of wine, this is an event you cannot miss! There will also be live music, craft beer, food, and vendor booths.

 

Babes on the Bay

Babes on the Bay is a popular annual all women’s fishing tournament held March 17th-18th. Held in Rockport, Texas this tournament is hosted by the CCA Texas Aransas Bay Chapter. This tournament promotes women in the sport of fishing in a weekend filled with live music, vendors, and of course fishing!

There are 5 team divisions:

  1. Professional Guide (any bait)
  2. Professional Guide (artificial only)
  3. Non-Professional Guide (any bait)
  4. Non-Professional Guide (artificial only)
  5. Babe-ette Division (16 years or younger)
  • 1st-5th place are awarded to the first 4 divisions and heaviest fish in Babe-ette division
  • Cash prizes include heaviest red, heaviest trout, and heaviest stringer for all divisions
  • Go here to learn more about prizes and divisions
  • There is a separate fly fishing division for more information go here 

Texas SandFest

Don’t miss out on the largest sand sculpture competition in the U.S. on April 26th-28th. Join sculptors and visitors from around the world at this amazing event filled with mind blowing sculptures, live music, food, vendors, and more! Tickets are cash only and $15 for adults, $5 for 6-12, and free for 5 and under. To learn more go here!

For visitors that want more of a hands on experience there is an amateur competition! The categories include 7 and under, 8-12, 13-18, adult, and family. Contestants can enter as a team or as an individual. For more information about how to register for the amateur competition go here.

 

Spring Break

Spring break is a popular vacation time in Rockport. With warmer weather and great fishing, spring is a great time to plan a fishing trip and head to the beach! This year spring break will be from March 8th to March 16 and our houses fill up quick.

Rockport is a great place to get away from the college crowd and spend a week on the beach with your family. The Rockport beach is located on the bay and is the only beach in Texas to be certified as a Blue Wave beach. The water is clean with small gentle waves that are perfect for small children. There are multiple pavilions set up along the beach that can be rented out for gatherings, parties, or picnics. The beach is also equipped with three children play areas and volleyball courts. There are also multiple fishing areas and jetties located along the beach.

If you are more the parting type then Port Aransas is a spot you will want to visit on your trip. The Port Aransas beach is only a 20 minute drive from Rockport and is filled with bars, restaurants, and shops. There will be spring break parties, concerts, and events going on from March 10th – March 31st.

We are running a spring break special where if you book a home with us during spring break you will get a deal on an all inclusive fishing trip for 500 dollars! This awesome package has a guided fishing trip for 3 and a free catered meal. Enjoy a day full of great coastal fishing and delicious food. Add an extra 100 dollars per extra person. For more information click here.

 

4 Reasons to Choose a Vacation Rental over a Hotel

Cost: Staying at a vacation rental is more cost efficient than staying at a hotel. Most hotel rooms only accommodate a couple people which leads to having to get multiple rooms which can really add up in cost. Our vacation homes range from sleeping 4 to 16 people which can help make traveling more affordable.

More Space: Hotel rooms are only an average of 325 square feet while our vacation homes come in a large variety of sizes. In our houses you will have access to full sized kitchens, spacious living rooms, and multiple bedrooms.

Comforts of Home: Vacation rentals include all the comforts you would expect in a home. Depending on the house guests will have access to amenities like toasters, blenders, full sized appliances, washer and dryers, books, movies, games, and dishes. These amenities make long stays more comfortable so you do not have to worry about being without simple comforts.

Pet Friendly: Most hotels do not allow pets and if they do it is in a cramped space. Miss Kitty’s has many pet friendly homes so that your furry friends can also enjoy a comfortable vacation.

 

Oysterfest 2019

Oysterfest is one of Rockport/Fulton’s biggest festivals of the year! Featuring a full carnival, live music, awesome food, a parade, vendor booths, and of course an oyster eating contest, this is an event you do not want to miss. The festival starts on Thursday, March 7th and concludes Sunday, March 10th. Admission is only 2 dollars on Thursday and 5 dollars for 12 and up Friday-Sunday.

Multiple oyster contests are held including men’s and women’s raw oyster eating contest, oyster shucking contest, and the oyster decorating contest. Cash prizes are offered for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. For more information about Oysterfest go to http://fultonoysterfest.org/.

Miss Kitty’s has several homes in Fulton that are only minutes away from Oysterfest including:

Sailhouse homes: We have multiple properties in the Sailhouse community that have access to a 650 foot lighted fishing pier, swimming pool, and private beach front area for all guests. For a list of all our Sailhouse homes go here.

Rockport Racquet and Yacht Club condos: Miss Kitty’s has several condos in the Racquet and Yacht Club where guests can enjoy a communal swimming pool and breathtaking water views right across the street. To view all the condos click here.

 

Whooping Crane Festival

Come celebrate one of the most endangered bird species in the world February 21-24 at the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas. This festival is perfect for birders, photographers, families, and anyone who loves nature. This is the only flock of cranes that returns every fall to their wintering habitat in the Aransas National Wildlife.

Experience all the greatness of the whooping crane with boat tours, guest speakers, photography field trips, photography workshops, trade shows, and more! Port Aransas is also a winter home to other bird species that you might see at the festival such as the black skimmer, marsh wren, American white pelican, and the white-tailed hawk. For a full list go here. Registration is open, so don’t miss your chance to go on vacation during this awesome event. For more information about the Whooping Crane Festival click here.

You can also view the whooping cranes from a tour in Rockport! Rockport Adventures offers Whooping Crane and Coastal Birding tours on their boat called the Skimmer. They guarantee the spotting of a whooping crane on these tours and will point out over 30 to 60 different bird species over the 3 hour tour. For more information go here.

Check out some of Miss Kitty’s properties that are in or near Port Aransas:

Smooth Sailing: This home has a private swimming pool, is located in Port Aransas, and sleeps up to 8 people with 3 beds and 2 baths. Nestled in a picturesque beach town this home is just minutes from shopping, restaurants, and the beach.

Coastal Soul: Located in Aransas Pass this cute off water home is only a short drive from the ferry leading to Port Aransas. This house has 3 beds and 2 baths and sleep up to 6 people. There is a nice fenced in back yard that is perfect for those traveling with pets.

 

Pet Friendly Rockport

Rockport is a great place to bring the whole family – including your furry friend! Your dog will have a blast playing on the beach, running in the dog park, and even sitting outside with you at a delicious restaurant. The Rockport beach has a small section that allows dogs right before the paid area of the beach. Here you can swim with your dog and go fishing from the public fishing pier. The Port Aransas beach is also pet friendly and only a 20 minute drive and ferry ride away.

Another great place to bring your dog is the Rockport Dog Park. Located inside Memorial park, the off leash dog park has separate sections for big dogs and small dogs. There are also great hiking trails that you and your dog can enjoy together.

A few restaurants in Rockport allow dogs on their patio. Paradise Key is a great seafood restaurant that serves delicious fish, shrimp, and cocktails. They have a nice pet friendly patio on the water with an outside bar and live music. Moon dogs also allows pets on their patio. Enjoy fresh fish tacos, burger, beer, and more!

Check out some of our pet friendly homes:

Reel Dreams: This gorgeous home is located on a deep canal near Estes Flats and sleeps up to 10 people. There’s a 70 foot boat dock with underwater green lights and breathtaking views.

Canal Front Cottage: Sleeping up to 6 guests, this 2 bed/1 bath house has a fenced in yard (except on the water side) that is perfect for you and your pet. There is great fishing from the private fishing/boat dock and guests also have access to the small boat launch.

Frisco Flats:  Frisco Flats is a beautiful home overlooking Copano Bay with a 50 foot private fishing pier equipped with two sports fishing lights. This home sleeps up to 8 people with 3 beds and 3 baths. There is plenty of room in this house for the whole family, including your furry friend.

K’s Coast Condo: This cute condo sleeps up to 6 people and is located in the Rockport Racquet and Yacht Club. Guests can enjoy the communal swimming pool or take a relaxing stroll under the old live oak trees.

 

Fall/Winter Flounder Fishing

The fall and winter months are a great time for fishing on the Texas coast, especially for flounder. Because of the flounder migration from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico, November and December are the perfect months to catch them. Flounders like to hide in the sandy bottoms of shallow water and are delicious to eat. They can also be caught from the piers of many of our homes!  Here’s some tips from Julie Hagan from her article “Fall Flounder Fishing on the Texas Coast”:

  • Jigs are the best way to catch flounder
  • Adding a spray on liquid scent to the jig or tipping the jig with a piece of shrimp is a great tactic
  • It is important that if you top the jig with shrimp that the shrimp is fresh. Take a section of the fresh shrimp tail and peel it before putting it over the hook. Make sure to switch it out when it becomes soggy.
  • There are multiple different types of jigs you could use. A curly tail jig is a great choice because it vibrates similar to a spinner bait
  • While jigs are the best lures to use, flounder can also be caught with live bait such as shrimp, mud minnows,  and finger mullet

Flounder bag and length limits from Texas Parks and Wildlife:

  • Length in Inches: 14 min – No limit
  • Daily bag is 5 fish except from Nov. 1-30, when the daily bag limit is 2 fish and flounder may be taken only by pole-and-line; and from December 1-14, when the daily bag limit is 2 fish and flounder may be taken by any legal means, including gigging. Possession limit is equal to the daily bag

Tropical Christmas

Come enjoy an early Christmas at the coast this year on December 1st at the 14th annual Tropical Christmas Festival. This fun filled event takes place at the Rockport Festival Grounds and will have music, children’s activities, pictures with Santa, shopping, and delicious food! The city’s trolley will be running between the festival grounds and multiple locations on Austin street. The day will end with a light parade along the Rockport Beach Park, fireworks, a free concert from the Scott Taylor Band, and of course the lighting of the giant community Christmas tree.

There will be a tree decorating contest where awards will be given for “Best in Show,” “Honorable Mention,” “Most Creative,” and “Best Christmas Theme.” For more information and how to register click here.