Texas Travel: Perfect Beach Getaway – Cinnamon Shore, Port Aransas. Prior to the world delving into the chaos that is the COVID-19, HFM and crew headed southwest to the sunny Shore of Port Aransas for this month’s cover shoot. It was a beautiful weekend, a little cool breeze in the air with sunny skies perfect for hanging out at the beach.
If you’ve never been down to Port A, it’s an easy 3.5 hour drive from Houston. Bonus, near the end, you get to take a 5minute ferry ride where the kids can often see dolphins swimming close by. The tradeoff is that there can be a bit of a line to get on the ferry depending on the time of day or if it’s a holiday weekend. We were lucky enough to time it perfectly coming and going and didn’t wait more than a few minutes either way.
Our destination for the weekend was a wonderful beach community called Cinnamon Shore. An inspired combination of condos, cottages, townhouses and tiny homes available for purchase or rental. Inspired by the beautiful town of Seaside in Florida, you feel transported and immediately relaxed as soon as you pull into the community.
Calming pastels on all of the building paint an amazing landscape flowing throughout the small community. Intimately sized to foster relationships between neighbors and offer amenities designed to engage the community make for a wonderful environment to spend time with friends and family.
The house that we called home was perfect for our large entourage. Strategically located overlooking the largest of the 3 pools on property, the (6) kids ranging in age from 7-12, couldn’t wait to get unloaded and hit the water. As I mentioned, it was a little cool and this pool is not heated (the other 2 are), but it didn’t faze the kids! After being in the car for 3.5 hrs., it was nice release of some pent up energy!
The house was laid out perfectly, 3 masters and 2 additional rooms with 4 bunks in each! Girls in one and boys in the other with a little living room (gaming room) in between worked perfectly with our crew. Two of the masters along with the washers/dryers rounded out the first floor. The second floor was my favorite part of the house. Balconies on both ends of the house offered a wonderful cross breeze with the doors open and the kitchen and living room in the middle offered plenty of room for all of us to relax, eat and plan our itinerary.
There are so many things to do on property that once you are there, you truly do not need to leave. The first night we hit up Dylan’s for delicious pizza to nourish ourselves and get a good night’s sleep before our photoshoot on Saturday. We had rented a golf cart (a must) that fit almost our entire gaggle and the kids really enjoyed the 2-minute ride to the restaurant. There was something for everyone (even gluten free) and portions are generous. We had plenty of leftovers to bring back to the house for the next day.
Saturday kicked off with perfect weather, warm, breezy and a beautiful Texas sky. We packed up our golf cart, the kids rode our rented bikes to the beach and we set off to dig in for the day. Another must, Cinnamon Shore offers chairs & umbrella set up. Be sure to reserve yours – they will set up and pick up for you – one less thing to hassle with.
We had an eclectic group with many different interests, so we had brought a lot of different options – boogie boards, sand toys, kites, baseballs/gloves and lots of sunscreen! As you will see from the pics, the kids had a blast! Plenty for them to do to keep busy and entertained. The beach was clean and fairly deserted, the water was a little cold, but wonderfully refreshing. We were told to look out for jellyfish, but never saw one. All in all a perfect beach day.
As the kids got tired of the beach, we took a quick tour around the property and discovered we could order a bonfire and s’mores for that evening on the beach! We quickly put in our order and headed to the house for a break from the sun. We attempted to order a shrimp boil to go with the s’mores on the beach, but we were a little too early in the season for this one! We will definitely add that to the itinerary for next time!
Instead, I popped out to the market and picked up hot dogs and chips to cook on the bonfire before the s’mores. Located on property is a market and with everything you need for your stay. Since it is a quick cart ride from the house, last minute dinner options are not an issue! It really makes it super easy to stay in your beach ‘bubble’ and not have to leave the community.
As night fell and our bonfire delivery arrived, the kids couldn’t have been more excited. Our cookout was a hit and both kids and parents relaxed around the fire as the waves crashed nearby. A perfect ending to a perfect day with friends and family.
If you are looking for a great family or family getaway, I couldn’t recommend Cinnamon Shore more. It is far enough away to really feel like a vacation, yet not too far that you can’t go for a quick weekend recharge. Hop on their site and take a look at rentals, or purchases, depending on your needs. You will see what I mean!
written by Kimberly Davis Guerra | photos by Pop of Color Photography
3.5 Hours from Houston
They offer both:
• Vacation Rentals
• Real Estate
Cinnamon Shores Amenities
• Bike Rentals
• Surf lessons
• Fishing (on property)
• Offshore fishing
• (3) pools – 2 heated
• Movie nights (seasonal)
• Horseback riding on the beach
• Kite surfing
• Yoga on the beach
• Sandcastle lessons
• The Market
• Dylan’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
• C Bar
• C Treats
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