Galveston & Texas Beaches: The Big News

Meanwhile, in Corpus Christi, apart from the 1,700 rooms within a two-mile radius of the 76,500-sf American Bank Center Convention Center, 1,000 new units in limited-service properties will come on board in 2007, pumping up the hotel inventory. Among the renovated hotels is the Best Western Marina Grand, which added high-speed Internet and a refrigerator, microwave, and safes to all rooms. (Likewise, new microwaves, refrigerators, and ceiling fans are being installed at the Bayfront Plaza Hotel & Conference Center.)
New additions to Rockport-Fulton's lodging mix include the 64-room Hampton Inn & Suites with meeting space for up to 60, free Wi-Fi in public areas, and high speed Internet in rooms. Other properties opened within the last few years include The Lighthouse Inn with lovely Victorian decor and two Wi-Fi meeting rooms that hold 50 and 40 attendees, respectively. (Guests can also fish for free off the dock.) The stylish Inn at Fulton Harbour, featuring suites with Jacuzzis and a function room with large bay windows overlooking the water that holds up to 64 persons.
Facilities Update GALVESTON Moody Gardens has added new plush pillow-top mattresses to all rooms and opened a Secret Garden teen spa.
CORPUS CHRISTI Whataburger Field opened in 2005 with 5,050 fixed seats and 19 luxury suites. It can accommodate 600 under a pavilion.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND The new Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center gives visitors the opportunity to have hands-on-experiences with marine animals.
A multimillion-dollar, 8,800-sf World Birding Center will break ground in 2007.