Hey there's a 1940s party going on this weekend at The Luther Hotel in Palacios. All the fun begins at 7 p.m. in the hotel's USO Canteen. It's bring your own hooch (BYOH).

Written by Ellen Honey

The Texas Gulf Coast Bend from Palacios to Port Aransas abounds with balmy sea breezes, boat-to-plate seafood, a temperate climate and a simpler lifestyle. Coastal cruisers should allow plenty of time to tour these small towns offering big opportunities for exploration. 

Shrimp from the Gulf Coast

Palacios (pronounced Puh-LASH-uhs) is nestled along the Tres Palacios Bay, midway between Galveston and Corpus Christi. Its deep historical roots go back to the 1685 arrival of the French explorer LaSalle. In the mid-1990s, a ship lost in that expedition was discovered in Matagorda Bay. Recovery of the shipwrecked La Belle is considered one of the greatest archaeological efforts of the latter half of the 20th century. Palacios’s City by the Sea Museum (361-972-1148, citybythebaymuseum.org) has a special display about the voyage. Every Fourth of July, residents in full costume re-enact LaSalle’s landing.

Blessing Hotel

Just a short distance away, about 15 miles is The Blessing Hotel. The Thanksgiving Day meal is a true feast and people line up at 10:15 a.m. for the 11 o'clock opening of the doors.

Luther Hotel, Palacios

The Luther Hotel, originally called the Bay View Hotel, preserves the fun, past memories by the Trespalacios Bay. Still guests coming to The Luther Hotel partake of the very same activities:  boating and fishing. According to Galveston, South Padre Island & The Texas Gulf Coast by Alex Wukman, The Luther Hotel is the only Texas coast resort hotel still standing.