Modern Lifestyles WINTER 2020 - Page 34

FA S H I O N | H O M E | L E I S U R E WINTER ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND WORDS Andrew Chalk Trace the Texas coast around the Gulf of Mexico to the point just a dozen miles from Mexico and you reach South Padre Island, the only tropical town in the state and the home of beautiful golden beaches, a warm respite in winter, and easy island living. I had the good fortune to visit, courtesy of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Leaving Dallas, there was a steady drizzle and tempera- tures that required a coat. Arriving in South Padre the sun was out and the temperature was seventy degrees. That pretty much set the stage for the trip! Marriott has just opened a new Court- yard hotel on the Gulf side of the island and opposite Sea Turtle, Inc. the sea turtle conser- vation center, and the South Padre Island Bird- ing and Nature Center. Being new, the electrical sockets are all at the height you need for electronic acces- sories and the room floors are tile rather than carpet (thank goodness). There are two TVs in each room which are designed like suites without a divider. As a result, my room was the longest hotel room that I have ever stayed in. I will land my private jet in it next time I visit. Specify a room away from the beach end if you want to avoid the noise of live (and piped) music in the nightclub Bar Louie. 34 | D I N I N G | T R AV E L | C U LT U R E