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Rockport-Fulton Seafair.If you have to be outside during the summertime (and, increasingly, even the early fall) in Texas, it’s preferable—necessary, even—to be by a body of water. In July, I escaped the brutal heat of San Antonio to a beach town that is quintessentially Texan, a place that offers the perfect balance of beauty, charm, and art, situated about thirty miles from Corpus Christi. No, I am not talking about Port Aransas. My trip was to Rockport, the artsy, underrated, just-developed-enough, feet-up/stress-down paradise of piers connected to the mainland by the Copano Bay Causeway. Often named on lists of the best places to retire, Rockport has about 11,000 residents who enjoy a mild climate, relatively low cost of living, and laid-back beach culture. The town’s partially sheltered…

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