*Day two of our Staycation*
Chloe is a shopping fiend,anytime we check out a new place she asks if they have a gift shop. So,I wasn’t terribly surprised that when she planned her day she included time at the mall and going to the gift shops at Port Aransas.
Palmera Mall is in Corpus and is pretty decently sized. We first found it while we were visiting Corpus and I was looking for a Toys R Us.
( Incidentally, there is a very small Toys R Us in the mall,but a full sized store not far away from here.)
Toys R Us was definitely one of our stops,as was Claire’s and Hot Topic. Chloe had saved up money to spend but just seemed to want to look. The only actual shopping she did was at the candy store upstairs.We grabbed a quick lunch from the food court and then headed out to Port Aransas,after all we had a strict itinerary to stick to!
Port Aransas is one of tube only established towns on Mustang Island and is north of Padre Island. It has great little gift shops and restaurants and excellent beaches. We love the colorful cabins you can book to stay in that are within walking distance of the shops,beach and many ofthe eating places too. Every year Port Aransas is home to the Sand Fest which brings in world renown sand scuplters who make masterpieces on the beach,it’s fantastic.
But we were here today to spend time at the gift shops.
Port Aransas has a very fun old time candy store called Walton’s Island Candy with a great selection of every candy you can think of and wonderful smelling fudge. Chloe was sad that she had already visited a candy store earlier but her daddy decided that she could go to this one too,provided they didn’t eat all of their candy in one day.
Our last stop was the Connoisseur Gifts and Crafts.It’s a really neat shop we had never been to before. Think higher quality souvenirs, including several giant ships that really tempted Jon. There were lots of interesting ship antiques.
The girls liked the all of the cat themed merchandise and actually got to visit with the shop’s resident cat for a bit before we left.