105 N. Alister Street
Port Aransas, TX
F.A.Q.s Frequently Asked Questions about Amelia's Landing.
1. What is up with all this aviation stuff?
We are all pilots and aviation enthusiasts! It is our passion, and our lifestyle. While living that aviation lifestyle, we have collected an incredible amount of aviation artwork and memorabilia, over many years. Much of this collection is on display at the hotel, and has been used to decorate each room so that each one reflects a different era of aviation history, from the Wright Brothers to the modern era.
We are not only the best motel in Texas, but we are also the most unique in Texas, with aviation artwork and memorabilia from all over the world!
2. Why did an Iowa family move to Port Aransas?
We discovered Mustang Island quite by accident in 2009, when we flew our small plane from Iowa to Austin for the South by Southwest music festival. We had a great time in Austin, but our (then-teenage) kids soon grew bored, and wanted to visit a gulf coast beach. I, of course, had NO idea where a beach was in Texas, so I jumped on the internet and asked Texas pilots one simple question: "Where do YOU fly when you want a beach, but don't have a car?"
Almost without exception, they answered "Port Aransas on Mustang Island!"
We had never heard of Port A, but we soon found it on a chart, realized it was only an hour (by air) from Austin, and figured that, worse case scenario, we could always fly to Galveston or South Padre if it sucked. Well, not only did it not "suck" -- it was AWESOME. Within four days we had fallen in love with the island, and started looking for a motel to purchase. (We had owned another motel in our hometown of Iowa City, IA, since 2002, and had been talking about buying another motel "in the Sunbelt...somewhere.")
3. Why did you buy the Harbor Inn (now Amelia's Landing) in particular?
Location, location, location! And quality of construction.
We looked at many motels on the island, and soon realized that there are two architectural schools of thought here:
a. Build strong, like a fortress, to withstand the inevitable hurricane.
b. Build as cheaply as possible, because it's going to get wiped out anyway.
Most of the motels here are built with #2 in mind -- and we wanted nothing to do with that mind-set. Our hotel is built solidly, and extremely well. And, as we've continually remodeled it, we have continually enhanced the structure.
And the location is AMAZING! Amelia's Landing is at the EXACT geographic center of Port Aransas, just six blocks from the water in any of THREE directions. The address numbering system for the city starts at the hotel, and we are on the main road through town -- so we could not be more centrally located!
Everything worth seeing in Port Aransas is within walking distance. You never have to drive once you are here, because every bar, restaurant, live music venue, beach, dock, and pier is close by! Enjoy a cocktail without worrying about driving, because all the great bars are an easy stroll away.
4. Where did you get the idea of DELIVERING breakfast to each room? That's crazy!
Back in the 1980s, Jay worked for the Chicago Tribune. (He was in
newspapers for 21 years.) When he and Mary visited Door County, WI, they
decided to spend the night at the historic White Gull Inn, in Fish Creek, WI.
Fast forward 20 years. When Jay and Mary were deciding whether to buy
their first hotel business in Iowa, they decided to make a list of everything
they LIKED about hotels -- and everything they hated. Number One on the
list of "hates" was the continental breakfast served in the lobby with a bunch
of guys who haven't taken a shower yet. Half the time it ended too soon,
and the other half the experience was so disgusting that you didn't want to even
finish what you had selected.
5. Are all the rooms "pet friendly"?
6. What's there to "DO" in Port Aransas?
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