A lot of attention is paid to tourists who swarm the beaches, hotels and rental properties during the summer. But in this issue, we tip our hats to a flock of visitors who travel here each winter for extended stays. They begin arriving just after Christmas and continue through spring. They buy or rent houses or camp in RV parks.
Winter Texans, trading the harsh winters of their hometowns for our mild climate, quietly fuel the economy here and in other coastal communities across the state. They visit by the hundreds, and in some communities by the thousands. As you’ll read in correspondent Marsha Canright’s article in this edition, these so-called snowbirds make themselves at home in Galveston, volunteering in organizations, attending local churches and dining in restaurants, to name a few activities. Many form strong bonds and lasting friendships.
Also in this issue, we meet people with a knack for walking into resale shops and thrift stores, searching alleys and auctions, and finding vintage and antique treasures. They’re called pickers, and their mission is to give new life to objects others cast away.
This issue is chock-full of interesting people, from the Kemah couple who built a house that epitomizes the coastal lifestyle to a photographer who captures some of the best wildlife shots the area has to offer.
Plus, look for drink and food recipes to keep you warm this winter.
Happy New Year from all of us at Coast Monthly.