Sitting on the edge of San Antonio Bay just outside of Seadrift is the fantastic 20,000 foot
Falcon Point has 12 waterfront rooms and offers guests exquisite dining, a resort style pool, spa, and a wide range of outdoor activities - all with first class Texas hospitality and excellent friendly service. What a fantastic location for a family or social reunion, fun vacation, corporate retreat, or small intimate wedding. We stayed at the Falcon Point Lodge in November 2009, thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and hated to say goodbye.
Located under three hours from Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Houston, Falcon Point Lodge sits on part of the San Antonio Bay portion of the 6000 acre Falcon Point Ranch. Falcon Point Ranch is a working cattle ranch and home to a thriving herd of registered Texas Longhorn and expertly managed deer and exotic game population. The land is densely populated with mesquite, huisache and unspoiled salt marsh, brush, and wooded area bordering the San Antonio bay. A portion of the land includes a private gated community offering exclusive waterfront and water view home sites
Falcon Point Ranch works closely with Texas Parks & Wildlife on wildlife management and is designated a wildlife game preserve. As a wildlife preserve, the ranch offers refuge to several endangered species including the majestic whooping crane. When you hunt or tour the property you'll spot Scimitar Oryx, African Eland, Blackbuck Antelope, Axis, Fallow Deer, hogs and boar, and several species of ram. When you stay at the Lodge, if you don't go hunting, then make sure you sign up for the Photo or Safari Tour - you'll be amazed at the wide variety of wildlife that you'll see. When we took the tour with Bob, the very friendly hunting and fishing guide, we saw over 15 different species of wildlife ranging from Black Buck Antelope to zebras. We were amazed at his knowledge of the wildlife, his ability to spot them hiding in the brush, and his uncanny ability to get close without scaring the game. It was dusk and our pictures didn't turn out well, but below is a sample of some of what we saw.
Across the bay from Falcon Point Ranch is the world famous Aransas National Wildlife Refuge which is the home to a wide variety of wildlife. Over 392 species of birds have been spotted at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and since Falcon Point Ranch is close to the Refuge, the Ranch is lucky to also be home to many of the same species of birds and wildlife. On the ranch you can easily spot a wide variety of birds from song birds to birds of prey or Black Bellied Whistling Ducks to Yellow Rumped Warblers.
Along the San Antonio Bay shoreline on a portion of the 6000 acres that were first settled by the Spanish impresario Don Martin de Leon in the early 1800's is the fantastic Falcon Point Lodge. After a long drive from the Dallas area, when we walked into the lodge we couldn't wait to plop our bodies into the soft comfy leather chairs, enjoy the warmth of the fire from the massive stone fireplace, and sip a cold drink before heading out to explore the ranch. Adjacent to the fireplace is another cozy area centered around a large plasma TV - a perfect place to catch the scores or the latest news. I think we could have sat in front of the fire for a number of hours chatting, playing games, and watching the sun set, but we needed to unpack, take a ranch tour, watch the sunset, and then sit down to dinner.
The Lodge is less than 100 yards from the edge of the Bay and faces west, meaning that each evening you can sit on the veranda in a comfy rocking or lounge chair and watch the sun set. After our tour, we sat at the end of the Lodge's pier, cold beer in hand, and were amazed at the solitude and the spectacular sunset - a very enjoyable Kodak moment. Following the sunset, we headed to the game room/bar area for a round of dominos and cribbage before dinner. To our surprise, Chef Dean had cooked us a huge plate full of shrimp tempura with a Thai dipping sauce. When we first saw the overflowing plate, we wondered who was going to join us to finish this huge plate of extra large shrimp. However, the shrimp was so tender and plump and the sauce so good that we didn't have any trouble devouring the entire plate. If you hunt, Chef Dean will cook your kill as an appetizer for you. As he was describing the Dove Diablo appetizer he recently served, we wished we had gone hunting. You might want to consider dieting prior to visiting the Lodge or make sure you sign up for a workout plan when you return home.
All of the lodging includes three meals and you're in for a real treat when you sit down for lunch, appetizers, or dinner! I would make a special trip to the Lodge just to enjoy another meal cooked by Chef Dean Schroeder. Chef Dean attended the Culinary Institute of America and is trained in classic French cuisine - meaning he specializes in makes some fantastic sauces. Our white table cloth dinner was outstanding and included: seafood enchiladas with blue crab and shrimp, a delicious rich mango-jalapeno sauce, French style cilantro rice pilaf, and a perfectly cooked sauteed medley of vegetables. All of that was followed by a white cake with raspberry filling and a drizzle of vanilla sauce. What a way to end the meal. My wife doesn't care for cake but to my disappointment she ate every last crumb of hers! My mouth started watering again as I wrote this - what a marvelous meal. After all that, we had just enough room for an after dinner drink and barely enough energy to play a few rounds of cribbage and dominos before retiring to our room.
On each side of the Lodge are the six guest rooms and the bunkhouse. Each room has two queen beds, TV, internet connection, a desk, and a small deck with chairs offering a beautiful view of the bay and sunsets. The rooms are clean and functional and after a fun and full day, you won't have any problem getting a good night sleep - the beds are very soft and comfy!
If you visit the ranch with a few friends or large family, the bunkhouse is perfect. It has 4 bedroom, 4.5 baths, fully equipped kitchen, living room, and dining room. You can get two rooms to sleep six or you can rent the entire bunkhouse to sleep up to 18 people.
The staff we met were outstanding - Chef Dean knows how to satisfy your hunger, Charlotte the lodge host will go out of her way to make your stay enjoyable, and Bobby the ranch hand and the hunting and fishing guide is great and will make sure you get a trophy fish or deer.
The Lodge is first class all the way and we were impressed with the rich wood paneling, the upscale furniture, and the bits of local history, period photographs, native Indian pottery, and trophy game. As mentioned earlier, the main portion of the lodge is centered around a large stone fireplace on one side and a big screen HDTV on the other - both with comfortable leather furniture and views of the pool and bay.
The dining area, with open access to the kitchen to check on what the Chef is preparing, is on the opposite side of the fireplace. On the other side of the lodge is the bar area with ice machine, coffee pots, juice and drink refrigerator, and more - a great area for poker or games or just enjoying a cold drink.
The main lodge also has:
I wouldn't mind staying at the Lodge just to enjoy the sunset and gain a few pounds from Chef Dean's scrumptious meals, but the Lodge offers lots more to keep you busy. On a warm day, you may find it hard to leave the pool and hot tub.
Tall palms surround the beautiful resort style pool area with waterfalls, a separate hot tub, and lounge and beach chairs. Between dips in the pool, you can play a game of washers or horseshoes.
After a full day, the stone fire pit is perfect for singing, story telling, laughing, and roasting marshmallows for s'mores - all under an unbelievable sky full of stars.
But you'll be real sorry if you don't take advantage of some of the other amenities and services that Falcon Point Lodge offers, some of which include:
Check out some other beautiful pictures of the Ranch and Lodge that came from their website
Falcon Point Lodge is less than five minutes from the small (1500 population), shy, and quiet fishing village of Seadrift which touts itself as "last frontier" and I think they may just have a point. As the only town positioned on San Antonio Bay, this sleepy community serves as a base for access San Antonio Bay, Guadalupe Bay, Haynes Bay, and Mission Lake. And this excellent fishing and wildlife area tends to be a little overlooked by the sport fishing crowd. Seadrift has also been nicknamed the "City of Murals" and 7 murals are currently painted on buildings around the city. We haven't tried any of the restaurants, but understand they have a couple good choices - check with the front desk. Near the marina is a nice beach with picnic tables. Seadrift is also the finishing point for the long, tough nonstop, 260 mile, Texas Water marathon canoe racing adventure.
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is host to an exotic array of wildlife, including alligators, javelina (collared peccary), snakes, bobcats and whooping cranes. A 16-mile one-way driving tour takes visitors through the refuge's grassland, oak thicket, freshwater pond, and marshland habitats, providing excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Additional activities include hiking, birding, picnicking, and fishing. Six leisurely hiking trails totaling 4.3 miles are available, but visitors must bring insect repellent as mosquitoes are usually abundant.
Aransas has a well-deserved reputation as one of the prime birding locales in Texas, as was in fact originally named Aransas Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Over 392 bird species have been cataloged in the area, including ducks, herons, egrets and other waterfowl. The refuge's most notable visitor, however, is the endangered whooping crane, one of the rarest animal species in North America. Each year from late-October to mid-April, the only wild flock of whooping cranes in the world makes its long journey south from Canada to winter in the protected habitat of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. As recently as the 1940's, only sixteen birds remained. The 2003-2004 winter census at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas resulted in a population record of 194 cranes! Taking a commercial boat tour of the bays and Intercoastal Waterway, offered by operators such as Whooping Crane Boat Tours and Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures, provides an excellent opportunity to view whooping cranes and other bird species.
We didn't have time to explore the closest cities like Victoria or the small coastal cities of Port Lavaca or Palacios. From what we hear, Victoria, which is 35 miles north, is home to Riverside Park (400 acres of woodlands bordered by the Guadalupe River), the 27 hole Riverside Golf Course, several museums, and The Texas Zoo. Port Lavaca is 16 miles east and is best known for Lighthouse Beach and the bird sanctuary - a beautiful sandy beach, a wetlands walkway, and a bird tower.
A couple of our favorite cities, Corpus Christi and Port Aransas are less than an hour and a half away. We enjoy visiting both Corpus and Port A to ride bikes, visit the attractions, fish, rent a wave runner, eat, enjoy the beaches, and party with the locals - both offer lots to see and do. Here is our list of the Top Ten Things to Do in Corpus and the Top Ten for Port A.
If you like to golf, then you need to take a trip to Port A to play the fantastic Newport Dunes or to Portland to play NorthShore Golf Club. This Golf Map will help you find a nearby course and link to our reviews and rating of courses we have played in the Corpus area.
Our recommendation is pull into the Lodge and stay put enjoying their excellent service and amenities. Have fun!