Bay Window, Rockport
Photograph by Sarah Sudhoff

1. Main Street Coffee Deli Art

Chicken salad sandwiches are the pop stars of lunch menus: ubiquitous but rarely worth mentioning. Every now and then, though, you find one with that unmistakable it factor, like the mesquite-smoked, griddle-toasted version at this artsy hangout. Other standards are snazzed up too: The PBJ comes with red-plum marmalade and sliced bananas, and the grilled cheese marries Gouda, mozzarella, and Granny Smith apple. For breakfast, even the French toast gets an upgrade with sweet Hawaiian bread. 307 S. Magnolia, 361-729-5503

2. Kate Jones

A case of the gimmies may seize you upon entering this shabby-chic home-and-gift boutique. Gird yourself against frivolous purchases by … wait, are those silk Bella Notte pillowcases edged with lace? Hmm. You should probably stock up on a few jasmine-lime Fringe soaps for the powder room too. Speaking of entertaining, the cheery floral MacKenzie-Childs plates would spruce up your dinner party place settings. And go ahead and splurge on a leather Roqqua cocktail ring with a gumball-size stone. You are, after all, the hostess with the mostest. 1007A E. North, 361-729-3800,

3. Comforts of Home

It may be too nippy out to hunt for seashells, but you’ll find a jumble of other island-inspired adornments to embellish your landlocked home at this vibrant shop. Even if you’re not ready to commit to large statement pieces like David Marsh cabinets of many colors or a tall turquoise hutch from Indonesia, you can still go tropical with a pineapple-print shower curtain, emerald raffia throw pillows, puka-shell napkin rings, and Robin Renee Hix framed photographs of palm trees and surfboards. 103 S. Austin, 361-727-1471

4. Rowdy Maui

Pop quiz: Have you ever gone to the store just to buy tequila and hair spray? Would you mount a deer head on a

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