A New Tradition on the Texas Coast

On the outskirts of Port Aransas, there’s a new kind of beachside destination waiting to be discovered.

Bringing New Urbanism to the Texas Coast for the first time when it debuted in 2006, the 10-year-old resort community of Cinnamon Shore offers the hallmarks of this kind of nostalgic development: Paver sidewalks that wind along broad streets. Charming residences that have porch appeal. A respected bistro that invites conversations over drinks. Pocket parks and shared green spaces, such as the Great Law, that invite mingling and toss-the-ball fun.

Backing it all, the murmuring Gulf shushes onto the wide beach, where Cinnamon Shore’s orange-and-white striped umbrellas flutter. Though it’s part of the gritty fishing town of Port Aransas, known as Port A, Cinnamon Shore has a sophisticated, yet small town, friendly feel, and it oozes with the charms of classic Americana.

The Secret’s Out

Over the past 10 years, Cinnamon Shore has matured into a complete community with 200-plus homes, townhomes and condos. It has charmed vacationers and second home owners from Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and ranchland in between who feel they’ve discovered a secret.

Maybe they happened upon Cinnamon Shore by chance. Maybe a friend told them about it. Either way, they realized they don’t have to drive or fly over to Florida to find the kind of upscale vacation experience that the Sunshine State is known for. Instead, they can stay in the Lone Star State and enjoy a 5-star stay like the ones they’ve had at resort communities such as Rosemary Beach and Seaside on the Florida Panhandle’s iconic Scenic Highway 30-A.

Cinnamon Shore is right in their backyard.

Master-planned and Masterful

Cinnamon Shore was first imagined by Atlanta developer Jeff Lamkin, who stood on a vacant slate of Texas sand and imagined the possibilities. Familiar with how 30-A has grown over the decades, he envisioned the same kind of upscale beach town developing right alongside the classic Port Aransas landmarks. He reached out to New Urbanism architect and land planner Mark Schnell, who lives on 30-A and adheres to the New Urbanism school.

“I wanted Cinnamon Shore to feature as many of the elements of a great small town as possible in a 60-acre site,” Schnell says.

He created a strict design code that gives Cinnamon Shore continuity but allows homebuyers to customize their homes. That decision helps the community feel as though it developed over time, but with enough common design elements to give it a true sense of place.

See for Yourself

A breezy, seaside village nestled into protective dunes, the community beckons seekers of relaxation, romance, and family fun. Cinnamon Shore is adding a new Town Center building in Spring 2017 that will house a pizzeria, a fresh market, and an interior design business – contributing to the community’s mixed-used, small-town vibe.

When you visit, you can enjoy:

  • Upscale rentals. Join a clientele who appreciates well-appointed, nautically-inspired interiors of our multi-generational rental homes and condos.
  • Scenic pools. Experience the vast Dune Pool, which offers plenty of room for sunbathing and swimming and seasonal bar service. Walk a few streets over to lounge beside exquisite Kiera’s Pool, which has an infinity edge that appears to drop into a coastal lake. It’s a serene setting backed by another eatery that offers cocktails and light fare.
  • Fine Dining. Finish the day with seafood or steak and drinks at Lisabella’s Bistro & Bar, the community’s signature, chef-run restaurant.
  • Amenities. Take advantage of concierge services, comparable to those at beach resorts nationwide. They include in-home spa services and chef-prepared meals in your own kitchen, if requested. Specialists can help plan boating and fishing excursions for your group.
  • Equipment rentals. Get your own golf cart to buzz around the community or over boardwalks onto the beach. Rent umbrellas and lounge chairs, fishing gear, and bikes for family-friendly fun.
  • Activities. Check the community calendar for s’more night, outdoor movie night in the Town Center, and surf and sandcastle-building lessons. Sign up for morning yoga on the beach.

When you get ready to explore Mustang Island, drive into downtown Port A for shopping, dining, or fun at the marina. Perhaps you’ll want to take the ferry across the channel to Aransas Pass and drive a few miles to Rockport, to explore the artsy town’s shops and galleries. But you’ll look forward to returning to Cinnamon Shore — a beach town that feels a lot like home.

For Rentals, call 866.639.9919. For Realty, call 866.326-3194