A massive cotton gin and the train (which still whips through town) made Calvert residents wealthy enough to build an opera house, as well as dozens of Victorian homes, in the late 1800s. Now it’s a budding artists community with good bones for a charming romantic getaway. Cocoamoda is a first-class chocolate boutique on Main Street owned by Chocolatier Ken Wilkinson, who comes to Calvert from the UK by way of Houston
. He uses “only the best” ingredients in his artful truffles, which might feature saffron, chestnuts and candied orange, among other choice flavors. He also serves a candle-lit dinner on Friday and Saturday nights; be sure to make reservations. You can bed down at the Pin Oak Bed & Breakfast a 1909 mansion with five rooms, some of which have private balconies overlooking the property’s graceful live oaks.