For over a century, this waterview resort—right across the street from 32 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline—has offered some of the finest accommodations, dining, and scenery in the area. Check in to one of the AAA 4-Diamond property's 224 recently redone rooms (each with nods to its historic roots, plus modern touches like iPod docks, high-def TVs, and free WiFi), then relax in the saline swimming pool (with swim-up bar), at the spa, or on the sandy shores. History buffs can download a free smartphone 25-minute audio tour of the property (and a 20-minute "ghost tour" version), or visit the on-site Hall of History to learn more about how this grande dame helped shape the island's tourism industry. Dine at the popular Galvez Bar & Grill, known for its fresh seafood, Texas flavors, and stellar brunch, or hop on the complimentary shuttle or on one of the free bikes to explore the Strand District, Pier 21, or other island spots. This is the place for a splurge on the Texas coast—just ask the generations of honeymooners who have toasted each other over sparkling Gulf views.