Established in 1894, this is the seat of Matagorda County. The county has been a ranching and agricultural center. Vacation homes, bed-and-breakfasts and hotels provide cozy accommodations. Enjoy beach and river activities, shop the historic downtown district or relax in one of the beautiful parks with a picnic. Play a round on the 18-hole, Gary Player-designed Rio Colorado Golf Course (979/244-2955. www.riocoloradogolfcourse.com). Goose and duck hunting are seasonal attractions. www.visitbaycity.org.