Starr County encompasses two main cities: Rio Grande City and Roma, both of which pride themselves in historical beginnings and South Texas hospitality. Following a meticulous and complete restoration program, the historic LaBorde House in Rio Grande City, Texas opened as a luxurious, full-service hotel in April 1982. Since the mid 1990s the Starr County Historical Foundation has maintained and managed this historic inn. After successfully obtaining extensive federal and private monies to complete the renovation process the organization has ensured that guest can experience the opulence and simplicity of a long-past period when riverboats trafficked on the Rio Grande River.
The Rio Grande Valley has long been recognized as a world-class birding destination. And now with the creation of the World Birding Center, Texas Parks & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, and 9 valley communities, plan to expand awareness about this ecological treasure along the state’s southern border. The World Birding Center is a network of nine sites dotted along 120 miles of river road from South Padre Island west to Roma, with habitats ranging from dry chaparral brush and verdant riverside thickets to freshwater marshes and coastal wetlands.
A stop at the LaBorde House and the World Birding Center can easily be included as part of a vacation trip to the South Texas Valley and Padre Island National Seashore. The Falcon Lake recreation area is only a few miles away and is a great water sport spot which also provides excellent hunting and fishing locations.