We just returned from a wonderful weekend in historic Grapevine, Texas! Probably best known for its wineries and many festivals, Grapevine is situated right in the middle of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
My husband and I were both blown away by the city of Grapevine. Not only is the location hard to beat, but Grapevine itself has a quaint, small town feel. Everything we saw was landscaped and manicured to perfection, and it’s one of the prettiest Texas towns I’ve seen.
We were impressed by the sheer number and variety of family activities and attractions available, as it was impossible to fit everything into one weekend. Unlike other cities, you can drive from attraction to attraction in a matter of minutes. That proximity is a huge selling point for a fun and relaxing visit to Grapevine.
Historic Downtown has something for everyone, from shopping to dining to entertainment. We also drove through some of the most charming neighborhoods. I would highly recommend Grapevine as an outstanding location for a conference or convention! The signs displayed around town are so convenient and contribute to the warm, welcoming, small-town feel.
My husband, daughter, and I spent two nights at the brand new Courtyard Marriott Dallas DFW Airport Grapevine. Tucked away amidst a wooded landscape, you’d never know you were in such close proximity to the big cities!
With a bold and modern lobby and unique lighting, the Courtyard exhibits great attention to detail–and it still smells new! The property is also home to TownePlace Suites, and the two properties share a conference center and a pool. To top it off, you can get Starbucks coffee downstairs in the lobby! Our room was extremely comfortable and clean, from the white comforters to the complimentary Paul Mitchell toiletries. The room also featured a mini-fridge, microwave, and convenient reading lights.
As its name suggests, the Courtyard also features a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a fire pit and comfortable lounge furniture. It’s a great place to unwind and watch the planes flying in overhead!
On Saturday, we attended the 13th annual Spring Into Nash at Grapevine’s Nash Farm. What a fun event! Our daughter took her first pony ride, learned about the garden, and enjoyed the petting zoo. Other activities included blacksmithing, woodworking, and leather embossing. Admission to the event was free, and the activities themselves were very affordable. The farm was very well maintained and the big shade trees were the icing on the cake. Spring Into Nash was very well-organized, and everyone working the event was so friendly!
Grapevine Lake is one of the natural local attractions, and we stopped by Rockledge Park for a better view. It’s a great place for a picnic or a barbecue, as it costs only $5 per car per day. We saw sailboats, fishermen, and windsurfers out on the lake, and the Gaylord Texan was visible on the other side of the lake. The park also has a playground, swimming beaches, grills, hiking trails, restroom facilities, and a small store, providing plenty of amenities for a comfortable day!
We enjoyed a delicious dinner at the award-winning Palio’s Pizza Cafe, with scrumptious salads, pizzas, and desserts. The cheesecake and cannoli did not disappoint!Among other high-quality attractions are the famous Grapevine Mills mall, which is also home to the SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center and lots of shopping, dining, and fun for the family. Bass Pro Shop’s Outdoor World is also nearby.
On Sunday, we spent the better part of the day aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad in a first-class air-conditioned Victorian coach. While the GVR offers a variety of train trips, we were headed along the historic Cotton Belt Route to the Fort Worth Stock Yards. The train traveled through wooded areas and lovely neighborhoods, and it was a leisurely trip. There are also open-air cars as well as a snack bar onboard with very reasonable prices. The conductors spend lots of time traveling through the cabins and engaging with the passengers. Bob the conductor entertained us with trivia questions, and our little one enjoyed a bag of popcorn and the scenery. We’ll definitely return for one of their other train trips!
At the Fort Worth Stock Yards, you can find dining, shopping… and cattle drives! The tree-lined streets were nice and shady, and the cowboys would ride up and down the streets allowing people to pet their horses. The Stock Yards have done a great job of preserving an important part of Texas history.
Despite all of the fun that we had, we weren’t able to cram it all into one weekend, so we look forward to returning to Grapevine again for another weekend getaway very soon!
Thank you to the Grapevine CVB, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, and NewcrestImage and Courtyard Marriott for hosting us for a wonderful weekend in beautiful Grapevine, Texas!