Grapevine, Texas is a small town tucked between Dallas and Fort Worth. This town is home to a budding art scene, an abundance of wineries, five star dining and Texas chili parlors. Did I mention it is family friendly as well? You never have to leave Grapevine to find something to do, be it a weekend with girlfriends or a family getaway. Learn why Grapevine is the perfect small town to visit.
Spend a Long Weekend in Grapevine,Texas
I have had the pleasure of visiting the town of Grapevine, Texas twice and I fell in love during each visit. Having never visited Texas, I wasn’t sure what to expect. To me, Texas is oil fields and big hats. But I was so wrong! Grapevine is a very modern town with a historic Main Street district. Named the premier leisure destination in North Texas, there are plenty of reasons to visit. Here are some of mine, but I’m sure you’ll uncover your own!
Grapevine is situated just minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International airport. You can even take a shuttle to spend the day in Grapevine if you have a long layover. Why sit in a crowded airport all day? Go out and enjoy your time in Texas! If you’re staying in the area, you can also take the shuttle around town from your hotel. Check with your hotel concierge on times and cost.
Grapevine, Texas: Five Reasons to Visit
Urban Wine Trail
Grab your portable wine supplies and enjoy a Wine Weekend! Grapevine is home to the premier Urban Wine Trail in Texas. It also hosts the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest, held annually in September. Did you know Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the U.S.?
Offering 10 wineries along the Urban Wine Trail, Grapevine makes for the perfect getaway weekend. From strong and bold Texas red wines to crisp and clean Texas whites, you’ll find a variety of favorite taste sensations. Book an evening on the Grapevine Wine Tour and be chauffeured around to various wineries. Then end your tour with a three course meal. My favorite wines are at Messina Hoff winery, especially the Pinot Grigio.
Traveling Mom Tip: Pack snacks for the wine tour. You’ll have at least 12 tastings, maybe more, depending on where you visit. The wines are strong and will get you in a hurry.
Art and Theater
From live dinner theater to art studios, this town is full of culture. The public art trail is one of my favorite places and runs along all of Main Street in Downtown Grapevine. Here you can spot bronze sculptures depicting figures from the past and the history of Grapevine. My last visit was full of great art activities from a painting class to making my own Christmas Ornament at VETRO Glassblowing. During the holiday season, even the kids can partake in a low key glass blowing class.
The Palace Theater on Main Street is still in its 1940’s facade, playing classic films. Live theater performances are also held here. I wished I was visiting when they were playing “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It seems so fitting to see that timeless movie in a classic theater.
Traveling Mom Tip: Wear comfortable shoes. The town is very walkable and offers lots to explore.
If you plan to visit, pack a pair of comfortable pants. Then you’ll be ready to take advantage of all the dining offered in Grapevine. From a French bistro to an original Texas chili parlor, you can find tastes for all types.
My favorite breakfast spot is the Riverwalk Cantina in the Gaylord Texan Resort. They have smoked gouda grits. Need I say more?
Main Street Bistro & Bakery is perfect for grab and go pastries or a sit down meal. Did I mention the owner is French? Fabian Goury prides himself on fresh breads and pastries that are made in-house. The almond croissant paired with a cup of cappuccino is perfection on a cool winter morning.
While I was visiting the weather was mild and many were enjoying their breakfast al fresco in the historic Grapevine Main Street District. Be sure to save room for the CROI-DOUGH-NUT Brûlé, a decadent croissant dough filled with crème brûlée and topped with caramel and chocolate drizzle. There are no rules that you can’t mix dessert and breakfast.
Tolbert’s Restaurant is the original Texas Chili Parlor. Opening its doors in 1976, the original “Bowl of Red” is as authentic as it gets when it comes to Texas cuisine. What really caught my attention was a particularly funny item on the appetizer menu: Donkey Tails. Just your basic all beef hot dog, rolled in cheese and then a tortilla and flash fried. It is every bit as amazing as it sounds. This no frills restaurant will take you back to another time in Texas.
These are a few of my favorite spots to dine in Grapevine; however, there is no shortage of choices with over 200 restaurants.
Grapevine is home to the first Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park resort. You can spend an entire weekend splashing in the water park or playing in the arcade. Offering family suites, there is ample room to spread out and enjoy your time. When you aren’t playing at the Lodge, you can take a shuttle from the resort to Grapevine Mills to explore the Lego Discovery Center and SEALIFE Aquarium. Grab lunch or dinner at the interactive Rainforest Cafe and see gorillas come to life!
I found a myriad of activities to discover and explore in Grapevine, Texas. If you are planning a weekend away be it with your girlfriends or the family, think about a visit to this Texas town.