Destination #Grapevine #Texas: A Small Vintage Town that’s Big on Charm! What to see, do and eat https://www.surfandsunshine.com/things-to-do-in-grapevine-texas/ #travel
Grapevine, TX is located between Dallas and Ft. Worth and is a small, vintage town that’s BIG on charm and activities. The average temperatures in Grapevine run around 95° during the summer, 50° during the winter, and 65° in the spring and fall. Between its ideal location, just a few miles from the DFW airport, outside of the hustle and bustle of Dallas and the wide variety of attractions and seasonal festivals, this little town offers something for everyone. Grapevine has been dubbed “the Christmas capital of Texas” for its huge celebration with over 1400 events over 40 days during the Christmas season.
Where should you stay?
We stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge for two nights, Sunday and Monday and it was perfect for a family trip! But there are lots of other places to stay. We took a quick drive through the Gaylord Texan Resort which was just across the street from Great Wolf. There’s not a whole lot to see from the outside except that it’s huge and sits right on beautiful Lake Grapevine. But apparently it has a 25,000 square foot spa, six retail shops and a 10-acre resort pool and lazy river. Can you say girls weekend?
Photo courtesy of Garden Manor
What is there to see and do?
The answer to this question depends on whether you’re visiting as a family, with your spouse/significant other or just a group of friends. There are numerous activities for everyone.
Photo Courtesy of Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Families can take the kids to play at LEGOLAND Discovery Center where there are more than two million LEGO bricks, see and explore over 5,000 creatures at Grapevine Sea Life Aquarium, go for a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad to the Stockyards or visit Nash Farm and check out one of their special events. Grapevine Vintage Railroad travels the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards, 21 mile route. The train is pulled by two locomotives ,”Puffy” (1896), the oldest continuously operating steam engine in the South and a vintage diesel locomotive (1953). The Railroad has several special events including A Day Out With Thomas and North Pole Express with a visit from Santa!
Delaney Winery Photo taken by Brittany Ryan
Now for the adults the options are endless: wineries, Grapevine Opry, Nightlife, shopping on Main St. or at the Grapevine Mills Mall. Golfers can tee it up at the Bear Creek Golf Course named one of the “10 Great Places to Play Golf” by the Wall Street Journal or play a round at the Cowboys Golf Club, the world’s first NFL themed course. If you love the water you can take a sailboat tour, rent a party boat, or go fishing in Lake Grapevine. There are several winery tasting rooms throughout Grapevine: Cross Timbers Winery, Delaney Vineyards & Winery, D’Vine Wine of Grapevine, La Bodega Winery the world’s first and only winery in an airport, La Buena Vida Vineyard and more.
Where should you eat?
During our short visit to Grapevine we ate at a couple of major chains and a few local spots.
Tolbert’s Chili by Cam Jackson
We had some amazing pizza delivered to our hotel from Palio’s Pizza. (I love pizza, but everyone said how good this pizza was) And we enjoyed a nice breakfast at Old West Cafe, the pancakes are as my husband said the size of hubcaps. We wanted to try some BBQ from Bartley’s BBQ as it came highly recommended but they’re not open on Sunday or Monday. Tolbert’s is famous for their chili, Esparza’s for their margaritas and Dino’s Steak and Clawhouse for steak, seafood and fine dining.
The Grapevine Wine Trail has events several times a year that include entertainment, food tastings, and giveaways. But if you’re not visiting during one of their events you can always take a Grapevine Wine Tour, with daily lunch and dinner tours offered. Grapefest, an annual event in September, is the largest wine festival in the Southwest and offers fun for the whole family.
Grapevine Christmas Photo Courtesy of CVB