Hello from the sunny side of the Cloud! It’s an Indian Summer here and the day is warm and relaxing.
In October 1843, General Sam Houston (the eponymous hero that gave his name to the city in South Texas) camped at Grape Vine Springs to meet with the chiefs of ten American Indian nations. They forged a treaty to open up the region for settlement. The area had a profusion of wild grapes which was characteristic of the region. On 12 January 1914, the US Post Office decided to change the name from Grape Vine Springs to Grapevine – thus making the town a single word that was easier to address on letters.
Can you tell they love Christmas!
Here’s a pro-tip: If you happen to be around Grapevine during the holidays, be sure to take in the decorations and sights of Main Street. Grapevine prides itself on being the “Christmas Capital of Texas” and pulls out all of the stops when it comes to decorating the city.
Take a ride in a 1920’s Victorian Coach Carriage
Here’s another pro-tip: A short drive from downtown Grapevine is the Bass Pro Shops store. Visit Bass Pro for all sorts of outdoor sports gear. There are lots of activities and demonstrations of the equipment throughout the store. I can’t go to Grapevine without spending several hours in this cool place!
Real Cowboys! Grab your Stetsons
Grapevine has a world-class convention centre named The Gaylord Texas Hotel. The Gaylord offers hundreds of hotel rooms, all sorts of restaurants, sport bars, cocktail bars and even a nightclub all within a beautifully presented indoor garden themed on Texas. Right across the road from the Gaylord is the Great Wolf Lodge, a similar concept hotel and waterpark aimed at families. These facilities are much more than hotels. They are destination venues in their own right.
There are many other hotels around the area because Grapevine is very conveniently located right next to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. These hotels range from the budget brands to the Grand Hyatt. DFW Airport is built on part of Grapevine’s land so when you land, you are practically already in Grapevine. This means that it is a very short ride from the airport terminal to your hotel. Ride-sharing services are widely available as are taxis.
Cattle Country means Steak time on the menu
My favourite is Bob’s Steak and Chop House – it offers the finest of meats prepared exactly the way you like it. There are a myriad of other food options though from Asian and Sushi to Cajun, French and endless fast food options. You won’t go hungry in Grapevine!
Here’s a final pro-tip: Stay in Grapevine when you have business in either Dallas, Fort Worth or both cities. Grapevine is very centrally located for the larger cities and it has the small-town friendly feel that is lacking in the bigger metropolises. You can still visit the cultural, sports and entertainment venues of the big cities while enjoying a more relaxing small-town atmosphere.
Check out Grapevine whenever you are in the region. You won’t be disappointed by this vibrant and exciting community!