In between Dallas and Fort Worth (and right by DFW Airport) is the great town of Grapevine. This quaint town is known for its historic downtown district. Maintaining the original architecture, it is a wonderful collection of retail, art, restaurants and wine tasting. Anchored on one end of Main Street is the Gaylord Texan Resort, a spectacular hotel with a center atrium and numerous amenities. As a bonus, it is located close to Lake Grapevine…a popular destination during the water sport months in Texas.
True to its name, Grapevine is home to several local wineries. So, it is only natural that the largest wine festival in the southwest is held here. Grapefest, in its 31st year, is a family friendly event that celebrates wines of Texas and some from New York and Canada. Also featured are golf, tennis, carnival rides, live entertainment and enough retail vendors to put a definite dent in your monthly budget. You can also channel Lucy Ricardo and participate in the grape stomp! This festival grows yearly in popularity and attendance.
As you may have noticed, we are self-admitted victims of the grape. We braved the unseasonably hot Texas weather and went to see what all the fuss was about. We will definitely be returning! So, if you live in the DFW area or want to visit, check out this annual event.
Here, we are enjoying the 4 wine flight at the Sloan & Williams Winery Tasting Room. This was a great chance to combine two of our favorite things…wine and air conditioning.
We loved sampling wines from the Finger Lakes region of New York at the Liberty Park Wine Experience presented by the Gaylord Texan Resort. Of course, we had to purchase the souvenir glass!
Grapefest was worth braving the heat and we hope to make this an annual event. However, Grapevine is worth the trip any day of the year. We plan to return later this year to visit Ice! at the Gaylord Texan, a walk through attraction (kept at 9 degrees) featuring holiday ice sculptures. So…make the time to have fun and experience new things when you can. Some may be better than others, but when you do it with a sister or friend, it’s never wasted time!