Dallas, Texas is quite well known throughout the US, and perhaps even the world. Home of tv shows and what some may call “America’s football team”, Dallas is certainly in the limelight. But just minutes outside of Dallas is the small town of Grapevine, Texas. Grapevine is the perfect spot to escape the Dallas spotlight and plan a tasty getaway from the big city.
I attended a conference in Grapevine and received complimentary tastings, all thoughts and opinions are mine.
Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas
A fitting activity for a town named Grapevine, wine tasting is a must do for your Grapevine getaway.
To get a taste of Texas wine history along with a taste of wine, plan a stop into Messina Hof. The first piece of history is the building itself. The Messina Hof tasting room is housed in a replica of the old Wallis Hotel. The hotel had been torn down in the 1930s, but this replica is very well done and gives you a fun spot to sip wine and wander. There are rooms downstairs where you can sit and chat, or head upstairs to get a peek at some old artifacts from the Wallis Hotel.
Messina Hof is also considered one of the founding wineries of the Texas wine trade. Paul & Merrill Bonarrigo planted their first vineyard in 1977 and named it Messina Hof, after their family origins of Messina, Sicily and Hof, Germany. This made them the 4th winery in the state, and true pioneers of Texas wine. Messina Hof takes great pride in the fact that their wines are made with 100% Texas fruit. And, if you’re visiting during a hot day, their wine slushies are evidently a must have!
Imagine sipping some wine while you ride on a line. On a few specific dates of the year, Grapevine offers a wine train experience with either jazz music, or holiday music. While the view from the train isn’t much, at night it’s all about the music and wine. A great activity to enjoy one evening on your Grapevine getaway.
Grapevine is home to quite a few wonderful winery tasting rooms, so planning a wine tasting tour is a must. Pick your favorites and sip and savor!
Where to Eat in Grapevine Texas
Definitely plan on sampling some tasty food while on your Grapevine getaway. Here are the ones that stood out to me as must visit food spots.
Meat U Anywhere
A family-owned Texas BBQ joint that has great food and a fun atmosphere. It reminded me of some of my favorite BBQ joints in Kansas, small, tasty, and rolls of paper towels on the table, because BBQ should be messy!
A guacamole lover’s dream restaurant! Fresh tableside guacamole made to order, and wow, it’s good. Partnered with their homemade chips and fresh salsa, you’ll be well on your way to full even before the main course. They also feature an unbelievable offering of margaritas. Definitely the perfect spot to get a modern and fresh taste of Tex Mex.
Gaylord Texan Resort
With six signature dining experiences, the Gaylord Texan Resort is the perfect spot to eat and sleep on your Grapevine getaway. From a luxury steakhouse to a sports bar, you’re sure to find whatever kind of food you’re craving at the Gaylord. Check out my post about the Gaylord Texan Restaurants and Spa to see all they have to offer guests.
And when you’re ready for a sweet treat after all your delicious food and wine, make a stop into Dr. Sue’s Chocolate. Dr. Sue is a family practitioner who has created a chocolate line to share how chocolate can be good for you. So go ahead and indulge, the doctor says it’s ok!
Grapevine Craft Brewery
If you love trying local brews, and want a place to kick back and relax, head to the Grapevine Craft Brewery. While you won’t find food served there, you might find a local food truck nearby, or you’re invited to order pizza for delivery. They’ve got a great beer garden, a family-friendly atmosphere, and some great beers on tap. Perfect spot to unwind on your Grapevine getaway.
Now that your stomach is grumbling, and your tastebuds are watering, it’s time to plan a trip. Escape the big city lights of Dallas and taste away on a Grapevine getaway.
If you’re planning to fly into Texas for your Grapevine getaway, remember that Dallas Love Field is Southwest Airline‘s hub of operation. Southwest offers great perks for it’s flyers, your bags will fly free and you can change your ticket with no fees!