First things first today - a very big "happy birthday" to my husband, Derek today! He's the number one blog supporter and loves reading the comments (especially if he's involved in the post) so wish away below. Cheers & Beers to 30 years for my best friend!
We got back on Monday from a great long weekend in Dallas (see past trips to Dallas here). Each year we go (this is our third) we hit our favorite spots and try to do something new too.
We stayed at the Joule Hotel, right in downtown Dallas. It's a cute little boutique hotel and within walking to a lot. Dallas is usually one hour behind us and then if you add in the daylight savings factor - I was up by about 6am each day, which is unusual for me on a trip. However, I kind of liked the extra time to lounge, search on my iPad, watch college game day and even drag Derek to the gym. We also ate our weigh I'm pretty sure in chips/queso/quac/salsa - Texas is the best!
Grapevine, TX Wineries
We flew into Dallas with no problem on Friday morning; unfortunately we were greeted with rain but also warmer temperatures than we left at home. Today was one of our "new" this year activities - we dropped our stuff at the hotel and headed to a nearby, VERY darling, town - Grapevine. Main Street has multiple wineries, cute shops and delicious eats.
First up was Grapvine Springs Winery where we each got a flight of three wines for only $6! I went for all white - Chardonnay, Stock Yard Peach and Almond Sparkling (my favorite) and Derek went for all reds.
Next we walked just a little ways down the street to Messina Hof Winery. Here we just opted to do our favorites for each of us instead of the whole flight - Texas Sparkling Almond for me and Cabernet for Derek.
Our last stop was Sloan and Williams Winery where again, I did white and Derek did red - we love being able to sample just the ones we prefer.
There was a few that we didn't get too but we didn't want to miss our dinner reservation back in Dallas and that left us a little time to peek in some of the cute shops.
Nick & Sam's Steakhouse:
We decided to do some early celebrations for Derek's birthday on our first night at Nick & Sam's. The concierge recommended this to us our first year and we've gone back each time. Scallops for me, steak for Derek and delicious mac and cheese for a side made for a fantastic first dinner. Dallas was getting buckets of rain but luckily the vallets at the hotel got me to/from the car with umbrellas (so nice!) and there was an overhang at the restaurant.
George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum:
Saturday morning was spent lounging around the room and watching College Gameday since it was taking place here in Philadelphia! We also wanted to catch the start of the Penn State game and knew most places wouldn't have it on so after seeing them quickly get off to a strong 12-0 start, we headed down the street to our favorite mexican restaurant (Iron Cactus).
After our lazy morning and filling up on too much mexican, we took the short drive over to SMU's campus and paid a visit to the George W. Bush Library, another new this year stop for us. We had a great time touring around, looking at the displays and taking a seat in the Oval Office.
The rest of our trip tomorrow including an SMU football game, Top Golf, the Cowboys game and a little sightseeing around downtown.