The relaxing attitude of Grapevine is well reflected in the sculpture in front of Winewood. Photos by Larry Shiflet.

This north Texas town is bursting at its seams with history, charm and an air of understated sophistication. Dating back to 1844, Grapevine started as a settlement under the Lone Star flag of the Republic of Texas. Today it is a cultural hub home to nearly 50,000 people. As a long-time Texan I, was pleasantly surprised by all that Grapevine had to offer and our stay couldn’t have been more enjoyable. We shopped our way down the picturesque Main Street, attended the Opry, golfed at Cowboys Golf Club, took a step back in time on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and sipped on Texas wine at Cross Timbers Winery Tasting Room just to name a few. Our time in Grapevine was most certainly time well spent!


To see the much talked about Would-Be Train Robbers in Grapevine, you have to look up.
The ‘shootout’ at the tower in downtown is seen in this split photo.


Cowboys Golf Club
This course is unlike most courses we’ve seen as it is the only NFL-themed golf course. That’s right; this golf course was designed with the Dallas Cowboys in mind. Regardless of what team you root for, Cowboys Golf Club is a perfect fit for avid golfers, business travelers and corporate executives alike. To learn more, visit

Historic Downtown Grapevine
Main Street in Grapevine, found listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been well preserved. Quaint shops and charming eateries line the street with the Grapevine Vintage Railroad situated at the street’s end. Enjoy endless shopping and dining options as you wander up and down Main Street. Opt for wine tasting, admire fine art or grab a bite to eat. Your options are endless.

Listen to the live music while they wait to board the train.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad

The four coaches that make up the Grapevine Vintage Railroad date back to the 1920s and have all been fully restored. This working railroad offers a variety of trips. Travel to the Fort Worth Stockyards, ride the railroad to the Trinity River or enjoy an hour excursion on a Fun Train. During the spring and fall months when the weather cools down, visitors can enjoy a ride on one of two open-air coaches. To learn more, visit

VETRO Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
Nationally recognized artists at VETRO specialize in hand-blown and lamp-worked art glass. Here you’ll find everything from custom jewelry to large-scale lighting installations. Browse the gallery or stop by for one of their workshops.

Cross Timbers Winery Tasting Room
After you shop but before you drop, stop by Cross Timbers and unwind with a glass of their award-winning wine. The tasting room ranks among the top 10 oldest structures in Grapevine remaining today. Lounge on the patio, wander out to the barn or take it all in underneath the gazebo.

Renata Salon and Day Spa
After a long day on Main Street drop by Renata Salon and Day Spa for the ultimate in relaxation. Keeping in theme with historic downtown Grapevine, this spa is located in the historic Dorris House. The Dorris House was built in 1896 and is a Victorian style clapboard house now on the National Register of Historic Places. Services offered at the salon include facials, massages, hair, nail and skin care.

The friendly trainmaster welcomes passengers.

The Grapevine Opry
The talented cast at The Grapevine Opry will blow the roof off the building during their weekly performances. If you are looking for an exciting night on the town, the Opry is the place to be. This family-friendly entertainment is fun for all. For tickets, visit the


Main Street Bistro & Bakery
Influenced by traditional methods used in Europe, at Main Street Bistro & Bakery you’ll find handmade breads, pastries and more. Their delectable sandwiches, soups, salads and more won them the award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant by D Magazine.

Tolbert’s Restaurant
This Dallas institution has recently reopened in historic downtown Grapevine. Satisfy your senses at Tolbert’s while you chow down on a bowl of chili con carne and listen to live music at Grapevine’s premier live music venue.

Make your own flowers or other glass objects d’art at Vetro.
Today, you will find a varied collection of shops, from colorful boutiques to those filled with one-of-kind gifts or fine jewelry, as well as many antiques and Texas specialty stores.

Farina’s Winery & Café
Exposed brick walls and a rich wood interior add to the Old World charm at Farina’s. Choose from more than 100 personally selected wines from across the world as you pull a chair up to the antique bar, once belonging to the Manchester United soccer team. You will find this Grapevine gem located in the heart of the historic district.

Glass Wine Bar & Texas Café
Here you will find a variety of wines ranging from hard-to-find boutique wineries to vintages. If it isn’t wine you crave you can also find a range of beers and mixed drinks. Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m. and happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m.

Watch the chefs at Winewood as they cook over the wood-fire grill in the open kitchen or dine in one of their private rooms. At Winewood fresh ingredients combine to create an exploration of the senses. The smoked gouda mac n’ cheese is a must-try.

In recent years several wineries have opened in Grapevine, and the city has been very active in maintaining its historic downtown corridor.
Grapevine’s historic downtown district reflects much of the architectural style and beautiful design of earlier days.

To learn more or to start planning your trip today, visit

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