• Ting Zheng

A Day in Grapevine, TX

It's my last week on mat leave and then I'm back at work, and Kaylee will be in daycare. I'm definitely nervous about the transition for both of us, but I'm also excited to start jumping back into a routine again even though it'll be a new one.

As a last hoorah, I've been trying to keep my last week busy (if weather permits!) So, I invited my mom out to explore a new nearby city that's between the both of us. We have always passed through Grapevine, but never really stop to see what's going on. One of my favorite things to do is actually discover new places through Google Maps app. I've become somewhat of an avid user and bookmark lots of places, parks, restaurants and categorize them like crazy. So, with Grapevine I simply started browsing around on the map and came up with an itinerary that ended up being a great day.

Here's how it went:

1. Kicked off the day by picking up breakfast at Eatzi's. They have a great spread of hot off the grill food. We picked up a customized omelet, a burrito, and a cup of oatmeal. They also have a great coffee menu where we got our caffeine needs.

2. Headed to the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park to have a picnic. My mom absolutely loves flowers and plants. She was so surprised to see this little beautiful oasis. We found a park bench we liked and settled down with all our food. It was right across from a small pond and lush plant vegetation. We simply caught up and took in the calmness of the scenery. Of course, we did have to walk through the entire park to take in every inch of it where my mom decided to take a photo of every flower we walked by.

3. Next up, I found a little farm that was right across the street from the Botanical Garden. It's called Nash Farm. This is one of Grapevine's historical landmarks and basically provides education to how this farm worked back in its prime. It consisted of the main farmhouse, with several other parts that you can walk through like the barn, places where they keep animals like chickens, turkeys, and sheep, plus fields for harvests. In my opinion, this would be another good place to visit with a friend and have a cup of coffee with a change in view. It's free to walk around the entire property.

4. Then, we headed out to Downtown Historic Grapevine. We parked near the Vintage Railroad which has a train that actually runs down the Cotton Belt, but we'll save that for another time. You can walk down this downtown street visiting dozens of boutiques and wineries. There's also a nice spot to pick up some gelato on a hot day. Interspersed in between these shops are more historic landmarks.

5. Finally, we ended our day with a nice refreshing glass of wine. I originally wanted to go to the Cross Timbers Winery, but unfortunately, it was closed at the time. So, on the fly, I found another winery that was in Coppell at a place called The Sound. Now, we didn't really know what we were getting into, but The Sound is a relatively new area that has about 5-6 restaurants right on the edge of a lake. It's not that pretty since it's just now developing, but it definitely will be in the near future. We got our glass of Riesling wine at the Landon Winery and sat on their outdoor patio. The Sound does seem to host live music concerts on their property, so it'll be on my list to come back to enjoy.

We started our day around 8:30 am and made it back home by 4. Although it didn't seem like a fully packed schedule, it did keep us busy. Plus, Kaylee who's now 3 months old enjoyed the entire trip so you could say this is baby approved!

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