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Old 09-07-2005, 09:56 AM   #1
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Talking Visiting Grapevine, TX all next week. First time in Texas. Help!

Greetings from Mid-Atlantic

My company is sending me to Grapevine, TX for a conference. We'll be staying at the Gaylord Texan resort all week. Anyone ever stayed here?

I've never been to Texas before.

Are there any must-see or must-do stuff for the average Texas tourist? Grapevine is in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Hopefully, I'll be able to rent a car for a day or two, because there looks to be not much to do in Grapevine. All I could find is the Grapevine Mills mall. (we have one of those "Mills" malls here too).

Any recommended places to eat? pubs?

I know this is sort of a crosspost from an old OT thread, but I figure TXIC may have more input.
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:58 AM   #2
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Lots of good pubs in Dallas. Try the Old Monk and the Gingerman. Lot's off good beer to choose from.
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:07 AM   #3
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You gotta specify what kind of food you want. If you want steak, there's Bob's steak and chop house, Nick and Sam's, 3 forks. If you want a churrascaria(sp?), there's Fogo de Chao, Boi na Braza(really close to where you'll be staying). If you want Mexican, you can go to just about any hole in the wall place and get a mean margarita. Heck, half the restaurants at the Gaylord are decent. The Gaylord is a darn nice place. You'll like staying there.

The Gingerman is the bomb for variety of beers. I'd suggest a Czech Vas(darn smooth). That's more towards uptown Dallas.

Grapevine Mills Mall is pretty big too(as most Mills malls are). It's right around the corner too.

The Subie scene is ok too. Tuesday night dinners in Lewisville(about 20 minutes from where you'll be), Thursday night dinners in Fort Worth(about 30 minutes), and Friday night Arlington meets(about 30 minutes). We post up threads about these meets on a regular basis, so feel free to stop by and chill with some of the local thugs.



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Old 09-07-2005, 10:21 AM   #4
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I used to live in Grapevine and I love it there. My wife and I just moved from there to Keller (20min west of G-vine) just over a year ago. We would have stayed but prices for homes were out of our budget. We hope to move back soon.

If you are into small towns then you should check out Main Street in Grapevine. They have some small pubs/eateries and some historic shops and buildings. They also have great restaurants like PF Chang's, Macaroni Grill, Salt Grass, and premium steakhouses like The Silver Fox and Kirby's. They pretty much have any restaurant you want.

Gaylord, from what I hear, is pretty big so you could probably spend 1/2 day just looking around and eating there. Grapevine Mills is 10min away and Tinstletown Movie Theaters is 10min away as well. Grapevine is also centally located in between Dallas and Ft. Worth so you can get there within 30min.

I think you will find that there is a lot to do in Grapevine. It's a family oriented town but also a lot of fun. If you have any questions, or would like to hang with a TXIC member, shoot me a PM and we can talk some more. Like Mika mentioned, we have meets going on throughout the week so you can hang with us!

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Old 09-07-2005, 10:43 AM   #5
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main street grapevine is pretty cool. like i said in OT, there are some decent small bars and a really good cigar shop. and it's not too far a stumble from the gaylord. there are quite a few restaurants in the grapevine area, and it shouldn't take too terribly long to get to dallas from there (i've never made that commute, though).
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Old 09-07-2005, 11:33 AM   #6
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The commute to Dallas is easy on the weekend. It's a little bit harder during the week.
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Old 09-07-2005, 12:16 PM   #7
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Grapevine is pretty much right in the center. You can get to Sundance Square in Ft. Worth if you are looking for a laid back vide (8.0 or the Poor House) or you can head to downtown D for the West End stuff if you want to go tourist or Deep Ellum right down the street for live music of all types. You also have Lower Greenville for the "Frat Boy" and Pub stuff. Shouldn't be more then 30 minutes in a car going either direction at night time.
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Old 09-07-2005, 12:33 PM   #8
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Come out to a meet, see how us thugz roll
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Old 09-07-2005, 01:42 PM   #9
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There are supposed to be a couple of good wineries in Grapevine (hence the name of the town). Never been to any of them here but might be worth checking out if you're interested. I did the winery thing in Napa Valley last time I visited the family and it was alot of fun.
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Old 09-07-2005, 03:07 PM   #10
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Check out Dave and Busters in Dallas if you don't have one near you, also, The Flying Saucer has about 300 differnt beers in Addison, the West End in Downtown Dallas is worth a look, as well as Kimball Art Museum and Zoo in Fort Worth.
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Old 09-07-2005, 03:47 PM   #11
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there is also a flying saucer in downtown ft. worth in the sun dance square area which is very nice
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Old 09-07-2005, 06:51 PM   #12
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When u stay at the Gaylord Texan ask for Dustin he drives a 05 silver sti tell him
Blair Stevens sent you he can take care of you...
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When u stay at the Gaylord Texan ask for Dustin he drives a 05 silver sti tell him
Blair Stevens sent you he can take care of you...
I may have to take a trip to t3h Gaylord....

There is a nice winery off of 121 and Glade on the service road. I think they have wine tasting classes going on during the weekend.
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Friday through Sunday is Grapefest in Grapevine. very cool. Sat is Italian car fest in Grapevine. The hotel is part of it and can give you directions. There will be lots of cool cars there.

I will be at a f-in wedding out of town!
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Old 09-07-2005, 11:28 PM   #15
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Grapefest is really cool. When I lived in G-Vine, I could walk there and back since my apt was so close to Main St. I went to the Carfest last year and the cars were amazing. It was also freaking hot/humid. I stayed long enough to snap a few pics and I was out.



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Got to love that Pantera pic!
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Old 09-08-2005, 01:17 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone for the advice and warm welcome . Looks like I'll be arriving at the end of the italian car show (Sunday night). If I knew about this when booking the flight, I would have stayed an extra day for the show. Hopefully I'll catch a few folks leaving and snap some pictures

finnRex. For food, I'm looking at mainly America, with some tex-mex. A good chinese buffet perhaps as well. I bet Texas has some really good steakhouses.

good idea on the weekly meets. Perhaps I'll rent a car for Wednesday through Friday if possible.

we have DnB in Rockville, MD, but I might check out yours as well

Flying Saucers? for real?

bstevens22, in what part of the Gaylord does your friend work? I'd be happy to stop by to say hi, but I'm assuming the place employs probably 500+ employees due to the apparent monstrous size of the resort.

One place I absolutely plan to visit is Tia's tex-mex restaurant. Although we have a couple in MD, I want to see if the mid-west flavor is better . It looks like you have one very close to the resort.

I wonder if there are any mid-week rodeos?
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Old 09-08-2005, 01:42 AM   #18
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yes, the gaylord is nice, ive stayed their twice, and despite the recent mix up, ill stay there again, the place is huge, and theres plenty of accomodations there, including an indoor pool, great service, and a 24 hr coffee shop with good food
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Got to love that Pantera pic!


Knew you'd get a kick out of that one!

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The Tia's is 10min away from the Gaylord. You should also check out Mecardo-Juarez (sp) for some great Mexican cusine.
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The car fest is Sat only. In downtown Grapevine there is a Mexican and Italian restaurant a block off main that are right next to each other (hotel will know the names) both are real good local joints. Also on the South end of main (still downtown) is Willhoits (sp) a family friendly "biker bar" OK food and cool drinks. Those are all local and the hotel shuttle should take you there.

I am out of town next week or would pick you up for the Tuesday night meet.
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The car fest is Sat only. In downtown Grapevine there is a Mexican and Italian restaurant a block off main that are right next to each other (hotel will know the names) both are real good local joints. Also on the South end of main (still downtown) is Willhoits (sp) a family friendly "biker bar" OK food and cool drinks. Those are all local and the hotel shuttle should take you there.
I am out of town next week or would pick you up for the Tuesday night meet.
The Italian place is Ravioli's. It's actually based in a renovated house. Great food. The price is kinda high but worth it. The Mexican place, also in a house, is Esparza's. That's great too. Good price as well.

Willhoites is definitely a biker hangout! It's a mix of weekend-wannabe bikers and the real hardcore dudes. I lived/worked/went to school in Grapevine for over 10 years and I have never been there. I never play the race card but I haven't seen a non-white person walk in there even to this day (I'm Asian BTW). It could just be that I have never been around to witness it but I've been hanging around there for a while now. I hear that the food is good though.
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At this GrapeFest thing, is wine tasting included in the $6 admission price? The website for it mentions a $15 "People's Choice" tasting. Is this a special thing above and beyond the regular tastings or something?
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Willhoites is definitely a biker hangout! It's a mix of weekend-wannabe bikers and the real hardcore dudes. I lived/worked/went to school in Grapevine for over 10 years and I have never been there. I never play the race card but I haven't seen a non-white person walk in there even to this day (I'm Asian BTW). It could just be that I have never been around to witness it but I've been hanging around there for a while now. I hear that the food is good though.[/quote]


I don't hang a Willhoites all that often but have never witnessed any true 1% bikers in the place. I have witnessed all races getting very drunk without an issue except who was going to drive back to my house.

I went with a very divers crowd one night an did not have a problem.

It is mostly weekend-wannabes in new leathers!


Sounds like a start to a great joke. John Holmes walks into Willhoites with an African and three Brazilians and???????
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Hahahaha....

I knew that it wasn't a "white's only" place. I guess I just need to go check it out sometime. I've seen some pretty rough dudes hanging there though. You can tell because their bikes are dirtier and so are they. The weekenders have that super clean, off the lot, look to them. And yes their leathers are spotless.

Athakur999:

You pay $6 to get in (Gen. Admission) and then pay the $15 for the wine tasting. The wine tasting is seperate from the festival revenue wise.
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Ah, okay, thanks for the clarification. It looks like there are free shuttles though to various wineries in the area. Maybe you can score some free hooch there instead?
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