A patio extends from Bluff Dale Vineyards's tasting room, presenting an expansive view of the sun-drenched grapevines and sloping foothills that D Magazine called "impressive." This swath of land grows the succulent grapes used to make the winery's fruit-forward selection of silken reds and aromatic whites. In addition to an oak-aged cabernet sauvignon, crisp chardonnay, and sweet muscat, the tasting room features a Texas cream sherry that is blended with the traditional—and time-intensive—solera system instead of with an industrial-sized cocktail shaker.
Owners David and Theresa Hayes also host live bands at their winery from time to time, inviting visitors to attend for free, bring a picnic, and tap their toes to the melodies of such groups as the Double J-R Band or the jazzy Pearl Street 4.
The course at Canyon West Golf Club pays homage to Texas’s frontier days through vintage accoutrements and an Old West vibe. Golfers set off on an anachronistic excursion as they herd golf balls over 419 Bermuda fairways and Champion greens carpeting the foothills of Parker County. During searches for runaway balls, they may happen upon one of the 21 Western scenes strewn about the course, complete with rustic wagons and tack. Though lakes and plenty of bunkers also lie about the course ready to snag errant shots, the terrain was designed to help golfers keep the ball in play rather than allowing it to roll out of bounds or hitch a ride on a passing tumbleweed. The terrain’s natural undulations hoist golfers up for panoramic views from eight elevated tee boxes, where they can see four counties stretching out toward the horizon.
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Thousands of years before yoga became a fitness craze, healers used it as a preventive form of physical therapy. The yoga instructors at Indra’s Grace still tout the practice’s healing effects through Hatha-style classes. Hatha takes a slow, meditative approach to yoga that links asanas with breathing. The postures stave off stress, pain, and depression as bodies strengthen and participants lengthen from head to toe, as if they were dangling from monkey bars with two kids grasping their ankles. The uplifting practice works best when coupled with holistic-nutrition counseling, which promotes natural, well-rounded eating habits. For those struggling to overcome a specific health issue, private yoga therapy can help alleviate afflictions such as arthritis, headaches, asthma, and the inability to stop barking.
Outside the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, a rough-hewn wooden windmill stands in stark contrast to the facility’s sleek horizontal bands and overhanging eaves. This anachronistic scene hints at the Center’s dual mission to pay homage to the region’s history and to spotlight its contemporary cultural luminaries. Within the 23,000-square-foot space, relics and artifacts tell the story of the cattle barons, cowboys, indigenous peoples, political heavyweights, and celebrity tumbleweeds that shaped Parker County’s identity. In addition to historical exhibits, three galleries display pieces by local and international artists.
From Chase Oaks Golf Club to Tour 18 Dallas, you'll have the opportunity to putt and play at discounted rates on 27 of the region's greatest greens. Dress codes, dates, and rates vary per course. Other game-changers include golf lessons and training, such as a one-on-one lesson using JVC video from Edwin Watts Learning Center (a $49 value). Click here to see a full list of discounts and deals.
Located on Main Street of Grapevine, Texas, D'Vine Wine treats visitors to countless varieties of wine paired with savory cheese and charcuterie plates. In the tasting and dining area, honeycombed wine racks and wooden barrels line the earth-toned walls, allowing visitors to imagine they've been swept away to the rustic cottage of a Tuscan vintner or the panic room of a billionaire. Guests sip house-made sauvignon blanc, malbec, and fruit-infused wine, while customers consult with wine representatives on creating a personalized label for any occasion.