For eight weekends in the fall, a troupe of performing fairies, knights, royal personas, and jugging fools set up camp on the 55-acre grounds of the Texas Renaissance Faire. For 38 years, the Festival has re-created the 16th century’s appealing combination of simplicity and grandeur with more than 200 daily performances of live music, acrobatic comedies, and jousting.
Actors portraying different levels of society—such as the English court and the pirates—roam the lolling landscape in character while performing comedic and informative bits including “Sound and Fury,” a Shakespearean vaudeville. At noon the Grande Marche parade catapults performers from the Globe Stage for a stroll throughout the park as they advertise their acts in a high-toned procession.
On a less precise schedule, craftsmen concoct tangible marvels with skills of glassblowing and blacksmithing, while food purveyors wander the beaten paths or call from their booths, selling fare that ranges from sugar-coated nuts to roasted turkey legs. At close of day, fireworks light the sky to celebrate the festival's victory over time.
When Enchanted Manor Winery's chief mead-maker handcrafts his honey brew, he follows a recipe from a 17th-century cookbook from the court of King Charles I. These medieval techniques inspire the winery's special mead for the annual Texas Renaissance Festival, which is brewed from Texas wildflower honey and sipped from knightly knee cops. Enchanted Manor also whips up modern meads flavored with orange blossom and oak, mixed with pear wine, or brewed from the honey of the guajillo flower.
In addition to its signature meads, Enchanted Manor Winery whips up small batches of wines from grapes, peaches, and other fruits, and augments their stock with bottles from nearby wineries. Enchanted Manor also hosts special events such as sangria nights, mead tastings, and wine classes.
From above, the cluster of red umbrellas on GenuWine Tasting Room?s patio looks like grapes, an homage to the cabernets that flow from the selectively curated bottles inside. A wealth of specialty and boutique wines await the curious, and the store's racks of bottles display vintages both accessible and challengingly unique. A weekly tasting helps to introduce patrons to the shop?s wares, delivering a palatable tour through varietals ranging from sparkling proseccos to pinots smoother than a dolphin?s saxophone solos. The sounds of live music, aquatic or otherwise, draw passersby through the tasting room's doors on many nights, filling ears with sounds as sweet as the elixirs the venue uncorks. Sippers hankering for solid nourishment peruse a menu flush with salads, pizzas, and flights of aged cheese. Before they leave, patrons can stop into the boutique, where wine-themed T-shirts and aprons entreat visitors to flaunt their passion for fermentation.
Painting with a Twist adultizes the group art class by pairing expert instruction with the option to sip libations and socialize with other classmates. Check the schedule online to view available classes. Each two- or three-hour session will teach you step-by-step how to replicate the featured design (upcoming classes capture everything from flowers to crawfish, cafés, and the rugged masculinity of Burton Gilliam). Canvas, paints, and brushes are all provided, along with a handy stock of wine cups and openers to promote the creative flow. Upon the conclusion of your BYOB painting class, you'll have a 16”x20” painting to hang proudly atop your mantle.
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro is a local favorite.
Those looking to shed a few extra pounds are advised to put their diet on hold, as Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro serves anything but a low-fat menu.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro.
Book a room at Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro so the only you have to worry about is what great dish you're going to order.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro's complimentary wifi.
At Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro prides itself in its delicious catering.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro.
Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Hubbell and Hudson Market and Bistro since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Craving finger food? Head to Cru Wine Bar and chow down on classic pub fare.
Put the diet on pause when you visit Cru Wine Bar — there are no low-fat menu items.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Just around the workday bend are Cru Wine Bar's happy hour food and drink bargains.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Cru Wine Bar for a group meal.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Cru Wine Bar.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Cru Wine Bar will ensure that it is delicious.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Ample parking is available — the nearby lot is open to diners, as is valet, if preferred. For those who choose to find their own space, street parking is also an option.
At Cru Wine Bar, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.