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.
Blue Sky Media leverages a bevy of strategic marketing partnerships with premier Texas courses to grant golfers access to some of the state's finest fairways. The group's annual Blue Sky Golf Passes dole out fistfuls of discounts to courses throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, freeing up some coins for golfers to use as ball-markers or throw into water hazards to wish for more coins. Between putts and drives, discounts on pro shop gear and fare refuel hard-swinging golfers and caddies exhausted from polishing the dimples of each ball.
The Golf Club at Crown Valley's expansive course provides greenhorn golfers and putting virtuosos alike with 7,242 yards (6,622 meters) of beautiful fairways, sand-filled bunkers, and glistening ponds filled with earth's favorite beverage. Picturesque views and meticulously maintained bermuda-grass greens make the 18-hole course ideal for every type of golf outing, from casual business affairs to intense rivalries with your sworn mini-golf nemesis. After hitting the links, aim your golfmobile toward Crown Valley's on-site Mexican restaurant and recoup energy spent telekinetically transporting the ball to the hole with delicious south-of-the-border fare.
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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Chef Jerrett Joslin orchestrates a symphony of sizzling sounds and blooming flames while grilling certified-Angus steaks at The Wild Mushroom Steak House & Lounge. Here, guests are seated at tables draped in white linens, which offset the dining area's coffee-colored walls, and tuck into plates piled with juicy carnivorous morsels such as the prime filet. The Chilean sea bass, one of Fort Worth, Texas magazine's top 25 dishes, delights taste buds with three varieties of mushrooms beneath black-truffle-cream sauce. To wash down the rich and hearty bites, a selection of more than 260 wines from the Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List awaits, ranging from California cabernet sauvignon to Australian shiraz to German riesling. The Wild Mushroom has even won an Award of Excellence from WineSpectator.com for their extensive wine lists. The dining room’s dim lighting adds romantic ambience and kindly prevents dates from noticing third and fourth eyebrows.
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.