Good morning from Flower Mound! A couple of my college girlfriends and I flew into the Lonestar State late Tuesday to spend the week at my grandparent’s house. We’ve been exploring, relaxing, basking in the heat, and enjoying some much needed time catching up.
My friends say I’m the planner and this trip has been no exception. Texas has always been one of my favorite places to visit because there’s so much to do. I packed our week with activities I thought the girls would like and so far, the consensus has been positive.
On Wednesday, we started our week with a morning workout at the local gym before hitting the range at Top Golf Dallas. My friend Courtney played golf in high school and showed us all up. Top Golf is a three story driving range and a great place to bring friends. You can buy out a bay for an hour and a half and get plenty of play time.
Wednesday night we had booked tickets to a Ranger’s game. This season is the last that will be played in the old Ballpark at Arlington. We got $1 hot dogs for National Hot Dog Day and drank a few beers (and ciders) before the first pitch was thrown.
Then the Rangers gave up seven runs in the top of the first inning.
While the game was slightly comical, we had a great time lounging on the third base line.
Even though we should have slept in after our late Wednesday night, the girls and I decided to catch an early train in to Dallas on Thursday morning. We spent the morning exploring Dealey Plaza and touring the Kennedy museum. If you ever have the chance to visit, you won’t be disappointed. The way the museum pieces together Kennedy’s assassination in photo, video, and audio is chilling. It always gives me goosebumps to see the blown up print of Jackie Kennedy crawling over the back of the car to reach the secret service agent. There’s so much history collected in the sixth floor and you can spend hours walking through the halls.
We only had a short time in downtown Dallas, but the train was definitely the optimal way to travel. It brings you right to Dealey plaza and runs just about every half hour, allowing you to avoid all the city traffic and parking woes that come with a drive in.
Thursday night I wanted to take the girls to Fort Worth, the oldest cowboy town in Texas. It’s so much fun walking down the cobblestone street and through the dark, dusty taverns and bars. There are tons of little spots to grab photos- just make sure you wear your hat and boots!
For dinner, we grabbed burgers and chicken fingers (the best ever) from the Love Shack and a drink at the White Elephant Saloon, one of the oldest saloons in Texas. Then, we made our way to Billy Bob’s, the largest honky tonk in Texas, for some line dancing.
Ryan and I have a little local place in Rhode Island where we line dance, that we love, which leaves me a little biased. However, Billy Bob’s line dancing was a lot of fun. We did a lesson for one dance and then did our best to jump in and follow along when others took to the dance floor. When it comes to line dancing, it’s my philosophy that if you’re having fun with it, you can’t go wrong. Also, a setting like Billy Bob’s really puts you in the country mindset.
We ended the night at the bar at the Stockyard Hotel where you sit on saddles and drink margaritas with custom infused tequila. It’s a Fort Worth spot you have to visit.
Two days in and I feel like we’ve been here a lifetime! We’re not slowing down yet, though. Part 2- coming soon.