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2015 Christmas Festivities and Fun in Grapevine, TX

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Christmas in Grapevine, TXEach of us has a favorite holiday—you may be one that favors Thanksgiving with turkey dinners and pumpkin pie or perhaps Valentine’s Day with its hearts and chocolate and spreading love. For many though, Christmas takes the cake! It is a season that brings people together, celebrates holiday cheer and being merry, and is just plain fun! There are still a few weeks until Christmas is upon us but for those of you who love this season and may be traveling through Texas, we have to make sure you know about Grapevine, TX, the true Christmas Capital of Texas!

From mid-November to January the Christmas season truly comes alive in Grapevine, TX. This charming city, about a half-hour northwest of Dallas is transformed with elaborate decorations, life-sized ice sculptures, magical displays, millions of lights, and more than 1400 events over 40 days. It is the perfect place to make special memories with your family and friends. Below is a list highlighting some of the spectacular events that will be going on:

Carol of Lights and Tree Lighting

Parade of Lights in historic downtown Grapevine

Magic of Christmas Light Show

Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express®

ICE! and Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort – see 15,000 ornaments, a 54-foot tall Christmas tree, an 8-foot tall gingerbread house, and live ice carving.

Victorian Christmas at Nash Farm

Texas Star Dinner Theater

Christmas Wine Train

There is so much more to share—visit their website for a full download of events—you’ll want to take in it all! At the end of a fun day full of Christmas festivities, head back to Dallas for a memorable stay in a bed and breakfast. There are three amazing properties part of our association that offer luxurious accommodations where you can truly relax and renew this holiday season.

Sky’s the Limit Balloon Spectacular – Gainesville, TX

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Sky's the Limit Balloon SpectacularWhat is your favorite thing about fall? We are sure if we polled a group of people we would hear everything from pumpkin spice lattes to fall color drives to fall football and pumpkin patches. If you live in or will be travelling near Gainesville, TX we can add something to your list: the Sky’s the Limit Balloon Spectacular!

Coming up October 30-November 1, 2015, this balloon spectacular will be held on the grounds of the Gainesville Municipal Airport. For you road trippers out there who may be in the area, Gainesville is just over an hour north of Dallas and about a half hour from Denton, TX. Crowds from all over north and central Texas will be there to enjoy the festivities. The weekend will begin at 4pm on Friday as 14 balloons fill up and take to the skies and live music hits the Sky Stage. The festival will continue throughout the weekend with balloon glows, competitions and rides, an airshow, delicious festival food, a host of vendors, children’s area, main stage entertainment, and much more.

If you haven’t been to a balloon festival before, it is an exciting sight to see and this one holds so much more fun for the whole family. If you would like to book a balloon flight, they cost between $200-$ 250 person and you can click here to find more information.

One of the properties in our association is the Old Irish Bed and Breakfast, located in Denton, TX. This enchanting and private place nestled in nature is the perfect resting spot during the balloon festival weekend or simply for a relaxing fall getaway. Visit their website to book online or for further information.

Bigger and Better at the State Fair of Texas

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

State Fair of Texas“Go big or go home” is the mantra of many competitive athletes out there today but one could also say it fits to be the slogan behind the greatness of the State Fair of Texas. This state fair, that was actually started in 1886 believe it or not, has been put on almost every single year since its humble beginnings. If you have never experienced the best state fair in America, we highly encourage you to make your way over to Dallas, TX this fall!

Happening September 25th – October 18th, 2015, the State Fair of Texas will be offering a range of fantastic exhibits, incredible entertainment and services that are unrivaled by any annual fair in North America. It is nearly impossible to list every detail of this fair in one short article but we’ll highlight some crowd favorites bring people back each and every year:

  • Chili and Barbecue Cook Off
  • Contest Kitchen & Celebrity Kitchen
  • Farm Day at the Fair
  • Largest New Car Auto Show in the Southwest
  • Headliner Concerts (85!) on the Chevrolet Main Stage
  • Daily Shows such as Pig Racing and BMX Stunt Shows
  • Midway featuring more than 70 rides
  • Breathtaking views of Fair Park from the Texas SkyWay
  • Never ending drinks and culinary delights

Ferris Wheel at Texas State FairThis fair goes way beyond rides and food. More than 40 landscaping firms from the across the state have installed beautiful landscaping beds throughout the fairgrounds. Visitors can test drive a Corvette or Camaro at the Ride and Drive event, and you are close to other incredible local attractions such as the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, the Texas Discovery Gardens, the African American Museum, and the Music Hall. There are also 15 different shopping locations around the park so you can get a jumpstart on your Christmas list.

While there is no shortage of hotels and motels to choose from for accommodations during your time at the festival, we encourage you to slip away from the crazy crowds and relax at one our bed and breakfast properties that are part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association. They are near the action but offer peace, privacy, and all of the modern amenities you need to feel at home.

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Big Summer Fun: Giants of the Jurassic at The Dallas Zoo

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Giants of the Jurassic at The Dallas ZooWhat comes to mind when you think of something huge, gigantic, remarkable, impressive, and scary? We’re not sure about you but we think of dinosaurs! If you are looking for some big time summer fun and happen to be passing through or staying near Dallas, TX we encourage you to check out the Giants of the Jurassic exhibit at The Dallas Zoo.

This impressive and very popular exhibit open now until September 7, 2015, features more than 20 animatronic dinosaurs that roar and come to life before your very eyes—whether you are young or old, these creative works of art bring an experience you won’t forget. See the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus,Stegosaurus,Triceratops,and many more. At Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live you will get to meet and interact with some of the most impressive life-like dinosaur puppets in a live theatrical performance. This 30-minute show happens four times a day, five days a week as part of the Jurassic exhibit. You can also take in DinoSOAR, a 20-minute interactive wildlife show that features a variety of different birds and mammals. Entrance to this spectacular exhibit is included with your zoo admission.

Get ready to snap some pictures with these larger than life creatures, learn about their features, habits, and habitats, and enjoy all that this zoo has to offer. It is a day well spent in the Dallas area and if you need accommodations during your travels, we have some fantastic bed and breakfast properties nearby that will make you feel “at home” while on the road.

Fast & Furious at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Race cars on a trackIf you have a need for speed and enjoy a fun crowd, some noise and a lot of excitement, you have landed on the right page. We love sharing with our bed and breakfast guests the fantastic finds, places to go, things to see, and fun to be had around Texas and the Motorplex in Ennis, TX is a must stop if you are near the area this summer.

The Texas Motorplex, just 40 miles south of downtown Dallas, TX, is a quarter-mile drag racing facility. It has won numerous “Track of the Year” awards from the National Hot Rod Association and it is the one and only all concrete race surface track in the United States. National records, speed milestones, championship titles are often broken and won here, making it an exciting place for fans—a fast and furious experience you won’t forget.

You don’t have to be a super fan or know all of the driver and car statistics to enjoy a day of fun at this motorplex. There are a myriad of events going on this summer that the whole family will enjoy including Free Fireworks Show on July 4, 2015, Instant Green Street Night on July 18, 2015, Fast Friday on July 24, 2015, Dragster Challenge on July 25, 2015, and much more.

You can road trip back towards Dallas and visit one of our amazing bed and breakfast properties such as the Chaska House Bed & Breakfast in Waxahachie, TX. Peace, privacy, and all of the amenities to make you feel at home. Just a few of the reasons travelers choose properties from our Texas association. Happy travels!



A Glimpse Into Granbury, TX

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Cowboy with a horse Whether it is on a commercial, billboard, or magazine cover, you can’t seem to escape an advertisement or article on what’s new in the world of technology. While it is exciting—scientists and inventors are coming up with incredible products each and every day that really make a positive impact on our society. It is important however to honor and cherish the past—the culture and heritage of the days of old that are the foundation for where we are today.

Granbury, TX is a quaint city in North Texas that has kept history alive. It is located about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth was founded in 1887. Many of the buildings in the town’s original square are still there today as registered historic landmarks. Granbury is also located on the Brazos River, which is the longest river in Texas and happens to flow through the city. There is another beautiful long, narrow lake, Lake Granbury, which flows through the city as well. These areas of water provide great swimming, fishing, boating, and beach activities for the community and visitors.

This is a city where you will find exciting nightlife, gorgeous countryside vineyards, a vibrant arts scene, beautiful pastures of wildflowers, friendly people, and a relaxed, peaceful way of life. You can tour amazing Victorian homes, attend art shows and rodeos, golf, eat at some fantastic restaurants or catch a Broadway show at the Granbury Opera House. The city’s 4th of July weekend is known all around Texas and draws in over 50,000 people every year. You’ll find a car show, over 100 vendors, entertainment, performances, rodeo, parade, fireworks and more. It is a great event to attend if you have been planning a trip this summer.

We have a beautiful bed and breakfast property that is a perfect resting place during your time in this gorgeous area of Texas. Whether on a family vacation, anniversary getaway, honeymoon, or girlfriend’s weekend, there is nothing like the peace and privacy at a bed and breakfast. Choose to relax or head out and fill your day with adventure –the choice is up to you!

Wildflower! Art & Music Festival – Richardson, TX

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Blue wildflowerMusic just has a way of bringing people together doesn’t it? It touches the soul, lifts your mood, gets your toes tapping, and is just fun to listen to. This can certainly happen in your car on your way home from work with your friends or family but when an epic music festival such as the Wildflower! Art & Music Festival happens, it is an experience you don’t want to miss.

The Wildflower! Festival is North Texas’ largest music festival. This award-winning event is celebrating its 23rd anniversary in 2015 and it just gets bigger and better every year. It started out as a small spring celebration and got its name for the wildflowers that blossom throughout the city. It quickly grew once headliner bands were brought in and now it brings in over 70,000 festivalgoers every year!

There are multiple performance stages that will host artists from all genres including pop, R&B, country, classic rock, folk, funk, and more. There is also a Kidz Korner, Art Guitar Auction, Performance Row, Battle of the Bands, Songwriting Contest, the Taste of Texas Food Garden, and so much more!

Event Details:


Friday, May 16, 6 PM – Midnight

Saturday, May 17, 11 AM – Midnight

Sunday, May 18, 12:30 PM – 8 PM


Galatyn Parkway in Richardson, TX


Three-Day Pass – $30

Single-Day Adult – $20

Kid’s Pass (age 5-12) – $3

This festival venue is only a few minutes north of Dallas, which makes one of our Texas Bed and Breakfast Association properties there the perfect choice of a place to stay during your time in North Texas. Whether you are flying solo, on a romantic getaway or have the whole family tagging along, a gorgeous, private bed and breakfast is hands down the best way to make your vacation one to remember.


10 Free Things to Do in Dallas, TX

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

jean pocket with several twenty dollar bills insideThere is no shame in trying to save pennies and with how much things cost these days, taking a vacation can really put a dent in your bank account. Fortunately, there are many great cities throughout Texas that have a myriad of thing to do that don’t cost a thing! If you have a spring or summer vacation coming up to Dallas, TX, we have gathered ten great things to do that will keep every penny IN your pocket!

Ten Places to See and Things to Do:

  • Take advantage of visiting several museums that have no admission charge such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the African American Museum, and the Meadows Museum of Art.
  • The Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive is a larger than life scene of over 70 bronze sculptures in front of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
  • Take a tour around town on the free M-Line Trolley. They are restored, vintage-style trolleys that make stops at several areas of interest.
  • Check out the incredible collection of Japanese armor, helmets, artwork, weaponry, masks, and accessories at The Samurai Collection at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum.
  • Stroll and window shop around Galleria Dallas—this is a top place to shop with over 200 stores and boutiques and during Christmas has the largest outdoor Christmas tree in the United States.
  • Visit the lobby of the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas where you can view the largest permanent model train display in the country.
  • Relax and cool off at Fountain Place downtown. Impressive sculptures, beautiful flowers, waterfalls, and fountains make this a great place to have a picnic.
  • Run, walk, or bike on the paved path around White Rock Lake.
  • Let the dog run and the kids play at Main Street Garden or Reverchon Park.
  • See a 35-foot Malawisaurus fossil on display in the lobby of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The museum has an admission charge but anyone can enjoy the beautiful lobby with a hands-on musical forest and café.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of great things to enjoy in Dallas, TX. If you will be in the area for a family vacation, romantic getaway or even overnight business trip, make your time extra special and relaxing by staying at a bed and breakfast. There are several amazing Texas Bed and Breakfast Association member inns that will make the perfect home away from home for you during your next trip to Dallas, TX.

Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Dallas, TX

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Have you ever tried one of those, “I Spy” Books where you scour each page for tiny items, often until your eyes go cross-eyed? It is definitely a challenge hunting for small objects within a picture in a book but what if you had to hunt for things around a city?

If you are up for trying something different and would love to see the city of Dallas, TX in a new way, we want to tell you about the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure. There is so much to see and do in Dallas, TX such as the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, the Sixth Floor Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the World Aquarium, plus all of the fantastic shopping and restaurants to try. This scavenger hunt though turns the city into a game board as you experience an Amazing Race type of challenge throughout the city.

You need a team of 2-5 people and a smart phone to make this race work. Using your smart phone to connect to a web-based Quest software, you will make your way all around the city while having to complete challenges and solve clues along the way. You will see the sights and learn all about the history of the city of Dallas during this interactive adventure. Visit important buildings and monuments and see where JFK was assassinated. It is one flat fee for your entire group and public transportation fare is extra should you choose to use it. You can play anytime of the day as long as there is still daylight, the hunt will take anywhere from 2 ½ – 3 ½ hours. If you have a larger group, this is a great way to enjoy some friendly competition!

At the end of a day of “adventuring,” there is nothing better than coming back to your own private home away from home. A luxurious bed and breakfast where you can relax and unwind is the perfect choice and the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association has three incredible properties in Dallas, TX: The Corinthian B&B, Chaska House Bed & Breakfast, and The Daisy Polk Inn & Dickason Cottage. Each of these beautiful places offers all of the amenities you love at home. Good luck on your next scavenger hunt adventure and be sure to keep your findings a secret!

Holiday Fun at the Christkindl Market in Arlington, TX

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The Texas Christkindl Market is a German American holiday market in Arlington, TX. It is an annual event that while only in its 4th year has become one of the most popular holiday events in the area. Created to mirror the traditional markets held throughout Germany during the holiday season, the Christkindl market is a family friendly place that offers authentic German cuisine and a myriad of arts, crafts, holiday gifts and entertainment to take in.

For the grand opening weekend starting November 28th, 2014, this market will get the entire community into the holiday spirit. This year, the opening day will have special hours of 5:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, November 29th you will be treated to two incredible performances by multi-Grammy Award winning group, Brave Combo at 7pm and 8:15 pm. Other special events include Tarrant County College Day on December 6th, performance by Daryl Dodd on December 13th, and performances by the Tejas Brothers on December 20th at 7:00pm and 8:15pm.There will be several family events going on such as the Holly Jolly Christmas variety show at the Marionette Theatre, children’s lantern parades, and Santa Haus. If you have that hard-to-buy-for family member, you just may find the perfect item as you browse rare European fabrics, beautiful handmade gifts, and unique ornaments. As you stroll along you will be hard-pressed to pass by the vendors offering German delicacies like brats, goulash, potato pancakes, and gingerbread.

November 28 – December 2014, 2014

Adjacent to Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX

Admission & parking are free

The holiday season is the perfect time for a getaway and you can find true peace and relaxation at a bed and breakfast. The Texas Bed and Breakfast Association has two incredible properties, The Sanford House Inn & Spa and Texas White House B&B—make your plans now for a holiday retreat you will remember!