Monday, January 15, 2018

Grapevine Texas

Wineries Museums Public Art Trails Vintage Railroads and Mass Transit
Grapevine is a small town located between Dallas and Fort Worth and is home of DFW International Airport, the world’s fourth largest, with nonstop service from more than 200 cities, including over 50 international destinations. Main Street in the historic downtown has a public library, recreation center, antique stores, restaurants, bars, theaters, a park, and many specialty shops. Here, you can also bottle your own wine, explore Historic Nash Farm, the Botanical Gardens and Lake Grapevine.
A Downtown Walking Tour the Main Street Historic District includes over 50 buildings and their architectural descriptions as well as stories, events and people who contributed to the town’s development. Founded in 1844, Grapevine is the oldest community in Tarrant County. In 1888, when the Cotton Belt Railroad came to Grapevine, businesses flourished and the wooden buildings on Main Street were replaced with new structures constructed of locally-made brick. At least 80 percent of the commercial buildings date from that period.
The Vintage Railroad follows a scenic route to the Fort Worth Stockyards along the Cotton Belt Railroad right-of-way. The service is a tourist attraction due to its slow speeds. The Grapevine Rail also hosts one of the community’s seven winery tasting rooms.
Mass Transit Service new train stations downtown and north of the airport that follow existing rail lines from downtown Fort Worth, northeast to downtown Grapevine and then into the north entrance of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The route connects with other transportation services, including the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail service, AMTRAK, and downtown bus transfer center at the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center as well as a connection to the Dallas Dart Rail. 
Cultural Heritage & Museums Water Resources & the Environment Local Food Wine & Beer Community Public Transport Initiatives
Texas and Wine a major wine producer in the United States, thanks to a sunny and dry climate, and with the earliest recorded wine making in El Paso in the 1650s by Spanish missionaries, Texas boasts more than 4,400 acres of vineyard farmland and a variety of vintages.
Wineries there are 310 wineries in Texas, ranging from small producers who concentrate on tourism to large wineries catering to national and international markets as well as eight American Viti Cultural Areas. Harvest time is normally around the end of July, two months before California and three months earlier than many of France’s wine regions.
Wine Production In keeping with the state’s tradition of doing things big or not at all, more than 1.5 million gallons of wine are produced in Texas, with an economic impact of over $1.83 billion.
Wine Trails Grapevine is home to a vibrant and growing urban wine trail featuring daily wine tastings and special events throughout the year. From strong and bold Texas red wines to crisp and clean Texas white wines, you'll find a variety of favorite taste sensations.
Arts & Culture downtown Grapevine is home to numerous art galleries, many within walking distance of one another. Enjoy a live glass blowing demonstration at a glass blowing studio or watch a blacksmith weld at a blacksmith shop. Also, some beautiful works of art at new and recently opened galleries throughout the city, including studios where you can paint your own painting or others where you can design your own pottery. The city also boasts the Grapevine Opry where country music classics are performed, the Texas Star Dinner Theater where the Wild West comes to life and the 1940s Palace Arts Theatre with live performances and classic movies.
A Public Art Trail features bronze works of art that depict characters of the city as well as scenes of Grapevine's history. Museums and Galleries host a variety of art, cultural, historical and educational exhibitions with a wide variety of mediums and artists.
The Grapevine Museums discover what life was like over 100 years ago. The museum plaza is home to two 19th century pioneer homes and a school house. The plaza and the museums speak to life on the Grape Vine Prairie and to the larger story of settling Texas. The three museums, The Donald Schoolhouse Museum, The Keeling House Museum and the Grapevine Cotton Ginner's Museum feature educational exhibits, hands-on activities and a collection of 19th century artifacts that represent the community as a commercial center. Grapevine's art and museum community continues to expand with art exhibitions ranging from Texas history to space exploration, agricultural heritage and contemporary art. 
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