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We’re breaking up the monotony of yet another Dallas weekend and heading to the ’burbs. Surprisingly, we’re not going to Frisco, Plano or McKinney. Pack your purses accordingly, ladies: We’re driving 26 miles northwest to Grapevine. And this is why.

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Spoiler alert: Grapevine has great wineries. Our favorites just so happen to be a part of the Urban Wine Trail and include Delaney Vineyards and Winery, Messina Hof Grapevine Winery, Homestead Winery and Grape Vine Springs Winery. There are a handful of others as well as GrapeFest in September, Hallo-Wine Trail in October and the Christmas Wine Trains in December. Who knew?

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Grapevine has a darling historic downtown with fantastic food that we bet most of your friends have never heard of (but won’t be able to forget). Start your morning with a cold brew and a pastry at Re:defined Coffee House, enjoy lunch by the water at Big Daddy’s Ship Store & Deli and end your afternoon at Great Scott, where the charcuterie boards are works of art.

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OK, sure. Everyone knows Grapevine for its outlet malls. And while that is all well and good, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. We recommend checking out specialty shops like the Willow Cottage Boutique and Soapery, Little Orange Fish and Grapevine Olive Oil Company. You’ll never dip your bread in anything else. Ever.

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Lake Grapevine is a whopping 8,000 acres, giving you plenty of room for boating, water-skiing, fishing and even stand-up paddleboarding. Sam’s Dock and Black Watch Sailing Charters are the go-to spots for boating fun, while DFW Surf will hook you up with everything from SUP yoga classes to wake-surfing lessons.

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If you plan to have a little too much fun on that happy-hour boat cruise or wine tour, you might consider renting one of the many adorable Airbnb properties in Grapevine. This is just precious.

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