A long weekend. Barrels upon barrels of wine. And rolling around in a king-size bed with someone you love. (Or like enough to roll around with.)
Sounds like a dream experience for us, but one that’s made exponentially better when it takes place outside your own home.
With the summer travel season pretty much over now that Labor Day’s behind us, we know several people looking toward fall with staycations on the brain. Fortunately, Hotel Vin in Grapevine has everything you could ever want in a nearby retreat from reality.
Unlike some of the local hotels we’ve featured recently in our Sleeping Around Dallas series, an overnight stay at Hotel Vin feels even more like a real vacation because the change of scenery from Dallas and other North Texas cities is quite dramatic.
Located off Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine, Hotel Vin offers wine lovers a comfortable oasis to escape to between tasting room, winery visits and indulgent meals. Plus, the Autograph Collection Hotel makes the perfect home base for the upcoming GrapeFest September 16-19.
At the largest wine festival in the southwest, this year’s live music headliners include Berlin and Asia. (They’ll take your breath away in the heat of the moment if you’re not careful.) Of course, we think the real superstars are found in bottles and sport corks rather than leather pants.
You probably won’t be spending too much time in the room (other than the aforementioned rolling-around-in-bed activities), but for the hours you’re there, expect to have your troubles melt away in pure comfort. The mattresses are amazing and for those of you who like super-cold rooms as we do, the air-conditioning’s some of the best we’ve enjoyed all summer. And standing under the warm water in the giant walk-in shower is a nice contrast in temperatures.
Attached to Hotel Vin, which is home to the excellent Bacchus Kitchen + Bar and Rioja Rooftop Terrace, Harvest Hall looks like a grand train depot from yesteryear. However, it’s really a brand-new food hall with several local vendors selling everything from spicy arepas to chicken biscuits. For cocktail time, there’s a main bar, as well as Third Rail, which features live music and other live performances. So it’s easy to spend several hours here sampling food from different restaurants and grabbing non-wine drinks (in case you need some time away from the grapes) while listening to great Texas bands.
One of the reasons Harvest Hall mimics an old-school train station in its architectural design? Along with Hotel Vin, it’s located right on an actual rail line, served by TEXRail. So if you’re feeling adventurous, you could travel to Grapevine without having to drive, adding to the not-in-Dallas-anymore vibe.
Of course, even if this year’s GrapeFest isn’t in the cards for you, Hotel Vin’s located right in the center of the action year-round. So whether you’re looking for a mid-fall tour of all the local wineries and tasting rooms or a romantic getaway this holiday season, we’re confident you’re going to adore a staycation in Grapevine sometime very, very soon.
We’d bet our next glass of Sauvignon Blanc on it.
Hotel VinProperty photos courtesy of Hotel Vin
215 East Dallas Road, Grapevine