Wednesday, August 19, 2020

TEXAS ROAD TRIP TO GAYLORD TEXAN...


Our trip to Gaylord Texan earlier this month was our first family trip since Tommy has returned home. One thing that I really love about living in Texas is that there are endless number of places to visit. This was our first-time visiting Gaylord Texan, which is located in Grapevine, about 30 minutes away from Dallas. Traveling these days are a bit different. When our family travels, we prefer to stay on site. It’s easier with children and we feel more comfortable. Mask were required just about everywhere and they strictly enforce social distancing on site. Everyone was super respectful about space and we only took our mask off to eat or while we were at the waterpark. 

 

Our first impression when we arrived at Gaylord Texan was that it was huge and breathtaking. We felt as if we were in our own little city. In Texas, it gets a bit hot in the summer so the fact that the restaurants, coffee shops, gift shop, and activities were all indoors made it more enjoyable to walk around. We spent half of our time enjoying the onsite amenities; Riverwalk, train model, gym, shops, and more. During our stay, there were tons of SummerFest activities that we utilized; Yoga, scavenger hunts, and a Toy Story 4 movie night.

 

Our room was spacious, and the atrium view was so beautiful to see. At night, there are tons of lights and the boys really enjoyed that. Liam would sit on the balcony with us in the evening just staring. Marriott is committed to keeping their resorts and hotels clean and we saw that throughout the entire resort. There are sanitation spots around the entire resort as well.

 

I’d say that our favorite part was being able to cool down at Paradise Spring. Paradise Spring has a great waterpark area for children, a lazy river, food, and drinks. We had a cabana at Paradise Springs the second day and really loved the space and privacy we had. It truly makes it easier to eat, relax, and to store our swim gear. There is a shuttle that goes back and forth from the resort to the waterpark too! 

 

We never had to leave to get food which was extremely convenient too. For breakfast, we would head down to Mission Plaza Marketplace (coffee house) to grab some Starbucks coffee and breakfast. They serve pastries, burritos, breakfast croissants, and more. 

 

We ate dinner at two restaurants while we were there; Zeppole and Texans Station Bar. 

 

Texans Station Bar is more casual, and they serve items like burgers and BBQ. There is a full bar there as well. I personally got the wedge salad with bacon and shrimp and it was DELICIOUS! Tommy and the boys orders burgers and it was really good too! 

 

Zeppole was highly recommend by a lot of yall and I can see why. The restaurant itself is beautiful. The stringing lights, open space, and modern d├ęcor of it really attracted my attention. We were able to order a fair amount of meals that evening and the “Antipasto Board” is yummy appetizer option for the entire table. I’d have to say that the Lasagna and New York Strip were our favorite dishes. 

 

Our family enjoyed our weekend here and are really looking forward to coming back during the holiday season because yall were all telling me how beautiful it is with all the Christmas lights. 

 

Thank you so much for reading! 

 

Xo, 

 

 

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