Last Updated on April 20, 2023
Sweeping views of a placid lake stirring in a gentle breeze bring various species of oaks and other flora to life. Boutiques filled with bright colors and distinctive patterns of handmade artwork from local creators draw you in. And inspired culinary treats for every palate leave you wanting more. Located between major cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, Grapevine, Texas is often overlooked. But what the town may lack in size, it makes up for in character.
Steeped in history, Grapevine was home to ten indigenous tribes. In 1843, Republic of Texas President Sam Houston negotiated a peace treaty with the leaders of each tribe. As such, he established the area as the first settlement in Tarrant County. Named for the mustang grapes that grow here, Grapevine has flourished ever since.
Today, Grapevine is a diverse destination with no shortage of curious sights to see and one-of-a-kind experiences. It’s perfect for foodies, families, art lovers, and even business travelers looking for something different on the road. Host to over 1,400 events each year and considered the Christmas Capital of Texas, visitors will delight in the town’s variety and southern hospitality.
Dotting the shores of Grapevine Lake and marking an impressive welcome to Main Street are a variety of accommodations. From the familiar to the wild and the downright mammoth, each exemplifies the best of what Texas has to offer. When planning your next trip, make sure to consider one of these five best places to stay in Grapevine.
Opening in 2021 as part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, each Autograph hotel must have a unique Mark of Craft that embodies a signature experience and ties to the community. In a town of abundant wineries and tasting rooms, Hotel Vin’s Mark is wine education.
Every detail in the exquisitely outfitted hotel has been crafted to align with its mark. Elegant and understated, no element is glaringly thematic, though rather a subtle homage to Texas wine culture.
The hotel has also taken great care to support local artisans. Intricate artwork, innovative brews, and inspired meals created by locals are all on display for guests.
Facilities and services include a state-of-the-art fitness center, fine dining restaurant, wine education classes, a variety of live entertainment, and a European-style food hall.
Hotel Vin is an all-in-one oasis for staycationers, tourists, and traveling salesmen alike.
Located at 215 East Dallas Road
Gaylord Hotels are famous for the magnitude of their properties. Built as self-contained cities, guests can participate in any number of activities sure to keep even the most particular among them entertained. The Gaylord Texan is no exception and seems determined to prove that everything is, in fact, bigger in Texas.
The massive convention center can accommodate up to 10,000 people. More than ten on-site restaurants and bars offer something for every taste. Sensuous spa packages provide an escape before dancing the night away at the lakeside Glass Cactus nightclub.
A ten-acre waterpark provides hours of fun appealing to both kids and adults.
Each season is celebrated at Gaylord Texan with fantastic displays and engaging events. Try your hand at a number of art activities, make a break for it in ever-changing escape rooms, or experience winter wonderland on a grand scale.
Located at 1501 Gaylord Trail
Great Wolf Lodge
Rain, shine, or any other time is a good time to check out the home to North Texas‘ only indoor waterpark. Great Wolf Lodge offers upscale dining and a bar for adult travelers, but it’s the ultimate Grapevine getaway for families.
Spacious rooms inspire dreams of camping without risking any of the elements. Cabin, tents, or Cave themed rooms encourage imaginations to run wild. Throughout Great Wolf Lodge, kids become guardians of the realm at MagiQuest, master their confidence – and their balance – on a ropes course, and parents become the heroes who make it happen.
Every overnight booking includes access to the 80,000 square foot water park, family yoga classes, a live-action musical, and story time. In addition, a sampling of restaurants and enchanting shops make Great Wolf Lodge an experience the whole family will remember.
Located at 100 Great Wolf Drive
The Vineyards Campgrounds & Cabins
If your group prefers their water activities to occur outside and enjoys stargazing into the night, venture out to The Vineyards Campgrounds & Cabins for a remarkable experience. Located on the banks of Lake Grapevine, guests can rent fully furnished cabins or pull up in a personal RV.
Recognized as one of the top 10 RV parks in the nation, The Vineyards provides WiFi, laundry facilities, and many recreational activities. Bikes are available to rent and explore miles of lakeside trails, and golf carts are too for those looking to venture farther. The private swim beach is the perfect place to cool off.
At night, gather around the group campfire to reflect on the day. The Vineyards Campgrounds & Cabins are a memorable way to explore the natural wonders Grapevine has to offer.
Located at 1501 North Dooley Street
Meadowmere Park & Campground
Wake up to the musical melody of native birds. Breathe deeply into the fresh air. And take time to appreciate the simple beauty of nature. Of course, glamping isn’t for everyone. But, for true naturalists, Meadowmere Park & Campground offers more primitive campsite amenities for the chance to reconnect and rejuvenate.
Campsites are first-come, first build, and early arrival is recommended to take advantage of the canopy created by massive oak trees. Bathrooms, picnic tables, and barbecue grills are provided, but there’s nothing else to come between you and nature.
Kayak rentals and a boat ramp lead the way to summer fun and fish eager to bite. Miles of hiking trails graded beginner to moderate encourage the inner explorer to know Texas more personally. For a trip to simpler times, Meadowmere campgrounds are the perfect respite.
Located at 3000 Meadowmere Lane
For girlfriend getaways, family vacations, or business traveler retreats, Grapevine has something to offer every kind of traveler. History lovers, art connoisseurs, foodies, and families will find entertainment all along the town’s Main Street and namesake lake.
At Main Street Days in May and Grapefest in September, guests can sample innumerable Texas wines and bold craft beers. For the holidays, families can make their own ornaments at Vetro Glass Blowing Studio, marvel at an impressive light show shown against Town Hall, and jump aboard the Christmas wine train for a festive celebration of the season.
Any time of year, excitement and convenience can be easily found. Accommodations are located within minutes of DFW International airport and boast personalities as big as the Lone Star State itself.