A Perfect Weekend in Denison, TX
When it comes to Texas, a lot of the big cities get a lot of love. And while they are truly wonderful, Texas is a big state and there’s a lot more to explore! Just and hour and a half drive away from Dallas-Fort Worth - you'll find Denison, TX - one of the friendliest towns I've been to. Live Music? Yes. Delicious Food? Yes. Lakes and hiking trails? Most definitely! And much more.
There’s plenty of things to do in Denison to keep you busy. It’s perfect for a visit any time of year, but I definitely recommend fall because you not only get to experience the town, but you also get to experience cooler weather and it's festivals/town events while there. Also, if you're looking for up-to-date news and photos about what's going on that week make sure to follow, @Discover Denison!
Where to stay:
When it comes to visiting Denison, you won’t find too many traditional hotels. This little Texas town is allll about B&Bs and rental properties. For our weekend vacation, we stayed at a new property called The Mirick Getaway. We got the entire home to ourselves which also came with cool amenities such as fire pits, grills, horseshoe pit, and Disc golf.
Best of all, it was literally 2 blocks away from Main Street, where all of Denison’s shops and restaurants are located. I would stay here again in a heartbeat! Find out more deets or book your stay today!
Where to eat:
Well, Denison makes it easy for you! The town has just one main street where all the hustle and bustle takes place, called…well, Main Street!
This cute and charming little street is lined with an abundance of shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, art galleries, and more. You can (and should) easily spend a full day just roaming and soaking in all the scenery.
We were there on the weekend they all participated in a sidewalk sale which meant almost every business would set up a table or booth outside with some of their best items to sell.
Best Lunch Spot: Café Blackbird
I highly recommend you stop by for lunch at this beautifully interior decorated hot spot. The staff - the atmosphere - the food...all top notch. The menu (shown below) is full of fresh salads and sandwiches. I opted for the strawberry and spinach salad, soup of the day, and turkey sandwich combo.
This was unexpected but super cool! We always love a good outdoor show and Discover Denison brought in a taste of New Orlean's Jazz to the town the weekend we were there. Revelers Hall Band put on quite the performance at Heritage Park (located on Mainstreet). I hear that there are more musical events to come so stay tuned by following Discover Denison!
Support LOCAL at the Farmer's Market:
Who doesn't love a good farmer's market? Oh gosh, SO many sweet vendors to check out! And of course I couldn’t resist making some purchases myself. We spent the better part of Saturday morning strolling around oohing and ahhing over every homemade batch of jelly, treats, honey, and even car fresheners. We ended up buying fresh veggies, local honey, and jalapeño caramel popcorn! Don't miss out on supporting local and find their next date here.
Visit Texas' largest vineyard:
Texas may not be the first location you think of when it comes to wine producing destinations, but Texas is actually one of the oldest wine growing regions in the United States.
Without a doubt, my favorite spot in this charming town. Hidden Hangar Winery is secluded but very close to Denison. This vineyard is quite a beauty (as you can see from above) and so expansive. Crazy to think that this used to be an airport hanger! Read more about its history here. We began by taking a facility tour learning about wine production, blending and much more.
After, we sat down to do a couple of tastings in their outdoor patio that is open to the public. Both their red and white wines tasted incredible, and I definitely wish we had taken home a bottle after (definitely next time!).
FYI, Hidden Hangar is also can host weddings, parties, and small/large groups outings.
Kayak, Hike or Bike Waterloo Regional Park
If you have some extra time, take the 10 minute drive to Waterloo Regional Park to go kayaking or take a gorgeous hike.
Waterloo makes it easy by allowing you to rent a kayak (single or tandem) online. There are a limited quantity so it's helpful to reserve in advance as it's by date and time. If you're a mountain bike enthusiast I'd definitely recommend bringing your own (there aren't any rentals for those), in my opinion these trails are pretty moderate and offer a great workout + scenery. If you opt to hike, definitely make sure you add finding the caves to your list!
As y'all know, I'm a Texan and always excited when I get to explore a little more of my home state (and I can say this because it's literally so big you can only explore a bit at a time!) The Historic town of Denison, is an ideal location for a weekend getaway. Just north of Dallas-Fort Worth, Denison is just a 90-minute drive from these major cities, perfect for a weekend retreat. Pack the car and hit the open road, Texas has so much beauty to explore!
Have you ever heard of Denison, Texas? Would you want to go here?