This small town is easily accessible from Dallas and Fort Worth—and offers more than a few attractions that are worth the trip.
Hollyhock’s, photograph by Darren Braun
Photograph by Darren Braun

Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Nestled among the shops and restaurants along Main Street are several landmarks, including an eight-by-ten-foot 1909 calaboose and the 1888 Cotton Belt Depot, which houses the Grapevine Historical Museum. From there you can board Victorian-style passenger cars pulled by a 1953 diesel named Vinny for a ride to the Fort Worth Stockyards Station. The regular weekend trips depart at one in the afternoon and allow for nearly two hours of exploring in Cowtown before returning to Grapevine in the evening. 705 S. Main, 817-410-3123,

Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery

The art of glassblowing 
predates Jesus, but the beauti
ful objects in David Gappa’s 
sleek gallery are strikingly 
modern. Colorful platelike sculptures known as rondels hang on the cream-hued walls, kaleidoscopic vases of every dimension sit on curved black pedestals, and light-catching ornaments 
fill one of the windows. The showroom leads to a state-of-the-art studio, where you can sit on bleachers and marvel as Gappa and his team shape molten glass in furnaces that reach 2,400 degrees. 701 S. Main, 817-251-1668,

Tolbert’s Restaurant

Raise a spoon in honor of the late chili-loving historian Frank X. 
Tolbert and dig into a bowl of his Original Texas Red at this restaurant run by his daughter, Kathleen Tolbert Ryan. It’s one of five chili dishes on the menu, which also includes the regionally named Grapevine Ribeye and the Paris (Texas) Fried Catfish Platter. And don’t miss photos of the Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff, which Tolbert co-founded in 1966 and the family sponsors to this day. 423 S. Main, 817-421-4888,

Bella Butterflies/Hollyhock’s

This space is home to two complementary shops. On the left, Bella Butterflies caters to creative spirits with its “modern vintage” clothing and accessories (e.g., necklaces fashioned out of old watch faces and rosaries) and its backroom studio, where


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