There has never been a better time to getaway. Drive just one hour north of Dallas and you will find your weekend destination. Denison, TX is the quintessential small town where you will feel right at home.

Known as the gateway city, Denison was founded in 1872 in conjunction with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and was the entry point of the first non-Texas based railroad. The historic Katy Depot still stands today and can be reserved for private events and weddings. It is also the location of the Red River Railroad Museum.

Denison is also the birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was the only one of David and Ida Eisenhower’s seven children born in Texas. David brought his wife and their two young sons Arthur and Edgar from Hope, Kansas in 1889 to pursue a new life in Texas working on the railroad. His home has been restored and is open to the public for tours.

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The home of T.V. Munson, who saved the French Wine Industry from devastation in the 1800’s, Denison is rich with craft beverage that you cannot get at home. Take a stroll through the vineyards at Hidden Hangar Vineyards and Winery. From 1928 until the 1950’s, the land that the vineyard sits on served as a training airport for “wanna-be” pilots and a fuel stop for those traveling between Oklahoma City and Dallas. The tasting room is open Thursday-Sunday from 12-6pm where you can sip on varietals such as Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Syrah.

For the whiskey lovers, Ironroot Republic Distillery is a must. The name “Ironroot” pays tribute to T.V. Munson and the “iron” roots that helped save the French wine industry. The distillery is family owned and operated by the Likarish brothers (Robert and Jonathan) along with their mother Marcia and everything is mashed, fermented, distilled, barrel-aged, and bottled on site in Denison. The spirits are made using high quality heirloom and non-GMO corn from local farms to capture the authentic flavor of north Texas. Take a tour of the distillery every Saturday at 1pm and enjoy craft cocktails the first Saturday of the month from 2-8:30pm.

If you like farm fresh ingredients, check out the Downtown Denison Farmers Market. From farm fresh eggs, meat, produce and even canned goods – purchase something locally grown and get to know our farmers! You can catch the market on Saturdays on the 700 block of Main Street.

After you’ve hit up the farmers market, take a stroll down Main Street where you will find antique shops, boutiques, breweries, wineries and restaurants. Peruse the public art displays, galleries and studios and even create a masterpiece of your own to take with you. And in the summer, you can enjoy Music On Main – the 10 week free Summer concert series on Friday nights.

For the outdoor lovers, Denison is surrounded by picturesque parks, trails and natural beauty. From biking around Waterloo Lake, to camping at Eisenhower State Park or stripper fishing on Lake Texoma, you’re sure to relax, unplug, and unwind.