4 Cozy Texas Treehouses to Snuggle up in this Fall

September has arrived! It is hard to believe this month is finally here! Although the first day of fall is not until the end of the month (September 22nd), in my mind Fall is already here. With the arrival of this colorful season come some of my favorites things of all time including: relaxing rainy days, brisk sweater weather, the crackling of wood burning in the fireplace, scary stories and more! What better way to celebrate the arrival of Fall 2020 than by planning a fun and cozy staycation(ish) in a Texas Treehouse! Here are options I found on Airbnb that will allow you to escape the monotonous (and sometimes hectic) routines of life at home, so that you can focus on some of your favorite things during the Fall season.


The Treehouse on Lake Travis

While this quaint treehouse is great for the summer, we also thing it will be a fantastic place to relax during the Fall! For anyone with family that is in desperate need of spending some time away with a Birdseye view of Lake Travis, this is the place for you! The Treehouse juts out over the bluffs and among the trees on Lake Travis (near Austin). This awesome rental getaway can comfortably accommodate 4 guests; and includes some fun amenities including: a hot tub (which is looks out over the lake and is perfect for cooler days), a cozy fireplace, Park n’ Play/travel crib (for the very little ones), and amazing views of Lake Travis. Also if you are able to work remotely and you are looking to take an extended vacation, The Treehouse on Lake Travis had wifi and is available for long term rentals.

Southern Dream

Just a little over an hours drive East of Dallas, is luxurious treehouse that can fit up to five guests. However, this romantic little rental is best for couples or solo travel. Our favorite aspect of this of this cozy getaway is that it can perfectly accommodate the needs of any traveler. The Southern Dream has wifi, which is great for anyone who is wanting to log in for a little while and do a little bit of remote work during their getaway. Anyone who is looking to dive into local culture or do some shopping Canton is just a 10 minute drive away. For this Fall, the Canton Flea Market is open on the following days (Oct. 1-4, Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, and Dec. 3-6). Downtown Canton also has some fun attractions and restaurants. Or those who are looking to relax and truly escape, other features of this includes a private entrance, a hot tub, a patio/balcony, and a garden/backyard.

Ryders Treehouse

Ryders Treehouse is the the perfect place for any romantic couple that is wanting to get away from Dallas this Fall! What better why to relax than going out to West Texas and sharing some ghost stories or roasting marshmellows with your significant other on a secluded ranch! In fact, anyone who is planning a wedding during Covid and looking to go on a honeymoon should consider booking Ryders Treehouse. It is nestled away on a ranch near Baird, Texas (roughly 2 hour and 30 minute drive West of Dallas) and provides all the necessities that you need to relax. The treehouse itself is two stories, with the kitchenette on the first floor, and a bedroom/loft on the second floor. However, that is not all, other fun amenities of this treehouse include: indoor fireplace as well as an outdoor fire pit, fishing, Lake views, and a perfect perch for sipping wine as you watch the sun go down.

The Extraordinary Treehouse

When it comes to the essence of the Fall Season, we cannot think of a better place to spend your staycation than in the Extraordinary Treehouse. You do not have to go very far to enjoy a quiet cozy fire while also enjoying the lovely view of the forest scenery in the floor-to-ceiling windows of the living room. This stunning treehouse is two stories, a small foot bridge and gravel paths leading to the front door, and an over-sized Jacuzzi bathtub which is perfect for a warm bathe for two ūüėČ . For those who are looking to take a working staycation, wifi is included in this rental. While this treehouse can comfortably sleep four people, please note that the owners do have an age limit for their guests. They ask their guests are no younger than 27 years old. However, the owners will make exceptions depending on the inquiry.

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5 Reasons why your next Girls Only Spa Retreat should be at the Hotel Crescent Court

I have been in a total of five weddings, including my own. During my time as a bridesmaid, I have had a few awesome experiences and some experiences that were not as great. So, when the time finally came for me to be a bride I knew exactly what I wanted to do to show my appreciation for my bridesmaids, mother, and future mother-in-law. I have also come to realize that days leading up to the wedding are almost always the most stressful (for everyone…including some of the guests). Therefore, as a gift for my bridesmaids and the moms, I wanted to gift them with an experience rather than a tangible gift. For this gift, I chose to have a spa getaway the day before our wedding at one of the most best known and most luxurious 5-star locations in the area, Hotel Crescent Court.

Our experience having a spa weekend getaway at Hotel Crescent Court did not just meet; but rather exceeded all of our expectations! We all loved every bit of it. If I was forced to redo any aspect of my wedding weekend, I would not change a single thing. Here are my five reasons why I would book another girls only Spa Getaway at Hotel Crescent Court in a heartbeat.


Great Prices for the Quality of Service

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There are quite a few luxury 4-star and 5-star hotels in Dallas, TX. All of which offer elegant suites and most of which offer great spa amenities. After doing some research, I found that Hotel Crescent Court offered the spa services I wanted to give my bridesmaids and mothers at a more reasonable price than other hotels of the same (and sometimes lower) caliber. Because their prices were so reasonable, I was able to pay for even more spa services that I was originally planning on purchasing. I ended up giving everyone a 50 minute massage, a 50 minute pedicure, a 25 minute manicure, and a 50 minute facial.

The prices for the rooms are also more reasonable than expected. I was also able to afford an the astonishing Uptown Suite on the top floor for an overnight stay. But more on this awesome suite later.

The Spa is Amazing

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The award-winning spa is located in the lowest level of the Hotel Crescent complex. As we arrived in the 22,000 square foot spa we were immediately greeted by an associate who gave us a tour of their state of the art facilities. These facilities include: steam room, dry sauna, hot tub, cold tub, showers, lounges, and a weight room/workout facility. Of course the Hotel Crescent Court offers a wide variety of spa services. But we highly recommend the Rose Grand Cru Facial, the French Clay Detox Body Therapy, and the Stone Therapy Massage.

A wide variety of wellness/fitness classes are offered at the Hotel Crescent Court Spa. There are a wide variety of fitness classes for all levels of fitness. We recommend the Yoga Stretch, Body Balance, and the Core and More Sculpting classes.

The Uptown Suite

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In previous weddings, other members of the bridal party and I stayed have always stayed at a hotel the night before. However, often times there was never really enough space or beds for everyone, so a few people had to sleep on the couch. Trust me, it is never fun when you are staying in a suite at a 4-star to 5-star hotel and end up sleeping on the couch. So, with my wedding, I wanted to avoid this situation at all costs for my bridesmaids.

The Hotel Crescent Court stood out to me as I was doing my research; because when compared to other hotels of the same caliber in the area, the Crescent had more affordable suites. To top it off, compared to the other hotels, I found that Hotel Crescent Court had suites that were more like apartments. When I read about the amenities for The Uptown Suite, I knew this was the suite that we needed. This amazing suite is two stories and includes; 2 bedrooms (each fully equipped with King sized beds and TV’s), 2.5 bathrooms, a large dining table, living area, a sun room, butlers’ pantry, coat closet, and exquisitely large landscape windows. If you are looking into a nice staycation with a few of your girlfriends, we highly recommend you look into the Uptown Suite (get the one on the 7th floor).

It’s so quiet

Photo courtesy of Hotel Crescent Court

Not enough can be said about how much I appreciate quietness. There have been so many times at other hotels where we could hear people in the halls, arguments about “lack of communication” in the room next door, and even noise from outside. Despite it’s location in the middle of Oak Lawn, we had no trouble at all with ambient city noises bothering us during the day or waking us up in the middle of the night. As far as noises in the hallway, we never heard anyone in the hallway. Really truly, the only ambient noises we could hear, were the sounds that other members of our party made as they moved around in the suite taking care of their own business. It is easy for us to conclude, that the lack of external noise was the absolute linchpin for our wonderful stay at the Hotel Crescent Court.

Stunning Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Hotel Crescent Court

Picture stunning 1920’s Art Deco Design but with a more Modern twist. You have just imagined that lovely interior of Hotel Crescent Court. The interior designer (waldrop+nichols studio, llc) has truly outdone themselves with creating one of the most welcoming designs we have ever seen. The natural lighting in the grand foyer and the guest rooms offers guests with a sense of genuine happiness as if the weight of the world has momentarily been lifted off your shoulders. We can honestly say, that (until our stay at Hotel Crescent Court) we have never experienced a hotel that has a genuine ability to call us in with its interior design saying “Come, get away from all your worries of the world and sit with us. Relax, all will be well.”


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The Vendors that Helped us Achieve the Wedding of our Dreams (even during a COVID-19 Lockdown)

It is so hard to believe that our wedding was only 12 days. While my husband and I had the time of our lives. I think I can honestly speak for the both of us (as well as our families) when I say that we are more than relieved that it is over! But needless to say, we did have the time of our lives while celebrating our wedding. Of course, none of that would be possible with out the amazing vendors who have stepped up during the tumultuous time and helped us achieve the wedding of our dreams! Here is the list of the major vendors that we used and our honest opinion of each


Venue: Filter Building at White Rock Lake

Photo Source: Watermelon Kid

The location is perfect because it has an amazing view of White Rock Lake. But it is also nestled away in Lakewood, making it a little more private and secluded than many other wedding venues in the Dallas Metroplex. Under normal circumstances the venue can only fit about 200 people. However, with current state regulations it is only able to allow for 50% of its capacity. Therefore, it can only allow about 100 guests (inside). Which was more than what we needed for our event. The price for renting this unique, historic venue was unbeatable.

Here’s a few things you should know before you book:

  • Like most weddings, communication can get kind of crazy (especially closer to the date of the event). To help prevent this, any questions/concerns that you have for the venue regarding your event needs to come directly from the bride/groom only.
  • You are given a 2 hour walk through of the venue with your venue prior to this event.
  • However, the 2 hour walk through is only from Monday to Thursday (We ended up doing our rehearsal on a Friday at a different location).

Instagram: @thefilterbuilding Facebook: @TheFilterBuilding

Coordinator: Tie-A-Bow Special Event Planning

With all of the national and global events that have occurred between Thanksgiving of last year to now, this event could not have been accomplished without the help of Jennifer Hines at Tie-a-Bow Special Event Planning. She helped us come up with really great cost effective ideas that added a little extra “umph” to the decor and design. She helped us find vendors that were within our budget. Finally, she came up with practical yet effective ideas and solutions that would help limit the spread of COVID-19 and give our guests a piece of mind during our special day.

Instagram: @tieabowdallas Facebook: @Jenniferhinesdallas

Photography: Daylilies Photography

Photographer: Daylilies Photography

Daley Kappenman is the incredible woman behind the amazing photos on this post and some of my Instagram posts. We specifically choose her for a few reasons. But one of the biggest reasons, is she is really good at capturing the personalities of her subjects as well as the dynamics of the relationships in her photos. Daley started out with doing our Engagement Photos, which turned out amazingly! Matt and I both really enjoyed working with her, so we decided to hire her (and her husband) for our Wedding photos. They not only were able to take the amazing photos you see on this post; but they were also able to keep us running on time (if not early). Huge Kudos to Daley and her husband Donald!

Instagram: @day_lilies Facebook: @dayliliesphotography

Floral: Lace Bouquet

I love, love, love flowers! The florals are easily my favorite part of any wedding and they have a magical yet elegant way of pulling together all the colors and creating the desired ambiance. The colors I picked for my wedding included Dusty Blue, Misty Grey, and Lavender Purple. This combination of colors are not often used together in weddings. Because I used such a uncommon color scheme, I wanted a florist that has experience using an uncommon combinations of flowers.

The Lace Bouquet, caught my attention on Instagram before my husband even proposed. I fell in love with her unusual flower selection in the bridal and great taste in flower arranging. She is wonderful to work with and came up with some really amazing cost effective ideas that would still help us make the venue look amazing without breaking the bank.

Instagram: @thelacebouquet Facebook: @Thelacebouquet

Caterer: Two Sisters Catering

Hands down, best catering food I have ever eaten in my life. Prior to COVID-19, we had catered food a lot at work. I have found that most catered food tastes the same. But the catering from Two Sisters does not fit this category by any means. The Chef (Brock Boyd) does an amazing job with mixing and matching different spices; then combining them and makes them into this wonderfully delicious dish. For example for our wedding we chose Avocado Deviled Eggs, Grilled Peach wrapped in Prosciutto, Salad with a Greek Yogurt and Sriracha Dressing, and Grilled Chicken covered in a Mustard Sauce. The food was amazing and the left overs have fed my husband and I for the last week.

Instagram: @cateringtwosisters Facebook: @twosisterscateringdallas

DJ: DJ Haze

DJ Haze did an amazing job and we loved working with him! During the Ceremony, he did an excellent job at coordinating the music to the processional and recessional. After the ceremony, he played a wonderful mix of genres for the cocktail hour and dinner; all of which perfectly fit the mood. The dancing, however, was the best part of the wedding (as it always should be). DJ Haze had a couple of assistance working with him. His assistants would join us (and even sometime lead) the guests on the dance floor. At times even DJ Haze himself, would make it a point to join us in dancing during the reception. We all had a great time!

Facebook: @RogerHayesDJHaze

Calligrapher: Bethany’s Letter Shop

Photography by: Daylilies Photography

Not enough can be said about this lovely lady that will do her justice. She has been tremendously helpful during the whole process of preparing for a wedding. (Due to unforseen circumstances with Covid) she was able to step in at the last minute an help design some of the most beautiful wedding invitation suites I have ever seen. But she does not only do invitation suites. For our wedding, she provided me with “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs, uniquely designed table number, a cake topper, and a seating chart for the reception. She also created an amazing welcome sign for our guests. I highly, highly recommend Bethany as your wedding calligrapher.

Instagram: @bethanyslettershop Facebook: @bethanyslettershop

Cakes: Dallas Affairs

This was a choice that my husband and I made together prior to the wedding. From the moment we started talking with them we knew that we were in good hands! When we first met with them, the meeting itself was nearly 2 hours long. We discussed everything we needed to discuss regarding our wedding cake. There were even aspects of the wedding caked and grooms cake design and delivery that we did not even know exists; nevertheless, these were all discussed. By the end of our meeting, we both had a very clear understanding of what the cakes would look like, how they would taste, and so on.

And of course, the cakes were absolutely stunning and tasted amazing.

Instagram: @dallasaffaires Facebook: @dallasaffaires

Cover Photo: Daylilies Photography


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Where to Eat, Drink, & Play on the Lake Lewisville

Something I have noticed about living in The Colony is that the communities of Little Elm, The Colony, and Western Frisco living revolves around Lake Lewisville. After a long winter, warm weather is finally upon us. With the warm weather comes our ability to enjoy the outdoors and spend lots of time on the lake in our back yard, Lake Lewisville. This will officially, be Matt’s (and mine, to a certain extent) first summer with easy access to the lake. While I am very much looking forward to spending some much needed time on the lake, I am also looking forward to spending time on the shoreline. Here are some fun places that Matt and I are looking forward to visiting during the warm weather.


Eat & Drink (Lakeside)

Fair Winds Bar & Grill

Photo Source: Fair Winds Facebook

Fair Winds Bar & Grill is a located at Pier 121 Marina. With great views of Lake Lewisville on their Dog-Friendly patio, we cannot think of a better place to wind down after a crazy day at work. While enjoying the warm weather and lovely scenery of a sunset on Lake Lewisville, be sure to have their Frozen Margarita paired with their Mahi Mahi Tacos, Fried Elotes, and Texas Cowboys’ Bowl.

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Angelina’s Don Frisco’s

Photo Source: Angelina’s Don Frisco’s Facebook Page

Granted, there is a little bit of a distance between the patio of Angelina’s and Lake Lewisville. But nevertheless, you and your group will still be able to relax to the lovely Texas Scenery with distant lake views. While you are being soothed by the tranquil breeze coming from over the water, be sure to order a pitcher of the Aqua De Laguna for you and your adult friends! This cool drink pairs well with the Fiesta Supreme (for the table) as well as Taco Dinner (for yourself).

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Lakeview Drafthouse

Photo Courtesy of Lakeview Drafthouse

Lakeview Drafthouse is the perfect place to gather with a few of your adult friends, sit on the patio and socialize while sipping on your favorite craft beer. They have Happy Hour daily! On Monday through Friday it is from 3 pm to 6:30 pm. Or you can celebrate your weekends with a Happy Hour from 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Some great items on their menu that pair well with the warm weather and cold beer are Fried Shimp Po’Boy, Fried Chicken “Funnel Cake” Sandwich, and Guacamole Cheese Burgers.

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Rockin’s Bar & Grill

Photo Courtesy of Rockin’ S Bar and Grill

This cool Rock-n-Roll themed restaurant is located in The Colony at Hidden Cove. As the first day of Spring 2020 quickly approaches, we cannot think of a better place to spend a Parent’s Night Out with your friends. There are a couple options for you and your group. You could spend the evening at the bar watching your favorite baseball team, or your group could spend the evening on the patio watching the sun go down. While you are there, be sure to grab yourself a frozen margarita which pairs well with Roast Beef French Dip, Chicken Ranch Wrap, or the Sliced Flat Iron Steak Sandwich.

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Hula Hut

Photo Courtesy of Hula Hut Little Elm

Mexican cuisine, with polynesian twist and great views of the water! This restaruant is perfect for anyone who is looking for some island time, but without having to travel to Polynesia. Hula Hut has a great patios and sitting areas with perfect views of Lake Lewisville and other bodies of water. This is a great place to bring your family or meet up with friends! While you are there, be sure to try the Polynesian Pescado Platter or the Huli Huli Luau Platter which are perfect for large groups!

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Sneaky Pete’s (Eat, Drink, and Play)

Sneaky Pete’s has everything! Going to Sneaky Pete’s can easily be a all day affair. It’s a restaurant with a patio and a pavilion (both have lakeside views). But they also have a pool, an outdoor stage for live music, sand volleyball courts, and boat parking. If you are just looking for finger food to share, be sure to order the Bacon Cheese Fries for you and your friends. Or if you and your family are looking for dinner try the Combo Seafood Basket or the California Chicken Entree.

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Lakefront at Little Elm

Photo of Little Elm Park Courtesy of Lake Lewisville

The Lakefront at Lake Lewisville has so many things to do for adults and children alike! Little Elm Park is open 24/7 and includes eight sand volleyball courts, a large beach, fire pits, Lakefront Grill and more! For water sport, there are a few options including Cottonwood Creek Marina, DFW Surf, a Boat Ramp and Hydrous Park. There are many local options for food Little Elm Park; including Hula Hut, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Jim’s Pizza, and Towers Tap House. Finally for adults only groups include Little Elm Crafthouse and Margarita Hut.

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Hydrous Wake Park

Photo Courtesy of Hydrous – Lake Lewisville

Hydrous is the a great place to learn to wake board or to perfect your wake boarding talents. If you have never wake boarded before, or if you do not have the proper equipment, Hydrous Wake Park has everything you need when learning to wake board. They rent out wakeboards and kneeboards, offer lessons, and have other equipment for more experienced boarders. For those who are not into the wakeboarding or kneeboarding scene, Hydrous Wake Park also has an inflatable giant obstacle course! The park is also right next door to the Towers Tap House, where you can join your friends for a few beers after spending a few hours on the water.

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The Tribute Golf Course

Photo Courtesy of The Tribute

Based in the developing community of The Tribute in The Colony, this new Golf Course is perfect for anyone looking to try their hand at the British Open but without the cost. The Tribute Golf Course has a few holes that are Replicas of some famous British Open holes. Of course, you will be golfing with added benefit of the natural beauty of Lake Lewisville in the background.

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Old American Golf Club

Photo Courtesy of Matthews Southwest

The Old American Golf Club is also located in the developing neighborhood of the Tribute Lakeside Golf and Resort Community. This golf club is perfect for any one who is looking to relax in a more casual environment. The Old American Golf Course also offers golfing on the banks of Lake Lewisville. They have dining and other social events that their members can enjoy including: wine tasting, Father’s/Mother’s Day Brunches, Mystery Dinners and more. Or for those who enjoy LPGA Tournaments, The Old American is the hosts the Volunteers of America Classic on a yearly basis.

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On the Water

Dinner Cruises

Photo Courtesy of Sam’s Dock Boat Rentals

Sam’s Dock Boat Rentals is located at Pier 121 on Lake Lewisville. The boat pictured above is Miss Gloria which features two walk-up bars, large sun deck for open air dining, 5 large TV’s, and a commercial kitchen for caterers. Sam’s Dock has many fun themed cruises through out the season, including: the Easter Sunday Brunch, Pre-Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks Cruise. Miss Gloria is also available to rent for anyone looking to host a floating event!

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Cover Photo Courtesy of Sneaky Pete’s

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8 of the Most Creative Margaritas in Dallas

The following post was originally written for and published on Dallasites101 Blog. To read the full version click here.

One of the best parts about living in Texas is the artful adoption of Mexican cuisine into our daily diet. The margarita is (of course) an essential piece of that. While there isn’t a lot that beats a traditional margarita on the rocks (or frozen) there are also a lot of creative takes on the margarita around town that allow you to have some fun and mix it up!


CHAMPAGNE PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITA

TWO MULES CANTINA AT TEXICAN COURT HOTEL

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CHAMPAGNE PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITA: TEXICAN COURT HOTEL

Is there any place more perfect to celebrate National Margarita Day (or month) than at the Southwestern-themed urban retreat hotel, Texican Court? Their Two Mules Cantina is serving up a Champagne Prickly Pear Margarita to pay homage to the month of love. Made with Milagro Silver Tequila, Cointreau, prickly pear syrup, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and topped with champagne, the raspberry-watermelon-like taste of the prickly pear is sure to make anyone fall in love.

They top it off with a glass rimmed with sugar for a sweet ending to your sip! And if you’re looking to celebrate both Valentine’s and National Margarita Day, make a staycation out of it by booking a room overlooking the retro pool! You can sip on margs all night long!

IRVING | DIRECTIONS


BIG RED-RITA

MIA’S TEX-MEX

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BIG RED RITA: MIA’S TEX-MEX

If you are looking for a really great dive Tex-Mex restaurant, look no further than Mia’s Tex-Mex, but don’t expect it to be a hidden gem with no wait- it’s a beloved Dallas institution serving the community for over 40 years. Do expect excellent margaritas, and for those who are fans of Big Red Soda, Mia’s Tex-Mex has a treat for you! They serve a huge goblet of frozen margarita with an entire bottle of Big Red Soda tipped upside down inside. This unique margarita costs about $12 and perfectly complements the one taco that Mia’s is famous for: their Brisket Taco.

OAK LAWN | DIRECTIONS


HIBISCUS CHAMPAGNE MARGARITA

MIA DIA FROM SCRATCH

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HIBISCUS CHAMPAGNE MARG: MIA DIA FROM SCRATCH

The Hibiscus Champagne Margarita has been created by the Mixologists at Mi Dia from Scratch to give their patrons a really cool ‚ÄúWow‚ÄĚ factor as they enjoy their meal. Served in a large martini glass, the bartender pours the Margarita Mix over the dry ice, followed by an entire tiny bottle of Champagne! Because of this fun presentation of this sweet and flowery cocktail, this specialty margarita is perfect for any celebration (especially birthdays and bachelorettes). It will also give you the perfect footage for any Snapchat or Instagram story.

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MAMBO TAXI

MI COCINA

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MAMBO TAXI: MI COCINA 

How could we write an article about  margaritas and not include the Holy Grail of them all – the Mambo Taxi?! Mi Cocina has been around for decades now, opening back in 1991. When we first arrived in Dallas, we were told we needed to go immediately for some classic Dallas Tex-Mex. Upon arrival, we spotted a frozen swirl of yellow and purple on every other table – that was the  Mambo Taxi, one of the most popular margaritas in all of Dallas! It‚Äôs made with Sauza Silver Tequila, lime juice, housemade sangria with Pinot Noir, brandy and juices, giving it that Instagrammable swirl look to it!

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ACTIVATED CHARCOAL MARGARITA

RESIDENT TAQUERIA

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ACTIVATED CHARCOAL MARG: RESIDENT TAQUERIA

Using his knowledge from his unique culinary background, Chef Savoie is able to create an amazing fusion of flavor in his tacos and margaritas. Think a Pecan Smoked Chicken, Glazed Pork Belly, Caramelized cauliflower, and Slow Cooked Mushroom. All of these tacos go well with their signature Activated Charcoal Margarita. Do not let the name fool you! It tastes like lemon (sort of) and makes you feel healthy, while still indulging in a margarita!

LAKE HIGHLANDS | DIRECTIONS


AVOCADO MARGARITA

MESO MAYA

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AVOCADO MARG: MESO MAYA

Meso Maya has some of the best upscale Mexican cuisine in DFW, with a focus on the interior regions of Mexico. Between the delicious food and Latin atmosphere, we love taking out of town guests to Meso Maya, but a meal wouldn’t be complete without the Avocado Margarita! Think muddled avocado, pineapple and lime juice, Cointreau and tequila. If it sounds like it would taste like a non-sweet smoothie, think again. It’s light and refreshing and it a surprisingly amazing treat!

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MATCHA GARDEN

JINYA RAMEN BAR

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MATCHA GARDEN MARG: JINYA RAMEN BAR

Another unique feature about Dallas, that we love is the amazing Asian Fusion food. Jinya Ramen Bar is one of the best locations that serves Asian Fusion in Dallas. Restaurant founder, Tomonori Takahashi, does a fantastic job at fusing Japanese Ramen with our favorite Mexican flavors. The Matcha Garden includes house-made Matcha tequila, prosecco and basil Green Tea Margarita is no exception and is sure to please. This refreshing cocktail goes best with the Slurp Up Cilantro Ramen, Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen, and the Salmon Poke Mini Tacos.

VICTORY PARK | DIRECTIONS


THE RIMY RITA

THE RUSTIC

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RIMY RITA: THE RUSTIC

One of our favorite cocktails is the Margarita Sangria swirl, but the Rustic puts a really fun and upbeat twist on this fantastic cocktail. Their version? The Rimy Rita which includes a goblet of traditional margarita and a sangria in popsicle form. You can either eat the popsicle and drink the drink separately, or you can allow the popsicle to melt and stir it into the margarita. But no matter what you choose, the Rimy Rita is bound to stimulate your taste buds and pairs perfectly with a warm summer evening on the Rustic’s huge patio and live music!

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5 Fun Places in The Colony that are Great for Family Activities

I have spent an overwhelming majority of my life living in Plano, Texas. But now, my Fiance has moved to The Colony (November 2019); and in July, I will be moving in with him as his wife. Over the 25 years of living in Plano, it has been amazing to see how my hometown has grown as well the areas surrounding it. Recently, I have decided to change the focus of my blogging so that I can learn more about Frisco, The Colony, and Plano and to share what I learn about this wonderful community that I will be moving to in six months. The more I learn about The Colony, the more amazing it is to see how this community grown significantly and has become very family oriented with many fun activities. Even though Matt and I do not have children yet, we are hoping to have a few children in the future. Here are some great places I found for anyone of all ages to visit (specially families with children).


Top Golf

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There are so many fun and distracting things to do at TopGolf that we cannot possibly think of a better place to spend time with your family and friends. For the avid golfers in the group, there are about 13 golfing related games for you to play. These games include TopDrive, TopShot, and Quick 9. TopGolf also has other non-golfing games that member of your group can play; including billiards and fooseball. For those who are looking for a space to celebrate something such as a birthday or graduation, TopGolf provides packages starting at $44 per guest.

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Lasertag – DFW

Photo Courtesy of Visit The Colony

If you are worried about your little ones running around in a dimly lit area with special effect fog and flashing lights, worry no more! Lasertag – DFW is entirely outdoors and they have 22 acres that is divided into five different lasertag courses. That way you and your family have plenty of space to play and five different fields to choose from. Don’t worry about age, anyone ages 4 and up can participate in this fun activity! If you are looking to go with a larger group prices (10+ People) prices start at $160 and include one attendant and access to their picnic tables.

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Truck Yard – The Colony

Photo Courtesy of Plano Magazine

We love the Truck Yard in Dallas; which is why we were elated to learn that they have opened up another one closer to our home in The Colony. The Truck Yard is a great place for you and your family for many reasons. First, with the regular rotation of food trucks that are parked at the Truck Yard there is guaranteed to be a different selection of food every time you go. Another great reason to visit this awesome location is because it is the home of Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. The museum is full of toilet seats that have been turned into pieces of art work, which is bound to amuse the children. The final reason that your family is will love this eatery, is that there is plenty of room for your children to play around or dance to some of the live music from their featured artists.

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Nature Trails

(The Tribute Shoreline Nature Trail) Photo Courtesy of AllTrails

Nature trails are always fun and there are always new and exciting things for kids to learn while outside on nature trails. You and your family could go hiking or biking on nature trails. Or you could pack some picnic gear and have a picnic on the shoreline of Lake Lewisville. But no matter what you decide to do, there is only one thing about nature trails that we absolutely love: Nature Trails are 100% free! There is no admittance fee and you do not have to buy anything while you are there! There are a few Nature Trails here in The Colony, but Matt and I have three favorites. Be sure to try The Colony’s Shoreline Trail, The Colony Five Start Hike & Bike Trail, and the newest one (The Tribute Shoreline Trail).

The Colony’s Shoreline Trail

The Colony Five Star Hike & Bike Trail

The Tribute Shoreline Trail

The Shacks at Austin Ranch

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In a nutshell, The Shacks at Austin Ranch are six eateries and a dog park all connected by a large patio. I love this location for many reasons. First, the entire family gets to go (of course when I say entire family, it means that your dog can join you on this outing). Another reason to love the Shacks, is the freedom to choose. If your family cannot decide on what to eat there are six different options that each family member can choose from. For those in the family who love Japanese ramen should try TEN Ramen. Mom and Dad can get adult beverages at Grrrowlers or coffee at Turbo. If anyone wants street tacos they can go to OMG Tacos. Tacklebox sells some great seafood; and Dirty Burger sells your favorite American Cuisine.

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5 Bars in Frisco that are perfect for Parent’s Night Out

We all love our children and our families, but (let’s face it) there are times when we would like to get out of the house and have some time of our own. Whether you are going on a date night with your significant other or planning a girls’/guys’ night out with your friends, here are five great places right in Frisco that you should consider when making your next adults only plans.

Rare Books Bar

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It is hard to believe that one of our favorite eras (the Roaring 20’s) was 100 years ago! Fortunately, right here in Frisco there is a really fun bar that is worth visiting (especially if you are a bourbon aficionado). The Rare Books Bar is a speakeasy that has an extensive selection of bourbon. Keeping true to the Roaring 20‚Äôs theme, this speakeasy has a “secret door” and requires a password prior to entry. Their weekly password is announced on their Instagram page. So be sure to follow so that you can keep up to date! While you are there, be sure to try our favorite cocktail the Whistlepig Old Fashioned. If you would like to add a little extra flair when visiting this bar, dress up in a Roaring 20‚Äôs costume when you go!

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From the great location at the Star in Frisco, to the good food to the luxurious rooftop bar, there are many things to like about City Works. However, for the craft beer lover in your relationship, there are exactly 90 reasons to love City Works. This is be cause they have 90 local (or close to it) craft beers on tap. Plus, between the 1st and 2nd floor, they have over 200 taps pouring your favorite craft beers. While you are there, be sure to try the Velvet Hammer by Peticolas. It pairs well with the Smokehouse Burger, Filet Minon Sliders, and the Smoked BBQ Ribs.

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Kelly’s Craft Tavern

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If you and your group of adults are looking for something much more casual, Kelly’s Craft Tavern is a great place to go. They have more than 52 craft beers on tap that are changing seasonally; which is perfect for the person in your group who loves tasting new and different craft beer flavors. A couple great beers worth trying the is Lakewood Brewing Company’s The Temptress NITRO and the Strawberry Lager by Abita Brewing Company. These beers also pair well with the Chicken Fried Steak Fingers and the Frisco Joe (Sloppy).

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Trophy Park Sports Lounge

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Trophy Park Sports Lounge is a great place for you and your group of friends (or you and your significant other) are allowed to let out your inner child. There are so many fun options to choose from at this lounge. Of course the Trophy Park has some great dining and drink options; but they also have four bowling alleys, fooseball, bocce, arcade games booths, and more! But before your challenge your friends to a great game of bowling, make sure you sit down to eat! We suggest the Lobster Roll or the Pulled Pork entrees! If you are with a larger group, get the Whole King Crab for everyone to share!

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Bottled in Bond

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Named after the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, this awesome bar combines the best of vintage cocktails with some of the best modern sophisticated interior design. The absolute best time for you and your significant other to go is on Friday. Because on Friday, Bottled in Bond has live music from local artists including; Corina Grove and Caroline Milton. As you are listening to the live music you could be sipping on some of fun cocktails like the Whiskey Daisy or the Vieux Carre. Of course while drinking, you cannot forget about the finger food. Be sure to try the Glazed Bison Meatballs and the Navy Bean Hummus with your drinks!

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7 Wellness Resorts Around Texas for an Escape

This post was originally written for and published on the Dallasites101 Blog. To see the original article click here.

Sometimes it easy to forget that there is more to this state than just Dallas and everything going on in the city! If you are ready for an escape for some R&R, we have gathered 7 wellness resorts around the state that are sure to help you wind down!


MIRAVAL AUSTIN

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MIRAVAL AUSTIN

Set only 30 minutes outside of Austin overlooking the Lake Travis, Miraval is a perfect place to retreat into your personal inner world of peace for a tranquil getaway. The property is staffed with astrologers, psychics, mystics, pilates instructors, yoga instructors, sound healers, and therapists. Unlike booking a room at a hotel, Miraval sells packages. The Miraval Ultimate Package starts at $629 per night and includes a $175 nightly credit, unlimited classes, luxurious accommodations, unlimited snacks, meals, and non-alcoholic beverages.

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LAKE AUSTIN SPA RESORT

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LAKE AUSTIN SPA RESORT

Lake Austin Spa Resort was the #1 Texas Resort by Conde Nast Traveler in 2018 and is a great location for anyone looking for a couples getaway. This awesome facility offers a whole host of wonderful activities including: fitness and culinary classes, lectures, boating, Yoga, Meditation, Health, and many more. Other water activities include hydro-bikes, kayaks, and sculling boats. There are two types of packages that this exclusive Spa Resort offers its customers, but we recommend the Spa Refresher Package that costs $575 per person per night; a $160 spa and fitness credit per person per night, is included with this package!

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HORSESHOE BAY RESORT

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HORSESHOE BAY RESORT

Nominated for the 2019 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Horseshoe Bay Resort offers quite a few unique accommodations for their guests. For sleeping accommodations, guests have the option to either stay in a hotel room or they have the option to rent a lakeside condo, villa, or private home. They have a private jet center which includes fuel services and discounts, hangar storage, vehicle rental, charter services, and more. Anyone looking for a romantic getaway, there are several fun activities for couples which includes: sunset cruises, Winery Tours, and couples massages.

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DEER LAKE LODGE

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DEER LAKE LODGE

Glamping paired with a full spa and wellness facilities, Deer Lake Lodge is the perfect place for anyone looking to get far off the beaten path. Amenities includes a shop that sells CBD oils, creams, and ointments, detox and cleansing services, massages, facials, body wraps, colon hydrotherapy, harmonizing rituals, iridology, reiki, scalp therapy, ionic foot baths, private and group yoga sessions. The minimum stay is three days and two nights and guests are given the option to stay in either a cabin or a suite. Suites start at $1050 for three days and two nights. Cabins start at $1250 for three days and two nights.

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LOST PINES RESORT & SPA

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LOST PINES RESORT & SPA

Set right outside of Austin, Lost Pines Resort and Spa is the most family-friendly resort spa on this list, with several activities that are enjoyable for adults and children alike. These activities include trapshooting, fishing excursions, tomahawk throwing, archery, equestrian, ziplining, survival skills, kayaking, and more. Some enjoyable activities geared more for adults include: Wolfdancer Golf Club, Spa Django, StayFit Gym, Stories Fine Dining, Shellers Barrelhouse Bar and Scribes Club (seasonal).

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CIBOLO CREEK RANCH

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CIBOLO CREEK RANCH

Located just East of the Chinati Mountains in Marfa, there is a highly exclusive hotel that is worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. Cibolo Creek Ranch has some fantastic amenities including wonderful ranch-style cuisine and fine wines, a pool, charging stations for your Tesla, fitness center, media room, and a private airstrip. You can even bring your best furry friend because pets are allowed everywhere on the ranch except for the dining room. Guests have the option to either rent a Fort or a Room.

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THE JOULE

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THE JOULE

If you don’t want to leave Dallas, the Joule Hotel is a fantastic alternative! It is home to a full spa and a fitness studio (VITAL) that includes group fitness and yoga classes. It’s the spa that takes the cake though Рyou’ll head down to a cave-like set up with impeccable facilities that include a special rainfall shower, steam room, sauna, coed pool with lounge chairs, a relaxation room with tea and snacks and some of the best treatments in town.

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5 Beautiful French Chateaus that are Perfect for Destination Weddings

After my engagement, I seriously considered having a destination wedding. Of course, my dream venue for a destination wedding would have been a unique (yet stunning) French chateau. This would allow my guests and I to spend a ween on vacation, then celebrate the end of the week with a wedding. Eventually, we decided to stay in the Dallas area for my wedding. But I did want to share the five chateaus that I was considering prior to making the decision to stay in Dallas. Even if you are not planning a destination wedding, you can still rent theses Chateaus as a holiday/vacation home.

Chateau de Jaques

This stunning property is a fantastic place for anyone who is looking for something small and private. The chateau can comfortably accommodate up to 32 guests. There are so many sights for you and your guests to see during your stay at Chateau de Jaques. The Chateau itself is on roughly 24 acres of land which includes lush gardens, wooded areas, and a courtyard. For those who love the outdoors, there are cycle and equine trails nearby. The Marne River is also about a 15 minute walk from the Chateau. For those who are looking more for the hustle and bustle of a city, the stunning town of Chalons-en-Champagne is a 10 minute drive away. There are several fun activities for you and your guests in Chalons-en-Champagne, but definitely try Caves Joseph Peirre (also function as a champagne house), a canal cruise, Musee des Beaux-Arts et d’Archeologie, Les Jards, Circus Performances, and Basilique Notre-Dame de l’Epine. It is also worth noting that Paris is just an hour train ride away.

Max. Number of Guests: 32

Estimated Price: $33/guest/night

Region: Champagne

Chateau des Joyaux

Chateau des Joyaux is perhaps one of the most notable chateaus in the Loire Valley. The ornate appearance and decor makes the beautiful chateau look like it came straight out of the pages of your favorite fairy tale story. For anyone who is looking for a fantasy dream wedding, the Chateau des Joyaux is available to rent as a holiday home and can accommodate you, your significant other, and 48 of your closest friends and family. There are many things for you and your guests to do during your stay. The Loire Valley is home to some of the best wine in the world. While you are there, be sure to take advantage of the A La Francaise! Loire Valley wine tour!

Max. Number of Guests: 50

Estimated Price: $149.68 (if 50 people go)

Region: Loire Valley

The Exclusive Village

Why get married in a French Chateau, when you can get married in a fully renovated 13th Century French Village? This lovely village is complete with 14 houses (with modern pluming and Wifi access), a church, private garden, and a vaulted reception room.This venue is a fantastic option for you and your wedding guests, because the separate houses will allow your guests to have more privacy should they need it. The Exclusive Village is located in Gascony which is the most rural region of France. However, there are somethings to do. About a 20 minute drive from the village down of Condom, France. For activities to do there are several options available Condom; try the distillery tour at Chateau le Courrejot, a boat tour with Gascogne Navigation, and Le Padoue Bar and Restaurant.

Max. Number of Guests: 80

Estimated Price: Inquire with the Website

Region: Midi-Pyrenees

Chateau Crystal

This lovely estate is located on 105 stunning acres. The estate is large enough for just about any desired outdoor activity, including: Hot Air Ballooning, Hunting, Cycling and Equine. For your guests who enjoy fishing, there is a 22 acre pond on the estate property that is perfect for their favorite activity. If you have guests that are looking more for the hustle and bustle of a big city, Angers is just a 20 minute drive! While you are there be sure to visit Musee Jean-Lurcat (12-century hospital), Musee des Beaux-Arts, the Angers Cathedral, Jardin des Plantes, and Carre Cointreau (Triple Sec Distillery).

Max. number of Guests: 38

Estimated Price: $44.84/night/person (if all 38 people)

Region: Loire Valley

Chateau le Duc and Gite

This beautiful chateau encompasses all the elegance of french decor, yet has the coziness of home. You and your guests will feel secluded on the 12 acres of land. There are plenty of activities to do on the estate including Badminton Tennis, and barbecue. If there is anyone who loves to golf, there is a golf course in Excideuil that is about 15 minutes away. Or if you would like to include a wine tasting as part of your nuptial festivities, Chateau le Duc can host a wine tasting for you.

Max. Number of Guests: 43

Estimated Price: Inquire with the Website

Region: Dordogne

All these holiday Chateaus were chosen organically found on Oliver’s Travels

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Engagement Photos in Downtown Plano

Happy (Belated) Holidays! Life has been a little crazy recently with the holidays and the new year. On Thanksgiving 2019, my boyfriend proposed. I was so surprised. As I knew it was coming, I just was not expecting it until this year. So along with celebrating Christmas and New Years, we have also been planning a wedding. Of course, what would wedding planning be if we didn’t get engagement photos? Here are all the lovely details about our photographer, our props, and the location.

Photography: Daylilies Photography

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We heard about Daley (the photographer) through my mom, who has worked with Daley previously. Now, those who know Matt and I will tell you that we are both extremely camera shy. For example, the photo below (right) is the first photo he and I have taken together as a couple, taken over a year ever we started dating. Daley did such an excellent job with helping us to overcome our shyness and become more comfortable in front of the camera. We loved working with her!

This is the only photo that Matt and I have taken together. It was taken after we got engaged (over a year after we started dating).

Daley is the perfect photographer for anyone who is looking for someone to capture their personality and relationship dynamics. She is a great photographer, not only for engagements but also for families, heads hots, and dancers. Even in some of the photos below include some of the dynamics between Matt and I. One photo includes a rather funny mannerism that Matt expresses a lot. Another one of the photos below was taken right after Matt poked me in the ribs (which is a rather sensitive area).

The Mugs: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made Crafts

Photos Courtesy of Daylilies Photography

Funny story about these mugs, I bought these months ago so that I could do some sort of giveaway during Wedding season for coffee and tea lovers. However, the idea fell through and I decided to hold on to the mugs for another day. Then December came around and I was looking for really nice mugs to have for our engagement photos. then I remembered these mugs and brought them with us to the engagement shoot.

Photos Courtesy of Daylilies Photography

These mugs were actually purchased on ETSY at Fearfully & Wonderfully Made Crafts. However, the owner has taken a break for the holidays. Be sure to check out their website, Instagram, and Facebook!

Location: Historic Downtown Plano

There were two main locations in the Downtown Plano area that we used. The first was one of my personal favorites, 1418 Coffee House. The second location was at Shinola.

1418 Coffee House

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1418 Coffee House is one of my favorite coffee shops in Plano! It is a favorite for so many reasons. First, I love how they have renovated their antique little building and made it their own. The couches, chairs and the whole ambiance is very relaxing and cozy. Over the last two years, it has become one of my favorite places to go and work solely because of the warm atmosphere.

Photos Courtesy of Daylilies Photography

Or if you are just looking for a local place in Plano that sells locally sources, fair trade coffee and teas that taste amazing. Then look no further than 1418 Coffee House. They sell coffee that is locally roasted by a small coffee roaster that provides the community with Direct Trade coffee (Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters). Plus, they have some of the best Chai Tea around!

Photos Courtesy of Daylilies Photography

Now regarding the pictures. While 1418 is an easy choice because of the unique decor and historic location, there was a little bit of more sentiment to the decision. 1418 Coffee House was the location of our first date. It was the place where he and I officially met each other (in-person).

Shinola

All of the pictures that were taken inside, were taken at Shinola. This is a really great store for anyone looking to buy any high-end leather items. They sell jewelry, jackets, bicycles, journals, and other supplies for outdoors, travel and home. However, their watches are some of my favorite items. The faces of each watch are uniquely designed and the wristbands are so well made that they are sure to last.

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