Photos by Wes and Karen Altom
Grapevine is a suburb in the Mid-Cities region between Dallas and Fort Worth. It is the largest local contributor of land to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, adjacent to a large recreational area on Grapevine Lake, and is headquarters to Game Stop and Kubota Tractor corporations. The local economy is largely centered around tourism, so there is no shortage of chain accommodations and eateries, but we will focus of a few of the unique. One thing is certain—this city of about 50,000 has much more to offer than you have probably heard about through the… well, you know.
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If you aren’t much on hopping from place to place, you can pretty much find it all at Grapevine Mills. The indoor mall features 180 stores and multiple attractions.
Concentrated along Main Street, the Grapevine Historic Main Street District is a walkable, preserved historic area home to winery tasting rooms, the Palace Arts Center, the Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower, one-of-a-kind shops, live entertainment venues, restaurants, and art galleries. Not just a location, but more of a destination, it’s easy to spend an entire day, or weekend. At the clock tower, watch for Nat and Willy, two mechanical train robbers who emerge from the clock twice a day.
Also downtown is The Grapevine Vintage Railroad, a family-friendly attraction upon which passengers can travel on authentic 1920s-era Victorian train coaches along the historic Cotton Belt Route to the Fort Worth Stockyards, or on shorter Grapevine or Trinity River excursions. In addition to regular fares, there are frequent special event trains. The coaches are pulled by one of two vintage locomotives: an 1896 steam locomotive nicknamed “Puffy” and a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive nicknamed “Vinny.”
Focus Find: Corky’s
Ever been to a gaming bistro? I didn’t even know that was a thing! Corky’s Gaming Bistro features 4 themed escape rooms, 10 axe throwing lanes (yes, you read that right), a large assortment of classic arcade games, and (of course) food and drink.
With a wide bar and grill menu variety, including burgers, wings, appetizers, sandwiches, street tacos, and salads, there’s something tasty for any size appetite and dietary need.
We loved the classic arcade games and took advantage of the lunch special which came with a card for 30 minutes of playing time. One-hour and four-hour cards are also available for purchase. Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Galaga, Space Invaders, Donky Kong, Pac-Man…just a few of the 78 classic arcade games and 12 pinball machines that will take you back to your days of mastery at these time-proven classics.
Who knew that axe throwing is the new bowling? Yes, you can rent a lane by the hour, learn how, compete against friends or family, or enter a league. The activity is well-regulated for safety and is available to minors 11 and up with parent/guardian present. Each guest undergoes a briefing and training session, and Corky’s Axeperts supervise every session.
Corky’s has four themed escape rooms for 2-6 participants. Current themes are Alcatraz, Hopeless, Journey to the Jungle, and Jack the Ripper. Do you have what it takes to solve and escape in 60 minutes?
Corky’s is a non-smoking establishment, a great place perfect for birthday parties, work outings, team-building exercises, bachelor or bachelorette parties, or just plain, everyday fun. For additional information, go to corkysgamingbistro.com.