What you should know

Grapevine has small-town flair but, with several full-service properties (including mega-resorts like Gaylord and Great Wolf), it’s no stranger to meetings and conventions. It’s halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, with easy airport access. A visitor shuttle provides all-day transportation to key areas throughout the city for $5 per person, and offers discounted group rates. The Grapevine CVB offers planners value-added perks for meeting in the area. Its “Burgundy Brigade,” a 75-person event staff, provides registration assistance and more; there’s a CVB kiosk in the Gaylord Texan Convention Center that is staffed during key events; and for events that are open to the public, the CVB will distribute press releases beforehand to help spread the word. For more information or planning assistance, contact the CVB or Travel Texas.

Where to meet

Great Wolf Lodge, known for its massive, 80,000-sq. ft. indoor waterpark, offers more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space, 605 spacious rooms and complimentary Wi-Fi. Meeting venues include a 7,350-sq. ft. ballroom (capacity: 500 banquet; 685 theater-style), two boardrooms, six meeting rooms and outdoor function space. The 40-acre campus of the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center includes horseback-riding trails, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball and tennis courts, four restaurants and a private fishing lake. The property, minutes from the historic downtown and DFW International Airport, has 393 total rooms and an IACC-certified conference center with 63,000 square feet of space, including a 14,400-sq. ft. exhibit hall, three amphitheaters and 26 meeting rooms. Team-building packages are available; nearby attractions include wineries, Austin Ranch and the Grapevine Mills shopping center. The Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Texan is a 40,000-sq. ft. entertainment complex with four bars, a large dance floor and 13,000 square feet of patio space overlooking Lake Grapevine. The Palace Arts Center  has two historic theaters, the Palace and the Lancaster, that are next door to each other. Meeting space includes a 435-seat auditorium, a 180-seat performance room and indoor/outdoor event space.

Where to find fun

The Grapevine Wine Trail has eight wineries, some of which have meeting space and do custom bottle labeling, too. Lake Grapevine and Nash Farms lend themselves to outdoor events. The Historic District hosts festivals and has shops, restaurants and a studio where attendees can watch glass-blowing demonstrations at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery, which also has team-building packages. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad links Grapevine to Fort Worth with regular trips to the Stockyards. The train can be chartered for special events and parties. Consider booking a private room at a winery for a meal function or treatment rooms at a day spa to pamper attendees. Three golf clubs and Lake Grapevine let groups get outside and be active. In September, visitors can stomp grapes (and win awards for their purple feet) at Grapefest, one of the region’s largest wine festivals. Austin Ranch holds 50 to 1,000 people for private events; attractions include gunfight re-enactments, cookouts, live music, dancing, roping and kids’ activities.

Where to eat

The best local restaurants are steakhouses. Take VIPs to Boi na Braza, the Silver Fox Steakhouse, Mr. G’s or the Old Hickory Steakhouse. Other options: wine dinners at Delaney Vineyards and Winery, the Texas Star Dinner Theater, and Love & War in Texas, a nightclub with live music, Texas-themed menus, private dining space for small groups and off-premise catering options.

Where to shop

Grapevine Mills, an outlet center, features brand-name merchandise at discount prices. Shops in the Historic District sell dolls, gifts, Americana and British imports. The open-air, European-style Grapevine Market, open March through November, hosts vendors selling jewelry, fine art, home décor, antiques and specialty foods.

The 411

  • 5,000+ guest rooms downtown; within 15 minutes of 11,000 additional rooms
  • 400,000+ square feet of meeting space in the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center
  • 200+ restaurants
  • Best values during the summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day) and Christmas season