permitting, the classes go from grass to grill and end by sampling sizzling cuts of steaks. For a special dinner on the Square, check out Harvest, – elegant, farm-to-table and so sustainable that the table probably came from the farm, too. Even simple items have flair; think sweet potato puree with a kick of cayenne, and don’t skip the squash gratin.
OLD FASHIONED: GRANBURY
Nestle into nostalgia with a stay at the Iron Horse Inn Bed and Breakfast and prepare to be pampered. Over a century old and built in Craftsman style, the home features beautiful woodwork and Frank Lloyd Wright-ish touches on the interior. You won’t want to miss innkeeper/owner Diana McBride’s cinnamon rolls – her grandmother’s recipe. Cute shops and boutiques surround the city square, site of one of the state’s most attractive courthouses. Saturday afternoon, stop in at D’Vine Wine for a frozen wine-a-rita, then hit the grape trail to visit several other local wineries or catch a tour at Revolver Brewing. For evening entertainment, “The Odd Couple” is the February production at the historic Granbury Opera House, a beautifully restored 1886 theater with imported chandeliers and graceful twin curved staircases. Learn a little local history and some spooky stories on an evening ghost tour. Or grab a blanket and your honey and head for the vintage Brazos Drive-In Theatre.
WILD: GLEN ROSE
Bring out the beasts for a Sweetheart Safari at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Covering 1,700 acres of hills, pasture and woods, Fossil Rim, accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and participants in the Species Survival Plan, is home to 1,000 animals from 50 species, many of which are endangered. A special Valentine’s package includes a sunset tour followed by a three-course surf-and-turf dinner with homemade desserts and chocolates. For a really amazing holiday, make reservations to spend the night in the Lodge, or safari-style accommodations so close to one of the main watering holes in the preserve that you may be serenaded to sleep by the sounds of nearby animals. Not far from Fossil Rim, Dinosaur Valley State Park with its nine miles of trails is perfect for hiking or biking. The big attraction, however, is exploring along the banks of the Paluxy River where giant sauropods and theropods left tracks 113 million years ago.
Clockwise from top: A beautiful house built in 1907 by Daniel Cogdell became Grapevine’s Iron Horse Inn Bed and Breakfast. // Face to face with a Fossil Rim Wildlife Center resident. // The limestone along the Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park is pocked with dinosaur tracks. // Opposite page: The Spa and Salon at Irving’s Four Seasons offers couples massages and spa cuisine. IRON HORSE INN AND PALUXY RIVER BY ELAINE WARNER; CHEETAH COURTESY FOSSIL RIM WILDLIFE CENTER; FOUR SEASONS SPA BY PETER VITALE
FEBRUARY 2015 // SLICE 87
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