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Hearing it from Grapevine I

TRAVELinc Memo has had an audience with Paul W McCallum, the executive director of Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau in Texas.

The result is a series of articles that will run over the next few weeks. Within a stone’s throw of Dallas Fort Worth, Grapevine will be a logical and attractive stop for Kiwis when borders reopen and the American Airlines service begins between AKL and DFW.

TM: Many people predict there will be a desire (even more than usual) for people to get into wide open spaces when safe travel returns. What are some of the National and/or State Parks, and other outdoor recreational areas accessible from Grapevine?

PW: ‘Grapevine has numerous attractions that allow for social distancing. Outdoor enthusiasts will love Lake Grapevine, which offers kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing, sailing, wave surfing, jet skiing and much more. ‘Grapevine also offers more than 107 kilometres of trails throughout. For bicycling enthusiasts, bikes may be rented at Mad Duck Cyclery in Grapevine. Nash Farm is a living history facility providing lots of fresh air and is open for self-guided tours daily.

‘Historic Downtown Grapevine, recognised on the National Register of Historic Places, is very walkable and provides that sense of being outside while still feeling all the architecture and experiences surrounding you. Grapevine hosts a number of outdoor festivals throughout the year and we expect that they will become even more appealing. Many of our indoor attractions are also very large, giving a sense of being in a safe place, even when inside. ‘This being said, we think people will return to wanting more intimate dining and entertainment experiences in the future with the wide-open spaces appeal only being part of the equation of what makes Grapevine appealing as a destination.’ Click here for info.