Gigantic Gift: A Girlfriend Getaway in Grapevine Texas

 

Recently I attended Travel Media Showcase in Grapevine, Texas which I highly recommend.

Before the conference began, I had the gigantic gift of being invited on a Girlfriend Getaway with nine other wonderful women writers. We dined, drank and painted our way through town.

I loved walking on Main Street to the Farmer’s Market with Kelly Stilwell from Virtually Yours. She tasted fresh organic figs as well as orange watermelon from a nearby farm. I had never eaten orange watermelon and it was a sweet treat.

Our day included wine tasting at Homestead Winery, Farina’s and Sloan & Williams. This area is called Grapevine because it is where they grow the Texas grapes. At Dino’s Steak & Claw, it became obvious that you are with travel bloggers if everyone at the table gets up and needs a photo of your food!

During Travel Media Showcase, I was thrilled with the professional meetings with incredible destinations. At night, we had the chance to party Texas style at the Glass Cactus. There was music, dancing and of course fantastic Texas BBQ. I was able to interview the Mayor of Grapevine, William D. Tate. He has been mayor since 1988 and grew up in Grapevine where his father was also the Mayor.

For Travel Media Showcase 2016, our conference hotel was the gigantic and delightful Gaylord Texan in Grapevine Texas.

I loved being at the hotel during Summer Fest. The theme for 2016 is Alice and Wonderland. I loved the sand castle sculpture, the Mad Matter’s Hat with chairs on the ceiling and taking a picture as tweedle dee and tweedle dum.

My room had a balcony with a view of the action. There is so much to discover here! You can swim at Paradise Springs Water Park or the indoor or outdoor pools. There is a fitness center, many restaurants and it is all connected to the convention center where we had our TMS 2016 conference. I look forward to TMS 2017 in Cabarrus North Carolina.

I traveled from Los Angeles to Grapevine Texas for the Travel Media Showcase and for our Girlfriend Getaway we stayed at the Courtyard Grapevine. There is a market in the lobby that is open 24 hours and the restaurant on the first floor by the pool had a great selection any time of day. There is a fitness center and an outdoor pool which you can see in my video of the property.

For our first dinner together, we ate at Winewood and ordered every single dessert on the menu. It was so fun to share our wine, chocolate and stories. Thank you to the Travel Media Showcase Team, Go With Hub and Grapevine for a wonderful experience! Lisa Niver, Founder We Said Go Travel

Grapevine Girlfriend Getaway:

 

 

Starting Texas Girlfriend #grapevinegetaway #tmsgrapevine16 #grapevinetx with dinner at Winewood.

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Yes we did order every dessert on the menu @winewoodgrill! Thanks #grapevinegetaway #tmsgrapevine16 #grapevinetx

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The #grapewinegetaway @TMShowcase continues #homesteadwinery #txwine #tmsgrapevine16 Is it wineoclock yet?

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Enjoying #girlfriend #grapewinegetaway in #texas! Thanks @tmshowcase #tmsgrapevine16

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Yes we did it again! Dessert-palooza with #grapevinegetaway #tmsgrapevine16

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with nearly one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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