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 science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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