One thing I’ve noticed is true with most people is that they get stuck going to the same restaurants, ordering the same food, visiting the same places in town and rarely venturing out of their comfort zone. I’m guilty of this also. Sometimes it’s just easier to go to a place you know you like or ordering the drink you know you will love. I’ve made it a goal to start venturing out and explore more. Dallas has so many great spots located within an hour from the city so it’s a shame more people aren’t exploring so many hidden gems that are so close by.
To start the year off on the right foot, me and a few friends headed to Decatur, Texas to see what it’s all about. Let me tell you, I’m amazed at all of the great places we visited throughout the day. It made for a great day trip. Let’s talk about the places we visited and some of this small town’s gems.
Stop for Coffee at Trinity Street Coffee Bar
This coffee shop located on the Decatur Town Square is not only a coffee shop but doubles as a bar. Not in the mood for delicious coffee? No problem, grab a stiff drink instead.
There was plenty of seating to be able to work for a few hours or grab a few friends and enjoy an afternoon or night drinking your worries away. The details were amazing. Trinity Street Coffee Bar has two sister properties that you may have frequented before – West Oak Coffee in Denton and Kemzey’s Coffee in Argyle.
Host an event at The Big White Barn
Nothing screams “the perfect barn wedding” like the Big White Barn venue. Set near Decatur, Texas, on a majestic 80 acres of grassy plains, it’s a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor ceremony, with rustic accents like the exposed wood and lines of prairie fence. If you’re looking for an amazing wedding spot, this is one you can not overlook.
Plan a staycation at The Decatur Court House Suites
Located perfectly on the square, the Decatur Court House Suites is the coolest bed and breakfast I’ve seen. Each suite is decorated completely different and the suites are known to be haunted. While it’s always crazy to hear things like that, the lights started flickering when we walked in which creeped a bunch of us out!
Get Your Zen on at Divine Center of Yoga
Located under the Courthouse Suites is the Divine Center of Yoga. There is nothing like a good yoga session. When you’re on your staycation, sign up for a class to help bring on the relaxation.
Sip and Enjoy the Scenery at Marker Cellars
After shopping around the Decatur Town Square, we headed to Marker Cellars which was only a few miles away. Marker Cellars backs up to the LBJ National Grasslands which makes for the perfect serine environment.
You can visit for wine tastings and a tour of the winery Thursday – Sunday from 12pm – 6pm. We tasted a large variety of wines and each one was delicious. I even bought a bottle that I can’t wait to try at home.
Marker Cellars has a room that is available to host parties or receptions. We took full advantage of their photo booth. It was so much fun!
Host a Girls Weekend at The House on Main
After a busy day of drinking wine and shopping, we headed to the House on Main to check out the newly renovated space that is just perfect for a girls weekend or wedding suite.
This house is the cutest ever, it’s hundreds of years old and the amount of detail in it is amazing.
We ate a delicious lunch at the cutest decorated dining room. The girls at the House on Main have true talent when it comes to making all the pretty things. I can’t wait to come back and enjoy a weekend away!
Make All Your Favorite Crafts at DIY Studio Decatur
I couldn’t wait to craft at DIY Studio Decatur. Before heading there we got to pick and choose what we wanted to make on their website. I chose a Welcome Sign to go on my front porch. I’ve been wanting one for the longest time and was so excited that I was able to make it myself. I love crafting but I’m not the best at it. I like to throw things together so if it requires measuring and cutting things in perfect lines, it might not be in my best interest to make it by myself.
Thankfully, DIY Studio does all the leg work for you. I was able to enjoy putting the pieces together, staining the wood and making my welcome sign just how I wanted.
The DIY Studio had every color paint you can imagine, any time of wood cut out and everything you could ever need to make a craft project. They’re located in a large warehouse and everything is made there which I love.
I will be the first to admit, my house is very neutral with lots of browns and beige. I like to play it safe with my decorating. A couple other girls made the same sign as me but they chose bright colors that match their house and decor. The beauty of the DIY Studio is you can make every project however you want and everybody’s will be different!
Not everybody is class did a welcome sign, my sister who blogs at Digital Mom Blog made the cutest wine sign.
Autumn from Mama Challenge made a sign with her last name.
No matter what you want to make, DIY Studio was able to accomplish it. Everybody’s sign looked so good!
While at DIY Studio Decatur, we learned that they actually supply a lot of products to companies that we love and adore like Chip and Jo Gaines and their products have been featured on Oprah!
Many of their products are made for other companies and those companies just slap their label on it. The quality of work is amazing. They’re always looking for more brands to work with so if you have an idea for a product, reach out to them to get the conversation started.
We had such a great time visiting the local businesses in Decatur. It was such a fun filled day trip from Dallas. If you’re looking for a fun getaway for a day or weekend, don’t skip over Decatur. Reach out if you need more info!
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