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 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. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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