Grapevine, with its easy access to the many amenities of the Metroplex and its historic, hometown personality, offers its residents an ideal lifestyle.
Grapevine is a suburb of Fort Worth, adjacent to Grapevine Lake and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The city has a population of about 49,000. In 2007, CNNMoney.com rated Grapevine as one of “America’s Best Places to Live.”
Grapevine has a rich history. In 1843, General Sam Houston and other Republic of Texas Commissioners met with the leaders of 10 Indian nations at Grape Vine Springs and signed a treaty of “peace, friendship, and commerce,” which opened the area to settlers. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located on what was once the farm of an early settler, Confederate general Richard Montgomery Gano. The town took its name from Grape Vine Springs, named for the wild Mustang grapes native to the area. Grapevine continues its long association with the fruit of the vine – the city is now home to numerous wineries and the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, as well as GrapeFest, one of the largest annual wine festivals in the Southwest.
The town enjoyed slow, steady growth and by the end of the 19th century, Grapevine had a newspaper, a school, cotton gins, a post office and a railroad. Some notorious notables found their way to Grapevine as well – on Easter Sunday in 1934, on a rural highway near Grapevine, two young motorcycle patrolmen stopped to help what they thought were stranded motorists. The motorists turned out to be Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker, and Henry Methvin, who shot and killed both young officers, E.B. Wheeler and H.D. Murphy, before they could return fire.
Grapevine High School has been named both a National Blue Ribbon School and a New American High School. It was ranked by Newsweek as 41st on their list of best high schools in the nation in 2007.
The opening of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in 1974 led the way for tremendous development and growth, but the city actively treasures and preserves its historic past. Today, Grapevine is a favorite year-round vacation spot with loads of special events and family fun. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad travels along 21 miles of the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards, and is serviced by two vintage locomotives – “Puffy” the 1896 steam locomotive, the oldest continuously operating steam engine in the South, and a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive. Passengers experience train travel as it was in the old West, riding in authentic Victorian-style coaches. The railroad hosts special events like the summertime Great Train Robberies and December’s North Pole Express. For the youngest train enthusiasts, spring brings a favorite television cartoon character to life with a real Thomas the Tank Engine locomotive at Day Out with Thomas.
Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, just six minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Grapevine is an ideal location for meetings, conventions and events of all sizes. Grapevine draws visitors from around the U.S. with attractions like Grapevine Mills Mall, Great Wolf Lodge, and Gaylord Texan, overlooking beautiful Lake Grapevine. Gaylord Texan is a luxurious hotel that boasts over 400,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and features four and a half acres of indoor gardens and winding waterways, lush landscaping, fine dining, shopping, and a 25,000-square-foot day spa and fitness center.