Raisins or Wine?

What do you think of when you hear the word “Grapevine?”

In the past, I couldn’t help but think of those California Raisins singing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Those dancing raisins always make me smile.

Others, who are perhaps more sophisticated or younger, may think of wine when they hear “Grapevine.”

But recently, things have changed for me. Now, I don’t think of either raisins or wine.

Now, when I hear the word “Grapevine,” I think of “The Vineyards,” a fantastic campground in Grapevine, Texas where Dan and I recently spent ten days.

The Vineyards
View from Our Site
Even the Restroom/Shower house
is beautiful!

The Vineyards gets ten stars out of five, and here’s why. The sites are spacious, the folks are nice, the views are of a pretty lake, and … there’s free donuts on Sunday. And they didn’t run out, at least the two Sundays we were there.

I also enjoyed a free ten minute chair massage on Saturday morning (we left a tip, of course). There is wine tasting on Saturdays at 5 pm. Since we don’t drink, we went there for the chips and salsa.

Two donuts on a plate.  One is half eaten.  The view of the campground is in the background.
I was so excited about the donuts,
I almost forgot to take a picture for the blog!
Betty getting a chair massage.  The masseuse is smiling.
A Chair Massage …
because being a blogger can be so stressful!
A stone column with "Grapevine" and a bunch of grapes on a tile along side the bike path.
Oak Grove Park

Dan and I were able to ride our bikes straight out of the campground, on wide sidewalks, to Oak Grove Park where there is a trail which connects to other trails giving us a nice route of about 14 miles.

There is also a charming historic Main Street with shops and restaurants, a fun resale shop named “Graceful Buys,” and a Walmart about ten minutes away.

As great as all that sounds – and it was – we didn’t go to Grapevine for the free donuts, massages and bike rides. No, we went to visit Michael and Allie who live in nearby Dallas. Time with them was even better than donuts and massages.

During our ten days, we were able to visit five times. Which is really great, considering they both work. A few times, they came to us, and a few times we drove to them. I have to say though. Oh my. That Dallas traffic is awful! Thank heavens we were not pulling our travel trailer.

When we were in Dallas, Dan only went 75 miles per hour. But I drove 170 miles per hour. Actually, it was a bit over 170.

And you thought you knew me.

Details in my next post, of course.

The side of the restroom/shower house with three giant pumpkins in front of it.


  1. I’ve been to Grapevine, Texas. It’s a lovely community, though the noise from the nearby DFW airport takes getting used to.

    There’s a Facebook page in our greater community called “The Grapevine.” Basically, it’s a place where people share breaking news as it happens.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dan!

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    • So, if someone says “Grapevine” to you, do you think of the Facebook page? David, while I saw planes going overhead, I did not even notice the noise at all. It was cold at night, so we kept our windows closed, but we were outside a lot during the day. Perhaps your home community is much more quiet than mine. I hope you and Nancy have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!

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    • The massage was a nice touch. 🙂 The first part of our trip, the weather was nice. The last 4 days it was cold!! That’s why I went into the resale shop – to buy a sweatshirt because I needed some more layers. I like warm! Thanks for your comment, and I hope you have a nice day!

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    • Actually Ray, you are exactly right. We already made reservations for next October. Staying there and visiting my son and his wife worked out really well. Enjoy your day!


    • You’re welcome. This was a very nice park; although, it was more expensive than what we usually pay. But I felt it was worth it – being so close to Dallas. Plus, throw in a couple COE parks, and the costs all balance out. Have a great day!

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    • Oh yes, I went very fast. 🙂 There is also a walk-in beach, and they rent paddle boards, kayaks, and golf carts. A marina is close by. God willing, we will stay there again. There is also another city campground on the other side of the lake which also gets really good reviews. But, I don’t think they have free donuts. 🙂 Enjoy your day!

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  2. This looks like a great place, Betty! Your photos and descriptions were spot on, as usual. And yes, whenever I hear the word Grapevine, I immediately go to that California Raisins ad and Marvin Gaye’s song. Now, it’s playing in my head, tyvm 🎶😂

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  3. Thank you for this recommendation! Because of this post, I’ve started a new spreadsheet titled “Good Campgrounds to Visit” preparing for the day when we can retire and Go Travel the Country! That bath house though! wowza! Safe travels.

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    • That is a great idea! I read lots of blog posts and the Campendium newsletter for quite a while before we started traveling in our Micro Lite. It gave me so many ideas of places we wanted to go and things to see. Plus, many times reservations are needed a year out. It will be so great when you retire and can go, go, go!


  4. I went to Grapevine a lot when we lived in Abilene! I bought my black cherry Roper boots there, and still have them! We also bought a car there, but it has long been traded and many have followed it so I seldom think “Grapevine” when I see a blue Impala. However, when I saw Grapevine, the first thing in my mind was the green marble floors at the entrance to the new J C Penney opening. It was advertised in a 2-page color spread in the newspaper and touted to resemble NYC 5th Avenue. I bought my first leather organizer there!

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    • Wow! You have lots of history in Grapevine. I wonder if the J C Penney still has the same marble floors and if you still have your first leather organizer. Like the J C Penney, the Visitor Center was stunning – especially with all the holiday decorations. I really liked the town and area. They are also extending the DART and a bike trail from Grapevine. There will be a station less than a mile from my son’s home. I can see us visiting there every year. Enjoy your weekend!

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    • I like raisins, too. Especially chocolate covered raisins. The campground was really nice, and that is great because it isn’t too far from my son’s home. Hope you have a great day!

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  5. Very fun post, Betty! I am finally catching up on reading my fav bloggers. We’ve been traveling a lot (but I haven’t blogged about it…yet). Grapevine sounds amazing. I’ve heard of it and now it’s on our places we must go. Actually we’re planning a camping trip to south Texas in February and will need a one night stop on the way. Hmmm…might need to stop at Grapevine! Thanks for your ever-entertaining writing, I’m going to now catch up on all your posts I’ve missed!

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    • Thank you! How wonderful that you have been traveling so much! That is the best! The only “negative” regarding The Vineyards at Grapevine was the cost. It’s more than we usually spend. For a one night stop, we’d probably pick a COE campground. But the location was great for us, and the area is really nice. I look forward to reading your blog posts about your travels! Hope you have a great day!

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    • Thank you, Charla! I love donuts, too; although, I try to resist them. But put the word “free” in front of them, and well, I just can’t refuse. Safe travels!


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