Here is our guide to make the best of it when all you have is 24 hours. Here’s how to take a Day Trip to Decatur Texas that is road trip worthy. #24hourvacay
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500 times. At least.
That’s the number of times that I have probably been to Decatur, Texas.
Actually, that’s the number of times I’ve driven THROUGH Decatur.
Going home from college, Decatur was a mandatory thoroughfare between arrival and departure but other than a bathroom break, but I never had a reason to stop. So I didn’t have a clue about. So when the opportunity to spend a day exploring Decatur, I was like “what is it I haven’t seen?” But part of me really did want to know…
Like anything in Texas – don’t underestimate the adventure you can find where ever you go.
“The best part of waking up” in Decatur, Texas is with a rich, butter cup of joe from Trinity Street Coffee. Just because the county seat of Wise is home to around 6,700 people, this coffee stop is top notch. Entering the doors, you’re met with a cool Rustic / Industrial Chic (from the awe-inspiring copper counter top to the swan head faucet in the bathroom.) I couldn’t help but order a cup of Autumn Spice (which is one of the best coffees I’ve ever had tasting just like what you think fall tastes like- complete with a beautiful heart in the middle, which served as a sign you’ll love this place as much as me.) Either take a seat now or come back later for drinks and Ezra Cigars, as the coffee shop serves as as a full bar, menu, and even cigars (there’s even a story about those.) But don’t worry – the “cigar lounge” is outside outback.
Once armed with coffee, you could spend hours walking the square, especially taking a look at the beautiful courthouse, a cornerstone of a beautiful Texas town. With so much history to appreciate here, don’t underestimate the new ways people have “married” old and new in this cool quirky town from where to sleep, where to eat, and where to have some fun.
Before you leave the square (or in this case, the block) make sure you take time for all the shops, stores and unique finds you’ll discover – just like Hey Sugar, the beloved candy shop (also in Roanoke) that is as much for the adults as it is the kids!
Talk about unique finds, but artwork wasn’t exactly what I was going to find in Decatur – but I was wrong. Between this phone booth (no it doesn’t work) art installation from Mark Moran and the Decatur mural and sculpture by these two brothers, you’ll find all kinds of pieces throughout the city. Even the courthouse is a piece of art.
What to Do in Decatur
There was plenty of fun to be had while in Decatur. And with my superhero skill, I was able to sniff out a winery just a few miles out of town in Avord at Marker Cellars.
Once considered Mark’s (and his lovely horse-riding bride, Becky) retirement “project” (yes, Mark is the Mark in Marker Cellars), this beautiful spot in the middle of some acreage is now a the go-to-place for those who are in the know (like his cell phone or a member of the wine list) for some award-winning wines. Making both whites (my favorite: Escarpment, a Rhone-style blend of three rich French varietals: Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier) and reds (took a bottle home of Lightning Cab) to enjoy, not just for the tastes, but also the stories that went with them. Lucky for us, we asked enough questions, Mark took us to see how the magic happens with the Lightning Cab, which is is barreled aged in American Oak and then whiskey barrels.
And we got the first sip from Barrel #1.
While we headed out to the winery on a Thursday, Marker Cellars is open Thursday – Sunday, noon – 6 pm. There’s often music and when the temps in Texas are warm, you can head outside to enjoy the beautiful LBJ Grasslands that is an Eco-friendly environment, supporting the re-introduction of Quail and Dove into the sensitive National Forest system.
Once you have the creative juices flowing, it’s time to see what you make at DIY Studio Decatur. This family sign-furniture-decor-everything place makes everything! And then they also help you to make everything too with workshops where you can make anything (almost) that your mind will take you!
And walking through the shop, you might notice several things that look very familiar when you head to that small spot out in Waco…owned and operated by a couple named Chip and Jo. (This family makes some of the beautiful pieces you pick up and take home!) We all got to making our own pieces – from finishing, design, color, and more (but they were there to make sure we stayed on the right path!)
Where to Stay in Decatur
Yes, there are many spots to stay in Decatur if you want more time to explore more (or had a real good time at Marker Cellars.)
The Courthouse Suites is a prime location on the square and above a beautiful yoga studio. The space, which used to be a brothel, is an exciting blend of character and history to give you a real “taste” of what Decatur was and what you want to make of it. One of the biggest suites (Square View) is a picture right out of the mid-century / mod with a touch of luxury and a lot of fun. Just take a look of the books, furniture and fixtures. (This place has stories!)
But if what you were looking for is more of rustic/traditional country feel, they also have you covered with the Bunk House. Complete with everything you’d want in the bunkhouse including a loft bed room up the ladder for you and all your gang.
A little further down on Main Street, you’ll find the Inn on Main Street that’s slated to open in Spring 2019. Renovated, designed, and operated by a mother-daughter duo, this historic home is planned to be a bed/breakfast that can be rented out for girlfriend getaways and wedding stays. Here’s a glimpse of some of beautiful touches they have been hard at work on.
Speaking of wedding, with picturesque scenery in Decatur, there are many weddings that happen in this town, especially at highly rated and awarded, The Big White Barn, where they also host contra dances. As featured in Gone with the Wind, contra dances is a big family dance for all ages, you can participate in them monthly if you happen to be in town.
So what’s the lesson you can learn from this little trip to Decatur, Texas?
If you don’t spend the whole day just seeing where your imagination can take you (or what they have that you would like to take home), then make sure to some good road tripping and roll right to the Petrified Wood Gas Station. You never know what you can find when you take a road trip to find a place that becomes trip worthy.
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