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Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening. 

 

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening. 

 

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening. 

 

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening. 

 

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening. 

 

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening. 

 

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening. 

 

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas. 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to? 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch. 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas. 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.” 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town. 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.” 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite! 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies. 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar.  

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform.

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015. 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats. 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas. 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening.  

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening. 

 

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening. 

 

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Living in a city like Dallas, surrounded by theaters, museums, galleries and gardens, we have so many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment that we could stay busy seven days a weeks and still not see and do all that is offered in our city and the surrounding areas.

 

But ever now and then do you just want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and see what the more rural folks are up to?

 

My friend Becky and I recently headed north up Interstate 35.  Even with a leisurely late morning departure and road construction on the freeway, we still arrived in the quaint little town (population 17,000) of Gainsville, Texas in time for lunch.

 

Gainsville is the route’s northernmost Texas city before you get to the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. It calls itself the front porch to Texas.

 

The county seat of CookeCounty, Gainsville is steeped in history and offers plenty to do and see. The town boasts the landmark Cooke County Courthouse with its copper rotunda, the depot (now a museum) and even a zoo they call “the best little zoo in Texas.”

 

The historic town square reflects the residents pride in their home town.

 

There also appeared to be no shortage of appealing restaurants for a lunch stop. We passed the colorful “Taco Casa” and charming “Sarah’s on the Square” before settling on “The Fried Pie Co,” but made note of the first two for “next time.”

 

Becky and I both ordered the chicken fried steak. It was a huge portioned steak with gravy, yeast roll and two vegetables.  Neither one of us could finish the plate, but since we were not paying Dallas prices, we didn’t feel guilty leaving half.

 

Since the Oklahoma area is famous for fried pies, we purposely left room for a coconut cream fried pie.  It’s my favorite.  We took with us a pineapple, blueberry, apple and chocolate. Coconut is still my favorite!

 

It is so easy to strike up a conversation with people in a small town.  We met other ladies like us who had left the DFW area that morning— final destination Windstar Resort and Casino, but had stopped en-route for some fried pies.

 

We wished we had more time to spend exploring the little town, but we got back on the freeway and continued north crossing the Red River into Thackerville, Oklahoma, home of the Winstar. 

 

In addition to gaming and hotel accommodations, the complex features restaurants, a golf course and the Global showroom where top name entertainers perform. 

 

That afternoon there was a matinee performance of the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The 2016 tour featured show favorites like heart throb Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and Lindsey Arnold.  American hero Alek Skarlatos had also joined the cast of pros for the performance.

 

Skarlatos was part of the trio who subdued the Moroccan National who was about to open fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.

 

Becky and I arrived at the Winstar early enough to spend a few minutes in the smoke-filled casino at the quarter slot machines.  We quickly lost $15.00 between us and headed on to the theater to take our seats.

 

After enjoying the lively performance of wonderfully choreographed dancing enhanced by extravagant sets, music and strobe we returned to Dallas.

 

In spite of a long wait for the car in the valet line we were still back in Dallas by late evening.  

Easily a day trip from Dallas, check it out if you want to do something a little different.  Many performers at the Winstar are evening performances, but sometimes matinees are offered.  Visit the website for upcoming events.

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