This can’t-miss cavern of used books and records has plenty of old tales (including one that says there is a hardcover copy of Thomas Pynchon’s classic “Gravity’s Rainbow” upstairs, which, when taken from the shelf, opens a secret door to a lounge where a bartender serves Denton’s best Old Fashioned. Who knew!) That may not be true, but we do know that this once opera house-turned-bookstore, perfectly perched on a corner in downtown Denton, has pleased book lovers from far and wide since the 90s. Come one, come all for classic movies, vinyl records and enough books to keep you browsing for days.
New restaurant, old location. Housed in the walls of the old Lewisville Feed Mill, this rustic, refined steakhouse offers searingly tasty Texas cuisine—and the opportunity to experience over a century of Texas history alongside your meal. Located in Lewisville’s Old Town, J2 Steakhouse honors the history of this North Texas town in the most Texas way possible: great food, great drinks and a great place to hear some stories while making some memories.
Forget how the West was won—This is where the west began. The Fort Worth Stockyards are chock-full with enough eats and attractions to last the whole weekend, and they’ve been a stable of North Texas life ever since the arrival of the railroad. Lovers of Western lore can learn all about Cowtown’s rich history of cowboys and cattle drives, all while enjoying endless entertainment in the United States’ last standing stockyards. The Cowtown Coliseum hosts one-of-a-kind indoor rodeo shows, and you haven’t been to a rodeo until you’ve seen one in Fort Worth.
Few Texas towns (or towns anywhere else) have experienced the meteoric rise that Frisco has in recent decades. At the Heritage Center, you’ll see firsthand how this quant North Texas haven rose from a stop along the Shawnee Trail to the booming, bustling city it is today. Plus, you’ll be a stone’s throw from The Star (Dallas Cowboys headquarters), downtown Frisco, FC Dallas’ stadium and a wide range of shops, restaurants and attractions.
Located a mere minute walk from Recycled Books, this old school theatre hosted the world premiere of the 1967 Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway flick Bonnie & Clyde. It now hosts a wide array of events, from local plays to film festivals like the upcoming Denton Black Film Festival. It’s an official Texas historical landmark, one of the oldest theatres in North Texas, and allegedly haunted by the spectre of one of its former managers. In other words: I’ll be catching the matinee.
I have a friend from France who tells me Frenchmen think of a couple things when they hear “Texas”—Cowboys (the wranglers and the football team) and the JFK assassination. Over five decades later, the assassination, its impact, and its associated mysteries and theories remains an integral part in DFW history, and the world-renowned Sixth Floor Museum remains a must-see for anyone hoping to learn about this event and the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. If you want to follow this historic story even further, the Texas Theater (site of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest) is just a short walk away.
Replete with restaurants, coffee shops and can’t-miss historical stops, Downtown Waxahachie merges the charm of a classic downtown Texas with some unexpected Hollywood glitz and glamor. The Oscar-winning film Tender Mercies was filmed here, and city’s rich history makes it the perfect stop for a day trip or a weekend getaway.
Shop antiques at one of many flea markets and antique shops, grab a burger at the old-fashioned Pop’s Burger Stand, and enjoy a beverage at Farm Luck Soda Fountain, housed in the two-century old Waxahachie Bank & Trust building. After hours of browsing, stay the night at The English Merchant’s Inn—and get up in the morning ready to explore more of this risty, rustic town.