Have a short trip to Fort Worth? Well, take some tips from when we visited in December 2018!
Why Fort Worth?
A week before Christmas we were traveling to Louisiana with a layover at DFW. We “waved” to our friends who lived nearby while we planned a new years trip. Our friends suggested that we come to stay with them! We found some great flights on American Airlines through British Airways Avios points, and then we needed to figure out our itinerary for our 4-day stay in Texas.
We ultimately decided on Fort Worth because we heard “It’s More Texas”. Well, what does this mean? For us, it was that it had a unique experience that was The Stockyards. The accommodations, food, and beer also lined up well. The Stockyards are important as the historic center of longhorn cattle trades.
Where to stay?
There is a variety of hotel options in downtown Fort Worth close to Sundance Square.
This Marriott hotel is a moderately priced hotel and category 4 for Marriott.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown
This Hilton property is a bit pricier than the Marriott and starts around 48,000 points a night.
This lovely bed and breakfast is away from downtown Fort Worth and lies a block away from Magnolia Avenue. The location was perfect for the few places we wanted to visit on Magnolia plus, free parking! They served a delicious breakfast each morning and the staff gave us great recommednations for activities each day.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
This museum was cozy, colorful, and beautiful. Usually we do not visit many modern art museums but I read this one was smaller and we heard too many times that their Cafe was amazing so we decided to visit. We spent about 2 hours here and this included lunch at Cafe Modern. The museum is two stories, with a small pond outside that you can walk around. We went on a Sunday with half off admission, which I believe was worth the cost.
This museum is next door to The Modern Art Museum but their general collections are free to visit! We did not visit this one while in town but they are known to have some of the best art galleries in Texas.
We spent two days at the Stockyards to visit their twice daily cattle drive. We went on the first day on a whim and was glad we did! We got to see the weekend gun fight show that followed as well. This gun fight show is family friendly and according to sources, is only done during the summer, but I believe we got to see it because it was the weekend of the Cotton Bowl in Arlington and there were fans all around.
The cattle drives are every day at 11:30am and 4:00pm.
What to drink?
We love some good local beer, and will seek it out on every trip.
The Collective Brewing Project
This brewery is one we likely wouldn’t pickout on our own at a bar but we are very glad we went. They had more sours and experimental brews than I am used to, but this is why I love visiting breweries because we can try multiple options. The bartender was amazing and a wealthy of knowledge. We tasted at least 2/3 of their pours and found a few favorites.
The bartender at Collective suggested we visited Cowtown. This place was bustling at the seams and we barely found a seat. The style of having seats across every part of the bar made it difficult to have a deciding conversation with a bartender and I ended up ordering a beer I didn’t enjoy as much as I would have preferred. They had a great selection of porters and stouts on our visit, which Trey enjoyed more than I did. I am an IPA fan and they only had two on the day of our visit. They also have a food menu that we heard a few great things of but did not have any ourselves.
This is at the end because I would rather list it under what to eat but we went initially for the beer. Their beer menu was limited and they were out of the IPA on our visit, but their pizza was AMAZING. We ordered the Zepplin and owuld gladly order it again. The venue had fun games and darts plus plenty of TVs for us to watch some college football.
Where to eat?
Cafe ModernWe heard from multiple people in town to eat at Cafe Modern so we followed. I enojyed a waygu beef burger and Trey had the breakfast hash. The food was absolutely delicious but was pricey. Would we eat here again? Absolutely, but maybe a date night.
While it Texas we HAD to have some BBQ. We originally was going to go to Heims BBQ off Magnolia but fell asleep so we decided to go to Coopers at the Stockyards. The experience was exactly what we wanted: a big pit where you picked your meat then a cafeteria style line to pick your sides. We picked pork ribs, brisket and potatoes. We had a little sticker shock when we paid but the prices are advertised, we just didn’t expect the meat to be as heavy as it was. I also had the chance to try another local beer from Dallas.
I hope some of these suggestions help in your planning to visit Fort Worth. What is your favorite place to visit in the area? Enjoyed this post, share it on Pinterest!