When extended travel isn’t possible, we here at Huffines Kia Corinth love a staycation or a short getaway. The area around Corinth, Texas, is brimming with fun activities to do with friends and family in any season of the year, but a staycation in the winter is a great way to beat the cold-weather blues. Here are a few of our best ideas.
Essentials Day Spa
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Professional pampering is a perfect way to feel rejuvenated and refreshed. Even if you can’t head to the islands for a long trip, a day of services at Essentials Day Spa in Denton is sure to help you feel ready to face the busyness of daily life. You could start with one of the spa’s massage offerings. A therapeutic whole-body massage can be 30, 60, or 90 minutes and customized to your preferences of areas to skip and pressure level. This type of massage can significantly decrease tension while improving circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Essentials Day Spa also offers a hot stone massage, a unique variation that introduces 50 warm stones and almond oil to areas of the body needing extra tension release. Cupping can be added to any massage to loosen scar tissue and promote circulation. Other services include facials with a revitalizing masque, microdermabrasion, or more intensive and specialized peel services. Treatment rooms play soothing music amidst soft and inviting decor for a truly relaxing experience.
Azalea Plantation B&B Inn
If you have one or two nights to sleep away from the responsibilities of home, the Azalea Plantation B&B Inn is an elegant option. Nestled in the trees on a property in historic Fort Worth, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a country retreat. Even in the winter, the grounds are beautiful and the gardens perfectly kept.
On a sunny day, you can enjoy the porch chairs, or find a quiet spot to sit and read a book among the many tucked-away chairs and benches all over the property. You can go see the sites in town or you can stay in and enjoy the property, the common spaces, or your luxurious room, each one appointed with unique and elegant furnishings and a whirlpool for two. Breakfast is a full buffet served in the beautiful dining room, with china, silver, and linens to make it extra special.
Rosen House Inn
The Rosen House Inn is another spot to experience pampering and Texas hospitality. Located in Fort Worth’s eclectic Southside district, it’s near a hip selection of restaurants. Leave the cooking behind and relax during the day and try a new and exciting restaurant at night. This small inn is decorated in traditional style, with comforting linens and beautiful artwork and accessories. The chef’s breakfast starts your day right with locally sourced ingredients and coffee and freshly baked cookies at your fingertips all day. The proprietors are also happy to arrange an in-room massage with vetted therapists during your stay.
Grapevine Botanical Gardens
Located in Heritage Park, the Grapevine Botanical Gardens are a beautiful stop for a soothing nature experience, even in the winter. On a sunny day, you can put on a sweater and enjoy a stroll through the award-winning gardens. Admission is always free, and locals enjoy the many beautiful backdrops for family photos. The amateur nature photographer can spend hours shooting the many unique species of plants in the ever-changing light of the day. Or you can pause on a bench for a chat or a picnic. The gardens are open 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset.
Trails at Lewisville Lake
For a slightly more rigorous walk through nature, there are miles of trails around Lewisville Lake in The Colony. The Tribute Shoreline Trail is 3.11 miles and 10 feet wide. There’s plenty of room for walkers and runners to co-exist together. The trailhead has plenty of parking, restrooms, and benches and picnic tables along the way. It was designed to minimize the impact on the environment with a wildlife protection area and educational signage about the native flora and fauna.
Hidden Cove Nature Trail is 2.28 miles along the southwestern portion of the park. It offers lake views with extensive scenic foliage and native wildlife.
The paved Colony Five Star Bike and Hike Trail is 1.3 miles and surrounds the exercise facility. It features fitness stations to enhance the walking or running workout.
Community Christmas events are a highlight of winter and make for a great activity as part of a staycation. The city of Corinth hosts an outdoor Christmas movie at the Corinth Community Park Soccer Fields. Admission is free, but you reserve tickets for the event, which starts at 4 p.m. with food, hot cocoa, a visit from Santa, and crafts for sale. Find your spot to set up chairs and blankets for the movie that starts at 6 p.m.
The Denton Cocoa and Coffee Crawl benefits the Denton Children’s Museum and gives you a sampling of the Denton coffee shops. You travel from one to the other and receive a hot beverage and treat at each stop. Local shops along the way have holiday gifts for browsing.
One million lights are on display at Dallas Zoo Lights, starting mid-November and running through the end of December. The 1-mile drive-thru event features twinkling displays, 3-D sculptures, animals, and lanterns. Reserve tickets in advance to pick a fun staycation day. Ticket prices are per car so you can invite friends and family to enjoy it with you.
Omni Frisco Hotel
The accommodations at the Omni Frisco Hotel are a perfect getaway spot to enjoy a night away in luxury. The 16-story hotel is part of an entertainment complex called The Star, with restaurants, shops, and the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and practice facility. Fans can connect with the Cowboys with special packages with access to various events.
Whether you need a night away from home or just a fun activity for the day, our area has some great places to enjoy nature or get in the holiday spirit. Are there any staycation activities we missed? Feel free to contact us and tell us your favorites. We love to highlight all the great things our city has to offer.