After reading these reasons to love downtown McKinney, Texas, you may want to move there.
Even though McKinney has a population of around 180K, you don’t feel like it’s a big city, especially downtown. The moment you step foot into the historic downtown area, you feel like you are in a small town. The shops are adorable, and residents of McKinney locally own most. You can enjoy the warmth of the small-town feel, and the hospitality is unmatched. Read on to see reasons to love downtown McKinney, Texas.
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7 Reasons To Love McKinney, Texas
From its downtown cultural district to its eclectic food scene, there’s so much to love, all in a lovely country setting. That’s hard to say for a city this size.
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1. Plan A Date Night In McKinney, Texas
Downtown McKinney provides so much for celebrating something special or having a date night. There are so many fun places to dine, but the restaurants on the square can be hard to choose because they are so good. If the wait time is long, you can walk around the square to burn time or choose another excellent place to dine next door or down the street.
For a bonus, there is an adorable and delicious pie shop called Emporium Pies that makes a great dessert stop! You and your date can share a slice as they are enormous and rich, too! If visiting near Valentine’s Day, you must order a Valenpie!
2. Stay In A Quaint Bed And Breakfast
Neathery Estate is the most adorable southern-style bed and breakfast in historic downtown McKinney. The owner is very passionate about what she does and has years of experience in the hospitality industry. She is very excited to be located in McKinney and has been open since early 2018. The house is beautiful, and you can tell she puts her heart into being a gracious host. This is a must-stay when you come to check out the town! It’s walking distance from the square, but you can also drive and park near the square if you don’t want to walk a few blocks to the shops.
Travel Tip: Neathery Estate was voted the #1 Hotel in McKinney four years in a row starting in 2019.
3. Shop, Sip, And Stroll In Downtown
Let me tell you about the shopping! If you are looking for a day of browsing with your friends or solo and perhaps something just for you, then you definitely want to check out the shops in downtown McKinney. They have everything a girl could want—jewelry, clothes, books, shoes, antiques, and more! There are tons of shops with adorable ideas for gifts. I could seriously do all of my gift-giving shopping here.
4. Wine Tasting In Downtown McKinney
Landon Winery is right in the middle of downtown. Enjoy a wine tasting or two, and opt to sit outside on the shaded patio. If you’re a planner, you may want to book a winemaking class (in advance) if you’ve thought about making your own wine. Or how about a lesson where you will learn what wines pair well with certain foods? How fun would that be!
5. Book A Food Tour In Downtown McKinney
How does sampling food from several downtown McKinney restaurants sound? Food Walks of Texas provides walking food tours in downtown McKinney – usually on the weekends. But this tour is worth it if you’re in town on a Saturday or Sunday. You’ll taste some of the best food in the area while learning about the city’s history. Tall Paul does an incredible job showing off the food scene on the square. There are several tours to choose from, from adults-only tours with cocktails to tours open to children 12 years and older. Private tours are also available.
6. Third Monday McKinney Trade Days
What an excellent time to book a weekend in McKinney during the McKinney Trade Days. Located at 4550 W University Dr., McKinney, TX 75071. All kinds of treasures to look for, food vendors to try, trendy fashions, and all things unique are out at the Trade Days on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to check the website for pertinent information like parking and entrance fees.
I hope these reasons to love downtown McKinney, Texas, is enough for you to love it there too. I can not wait to return.
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