Making time to get away can be difficult with our busy lives but studies are showing that making time to recharge makes us happier, more productive and creative. If you’ve been considering a getaway, let me suggest McKinney, Texas! We were invited to relax and recharge in Mckinney, Texas recently with a full itinerary, lodging, and dining options included to experience the city over a weekend and had a fantastic time. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming!
McKinney, Texas prides itself on being a unique community. So much so that one of its most iconic photo ops is a giant UNIQUE letters near the square. Whether you are staying the weekend or just passing through make sure to stop and get your picture taken here- and check in on social! They are great about interacting with visitors.
Researching and gathering recommendations can often be intimidating and another reason we procrastinate making time to get away. To help with that, I’m sharing everything that we did so that you have a blueprint of some of the best McKinney, Texas has to offer.
This post was a part of a sponsored trip to McKinney, Texas. The partnership included lodging, food & beverage, and compensation for the event. The opinions reflected are honest and unbiased based upon the individual blogger experience.
A Weekend in McKinney Texas
Check into one of the beautiful rooms at Mckinney Bed and Breakfast
Enjoy Dinner out on the Square. You’ll find so many options to explore that we’ll let this be your one “traveler’s choice” item.
option a: Sleep in and enjoy a tray of hot coffee and gourmet biscotti delivered right outside your door
option b: Rise and shine early and walk over to check out the Mckinney Farmer’s Market. You’ll see so many of the local residents and restaurant owners here on a Saturday morning. Farm to table is highly valued in the community here.
Afterward make your way back to enjoy a delicious and filling multi-course gourmet breakfast prepared by the owners of Mckinney Bed and Breakfast.
You’ll likely still be full from breakfast so lunch will come later. This is the perfect time to enjoy all the shops in the McKinney Downtown Square. While this is a historic square, the revitalization it has experienced proves it is alive and well. You can feel the energy and excitement from every corner. There isn’t a bad spot to start from. Stop in at the local
Enjoy Lunch at Patina Green Home & Market. Be sure to order their Ham and Cheddar sandwich that the Food Network hails them famous for. It was delicious!
If you can plan your visit on the 2nd Saturday of the month, you’ll find shop owners staying open late and live music everywhere on the square. Most shop owners even host light snacks and beverages to invite you in. It is a festive and welcoming time to enjoy the square and really get a chance to experience the local community vibe.
If you’ve planned for another weekend, you will still find that many restaurants host local artists to play live for various restaurants during dinner service. We dined at Sugarbacon during our visit and they hosted a wonderful local artist. Make it a priority to order the restaurant’s signature dish, Sugarbacon— a plate of smoked pork belly in a sweet glaze — as the namesake dish it is extremely popular. ( Protip: Make reservations for Sugarbacon via Open Table or arrive early. This is favorite for locals and visitors alike.)
For a family getaway weekend, another great recommendation is The Yard. Nestled under the canopy of grand oaks, you’ll find indoor dining, patio seating and plenty of space to play, eat, and drink outside. The Yard doesn’t take reservations and seats on a first come, first serve basis. If you have to wait they do have a small outdoor bar/food station for beverages and easy foods for the kids, like chips and hot dogs.
Today we recommend sleeping in and indulging in the relaxation of a long shower and coffee before you pack up. The adventure isn’t over yet. What would Sunday be without brunch?
What’s not to love about a Sunday brunch? What if you could sample several spots like a progressive brunch? Sound too good to be true? McKinney, Texas delivers yet again with its delightful offering of the Let There Be Brunch tour offered by Food Walks of Texas. Enjoy delicious brunch foods and cocktails while being introduced to the charming specialty culinary scene of historic downtown McKinney. The brunch tour begins at 11:45 and lasts for approximately 3 hours. It’s $69 per adult and includes all foods and cocktails.
There you have it- a relaxing getaway all planned out for you! All you have to do is make reservations and pack a bag. The sweet, vibrant community of McKinney, Texas are just waiting to greet you and show you what a truly wonderful place it is!