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Preferred Vendors

Videographer:
Hello Photo and Film
Hellophotoandfilm.com
Kennedy Powell – (512) 922-6062
info@hellophotoandfilm.com

Photographs
Rafael Gamez
Rafealgamez.com
Rafaelgphoto.com

City Downtown Attractions

Downtown McKinney

Downtown McKinney is 20 minutes away with great shops, bars/restaurants and an overall charming ambience. We’re big fans of Cadillac Pizza, The Yard (for kids to run!), Rick’s (Sunday Bruch is awesome), Harvest for farm-to-table and Filtered for coffee. There are really too many great places to name!

Downtown Farmersville

A more quaint, quiet downtown area of mostly shops and a few restaurants.  12 Stories by Coffee Experience coffee shop is both aesthetically appealing and delicious.  

Downtown Blue Ridge

Cattleman’s Café – The restaurant is best known for its breakfast and dinner menu in homestyle cooking.

One of the crowd-favorites is the Chicken Fried Steak, which is hand-battered, deep-fried chopped chicken steak slathered with house-made country gravy and served with your choice of three sides.

Family Fun

Abundant Flower Farm

Abundant Flower Farm Great little flower farm that offers flowers for sale (as well as eggs, wares, and other plants seasonally). Flower stand is generally open Thurs-Sat if they don’t sell out. Sometimes offer U-Pick days, but best to check the website. Overall it’s just a beautiful place owned by nice people.

Reeves Family Farm Store

Family-owned farm that sells fresh foods plus eggs. Shop has other honeys, jellies, breads, cheeses, etc.

Skydive Spaceland Dallas 

Great experience for the thrill-seekers!

Cathy’s Critters 

Fun petting zoo with exotics and a small playground. Only open on weekends or special weeks. 

Sweetinfit Horsemanship

Offers western horseback riding Lessons/Camps/Clinics

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sactuary

In addition to trails, they have a ropes course, canoeing, seasonal dinosaur exhibit, outdoor small “zoo”, small pioneer village and indoor museum. They also offer night hikes.

Local Parks for Kids: 

Bratcher Park (Blue Ridge), Bob Miller Park (Melissa), Zadow Park (Melissa), Slayter Creek Park (Anna), Finch Park (McKinney), Bonnie Wenk Park (McKinney)

Other Places to Dine/Imbibe:

Cattleman’s Café (Blue Ridge), Jocy’s (Princeton), Big Spray Brewing (Princeton), Barnhill Vineyards (Anna), Hello Snow & Hello Popcorn

Adriatica Village 

A more upscale shopping/dining area in McKinney modeled after an 18th century fishing village in Croatia. Guitar Sanctuary is fun to browse and often has live music.

Parks and Trails

Chaparral Rail Trail

Chaparral Rail Trail is a 5 mile walk or bike trail beginning at the Onion Shed Trailhead in Farmersville, Texas.  It is partially paved then gravel.  

Parkhill Prairie

Parkhill Prairie is a 436-acre nature preserve.  There are walking paths, covered pavilions with cook pits, restrooms and small fishing areas for guest use.  Guests can enjoy wildflowers and natural prairie views.

Sister Grove Park

Sister Grove Park is close, has walking trails and frisbee golf near a POW camp.

Brockdale Trail Head- Trinity Trail

Lavon Lake Trinity Trail is a 25-mile trail maintained by the Corps of Engineers for hikers, joggers, nature lovers, photographers, and trail riders.  

South Lake – Farmersville

Southlake Park in Farmersville offers hike/bike trails, fishing, birdwatching, pavilions and restroom facilities.  

Northeast Texas Trail

Begins at the Onion Shed in Farmersville and spans 130 miles making it the third longest hiking trail in Texas.  

Lavon Lake 

Lavon Lake, Texas, USA Lake Lavon offers several parks for swimming (beach), fishing, hiking, biking, etc. Boat rentals are available.

Local Parks for Kids: 

Bratcher Park (Blue Ridge), Bob Miller Park (Melissa), Zadow Park (Melissa), Slayter Creek Park (Anna), Finch Park (McKinney), Bonnie Wenk Park (McKinney)

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