Adulting according to the Urban Dictionary (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.
Adulting according to Cosmopolitan: “Adulting” is a terrible fake word that everyone should stop using. “Adulting” implies that being an adult is not a necessary part of growing up, but rather a life choice you’re hesitant to fully buy into. In other words, it’s singularly Millennial — immaturity that reduces being a grown-up to a hobby.
Adutling according to Leah Ann Tibbitts: having the opportunity to spend time with Walt, just the two of us.
Regardless of the definition, Walt and I are fortunate in that we can get away for a few days every so often without Lucas and focus on each other. Thank you Mimi! Adulting is important. Adulting keeps me sane. Adulting keeps me from biting heads off.
Our latest adult trip, included wineries, golf, a Texas history lesson and relaxation. Our typical two day getaway.
In case you didn’t know, according to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association, Texas currently has over 350 bonded commercial wineries. Wine production in Texas continues to grow each year with over 1.5 million gallons produced in 2014 and Texas ranks fifth in the United States in wine production.
And lucky for Walt and I, a good majority of the wineries are within an hour or two drive from Austin. We have been to several wineries along the 290 Wine Trail (several times) and since our final destination was La Torretta we decided to try the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.
The Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail includes six wineries located between I-45 and U.S. Highway 290, in close proximity to the greater Houston area. Our first stop was Saddlehorn Winery. The winery is located on a 390 acre ranch in Burton, Texas, halfway between Houston and Austin, one mile off of highway 290. The tasting included six wines and there was not a wine I didn’t like! Very rare for me as I am new to wine drinking so my palate is still on the sweeter stuff. I highly recommend their Black Spanish Table Wine, First Rodeo and Happy Trails. Of the six, those were my favorite. The staff member that served us was knowledgable, fun and friendly. The tasting room is quintessential Texas with cow hide and leather high back chairs, lots of wood and Texas stars creating an inviting and relaxed atmosphere.
Best souvenir t-shirt EVER!!
Texas decor leading to the restrooms!
Upon a recommendation from the staff at the Saddlehorn Winery we headed to the Funky Art Cafe in Brenham, TX. Nestled in the back of a historical building in downtown Brenham, the cafe, just like its name, has a funky ambiance while serving artfully, farm to table food. I had the Springtime Turkey Wrap with lavender peach salsa and Walt had the Chicken & Spinach Enchilada Pie. The food was fresh and delicious.
After lunch we headed to Bernhardt Winery. Located in Plantersville, TX, Bernhardt Winery is a mom and pop boutique winery producing classic varietals and unique blends. They have a tuscan style tasting room overlooking endless hills and valleys. We were not only given excellent service, excellent wine, but also a complimentary tour of the winery. Perks of going on a weekday!
After Bernhardt, we headed to La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa where we were spending the next couple of days. La Torretta is located on Lake Conroe, which is one hour north of Houston. The resort includes a full service spa, golf, tennis, pool and water park, just to name a few.
A room with a view!
And an unwanted roommate!
That evening, as a surprise for Walt’s birthday, I treated him to a massage and I booked one for myself a well!
After our massage, we checked out the pool area and had dinner by the pool. We will definitely be back with Lucas – he would LOVE the pool area!
The next morning we played at golf at River Plantation Country Club (RPCC). We’ve played the golf course at La Torretta, so we thought we’d try something new. RPCC is an unique golf course in that includes three beautifully designed nine-hole layouts – Augusta, Biloxi, and Charleston – each with a character all its own. Golfers play on rolling fairways winding through a natural landscape that includes moss-covered oaks, magnolias, dogwoods, and azaleas. And mud. Lots and lots of mud. Unfortunately the recent floods were still evident on the course and made for a very wet round of golf!
No trip with Walt is complete without a little history lesson, so on our way home we visited the Washington on the Brazos State Park. Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is revered as the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. The park includes The Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall and Barrington Living History Farm. Each site offers visitors a unique insight into the lives and times of the men who fought and won Texas’ independence from Mexico.
Independence Hall was where 59 men elected from municipalities across the territory met to determine the fate of Texas.
The La Bahia Pecan overlooks the historic ferry crossing where the Navasota and Brazos rivers meet. The pecan likely was germinated when a nut dropped from the saddlebags of a trader in the early 1800s.
The Star of the Republic Museum was created to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans. The museum includes three dimensional artifacts, as well as prints, maps, paintings, original manuscripts, rare books, and early historic documents, primarily from the Republic period. One of the most unique things about the museum is that it’s the only building in Texas shaped like a star. The best part of the museum was the pioneer play room. I hung out there while Walt was out learning about Texas history and stuff.
The Barrington Living History Farm is the original home of Dr. Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. The family lived there for over a decade, building a successful cotton farm after Texas joined the Union. Today, costumed interpreters use 1850s methods and materials for planting, cultivating and harvesting the fields and working with livestock.
Kitchen and chicken coop.
Barn, garden and slave quarters.
Brand new piglets!
Regardless if you’re a native Texas or not, I highly recommend visiting the Washington on the Brazos State Park. Texas has a rich history and this park is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in that history.
I hope you enjoyed the latest installment of Tibbittsville Travels! Get outdoors and explore!
Oh and for all you non-millennial, non-social media types… #Adulting aka hashtag adulting is totally a millennial thing!