I was instantly smitten by Lubbock. I can personally attest that this town in West Texas has a wonderful atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the state. Lubbock, Texas is a great place to visit for a variety of reasons, and not just to sample some of the best wine in the state. My brief visit only scratched the surface, but if you’re looking for a memorable road trip with plenty of fun that won’t break the bank, Lubbock is the place to go.
Burklee Hill Vineyards for lunch.
Located in downtown Lubbock’s charming Kress building, this upscale eatery features wines from a family-owned vineyard and gourmet dishes prepared with local ingredients. I was intrigued by the artichoke schmear (dip) on the menu at Burklee Hill Vineyards, so I ordered that to start. You should definitely start your meal with this dish.
For my lunch selection, I went with the Chicken Salad Croissant, which came with a sprinkling of cranberries, pineapple, and pecans. This is the ideal outfit for a girl from the South. All of the food that my friends ordered looked delicious, especially the Harvest Salad, the pizzette (a small, hand-tossed pizza), and the Torino sandwich. If you enjoy brunch on the weekend, stop by Burklee Hill on a Saturday. On Sundays and Mondays, the eatery is closed.
I went to the Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre in New Braunfels a few months ago, and it seems to be part of an older chain. When was the last time you saw a movie in a car? It had been years since I last went to a drive-in, but now we’re planning a cross-country road trip to see movies.
Relax in your car and watch a first-run film while enjoying the convenience of the concession stand’s wide selection of delicious food and drinks (including burgers, pizza, chicken, corn dogs, snacks, and more). Three outdoor screens show double features every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night at 7 o’clock, rain or shine, all year long. For those over the age of 12, admission is $9.
Enroll in a Cooking Course
Take advantage of Hand of the Cook, a Lubbock commercial kitchen rental, for a satisfying meal and a chance to learn something new about cooking. On the site, you can view the schedule for all upcoming cooking lessons. Kristi Clem of Blade & Tine and Lori Owen of Hand of the Cook taught a pot de crème class, and it was a blast. If you want to throw better dinner parties or host more impressive dinners, this dynamic duo has you covered with plenty of cooking advice, planning resources, and time-saving tips.
It was Buddy Holly’s first time in Lubbock.
During the month of February, Hub City hosts a festival known as The Day the Music Died. The Buddy Holly Center has permanent exhibits of Buddy’s life and music, donated by friends, family, and fans, keeping his memory alive. The glasses, which were recovered from the crash site near Clear Lake, Iowa, are also included. Fans can also visit his grave at the Lubbock City Cemetery (address: 2011 E. 31st Street) to pay their respects.
Alternatively, the new Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences on Mac Davis Lane offers intimate live performances for a similar price. The best touring companies and Broadway productions are always welcome at this 2200-seat theater. There isn’t a bad seat in the house thanks to the NC-15 sound system that can be found in Buddy Holly Hall. Lady A, Kevin James, Baby Shark Live, and Hairspray are just a few of the upcoming 2022 performances.
Sip Excellent Brew
My favorite places in Lubbock to get a quality cup of coffee are J&B Coffee, Tumbleweed & Sage, Ninety-Two Bakery & Cafe, and Gold Stripe Coffee Roasters. You can get breakfast and lunch at J&B, which has been open in Lubbock since 1979. The breakfast croissant egg sandwich and Vietnamese iced coffee were delicious.
Besides having the best atmosphere, the breakfast options at Ninety-Two Bakery & Cafe (which include bread and pastries made from scratch) are also fantastic. The Croque Madame at Ninety-Two Bakery is flawless, and it’s one of my favorite pastries. This dish is decadent and delicious; I would definitely order it again. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Visit Buffalo Springs Lake in your RV.
When I was able to make the transition to full-time RVing, I discovered that there are many beautiful RV parks and campgrounds across the United States. Staying at Buffalo Springs Lake in Lubbock was one of the year’s top vacation destinations. In the early spring, the park was practically empty, and we took full advantage of it.
This park on the shore of a lake offers full hookups for RVs, as well as a cute playground, nature trails (accessible by ATVs), and other amenities. You can rent a boat, go swimming, or just chill out on one of the two beaches. Buffalo Springs Lake is an excellent destination for a variety of water sports and recreational activities, including fishing, jet skiing, and golf.
After paying for an RV site, you are still welcome to use the property during the day.
Take a trip to the National Ranching Historical Center.
This masterwork of ranching lore is a fitting tribute to the generations of ranchers who came before us, while also providing an exciting glimpse into the modern world through a visit to the 6666 Ranch, which was recently featured on the hit television show Yellowstone. Fifty ranch buildings have been painstakingly restored and can be found on the National Ranching Heritage Center’s 19 acres. Beautiful art galleries and displays of Western culture fill the museum’s 44,000 square feet. Be sure to check out the stained glass ceiling panel.
Classes, Living History Saturdays, art shows, and a holiday tradition called Candlelight at the Ranch are just a few of the upcoming events at the National Ranching Heritage Center. This is a world-class museum where you can lose yourself completely.
Visit the First Friday Art Trail L.A.’s Historic Cultural Hub and Arts Center
Rain or shine, the Cultural District of Lubbock is where you want to be on the first Friday of every month. The monthly event is a hit with both residents and tourists, who come to enjoy the unique art offerings, fantastic live music, and delicious cuisine provided by mobile food vendors. Take advantage of the free trolley service to travel between the art district and the commercial district.
Visit the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (pictured below), Two Docs Brewing Co., Bentley Arrow, Wild Lark Books, Charles Adams Gallery, and Glassalley Art Studio and Gallery, just some of the places you can visit on First Friday.
If you don’t have time to stay for a group class, you can find Pauline’s ready-to-make art kits to take home with you at Glassalley. I bought a wooden cross mosaic kit that was easy to put together and now proudly displays in my motorhome. If you’d rather learn in a one-on-one or small-group setting, or even at an art camp, you have plenty of options. Glassalley also provides doorstep delivery of DIY kit options.
Honor the Wine Industry’s Impact on Lubbock
Lubbock can take pride in producing 90% of the state’s wine, so it’s only fitting that the city’s many wineries feature these tasty products. McPherson Cellars, Burklee Hill (already mentioned), Llano Estacado, Pheasant Ridge, Boxing Rabbit Vineyard, and English Newsom Cellars are just a few of the many successful wineries in West Texas.
Dirk’s Has the Tastiest Chicken Around.
Dirk’s Signature Chicken & Bar is a great spot to hang out with friends over a delicious meal, a refreshing beer, or a unique cocktail. The restaurant was named after the mayor and renowned cartoonist of the owner’s grandfather, Dirk West, and is furnished with his cartoons and vintage toys.
Dirk’s features a wide variety of creative dish pairings on its menu. Chicken Fried Steak Fingers with jalapeo cream gravy and two sides were my selection, and they were out of this world. The green beans and cajun creamed corn were mine to pick. The exceptional and slightly spicy cajun creamed corn left an indelible taste in my mouth. Gulf oysters on the half shell, shrimp and grits, and fried or rotisserie chicken are also available.
Treat Yourself to a Day at the Spa The Woodhouse Day Spa in Lubbock is a wonderful place to spend the day being pampered and relaxed. Woodhouse Day Spa is a one-stop shop for all your spa needs; whether you need to soothe aching muscles, eliminate toxins, enjoy a relaxing experience, relax your mind, or nourish your skin. Here at the five-star spa, you can get a variety of treatments, from manicures and pedicures to massages and halotherapy.
Prairie dogs need food.
Prairie dogs, Lubbock’s cutest residents, can be found in Mackenzie Park. Prairie Dog Town is home to an adorable but annoying population of prairie dogs. If you want to feed them, you can bring carrots.
Stick to the 806 Beer Route
The 806 Beer Trail connects six of Lubbock, Texas’s breweries, so you can sample local fare and get a feel for the city’s culture. Mano Negra, Two Docs, Triple J, Auld Brewing, The Brewery LBK, and The Plains Brewing Co. are some of the breweries represented. When I first read about this exciting opportunity in the Visit Lubbock guidebook, I knew I had to go.
Visit a Cool Hotel
One of the more unique hotels in Lubbock is the Cotton Court Hotel, a reproduction of a 19th-century cotton gin. Cotton Court, managed by Valencia Hotel Group (quickly becoming one of my favorite hotel chains), features 165 rooms while maintaining a cozy, boutique atmosphere. The rooms are grand and impressive, with high-end touches like walk-in rainfall showers, luxurious fabrics, and modern furnishings like barn doors.
In addition to the many other features, there is a stunning fire pit.
gorgeous outdoor pool with scenic views.
Fun in the yard
Loads of places to sit.
Restaurant with a Midnight Shift
Lunch and dinner are available at the on-site restaurant, which also features live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The menu at Midnight Shift, which features dishes like Korean short rib tacos, poutine, and burrata charcuterie, is as visually appealing as it is delicious.
Until the end of June, every Thursday is Yappy Hour, so feel free to bring Fido or Fluffy along. There will be treats for pets available between 5 and 7 p.m.
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