Monday, May 2, 2016

Last Days and Messina Hof Winery…

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Wow! Our month in College Station flew by! Before we knew it, our son, his wife and the grandkids left by car back to their home in San Antonio and Katie's boyfriend Brooks flew back to North Carolina.   We were originally scheduled to leave Sunday but Katie was staying until Monday…oops! It was a little bad planning on my part but it was easily fixed by adjusting our upcoming reservations in Lockhart and Canyon Lake.

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We did pack up our rig and left Holiday RV Park in College Station to move a whole mile north to a new RV park in town called RV Haven Park where we planned to stay until Wednesday. I will discuss how this came to be in our next blog (and it will be the final about College Station).

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We settled into our site and now that everyone else had left, we asked Katie what she would like to do and she wanted to go play some disc golf. We found a nice little park that was mostly open with shade from some large trees and a small meandering creek providing the only water hazard. We had fun tossing the discs around and we were sure glad there weren’t any larger bodies of water as we found the creek on several occasions and had to fetch our discs from the water.

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After disc golf it was nearing happy hour so we took Katie to one of the best happy hour deals in town at the Grub Burger Bar. During happy hour they offer two buck craft pints so I ordered a nice Karbach Hopidillo IPA while Kate and Sharon opted to order the other happy hour special. They chose one of the signature alcoholic milkshakes to share. It had vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and chocolate along with chocolate vodka as the liquor. It came with lots of whipped cream on top as well as a big peanut butter cookie. It tasted just like a chocolate/peanut butter milkshake and was pretty good, but I still liked my craft beer better.

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Her last evening we headed over to the Rough Draft Whiskey Bar which boasts an incredible Sunday happy hour which includes all their Texas Crafts for $2 per pint. We met several of my friends there as well and Katie seemed to really enjoy her last evening in town. The next morning we packed her up and drove her the hour and half over to Houston’s airport. Bidding our farewells we left Houston and headed on home. Of course we had to make a detour to stop at Costco and Trader Joes to stock up on some of our favorites.

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imageOur last day in town I took Sharon over to the Messina Hof Winery for their winery tour. We had a great little tour where we learned about the winery and met a few very friendly staff.. Our favorite wine was the Paulo Texas Red Blend which at $44 per bottle was way out of my normal wine price range but we still bought a glass of it to savor after the tour as we lingered on the premises. The winery and the adjacent “hotel” were worth the visit and we would highly recommend the tour to anyone visiting Bryan/College Station.

It really has been fun to return to our old home town as tourists because it really has a lot to offer in the way of friendly people, delicious food and a wide range of entertainment!

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Family Reunion and Wrapping up our last few days in College Station, Texas…

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As we near the end of our month long stay in our former hometown of College Station we reminisce about what we have done during this stay. It always amazes us how fast time flies when we return here and this stay was no different. We spent our first week visiting old friends and old places as well as showing our new RV friends around town.

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Each week was filled with fun and friends but as also is typical there were a few friends we had hoped to see that we missed this time around. We will make an effort to seek out those we missed seeing this time when we return next year during our next visit. We understand that everyone we know (well most of them) are still in the working phase of their lives and as such their non-working time is limited and precious often making visits a challenge.

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We always love visiting here but we both recognize that we no longer consider this town our home. Our home has become our lovely efficiency condo on wheels. Nevertheless we really do enjoy our stay in Bryan-College Station, Texas. When visiting here we highly recommend dropping by the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau for suggestions as to what to see and do. The staff is friendly and helpful with plentiful knowledge about happenings in and around town. Please say Hello to our dear friend, Shannon Overby when visiting. It was through visiting the bureau that we learned about many of our new favorites for Happy Hour craft beer such as Grub Burger Bar, Rough Draft Whiskey Bar as well as tasting some really delicious wines at the beautiful Messina Hof Winery.  Thanks, Shannon!

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Our last weekend was highlighted by our full out family reunion of sorts. Our daughter Katie and her boyfriend Brooks flew into town from North Carolina.  In addition our son, Jason, and his family drove up from San Antonio to stay with us for a long weekend. What fun it was having our family all together once again. Seeing our two grandchildren once again was quite a delight and we very much enjoyed showing Brooks around while we got to know him better.  He fits right in and in fact, is making plans to visit us again this winter with Katie!

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We attended several events in town such as Earth Day (the kids loved it), we volunteered as parking attendants at Chili Fest (heard great music), marveled at the renovations and upgrades during Kyle Field Day and of course took several walking tours of Texas A&M University. I even spent a good deal of time repairing our rent house including re-building the backyard deck. Evening dinners,socializing with our family, get-togethers with friends and experiencing the friendliness of the people here was a real treat for us making this a really memorable visit. We will see Jason and his family again next weekend in Lockhart State Park but we won’t likely see our daughter until we winter in San Diego.

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With only few days left in town we are starting to wrap up our stay here and getting ready for our next stop…

[I am still a bit behind on the blog as we are in Lockhart State Park now… more on that later]