Fort Worth has the reputation for being all about cowboys and honky-tonk but our recent trip has let us discover so much more to ‘Cowtown’. Aside from the obligatory visit to take out-of-towners to see cowboys (as in real ones not the football team) at the Fort Worth Stockyards and two stepping at Billy Bob’s Texas, Itty Bitty Foodies’ visits to Fort Worth have been sporadic. Sometimes we time a day trip to Fort Worth to see one of the art exhibitions from the stellar Cultural District which boasts the Kimbell Art Museum and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. But lately, the “country and western yee haw factor” has developed a hipster twang making Fort Worth, a little Austin-esque with their laid back attitude but without the terrible traffic. Just less than an hour’s drive away from Dallas, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel makes for an almost instant getaway and for those afflicted with spring fever, Omni Fort Worth Hotel throws in a picnic at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden with the Botanic Gardens seasonal package.
(Full Disclosure: Omni Fort Worth Hotel provided IttyBittyFoodies with accommodation. All opinions in this post is my own.)
The Trinity River greets you like a happy, curvy smile as you enter downtown Fort Worth. Among the jumble of historic buildings, skyscrapers and new construction is the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Located in the heart of the hustle and bustle, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel is within walking distance to Sundance Square; 35 blocks of boutiques, restaurants and entertainment venues. People also know Sundance Square as the prime location of many of Fort Worth’s festivals held throughout the year.
The curbside of the hotel buzzes with activity as bell boys hoists heavy bags onto trolleys and the valet tries to maneuver cars quickly out of the way like the game Rush Hour. However, once inside, the hotel is a quiet retreat. A large platter of green Granny Smith apples in the lobby, tempt passers-by to stop and relax on one of the comfy couches around the fireplace. As a welcome gift, the kids each got a backpack with an activity booklet and crayons in it. The Omni Kids program is different at every hotel but they are full of engaging activities for kids. My 3 year old who just started preschool still takes that backpack everywhere.
Hotel rooms are handsomely appointed with casual elegance with a Texas theme. The plush beds are made for sleeping in and showers are roomy enough to house (ALL) the kids for a quick clean before bedtime. Another nice touch were the cookies and milk at bedtime for the kids.
Book the Fort Worth Botanic Garden package and spend the day out enjoying this beautiful weather. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas, is a lush 110-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of color. A peaceful haven nestled in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Garden is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants that flourish in its 23 specialty gardens.
A custom-made picnic lunch or salads, sandwiches and drinks packed in a spiffy picnic basket (a gift for guests to keep) and admission to the Japanese Garden makes this package ideal for families. TIP: there are picnic benches under a gazebo in the Children’s Garden.
Another must-do and free attraction is the Trinity Park. Stretched along the banks of the Trinity River and nestled next to the Fort Worth Zoo, Trinity Park is home to a duck pond, a miniature train, several playgrounds and Trinity Trails, the best hiking and biking trails around town. TIP: dine at Tim Love’s Woodshed Smokehouse which is located along the riverfront.
If you want a little respite from the heat, head down to one of the museums like The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth or Kimbell Art Museum or spend some time tinkering at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. End the day at the rooftop pool at the Omni Hotel Fort Worth. Though a little small, the pool has ample space for splashing about plus a hot tub area. Deckchairs surround the area and lets guest sunbathe or enjoy a cocktail from the rooftop bar.
For dinner, we highly recommend Bob’s Steak and Chop House located on site at the Omni Hotel Fort Worth. We’ve eaten at most of the different Bob’s locations in DFW metroplex and it is still one of our favorite steak houses. The steaks are very consistent, cuts like butter and done the way you ask for it. Filet Mignon for our little guys and rib eye for my Beefcake. If we have out-of-towners with us, we also add some jumbo shrimp to the table and finish off with a decadent chocolate cake. I just eat off everyone else’s plates as portions are massive.
After a weekend away at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, we feel regenerated and to think, this gem is less than an hour’s drive away. Fort Worth, we shall be back but till then, we’ll be carrying those backpacks about town with us!
Watch for our next posts on where else to eat in Fort Worth on your quick weekend getaway. You’ve been on the move with Itty Bitty Foodies.
Thank you to our friends at Omni Fort Worth for providing the accommodation for the Itty Bitty Foodies. As always, all opinions are our own.