Once upon a time, okay, really, more like the week before Memorial Day weekend, I won a sweepstakes from the Fort Worth CVB. A golf tournament sweepstakes, with VIP tickets to the Crowne Plaza Invitational, plus awesome golf prizes. The prizes were awesome, but nothing made me more excited, than 2 nights accommodations at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth. If you’re a Mom, you know exactly what was going through my mind. Two nights, in a hotel, by myself…
By the way, the Worthington’s nickname is “The Star of Texas”,and is Fort Worth’s original AAA Four-Diamond luxury hotel.
I had plans. Big plans. I’d climb into the middle of the king size bed. I’d watch TV- anything that’s NOT animated. Then I’d sleep late, take a long, hot shower, and use the bathroom without an audience! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that things didn’t really happen that way. First, traffic and a dysfunctional GPS delayed my arrival at the Worthington Renaissance from mid afternoon, until after 11 PM.
When I finally pulled into the hotel, I was happy to hand my keys to the 24 hour valet at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth. Even though I hadn’t officially checked in, my SUV was taken care of for the night. After a quick and easy check-in, I dropped off my bags, and we headed off to explore downtown Fort Worth. (“We” being my local friends that joined me for dinner at The Capital Grille.) Oh, and thank you Renaissance for having a lovely ostrich bench in the room, my friends were able to sit down, while I changed clothes, without being on the bed.
Best part of staying at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth, you can walk to all the downtown attractions like Sundance Square. When you work up an appetite you can walk to one of the many restaurants, or try the fried green tomatoes at the hotel. Seriously, I tried the fried green tomatoes with mozzarella cheese, drizzled with Tupelo honey, and a TX whiskey cocktail made with apricot preserves. I felt like I was back in the low country of South Carolina.
Anyway, back to Friday night’s adventures. We started at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, then we caught a cab over to the Fort Worth Stockyards for a little two stepping. It was so much fun, I couldn’t believe it when the bartender shouted “Last call for alcohol.” I was a little bummed when I got back to the hotel, and learned I missed the TGIF party in the floating bar on the mezzanine.
Exhausted, I crashed for the night. I had plans to sleep late, but the next morning, I was up and ready to explore the area on foot. I walked over to Jamba Juice and grabbed a smoothie. Then I walked in and out of the boutiques, and snapped photos of the fun signs and buildings.
If you want to do a little exploring, but don’t want to walk, hop on Molly the Trolley, for a free ride around downtown.
I probably could have sunbathed and people watched at Sundance Square all day, but I had plans to tour the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. If you visit Fort Worth, and want a bit of local flavor, definitely hop online and book a tour of the distillery. It’s less than a 5 minute car ride from the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, and in the same neighborhood as the Justin Boots Outlet store.
Saturday night, I had planned to walk over to the Flying Saucer and try some new beers, followed by dinner at the Reata Fort Worth rooftop patio. I was super excited that it was safe to walk to both locations, and walk back to the hotel. But, once I climbed into the comfy king bed, found an action movie on HBO, I lost all motivation to leave the hotel. I was a little disappointed, but the friendly bartenders in the lobby lounge, and fried green tomatoes, totally made my night entertaining.
Sadly, I didn’t sleep in on Sunday morning either. I was downstairs saying goodbye at the front desk by 8:30 AM, so I could head over to the golf tournament to watch Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, and Jason Dufner. One day, I’ll return to the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth, and relax while enjoying their western decor and Texas charm!
Check out The Worthington Renaissance Facebook page for special offers.
My two night accommodations were part of the sweepstakes package I won from the Fort Worth CVB. I was not compensated or obligated to write about my experience.