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2 0 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E their Western outfits. Everything remains authentic to the late-1800s period. A re-enacted cattle drive takes place twice daily. "Eight or nine cowboys on horseback herd up the cattle for a walk down Exchange Avenue," said Sarah Covington, public relations manager for the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The horn span of the longhorn is up to six feet, so it's quite a spectacle." Shortly after exploring the stockyards, groups can proceed to the nearby Fort Worth Cultural District. Five world-class museums include the National Cowgirl Museum, the nation's only institution dedicated to women in the American West, which displays memorabilia from Annie Oakley and others. The Fort Worth Ale Trail showcases craft brews and adds a local flair to any stay. The free Ale Trail Passport invites participants to obtain stamps from each brewery; visiting five or all 10 breweries earns participants a gift. GR A PEV I N E Conveniently located 30 minutes from downtown Dallas and Fort Worth and 10 minutes from DFW Airport, historic Grapevine makes a perfect hub for groups. Its name comes from the tart, wild Mustang grapes that blanketed the area. Main Street's brick buildings offer more than 80 boutiques, galleries and restaurants, among them Vetro, which hosts group glassmaking events. The city is home to the Grapevine Urban Wine Trail, which features daily wine tastings and special events through- out the year. Ten wineries lie within walking distance of each other. Puffy, Grapevine's 1896 steam engine, travels along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. Each spring, the Jazz Wine Train hosts live music and dinner. Grapevine Wine Tours shuttles guests by bus to three tasting rooms while a guide recounts wine- making history in north Texas; lunch or dinner is included. Featuring 81 holes, Grapevine's top-rated golf courses include Cowboys Golf Club, the nation's only NFL-themed course. Three Grapevine golf courses hold the distinction of being ranked among the top public golf courses in the United States. For football fans, Texas Station, inside the Gaylord Texas resort, has one of the largest screens in north Texas for great game viewing. The city's calendar is full year-round. Annual wine cel- ebrations include February's Sweetheart Wine Trail, April's New Vintage Trail and October's Hallowine Trail, for which tasters dress in Halloween costumes. Main Street Fest takes place May 19-21 and revolves around craft beer. And from mid-November to early January, the "Christmas Capital of Texas" pulls out all the stops. "If you love Christmas, this is the perfect place to come because we have 1,400 holiday events in 40 days," said Leigh Lyons, communications manager at the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau. Courtesy Magnolia Courtesy Grapevine CVB Courtesy Waco CVB Courtesy Fort Worth CVB WACO TV PERSONALITIES CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS AT WACO'S MAGNOLIA MARKET A BARREL TASTING AT GRAPEVINE'S MESSINA HOF WINERY THE NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM IN FORT WORTH