Well friends, this post is a long time coming.
Today, I’m going to talk all about our hometown of McKinney, TX.
One of the most popular emails/comments/questions I get is about McKinney. Mainly…if I go there, what should I do? Where should I eat? Where should I shop? So, today, I’m going to
I’ve told this story a million times, but it bears repeating.
I grew up in Irving, TX which is a very urban city that bleeds right into Dallas. After college, Andrew and I got married and moved to Detroit for a year and then when we returned, we moved right back to Irving. At this point, Andrew and I started planning our business and Andrew suggested we move to McKinney.
Well…I didn’t like that idea. At all.
As a native to the area (he was from Missouri), I thought McKinney was way too far north…up in the middle of nowhere. We loved McKinney (don’t get me wrong) and a few times a year, we would make the journey up there to visit their beloved historic square and eat at The Pantry (the pie is a-mazing!), so I was familiar with the town but that place was for special occasions and not every day life. We kept praying about it and Andrew really kept feeling God tell him we should move there…so VERY reluctantly, I agreed. (Now, McKinney is only 20 minutes north of Dallas, so it’s not like it’s far away…it was just such a different area than what I was used to.)
Now we’ve lived here for over 10 years and let me tell you…that Andrew Shull is a genius :). There is no place else I would rather call home than this little town of McKinney, TX. (And by little, I mean we have a population of over 150,000…but honestly, it feels SO LITTLE!). When I die, they better bury me in McKinney. This place is home.
So, now that you know how I got here…what do I like to do here?
Friends, all roads lead to the square…
McKinney has an historic town square that is the center of everything. Shopping, dining, entertainment, parades, festivals, farmers market, antique stores, butcher shop…it’s all on the square.
This is Ashby eating at our very favorite diner SPOONS (it serves breakfast/lunch/dinner all day long! The breakfast taco is my favorite!). I know a diner sounds really casual (and it is!) but it’s so quaint and happy that we find ourselves eating there on special occasions too (did someone say Valentine’s Day?).
Across the street from Spoons is LANDON WINERY and next door to that is RICK’S CHOPHOUSE. We enjoy both places often (just two weekends ago, we went with Tab & Erika) and so if you’re looking for a little more upscale, then those places are where you should head. (And pssst: if you keep walking, you’ll run into SNUG which is another cafe that makes this Pimento Cheese, Bacon and Candied Jalapeno Sandwich that will change your life, then you’ll need to stop and shop at GRAY LIVING before you stop again to eat at SQUARE BURGER #holysweetpotatofries).
Every year, the square gets decked out for Christmas and our family always enjoys a horse drawn carriage ride. You can read all about our annual tradition HERE.
The square is just the place to be.
Here the kiddos are at THE PANTRY (that restaurant where we would go for a special treat when we visited McKinney all of those times growing up). Did I mention that you should get the pie ;)? Right across the street from The Pantry is…
MOM AND POPCORN. This is a gourmet popcorn and candy store and let me just tell you…you cannot go inside without getting happy. This place is pure joy no matter how old you are! A few doors down from Mom and Popcorn is DOUG AND LYNDA’S SKI SHOP which I know sounds strange (considering we are in Texas) but this little shop is famous! People from all over the state come here for their ski stuff (to take on vacation). It’s only open during ski season but when you step inside, you’ll feel like you’re somewhere else (Colorado, maybe?). If you visit during the fall/winter/early spring…check it out.
MADE OF SUGAR & SPICE is a little party boutique. We had Kensington’s 5th birthday there and it’s ADORABLE!
Every year in September, we Oktoberfest on the square. I am OBSESSED with Oktoberfest and this annual event never lets me down!
Cheers to Oktoberfest!
Ashby is standing here in front of what used to be the courthouse but now it’s an arts and entertainment building. So many fun productions take place right inside.
Really and truly…if you visit McKinney, TX…all you need to do is visit the square. I didn’t include every restaurant and store (obviously), but here are a few more of my faves (but certainly not all!):
Cadillac Pizza (they have this brisket and goat cheese pizza that is life changing)
Petals and Vines
Plum Creek Primatives
So, that’s a little bit about McKinney. Of course, the city boasts more than just the square but…if you’re a visitor to our town and need things to do for the day/weekend, this is where you should head. There are even little B&Bs around the square if you want to stay the night.
From my little town to yours, happy Wednesday!
And PS: locals, please share your favorite spots too! I know I didn’t include everything delightful about our city!