Texas Foodie Adventures at Elmwood Gardens in Palestine Texas

“If You Love Flora Farms in Cabo Then Check Out Texas Foodie Adventures at Elmwood Gardens in Palestine Texas”

Real Farm to Table Goodness!

From country roads, rolling hills, prairies and Piney Woods, East Texas has always had a great deal of appeal to those seeking a bit of solitude in the countryside. Tucked away in a quiet corner just two hours from Dallas, is the ultimate Epicurean experience — Texas Foodie Adventures and Cottages at Elmwood Gardens by Provence. This sophisticated, gourmet food experience is certain to tantalize each of your senses.

The juncture is set on 32 acres of beautiful, captivating gardens, complete with rustic cottages and mouth-watering meals you won’t soon forget. This indulgent escape is a popular destination for guests who are looking for a nearby staycation, a mid-week getaway, family celebrations, milestone moments or romantic rendezvous. This unique and authentic Texas homestead has also become a popular destination wedding venue featured in Vogue magazine as one of the most beautiful venues in Texas.

Onsite accommodations at Elmwood Gardens by Provence offer a comfortable, cozy, and a casual escape. Three one-bedroom cottages are available, and each can accommodate up to 4 guests. The romantic Honeymoon Suite – complete with an opulent purple tub – is best suited for couples seeking a starry-eyed stay with their significant other. An adjoining cottage, The Texas Rose, is perfect for families. For more seclusion, Annette’s Hideaway, situated near the Wildflower Gardens is a perfect retreat. Each enchanting countryside cottage comes complete with lazy-day porches, and an abundance of character, warmth, water views, and infinite charm. Each cottage is also air conditioned, quaint, and curious. These unique cottages are packed full of Texas history and filled with wonderment and a wow-factor unlike any other.

After a restful sleep in one of the intimate and welcoming cottages, the Foodie Adventures begins with a bountiful gourmet breakfast prepared by acclaimed Executive Chef Pamela Horowitz of Provence Catering. Breakfast is included in all overnight stays and may be served at the charming Wisteria House, one of the lush gardens, on the back porch of your vintage cottage or the mystical rock garden.

Following breakfast, guests are free to explore the engaging and winsome property. From photography to bird watching, hiking or a property-wide scavenger hunt, the homestead offers many distinct and memorable activities.  Other happenings might include harvesting from the onsite vegetable gardens, painting the striking scenery with waterclors or even a met and greet with the horses.

After reveling in all that the property has to offer, guests can delight in a bountiful picnic basket lunch filled with scrumptious delights or indulge in a delicious 3-course luncheon from Chef Pamela’s farm-to-table kitchen. Or you may opt to kick back and relax, take an afternoon nap before you wallow in an exquisite 6-course dinner tasting menu. Each course is masterfully prepared and presented elegantly in a charming, enchanting setting.

Global fusion and trend-setting fare always abound from Chef Pamela’s gourmet, made-from-scratch kitchen. If you enjoy decadent sauces and rich flavors, this Foodie Adventure was designed with you in mind. The talented team of Chefs make sure each meal is a feast of beautifully plated dishes and a symphony of farm fresh flavors. Romantic candle-lit dinners are a specialty, and they can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, Halal, Kosher-style or special diets or food allergies. After dinner enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars at the outdoor Sunset Cinema boasting one of the largest outdoor BBQ kitchens in Texas.

So, when you find yourself seeking refuge from your hectic lifestyle, this is the perfect place to unwind and indulge yourself in an experience that fills the senses. Reservations for Texas Foodie Adventures and Cottages at Elmwood Gardens by Provence can be made by calling: 903-549-2716 or 214-557-3351 or you can email: info@provencecatering.com. To learn more about the property, view a sample menu, or book your trip, visit their website at: https://texasfoodieadventures.com. Whether you are seeking an intimate affair for two or a rock star worthy wedding for 200, they can fulfill your every dream.

Cottage accommodation pricing for Annette’s Hideaway is $229/night; Texas Rose Cottage – $249/night and the Honeymoon Suite – $299/night. Lunches Start at $39.95 per person; 3-Course Dinners start at $75 per person and Tasting menus start at $150 per person. Dine-in only Texas Culinary Adventures require one-week advance reservation. Due to weddings and events, the weekend reservation policy states that your stay must be booked within 6 weeks or less of your desired dates. Call to inquire about seasonal flexibility on reservations.

This hidden gem is just a short jaunt from Dallas, Shreveport, Houston, or Austin. Driving there from any direction is a serene journey on beautiful, winding country roads that are sure to rejuvenate the soul. And, after you traverse the amazing property and relish in gourmet meals, the area boasts world-class golf, boating, fishing, hunting, mudding, yoga, zip lining, spa treatments, wineries and horseback riding nearby.  

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Throughout her career, Chef Pamela’s creative cooking style and flair has attracted a great deal of national attention and she has been featured on CNN, FOX-TV, NBC, New York Times, New York Daily News, and Food Network. She has also catered parties for many high-profile events and notable clients, including CEO’s, American Presidents, a Supreme Court Justice, the Duchess of York, the King of Spain, David Letterman and Howard Stern.

by Gina Wiklund

The Sky Tower at Choctaw Casino and Resort

With leisure air travel escalating this summer, airlines have been struggling to keep up with the demand. This resurgence has had a huge impact on air passengers alike. From the long lines at airport ticket counters, to thousands of delays, and cancellations — air travelers are frustrated, exhausted and in some cases downright angry.

But many astute Americans have chosen to avoid the chaos at airports and have taken to the roadways instead. Metroplex area residents should follow this lead and take the short drive north to visit the new $600+ million expansion of Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.

This new addition, The Sky Tower, officially opened the weekend of August 6, 2021. The festivities and events included $1 million in cash drawings, live entertainment, photos ops, a DJ in The District, and a spectacular firework display. The grand opening celebration will continue through the end of August 2021 with an additional $800,000 in cash giveaways. 

If you missed the grand opening shindig, don’t despair… the celebration was merely a kickoff for what’s to come! The 21-story Sky Tower has raised the roof in more ways than one. From sophisticated and modern hotel rooms, to gaming, top-notch entertainment, dining, and fine art commissioned by local Choctaw artists – the flurry of action and activities is unlimited. Everyone in your group will be satisfied and contented – even the children!

From the outside, the main entrance of the Tower is grand and impressive. With the stately circular driveway, it’s easy to imagine stretch limos arriving with famous, prominent, or celebrated guests. In the coming months, some of those live entertainers include Clint Black, Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dave Matthews Band. If you have an interest in any of the upcoming entertainment, act fast – tickets are selling out at warp speed.

The old and new sections of the resort are seamlessly connected. However, the first note of distinction is that the new section is completely smoke-free, and it will remain as such for the foreseeable future. Every single detail was well planned, researched and employees had a voice in the final selections of their work areas. With the tasteful design, even most esteemed guests will be dazzled. The stunning decorations include bright, colorful fresh floral arrangements in varying shapes and sizes. The décor is contemporary, opulent, and eye-catching. The walls and walkways are lined with a world class collection of paintings, drawings, and sculpture — created solely by Choctaw artists. Several works were exclusively commissioned for the new tower, and hotel guests receive a guide to the expansive collection upon check-in.

If you choose to spend the night, you’ll sleep easy in any of the impeccable and luxuriously appointed, spa-like accommodations. The Sky Tower includes 1,000 rooms ranging from luxury suites, traditional king, or double queen beds, as well as hospitality suites. Many amenities are included, such as HDTV, complimentary Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, and free parking.

Novice and experienced gamblers alike will enjoy the expansive, well maintained and fully staffed gaming floor. Guests can spin the reels at any of the 3,300 classic, progressive, or high-stakes slot machines.

If you are seeking some live action, check out the 40 new table games that include craps, roulette, baccarat, pai gow, and everyone’s favorite – blackjack. Also, an all-new 30-table poker room with its own dedicated staff and guest services will ensure a good time is had by all.

Many bars and lounges are strategically placed throughout the resort. For a unique game-day experience, check out The League Bar, a quintessential hot spot for sports enthusiasts. The League houses 88 big screen TVS, and an unforgettable 100-foot video wall that weighs in at more than 13,000 pounds! Sports themed artwork from local Choctaw artists also adorns the walls. In the center of the gaming floor is Prizm Lounge. Designed as a central meeting place, it’s the perfect spot for guests to reunite with others in their party. Don’t miss the astonishing surface that separates light into an immersive spectrum of color.

In addition, The Sky Tower has an array of shopping, eating, and entertainment venues. It includes 2 new retail shops, 3 new restaurants, 2 new movie theaters with reclining seats and a three-acre tropical oasis – Aqua. This swimming and lounging paradise has an adult-only with swim-up bar and a family friendly pool with waterslides. Four outdoor areas for food and drinks round out the Aqua experience.

Due to weather-related construction delays, Aqua is closed, but is expected to open soon.

The two new retail shops are Envi, a premier boutique that carries designer merchandise and Essentials, a retail shop for Choctaw-branded souvenirs, apparel and assorted snacks and sundries. When hunger sets in, be sure to visit Salt & Stone for round-the-clock eats that feature the “SALT” (surf) and “STONE” (turf). Boasting unparalleled flavor and exquisite luxury is 1832 Steakhouse. The menu includes a vast selection of fine wines, and the unequaled steak and seafood dishes are expertly plated. Reservations are strongly suggested, and the restaurant is only open for dinner.

The entire Choctaw Casino and Resort is profusion of fun, food, and festivity. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, the merriment and cheerfulness abound. The people are friendly and accommodating, and each inquiry is answered with a smile.

No stay is complete though, without visiting the all-new Choctaw Cultural Center. Just minutes from the resort, the Cultural Center and is a lesson in the rich culture, history and experiences of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and its community.

Today, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is thriving with nearly 200,000 people. They celebrate a vibrant heritage of resilience and spirit. Their mission is to empower each Choctaw to live a life filled with possibility. Some of their business endeavors help support the health and education of Choctaws.

by Gina Wiklund