Some of you may remember that I had the chance to visit Lubbock as part of the Texas Peanut Producers Board blogger tour a few months ago. While much of the trip was spent getting to know peanut farmers and producers at their farms and facilities in the nearby agricultural region, I was fortunate enough to have time to explore downtown Lubbock as well. I had an awesome time and ate some delicious food, so today I’m sharing my recommendations for how you can make a fabulous time for yourself in this part of northwest Texas. If you’re a lover of wine and tapas, you’ll want to pin this post for later when you plan a trip to Lubbock, TX.
Where to Stay in Lubbock, TX
Overton Hotel. Some would say that the only place to stay when traveling to Lubbock is the Overton. It’s actually the only place I’ve ever stayed during my visits to Lubbock over the years based on all of the high recommendations I have received, and it’s the preferred hotel for Texas Tech athletics (Longhorn fans make note that you will be subject to a lot of Red Raiders swag around the hotel). The rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, the service is friendly and accommodating, and the food in their on-site restaurant is top notch. The décor blends West Texas charm with luxury touches and amenities.
Wine Tasting in Lubbock, TX
McPherson Cellars. If you love good wine and enjoy wine tasting experiences, a visit to McPherson Cellars’ bottling plant and tasting room is a must when in Lubbock. They offer tours of the facility (I totally geek out when seeing how things are made, and am super fascinated by bottling lines), as well as tastings 6 days a week. During our visit we were lucky enough to have the owner and Winemaker, Kim McPherson, join us for our tour and tasting. We we got to try several of their award-winning Texas wines and learn more about the history of wine in Texas from a family that pioneered the Texas wine industry. Oh, and did I mention that their wines are amazing? I’m a big fan of McPherson, and you need to have it on your radar!
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Where to Eat in Downtown Lubbock, TX
La Diosa Cellars. Just steps away from McPherson Cellars’ tasting room is one of the best dining experiences in Lubbock. La Diosa is as much an art gallery as it is a delicious tapas restaurant and cocktail lounge. Owned by the utterly fabulous Sylvia McPherson, stylish and creative spouse of the Winemaker Kim McPherson, La Diosa is an eclectically-designed bistro with modern Texas-fusions of traditional Spanish tapas. La Diosa boasts not only the best sangria in town, but also some of the best tapas I’ve had in Texas. I highly recommend their Albondigas de Madrid (their signature meatballs tapas).
Downtown Lubbock, TX Nightlife
Depot District. La Diosa and the McPherson tasting room are located in Lubbock’s emerging Depot Entertainment District. In addition to the wine and great restaurants, there are ‘grammable murals (see above) and nightlife options in any flavor you could want! Sports bars with bar games, a piano bar for a rousing night out, country two-step, house, and hip hop dance clubs are all available right in this area of downtown Lubbock.
Have you ever found yourself in Lubbock? What are your favorite things to do there?