Red Gate Inn in McKinney, Texas is an idyllic Bed and Breakfast for honeymoons, romantic getaways, and girls’ weekends. The three guest rooms are named for flowers and each has its own unique charm. The house has been loving restored and reworked with an eye toward both the historic integrity and the comfort of the guests. Not too far from Dallas and it’s conveniently located just a mile from the historic district. You’ll find plenty of food, shopping, and things to do there!
More about the food and shopping next time.
My husband and I were invited to experience historic McKinney, Texas at no cost to ourselves. All opinions expressed are my own. A special thanks to McKinney Visitor’s Bureau for all of their help in making arrangements for this series.
When my husband and were invited to stay for two days in McKinney and experience some of what the town had to offer I wasn’t sure what to expect. Back when I was in high school you only went to McKinney if you had to. You know, like to see your great-grandmother or something. I figured we’d have a nice little get away and I’d get caught up on reading. I was writing an article for a client and wondered how I was going to write the full number of words assigned to me.
“I’m going to have to use a lot of adjectives”, I told my husband as I settled into my seat for the hour long drive north.
The magazine has been sitting on the article for a year and I didn’t want to wait any longer to write about my experiences. So for the next several Fridays the Texas Road Trips section of Restless Chipotle will be dedicated to McKinney. Y’all are going to be counting the days until you can get there.
I’m telling you – picturesque perfect!
I started my original article with the following words… and I still think it’s the best way to introduce you to one of my favorite destinations in the state. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, this isn’t going to be one of my shorter blog posts.
If you were to assign a weekday to McKinney it would be Sunday – relaxed and gracious, a day for visiting around the dinner table with family and friends, and that 24-hour period where you recharge for the week ahead. It is your grandmother’s pecan pie, your first kiss under the bleachers at the junior high football game, and coffee with your best friend all rolled into one – and it’s just thirty minutes or so from Dallas making it one of the best spots in the state for everything from a weekend getaway to a romantic wedding destination.
We rolled up to Red Gate Inn Bed and Breakfast and I knew I was going to love it, right off. A big, red, wrought iron gate was wide open inviting us right on up to the porch of the gorgeous old foursquare style home. Inside it smelled exactly like an old house is supposed to — old books, old wood, and good food.
Innkeepers, Debbie and Gary Roper welcomed us and we chatted for a few minutes before heading upstairs to the Yellow Rose Room, our home away from home for the night. The room is spacious, bright and sunny with pale yellow walls and black trim. A yellow quilt and big, fat pillows invite you to take a nap from the moment you step inside.
The nap had to wait — I had exploring to do!
The attached bathroom is also large and airy. When I saw the claw foot tub and crystal chandelier in the attached bathroom my heart beat just a little faster. I am a bath person all the way. The deeper the tub and the more bubbles there are the happier I am. Sadly, I didn’t have time for that either.
No one else was staying at the inn since it was the middle of the work week. We tiptoed across the hall to the Blue Bonnet Room to take a peek. The walls are exposed shiplap which gives the room a comfortable, country feel. It also has its own large balcony where you can sit, sip some wine, and breathe in that good, small town air.
Later Debbie took us over to the Red Rose Room. It’s set apart from the house for privacy and it’s perfect for groups. It has a rock fire place and roomy sitting area. There’s even a separate game room. Plus, since it’s away from the house you don’t have to worry quite as much about disturbing other guests.
Or being disturbed by them. I keep thinking I should book that room for a week and finish writing my novel.
The back end of the house is fairly new and contains the kitchen, dining area, and a sitting area. We sat down there, enjoyed some wine, and chatted with the Ropers. They were probably ready to send us home! Debbie was flying out in the morning early and she expressed some concern about Gary’s breakfast abilities.
OMG y’all. She shouldn’t have worried. Breakfast was not only generously portioned but it was delicious! Fresh fruit, scones, buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, eggs, bacon, and not a scale in sight! I was in heaven.
Red Gate Inn Contact Information
There’s a sign on the porch that reads, Come as strangers leave as friends. This really tells you everything you need to know about Red Gate Inn. Well, that and the fact that we added each other on Instagram and Facebook. Y’all know it’s serious when you connect on social media.
Red Gate Inn Website
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