Counting Down to Thanksgiving at Rosevine Inn

The weather in East Texas is stunning, the election circus is finally winding to a close and the holidays are just around the corner. It’s a fabulous time to participate in outdoor activities near Tyler, do your holiday shopping at East Texas vendors and sample some of the best food in the region. Join us at Rosevine Inn as we count down to Thanksgiving, and enjoy these activities while you’re here.

Best Ways to Enjoy East Tx Fall Foliage

East Texas hardwoods typically put on a sensational display from mid-October to mid-November, with hickory, dogwood, maple, oak, beech, Bradford pear and other trees turning brilliant red, orange and gold while the Piney Woods provide a lush green backdrop for their vibrant displays. Go exploring on your own down any farm to market road and you’ll find scenic drives rich with fall  foliage.
Tyler State Park usually offers the most brilliant displays around mid-November. Hike or bike the park’s 13 miles of trails or just sit by the 64-acre lake and soak up the scenery.
For top fall foliage driving routes, try one of the following:
  • Highway 69 South from Tyler to Rusk – Stop by Love’s Lookout on your way to Jacksonville, the tomato capital of the world. Then continue on through Rusk toward the Jim Hogg State Park.
  • Highway 31 to Kilgore – From Tyler head East, stopping by the East Texas Oil Museum along the way.
  • Highway 19 from Palestine to Crockett – Check out some of the area’s oldest architecture and stop for photo ops along this 35-mile route.
  • Davey Dogwood Park in Palestine – Wind through rolling hills starting at 210 North Link Street in Palestine.

Outdoor Fun for November 2020

So far this month the weather is practically perfect for outdoor fun. Register for the rebranded Tyler Trail Run at Lindsey Park and complete 5 or 15 miles in person or virtually. Start times are staggered at the in-person event that takes place on November 7 beginning at 7:30 a.m. to allow for social distancing. Or, complete your chosen distance any time during that week and submit your results to participate virtually and receive swag.

For evening outdoor entertainment head to Bergfeld Park around 5:30 p.m. for a screening of  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, brought to you by East Texas Food Bank.  The event is free, with snacks available to purchase. East Texas Food Bank does ask guests to donate peanut butter in plastic jars to help those facing hunger during the holidays.

Social distancing and mask-wearing is encouraged, and seating will be sectioned off to encourage spacing between groups. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own chairs or a blanket from which to enjoy the movie.

For more family fun, visit YesterLand Farm near Canton Saturdays and Sundays in November for a pumpkin patch, “Amaze-ment Park”, pony rides, a train, a corn maze and other activities. Area visitors also have a rare opportunity to tour Starbrite Therapeutic Equestrian Center at a come and go campfire cookout on November 20 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., with dinner served between 5:30 and 6:30.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

If you love the smell and feel of a live Christmas tree, start a new tradition or continue an old one by choosing and cutting your tree at one of the local Christmas tree farms. One of our favorites is Plantation Pines, a tree farm that’s been family owned and operated since the early 1980’s. Select the perfect tree and either cut it yourself or have it cut for you. Then stop by their Christmas gift shop and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. Plantation Pines opens Thanksgiving Day and continues offering trees throughout the holiday season.

Get a Jump on Holiday Shopping

Don’t wait until after Thanksgiving to start your holiday shopping. Instead, visit downtown Edom, TX on Friday November 6 from 4-8 p.m. for a “Stuffin’ Stroll,” and find stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. Shop handmade gifts, view the work of local artists and check out birdhouses and outdoor decor you’ll swear were crafted by magic. Or kick off the shopping season early with all your favorite retailers at Tyler’s The Villages at Cumberland Park or Broadway Square Mall.

The next Canton dates are December 3 – 6. Reserve your room at Rosevine Inn and be ready to knock all your shopping out in one weekend so you can relax and enjoy the rest of the holiday season.

Area Arts and Entertainment

Tyler Museum of Art presents From the Vault: Works from the Art Museum of Southeast Texas now through the end of November, with a diverse collection of artwork from around the state.

Not much beats live entertainment, especially when you pair it with good food and drinks. Here are some of your choices:

  • November 3 – Low D at Texas City Music Grill in Tyler
  • November 6 – Tin Man Travis at Palate Dining Room in Edom
  • November 7 – Clint Alford at M6 Winery
  • November 12 – 2nd Childhood with Scotty G at Tx Music City Grill in Lindale
  • November 13 – Wade Bowen at Country River Club in Tyler
  • November 14 – Covie Trio at ETX Brewing
  • November 21 – Brick Street Blues Band at True Vine Brewing
  • November 28 – Brad Ward & Bad Habits at Texas Music City Grill

Find out more on free live music in the gig guide.

Wine and Dine

If you’re staying with us on the weekend of November 21, you have the unique opportunity of attending the Lost Oak Winemaker’s Dinner at Clement’s Creek Barn in Kilgore. Winemaker Britt Davis and friends guide you through five courses, each paired with Lost Oak wines from a family-owned Texas winery. Find out more about this perfectly paired food and wine experience that’s unique to East Texas through

Buy Polar Express Tickets Now

We’re going to talk more about the Polar Express in next month’s article, but tickets are on sale now. Visit the Texas State Railroad Events page to purchase tickets so you’re sure to reserve a seat during the dates you’ll be staying at Rosevine Inn.

Happy Thanksgiving from Rosevine Inn

Sure, 2020 has been a crazy year, but at Rosevine Inn we have much to be thankful for this holiday season. When we count our blessings we think of you, the guests who call our bed and breakfast their home away from home and the new friends we look forward to meeting in the days ahead.

Come see us soon where fires burn nightly and breakfast is served daily. We want to see you relax and unwind. it will be good for you!

Feel free to give us a call at 903-592-2221 if you’d like to book your stay. Everyone here at Rosevine Inn wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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