Painted Tree’s embrace of nature provides places to get away. Yet, the importance of places to get together will always be part of the story. Starting with our hometown. Just a couple miles down the road (soon, down a wide, paved bike path) is historic downtown McKinney, Texas. Known for its creative vibe, live music, festive events and foodie culture.

“In a lot of ways, this isn’t just main street McKinney, it’s main street America,” according to an article in Daytripper, of the bustling hamlet.

The culinary delights are too many to list, suffice to say a self-guided tour through the restaurants and cafés here will keep you busy, and extremely satisfied for years to come. Instead, here are a few places you’ll want to explore after dinner.

The cherry atop your dessert is the garnish in your cocktail. Cocktail Creamery mixes “super-premium artisanal ice cream and spirits into some extremely tasty concoctions. Located inside The Pantry Kitchen, their alcohol-infused treats are the coolest cocktails in town.

In their tap room and restaurant, Guitars and Growlers pairs 30 different craft beers with great food, like sandwiches and charcuterie. While, in the adjoining shop, matching handmade instruments created by skilled artisans around the world to local and aspiring musicians.

So are you nostalgic for old-school video games from the golden age of gaming? Pinball. Nintendo and Sega consoles. The owners of Arcade 92 have curated all the classics and created a place where family and friends can play them together while enjoying adult beverages and good food. It’s retro chic at its most enjoyable.