Every year, there is a weekend in September that is filled with hot air and lots of color. The Plano Balloon Fest has become a very large event for the City of Plano. (For those not from DFW, it’s pronounced “Play-no”). Despite having lived mere miles from the event, I had never been before. I made up for that by going two evenings in a row.
Peter and I went on the Friday afternoon, hoping to watch the evening balloon launch. We arrived just after 4pm and parked at the nearby Methodist church. (Note: this will cost you ~$15). The Balloon Fest takes place Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. The city blocks off Spring Creek Parkway between Jupiter Rd and Parker Rd for the event, so there is a large area for food vendors and others to set up booths.
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Last week, I had an afternoon to myself so I decided to check out Into My Garden tea room in Downtown Plano.
I spent my elementary school years in England, so I was brought up drinking hot tea and eating scones. I have a nostalgic fondness for afternoon tea services. The elegance, the conversations, the small sandwiches, mini desserts. Yum!
For Into My Garden, reservations are a MUST. I actually emailed the day before I went in and received a prompt response. All I had to do was look at their online menu and select the type of service I wanted and they would have it ready for me. You can call to make a reservation too: (469) 360-5821 I selected the “Afternoon Tea in the Garden” service which includes two sandwiches, two tea breads, an English scone, and a variety of small pastries. The required strawberry jam and Devonshire cream accompanied the service as well.