You’ve probably never heard of Little Elm. It’s one of those places that floats passively in oblivion, dwarfed by its big city neighbour (ahhh, Dallas. I love you so). The population that comprises this smaller, closer-knit string of communities barely tops 40,000. So yes, I will be guiding you through a small town (did you expect anything less from me?). And if you have a few extra days after thoroughly touring the DFW showstoppers (Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Grapevine, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano – in that order), definately make it a point to add Little Elm to your North Texas bucket list.
Where to Stay?
Are you ready to begin our day trip from Dallas? Fabulous. I have to apologise in advance because we won’t be spending the night here. Little Elm is fairly short of boutique and luxury hotels and the budget accommodations offered run on the pricier side (well over $70 year-round). As a result, we are sticking to our cosmopolitan comforts and driving out forty minutes in wild, wild Texas traffic (yeehaw).
Where to Eat?
All that driving has sparked an appetite, so let’s grab some lunch. The original Hula Hut resides in Texas’ funky capital, Austin, but Little Elm’s doesn’t pale in comparison. Set on Lake Lewisville, the restaurant sports a fun, beach-vacation vibe. It is filled with quirky baubles in kitschy colours. The exterior itself looks like a child’s crayon box has fireworked into an explosion of hues. Can you tell I love the ambience? The fare is supposed to be mouth-watering Mexinesian (Mexican cross Polynesian) but it falls short of delicious. We get a meal that is decent yet doesn’t leave us astounded. So we decide order a drink and watch the jet skis race past us on the pier. Isn’t this the life?
Address: 210 E Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068
Timings: 11AM – 10PM (Weekdays) – Website
Price: Mildly Expensive ($10 – 18)
What to do?
I have to admit, driving four hours to Galveston for a weekend retreat isn’t always the easiest plan of action. So Little Elm’s residents came up with a clever alternative for some local coastal-esque life. If you can’t bring yourself to the beach, why not bring the beach to you? The outer rim of Lake Lewisville is filled with plenty of sand-ridden pockets and is host to multiple beach volleyball courts. Let your feet sink into the cold water or bring a spade and bucket for some summertime fun because Little Elm has its very own man made freshwater beach (an interesting and thoroughly entertaining concept). It’s a great place to spend the afternoon with family and watch the sun sink steadily below the clear Texan sky.
Address: 701 W Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068
Timings: Open 24 hours