Sneak Peek: 2017 State Fair of Texas

by crblog - September 14th, 2017

State Fair of Texas
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It’s almost that time of year again – the State Fair of Texas is just around the corner and it will be celebrating its 131st birthday! Between all the food, live music and a good-time attitude, the State Fair of Texas is hands down one of the most fun things to do near McKinney. Today, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is giving our readers a little sneak peek into what you can expect to see at the State Fair of Texas. So strap on your boots, opening day is Friday, September 29 in historic Fair Park!

State Fair of Texas 2017 Theme

Every year the State Fair of Texas has a theme, and this year it’s “celebrating Texans!” While the State Fair isn’t exactly bashful about celebrating Texas every year, this year its sole focus will be on the lesser known details that make Texas different from the rest of the United States, including an exhibit about “Texas in the First World War.”

Most Anticipated Foods

If there’s one thing that the State Fair of Texas is known for, it’s the food! Every year it seems like some new crazy concoction is being deep fried and devoured by the masses, and frankly, we can’t wait! Some of the food that we’re most excited here at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is Fernie’s Fried Texas Sheet Cake, the Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger, Surfin-Turfin-Tator Boat and The Tamale Doughnut!

Most Anticipated Attractions

For those who don’t consider food the fair’s main attraction, the State Fair of Texas can be as much of an educational experience as it can be a fun one. Since 2017 marks 100 years since America entered into World War I, there will be exhibits on “Texas in the First World War” and “America and World War I.”

We hope you’re as pumped about the State Fair of Texas as we are – now is the time to start getting your tickets! The next time you’re trying to think about things to do near McKinney from September 29 to October 22, just remember the State Fair of Texas. To keep up with all that’s going on in the North Texas and DFW area, make sure to follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

A Guide to Craig Ranch Parks

by crblog - September 7th, 2017

Craig Ranch parks

Embracing the ‘unique by nature’ saying of our city, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has several amazing parks spread out through our master-planned community, and each one is a little different. So you know what makes each of the Craig Ranch parks unique by nature, we’re going to give you a brief overview of each of them.

Collin McKinney Park

This planned park is to be named after Collin County’s namesake and will actually feature a replica of the original home of Collin McKinney. This will be a great park to go to if you want to also learn some more information about McKinney and its founder.

Crape Myrtle Park

A true rarity, Crape Myrtle Park is the only place in the world known to have all 120 varieties of crape myrtles. This beautiful park covers 7 acres of our master-planned community. Who says you have to go all the way to the Dallas Arboretum to see breathtaking flowers?

Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park

If you’re looking to try and get into shape, but don’t want to necessarily workout inside at the Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa, you can always go to Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park! With a half-mile rubberized track, it’s the perfect outdoor place to run in Craig Ranch.

Millie Cooper Park

Ideal for a casual stroll through nature, the one-acre Millie Cooper Park has open green space and beautiful landscape. If you want to just take in all that nature has to offer, then you’ll certainly love this park.

K-9 Corral Park

While all the Craig Ranch parks are dog-friendly, the K-9 Corral Park is specifically designed for our four-legged residents. This one-acre dog park has a small dog section as well as a big dog section so your pooch can play with dogs that it’s comfortable playing with.

Rowlett Creek Park

Our most secluded park, the 30-acre Rowlett Creek Park is filled with trees, flowers and walking trails. Winding alongside white-rock Rowlett Creek, this park features a play structure, pavilion and plenty of space for the whole family!

Throckmorton Park

At the center of The Settlement, Throckmorton Park offers an abundance of green space that’s perfect for a pickup football, soccer or kickball game. It’s also the perfect place for a family picnic.

Van Tuyl Plaza and Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney

A prime spot for community events like festivals, weekend farmers’ markets and more, the Van Tuyl Plaza and Veterans Memorial Park is the perfect place to host an event. It also features a Wall of Honor, which is inscribed with the names of Collin County servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedom.

These are the 8 current Craig Ranch parks, but our various amenities also offer many ways to be unique by nature at Craig Ranch. If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

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Staying Hip and Casual at Spoons Cafe

by crblog - August 31st, 2017

Spoons Cafe
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Are you on the hunt for delicious food in Historic Downtown McKinney? If so, we’ve got just the place – Spoons Café. Just a few minutes away from our community, almost every resident of Craig Ranch raves about this local gem. So you too can enjoy all the yummy goodness, we’re going to tell you all about Spoons Café in Historic Downtown McKinney.

About Spoons Café

Located in a converted 1920s building that was originally the Texas Power and Light Company, Spoons Café near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, has been serving up great food for over a decade. The open atmosphere of the award-winning restaurant allows patrons to feel right at home as they watch the cooking crew work their food magic.

All-Day Breakfast

Breakfast for dinner, why not? It doesn’t matter when you start craving fluffy eggs, golden brown pancakes or a stuffed breakfast taco, because Spoons Café serves breakfast all day long! With a variety of breakfast options, you’re sure to find the breakfast food that makes you want to get up in the morning.

Great Anytime Grub

Apart from their all day breakfast menu, Spoons Café also serves up plenty of great food that can be enjoyed all the time! From hearty sandwiches and gourmet hotdogs to fresh salads and tasteful soups, Spoons Café has something for everyone to devour!

Spoons Café on Wheels

Are you planning a holiday get-together at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX with a lot of friends and family? If so, then Spoons Café can bring all their great food to you! Spoons Café on Wheels is exactly what the name entails – an awesome food truck that dishes out exceptional food.

The next time you’re out and about in Historic Downtown McKinney, make sure you grab a bite to eat at Spoons Café. While you’re in the area, come take a tour of our beautiful master-planned community! To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today.

Normandy Homes at Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 24th, 2017

Normandy Homes

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Looking for your dream home? Check our Watters Branch and Spicewood neighborhoods at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. We are excited to have Normandy Homes building their beautiful new homes in our master-planned community! Here are just a few things to know about this North Texas homebuilder and their new homes in Watters Branch and Spicewood.

About Normandy Homes

Normandy Homes is a local builder with generations of home building experience. Garnering many accolades from homeowners and fellow homebuilders, Normandy Homes is committed to delivering unrivaled quality and customer service. Using energy-efficient building practices, they build beautiful homes in some of the most highly sought-after locations in North Texas, and that includes Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX!

Normandy Homes at Watters Branch

Bringing uniquely beautiful homes to Craig Ranch, Normandy Homes offers six open floor plans that are a perfect fit for any family! Their available layouts range from one story, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 2,179 square foot Ash floor plan to the 2-story, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 3,526 square foot Rosewood floor plan. Normandy Homes’ single-family homes at Watters Branch start from the $380s. Watters Branch includes an amenity center and pool that is exclusively for the resident of this neighborhood and is served by the outstanding Frisco ISD. The Normandy Homes model home is under construction and will be open soon!

Normandy Homes in Spicewood

Normandy Homes has announced they will be building 6 modern patio home designs in Spicewood at Craig Ranch! These homes will boast Tudor-style covered porches with outdoor living areas, and expansive open kitchens with large islands. Additionally some of the bigger plans will include an oversized 2.5-car garage, a spacious game room or a flex room. Spicewood is located near some of Craig Ranch’s newest parks and Craig Ranch Fitness + Spa, to which each Spicewood buyers receives a free two-year membership! Spicewood is also unique because it is our only single-family neighborhood served by the powerhouse of Allen ISD.

If you’d like more information on new home plans from Normandy Homes in Watters Branch or Spicewood, contact Normandy Homes directly.

We hope you’re as excited about having Normandy Homes building in our master-planned community as we are! If you’d like to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today.

A Guide to McKinney Craft Beers

by crblog - August 17th, 2017

While there are always plenty of things to do in McKinney, sometimes it’s nice just to sit back and enjoy a cold beer, especially when it’s one of the great McKinney craft beers! Here’s a quick guide to all the great craft beer breweries near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

TUPPS Brewery

McKinney craft beers

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Let’s start off with easily the most recognizable McKinney craft beers – the ones brewed at TUPPS Brewery. TUPPS views the brewing of delicious beer as a partnership between art and science. It takes just one sip of any of their great McKinney craft beers for you to surely agree with them. While you can pick up a six-pack of your favorite at most local stores, you can’t beat going to their taproom and getting it straight from the source. They currently have 10 unique beers on tap, some are seasonal brews while others are available year round! Additionally, they put on some of the best monthly events near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Franconia Brewing Company

McKinney craft beers

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Next up is Franconia Brewing Company! With an emphasis on heritage, this brewing company can trace its roots back to the 1800s embodying the essence of a true Bavarian brew. Staying true to their roots, Franconia Brewing Co. works tirelessly to bring people the most genuine and freshest Bavarian beer available. Aside from their three rotating seasonal brews, Franconia Brewing Co. also has seven phenomenal beers, and a new one is in the works!

Nine-Band Brewing Company

McKinney craft beers

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Since Craig Ranch actually sits on the four corners of Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano, we figured we’d give you a bonus brewery that’s just a stone’s throw away! Nine-Band Brewing Company in Allen, TX has some amazing craft beers! Born and bred in North Texas, this award-winning brewery aptly offers nine exquisite craft beers that any beer fanatic will surely fall in love with.

Whether you’re looking for specifically McKinney craft beers, or other great brews from the North Texas area, there’s plenty of cold beer to drink and things to do in McKinney. To keep up with all that goes on in the area, make sure you’re following Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa Highlight

by crblog - August 10th, 2017

Craig Ranch Fitness

This summer our onsite fitness center and spa ended its long-standing partnership with Cooper Aerobics. Cooper Fitness Center & Spa at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX opened and brought great interest and prestige to our then-new development in 2006. Along with the PGA’s TPC Craig Ranch golf course and Michael Johnson Performance, opening a fitness center associated with the world-renowned Cooper name and wellness philosophy helped put our master-planned community on the map in the early days of development. It has truly been an integral part of the Craig Ranch community.

We will continue to honor the Coopers’ contribution to Craig Ranch through our Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park and Millie Cooper Park located here in our master-planned community.

Same Great Amenities with a New Name

Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa will continue to meet the needs of the community and will remain a signature feature of Craig Ranch. We look forward to further improvements and new programming under our new general manager. If you have never taken the time to visit the fitness center, grab a bite to eat at the onsite Tenley’s Cafe or enjoy a day of relaxation at the spa, we invite you to do so!
Members can expect to start seeing new and exciting improvements take shape, including facility upgrades and extended hours! Craig Ranch Fitness will continue to offer personal training, group exercise classes, training with sports professionals, culinary demos, and the full-service gym experience. Youth programs including camps as well as tennis, swimming and basketball programs will continue to offer fun ways to stay fit for our youngest members.

More Great Things to Come

Many new and exciting commercial and recreational developments are coming soon to Craig Ranch in McKinney TX. We are fortunate to have a great location and the capacity to add new business, retail and entertainment partners to enhance the Craig Ranch community. Thank you for being a part of it!

If you’d like to know more about Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today. You can also stay up to date on what’s going on in our master-planned community, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Preparing for Back-to-School Around Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 3rd, 2017

As summer is coming to a close, it’s time to start revving back up for the school year. We hope you and your family have had an amazing summer and are ready to go back to school! To help make sure all the residents of our master-planned community are ready to start off the school year right, here are a few events, dates and important information you should know about!

Back to School Bashes and Donation Initiatives

Getting everything your child needs for the school year can be hard, especially for those that are less fortunate. These type of back-to-school bashes are great events for you and your family to go to if you want to learn more about your child’s school and also donate school supplies to help families who can’t get all the supplies themselves. The following are the main back-to-school bashes and donation initiatives near Craig Ranch:

Allen ISD Fill the Bus School Supply Drive
Now – Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Construction paper, markers, pencils, highlighters, glue sticks, binders and more are needed! View the full list of supplies and the donation pickup dates and locations HERE.

Frisco ISD Back-to-School Bash
Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Join Frisco ISD for free food, games, prizes and other fun activities for the whole family. Learn about the wide range of programs provided in Frisco ISD, which will be especially helpful for families with students transitioning into middle or high school.

Craig Ranch Cares Initiative
As part of our Craig Ranch Cares Initiative, we are collecting gently used backpacks and lunchboxes to donate to the Downtown McKinney Little Free Pantry. Drop off your backpacks and lunch boxes at the Craig Ranch Community Association office at 7951 Collin McKinney Parkway Suite 850, McKinney, Texas 75070.

Allen ISD School Supply Lists

While a majority of our young residents attend Frisco ISD, there are some, like those in our Spicewood neighborhood that attend the wonderful schools in Allen ISD! The schools they can attend are Kerr Elementary, Ereckson Middle School and Allen High School. For a complete list of your child’s school supplies, make sure to visit each school’s specific website, linked above.

Frisco ISD School Supply Lists

As for the rest of our lovely residents, they get to attend schools in the highly-acclaimed Frisco ISD! The schools they attend include Ogle Elementary, Comstock Elementary, Scoggins Middle School and Liberty High School. For a complete list of your child’s school supplies, make sure to visit each school’s specific website, linked above.

Tax-Free Weekend

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to get everything they need for school and pay less? Well from Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13, 2017, Texas will be having its tax-free weekend! That means you and your family can get all your school essentials without having to pay any sales taxes! This is the perfect weekend to pick up all your kiddos’ school supplies.

First Day of School

Last but not least, both Allen ISD and Frisco ISD will be starting school back up on Monday, August 21, 2017.

If you’re not ready to go back to school just yet, that’s okay. If you are, looking to have a little more fun before the summer is over, then make sure to take advantage of all the great family-fun amenities at Craig Ranch!

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Date Night in Historic Downtown McKinney

by crblog - July 27th, 2017

Historic Downtown McKinney

Who doesn’t love a great date night with your significant other? Our new homes in McKinney are very close to Historic Downtown McKinney, which is an ideal date night destination. Here are some of our favorite hot spots:

Cadillac Pizza Pub

For a fun, laid back date night with cold beer, delicious pizza and great live music in McKinney, you simply can’t go wrong with Cadillac Pizza Pub! Fondly referred to as “The Caddy,” this local hot spot in Historic Downtown McKinney has exceptional wood-fired pizzas and features live music nearly every day. This pub is so relaxed, that it would also be a great place for a group date.

Walls of Clay

Are the two of you creative types or just like getting crafty and seeing what you can make with your hands? Walls of Clay near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is just the place to go! Their “walk-in & create” policy makes them an excellent last minute date idea as well. There’s no need for a reservation, and you don’t have to follow anyone’s directions. The two of you can simply show up and see where your creativity takes you!

Snug on the Square

So maybe you aren’t looking for a date night, but rather a date day. Start the day off right with Snug of the Square’s delicious breakfast or lunch, and their coffee is downright tasty! This warm coffeehouse specializes in crafting amazingly oversized, made-to-order omelets, waffles and sandwiches. Plus, they serve locally roasted coffee, so you and your date can support local businesses in town while enjoy the day.

Now, if you don’t want to leave Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX for your date night, you don’t have to! With great onsite venues like Moviehouse & Eatery, you don’t technically have to leave our master-planned community to have a fun date night in McKinney. If you’d like to learn more about Craig Ranch and our new homes in McKinney, contact us today.

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Staycation at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX

by crblog - July 20th, 2017

While Summer is usually the time of year when everyone goes on vacation, who says you can’t have a great staycation right here in our master-planned community? Between our beautiful homes and luxurious amenities, you and your family can easily enjoy a staycation at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, and here are just a few ideas on how you could relax, unwind and save some money in the process!

staycation

The Beach at Craig Ranch

Who says you have to ride in a car or plane for hours to enjoy the sun and sand of a beach? The Beach at Craig Ranch offers all your favorite beach sports, and some you probably never even thought of! In addition to everyone’s favorite sand volleyball, they also have sand soccer and even sand tennis. Even if you don’t really want to feel the sand between your toes but you’re still looking for a little summer fun, they also have non-sand activities like cornhole and bocce ball.

TPC Golf Course

If you’re a lucky member of one of the area’s best golf destinations, it is east to plan a staycation around the award-winning TPC Golf Course! This par-72 golf course was designed by PGA TOUR legend and architect, Tom Weiskopf. While it is ranked as one of the toughest golf courses in Texas, there are multiple tee spots at every hole, making it an enjoyable course for anyone to play regardless of skill level. Even if golf is not your sport, having a nice lunch overlooking the course from the comfort of the air conditioned club.

Craig Ranch Spa

If when you think about a staycation in our master-planned community and immediately think about finding a spa around us, then you’re in luck! Check out the spa at Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa, the premier destination for ultimate relaxation at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. They offer all sorts of luxurious services like manicures, pedicures, facial, massages, spray tanning and so much more!

Instead of going on an expensive family vacation for just a week or two, stay at Craig Ranch and enjoy a staycation all summer long! If you’d like to learn more about how our master-planned community provides everything our residents may need or want, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

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Maintaining Your Pool in Craig Ranch on a Budget

by crblog - July 13th, 2017

summer tips

Few things are better on a hot summer day than being able to go out to your backyard for a refreshing dip. Having a pool all to yourself is amazing, but it can be a tough and fairly costly chore. That’s why today, we’re sharing some summer tips for maintaining your pool on a budget.

Buy Chemicals in Bulk

Just like with anything, it’s always easier and cheaper to buy in bulk. Yes, the initial investment will be greater, but you’ll save a lot of money in the long run. Many pool care and chemical stores will run deals during the early season. Seeing as we’re already well into summer, your best bet is to still buy your chemicals in bulk.

Shock Your Pool Weekly

If your kids are bringing all their friends over and you constantly have people in your pool, then you’ll definitely want to add shock on a weekly basis. Adding a bag or two of shock every week is much cheaper than if you skip a week and then have to triple the amount of shock the next week just get your pool to be clear again. For the best results, you’ll want to shock your pool in the evening after the sun has already gone down.

Cover Your Pool to Limit Evaporation

A pool cover may seem like an unnecessary expense, but with Texas summers easily reaching triple digits some days, the water in your pool can quickly start to evaporate. By simply covering your pool in Craig Ranch whenever it isn’t in use, you could potentially save hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons of water that you would’ve used to refill your pool.

Our master-planned community features many great amenities to stay active and have fun this summer. If you’d like to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today.

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