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These are the best pie shops across Texas

Put these sweet spots on your Texas bucket list.

Pie is hardly an American invention, but how many other countries love it so much they create a holiday around this tasty dessert? Just in time for National Apple Pie Day on May 13, we’re unveiling the most delicious slices of pie within a three-hour drive from Dallas. These make excellent day trips and friend outings because many are located in smaller towns that beg to be explored. So load up your fork and loosen your belts; we’re going on a tour of pie shops across Texas. 

Koffee Kup Family Restaurant

300 2nd St., Hico, TX 76457

The Koffee Kup Family Restaurant in Hico is practically a Texas institution, serving up home cooking and some of the best pie in Texas since 1968. From Dallas, it’s about 100 miles southwest, time you can spend dreaming about which of the selections you’ll try. They bake up to 16 types of pie fresh each morning. You might see banana blueberry with a cream cheese filling, fresh cherry in a double crust, or “Doctor’s Office,” a graham cracker crust filled with a rich cream cheese and vanilla custard filling, topped with toasted coconut and pecans. Slices cost $4.99 each and you can make it à la mode for $1.69 extra. Buy a whole pie for $18.99 or a six-piece mixed pie for $19.99. They even have sugar-free options, a rare find. 

Joy Pie Shop (at Lucy’s on the Square)

127 N. Ohio St., Celina, TX 75009

About 40 miles north of Dallas is Lucy’s on the Square in Celina, a place with such popular pie, they created their own brand and pie store at the same location: Joy Pie Shop. This may look like fancy pants pie, but it tastes like what grandma would have made if she had come up with a recipe for tres leches pie (three different kinds of milk and sour cream cooked to create a smooth, rich filling poured in a cookie pie crust and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon). The double-crust cherry amaretto shines, too, as does the chocolate cream pie, their best seller of 2023. Slices are $6.99 and a whole pie ranges from $26–$35; gluten-free options are available. 

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2441 Goldfinch Ln., Garland, TX 75042

Owner Tracy Dowd capitalized on her home-based pie sales success and opened Piefalootin in Garland, just east of Dallas. Check the board out front for daily selections from her extensive menu. You’ll see a mix of classics like Texas pecan or lemon chess, as well as seasonal delights and creatively named originals, like Espresso My Love (German chocolate espresso cream with coconut, pecans, and chocolate whipped cream) and Cinco de PIE-yo (chocolate cream over spicy brownies with cinnamon and cayenne pepper whipped cream). Pies are $8.50 for a generous slice, $13 for a quarter to share (or not), or $45 for a whole pie (definitely order ahead).  Can’t make up your mind? Try the “pie flight” with your choice of three smaller slices for $18. 

Pie Peddlers

102 Walnut St., Glen Rose, TX 76043

About 75 miles southwest of Dallas, prepare to be impressed by crust-to-filling ratios at Pie Peddlers. This lovely shop sits in historic downtown Glen Rose on the square. It’s a perfect location for a walk after you dig into tall slices of pie from their menu of around 20 flavors, including seasonal selections. The juicy strawberry rhubarb pie and coconut meringue pie were standouts for us. Get a slice for $4.50, a mini pie for $6, and make it à la mode for 50¢ extra. A whole pie costs $22–$24.

Whistle Stop Café

904 S Hwy 81-287, Decatur, TX 76234  

Located in what appears to be an old hotel about 65 miles northeast of Dallas in Decatur, Whistle Stop Café is a mom-and-pop joint with a homey atmosphere and country-style cooking. If that sounds like a perfect place for pie, you’d be right. Every day is a surprise – our favorite is their cherry pie with a lattice crust top and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Fabulous. Limited hours mean you need to plan ahead for that slice, though: they’re open Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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These are the most luxurious day spas in Atlanta

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As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s time to elevate your gift-giving game and treat the maternal figure in your life to an experience that she’ll truly enjoy. While flowers wilt and breakfast in bed lasts only until the last crumb is eaten, there’s one gift that offers a timeless expression of love and appreciation: a super luxurious spa day.

Imagine the look of pure bliss on her face as she steps into a sanctuary of relaxation, leaving the worries of the world at the door. From soothing massages to revitalizing facials, each moment of her day will be a reminder of your thoughtfulness and appreciation. We’re checking out the top spas around Atlanta, where luxury meets tranquility, and where the best Mother’s Day gifts are crafted with care and relaxation in mind.

Woodhouse Spa Avalon


Experience the epitome of relaxation at Woodhouse Spa in Alpharetta, nestled in a vibrant wellness hub alongside esteemed neighbors like Club Pilates and Restore Hyper Wellness. Upon arrival, unwind in the luxurious Quiet Room with an assortment of warm teas, then indulge in lavish treatments. Choose from multiple options of facials, massages, and body treatments. Woodhouse Spa also offers Rituals like the Meditative Mood Soak which includes aromatherapy oil to help enhance your mood while enjoying dry brushing, a mineral-enriched bath, and massage.

Jeju Sauna Spa


Jeju Sauna Spa is a Korean traditional bathhouse spa located in Duluth. Jeju offers a distinctive and affordable spa experience suitable for the entire family. With expert staff available 24/7 to cater to your wellness and beauty needs, including massages, body shampoos, heated pools, manicures/pedicures, and access to their cardio fitness room, they ensure a fully comprehensive pampering experience. Other treatments offered include Swedish massage, acupuncture, and foot reflexology.  Indulge in their spa and sauna facilities before or after your treatment for an enhanced experience. 

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The Spa at Serenbe


Discover tranquility at The Spa at Serenbe, an oasis echoing the core values of their community: health, wellness, and wholesome living. With a welcoming ambiance, expert staff, and natural products, their spa offers a rejuvenating experience that aligns with your well-being. Despite being just a short distance from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Serenbe’s serene countryside setting transports you far from the city, making it the perfect destination for a luxurious escape and some well-deserved personal time. Services include a variety of facials, massages, beauty treatments, reflexology, and Reiki.

iwi fresh Resting Spa


Located in Lakewood Heights, iwi fresh is a wellness spa that also creates its own small-batch, plant-based skincare. “Iwi” stands for “it is what it is,” representing their commitment to chemical-free, paraben-free, and toxin-free skincare derived from farm-fresh ingredients inspired by traditional home remedies. They offer veggie facials, herb compression massages, reflexology, body scrubs, and more. You can also relax in one of the many Zen Zones which include a Himalayan salt room, infrared and dry heat saunas, and fresh Plantuary. 

Chateau Elan Spa


Escape to the tranquil haven of the Spa at Chateau Elan, nestled in the serene North Georgia countryside. Spa-goers experience a harmonious blend of innovative spa treatments, unique scent journeys, indoor and outdoor fitness activities, and mindful dining, all aimed at fostering total wellness. Immerse yourself in a rejuvenating retreat where every detail is tailored to enhance your sense of serenity and well-being. The spa amenities include an indoor pool, dry Finnish sauna, and wet eucalyptus steam room. 

St. Regis Spa


Discover Atlanta’s premier luxury retreat, the St. Regis Spa, tucked away in the heart of Buckhead at the St. Regis Atlanta. Indulge in a sensorial journey meticulously crafted to celebrate decadence, featuring lush surroundings and high-end ingredients for an unforgettable escape. Experience the epitome of relaxation and rejuvenation at this spa sanctuary dedicated to captivating the senses and reduce stress. Choose from a plethora of treatments including facials, massages, body treatments, and even sound bowl therapy. Options to add on enhancements can further upgrade your luxurious experience.

Andalia Head Spa


Andalia Head Spa in Marietta uses a unique Japanese-inspired approach that combines spa indulgence with targeted scalp therapy. Enjoy a rejuvenating deep-tissue scalp massage, gentle exfoliation, and hydrating steam therapy, complemented by nourishing essential oils. Complete your experience with a blissful shampoo, conditioning treatment, and indulgent face and upper body massages, leaving you feeling revitalized with a healthy scalp and irresistibly soft hair. They recently added the option to include a blowout once your treatment is finished so you can leave with gorgeously styled hair.

The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee


The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee epitomizes lakeside luxury, combining the allure of a lake house retreat with unparalleled accommodations and personalized service. The Spa is currently undergoing a renovation that will be complete within the next few months. In the interim, a temporary space on the third floor of the main building provides traditional therapies alongside salon and nail services, ensuring a seamless wellness experience. Services offered include body wraps, massages, facials, hair treatments, and foot baths.

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Cortie’s Corner: These are the most dog-friendly coffee shops in Phoenix

Get your next caffeine fix with your furry BFF in tow.

Finding places to take your pooch while you grab some caffeine is a cinch in Phoenix, where dog-friendly patios are a mainstay at many coffee shops. Whether you’re after a killer cold brew, a frothy latte, or a bold espresso, these spots have you covered, with the added bonus of a welcoming vibe for your canine pal. So, leash up your pup and sniff out these local coffee shops where you can sit and stay awhile with furry friends.

32 Shea


Residents of north Phoenix’s “Sheaborhood” adore the quirky 32 Shea — housed in a former drive-thru Fotomat — for its coffee drinks made with Flagstaff-based Matador beans and its puppuccino whipped cream cups for their four-legged friends, available on request. It also boasts a dog-friendly grassy area with a mini fire hydrant that dispenses fresh water. All drive-thru customers get a free dog treat, and 32 Shea is beloved among animal lovers for partnering with local rescue groups on adoptions. It also serves food and alcohol and has a popular happy hour.

Bottle & Bean


Coffee shop and wine bar Bottle & Bean in south Chandler’s darling “downtown Ocotillo” has a huge patch of real grass where furry friends can relax. This, along with patios on two sides, would make it a great destination even if it didn’t also give gratis puppuccino cups topped with dog treat crumbles. Those with two legs can enjoy specialty espresso and chai drinks along with a concise menu of breakfast and lunch items and various pastries — or a charcuterie and cheese board and glass of vino, if you’re inclined.

Coffee Rush

Chandler and Gilbert

Waterfront seating isn’t the norm in the landlocked Valley of the Sun, but the patio behind the strip center at Coffee Rush’s Chandler location overlooks a lovely community lake, making it a scenic oasis for well-mannered, leashed dogs and their people. Various international beans and blends are the basis for an extensive menu of coffee drinks, and they offer a generous lineup of regular and sugar-free syrups for coffees and Italian sodas. Its Gilbert location on Baseline doesn’t allow dogs, but the Gilbert store at Val Vista and Elliot does, and it’s only 3.5 miles from Cosmo Dog Park.

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Echo Coffee

Phoenix and Scottsdale

Since 2021, Echo Coffee has donated one percent of its sales to the Arizona Humane Society, and its original Scottsdale location has a patio with shaded tables and gives out free dog treats. It also sells bags of high-quality beans with the likenesses of Echo founder Rob Rigolfi Jr.’s dogs: Diesel, Chunky, Peggy, and Luna. So it’s no surprise that when AHS opened a new campus at Phoenix’s Papago Park in 2023, Echo was tapped to become its corporate partner and set up an indoor cafe (sorry, no doggos allowed at this outpost because it’s fully indoors).

Hair of the Dog


It’s more of a craft beer and wine bar than a coffee shop, but Hair of the Dog deserves a wag because it lets dogs lounge with their people indoors — an important perk when it hits triple digits. How is this possible? There’s no kitchen. But they host rotating food trucks, they sell packaged snacks for humans and locally made dog treats, and they serve espresso drinks made with beans by another local favorite, The Buzzed Goat, if you want a booze-free outing with your pooch.

Mis Raices


This Latina-owned coffee shop is renowned for its lip-smacking sweet drinks inspired by Mexican dessert flavors such as cajeta, flan, and horchata, and it’s ideally located in the hip, dog-loving Historic Grand Avenue arts district. Mis Raices shares a large, shaded patio with other businesses and gives out pup cups of whipped cream. Smoothies, pastries, and other light bites are on the menu, too. Pro tip: Pop in for a pick-me-up before heading to First Fridays or prior to an evening hang-out because it closes at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays (and 4 on weekends).

Pug Sitting Outside of a Coffee Shop
We’re having coffee with Cortie, Cortland’s adorable spokespug!

Pair Cupworks


Although this shop is a kiosk tucked inside the behemoth Bouldering Project gym, non-members are welcome to wander in for an award-winning brew. The roastery is renowned for its quality beans, which it sells wholesale throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia. While sipping a latte, customers can enjoy the gigantic, shaded turf courtyard with Adirondack chairs so your Labradoodle can linger while you catch up on your laptop. Lawn games and hammocks are available, too. Pair Cupworks has locations in Mesa and Gilbert as well.

Songbird Coffee & Tea House


Nestled among all of the tall, shiny new apartments and other modern developments in the Roosevelt Row Arts District is Songbird Coffee & Tea House, a cute-as-a-button coffee shop in a charming, historic 1904 home. Their espresso, pour-over, and cold brew java drinks begin with beans from Tempe-based Cortez Coffee Roasters, which you can enjoy with a pastry or breakfast sandwich. Bring your pup and hang out on the inviting, greenery-ensconced patio or big, grassy front yard with picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. 

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