Renee’s of Sharyland in Mission, Texas

If you want to score some points with your honey take her to Renee’s of Sharyland in Mission, Texas. This fun, quirky, cool, hip, and romantic cafe restaurant and boutique is the ultimate in pampering the feminine side of your twosome.

Located just outside McAllen, Texas in the heart of the some of the world’s most spectacular birding destinations, lies this little gem that blends great food with good shopping. They carry “nothing you need and everything you want.”

We stopped in for a delicious lunch on our way to go birding at one of several nearby birding centers. I had the Nordstroms’ Mixed Berry Chicken Salad which was superbly served with Chicken, Mixed Greens, Strawberries, Blue Berries, Blackberries, Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans, Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette. A warm and buttery croissant served on the side, added to the goodness.

It was one of the best salads I’d ever enjoyed. But the best part was the shopping! This place is wonderful and in its adjoining “girlie” boutiques carries many outstanding brands like Vera Bradley, and a full line of Brighton jewelry, footwear, luggage, handbags. While you are delighting in your lunch at this romantic little eatery you can browse the catalogs or just dive right in and shop the boutiques, before, during, or after your meal.

And if that’s not enough they even have a salon and spa so “his and her pedicures and massages” might also be in order.

Guys, this is your chance to score enough points to keep you out of the doghouse for a month. And girls, treat him to a chair massage or facial and you might just get a little time for shopping spree. Are you catching my drift?

With it’s adorable, airy, garden-like décor, romantic setting, truly awesome food, and shopping to boot, this place make a perfect road trip stop. Next time you’re in South Texas, make some time for an afternoon at Renee’s.