Aledo has the prescription for happiness for pharmacist Whitney Unterwagner. Her family (including husband Brian, an engineer at Lockheed Martin, and their kids Beckett, Finn and Addie, 14-year-old triplets, and Nole, 9) moved to the community west of Fort Worth from Georgia seven years ago for Dad’s job. The Unterwagners may not be native Texans, but they got here as fast as they could—and they’re here to stay.
Favorite family restaurant We love Bistro 1031 in Aledo. My daughter has a very strict diet due to some health issues and they are always willing to go above and beyond to accommodate her requests. And the food is always delicious!
Bistro 1031 // 109 S. Front St., Aledo
Best green space Fort Worth Nature Center because there are trails for easy walks or more difficult ones for hiking. The kids love to see all the wildlife.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge // 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth
Favorite family outing Aledo Community Center has a quiet little park with picnic tables and trails that we enjoy. There is green space for the kids to run and play, and if it has rained, there is a little waterfall.
Aledo Community Center // 104 Robinson Court, Aledo
For a night out My group of girlfriends frequently plan nights at Clearfork. We will restaurant hop and have so much fun—appetizers at one restaurant, dinner at another and then dessert and drinks at another. There is so much to choose from there, and everything is great.
The Shops at Clearfork // 5188 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth
Self-care spot I am a huge reader (usually 10–12 books a month), and if I am not on my patio reading, I love coffee houses! Aledo has two: Shamrock and Serve. My go-to spa is Willow Park Nails Bar. They are a new business and fabulous!
Go-to for getting active The Trinity Trails are a great place to walk or ride bikes. We also walk around our neighborhood.
Trinity Trails of Fort Worth // Access points throughout Fort Worth
For cooling off Frios Gourmet Pops in Aledo is yummy, and they have a drive–thru which is convenient for a quick trip. We also love Lone Star Sno for snow cones; it’s in the same parking lot as Frios.
Frios Gourmet Pops // 405 S. FM 1187, Aledo
Lone Star Sno Cones // 401 S. FM 1187, Aledo; Search on Facebook
How they give back We donate a lot to Aledo AdvoCats, which helps underserved families in our community. And Beautiful Feet Ministries in Fort Worth is an organization that serves meals to the homeless.
How she found her mom squad I met one of my dearest friends in Aledo at preschool drop off shortly after we moved here! She then introduced me to a group of women in her neighborhood who were doing a weekly Bible study. That group is where I found “my people” in Aledo. Our children are involved in school activities and sports, and that has also allowed us to meet many friends. Finding the right group of mom friends takes time—and after seven years of living here, I have a core group of women who are supportive, understanding and fun!
Why Aledo is great for families We originally picked Aledo because of the schools, sense of community and more rural location. We have been very happy with our decision to set down roots in this community. Our children have all thrived here.
Photo courtesy of Whitney Unterwagner.