A Dallas, Texas Vacation Guide

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A Dallas, Texas Vacation Guide

Thanks to the worldwide popularity of the old television series “Dallas” with its cliche images of unscrupulous Texas oilmen and their spoiled wives, Big D–as the city is sometimes called–has an undeserved image as brash. But Dallas is a sophisticated city with a vibrant downtown arts district, parks and lakes, old neighborhoods filled with art galleries and bistros, and legendary shopping venues that capture both the city’s sense of luxury and its Western roots. It is a mix that makes Dallas an ideal choice for a romantic getaway where couples can reconnect, relaxing in luxury, experiencing quiet moments and taking in the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Luxury Hotel Hideaways
No need to leave the luxury of your historic hotel room for an intimate breakfast or late night glass of champagne if you book a weekend romance package at the historic Adolphus, a 1912 landmark that consistently ranks as one of the best hotels in the world, or the five-star Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, a palatial haven of luxury that was once the home of a Dallas millionaire in one of the city’s richest neighborhoods.

His and Her Shopping
The legendary downtown flagship Neiman Marcus store opened in 1915 to serve the oil and banking millionaires who built Dallas and now stands as a reflection of the days when shopping was a dress-up affair, not a quick trip to the mall. Each floor is a jewel box where unique, luxurious goods are showcased in constantly changing floor displays that wow visitors as they step off the antique elevators. Specialty Texas shopping of another sort is on display nearby at Wild Bill’s Western Wear emporium where urban cowboys can shop for custom-made boots and authentic cowboy hats.

A Dallas, Texas Vacation Guide

Picnic in the Park
Pick up a basket of prepared goodies, from pasta salad to creme brulee, at EatZi’s, a very popular bakery/deli in Oak Lawn, on the northern edge of downtown, and head to the Dallas Arboretum for a quiet picnic amid the constantly changing flowerbeds–chances are you might see a wedding taking place at this serene lakeside park.

Feng Shui Afternoon
The Crow Collection of Asian Art in the downtown Dallas Arts District offers a serene retreat from worldly stress and noise with its displays of Oriental ceramics, jades, silks and paintings, evidence of the shared lifetime passion of the collectors, Dallas developer Trammell Crow and his wife.

Feng Shui Afternoon
The Crow Collection of Asian Art in the downtown Dallas Arts District offers a serene retreat from worldly stress and noise with its displays of Oriental ceramics, jades, silks and paintings, evidence of the shared lifetime passion of the collectors, Dallas developer Trammell Crow and his wife.

A Dallas, Texas Vacation Guide

Bistro Evening
The Deep Ellum district is packed with bistros, vibrant nightclubs, quiet bars and art galleries. Dallas blues bands were the first to celebrate their music here, just three blocks east of downtown, but now the sounds of salsa and rock have joined the chorus. Loft conversions of old buildings have brought hip, new life to the old neighborhood and hardly a weekend goes by without a music celebration or art festival.

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