I am heading to a glamorous destination this weekend: it’s urban and magnificent…it’s Dallas. I’ve lived in the nation’s 9th largest city for over a decade now and have greatly enjoyed exploring all of the wonderful things to do in my adopted hometown.
I always say that Dallas is not a tourist-y place to visit, but it is a fantastic place to live. With the incredible retail options at Northpark or Highland Park Village, or sampling delish cuisine from D Magazine‘s 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas, we have world-class options for shopping and dining.
The weather in Big D this weekend is forecast as perfect pre-summer temperatures (before it gets too hot), and here are some of my recommendations on what to do on a gorgeous June day:
- Patio (verb): to sit with friends on an outdoor terrace, while imbibing on a glorious cool beverage. I plan to do just that at the Place at Perry’s, although I love the Katy Trail Ice House, Chuy’s, or Sangria.
- Brunch (also a verb): a Saturday or Sunday tradition, where lovely restaurants have a special mid-day menu. The best are complete with bottomless mimosa or bellini specials. My go-to options are Taverna, Villa-O, or the Libertine. (July 2013 addition: Boulevardier, which is certainly worth a trek to the Bishop Arts District!)
- Be Outdoors: I live very close to the Katy Trail. Once a railroad track, it is now a hike and bike trail that attracts people that are working on their fitness. I can walk to the aforementioned Katy Trail Ice House in less than 30 minutes from my house. Nearby is also Turtle Creek, which has some grassy areas perfect for a picnic.
- Park It: Dallas’ version of Central Park, Klyde Warren Park, opened last fall, and it is the perfect urban escape between Uptown and Downtown. On the weekends, it is food-truck-o-rama, and one can find culture there with live music and occasional free admission to nearby museums, such as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Garden.
- Touristic: if you must be a tourist, may I recommend a walking tour of Downtown? You can view the conspiracy theories at the Grassy Knoll and tour the Book Depository building. There are few places to eat/drink/be merry downtown, but I’d recommend staying at the Magnolia and walking to Stephen Pyles’ Samar for dinner, followed by drinks at Prohibition (which used to be the Chesterfield.)
- Photogs: I sometimes explore through the lens of my camera, and one could pop over to Deep Ellum to see the whimsical sculptures. I also love taking visitors over to Las Colinas to snap photos of the mustang sculptures or to find the “BIG Things Happen in Dallas” letters in which to pose.
If you are looking for more to do this weekend, Central Track always has a great list of things to do. Wherever you are in the world, happy weekend!