We're here to tell you something surprising: Dallas more to offer than cowboy boots, Tex-Mex cuisine and football fanatics. The Big D has become one of the South's trendiest destinations, and tourists flock to the Texas jewel to experience the city's exquisite cuisine, unparalled shopping, and electrifying nightlife.
Planning a weekend getaway? Look no further than The Big D! We've got some ideas about where you should stay, play, eat and drink on your trip:
1. Stay: Hilton Anatole
You can't beat the quiet luxury of Dallas' Hilton Anatole, a sprawling hotel that spans 45 acres in the city's trendy Design District. The expansive Anatole houses one of Dallas' top-rated restaurants, SER steakhouse, several bars and restaurants, and a sublime spa and health center. In May 2016, the Anatole will become the go-to summer destination in Dallas when it opens its massive resort-style pool area. The outdoor playground will feature a 4,000 square foot leisure pool, a 630-foot lazy river, two water slides and — best of all — a swim-up bar. Be sure to pack your bikini!
Rooms begin at $209/night. Book at their website.
2. Play: AT&T Stadium
In this town, the Dallas Cowboys are kings. If you happen to visit during football season, do yourself a favor and book tickets for a game on their home turf, the awe-inspiring AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The venue — the biggest stadium in the NFL — also hosts concerts and non-football related events, so make sure to visit their website before booking your trip.
3. Play: Deep Ellum Brewery Tour
Dallas has become a hotspot for craft breweries and distilleries, and one of the city's most beloved makes its home in the eccentric neighborhood of Deep Ellum. The Deep Ellum Brewing Company offers an on-site beer bar and seating area for those looking to enjoy a pint or two with friends. For those looking to learn a bit more about the beer-making process, they offer guided tours every Saturday from noon to 3pm. A ticket buys you a commemorative pint glass and three beers — plus a little slice of Dallas brewing history.
Before you stop in for a drink (or three), we recommend taking a walking tour of Deep Ellum, a spirited neighborhood where graffiti is not only tolerated, but celebrated, and magic can be found on every street corner.
Tickets are $12 online, $15 at the door. Book online at the website.
4. Dine: SĒR
On the top floor of the Hilton Anatole sits SER, a luxurious steakhouse with an impressive cocktail and wine list and an even more exquisite menu. As you dine on the restaurant's famous Porterhouse and sample the best of their sites (trust us, try the Mac + Cheese), you get to gaze out upon Dallas' majestic skyline.
Learn more and book a reservation at their website.
5. Drink: H&G Sply Company
For a casual night with friends, look no further than the rooftop bar at H&G Sply Co. The Greenville neighborhood joint specializes in all-natural food that takes it 'back to basics.' That philosophy applies to their cocktails, too, so expect to imbibe on untraditional cocktails. Try the Double Under, a beet-infused tequila topped off with rosemary syrup and fresh lime.
Learn more at their website.
6. Relax: V Spa
The sublime V Spa, located inside the Verandah Club at the Hilton Anatole, offers a full menu of revitalizing, rejuvenating and relaxing services, including specialty massages, facials, manis and pedis and body wraps. Book a treatment, and let yourself unwind before heading out to experience the best of Dallas.
For a full menu of services, visit their website.
7. See: The Nebula At The Hilton Anatole
Dangling above Atrium II in the Hilton Anatole, soars a kinetic sculpture that pushes the limits of gravity. Nebula floats through the space above the hotel's magnificent lobby, propelled by a motor and held in place by 400+ stainless steel cables. For our readers interested in the engineering aspect of things, Wired filmed a fantastic video series on the construction of the awe-inspiring sculpture.
Nebula is just one piece in the Anatole's extensive, impressive art collection. Throughout the hotel, visitors can behold rare, beautiful pieces of artwork, including pieces of the Berlin Wall, as well as art and sculpture from Vietnam, Thailand, India and more. For those particularly interested in the art of the Anatole, the hotel offers a self-guided art work. Ask at the conceirge or front desk for more information, or visit AnatoleArt.com