Dallas. Big D. Second to my hometown of Lubbock, I have spent the greatest amount of my life in Dallas, doing summer internships and moving there immediately after college for my first career job at an advertising agency as an account executive. Keith and I met and bought our first home together in the Knox/Henderson area and had our first child, Del, in Dallas. Fast forward a few years with plans for a growing family and the want to be closer to our families, we decided to make the move to Fort Worth. While we loved many things about Dallas, but Fort Worth fit us just right. We enjoy visiting friends in Dallas, seeing the ever-changing makeup of the city and frequenting old favorites as well as new places.
We decided on Dallas for Keith’s bday celebration. We’re Hilton Honors peeps, which is typically taken into consideration when looking at hotel options. Keith chose the newly renovated Statler Hotel as the destination.
There are endless things to do in Dallas, but we were just there for a quick over-nighter, and here’s what we did.
You get a great vibe from this hotel from the moment you walk in past the vintage car parked out front. All the details in the historic hotel are so well done- lots of unique things around every corner like old phone booths, cool art and sculptures. Two bars include a rooftop bar overlooking the city around the pool and a bourbon library. The rooms are controlled with iPads, the decor is modern but with a retro feel. It’s fun even just to go look around and go to one of the bars or restaurants even if you’re not staying there as a guest.
Morton’s Steakhouse: we’re creatures of habit for special occasion dinners. We go to a steakhouse and get a bottle of cab, an app, each get a filet, split a wedge salad, and potatoes and creamed spinach as sides. Finished with cheesecake for dessert. We usually eat local and don’t go the chain route, but we’ll make several exceptions. I love little touches that Morton’s does for special occasions: personalized menu, printed photo, free dessert (unless they just liked us ;)) and the uptown Dallas location offers a free shuttle within five miles of the restaurant. So we hopped in the minivan for an easy ride back to the hotel. Here’s a tip. Since you usually drop a few bills on one of those dinners, we cash in AMEX points to get gift cards available at certain restaurants and it makes the meal ticket a bit easier to digest.
Overeasy: such a cute diner feel to this restaurant connected to The Statler. The food was soooo good. It looked like biscuits were their jam, and we didn’t want to offend anyone by not getting them 😉 so we started with that. I got avocado toast for my meal. I am often underwhelmed when I order avocado toast from a restaurant (mine’s pretty hard to beat) but this one did not disappoint! The coffee was on point and helpful after a night of wine.
There is so much to do in Dallas. It’s definitely known as a shopping mecca. But this little visit for us was about Keith’s birthday celebration so we checked out the hotel pool (as in looked at it as it was raining), ate and visited with friends back at the hotel. Brunch in the morning and then we were off.
Swimsuit, jumpsuit for the evening, casual cute for Saturday morning brunch. Dallas is a dressy city, so you’re pretty much never going to be over-dressed.
We drove there, left car with valet (only option) and Ubered to dinner. Valet is $32, so Uber is likely to be the best route unless you are traveling with littles in car seats and that’s not an option. There are lots of bikes (Lime Bikes) and motorized scooters (Bird) around downtown Dallas that you can rent through their respective apps. It’s a fun option if you’re going somewhere nearby. You just pick it up where you find it, rent it, go to your destination and leave it there. Keith took the scooter to 7-eleven.
That sums up our quick stay in Dallas! Again, there are endless options in Dallas depending on what you’re up for, but this was the perfect staycation-ish date over-nighter for us!