The Perfect Weekend
- Breakfast of Champions
Start the day with an American-style breakfast with a Tex-Mex twist at All Good Café in the hip arts and entertainment district known as Deep Ellum (that’s Southern-ese for “Deep Elm”). Get the chicken-fried steak and eggs, served with grits — it has been dubbed the world’s best for good reason.
- The Symbol of Dallas
Standing 50 stories high with a three-level spherical dome and hundreds of flashing lights, Reunion Tower is one of Dallas’ most recognizable landmarks. A 68-second elevator ride whisks you up to the GeO-Deck, and its 360-degree views of the cityscape.
- Hop Aboard
A charming, free public trolley, known as the M-Line, takes you from The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas to Klyde Warren Park along historic McKinney Avenue. The vintage trolley calls to mind Dallas in the late 19th century, when streetcar lines ran throughout the city.
- Urban Green Space
Klyde Warren Park’s grassy 5.2 acres offer a welcome reprieve in the middle of bustling downtown. It’s also one of the best people-watching spots in the Big D thanks to its prime position connecting the Dallas Arts District with the vibrant Uptown neighborhood.
- Food Truck Gourmet
The best food trucks in Dallas set up shop at the park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Or hit the Relish kiosk, a permanent fixture in the park that serves tasty fast-casual burgers.
- Culture Buzz
Dallas’ arts district is the nation’s largest and the location of the city’s most significant cultural landmarks, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Meyerson Symphony Center and Winspear Opera House. Art aficionados will want to check out the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
- Shopping Nirvana
With many of the nation’s top nationally and internationally recognized retailers, nearby Highland Park village is a charming, upscale tourist destination on its own. Six miles away you’ll find North Park Center, another shopping mecca with 235 stores, public art displays and meticulous gardens.
- Uptown Dining
For the best modern Texas cuisine, reserve a table at Fearing’s Restaurant, where larger-than-life and colorful celebrity chef Dean Fearing creates flavorful dishes that have made
him a James Beard Award winner and won national “restaurant of the year” accolades. This seven-room dining experience offers indoor and outdoor seating, so come as you are and enjoy the fun.
- Performing Art
As the home of five resident companies (Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico), plus a venue for the nation’s top touring shows, the AT&T Performing Arts Center has multiple world-class performances happening every night of the week. Check with the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas for tickets.
- Best Brunch
Hattie’s Dallas, in the hip Bishop Arts District, mixes classic American dishes with low-country Southern fare to create such culinary delights as cornmeal griddlecakes. Order the bloody mary, which comes topped with a cayenne- and sugar-shellacked bacon strip.
- Art Deco Immersion
You could spend an entire day in Fair Park, with eight museums, a coliseum, a music hall, an IMAX Theater, a planetarium and the Dallas Aquarium. Or go to simply admire the architecture: Fair Park, built in 1936 for the World’s Fair and the Texas Centennial Exposition, is the world’s largest collection of art deco buildings, art and sculptures.
- Historic District
Stroll the red brick sidewalks of the West End, Dallas’ historic district, to take in the brilliantly renovated buildings, like the Old Red Courthouse, built in 1892, now the Old Red Museum. Be sure to browse Wild Bill’s Western Store.
- Presidential Tribute
In the West End, visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, formerly the Texas School Book Depository, the location of the sniper who assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Follow it up with a stop at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University, and have your presidential photo taken in the full-sized Oval Office.
- Foodie Paradise
Trinity Groves is Dallas’ restaurant incubator, featuring the city’s up-and-coming chefs and restaurateurs. Choose from more than a dozen eateries ranging from barbecue to vegan, and don’t skip dessert: Kate Weiser Chocolate has an open kitchen to watch the action, and Cake Bar’s huge selection of made-from-scratch cakes and confections is dizzying.
- Get the Shot
Trinity Groves boasts one of the best cityscape photo opportunities. Position yourself to capture the stunning Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, with its 40-story center-support arch, set against the downtown skyline.
- Nature Fix
Visit White Rock Lake, a particularly scenic reservoir only 5 miles from downtown, to get a sampling of Dallas’ 406 parks and 17 lakes. Rent a kayak, play a round of disc golf or get out on the 9-mile hiking and biking trail.
- Happy Hour
One of Dallas’ most beloved contributions to American cuisine is the frozen margarita. Try chef Dean Fearing’s version every evening at 6 inside The Ritz-Carlton lobby, where it’s served alongside fresh-made guacamole and chips presented by the hotel’s resident Guacamologist.
- Dinner and Music
The Rustic dishes up home-style, farm-to-table cuisine alongside craft beers and spirits in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The backyard patio is legendary, with picnic tables, towering oak trees, fire pits and some of the city’s best live music.