48 HOURS IN DALLAS
Ride a horse, learn to line dance, and more
In Dallas, Thanksgiving weekend means football: The Cowboys have hosted an annual home game since 1966. This year, they’re playing division rivals the Redskins. AT&T Stadium is a destination in its own right, featuring spirited fans, hosts of concerts, and many nutritious and gluten-free food options.
The city is abuzz with sports in November, with the Stars and Mavericks also playing games in town. It’s a fun time of year to visit, particularly because of the weather, which is ideal for jogging trails and wandering through sculpture gardens. Here, your guide to a perfect getaway.
WHERE TO STAY
The newly renovated Hotel Crescent Court is in the middle of the bustling Arts District. The boutique hotel houses a spa, a pool with city views, and four restaurants including an outpost of Nobu. If you’re traveling with a group, book the 3,035-square-foot Presidential suite with a grand piano and space for eight guests. For a nearby workout, Equinox Highland Park is less than two miles away.
In the heart of downtown Dallas, The Joule Hotel is a gorgeous boutique property located in a 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building. The hotel showcases an impressive art collection including mid-century mosaics which adorn the lobby and rotating installations throughout. Visit CBD Provisions, one of their many dining options, for elevated Texas cuisine in a chic space. If you’re looking to relax, book a treatment at the 8,000-square-foot spa or curl up with a book in the Taschen library.
Start your morning at the Hotel Crescent Court’s The Conservatory, which features a glass sunroom overlooking serene gardens. Choose from a selection of classic and Tex-Mex options like an egg-white frittata with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, and spinach or sweet potato, brisket, and kale hash.
Choose Your Afternoon Adventure
OPTION 1: CULTURE
Visit the Nasher Sculpture Center, designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano, which includes more than 300 works by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, and Rodin. Afterwards, walk next door to the Dallas Museum of Art. One of the largest art museums in the country, it exhibits pieces from local artists and world-renowned painters alike.
OPTION 2: FITNESS
Head to Katy Trail. Built on abandoned railroad tracks, it runs 3.5 miles through the Uptown and Oak Park neighborhoods. There’s a concrete path for skaters and bikers, and a soft-surface trail for joggers and walkers. Framed by trees, shrubs, and flowers, it’s the see-and-be-seen outdoor workout spot in the city.
After exploring, refuel with lunch at Flora Street Cafe. Begin with chilled melon gazpacho or steelhead trout ceviche, followed by the quinoa-wheat berry salad with smoked chicken.
Texas is renowned for its steak houses, so reserve dinner at Knife. Get the full experience with a 240-day, dry-aged rib-eye or Texas wagyu skirt steak. Non-meat eaters should try the tuna tartare, king salmon with apple, or watercress, endive, and walnut salad.
End the night at High & Tight, a speakeasy-cum-barbershop where you can sip on craft cocktails like the Great Gatsby, made with New Amsterdam gin, pamplemousse rose, and an edible orchid.
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For a wholesome breakfast, visit Gather Kitchen, an airy spot downtown. The options skew healthy, with dishes like a Mexican breakfast bowl with sweet potato noodles, black beans, and chicken sausage and a Paleo waffle topped with fruit, nuts, and vegan chocolate sauce.
Choose your Afternoon Adventure
OPTION 1: CULTURE
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the Sixth Floor Museum, which honors the legacy of John F. Kennedy Jr. and offers historical context for the events of 1963 through photos, artifacts, and videos. November 22 marks the 55th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.
OPTION 2: FITNESS
Just 15 minutes from downtown is the Texas Horse Park, an equestrian facility spanning 302 acres. You can take riding lessons, go on a trail ride, and learn about ranching and roping. After you’re through, if you still have energy, try one of their traditional western line dancing classes.
Head to lunch at the Dallas Fish Market, which boasts a full oyster bar, caviar, and roe selection. They also offer an impressive array of poke bowls and innovative sushi rolls.
Finish the day at Meso Maya. The restaurant specializes in upscale Mexican fare, such as pan-seared white bass with chayote and tamarind-glazed Scottish salmon with charred Brussels sprouts. Pair your meal with one of their Oaxacan cocktails, like the Azul y Verde with mezcal, tequila, pineapple, serrano pepper, and lime.
After dinner, stroll the Ronald Kirk Bridge spanning the Trinity River. The landscaped area includes a fountain, bocce, a giant chessboard, and glittering views of the skyline.