MAPLE LEOPARD: Dallas: Why You Should Visit the Big D

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dallas: Why You Should Visit the Big D


I loved my trip to Dallas, and thought I would share some reasons why you might want to pay the "Big D" a visit. This city is a taste  of southern class and fine hospitality.  Much to my surprise: Ten gallon hats, plaid shirts, and jeans were not the norm!

Dallas is a refined city, rich in more than just monetary ways, and bustling with activity! It is a great place for a weekend getaway or extended vacation.  I and a friend were there for a few days for the fashion market, and here is what I loved about this city:

1)  Breathtaking Skyline Views

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I never got tired of this gorgeous view.  Everyday when I was at the fashion market, I had to sneak up to the 15th floor and get my daily dose of the city skyline. I love these types of views so much because I am a city girl all the way, Vancouver B.C. is my hometown.

2) Uptown Dallas: Exquisite Dining and Nightlife


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I and my friend  actually never made it to downtown Dallas, as we heard Uptown is the place we needed to check out. Our hotel was located across the highway from the market, so we used Uber to get us to the uptown area.( Btw- Uber was fabulous, I would never use a cab again!)

The choices uptown are endless for dining and nightlife. We ate dinner at the Standard Pour, the food was delicious!  It is known as one of the best restaurants/bar in the area. If you are a fan of seafood, this is your place!  The scallops were to die for! 

For a glass of wine after dinner , there are a few boutique hotels with beautiful lounges and a relaxing  atmosphere. The Dragonfly at Hotel Za Za  is very classy, and the outside covered area by the pool is a one of a kind experience. You can enjoy a drink , while reveling over the pool's glistening waters under a clear heated cover.

Fearings at the Ritz Carlton was lovely as well.  It had an outside patio with a fireplace attached to the inside lounge, perfect for the chilly winter evenings! I loved seeing all stylish peeps out for a night on the town.  It was cool to capture this shot of the fellas in their dressy trousers.

3)  The Best Shopping Ever




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  The shopping choices in Dallas are endless. There are malls and boutiques to fit every type of shopper: from budget to luxury. The first two phots were taken at the massive three story Galleria Mall. They have a 1920's curated fashion exhibit from the flapper era, on display until February 28th. 

Pictured last is  Dallas Fashion Market. It is for wholesale shopping, as I mentioned in a previous post. Outdoor shopping centers abound, as the  weather is mostly balmy year around. I visited
West Village, but never made it to Hyland Park Village.


I hope you enjoyed a little tour of Dallas.  If you have ever visited there, I'd love to hear your experiences in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, I leave you with a few fun facts about the "Big D."

                                                                     xo Valerie


* The frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas.

* The Galleria Dallas is home to the country's tallest indoor Christmas tree, during the holidays.

 *The first convenience store, 7-eleven, was started in Dallas and  is headquartered there today.
 
 * 23 of the richest Americans live in the metro Dallas/Forth area.


39 comments:

  1. Love love this post title! LOL The Big D!!!

    I was there a few months ago, but you summed it up perfectly - this looks so great!

    Have a lovely week, love!
    xo
    Krista
    www.hundredblog.com

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    1. Thanks Krista...ha ha..well that is the nickname so I hear!! Thanks for stopping by sweet girl!

      VAlerie
      xo

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  2. I would love to visit Dallas sometime...it's definitely on my to-do! Looks like an amazing city.

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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    1. Hi Shannon, I hope you can...but stay longer than 4 days....not enough time to scratch the surface!!

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  3. I'm dying to visit Dallas!! My goal this year is to travel around the US more - there is so much to see!

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    1. Elizabeth..that is my goal as well! I want to travel all over the world...so I better find a new job to support that habit..ha ha! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. I haven't been to Dallas in over two decades but remember having a lot of fun in that city. Great tour!

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    1. It was my firs time there...I need another trip there when I am not doing a trade show..but it was fun anyway! Thank you Marlynn!

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  5. I haven't been to Dallas and hope to visit the USA one day :D

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    1. Awe Mary..I sure hope you can make it too, so much lovely scenes to see here. I hope to travel abroad to other countries...Love love travel!!

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  6. I love Dallas! Such a fun city! Thanks for a great recap!

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    1. Hi Grace....thank you and glad you stopped by!

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  7. I've never been to Dallas but it is on my list of places to visit soon! I've heard it's a very exciting place.

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    1. Hey there Mistle..I sure hope you can go...it is super fun...I always love big cities!! thanks for coming by!

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  8. My favorite part of visiting Dallas was going to Through The Looking Glass. It's a vintage store that also does pinup photo shoots and hosts a 1940's style burlesque show the first weekend of each month! So much fun, I bought my valentines dress there.

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    1. Oh wow Kathryn...I never heard of this! I shall have to check it out next time I go!! Thanks for sharing that and for visiting my blog!!
      xo

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  9. I've been to Houston, but not Dallas. I will definitely have to check it out one day!

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    1. Hi Anna! Ive been to Houston in the airport that's it...it is definitely more humid down that way...I like Dallas better! Hope you can go sometime!

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  10. I was raised in the burbs outside of Dallas and I loved it! Imagine my shock when I moved to a mid-sized city and tried to go shopping- Dallas truly is a shopping mecca and has an amazing art scene as well!

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    1. Hi Katy...wow so cool you were raised there! I loved it ...reminded me of home..the city I live in is much smaller..no like!! I agree the shopping is just so fab!

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  11. Dallas is definitely on my list of places to go in the very near future. Thanks for the tips! I am looking forward to the shopping :)

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    1. HI there Ashley..the shopping was def the best part!! I just wish I had more time to partake of it...was mostly at the trade show!!

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  12. I haven't been to Dallas before, but it seems like such a fun city. I mean, how could it not be? The margarita machine was invented there (btw such a fun fact!).

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    1. I hope you get to go ...it is a super fun place! I love the summer like temps in winter! Thanks for stopping by !

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  13. Thanks for sharing the fun facts about the Big D... I didn't know 7-11 came from there....7-11 is where I would go to at 1-2 am if I am still hungry and have nothing much to eat at home! Haha...

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    1. Thank you Vet Leow for stopping by! I loved that fact too..ha ha I love their slurpees!!

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  14. I have never been to Texas but from all these gorgeous pictures and and tips, it looks like somewhere so wonderful to go! So glad you had a great time Valerie!

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    1. Thank you Ms. Andrea..it was indeed a great time and thanks for stopping here!!

      xo

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  15. I haven't been there in ages, but the skyline is so stunning!

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    1. It was my first time..I agree so very stunning! Thanks for stopping by...

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  16. Beautiful photos!

    I love Dallas because of all the shopping! I can pass on the summer weather though hahaha!

    xo, N
    www.natashasolae.com

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    1. Thank you Natasha...really? Wow I like summer weather all year..I live in the WROMG state..ha...working on changing that! Thanks for stopping by@
      xo

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  17. You were in my hometown. Next time you are in town we should get some coffee!!!!

    Chiara ;)

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    1. HI Chiara....awe bummer! I wish I had known of you, I would so love to have met you! I might come there again and if so..yes we will meet up...

      xo

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  18. I visited Dallas a couple of times when I was younger, but I definitely wouldn't mind going again!
    #traveltuesday

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    1. It was my first time..I loved it!! Thanks for stopping by Diana!

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  19. I love Dallas! Granted, I only went every summer as a child, but I only have great memories. My grandfather lived in Flower Mound, a little town outside of Fort Worth. Dallas is full of great experiences, thanks for reminding us!

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    1. HI Christy, I wish I had more time to explore there..most of my time was spent at the fashion market! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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