16 May 2015
Kristyn Harris 39 and her Husband Andrew went to Dallas in Texas (USA) for a week of Southfolk, Skyscrapers and Stetsons!
Together for 16 years myself and my husband were looking for a city based break for our tenth wedding anniversary and decided to try something a little different from the 'norm', Visiting Texas proved that Cowboys weren't the only attraction that this fantastic American State had to offer.
WHERE TO STAY?
We traveled from Heathrow to Fort Worth airport with British Airways and then booked in for a 5 night stay at the iconic Magnolia Hotel in Downtown Dallas (an hour away from the airport via taxi). As it was a special occasion we booked a suite on the historic 24th floor, which offered amazing views of downtown Dallas. The hotel is super, rising above a lot of the nearby buildings and is centrally located. Our suite was lovely, large and well maintained. The kitchenette housed everything we could possibly need from bottle opener to blender, and also had a dish washer and microwave. Breakfast each morning was very welcoming with a good choice. Every evening the hotel had a happy hour where each guest received free drinks. Also they provided free milk and cookies every evening - which were amazing!
WHAT TO DO?
The Old Red Museum is worth visiting. A very impressive building (which used to be a courthouse) and there you can discover the history of Dallas, as well as lots of visual displays and short films.
From there we walked the short distance to the infamous Six Floor Book Depository Museum. It is from this building that Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot and killed President John F Kennedy in 1963. Steeped in history this museum contains original photographs, video footage, artifacts and documentation of the time. Looking through the window there are 2 X's clearly seen on the road in Dealey Plaza where the fateful shots occurred. The grassy knoll is just outside and we sat there for a while to reflect.
To see the cowboys with their real Texas longhorn cattle in tow a visit to Fort Worth is a must! Designed to suit the tourist looking for a sense of what Dallas used to be like with traditional saloons (such as White Elephant Saloon, where the last gunfight in Fort Worth was held) and the worlds largest indoor rodeo. Here we had pictures of us taken, adorning our stetson prop, sat on a bull which was (what seemed like) the largest animal I'd ever seen! We nearly blended in as 'proper' locals!
Of course, before our holiday was over we just had to take a tour of Southfolk Ranch in Parker, home of Dallas the TV series. Here we had the chance to view props, scripts and hear background information on the Ewing family, the ranch and its past. We were then welcome to wander around and take photographs. And, yes, for a moment (whilst the Dallas Theme tune played in the background) we were no longer Andrew and Kristyn, but JR and Sue-Ellen.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK?
There were lots of places to eat and to drink around Downtown Dallas. Walt Garrison Rodeo Bar & Grill - a western themed steakhouse, was next to our hotel and a perfect place to snack with the locals and tourists alike. We went to the Hardrock Cafe to eat, listen to some Rock & Roll, and of course, buy the latest edition to our pin badge collection. The Chesterfield was an experience when ordering our drinks.- they have an impressive 11 chapter cocktail menu! (Although, we didn't manage them all, of course!) Our favorite place to eat was at our hotel (Magnolia). There we were served delicious meals at very reasonable prices, and, of course, it wasn't far to walk after eating too much!