• Kharissa Forte

The Me-Trip to Dallas Every Wife and Mom Should Take

When the pandemic first forced us inside, I was one of the introverts who thought to myself, Oh, this is exactly what I needed. Fast forward seven months and I was in desperate need of getting out.

My best friend Kenyah was heading to Dallas to visit family. Being that she lives in Alabama and I live in Kansas City, the trip was a great opportunity for us to catch up for a day or two, as well.

Before long, I had my hotel booked and my itinerary set: a five-day wellness experience where I would indulge in the finest experiences Dallas had to offer.

Where to Stay

Aloft Dallas Downtown is bright, chic, and located in the heart of the city. If you haven't stayed in one of their hotels before, its name says it all. The loft-styled rooms with their rocky walls and tall windows are an urban oasis. I stayed on the fifth floor in the Savvy Queen Suite so Kenyah could crash a couple of nights. It was just delightful.

The staff at this specific location are particularly welcoming. I felt like a celebrity with how they treated me. (There's a life lesson in that somewhere.)

The incidental fee is only $50, but there is a $12/day parking fee so be sure to include that in your budget.

Best Spa in Dallas

One of the first activities on my agenda was to hit up the spa. After researching a few, I went with Hiatus Spa + Retreat and they didn't disappoint! I visited the Inwood Village location (they have two) and enjoyed three services:

  • The 29 Again Facial ($130, 60 minutes)

  • The One & Only Pedi ($70, about 30 minutes)

  • The Signature Essential Massage ($110, 60 minutes)

Best Meditation Center in Dallas

At Breathe Meditation and Wellness, I found my center in one of the most powerful meditation classes I've attended. I was delighted by all they had to offer beyond the om. Reiki, Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST), and Crystal Therapy are just a few of their wellness services.

Best Places to Eat in Dallas

Is it even a good trip without good food? I don't think so. I was super intentional about eating at restaurants we don't have here in Kansas City. Here are my favorites:

Seafood: Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Healthy Choices: Flower Child

Steak: 3Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails

Breakfast: Commissary

Mexican: Pappasito's Cantina

Fast Food: Whataburger

Live Entertainment: Jaxon Beer Garden

AT&T Discovery District

Speaking of Jaxon, it's located at the AT&T Discovery District and that place is a blast! The AT&T Experience Store takes retail phone and internet to a whole new level. It's almost like an interactive museum of sorts. Every month or so, they change the theme to match a scene in a popular television show. When I visited, it was set up like the coffee shop from Friends.

Dallas Museum of Art

Anytime I go out of town, I have to visit the art museum if the city has one. Dallas Museum of Art blew my mind. With three or four floors (I can't remember), this place is huge. I didn't even have time to go through the whole thing. Definitely a must-stop for lovers of both contemporary and historical artifacts alike.

Klyde Warren Park

At Klyde Warren Park, I enjoyed Yoga on the lawn from their lineup of activities for the day. Afterward, I sampled several cuisines from food trucks. It's located right in front of the Dallas Museum of Art, so it's a great spot to visit before or after. Not to mention, it's dog friendly.

Dallas Farmers Market and Ruibal's Plants of Texas

I honestly just happened to stumble into Dallas Farmers Market and Ruibal's Plants of Texas, which is right next door. I appreciated how their farmer's market has vendors outside and inside – they call it The Shed. I didn't expect to have so much fun, but I really did have a great time.

Giant Eyeball

I mean, you just gotta go see it!

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