Dallas Travel Guide + Waco!
This past weekend we took a quick trip to Dallas with some of our best couple friends! We always take a little overnight trip somewhere close to the house for our anniversary, but this year we decided we’d bump it up to a weekend trip since we were itching to travel! Peyton stayed with our parents for the weekend and had the best time. She wasn’t even interested in coming home with us on Sunday. Today I am sharing what we did in Dallas, just in case you are planning a trip of your own soon. PLUS we spent a day in Waco and I will talk all things Chip & Jo too!
I grabbed this leopard print dress from Target especially for this trip, and of course this wide brim hat is just perfect for Texas! I also need to give an honorable mention to this mask. I bought a big pack of them off Amazon and am really liking them. I just tossed them at the end of the day since we were traveling around to so many places!
First things first, we flew out on Thursday morning from the Asheville Airport, hopped over to Charlotte and then flew directly to Dallas Fort Worth International from there. We flew with American Airlines and honestly, I was less than happy with the experience. It was HARD to be in a mask for that long. They encourage social distancing throughout the airport, and then you get on the plane and every single seat is full so you are 2 feet away from strangers. But the real icing on the cake was that on the way back (a direct flight from DFW to AVL), they sent my bag to the wrong airport. I didn’t get it back until late the next night.
We stayed at The Statler. As one of the first ever Hilton hotels, it was completely renovated not too long ago and is AMAZING. Each room has a giant bathroom, living room, and bedroom. There were so many restaurants and bars inside the hotel, even one with a bowling alley! My favorite being Bourbon & Banter, the password protected speakeasy in the basement of the hotel. Our first night in town we checked into the hotel and headed over to Deep Ellum (the entertainment neighborhood in Dallas) and had dinner at Vidorra Dallas, a great tex-mex option!
On Friday we got in the car pretty early and made the 1.5 hour drive over to Waco, TX! If you’ve been here for any amount of time, you know that I am pretty Joanna obsessed. We have been to the Silos before but not since they expanded to the rest of the block. We got to visit the coffee shop, all the new small shops, and the new Magnolia Home store. Everyone else got cookies and cupcakes from the Silos Baking Co. (what a horrible time to be allergic to dairy), and while they ate, I shopped! On the way out of town, I was pretty hungry so we swung by Magnolia Table and I went to the Take Away shop and grabbed a chicken salad sandwich and a bag of chips, it was delicious! This is a great option if the wait is crazy long!
When we got back to the city that night, we went to Billy Can Can for dinner. This was probably my favorite meal. We got the sausage appetizer and it came with a bunch of pickled vegetables on the side. I am now on the search for okra in the middle of winter so that I can pickle myself some okra- stay tuned on that one! Haha. That night we also went to the rooftop of our hotel to a bar called Waterproof, it has the most amazing views of the city!
On Saturday, we didn’t have any concrete plans so we jumped in the car and drove up to the Highland Park neighborhood of Dallas. This is the “nice” part of town where you can find all the celebrities! We drove by Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban’s houses! It was such a rainy day so we were looking for activities to do inside. Laiken and I made appointments at the Dry Bar for blowouts and shopped around the North Park Mall a little bit. We also stopped at In-N-Out Burger (a total bucket list item) for an afternoon snack before going back to the hotel for some down time and to get ready for our big steak dinner at Pappas Brothers Steakhouse!
On Sunday, we woke up early and got to the airport WAY TOO EARLY because we were all just so excited to go home and see our babies. It was a GREAT trip, but as parents, there is no greater joy than being with your children- no matter how crazy they make you sometimes. As you can see from the picture below, I think it’s safe to say that Peyton had a great time without us anyways.