Don’t let the old television series fool you – it’s not just an oil-rich community. Nicknamed the “Big D” by the locals, Dallas is well-known for its southern hospitality, fashion and of course, football. But there is more to this city than just cowboys, BBQ and cheerleaders. Between SutureStar workshops, marinade in the variety of activities and rich culture that this city has to offer. Simply live the Texas lifestyle – LARGE – and enjoy some of our recommended spots and activities in the “Big D.”
And, don’t assume that Dallas has nothing but steaks and BBQ, and while it is the state’s specialty, we cannot recommend dining at The French Room enough. The French Room boasts itself to be the best restaurant in all of Texas and for good reason. Located inside the decadent Adolphus Hotel, The French Room is as sumptuous-looking as its food. If you really want to titillate your taste buds opt in on the Chef’s Tasting menu; you’ll enjoy plates like Duo of Duck Breast, and Beef Tenderloin with Celery Root Puree and Balsamic lingonberry sauce and Warm Blackberry Frangipane Tart with Maple Ginger Ice Cream — that might just be worth the trip alone!
If The French Room isn’t your speed, might we recommend Deep Ellum Brewing Company? This brewery still has great atmosphere, think hip-country-but-industrial backyard, and even better brews. Soak up some of that big Texas sun while you enjoy a cold one in their giant patio, or really get a taste for Dallas microbreweries on their brewery tour on Saturdays from noon to 3pm. Deep Ellum has an impressive tap, and we recommend Deep Ellum IPA if you love those bitter American hops. On the weekends you can catch a live band and enjoy some food truck fare!
Take some time to unwind after working hard to become a SutureStar and surround yourself with the beauty that is the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens spreads over 44-acres and has 19 named gardens for visitors to enjoy year-round. Bring the kids and meander Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure garden where the kids can connect to nature and learn about tadpoles, join in on storytime, or see a puppet show. Pack a picnic or enjoy one of the restaurants on the grounds and spend the day enjoying the gorgeous grounds.
Reunion Tower is the best way to see that big Texas sky. The GeO-Deck is 470 feet up and provides 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Open both day and night, you can come for the views and stay for the food. For a casual meal and drink you can stop at Cloud Nine Cafe. For a unique dining experience, go to Five Sixty, but only if you don’t get motion sickness. This modern Asian cuisine restaurant is nestled atop the Reunion Tower and features a rotating bar that overlooks the city. What a perfect way to top off your time in Dallas.
Call 800-922-7747 for availability and register today! Note: SutureStar Workshops fill up fast (specialty workshops, such as CV and OB, are even more limited).