Thursday, March 22, 2012

Travel Schue::Dallas


Travel Schue is back and ready to take on a new city...this time we're traveling to Dallas baby!


I've got quite a treat for you all today...the uber talented and gorgeous Cassie from Hi Sugarplum is here and will be your official tour guide through this awesome city.  Ready to go big or go home?  Take it away Cassie!


Hey ya'll! I'm Cassie from Hi Sugarplum!, and I'm thrilled to be sharing a little bit about Dallas on Schue Love today.


Mr. Sugarplum and I love to travel...in fact, it's the main reason for our DIY mentality in making over our 1980s house...to save the money for trips! (You can read about some of our adventures here.)

We live in the suburbs, but Big D is right in our backyard. With over a million people, and as a major cosmopolitan metroplex, it's likely every artist, performer, show and movie will make it's way here. The number of venues and restaurants practically out-number the population, so there is no way I could tell you all the great things about Dallas. I'll just touch on a few of our favorite spots.

The Dallas Arts District is the largest arts district in the nation, spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks. It's fun to get dressed up for the Nutcracker ballet at the Winspear Opera house, or take advantage of Free Saturdays at many of the museums. We usually make a day of it by taking the DART train in to the city.

arts district


Dallas has many lakes, parks and trails, but no where is as naturally beautiful as the Arboretum & Botanical Garden. It was voted one of the top places in the world to see Spring flowers, and each year, more than 500,000 blooms are on display. And what kid (of every age!) doesn't love to be up close with sharks? The Aquarium is a great stop, and you can even eat lunch among the Mayan exhibit.

arboretum aquarium


You may think you've attended a state fair, but nothing compares to the month-long extravaganza that is the State Fair of Texas. We go every September and stuff our faces with fried oreos, fried twinkies and fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Don't knock 'em til you've tried them! And I think standing in the same spot they believe Lee Harvey Oswald stood when he shot President Kennedy as he drove up the street is fascinating. The museum re-enacts that fateful day, and you certainly leave with lots of suspicions.

fair jfk


Shopping is a way of life in Dallas, afterall, it is the birthplace of Neiman Marcus. I think almost every designer and chain store has a location here, as well as countless boutiques and specialty shops. If you're looking for everything in one spot, Northpark and Galleria malls will keep you busy for days!

malls


We prefer spots with more character and personality, so Bishop Arts District is one of our favorite neighborhoods. It's lined with creative shops and delicious locally-owned restaurants.

bishop arts


Which leads us to food! Dallas is home to many celebrity chefs, including Tom Colicchio, Stephen Pyles, Tre Wilcox....but lets face it, we're going to eat Mexican food every chance we get! The list of good ones is a mile long, but Mi Cocina is at the top of my list. Just one of their signature Mambo Taxis, and they'll be calling you a cab ride home!

mi cocina


It's true, everything really is bigger in Texas, and there is no shortage of things to see, do, eat and drink! Thanks Natasha for allowing me to show off Big D!

 I have to say, I've only been to Texas once {Austin to be specific} and I'm already itching to go back...and you better bet it will be Dallas next time.  Hope Cassie is ready for someone to crash on her couch!  ;) 

Thanks again to Cassie for showing us that bigger is really better in Texas!

In case you've missed the last cities we've visited:

Columbus
Charleston
Chicago
New York

Until next time...

xo natasha

19 comments:

  1. I used to live in Dallas and I MISS it!! I miss the corny dogs at the fair and Northpark Mall. That is the BEST mall. Great post Cassie!

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  2. Ive visited Dallas before and I must say the shopping is incredible. Next time I go back I need to hit up some of these other places though!

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  3. What a FUN post!! I LOVE this series!!

    ...Now I want to plan a trip to Dallas!! Looks SO fun! :)

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  4. Dallas is definitely on my list of US cities that I want to visit! Especially after the spectacle that was Most Eligible Dallas (I'm a reality TV-aholic). It totally piqued my curiosity! And any city that has AMAZING shopping is definitely at the top of my list! ;)

    We did Chicago last year (LOVED it) & we're doing San Fran this September. We can't wait!

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  5. Oh goodness do I love Dallas, one of my favorite cities!
    BTW, I live in Denver and I'd love to do one of these for you on my beautiful city! :)

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  6. It's funny, Dallas wasn't on my list before but now after Cassie's feature, I'm definitely on board. It would be pretty crazy to stand where Oswald stood and see if any of the conspiracies ring true.

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  7. Yay for Texas love. Let me know if you need a Houston post!

    Loved the Dallas post.

    -Tara
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com
    http://blog.chron.com/madabouttown/

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  8. LOVE this series- so fun to take a peek into other cities (oh, and for the record- the boy and i are planning a trip to charleston since it's only 6 hours from richmond, and will definitely be using that post for ideas!!)
    xo

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  9. She did a great tour! My favorite mall in the US is Northpark. It has every store a girl could dream of!

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  10. Love it! I am from Dallas and now live farther South in San Antonio. Dallas will always be home! She did a great job on showing off Big D! Northpark is by far the best mall!! Can't wait to get back up there and get my shop on :)

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  11. Love this!! I am a Texas girl and have tons of friends that live in the Big D! It is such a fun place to visit, the shopping is ah-mazing and Mi Cocina is the BOMB.DOT.COM! Great post!!
    Because Shanna Said So

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  12. I have never been to Texas but now I sure want to. I am sure Cassie knows all the best spots. My mouth is watering for that last drink:)

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  13. I would love to take a tour of the art district in Dallas!
    Great post, Cassie!

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  14. I've had the travel bug for several days now and this just tripled my desire to hop on a plane and go somewhere new! Hubby may have training for work in San Antonio soon and I'm hoping to join him and experience some of Texas first hand.

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  15. I've only been to Dallas once, but I've always wanted to go back! I should have taken advantage of living in Houston more!

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  16. so much to do and see for sure in Dallas!

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  17. It's been years since I've been to Dallas. I'd love to go back and explore for a little while. The arts district looks fun!

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  18. I've never been to Dallas, but I'd love to visit!

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  19. Fun post, Cass! What a great city...definitely on my wish list!

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