Dallas is 1,366 miles from Baltimore; about three hours and 20 minutes flying time from
Rosewood Crescent Hotel, 400 Crescent Court, 214-871-3200; rosewoodhotels.com/en/crescenthotel. The posh, European-style hotel in the tony Uptown District is just a 10-minute drive into downtown. Its spa has been ranked one of Dallas' finest. Rates from $330 per night.
Warwick Melrose Hotel, 3015 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-521-5151; warwickmelrosedallas.com. The circa-1924 hotel is an
The Magnolia Hotel, 1401 Commerce St., 214-915-6500; magnoliahotels.com/dallas. You'll spot the neon-red Pegasus atop the building before seeing the sign announcing the boutique Magnolia Hotel. Located in the circa-1922 historic Magnolia Petroleum Company Building, the cozy guest rooms provide modern creature comforts. From $139 per night.
Hillstone, 8330 A Preston Road, 214-691-8991; hillstone.com. Formerly Houston's, this restaurant and bar offers casual American food in a Southwestern-themed lodge setting. Try the spinach-artichoke dip. Entrees from $22.
Central 214, 5680 North Central Expressway, 214-443-9339; central214.com. Though there's no drive-through window, Showalter might approve of what some call Dallas' best french fries. Purportedly, they undergo a five-hour prep process resulting in scrumptious, highly addictive, crisp potato chunks. Don't miss the famous regionally sourced cast-iron-seared rib-eye. Entrees from $19.
Pecan Lodge, 1010 South Pearl Expressway, Shed 2, 214-748-8900; pecanlodge.com. Barbecue is the reason many folks come to Dallas, and Pecan Lodge is the in-crowd's longtime favorite. For a weekend lunch, try the "Hot Mess" — sea-salted sweet potato, shredded brisket, chipotle cream, cheese, and green onions. This coveted Dallas Farmers' Market stand is open Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. From $4.50.
The Dallas Farmers' Market, 1010 South Pearl Expressway, 214-939-3808; dallasfarmersmarket.org. Features local produce and purveyors. Open daily 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Living history: Housed in the sixth and seventh floors of the former
Fan fest: Dallas has some of the most loyal sports fans in the country. Venture over to Arlington and catch a game at the
Bucking bulls and broncos: If rodeos are your thing, take a short drive to Fort Worth to the Stockyards Rodeo, 121 Exchange Ave. 1-888-269-8696, stockyardsrodeo.com
Shopping: Local residents claim that London's Harrods has nothing on their home-grown
Nightlife: If you've worn out your "Urban Cowboy" DVD, pull on your jeans, cowboy boots, shirt (tucked in) and, of course, cowboy hat, then two-step it over to Cowboys Dance Hall for a country-western evening. 10310 Technology Blvd., 214-352-1796 cowboysdancehall.com Or bebop into Dada or Sons of Hermann for authentic jazz in Deep Ellum (deepellumtexas.com), Dallas' historic jazz and blues arts district.