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Dallas Travel Guide

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A CEO who finds Dallas to be diverse and stimulating.

“There is always something going on,” he says. “In addition to the performing arts center, we have all major professional sports—hockey, baseball, football, basketball—and we have minor league sports.” For outdoors enthusiasts, “We have some very large lakes where a lot of people go to on the weekends to boat and fish. And it’s a short drive to the hill country in Austin.”

Locals say that Dallas is known for three things: being the home of America’s Team, also known as the Dallas Cowboys, and after that, eating and shopping. If you want to shop, Affeldt recommends Neiman Marcus downtown, as well as the upscale NorthPark Shopping Center and Galleria malls.

Clearing up a common misconception, Affeldt says that people have the wrong idea about Dallas weather. “They think it’s intolerably hot, and it’s not. I have lived in places with great, great, great weather, and while it’s hot in Dallas in the summertime, we don’t have the humidity that Miami and Washington, D.C., have in summer. I think the climate gets a worse rap than it deserves.

Affeldt's Address Book

Sleep

Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas
4150 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038
972-717-0700
fourseasons.com/dallas

“It’s so easy to get here from the airport,” Affeldt says of this golf-centric property.

The Joule Hotel
1530 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201
214-748-1300
thejouledallas.com

With its rooftop pool and sleek elegance, this fairly new property already has an excellent reputation, Affeldt says.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75219
214-559-2100
mansiononturtlecreek.com

This Dallas icon “is well known nationally, and it’s a great, great property,” says Affeldt.

W Hotel
2440 Victory Park Ln.
Dallas, TX 75219
214-397-4100
whotels.com/dallas

If you’re in Dallas to see an event at the American Airlines Center, Affeldt recommends that you try the “architecturally interesting” W Hotel in Victory Park, a posh playground close to downtown.

Eat

Abacus
4511 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
214-559-3111
kentrathbun.com/abacus/dallas

This high-end favorite is one of Kent Rathbun’s several restaurants in Dallas. Rathbun, who beat out Bobby Flay on Iron Chef, offers global cuisine with Pacific Rim influences.

Hibiscus 2927 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
214-827-2927
hibiscusdallas.com

Often referred to as the best restaurant in Texas, this upscale, Pacific-influenced chophouse is Affeldt’s top choice.

Joe T. Garcias
2201 North Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
817-626-4356
joets.com

If you want to try classic Tex-Mex, Affeldt suggests this spot, famous for its margaritas and homemade tortillas. “It’s one of those places where you just have to say you’ve been, even though there are places with better food.”

Play

Rangers Ballpark
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
817-273-5222
texas.rangers.mlb.com

“Going to see the Texas Rangers at Arlington Stadium is one of my favorite things to do—especially since they made it to the World Series last year for the first time,” Affeldt says.

Gleneagles Country Club
5401 West Park Blvd.
Plano, TX 75093
972-867-6666
clubcorp.com/Clubs/Gleneagles-Country-Club

You didn’t think Affeldt would forget to mention golf, did you? ClubCorp has 12 properties in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. “You have everything from high-end, daily fee resort properties—like the Cowboys Club, which is popular—to some of the best private golf in the country between Dallas National and our own club, Gleneagles,” he says.

Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201
214-922-1803
dallasmuseumofart.org

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695
817-738-1933
cartermuseum.org

Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
214-242-5100
nashersculpturecenter.org

“Dallas Museum of Art is fabulous. And in Fort Worth, there is the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, which has all Western art—Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell—and you just aren’t going to find that anywhere else in the country,” Affeldt says. If you want to see modern and contemporary sculpture, visit the Nasher Sculpure Center and its unusual garden.


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