Romantic Dallas

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Romantic Dallas
Whether you're visiting Dallas for a romantic weekend getaway or staying for a few weeks or more, there are plenty of options for memorable dates and exciting retreats.
Photo courtesy of Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    Relax at the Arboretum
    One of the city's most beloved green spaces, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is an ideal place to spend a romantic afternoon or evening. Stroll through peaceful gardens filled with flowers, soak in the sun on the lawn, and take in the views of White Rock Lake. The arboretum also hosts seasonal festivals and exhibits throughout the year that provide a picturesque atmosphere for a picnic or meal outdoors. Be sure to check out their lineup of summer concerts on the lawn, where you can listen to covers of popular music and bring your own meal and beverages.
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    Romantic Evening Meals
    The Dallas dining scene offers endless options for a romantic night on the town. Candlelit dinners, secluded tables, and private dining rooms make dates easy to plan. Whether you want to dine by candlelight at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, or dine high above the skyline in Reunion Tower, Dallas offers the ambiance to create a date to remember. A perfect activity after your meal is to stroll down any number of tree-lined paths lit up with sparkling lights in Highland Park Village, and to sit and watch a lively and well-heeled crowd from one of the many park benches.
    Photo courtesy of The Mansion/Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
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    Enjoy the Evening Skyline
    Dallas provides several options to enjoy a romantic evening meal or an after-dinner drink from sky-high vantage points. Soak in the skyline and see as far as the neighboring city of Fort Worth from rooftop bars, lounges, and pools like Soda Bar, Blackfriar Pub, and Terilli's. From Uptown to Lower Greenville, no matter where you choose to view the cityscape, the sparkling city lights make for the perfect date backdrop. For a distinctly Dallas experience, head to the most recognizable monument of the Dallas skyline, Reunion Tower. The restaurant in the tower has long been a top spot to enjoy a fine-dining experience, as all the while your table turns a steady 360 degrees, allowing you to make the most of the view.
    Photo by Jose Fuste Raga/age fotostock
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    Stroll through the Bishop Arts District
    Spend an afternoon meandering through this historic area, located just outside of downtown Dallas and only a short drive across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The Bishop Arts District has become a popular area to browse unique boutique shops, have a delicious meal at one of the area's many eateries, and taste handmade chocolates at Dude, Sweet Chocolate. On weekends, explore the neighborhood market, peruse local art and crafts, and chat with some of the shopkeepers. The Bishop Arts District shows off a quainter side of Dallas and is a great place to spend some quality time with your loved one.
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    After-Dinner Drinks
    If you aren't ready to call it a night after a delicious dinner, Dallas has an energetic nightlife and many bars, clubs, and even a few speakeasies to keep the party going after your meal. McKinney Avenue in Uptown is an area that is especially popular for bar-hopping; the street is lined with some of the city’s most popular post-dinner hangouts. Head to the Ginger Man, which boasts an impressive selection of local and imported beers. Or, if you're seeking a more upscale experience, sip a glass of champagne at Dee Lincoln's Dining Room and Bubble Bar. If you're in the Bishop Arts District, try the good wine and liquor selection at the French-inspired Boulevardier bistro.
    Photo courtesy of Manny Rodriguez/Boulevardier
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    Escape to Texas Hill Country
    If you're dreaming about slowing down and kicking off your boots, there are many towns surrounding Dallas where you can get away from it all. The Texas Hill Country is a little over three hours' drive south, and makes a scenic road trip for a weekend excursion from Dallas. Visit the rows of boutique shops and mom-and-pop restaurants on the main drag in Fredericksburg, or up the romance by visiting some of Texas’s best wineries in the surrounding towns. Hill Country is full of quaint bed and breakfasts that make lovely lodging options for your weekend escape.
    Photo by Terrance Klassen/age fotostock
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    Movie Theaters Full of Character
    Dallas provides several options to watch a foreign or independent film in a characterful movie theater or film center. Located on West Lovers Lane, The Landmark Inwood Theatre encourages you to bring your martini into the theater with you, and The Magnolia provides a bar as well as gourmet concessions like sweet potato tater tots and pizza. The Angelika Film Center is also accompanied by a full-service restaurant and bar. These theaters feature comfortable, lounge-style seating that makes you feel like you are in the comfort of your own home while watching the big screen.
    Photo courtesy of Kathryn Richards/Landmark Theatres
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    An Afternoon at the Spa
    One way to spend quality time with your significant other on your trip to Dallas is by unwinding and relaxing with a day at the spa. Dallas is a city that likes to be treated well, so emulate the locals and spend the day rejuvenating in one of the city's many spas. Most of Dallas’s top hotels boast some of the city’s best places to get seriously pampered. The Joule, W Hotel, and Stoneleigh are all luxurious locales to forget your worries and relax, Texas style. If a day spa is more your style, there are also options like Hiatus Spa + Retreat that offer a similar luxurious experience at prices that won’t break the bank.
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    Picnic Spots around the City
    There are not many ways to better spend an afternoon than sprawled out in one of Dallas’s parks or green belts with a gourmet picnic. Stop by the Dallas Farmers Market or Central Market for a selection of local favorites, ranging from top-notch barbecue to a vegan feast, and then head to a grassy spot to unwind, soak up the Texas sun, and indulge in a touch of people-watching. White Rock Lake is a perfect place to lay in the grass; home to bike trails, towering trees, and many nature trails, it's one of the best-loved green spaces in the city and a splendid location for a picnic.
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    Rooftop Pools
    If there is one thing that cannot be argued about Dallas, it's that it is steaming hot in the summertime. If you visit during the warmer months, make it your mission to pick a hotel that has a rooftop pool, which will allow you to cool off from the heat while taking in magnificent views of the city. Two of the most beloved rooftop locations are at The Joule Hotel and the W Dallas Victory. Their sky-high pools look directly over the downtown skyline and they host parties on their patios throughout the summer that tend to be the buzz of the town.
    Photo courtesy of W Hotels Worldwide