Five Ways to Love Dallas
Beau Nash is where it begins. The swank champagne bar and cocktail lounge that abuts the Hotel Crescent Court lobby is literally the crescent of the ongoing $33 million revitalization that has steeped the uptown icon in Texas charm. Designed as the place to see and be seen, there’s sounds, generous pours and banter until ‘round midnight, every night. Start here. Hotel Crescent Court mirrors its vibrant surroundings and has aged well alongside its uptown address. Steps from the Dallas Arts District, the nation’s largest, it is a portal to haute couture shopping, elite dining and an ever-growing list of ways to evade dull moments. Think: The exclusivity of a city club effortlessly yoking classic elegance with a touch of contemporary élan – with always accessible touchpoints for the locals to call their own.
The Look: Inspired by the Royal Crescent in Bath, France, the landmark’s neo-French classical design and crescent-shaped contour holds more than 10 different types of marble from Italy and Spain, and is also believed to possess the world’s largest assemblage of cast aluminum from the ornate décor and cascading trellises that adorn the hotel’s exterior. Included in the 226-room count are 40 graciously appointed, one-or two-story suites, many touting spiral staircases and hardwood floors – each with an abundance of thoughtful amenities, neutral tones and luxe touches.
The Shopping: Stanley Korshak – of the notable Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus fame – is known as the largest independent department store in the country and exclusive to Hotel Crescent Court. Beginning with the Rivolta Camignani Italian bed linens, through the “Dressing Room to Guest Room” service, a capsule of couture clothing, complete with shoes and accessories for any occasion, will be delivered directly to a guests’ room/suite where they try on the threads, keeping what they please for purchase.
The Spa: Awaken the senses with a private, 45-minute yoga class in the Garden Room. In the spa, along with staple treatment and amenities – take your pick: The Ginger-Coconut Body Scrub treatment offers invigorating and energizing aromas, with nourishing coconut and Argan oil to leave your skin hydrated and perfectly polished. The Stone Therapy Massage combines the use of Basalt stones with therapeutic massage techniques to relieve tension and stress, radiate warmth and balance energy. No wrong choice.
The City: An eclectic outlier, Deep Ellum is one of Dallas’ hippest and historic neighborhoods that’s home to some of the city’s most iconic outdoor art, from murals and street art to stainless steel sculptures. It’s also the residence of BrainDead Brewing, which combines craft beer with Latin-infused pub gourmet fare. The soup of the day, every day: Beer.
Discover Dallas via the free, McKinney Avenue Trolley, known as the M-Line, running between the West Village and Downtown. Hop on and off to explore shopping and must-see sites.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s new edible food-and-herb garden offers a “A Tasteful Place,” with a view of downtown Dallas and White Rock Lake. Rolling beauty as far as the eyes can see abounds; this year, with more than 500,000-plus spring blooms, glances of Spanish-style architecture and the feeling you have the grounds all to yourself.
The Dallas Museum of Art at the heart of the Dallas Arts District, which spans 68 acres and 19 blocks in the heart of the city, features key acquisitions that make up its collections derived from West Africa, Central Africa and Ancient Egypt. Some works in the collection were created as symbols of leadership and status, while others express concepts related to the cycle of life. Highlights of the collection include a Benin plaque of copper alloy over wood depicting a warrior chief, a carved wood Senufo rhythm pounder from southeastern Mali, and a Congo standing power figure studded with ritually embedded iron nails or blades.
Fuel-up in The Conservatory’s courtyard, complete with a build-your-own bubbly bar for mimosas; or call for a house car to take you to Public School 241 — a playful, culinary take on academia, complete with Composition Notebooks and Scantrons as menus. Its Chicken and Waffles — green chile and corn bread waffles, to be precise — is always the right answer.
Settle into Savor Gastropub for lunch at the only restaurant situated in Klyde Warren Park, a beloved, downtown green space perfect for people-watching and chef-driven shared plates; or stroll over to Moxie’s Bar & Grill, situated inside The Crescent complex – owned by Dallas Stars owner and hockey fanatic, Tom Gaglardi – for fresh, house-made food, quality wines and spirits.
Five-Sixty on the 50th floor of the Reunion Tower has floor-to-ceiling windows and a 360-degree rotation, offering unforgettable city views and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s creative, contemporary take on Asian cuisine; or take all the perks and dine at The Crescent Club reserved for members and hotel guests only, with an exclusive multicourse dinner complete with fine wine pairings, also overlooking the dazzling Dallas skyline. Guaranteed to be said at some point in the evening: A sanguine, sentimental, “Texas Forever.” -- Kamille D. Whittaker
Originally published in Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine May 2018