A Magical Holiday Experience In Dallas


Mom and I ventured to Dallas a few weeks ago to not only see the kids, but to take in some Dallas holiday fun!

We went over on a Saturday morning with first hopes of making the annual Dallas Christmas Parade.  I hear it is up there close to Macy’s Parade, but it was too early for us to make it on time.  It’s definitely on my Christmas bucket list for next year.

But we did get in town in time to check out Hayley’s apartment.  (post here ) Then the three of us headed to lunch at Hayley’s recommendation, which did not disappoint.

We headed to the Inwood Area down Lover’s Lane to Flower Child.  IMG_2619.JPGIMG_2620.JPGIMG_2621.JPG

It was all kale and quinoa (definitely not on Erin nor Rourke’s hit list.)  But we LOVED it!

They had great teas, kombuchas and fruited waters to drink.  And for lunch they had bowls or choose any three.  Hayley and Mom had pick any three, and I tried a bowl.  They were dee-lish!IMG_2622.JPGIMG_2623.JPGIMG_2624.JPG

We were definitely clean eating!  And, I love their al fresco option!IMG_2628.JPGIMG_2629.JPGIMG_2625.JPGIMG_2626.JPG

Now what would three self-respecting ladies in Dallas do next?  Why shop of course!

There were tons of boutiques and specialty shops next to the restaurant and then went on and on down Lover’s Lane.

We hit three winners!


Rutherford’s had beautiful home furnishings and fabrics.  A must stop for shopping if not for home decor ideas!IMG_2640.JPG

Next stop was Wild Birds Unlimited.  Mom and Rourke both feed the birds daily.  We ventured in to see gorgeous fountains, bird baths and feeders.  IMG_2641.JPGIMG_2642.JPGIMG_2643.JPG

If I had to choose a must-to stop to try, it’s this one.  It’s called Nicholson-hardie.  It would be Lewis’-Gifts-meets-Akins-Nursery in Shreveport, for you locals. You could get the most gorgeous multi-colored poinsettias, orchids and topiaries.  But then you could find almost any gift for that special someone or decor for your home!  A MUST!

Next, we headed to Knox-Henderson to two more shops.IMG_2644.JPG

We stopped in at The Gypsy Wagon.  It has a bohemian feel with clothes, great gifts, and party supplies!IMG_2647.JPG

Super cute!IMG_2646.JPG

Then, to our surprise, across the street from TGW, was one our favorites brands, Caitlin Wilson, with their newly opened store!IMG_2652.JPG

OMG!  Love love love those lucite legs!IMG_2653.JPG

And this in my bedroom!IMG_2656.JPG

How cute is that curved back!

I wanted one of everything, thank you! It was beautiful!

Next, we checked into our regular stay, The Highland.IMG_2686.JPGIMG_2688.JPG

It is a full service hotel, with a salon, restaurant, spa, and a great pool!  And, it’s even dog-friendly!  We like it, too, because it is on Mockingbird, right in the middle of where both Erin and Hayley live!IMG_2660.JPGIMG_2661.JPGIMG_2666.JPG

The Highland is very contemporary but elegant!IMG_2667.JPG

Isn’t my mom gorgeous?!IMG_2673.JPG

We had to get our picture in front of this amazing tree!

FYI… The Highland is now part of the Hilton Hotels.  It was recently part of the Kimpton Hotels.  So, if you are a Hilton Honors member, you get discounts, upgrades and free wi-fi!

Next destination…. Klyde-Warren Park lighting of the tree.

(Erin joined us on Sunday.  It was mom, Hayley, Auldon (Hayley’s boyfriend), and me this night.)


This is a great event for families.  Live entertainment, food trucks, face painting, Santa….AND FIREWORKS!2013_Tree.jpg

Highly recommend this!

Next up…. dinner!  We headed to the Harwood area, to Dolce Riviera.  It is an amazing Italian restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating.IMG_2684.JPGIMG_2685.JPGDSC_0091.JPGDSC_0115.JPG

We really enjoyed our meal!  It is one of those places I definitely want to return to!

Okay for the highlight of the evening….. we headed to Highland Park Village for a carriage ride through Highland Park to see the Christmas lights!DSC_0116.JPG


It was so beautiful and magical!  We ordered the wine/cheese/cookie tray to indulge in along our ride.  Our carriage had Christmas music playing while we enjoyed an hour of exquisite homes bedazzled for the holidays!

I made a pact with myself to do this every year! It books up fast so you have plan ahead.  We used Three Jays Carriages.

They were great about cancellations, weather, etc.  They also have a photo package that we ordered for $20 that gives you the rights to the pictures.  So, you can print as many as you want!

Exhausted but yet full of Christmas joy, we collapsed on our comfy beds back at The Highland.

The next morning we took advantage of their complimentary coffee/tea area.  We got dressed and headed to the Highland Park area right near the Katy Trail (which is next on my list) for brunch with Erin, Hayley, Auldon and Pope!

Hayley and I both went to Paris last year and wanted to share our French cafe love with everybody.  So we chose Toulouse Cafe.  We sat French-style outside since it was such a beautiful day!IMG_2689.JPG

They actually lifted the plastic curtains after we were seated, so we did sit al frescoIMG_2690IMG_2694.JPGIMG_2695.JPG

I love my babies!

We had a lovely brunch with delicious French food!

If you have a free weekend to spend in Dallas for the holidays, I highly recommend getting in the holiday spirit with these activities.

Here are more activities going on:  Ten best holiday experiences in the DFW area.

Happy holidays!




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