Though the official end of summer is still weeks away (September 22nd, for inquiring minds), there’s no doubt that come August, we slowly but surely begin to make the transition from vacation state of mind back into the school and work grind. That said, there’s still plenty of time to soak in some of the most enjoyable, seasonally relevant activities that the Dallas Design District has to offer.
Staycation at the Virgin Hotel Dallas
It’s no secret that this summer, in particular, both air travel and road trips come with their fair share of complications. So, rather than dealing with the delay times and skyrocketing gas prices, why not instead opt for a staycation? Enter — Virgin Hotels Dallas. Enjoy room service, pool time, their in-house coffee shop, and plenty of fine dining fare, all without having to leave the premises, let alone the city. Sound too good to be true? Fortunately, it’s not! Book your staycation now, then sit back, relax, and prepare to experience local paradise.
Take a Dip at Pool Club Dallas
Should a full-on staycation at Virgin Hotels Dallas not be in the cards, there’s still plenty of fun to be had without an overnight stay. The Pool Club, Virgin’s premier rooftop pool and lounge area, is an absolute must-visit this time of year. Post up in a cabana or lounger by day, and take in the sounds of summer by night, courtesy of their rotating DJs and live music performers. Just be sure to reserve your poolside seat ahead of time, should you not be staying as a guest in the hotel.
Hit Up a Brewery
Calling all craft beer connoisseurs! The DDD is home to a number of different breweries, each one unique in its own right. So, should you or someone you know fancy the finer brews in life, what better way to spend a day than touring and tasting some local lagers. Both Peticolas and Pegasus City Brewery offer regular tours and markets, while Texas Ale Project and Community Beer Company are both known for hosting live music, game nights, and trivia. For those looking for a more traditional dining atmosphere in which to kick back with a cold one, make your way to Meddlesome Moth as they’re known not only for their impressive lineup of craft beers on tap but also for their unique take on classic pub food.
Beat the Heat at Bowlounge
One of the DDD’s best-hidden gems has got to be Bowlounge. Tucked back on Turtle Creek, this old-school warehouse space is a one-stop-shop for a day or night of good old-fashioned fun. Come for the real bowling (authentic A2 pinsetters — no strings!), and stay for a round of ping pong or darts. After you’ve played up an appetite, enjoy signature cocktails and elevated cuisine from their craft kitchen. And, should you be willing to brave the outdoor Texas temps, feel free to bring your furry friend along for some quality time on their pet-friendly patio.
Indulge at an MFG Eatery
If you’ve yet to bask in an evening out at one of Major Food Group’s DDD eateries, don’t let summer end without doing so. Whether you opt for the more formal Carbone, or the more mellow of the two, Carbone Vino, you’re guaranteed a dining experience like none other. From the absolutely stunning atmosphere to the first-class service, to the impeccable food and drink selections, no detail is left unthought of and no diner leaves disappointed (or hungry). Make your reservation at either of the establishments, both open seven nights a week, via Resy, though Vino does leave limited seating open for walk-in patrons as well.
Go Gallery Hopping
Should staying out of the heat be a high priority, we can think of a few more sophisticated ways to do so than by taking in the sights, scenes, and sculptures on display at the various art galleries in and around the DDD. On view through August 20th at Laura Rathe Fine Art is “Gravity and Levity,” a must-see exhibit comprised of a curated selection of paintings and sculptures that embody a new sense of depth through shapes and patterns. Or, over at Galleri Urbane, catch either “Intersections: 7th Annual Group Summer Show” or “Naturally Yours: Jonathan Paul Jackson,” both of which are on view through August 13th. Conduit Gallery is also hosting a remarkable group show, “Lime in de Coconut,” on view through August 27th. Last but most certainly not least, don’t head home without first stopping by Markowicz Fine Art to explore their most impressive collection of contemporary sculptures.
For all those wondering how best to spend their final weeks of summer, wonder no more! Make your way down to the Dallas Design District and start checking each of the above-mentioned activities off your list.