It was so wonderful to be back home! I got to see dear friends, and my parents even drove in for a night. Although I grew up in a small town just west of Dallas, I joke that I got there as soon as I could. As a little girl, we would often drive to Dallas for weekend trips full of shopping and dining... I thought Dallas was the most glamorous place on earth, and I was obsessed with the original Dallas television series.
Whenever we go to Dallas, we always stay at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. Originally built in 1908, and rebuilt after destroyed by fire in 1923, The Mansion was known as one of the finest homes in town. In 1979, The Mansion was purchased by Caroline Rose Hunt, of the famed Hunt family (H.L. Hunt's personal life was among the chief inspirations for Dallas). It was transformed into a world-class restaurant, and the nine-story hotel was added in 1981.
Restaurant Exterior, images courtesy of The Mansion on Turtle Creek
Ice Cream and Sorbet Tasting at The Mansion, via my iPhone
(the following images are courtesy of The Mansion on Turtle Creek)
The Mansion Restaurant
Lobby Living Room
de Gournay wallpaper in the lobby living room (via my iPhone)
The Library at The Mansion Restaurant
While in town, I had to check on my Alma Mater...
image via SMU
This is Perkins Chapel, located on the SMU Campus, where my husband and I were married!
The gorgeous roses, Belinda's Dream, were in full bloom in front of the Chapel.
Belinda's Dream roses in front of Perkins Chapel
Unfortunately, we did not have time to tour the new George W. Bush Presidential Center... The lines are long, but tickets can be purchased here in advance.
We'll have to fit it in next time for sure. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from the June issue of Architectural Digest.
I had a few minutes to spare before meeting a girlfriend for lunch on Friday while my husband was golfing, so I popped into the recently opened Jonathan Adler. I learned there is also a Jonathan Adler in Miami! The Dallas salesman informed me it was one of the largest, I'll have to check it out!
Of course, no trip to Dallas would be complete without indulging in our favorite foods... And boy did we indulge! We squeezed in Neighborhood Services, The Mansion, Half Shells, Chuy's and MiCocina for Tex-Mex, and Bubba's for fried chicken. Needless to say, I'm on a diet this week.
I'm feeling a little blue today, back in Florida. But I'm hoping once we finally move into our new home, we'll have plenty of guests!! Miami is a fun place to visit. :)
image via Richard Adams III