Lighten Up in Dallas
8687 North Central Expressway; northparkcenter.com
7713 Inwood Road;
shinseirestaurant.com or 214-352-0005
5300 East Mockingbird Lane;
exhalespa.com or 214-370-5800
5750 East Lovers Lane;
centralmarket.com or 214-234-7000
1722 Routh Street, Suite 113;
reneerouleau.com or 214-735-4364
Our Pick: The Mambo Taxi (pictured), a swirly blend of frozen margarita and sangría at Mi Cocina in Dallas.
Hotel Palomar―This hip hotel has posh rooms and is centrally located next to the tony Highland Park neighborhood. Even better―guests get a pass for a free yoga class at exhale spa beside the hotel. 5300 East Mockingbird Lane; hotelpalomar-dallas.com or 888-253-9030
Cooper Guest Lodge―Part of the famed Cooper Aerobics Center, the best part of this boutique hotel is that guests have full use of the Fitness Center, including more than 70 group exercise classes and the pool, tennis courts, and track. 12230 Preston Road; cooperaerobics.com or 800-444-5187
When To Visit
You won’t find snow, but the temperate December weather makes visiting now ideal. With pro sports in full swing, buy tickets and catch the Dallas Cowboys, Stars, or Mavericks.
Dallas Duo Cheese Sampler (left)
Try the low-salt varieties of handcrafted mozzarella and goat cheese at the Mozzarella Company. $77 (shipping included); mozzco.com or 800-798-2954
Triple Berry Smoothing Peel (right)
Re-create a Renée Rouleau Skin Spa facial at home with this exfoliating peel. It’s paraben-free and contains antioxidant-rich berries for fresh and dewy-feeling skin. $85.50 (1.7 ounces); reneerouleau.com or 888-211-7560
Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.