Get caught up in the spirit of the season this year by heading to one of the South's best shopping destinations. We've chosen Galleria Dallas, Atlanta's Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, and Tysons Corner Center near Washington, D.C., as three ultimate holiday spots. You'll find delicious dining, fabulous shopping, and luxurious lodging in each. So treat yourself this year with the gift of ease. It'll be the best present you've ever received.
Texas is known for all things big. This mega-mall offers no exception. Since 1982, the Galleria has been one of the top shopping destinations in Dallas. Thanks to a newly finished renovation, it's even better than ever.
Shopping as a sport. You could get locked in this gigantic mall for a week and not realize a day had passed. Macy's and Nordstrom anchor the Galleria Dallas. While swanky shops such as Rolex, Celine, and Gucci take up lots of space in the center, you'll also find quite a few one-of-a-kind boutiques that make this mall special.
Sleep in the mall. The lovely Westin Galleria Dallas calls the mall home. This means if you shop here, you'll be steps away from your room. One of the best parts about the Westin is the services offered by the concierge. You can drop off your packages, and the hotel will deliver them to your room. If you don't feel like schlepping them on the airplane, they'll even handle shipping them for you. Rates begin at $119 a night; (972) 934-9494.
The dish on dining. You can grab a slice of pizza or a pretzel or feast on a gourmet meal. It's your choice.
We think The Oceanaire Seafood Room ( 759-2277) in the Westin takes first prize in Galleria dining. Choose from a full assortment of raw oysters and fresh seafood, including sea bass, swordfish, and live lobster.
Dallas: Three to See
All of the shops in the Galleria Dallas offer fabulous finds, but here are three we think are particularly unique.
- Nixon's Top Dog Bakery & Boutique: Dress your dog in a snappy jean jacket or a hot pink feather boa collar. This is the place to buy your mutt an outfit that will land him a coveted spot on the "best dressed" list.
- Russian Island Gift Shop: This interesting little store sells Russian imports that cost from $1 to in the hundreds. Pick out a Fabergé egg, a Soviet medal, nesting dolls, or handmade Russian jewelry as a gift for the person who has everything.
- Ylang-Ylang: This sleek jewelry boutique sells designer items that you'll see scattered in fashion magazines and on celebrities. See collections by Cathy Waterman, Me&Ro, and Dana Kellin, among others.