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Your Ultimate Dallas Travel Itinerary: A 3-Day Adventure in the City

With our unique and walkable neighborhoods, phenomenal food scene, trendy nightlife, and attractions like world-class botanic gardens and museums, your time will be plenty busy and fun-filled during your three days in the Big D – from our boutique bed and breakfast in the center of East Dallas, it’s all just minutes away!

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Day 1 – East Dallas Historic Homes, Garden Splendor, and an Evening in Lower Greenville

Start your first morning on the right note with our classic B & B breakfast option, which includes a spread of pastries, croissants, fruit, and yogurt. Sip your coffee or tea in the sun in our garden before heading out for a day exploring East Dallas. 

Take a scenic drive through the quaint streets of Munger Place and Junius Heights, where over 200 homes represent the country’s most extensive collection of “Prairie Style” homes, granted status as a historic district. The tree-lined avenues and rows of homes are architecturally stunning, and it’s a trip back in time to when East Dallas was first booming in the early 1900s. Heading east, you’ll soon arrive at the Dallas Arboretum – just four miles away from our location and on the shores of gorgeous White Rock Lake – a must-visit during your stay. Regularly rated as one of the premier gardens in the world, the Arboretum’s sprawling 60-acre property is a sensory experience full of breathtaking botanical sights. Plan for a half-day to explore the different areas, ranging from the ornate arrangements in Orchid Hollow and the infinity pool and sculptures in A Woman’s Garden to winding paths amongst cherry blossoms and manicured beds. If you come during the spring, don’t miss Dallas Blooms, which runs from late February through early April – it’s the largest floral festival in the Southwest, showcasing a remarkable 1 ⁄ 2 million blooms, including 350,000 tulips. After touring the garden, enjoy the views of downtown Dallas near the water at White Rock Lake – it’s one of the most dazzling places to see the skyline.

After regrouping at our Dallas bed and breakfast, head out for an evening on nearby Greenville Ave, the thoroughfare through East Dallas’ hip Lower Greenville neighborhood. Grab dinner at Pizzeria Testa, voted one of the best restaurants in Dallas, where their menu of 20 signature Neapolitan pizzas and craft cocktails sets a high bar. Cap off the night with live music across the street at the Granada Theater, an Art Deco-style venue dating back to the 1940s – diverse acts from folk and classic rock to indie bands and singer-songwriters take the stage most nights of the week.

Day 2 – Diving into Deep Ellum – Art, Music, BBQ, and More

Much like the French Quarter in New Orleans, Deep Ellum is the musical and creative backbone of Dallas, where you’ll find art on every city block, and the music never stops playing. Start the day on Main St – less than two miles from our location – with tasty coffee and beignets at Le Bon Temps. Stroll along Main, Elm, and Commerce St and check out the 100+ street art murals, ranging from tributes to blues greats that once played in Deep Ellum during its early days to modern psychedelic pieces. You’ll also find funky boutiques and art galleries, perfect for browsing and soaking in the artistic spirit of this classic corner of Dallas.

Add some adventure to the afternoon by renting a motorized scooter, which you can take on a self-guided outing or join a guided scooter tour. A popular guided tour option focuses on the murals of Dallas – you’ll head out with a knowledgeable tour guide who’ll take you through Deep Ellum and further into downtown, exploring our city’s vibrant public art spaces. Saddle up for some legit Texas BBQ at the Pecan Lodge (which the estimable Texas Monthly deemed one of the four best BBQ spots in the entire state, a high honor in the Lone Star State).

Although Deep Ellum is always buzzing, it comes alive even more after dark, with rows of packed restaurants and live music on every corner.  Wednesday swing-dancing nights are legendary at the Hermann Hall – famously the oldest bar in Dallas and known to be haunted – while the Deep Ellum Art Co. hosts live music most nights in their colorful art-filled space.

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Day 3 – Exploring Downtown – A Legendary Farmers Market, Museum-Hopping, Mexican Eats, and Tower Views

Plan to spend your third day downtown, in the historic heart of Dallas. There’s no better place to start than at the Farmers Market, which occupies over 25,000 square feet and has been in action for over 80 years. Hundreds of local vendors offer every artisanal snack and street food imaginable between the main market building and the shaded outdoor Shed. Watch for upcoming special events like the Texas Wine Tasting on Feb 17th, 2024, when twelve different wineries pour limited-release vintages grown in the Texas wine country.

Next, head into the center of the downtown district for some museum time. History buffs will love the in-depth displays at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, exploring every detail of JFK’s assassination and his lasting legacy. Art enthusiasts will find plenty to explore at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), including Islamic and African art wings and a massive, new Impressionist exhibition kicking off on Feb 11, 2024. Insider tip: if you’re visiting Dallas on the first weekend of any month, plan your visit to DMA on the first Sunday, when museum admission is free.

A visit to Dallas wouldn’t be complete without Mexican food, so plan to grab some authentic dishes at Meso Maya. Whether you get the chicken enchiladas, tamales, or barbacoa tacos, the flavors are authentic and go down easy with their delicious margartias. Finish the evening up a few blocks away at the iconic Reunion Tower, where you can ride over 50 stories up and take in spectacular views of the nighttime city skyline – the perfect ending note to your Dallas getaway.

Stay with us and experience the best of the city on your 3-day Dallas escape!

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The Gaston is one of the most unique and comfortable places you'll ever stay! With its sleek and elegant features, there is no touch forgotten. Modern meets old in this refurbished and renovated early 20th century home the near downtown
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