A Little City Within The Big City
Dallas, with its sprawling urban districts and ever-growing population, is one of the most exciting cities in the U.S. But here in East Dallas, where you’ll find The Gaston, the different neighborhoods – each with its unique history and culture — feel distinct from the surrounding metropolis.
Our location is perfect for venturing out and exploring the neighborhoods of East Dallas, where you’ll find so much to love.
Art, Live Music, & the Cultural Heart of Dallas
Start in Deep Ellum, where the city’s artistic and musical roots have flourished for over a century. Since the early 1900s, this area of East Dallas has been a hotbed for live music, with numerous venues lining its streets, attracting legends like Robert Johnson in the early days of the blues, and decades later, huge bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
On weekends, the streets are packed with locals and visitors alike as people dip in and out of art galleries, check out the vibrant mural and street art scene, and catch live music along its main corridor. Whether you’re into rock, blues, country, or electronica, you’ll find it in Deep Ellum.
On another evening, be sure to visit Lower Greenville. Much like Deep Ellum, this section of East Dallas is always lively, with its trendy cocktail bars, diverse restaurants (you’ll find Creole right next to Thai), and locally-owned clothing and record stores.
The Granada Theater, over 70 years old and going strong after a remodel during the pandemic, is a local landmark and hosts national touring acts nightly, so you may just catch your favorite band while you’re here!
Homes From a Bygone Era, Preserved & Still Living On
Several neighborhoods in East Dallas, such as Bryan Place and Vickery Place, have remnants of Dallas’s yesteryear, with classic houses alongside newer developments. But nowhere is the past better-preserved than Munger Place. This historical district, within a short walking distance of The Gaston, is an architecture lover’s dream, as the rows and rows of “prairie-style” houses are maintained to look just as they did in the early and mid-20th century. Their large porches, pillared second stories, distinctive designs, and wide-reaching lawns will transport you to an earlier chapter in the city’s rich history.
Peak’s Addition, named after Jefferson Peak, a veteran of the Mexican War, is one of the earliest sections of East Dallas and is one of the oldest neighborhoods, dating back to 1855. You will find the highest concentration of Victorian, Craftsman, Georgian and Art Deco homes covering 22 blocks. Peak’s Additional area is close to many Dallas parks such as Buckner Park, and Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
By the Lake: Escape to Nature
In the nearby neighborhood of Lakewood, you’ll find White Rock Lake Park, an oasis within the urban landscape. The 2,000-acre park is a favorite of Dallas residents, who run and bike on its extensive trails, enjoy the variety of trees and birds within its boundaries, and get out on the water in canoes. After a day exploring the natural beauty along the water, take a stroll through Lakewood’s charming streets, wrapping up yet another memorable afternoon in East Dallas.
Book your stay with us and discover the many unique, historic, and lovely neighborhoods of East Dallas!