Children & Family

Staycation in the Big D

Five awesome vacation locations, zero plane tickets required.

Jennifer Simonson
Posted on Jul 25, 2019

Staycations are a growing travel trend, and it's easy to see why. Vacation time is supposed to mean relaxation time. In reality, packing multiple suitcases, hauling the kids to the airport, fighting security lines only to learn the flights is delayed is not very relaxing. Road trips sound fun, but several hours in the car in this heat? Forget about it.

For a truly relaxing vacation, stay in town to explore your own backyard. Whether you have kids in tow or want a posh weekend away, the Big D is full of options for you to enjoy some much needed time off without the hassle of travel.

Belmont Hotel
Oak Cliff

Before the Belmont Hotel was a funky boutique hotel in the heart of Oak Cliff, it was a 1940s motor court hotel. The white stucco building sits high on a hill giving visitors one of the best views of the Downtown Dallas skyline.

This quiet hotel offers a retreat from daily life. Bring your favorite book (possibly a 1940s murder mystery) to read by the pool, sip on a Woodshed margarita – made with cedar wood-infused tequila as you take in the awe-inspiring views, or chill with your pup in their pet-friendly rooms.

Just 10 minutes from Downtown Dallas and the Bishop Arts District, you will have more than enough nighttime activities to keep you busy.

The Joule

Art lovers looking for a posh place to rest your head for a few nights should book a stay at The Joule. The swanky hotel is housed in a revitalized 1920s high-rise building. It has all the accoutrements of a luxury hotel: award-winning artisan food, a full martini station, a world class spa, dramatic art installations ($22 million worth scattered throughout the hotel), but the pool is where it is at. The rooftop pool juts out eight feet from the building's edge giving brave swimmers an underwater, bird's eye view of Downtown Dallas.

The hotel is a five-minute walk from the Dallas Arts District, also known as the largest arts district in the nation. With the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crow Museum of Asian Art, you will have more than enough art viewing opportunities to fill a week or two.

The Hilton Anatole
Design District  

The name of the game when vacationing with children is find a destination to wear. them. out. It is the same when looking for the perfect staycation resort. If you have kids the Hilton Anatole is a no-brainer. Its three-acre mini-water park, JadeWaters, has a lazy river, two huge water slides, and a kid's splash area to help suck out every last bit of energy from your kids. If they get tired of the water, they can also enjoy a root beer garden party, glimmer tattoos, face painting, slime classes, and duck races. A 23-seat swim-up bar is fully stocked to help parents unwind while the kids are at their slime class.

Hotel ZaZa

Take an African safari, stay in a Texas oil baron's cowhide-decorated bedroom, or lounge around in a French parlor all without leaving Dallas. Hotel Zaza in Uptown offers 19 different style concept suites that allows guests to feel like they are staying in another country without leaving the hotel.

In addition to fun rooms, the pool scene is off the charts. Akin to Las Vegas's hotel pool scenes with a DJ spinning lounge music, breathtaking views of the Uptown skyline, and high-priced fruity cocktails. When you are not pulling an all-nighter poolside or lounging in your Persian carpet draped suite, you can explore Uptown's high-end fashion boutiques, eccentric bistros, and hip craft cocktail bars.

Omni Hotel Dallas

For those who love both sports and history, the Omni Hotel Dallas is a great choice. The 23-story hotel is walking distance to some of Dallas' best history spots like the JFK Memorial, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the Old Red Museum. Once you have your fill of history, head back to the hotel's sports bar, The Owner's Box to catch a Rangers game.

If relaxation is the name of your game, head upstairs to lounge by the infinity pool before booking a treatment at the hotel's stunning Mokara Spa. In fact, there is nothing wrong with spending every moment of your staycation at the spa. Talk about a relaxing vacation.

Header photo credit: Hotel ZaZa