Be a Diva for a Few Dollars in Dallas

Posted February 11, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Dallasskyline Dallas may have gained its popularity from an 80s television show, but people are beginning to realize there's more to this Lone Star city than just J.R. Women will delight in a trip to Dallas, where they can visit a museum devoted to the fairer sex, shop at a train station with a diverse range of retailers, and stay in a fashionable new hotel for bargain-basement prices.

The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future: Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute, the Women's Museum devotes itself to highlighting the voices, visions, and contributions of, you guessed it, women. With interactive exhibits, art displays, and docent-guided tours, you'll gain an appreciation of the women who have helped shape this culture and country. For instance, the 30-foot Electronic Quilt features 35 images of women's photographs and quotes that create a patchwork effect of inspiration and reflection. Admission costs $5, and tours are free.

Mockingbird Station: Hop off the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail at Mockingbird Station for one-stop shopping at an outdoor mall. You'll find an eclectic mix of thrift stores, name-brand retailers, and eateries built in and around industrial brick warehouses. You can also add a bit of culture to your couture at the eight-screen theater, where you can catch an avant-garde flick.

NYLO Hotel: Sometimes staying outside the city can really pay off, especially when it's at the recently opened NYLO Hotel in nearby Plano. With design as its major priority, NYLO didn't just stop at the room decor, it went so far as to hire Project Runway star Daniel Vosovic to create a line of fashionable clothing for its staff. The new threads compliment the hotel's overall colors and the design of the building. Best available rates start at $89 on weekends.

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