Dallas Travel Guide: How to Vacation Like a VIP in the Newest Real Housewives City

Don't you dare call it a cow town.

Bless your heart! You didn't think Dallas was just a cow town did you? The egos, the attitudes, and the bank accounts — everything is bigger in the Big D. And when The Real Housewives of Dallas premieres April 11, that will include the drama. If the new series has you planning a trip south, here are some recommendations for the top spots to hit up. (Think more Louboutins — less cowboy boots.)

1Where to Stay

With Fairmont, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, and Rosewood all making a home here, Dallas has no shortage of luxury lodgings. As host to the majority of the city’s top-billed charity galas, the Hilton Anatole holds a special appeal to Housewives, who probably compete for the Mary Kay suite — named for the hometown business woman — and something of a socialite herself. Just in time for the Dallas summer, (hot but not, like, Houston humid) the hotel will be opening a Texas-sized pool complex, JadeWaters, featuring a swim-up bar, luxury cabanas, and an outdoor event space for throwing all those fund-raising galas that fill up your social calendar.

2Where to Eat

One of the most recent arrivals on the Dallas food scene is Top Knot, from the people behind (and located above) Uchi, one of the city’s most celebrated sushi spots. Top Knot serves Asian small plates with Mediterranean and Latin American influences, and a particularly popular late-night menu, plus craft cocktails and saké. For long, decadent weekend brunching, Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse is a Dallas staple, but hip crowds also line up for French-inspired fare at Le Bilboquet or the charming, antique-filled Mercat Bistro.

3Where to Drink

The Design District's swanky new cocktail lounge, Quill is earning acclaim for its carefully crafted cocktail list and sexy décor, inspired by none other than the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar. A little more laid-back, subterranean Midnight Rambler and breezy Henry’s Majestic also serve up thoughtful, expertly mixed cocktails, and the latter has a weekend "sparkle" bar (that's mimosas, for the uninitiated) and a delightful patio for taking a breather or listening to live music.

4Where to Shop

When RHOD shop for "Louboos not cowboy boots," they head for the Christian Louboutin Boutique in the upscale shopping plaza Highland Park Village, perhaps picking up a little something at nearby Lion & Witch, named Dallas' Best Women's Clothing Store by Dallas Observer and as magical as its storybook-inspired name suggests. In nearby West Village, boutiques L Bartlett and Nicole Kwon are a favored destination for those looking for fresh, edgy styles.

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