Making Dallas Even Better
Short-term lodging service Airbnb last week put out a list of the “Top 16 Trending Neighborhoods on Airbnb in 2016.” It’s based on how much growth the site saw in bookings to those neighborhoods during 2015. The top finisher was Chūō-ku in Osaka, Japan, which accommodated 7,000 percent more travelers through Airbnb than it had the previous year.
I was surprised to find I have a personal connection to three of the 16. I lived in District VII of Budapest, Hungary, during one semester of college. I worked in the Richmond area of Melbourne, Australia, for a brief time to help finance a backpacking trip around that country. And I resided in a duplex in Dallas’ Oak Lawn for more than nine years.
That’s right: Of all the neighborhoods in all the world, Oak Lawn is the 11th-trendiest in Airbnb’s reckoning, boasting 260-percent growth in visitors. Only it’s probably not the Oak Lawn you’re thinking of. Look at the results you get when you filter for “Oak Lawn” on Airbnb’s map:Full Story
Click here to see more photos from The 19 Best Post-Holiday Travel Instagrams of the Weekend.Full Story
This Saturday, October 10, marks the return of the annual Red River Showdown. That’s about all I can tell you without Googling facts or interesting details that I could pretend to know. For me, TX-OU simply signifies a Saturday when all my male friends ignore my texts, but here’s something I can share with you that may be of some worth: a collection of cool places to Airbnb if you or your friends are coming in town. (No scary futons allowed.)Full Story
Washington first became known for its dry Riesling wines, along with celebrating classic French varieties like Merlot and Syrah, two that have had difficulty in other parts of America. These wines continue to shine, especially from producers like Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pepper Bridge, and L’Ecole No 41. I recently visited the state and stayed in the charming area around Woodinville, home of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Here are a few selections that stood out while I was there.Full Story
You remember Chris Kyle, right? Of course you do. He’s the American Sniper. He’s a modern-day folk hero. He was honored on the Cowboys star. He is beloved by people who go to Patriot Tour events, which are sort of like DigiTour for people who crush on ammo. Our own Michael J. Mooney wrote the book on Kyle. Sure, Kyle wrote a book on Kyle, but Mike’s is the book because Kyle’s book is filled with lies.
Mike’s article on Kyle is still one of the most read things on this website. That’s because people love Chris Kyle. But no one loves Kyle more than this guy in Walton County, Georgia, who turned a corn field into a labyrinthine homage to the Navy Seal sniper who is said to have killed more people in combat than any other sniper in U.S. history.
“We are not only honoring Chris Kyle but we are honoring all men and women who have served and are serving our great country,” [Corn Dogs Adventure Park] said on its Facebook page.
The maze opens today, if you’re itching for a road trip. In its own way, this thing is amazing. I mean, can you think of a more appropriate way to pay tribute to Kyle than getting lost in a tangle of out-sized and out-of-context patriotic messaging?Full Story
Mavdog suggested I needed to look beyond the center’s declining revenues and increasingly staggering losses and analyze hotel trends throughout the entire city of Dallas, under the theory that the Kay Bailey could be driving significant economic growth in the city’s overall hospitality industry that would more than offset its massive taxpayer subsidies. Amy S. also suggested a comparative analysis with other markets. Both comments were on point. What we needed to do was compare the growth of the hotel market in Dallas with the growth of the hotel market in the nation as a whole. Then, we could charitably attribute some or all of Dallas’ out-performance to a Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau strategy of using the convention center as an “economic engine,” following its DCVB-advocated $130 million expansion in 2003, which then triggered the need to construct a DCVB-advocated $500-million convention center hotel shortly thereafter.Full Story
On August 14, sixty adventurous sailors boarded the Celebrity Solstice in Seattle and headed north to explore Alaska’s Inside Passage. Our trip was photographed by Elizabeth Lave. Live vicariously through her gorgeous photos. Then make plans to join us next year as we sail to a now-secret location.Full Story
Click here to see more photos from Our Favorite End of Summer Instagrams from Stylish Dallas Jet Setters.Full Story
Hawaii is more than just a place to relax, play a little golf, and get a tan.Full Story
Mark your calendars for these not-to-miss wine events.Full Story
Relying on the iconic St. Anthony Hotel’s history to guide the 2013-2015 redesign, San Antonio’s first luxury hotel has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur. The new look is timeless: historically modern, with a thoughtful and respectful nod to the magnificent history behind the hotel. The experience of walking through the hotel’s glamorous public […]Full Story
Dallas-based Neiman Marcus unveiled its 89th annual “The Christmas Book” this morning, complete with a guest appearance from Keanu Reeves, who–non-ironically–arrived on a motorcycle.Full Story
As you are no doubt aware, Dallas is the burger capital of the world. We proved it in our September issue. As part of our proof of superiority, our burger editor, David Hale Smith, reminded people that the hamburger was invented just down the road, in Athens, Texas. Which is why you ought to consider making the short drive this weekend for the Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival. If you go, don’t forget to bring your mouth.Full Story
Later this month, the antique dealers, artists, and treasure collectors will be setting up shop in Round Top, Texas for the twice-yearly antique market/fair/extravaganza. (See a full schedule of which venues will be open when.) If you’ve never made the journey south, it can be overwhelming. There are miles and miles (22 to be exact) of tents, shows, barns, and stalls. Whether you’re searching for high-end antiques and art or trash-turned-treasure, it’s all there. But where to begin? Sleep? Eat? Shop? We made the trip last year and lived to tell a thing or two. Check out the 48-Hour Guide to Round Top.Full Story
A couple of weeks ago, after reading that the taxpayer-funded Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau apparently wanted to lend us the letter “D” from their “DALLAS” logo to replace the City of Dallas’ existing letter “D” logo, I got to thinking once again about the outsized influence the DCVB wields over municipal affairs.
Late last year, after Philip Jones, the DCVB’s president, tossed out a plan to have taxpayers pay for a $300 million addition to the convention center, I took a look into the finances and found that it lost $37 million per year before debt service and $54 million after interest expense — amounts that were virtually identical to its losses prior to the opening of the half-billion-dollar city-owned Omni Convention Center Hotel in 2010 (one of the primary justifications for building the hotel was that it would drive more business to the convention center and stop its losses). Some of the most interesting observations, however, came from reader comments to my post. Former city council member and the executive director of the Dallas Arts District, Veletta Lill, made the following observations:Full Story
Travel blogger Kari Haugeto writes today on the Huffington Post site about her recent family trip to Dallas. She’s complimentary of our city’s friendliness, skyline, decorative sidewalks, and walkability. (Yes, really: “Dallas is a walking city.”)
Granted, her trip was confined almost exclusively to downtown, aside from a jaunt out to the Texas Horse Park. Which also explains why she devotes a good amount of attention to our local fascination with the Pegasus, including the nightmarish photo illustration that her family composed (seen above).
You know, the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s campaign of setting up giant “B”s and “G”s for folks to pose for photos with is pretty well played out. I suggest they begin building giant, demon-eyed winged horses to stand beneath as the creatures glower down menacingly.Full Story
Kapalua Wine and Food Festival celebrates its place as the oldest of its kind in the country (yep, even older than Aspen). The festival started as an opportunity to showcase high quality wines paired with local cuisine, and to help bring awareness to the local produce and products of Hawaii.Full Story
Stuff, a news and entertainment website in New Zealand, offers its readers tips for visiting Texas:
All the stereotypes you associate with Texas are typically accurate: cowboy hats, cowboy boots, conservative, Republican, meat lovers – with one exception, Austin. In sharp contrast to the rest of the state, this city boasts one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States, many of whom are more “alternate” in their habits and include a stack of vegetarians.
Do they mean “alternative”? And how many vegetarians constitutes a stack?
Then there’s this:
Texans rarely walk anywhere. Neither do they all drive “pick-ups” or utes (Austin, in fact, has a lot of Smart cars). It’s rare to see someone taking a stroll, and they will insist you don’t either.
Yep, they nailed us.
If we weren’t lucky enough to reside in the Big D, and were planning a visit to our fair city this weekend, here are a few places we would very much like to rest my head.Full Story
I’ve visited a lake house once or twice in my day and I’ve experienced the ranch life, but I can honestly say that I’ve never witnessed anything quite like 505 Ranch Club.
Truth be told, the D Home editors took a trip out to this luxurious oasis just a couple of years ago, when they visited this gorgeous, sleek modern home for the May/June 2013 issue (enjoy the architectural eye candy here), but seeing as that was before my D Home time, I decided to take a (virtual) visit to 505 Ranch myself.Full Story