Hi, babes! We have officially settled into summer and hope you have too! We have some big road trips planned for our summer, but decided to kick off the season by exploring our very own city! So, another staycation it was! Travis and I typically take staycations sans kids, but we thought it would be fun to celebrate the end of a big school year with the girls in tow. So, this past Friday morning the girls each woke up to a present with a bathing suit and a notecard telling them to pack their bags and get ready for a weekend of fun!
Deciding where to stay was a no-brainer for us. We are big fans of the Fairmont Dallas and couldn’t wait to take the girls. We love it’s central location, the incredibly kind and attentive staff, the clean rooms and facility, the spacious rooms, and we knew the girls would eat up their terrace pool. So, Friday morning we packed our bags and headed downtown!
Travis and I geek out over sharing the history of our city with the girls and we love that the Fairmont Dallas is one of the original signature hotels downtown. In fact, this year is their 50th Anniversary and we couldn’t wait to join in the celebration with our staycation. Our staycation itinerary is below, but wanted to share a couple fun things happening at the Fairmont Dallas that you can take advantage of wether you are staying there or not!
Fairmont Dallas summer happenings:
The Fairmont Dallas has two main attractions that suit both hotel guests and local Dallasites. The first is their Pyramid bar, known for their incredible happy hour. Every day from 3-6 you’ll see a huge crowd of hotel guests and people grabbing a drink after work. The other attraction is their pool. Located on their terrace, the pool has the most incredible view of the Dallas skyline. It’s a large pool with a bar and full service for food. We were honestly so impressed by how attentive the staff was while we were there. They checked on us (and everyone) every 15-20 minutes or so and it was so nice. It was the perfect amount of attentiveness and they kept our waters full for the girls!
While we were there we learned that the Fairmont Dallas has partnered with Resort Pass for the summer, which means for only $10 you can get a day pass to their pool. Every Saturday they have a DJ playing music and it makes for such a fun environment. It seems like there is a great mix of families, young adults, and hotel persons at the hotel and that the evening shifts a bit more to the young adults crowd. We fully enjoyed our Saturday by the pool!
The Fairmont Dallas is also kicking off “Recovery Sunday” – the neatest concept! Each Sunday, you can come and lounge by their pool and enjoy a mimosa and taco bar. Hello ideal recovery!! Again, just snag a day pass via Resort Pass and you’re good to go!
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abby’s dress: amazon
tips for surviving a vacation with kids:
- the suite life – this was a tip given to us by a friend, and boy were they on to something! When travel with little kiddos, we recommend spending a little extra to book a suite and here’s why: you can separate your space! Our girls were in bed by 7 each night and we loved that we didn’t have to go to bed at 7, too. We simply shut the door to our room and Trav and I were able to stay up and drink wine and watch TV in our own space without waking the girls. It was so incredibly nice! Trav and I think it’s worth spending more on this than food and drink.
- plan in snack time – it’s so easy to get caught up in fun activities, that you forget to eat! Of course we had regular meals, but we recommend planning in snack times, too. For the morning time we brought our own snacks. Then in the afternoon we either enjoyed munchies poolside or the girls dominated popcorn at the Pyramid Restaurant & Bar Happy Hour.
- planned down time – at 3 and 5 years old, our girls cannot go as hard as we can. So, we made sure to schedule in lots of down time – a TV break in the hotel room, naps by the pool, or even casual walks through their vegetable garden. Allowing time to relax will keep them going through dinner and will hopefully keep them in good spirits!
- wine – now, this is definitely not an essential to surviving a vacation with kids, but it doesn’t hurt. We typically travel with wine when have vacations or staycations. Traveling with wine not only ensures you’ll like what you’re drinking, but it saves money! Fortunately for this trip, the Pyramid Restaurant & Bar has a great wine selection, but it was nice to have a night cap in our room, too!
dallas family staycation itinerary:
- CHECK-IN: check-in is super easy at the Fairmont Dallas and is sure to win your kids over. Why? Well, they always have a little candy bar right in the lobby at check-in and my girls were beyond thrilled to get a mini cup of candy and some lemonade!
- SWIM: We did not waste any time getting to the pool. As I mentioned before, the Fairmont Dallas pool is one of our favorites for the size, the decor, and the beautiful city view. We swam all afternoon, rested poolside, and then headed to our room to shower and change.
- HAPPY HOUR: after resting, we popped in the Pyramid Restaurant & Bar to enjoy a glass of wine and some happy hour snacks. What we love about the bar is that it has an outter seating area with couches and chairs that are slightly removed from the bar. This allowed Trav and I to enjoy a drink without exposing our girls to a bar atmosphere. It was really quite enjoyable!
- DINNER @ Campisi’s: we like to walk everywhere we go when we stay downtown, so everything we picked was close to the Fairmont Dallas. Our girls are kind of picky eaters, too, so we didn’t have unlimited options. For dinner we chose pizza – who doesn’t love pizza! Campisi’s is walking distance from the hotel and was of course, delicious.
- MOVIE NIGHT IN: After dinner we headed back to the hotel for movie night. The girls wanted some space from us, so they picked their own movie to watch on their TV. To each her own I guess?
- BREAKFAST @ PYRAMID: we highly recommend eating breakfast at the hotel. Their menu seriously has something for everyone. I was able to stay on my eating plan and Trav was able to indulge! They also have a phenomenal buffet and kids under 5 enjoy the buffet for free! I’m sure you saw on Instagram that our girls were more than quick to fill their plates with donuts and croissants. Y’all, I have to brag on their service, too.
- KLYDE WARREN PARK: Klye Warren Park, a stone’s throw away from the Fairmont Dallas, is a must do. We headed to the park after breakfast and let the girls play on the playground. They happened to be having a volunteer fair that day, too, so we strolled through the park and learned about some new things happening in our city.
- TROLLEY: unfortunately, this didn’t work out for us because the trolley wasn’t on schedule, but we recommend trying this if you have littles. It’s free and super fun! There’s a stop right by the entrance of Klyde Warren Park and you could easily take it for just a few stops to enjoy the ride.
- DMA: The DMA, located right by the park and the hotel is a must with kids. It’s free, too! In addition to the kids area, we love that the DMA does kid-themed scavenger hunts. You simply grab a pamphlet – we chose the cat one, and then it tells you which paintings to look for on each floor with cats. The girls had so much fun and it was a great way for us to teach them about some famous pieces!
- LUNCH & POOL: after a couple hours at the DMA, we headed back to the hotel and put our suits on. Their poolside bar and menu is great, so we ordered food to enjoy by the pool. After eating, the girls swam for hours and Abby took a nap poolside. It was honestly such a fun time. The DJ played such fun music (and appropriate), and the girls made new friends to swim and play with!
- DINNER: Our original plan was to take the trolley to Uptown and go to Mi Cocina for dinner. However, our dinner plans had to shift a bit when the skies opened up and rain poured down intensely. So, rather than taking our girls out in the rain, we opted for room service. The girls were so incredibly excited and thought it was the most special dinner. It was so cute and fun to be spontaneous.
- SPA DE COBBS: after dinner we promised the girls a “spa night,” so Travis and I got to work. We used the hotel’s wonderful lotion (Le Labo) and gave the girls foot massages, hand massages, and mini facials. It completely relaxed them and it was fun for us, too!
- BREAKFAST @ PYRAMID: Breakfast at the Pyramid Restaurant was so good on Saturday that we had to come back on Sunday. Again, lots of donuts for the ladies. One thing I will say is that the customer service was spot on. Our waitress went above and beyond and even brought both of the girls a sweater to wear at breakfast when she saw they were cold. So dang sweet!
- DALLAS FARMER’S MARKET: After we checked out, we drove just a couple blocks to the Farmer’s Market. If you haven’t been in awhile I highly suggest it. There’s a lot happening down there now and it’s so fun. Food to try, restaurants to go to, and local food and craft vendors to shop. It’s truly fun for every age.
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