Last week I went to Dallas, Texas. The race was less than 90 minutes, but we did plenty of other things that weren’t racing too. Together with my husband as well as my inlaws, we discovered several fun and exciting things to do.
So first, Why Dallas?
The December time frame (weather wise) is a typically good in Texas. As long-term readers know, I lived in Texas for a while. Although last week was much colder than anticipated New Jersey received it’s first snowfall, so it’s hard to complain.
Second, both my husband and I like BMWs. He drives a 1980s BMW, while I drive a 3 series. Since this is BMWs first title-US race, it seemed like an awesome idea to run. The weather, timing, and title sponsor all suited us!
So with that, we arrived the Friday before the race. Here are some of the things we did and ate. All of which I would recommend.
We stayed in the Magnolia hotel which was beautiful and close to the race start. We didn’t mean to find a hotel within walking distance but lady luck was on our side (this has never happened and probably never will again).
Some of my Favorite Food:
Whiskey Cake at the Whiskey Cake
I heard this was one of the best cakes in all of Texas! It’s a rich cake made with Whiskey. The cake itself did not disappoint and the homemade whipped cream on top was perfect. If you’re looking for a nice place to hang out, grab a drink or meal Whiskey Cake is delicious.
If you are ever in Dallas for a race or just like Italian, Campisi is great. They were initially opened in 1946. For a business to still be here, means they are doing something right. It was exactly what I wanted before a race.
What we Did:
The BMW Dallas Marathon expo was a lot of fun. There were plenty of activities to do including test driving an I3. Of course, I wish they let you test drive an I8 but apparently they don’t put 100k+ cars out for testing. I don’t get into real “fancy” cars but this would be my dream car if I had one..
My father in law, myself and Tim all signed the runner wall and got a nice photo next to it.
And we wouldn’t be there without my mother in law, Greta, so we needed a photo with her too.
I hadn’t thought about it, but I didn’t realize JFK had been assassinated in Dallas. We walked though the Sixth Floor Museum which was a great (but lengthy) museum. They give you a headset, and you feel like you are there.
As most people know, my husband and I do enjoy our fair share of hikes. We found a short Mountain Bike area to hike around. All of a sudden, we found ourselves surrounded by various bike pieces and road signs in trees. It was the most random and bizarre part of the trip.
And of course, plenty of relaxation! The problem with going to a destination race is you want to explore and “do everything, ” but before the race, you need to rest your legs and after a race you just want to nap. We had a great time doing a little bit of everything.
Dallas is a fun city, nd I would love to go back sometime.
Questions for you:
Have you ever been to Dallas?
What is something fun to do in your hometown?
Looks like you had fun haha yes, Dallas during the winter is ideal weather
I bought a used 3 series this spring and will never own a anything other than a BMW again. Seriously I love this car. So cool that they were the title sponsor.
Sounds like this was a really great trip!
That sounds like a really nice trip. It’s hard to strike a balance when you’re travelling for a race, but it sounds like you got it just right!
Nice! I grew up in Dallas, until I was about 10, then we moved to Austin. My parents live in McKinney now, which is just northeast of Dallas. I’m happy you had a fantastic trip!
We went to Dallas for George Strait’s last concert…and I’m really sad I didn’t know about Whiskey Cake!! Looks fantastic.
I had a good friend that lived in Dallas so I’ve been there quite a few times and I love it- especially in December!
When we were in Houston, we made it to San Antonio and Austin but not Dallas… but a TX race in December is brilliant.. I’m always ready to go somewhere warm this time of year!
sounds like you had a blast outside the race too! so great.
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