Irving, Texas, part of the DFW metroplex, is the most diverse zip code in the United States. The city itself is just as diverse as its zip code- full to the brim with history, fabulous food, and all sorts of outdoor activities.

Home to a high concentration of Fortune 500 companies, including Chuck E. Cheese, Exxon Mobil, Michaels, Boeing and AT&T, don’t let this city fool you; Irving is as much work as it is play! I enjoyed a girlfriend’s getaway there recently – easy to fly into from Houston, it was luxury, shopping, spa and wine for three days – heaven!

Accommodations

Four Seasons Las Colinas
Perfect for any type of traveler, the Four Seasons Las Colinas boasts 431 rooms along with a number villas located on their spectacular golf course. The villas are perfect for a staycation and the rooms are quiet and big enough for a family of four. LAW, their onsite restaurant inspired by the tastes of land, air and water, is the perfect place to enjoy amazing Sunday brunch, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Brunch is the ultimate luxury – with a seafood bar laden with fresh crab, shrimp and so much more and the equally alluring dessert room – yes, an entire room- devoted to artful scrumptious treats. With their fabulous food, this elegant, fine dining option can’t be beat. Here you will also find a number of top-notch amenities; a luxury spa offering 16 unique treatments, two golf courses, three pools, 12 tennis courts, an indoor and an outdoor track, and racquetball, basketball and squash courts to name a few. Their TPC Golf Course has been the venue for the AT&T and Byron Nelson Golf Tournament while the Cottonwood Valley Golf Course serves as home base for the members of the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club. Golf not for you? No worries. The Four Seasons Las Colinas offers its guests more than 45 fitness classes including anti gravity aerial yoga and spin class. I totally loved my Zumba class. An indoor walking track means you can get your exercise in an air conditioned environment. Best of all, this resort style hotel is just a 15-minute drive from the airport. Leisure travelers, business travelers and the like all love and enjoy staying at Four Seasons Las Colinas. To learn more, visit fourseasons.com/dallas.

LAW at the Four Seasons is gorgeous.

Dining

You’ll forget you are in Texas as you find yourself surrounded by dining options boasting food from around the world! For a taste of Greece look no further than Terra Mediterranean Grill. For dumplings and dim sum, it’s China you seek at Fortune House Chinese Cuisine. For Japanese sushi, stop by Midori Sushi. For the best Tex-Mex in town, you can’t miss Via Real. And for a taste of the Southwest, visit Cool River Cafe Dallas - a vibrant steakhouse and multi-use facility featuring great food, an excellent happy hour, a cigar lounge and live music! The Big State Fountain Grill is a trip back to the happy Days of the 50s. Bright, friendly, affordable and fun – you can shop for candy, toys and enjoy the best chicken friend steak, burgers, chicken salad, breakfasts – this is a memory maker. If you’re looking for a true taste of Texas, come to The Ranch at Las Colinas — a restaurant rich in Texas tradition with a wildly contemporary side. They are the best of what Texas has to offer. 

To do 

The Mustangs of Las Colinas

This landmark, a life-sized bronze rendering of nine wild horses, is the centerpiece of Williams Square. Everyone who comes to Las Colinas stops to admire the breathtaking statuary. Lighted at night, the horses race across a stream and exude the energy and independence of Texas.

Spa
The Spa and the Omni Mandalay Hotel is heavenly. A sweeping staircase leads guests to the treatment rooms where knowledgeable therapists offer a vast array of tempting service. Let me recommend their massages! 

The Texas Musicians Museum is filled with Texas treasures.

Shopping
Dallas’ famed NorthPark Center is a short drive from Irving. With over 235 unique retailers, restaurants and legendary department stores, NorthPark Center offers and unparalleled luxury shopping experience. Best known as an art museum inside a shopping center, in November 2007, NorthPark Center was named as one of the "seven retail wonders of the modern world." We ate lunch at the impressive Theodore Restaurant, lively and lovely. The cornerstone of The Theodore's dining experience is its in-house bakery, viewable by guests from within the restaurant and those strolling past The Theodore in NorthPark Center. 

Texas Musicians Museum
Find the first recording ever made by a Texan which dates back to 1912 here at this museum, event space and live music theater! Memorabilia from Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandell, Buddy Thompson and the like is also on display at the Texas Musicians Museum. It is amazing to walk through the exhibits and take in the huge impact Texas musicians have had on the world of music. To learn more, visit texasmusiciansmuseum.com.

The Ruth Paine house, where Lee Harvey Oswald spent the night before he killed John Kennedy.

Ruth Paine House Museum
Hear the story of John F. Kennedy’s assassination from a new point of view at the Ruth Paine House Museum. 

Guided tours are $12 for adults and free for children 11 and under. Your tour will start at the visitor center where there are exhibits of posters, photos and interviews with Ruth Paine., the woman who befriended Marina and Lee Harvey Oswald, and it was at the Paine home where Oswald spent the night before he shot Kennedy. A shuttle bus to the house is part of the tour. The home has been restored and looks just as it did in 1963. Today, it sheds light on the events that unfolded there.

To learn more, and to plan your getaway, visit irvingtexas.com.

Cynthia Calvert
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