2020 has been quite the year, right? We’ve been doing everything from home since March — Adrian and I both transitioned to working full-time from home, the kids were homeschooled for a few months last spring but thankfully transitioned into virtual school this fall, and all trips have cancelled for the rest of the year. A change of scenery was much needed!
After lots of careful consideration and late-night conversations, Adrian and I thought a staycation would be a great way for us to recharge and renew after a strenuous last few months. I did quite a bit of research seeking out a destination that had extensive safety measures in place, respected social distancing in all regards, and would allow us to stay mostly in our little family bubble yet still have the luxurious escape of a real vacation. And so it was decided: a weekend at The Ritz Carlton, Dallas!
A Warm Welcome: Settling Into Our Room
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas definitely knows how to make a first impression. From the moment we pulled up, we were warmly greeted by staff that helped open our car doors and unload our bags. Adrian and I were provided with a shot of Dean Fearing’s famous classic margarita after checking in and let’s just say it was the perfect way to kick off our stay! A bellman then escorted us to our rooms and even upon entering our room, we found a fresh tray of cookies, macarons, fruit and wine to celebrate our arrival.
We chose to stay in a Deluxe Suite, which I highly recommend if you’re travelling with a family. At 1000 sq. ft, the layout provides for an expansive master bedroom and master bath, along with a spacious living room lounge area that also included a sofa bed. I especially loved the fact that the suite allowed for separate rooms; it was perfect for giving us a bit of privacy after the kids went to bed to enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy the city views!
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas knows that the difference is in the details, so I couldn’t help but appreciate the little touches in the hotel room that made it stand above the rest. From the in-mirror bathroom TV and the massaging shower head to the in-room Nespresso coffee and tea station, there was no shortage of amenities that made our stay as comfortable and luxurious as could be!
Our Family Staycation at The Ritz-Carlton in Dallas
A Dip In The Resort Pool
on me: Amazon bikini (XS / TTS) – (similar)
on Dylan: Target Spiderman Swim Trunks (M / size down) – (similar)
on Mei: Target Flutter Sleeve Swimsuit (super similar, similar, similar) | hair bows
Our first stop after we settled into the room, the pool! We’ve had some crazy weather the past week with unexpected bouts of rain and highs only in the 70s, but thankfully by the weekend it warmed right up again to the 90s and it was perfect pool weather! Reservations are currently needed for the pool and provided in 3-hour time slots to uphold social distancing. We booked ourselves a cabana right around lunchtime, enjoyed some poolside dining, and took a dip with the kids in The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas outdoor pool!
The pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is salt water, a fact that I greatly appreciated as salt water is easier on skin. As a mom, it’s also comforting to know that there’s one less chemical that can potentially irritate my kids’ skin and/or eyes. The deepest that the pool went was about 4.5 feet, which was perfect for both my kids and me (only 5′ tall over here! 😆).
We also booked ourselves a cabana for our pool time, and I highly recommend especially if you have little ones! The shaded sofa sectional was perfect for letting us lounge as we pleased and ultimately take a break from the sun. We took the opportunity to order some poolside dining, and while the menu had a wide variety of options including salads, sandwiches, and even ice cream, it was almost a unanimous vote for cheeseburgers all around! I did add in a seasonal fruit plate to the mix and in addition to the fresh watermelon and berries, there was also a mini banana bread Bundt cake and lemongrass yogurt that were delicious!
beaded bracelet diy: (beads, string, letters)
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And finally, I had to take advantage of the pool bar! No vacation is complete without a mojito in hand and for me, it instantly let me flip the switch and get on vacation mode!
Things To Do
Dress: Chicwish Daisy Wrap Midi Dress (S-M) – (also in navy)
Shoes: Amazon buckle sandals
Mask: Swaddle Designs watercolor floral face mask (M)
Dress: Pippa & Julie Tanya Holographic Dress (5 / TTS)
Shoes: Target Glitter Ballet Flats
Mask: Swaddle Designs kids’ watercolor floral face mask
Hair: Amazon hair bows
Klyde Warren Park
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is located in the heart of Uptown Dallas, making it super convenient to explore while you’re at the hotel. We decided to take a short 10-minute walk over to Klyde Warren Park after we cleaned up from the pool and it was a great way to enjoy some outdoor time with the kids! The park itself is unique in that it’s located on top of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and is literally a beautiful 5.2 acres of greenspace in the midst of an urban cityscape. We had hoped to get a snack at some of the food trucks that regularly park alongside Klyde Warren, but the park ended up being a little too crowded for our preference and we ended up turning around quite quickly.
McKinney Ave Trolley
Another great way (and probably my favorite way!) to explore the Uptown neighborhood is via the McKinney Avenue Trolley. This vintage trolley is completely free and actually stops directly in front of The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas hotel to then take you down the historic McKinney Avenue. The trolley still has that 19th century streetcar vibe and it’s such a throwback to the past that my kids and I all love!
If you love museums, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is also a short hop away from some of my favorites such as the Nasher Sculpture Center as well as the Dallas Museum of Art (where Adrian and I actually got married!).
Feast at Fearing’s
I was probably most excited about dinner as I had made reservations at Fearing’s, a top restaurants in Dallas and one that I hadn’t been to since my bachelorette party over 9 years ago! The restaurant offers 7 dining room options with both indoor and outdoor seating available, and everything was well-spaced out to allow for social distancing. I packed myself a new dress to wear for the occasion but made sure not to go overboard when it came to dressing up — Fearing’s actually doesn’t enforce a dress code and makes a point that people should feel comfortable to “come as you are.” I feel like we’ve all appreciated being a little more casual in 2020 so this was definitely exactly what we needed! 🙋♀️
Despite the casual attire, Fearing’s is top notch when it comes to food. Chef Dean Fearing has a namesake for creating bold flavors and a “no borders” cuisine; the menu spans the globe with its options such as chicken fried Maine lobster, Thai-inspired gulf snapper, and even glazed antelope with rabbit enchiladas.
We kicked it off with drinks first and ordered Dean Fearing’s famous classic margarita, featured both in BuzzFeed and also included in Dallas’ Margarita Mile.
For appetizers, we went with a bone marrow dish that was on special as well as the Lone Star Mosaic. Adrian and I both discussed how we each grew up eating bone marrow at our own family tables (Adrian is Hispanic and I’m Chinese), but now bone marrow becoming a dish that is “dressed up” to serve at some of the fanciest restaurants in town! Out dish was flavorful, savory, and absolutely delicious — a must try especially if you’ve never had bone marrow before!
The Lone Star Mosaic, on the other hand, looks like literal artwork with it’s display of delicately sliced fish and meats dressed in cilantro oil and topped with tapioca balls. This was hands-down one of the best dishes we enjoyed as each bite was like a flavor explosion!
For our main entrees, Adrian ordered the maple black peppercorn buffalo tenderloin while I chose the pan-seared gulf snapper. Both were delicious, but if there’s one tip I can give you, it’s SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT. The banana pudding was absolutely amazing!
Nightcap on the Patio // Rattlesnake Bar
Right next to the Fearing’s restaurant is Rattlesnake Bar and funny anecdote, when I first shared on my Instagram stories that I was at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas hotel for the weekend, I received messages stating that I had to check out the bar! (Y’all are definitely my people! 🤣) Rattlesnake Bar is arguably one of the most popular hotel bars in Dallas and recently opened up their outdoor Fearing’s Patio. The space has gorgeous large oak trees that provide a beautiful setting to sit under. Live music is continuing as part of their summer series and available on Friday and Saturday nights 7-9:30 pm — come early as there is limited seating!
Getting A Morning Workout In
I started off the next morning with a visit to the fitness center on property at The Ritz Carlton, Dallas. Immediately, I was blown away by just how big the space was as well as the variety of equipment offered in a hotel gym. The space was well lit and spacious, with ample cardio machines situated alongside almost floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Uptown Dallas. From a Peleton bike to treadmills that allowed you to watch YouTube videos, it was just what I needed to motivate myself and run a quick 1.5 miles before breakfast.
If you’re looking for weight training, there were also several stations that allowed for working compound muscles such as a squat rack, a Smith machine, as well as a fully stocked dumbbell area.
Breakfast in Bed
Moonlight Dream pajamas (similar from Target, similar from Amazon)
After my quick morning cardio burst, I was definitely ready to enjoy some room service! I had been eyeing their in-room dining menu since the day before and loved that they had something for everyone in my family to enjoy!
First up, French-press coffee and fresh squeezed juices. I ordered a green juice for myself and orange juice for the kids — I always love juicing but hate the cleanup so I took advantage of both while on vacation!
I only recently discovered Chilaquiles maybe 5 years ago, and it is hands-down one of my favorite brunch dishes ever. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is known their their amazing take on Southwestern fare and both Adrian and I agreed, the Chilaquiles Rojos were some of the best we’ve had!
I usually keep it pretty simple when it comes to breakfasts especially when I’m travelling. I have a weird soft spot for muesli as it’s like a comfort food for me and get excited when I see that it’s offered. I love the creamy texture, and the mixture of nuts, fruits, and berries always hits the spot!
Relax & Restore at The Spa
And finally, I knew I had to take a moment to unwind at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas spa before checking out! The spa is known for highlighting the healing elements of water and has an incredible relaxation lounge as well as semi-private whirlpool. The steam room and sauna are currently closed as a safety precaution from Covid-19, but excited to check those out once they open. I definitely recommend arriving early to your spa treatment to enjoy some of these extra amenities!
It’s been a good 9 months since my last facial so I booked myself the 50-min Hydrating Natura Bisse Vitamin C Facial. After the last few days in the sun, my skin was craving some extra TLC and vitamin C is an amazing antioxidant that actually restores vitality to sun-damaged areas. The experience was pure bliss — everything felt super safe and my skin just soaked up the treatment. Natura Bisse is a luxury skincare line that I will also be keeping my eyes peeled out for as I loved the silky feel of their products that gave me that boost of hydration yet didn’t feel greasy or heavy at all!
Bring The Little Ones
If you’re also curious about bringing your kids, we found everything to be incredibly family friendly and never at any point did we feel uncomfortable even with our little ones at age 5 and 8. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas actually has a Ritz Kids program which provided them with an activity folder upon arrival. Inside, there was a scavenger hunt (my kids loved it, truly!), stickers as well as coloring pages. All dining had kids’ menu options available and even kids’ cups to avoid any spills. At the pool, we met another family with 3 young kids around the same age as ours, and it was the perfect way to let them have their fun while the adults could relax on our own for a bit. During checkout, Dylan and Mei literally asked if they could just stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas instead of going home! 😂
on me: Julia Jordan dress (XS) | Amazon buckle sandals
on Mei: Pippa & Julie Odette Star Rainbow Dress | Amazon hair bows | Old Navy Cat Ballet Flats (similar)
on Dylan: Pokemon tee | pull-on cargo shorts
Can you tell my skin is still glowing from my spa treatment in this photo above? ✨ We had the most incredible staycation at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas hotel and I couldn’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for a safe escape from reality. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas really knows how to balance luxury and elegance without feeling too stuffy and it was just the retreat that we needed to leave feeling refreshed and reinvigorated! We definitely left with some incredible memories and had an amazing getaway in our own city.
One last note: did you know that The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is the first Forbes Five Star Hotel in Texas? Be sure to check out the current Stay Longer, Experience More special happening right now at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. Rates start at $269 for 3 nights and $255 for 4 nights — book now to save your spot!
Have you done a family staycation before? What did you do? Let me know in a comment below!
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Thank you to The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas for the complimentary staycation.
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Now, that’s what I call a staycation. Can you believe I’ve lived just outside of Chicago for over 20 years, and I’ve never made a staycation out of it? You have the right idea.
now is the time to do it! Chicago is an incredible city!!
Neely Moldovan says
I love the Ritz! Such a fun hotel with such good food and great environment!
Mosaics Lab says
I’ve heard so so much about The Ritz experience and how amazing it is! I am so glad you experienced that and the food omg looks amazing…
Matt Taylor says
You had me at fresh cookies! haha. Such an amazing place to do a staycation. I have never been to a Ritz Carlton before, would love to stay at one sometime. It looks like one is opening up in Paradise Valley/Scottsdale area in 2021, I may just have to do a staycation myself when it opens!
Jennifer Prince says
Aw! That looks like such a great time! I can’t wait to get away again. I am SO ready to go – staycation or vacation. Bring it on! 🙂
Gervin Khan says
Looks like you had fun! Everything looks pretty! The food and the place even you hehe.
Stephanie Parrell says
Beutiful pictures and I love the mask. Its nice to see people out enjoying life to the fullest.
Ramil Hinolan says
I’d love the food and the mojito. . Im sure you enjoyed your vacation. I can see it on the pictures.
This is what I Call a proper weekend that is well enjoyed. I am glad you didn’t let it slip by
Looks like a great place for family staycation. I love going into one myself. Simply relax and not have to worry about the mess the kids make lol.
This looks like a wonderful place for a family staycation. Great that there is a swimming pool, gym, and delicious food.
This sounds like it was the most excellent staycation for you and your family. I’m glad you got a chance to “get away” while staying safe and getting the most bang for your buck. I’ve never stayed at a Ritz Carlton, and don’t know if my budget will ever allow it, but it does seem like such a great time!
Quan Tran says
foods and drink all look amazing. we were in Vegas last week and love it since there were not as many folks there
that sounds amazing!! I’ve heard Vegas is doing a really good job at handling things right now. definitely on my list to visit!
This hotel really knows how to take care of their guests. I’d be pleased with the level of service, looks like the perfect getaway spot!
Staycations are so fantastic, especially if you live near a big city. There’s so much to explore, and you probably have never seen everything it has to offer.
Cristina Petrini says
A holiday in a city that I love, but above all in a hotel that can give an extra touch for memorable memories. Wow that’s great!
World in Eyes says
the food looks more delicious and yummy than anything else and this blog post and these photographs sounds like you really had a great time there..great work though…
Your weekend family staycation looks absolutely amazing! Your pictures speak for itself how much fun your family had!
Marie Phillips says
It looks like your staycation was better than most vacations! Going somewhere with amazing food is always at the top of my agenda and it looks like you accomplished that easily!
Olufunke Kolapo says
I rely enjoyed reading about your staycation.
Maybe because I haven’t done anything nice for myself in a long.
I’m glad I read it tho,.it reminds me of things I need to do.
Looks like an amazing getaway! I loved the few times I was able to visit the Ritz.
This hotel looks so dreamy!! I want to visit!
I have never been to a Ritz, I must check out the ones in Seattle. Looks like you had a great time!
oh my gosh this looks AMAZING. The Ritz definitely never disappoints and all of this food looks absolutely divine. such a great staycation experience.
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This looks like an absolutely dreamy stay at the Ritz! That gorgeous pool is calling my name. Wow!
Looks like such a fun place to stay at! My husband and I are going to the Dallas area this weekend and I can’t wait for room service and some pool time!
Kelly Bolen says
I love the Ritz! The Waldorf is a close second!!!! The Waldorf in Paris was AMAZING!!! Looks like you had a lot of fun!
Hillary Conheady says
Well lucky you guys!! Looks like y’all had so much fun! I’ve always wanted to go to Dallas so definitely saving this for later!
Lavanda Michelle says
I love the Ritz! This looks like an awesdome staycation! Looking forward to visiting soon.
Anna English says
What a perfect way to spend some quality time with the family!
Sarah Lindner says
Think staycations are the best way to go during these times and this place looks like a great option. So nice you got to “get away!” xoxo, Sarah
Looks life a fab staycation! I love Ritz-Carlton for their food and drinks! Always on point!!
Wow! You’re so lucky to get to experience such a luxurious staycation! 😀 And yay for a good facial!
Laura Leigh says
oh my gosh please take me with you next time haha. looks and sounds so amazing!
xo Laura Leigh
This looks like so much fun! All of the food looks delicious! I could totally use a day at the spa too!
Emily Fata says
Man, I wish I could travel to places like this now! However, staying put until COVID is resolved and things return back to normal — at least in terms of travelling — is important for now.
Kathy Kenny Ngo says
I have been to the Ritz and it is a really gorgeous place. It’s just amazing.
Oh how fun! My fiance and I are thinking of staying at a Ritz-Carlton on the night of our wedding. We’ll see how it goes!
Lisa Autumn says
Such a beautiful place!
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Wow, this is so awesome! The Ritz is so glam, it’s the real deal in any language and country!
This looks so fun and the food looks delish!
Lucy Clarke says
What a lovely staycation! Adore the cute swimwear and oh all the food look sumptuous!
I love a good staycation! It looks like you and your family had the best time!
It looks like you had a fantastic stay! The food looks amazing!
Oh how we miss going on staycations. This pandemic put a halt in most of our plans, staycations included. Looks like you all had a great time!
Wow you had such a fun time. That place is amazing and food looks so good. Great to see you had great staycation.
khoingn | The Broad Life says
It’s looked great to spend a staycation at Ritz-Carlton. The hotel is really nice. I would love to spend time there too with my family. Thanks for sharing the post!
Crish Smith says
I would love to visit the place after this pandemic
Now, that’s what I call a staycation.
Emman Damian says
The food looks amazing! I bet my niece would love it here. I want those macarons! OMG!
Woah! Their welcome treat is amazing. I agree with you that Ritz is definitely big on making a great first impression. It is just the perfect way to start a vacation. Food looks really good. Would to stay in the future. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience.
This looks just fabulous! I miss travel so much, looks like you guys had a wonderful time.
Nilakshi Pathak says
This was such a detailed post and all your pictures are so beautiful