Since Buck Showalter hasn't had much of an opportunity to explore Dallas, we thought we'd provide him with some the region's most interesting detours around town. Who knows? Maybe he'll surprise his wife with an outing!
Dallas is 1,366 miles from Baltimore; about three hours and 20 minutes flying time from BWI-Marshall Airport. Only American and Spirit airlines offer nonstop flights from BWI. Round-trip airfare on Spirit begins at about $198 and about $350 on American.
Rosewood Crescent Hotel, 400 Crescent Court, 214-871-3200; rosewoodhotels.com/en/crescenthotel. The posh, European-style hotel in the tony Uptown District is just a 10-minute drive into downtown. Its spa has been ranked one of Dallas' finest. Rates from $330 per night.
Warwick Melrose Hotel, 3015 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-521-5151; warwickmelrosedallas.com. The circa-1924 hotel is an AAA four-diamond historic landmark whose rooms are outfitted with period furnishings and luxurious amenities. Rates from $167 per night.
The Magnolia Hotel, 1401 Commerce St., 214-915-6500; magnoliahotels.com/dallas. You'll spot the neon-red Pegasus atop the building before seeing the sign announcing the boutique Magnolia Hotel. Located in the circa-1922 historic Magnolia Petroleum Company Building, the cozy guest rooms provide modern creature comforts. From $139 per night.
Hillstone, 8330 A Preston Road, 214-691-8991; hillstone.com. Formerly Houston's, this restaurant and bar offers casual American food in a Southwestern-themed lodge setting. Try the spinach-artichoke dip. Entrees from $22.
Central 214, 5680 North Central Expressway, 214-443-9339; central214.com. Though there's no drive-through window, Showalter might approve of what some call Dallas' best french fries. Purportedly, they undergo a five-hour prep process resulting in scrumptious, highly addictive, crisp potato chunks. Don't miss the famous regionally sourced cast-iron-seared rib-eye. Entrees from $19.
Pecan Lodge, 1010 South Pearl Expressway, Shed 2, 214-748-8900; pecanlodge.com. Barbecue is the reason many folks come to Dallas, and Pecan Lodge is the in-crowd's longtime favorite. For a weekend lunch, try the "Hot Mess" — sea-salted sweet potato, shredded brisket, chipotle cream, cheese, and green onions. This coveted Dallas Farmers' Market stand is open Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. From $4.50.
The Dallas Farmers' Market, 1010 South Pearl Expressway, 214-939-3808; dallasfarmersmarket.org. Features local produce and purveyors. Open daily 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Living history: Housed in the sixth and seventh floors of the former Texas School Book Depository is the Sixth Floor Museum, chronicling the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. 411 Elm St. 214-747-6660 jfk.org
Fan fest: Dallas has some of the most loyal sports fans in the country. Venture over to Arlington and catch a game at the Cowboys Stadium or Rangers Ballpark.
Bucking bulls and broncos: If rodeos are your thing, take a short drive to Fort Worth to the Stockyards Rodeo, 121 Exchange Ave. 1-888-269-8696, stockyardsrodeo.com
Shopping: Local residents claim that London's Harrods has nothing on their home-grown Neiman Marcus; check out the flagship store at 1618 Main St. Gregory's (NorthPark Center 8687 N. Central Expressway, 972-490-1285, gregorysshoes.com), Dallas' fanciest shoe shop, also sells one-of-a-kind and couture clothing for men and women (at one-of-a-kind prices). Still, it's worth a visit to see what you're missing. For true local flavor visit the Bishop Arts District, filled with independent boutiques and cafes in North Oak Cliff, bishopartsdistrict.weebly.com
Nightlife: If you've worn out your "Urban Cowboy" DVD, pull on your jeans, cowboy boots, shirt (tucked in) and, of course, cowboy hat, then two-step it over to Cowboys Dance Hall for a country-western evening. 10310 Technology Blvd., 214-352-1796 cowboysdancehall.com Or bebop into Dada or Sons of Hermann for authentic jazz in Deep Ellum (deepellumtexas.com), Dallas' historic jazz and blues arts district.
For more on traveling to Dallas, go to visitdallas.com