Big City Amenities, Small Town Charm Converge in Plano


(NewsUSA) - When travelers to North Texas hang their hat in Plano, they enjoy prime access to all of the Dallas-Fort Worth area's cultural, sporting and entertainment offerings. But this dynamic city is also a destination in its own right, one that blends cosmopolitan flair with vintage charm for the perfect weekend getaway.

Here are the makings of a memorable weekend in Plano.

Stay. For extra pampering, consider the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West, known for its "cowboy meets Samurai" décor and rooftop pool and cabanas.

Looking for something truly over-the-top? Take over Southfork Ranch, home of the TV series "Dallas," for the night. The package includes a private tour of the mansion and a steak dinner fit for J.R. Ewing. (If opting for one of Plano's many other hotels, visitors can still enjoy a Southfork trail ride by day.)

Sip and Savor. With more than 1,000 eateries, Plano has more restaurants per capita than New York or San Francisco and an incredibly diverse dining scene.

Legacy Hall, a European-style food hall located at Legacy West just steps from the Renaissance, lets visitors sample a mouthwatering variety, all under one roof, often with a side of live music.

Along the brick-lined streets of Plano's charming, historic Downtown Arts District, you'll find everything from Japanese robata at Ebesu and pub fare at The Fillmore to artisan pizza at Urban Crust and tacos at its sister restaurant, Urban Rio.

The Boardwalk at Granite Park is another fun "restaurant row" with everything from burgers to English high tea.

Shop, See and Do. With four major walkable retail districts, Plano is a shopper's dream.

At Legacy West, Teslas are on offer alongside home furnishings, décor and more.

The nearby Shops at Legacy are the place to stroll outdoors, shop popular brands, catch an indie film or indulge in a spa treatment.

The upscale Shops at Willow Bend offer a well-rounded mix of stores anchored by Neiman-Marcus. They also house a special attraction for families -- one of only five Crayola Experiences in the nation.

The streets of quaint downtown Plano brim with charming art galleries and independent boutiques like Lyla's and La Foofaraw, and shoppers can also take in colorful murals, a farmer's market and outdoor concerts.

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