As someone who travels a good portion of the year for his work, CWA Partner Charles Loretto understands the drawbacks of business travel. He also strives to take time to explore the destinations he is visiting, and recommends the same for CWA clients visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
“We understand that our clients are busy, too, and it’s not always possible to take the time to explore where you are going,” Loretto said. “But if you can schedule your CWA business trip around a weekend, or build just an extra day into your travel schedule, the culture and entertainment possibilities of the Dallas area are well worth it.”
Loretto recommends these easy trip hacks to CWA clients, to get the most out of visits to the DFW metroplex.
Tips for first-time visitors
The Legacy district surrounding CWA headquarters in Plano, a suburb of north Dallas, is full of upscale shopping, dining and hotel options, and within walking distance or a short car service ride away. It’s easy to take a leisurely afternoon or a relaxing few hours exploring these options.
The Shops at Legacy: A quick walk just north of CWA headquarters, this master planned business and entertainment district features 115 options for fine dining, shopping and entertainment. You can enjoy a world-class steak (Bob’s Chop House and Del Frisco’s Grille), bustling night life (Blue Martini and Sambuca 360) or one-of-a-kind boutiques (ella bleu and Mia Fiori).
“If you stay at the Marriott you are right in the heart of it all,” Loretto said.
Legacy West: Just across the tollway, the new Legacy West neighborhood offers even more master-planned amenities: 39 options for casual to luxury dining, shopping and entertainment including Coach and Tesla.
Stay at the new Renaissance Hotel at Legacy West, and you can walk to these options also.
Tips for returning visitors
For CWA clients who visit DFW regularly, Loretto suggests exploring downtown Dallas for its history, hotels, fine dining and urban culture.
“For hotel options, the Mansion on Turtle Creek is a wonderful luxury boutique hotel with impeccable service,” Loretto said. “For old-school, five-star luxury, try the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Both have easy access to downtown Dallas events and sights.”
Also on Loretto’s well-worth-the-experience list for downtown Dallas:
– The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, chronicling the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy
– Klyde Warren Park, a new urban park built over existing freeway space and offering music events, food trucks and relaxation
– A visit to Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty restaurant at the top of downtown’s Reunion Tower, for the delicious Asian fusion cuisine and the 360-degree revolving evening views of Dallas
Tips for experiencing Fort Worth
Nicknamed Cowtown, Fort Worth is just 44 miles from CWA headquarters. With a cowboy-and-cattle heritage and the slogan “Where the West Begins,” Fort Worth is an easy day trip from Dallas. Or book a hotel in Fort Worth to explore and enjoy.
“As the last stop on the Chisholm Trail for cattle drives, the Fort Worth Stockyards is a certified National Historic District,” Loretto said. “You can see a cattle drive, get fitted for custom cowboy boots, explore cowboy culture and history, and even stay overnight in the historic West at the Stockyards Hotel.”
Billing itself as the world’s largest honky tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas regularly books country icons including Willie Nelson and Ronnie Milsap. Located in the stockyards neighborhood, Billy Bob’s also offers mechanical bull rides and music history exhibits.
Other easy visit hacks
We are crazy about our football here in Texas, and Dallas hosts four professional sports teams, too. For sports enthusiasts, Loretto recommends:
– A visit to the $60 million high school stadium that can hold up to 18,000 spectators for the Allen, TX Eagles
– A tour of the state-of-the-art AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The 73-acre, 3-million square foot home of the Dallas Cowboys has the world’s largest high definition video screens.
– Catching a game to see Dallas professional teams in action:
Dallas Cowboys NFL football
Dallas Stars NHL hockey
Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball
Texas Rangers MLB baseball
Enjoying the destination
Recognizing that all work and no play can lead to unnecessary stress, Loretto also encourages clients to schedule in time to relax and recharge.
“At the end of the day, we are focused on our clients’ long term success,” Loretto said. “That includes offering ways for our clients to enjoy the journey along the way.”
While you are here, why not mix some pleasure into your business trip and explore all that Dallas-Fort Worth has to offer?