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We know it’s hard giving up your annual family beach vacation, camping trips, climbing adventures, and weekends at the lake, but all hope is not lost! While not as distant as you might have hoped, staycations can be a great way to let yourself relax and spend time with those you love. Better yet, Victory Park has a diverse selection of restaurants, shops, and trails that you can get lost in.

Need some more inspiration? Here’s your complete guide to a weekend staycation in Victory Park.

Friday:

Check-in to your room at the W Dallas – Victory Hotel

  Photo Credit: W Hotel Dallas

We know you’ve been eager to tiptoe around a pool and escape your own home again. The W Dallas – Victory Hotel is a luxury hotel perfectly located within walking distance to anything you could want. Even better, pets are welcome!  (click here for weekend deal availability)

After checking-in, take some time to settle into your room and explore what the hotel has to offer. Soak in the beautiful city views and get lost exploring the fabulous art adorning the halls.

 

Eat until your heart’s content

Photo credit: Hero By HGSPLY

It’s fine, we all do it. We go on vacation, and we EAT! We eat like nobody is watching! No salads, no small portions. We go on vacation to relax and enjoy ourselves, and that means eating what we want to. Wonderful food creations can be found both inside and outside the hotel, including W Living Room if you want drinks and small plates and at Cook Hall, if you’re looking for a more filling meal. Venturing out of your home for the weekend will yield delicious and memorable experiences. Newly opened, Mot Hai Ba gives you a taste of Vietnam in an exciting modern interpretation of French-Vietnamese cuisine, no plane or passport needed!

If the weather is nice, we suggest going for an evening stroll to dinner or out for a drink. Exploring the city under the lights, can tie a bow on the perfect evening. Just walking two blocks down, you will pass over ten restaurants, including Billy Can Can, Mesero, Imoto, Dibs on Victory, Burgundy Swine Wine Bar, Jinya Ramen, and more! While you’re out, explore the neighborhood and have fun window shopping.

Saturday:

Go out for a light breakfast

Photo Credit: Cafe Victoria

Just a few steps away is the treasured neighborhood coffee shop, Cafe Victoria. Get a strong start to your day with your choice of a coffee beverage or the ever-popular matcha latte and a savory baked good. Before you leave, don’t forget to get your 4-legged friend a CapPOOCHino.

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Read Between the Lines

What could be a better way to wrap up a vacation than some retail therapy? Victory Park has many shops for you to find something for yourself or a friend. From Read Between The Lines, V.O.D. Boutique, Simply Elegant Dallas, and The Hangar, you must hit them all. 

 

 

Rehydrate and restore 

Photo Credit: Freshii

After exploring new parts of Dallas and stretching your legs, it’s time to rehydrate and care for your body. Start by picking up a vitamin-packed snack at Feed Me Pronto or at Freshii. Then head back to the hotel for a shower and a power nap. However, you won’t want to nap too long, or else you might miss your appointment at Joanna Czech! Located right next to your hotel, you’ll enter into an afternoon of heaven with signature services like individualized facial treatments, exclusive LED skin therapies and aesthetic services by private appointment.

Escape reality

You’ve dined, explored, and relaxed. Now it’s time to turn your staycation into an adventure. Take your chances and see if you have what it takes to crack the codes, find hidden clues, and solve the puzzle in a 60-minute, adrenalin pumping Escapology game. You’re guaranteed an amazing experience and fun memories to enjoy with your family for years to come, but we can’t promise your escape.

Sunday:

Sleep in and take your time 

The last day of any vacation is always bittersweet. You likely don’t have far to travel, so why rush off? Go ahead and request a late check-out, sleep in, and take your time getting ready. After a nice long, hot shower, you can check out and pack up your car. Don’t get too sad, turning over the keys, though, because being out of the hotel doesn’t mean your vacation is over.

Hit the trails

Katy Trail Dallas

Photo Credit: Katy Trail

Spend Sunday basking in the outdoors, re-discover Dallas on one of the most popular trailheads in town, The Katy Trail. No matter your style of exercise, whether you’re a casual walker, a rollerblader, training for a 5K, or a hobby cyclist, anyone can enjoy the 3.5-mile path. Feel like you’ve been transported out of the city and into a nature oasis. 

 

 

 

Family Sundaes 

If you’re the type that typically brings souvenirs back from trips for loved ones, It’Sugar is the perfect place to find fun oversized candy and sweets sure to light up the face of the person who watered your plants. When you’re finished shopping, treat the family to a sundae from Aqua S before grabbing road snacks at 7-Eleven and heading home!

Staycations can be just as relaxing and fun as any vacation. But staycations have an added bonus, you don’t have to worry about your vacation finds not fitting in your suitcase to go back home or the travel time to get back to your front door. What will you do for your staycation? 

Event: Victory Park Blood Drive – partnering with Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Carter Bloodcare

Date: Friday, May 22nd 10am – 3pm

Location: Valet parking area on Victory Park Ln. and Museum Way

Sign up here

Over the past three months, people around the country have been uniting to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Food banks and pantries are working around the clock, Manufacturers have pivoted production to help supply life-saving materials, volunteers have assembled tents and cots outside of hospitals to accommodate patient overflow, and the National Guard units have been activated to help gather and deliver supplies. Now it’s your turn! You can play your part in helping those in need on May 22nd as the Carter BloodCare Bus accepts blood donations  at Victory Park. 

Why you should give:

Donating blood is a simple, quick, and relatively painless act that can make a positive difference in our world. However, less than 10% of eligible donors give. Donations are essential for trauma patients and people undergoing a variety of situations, including surgeries, transplants, chronic illnesses, blood disorders, and cancer, among many more. Your blood donation could be essential in supporting recovery. A single donation can give one to three patients a better chance for survival.

Donating blood takes on average one hour, with approximately 10 minutes being the physical blood draw. New donors will need to undergo a screening process that takes into account their hemoglobin levels, while repeat donors may be subject to an abbreviated screening process.

Giving blood is an impactful act that can be done more than once. By donating, you have the power to save lives. The reward of a blood donation is that you can share something so easily that makes such a significant difference in someone else’s life.

After you give:

After your donation is made, you should avoid doing any physical activity for a minimum of 5 hours. This is to allow your arm time to rest and rebuild strength so that you don’t become sore later on.

In addition to allowing yourself time to rest, you should focus on intaking foods high in iron to help rebuild red blood cells. Foods high in iron include fortified cereals and grains, spinach, green lentils, beans, red meats, and nuts. Orange juice, milk, and yogurt are all good post-donation snacks; additionally they contain folic acid and riboflavin, B-9 and B-2 vitamins, which help to restore red blood cell counts.

You don’t have to look far to find some good post-donation snacks in Victory Park. We suggest Buda Juice, Feed Me Pronto, Freshii, or one of the many other eating establishments just a short distance away (click here for a map and directory of Victory Park). 

A note from Carterblood Care:

Public safety is of our utmost priority. All necessary precautions will be taken to ensure everyone involved is safe. We have increased sanitation and sterilization processes, along with social distancing, to comply with the recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. No more than four donors will be allowed on the bus at a time to ensure we keep social distancing – two will be giving blood while two will be in the resting area.

Directional signs will be placed on the outskirts of the neighborhood in order to help direct traffic and indicate the blood drive’s exact location.

For more information on giving blood, visit the Carter Bloodcare webpage.

Sign up here

Parents do so much for their kids which can make finding the right present on Mother’s Day a struggle. This year, throw in the added challenge of extended store closures along with delivery challenges of social distancing and you might find yourself between a rock and a hard place. That’s where we come in! We’ve rounded up all of the best-selling gifts that mom is hoping to get from you this year.

 

Soft and Sweet 

There’s no gift quite as timeless as the gift of flowers. Shop Simply Elegant, voted D Magazine’s number 1 flower shop, for a bouquet that mom is sure to love. Even better, purchase a Flowers of the Month Club membership so that her gift never wilts. Each month’s delivery will be a fresh reminder of your love and appreciation for all that she does. Call the store or check online for their current Mother’s Day Specials going on – bouquets starting at $75. Email izzy@simplyelegantdallas.com to place your order right now! 

 

Simple and Timeless

The best gift-givers know that presents need to match the recipient’s love language. If the mother that you’re shopping for speaks in words of affirmation, then the perfect gift lies at Read Between The Lines. Shop the best-selling collection of unique cards, stationery, prints, and more that will accurately express your love for her in a way that she can cherish and read over and over again. However, opening gifts is fun no matter your love language, so pair that perfect card with one of Read Between The Lines’ many other great gifts perfectly curated for moms. They’ll also gift wrap your perfect present so you leave 100% ready to win the best gift this year! 

 

Classic and Chic

Was it not our mothers who taught us that when we look good, we feel good? Help your mom feel good every day with a few new closet staples, so she can still look her best at home! V.O.D. Boutique is a unique fashion boutique featuring curated pieces from independent designers with clothing for the chic mom of any age – better yet, they offer free shipping anywhere and curbside pick up in Dallas. Find anything from a stunning alligator wallet to the cutest parasol to a new belt that could tie any outfit together.

 

Sugars and Smarties

Go-tos wouldn’t exist if they didn’t work, right? When in doubt, go for the sweets. Every mom has a sweet tooth for a cookie, cupcake, candy, or maybe even ice cream. Whatever your mom’s guilty pleasure is, Victory Park has the candy makers and bakers to satisfy her sweet tooth. If candy is what your mom reaches for, look no further than It’Sugar. For handcrafted soft serve, Aqua S has you covered. And for all the baked goods that your heart could desire, turn to the bakers at Sift + Pour. They are currently offering Mother May I cookie kits and a MOM-umental flower bouquets with a Lowe Co. “Isn’t she lovely” or “You are loved” card – order on their website at www.siftandpour.com! You can pick up your order, have it delivered, or shipped nationwide! ⁣  

 

Relaxing and Rewarding

If your mom usually spends the morning of Mother’s Day at brunch, she will be thrilled when you purchase the Mimosas for Mom package from Sweet Tooth Hotel. If you haven’t already, you will want to act fast on this offer as there’s an extremely limited, 30 to be exact, number of packages. For only $50, your package will include one bottle of G.H. Mumm Champagne with your choice of either orange juice or pink lemonade, two tickets to the Intangible installation, a Korean face mask, a Sweet Tooth Hotel keychain, as well as a fun “I Love You and Cake” greeting card from Read Between the Lines all delivered, contactless of course, to your door for free (must live within ten miles of 75219 to qualify for free delivery).

 

Delicious and Unique 

Looking for a wonderful way to end Mother’s Day? Say it with food! Billy Can Can’s selection of fine saloon fare is available for pick-up and to-go with their special Mother’s Day menu! Three courses of early summer deliciousness for $50 or a dessert + wine care package for $25. All that PLUS cocktails to-go, à la carte fare, local beer and fine wines- now that’s a wonderful way to celebrate mom, and you get to enjoy it too! Call them to place your order now 214.296.2610 or check out their menu here.

So there you have it, Victory Park has everything you need to succeed this Mother’s Day. Just a reminder, it is Sunday May 10th, but you already knew that! 

P.S. To all the dads out there: a reminder that there won’t be any cute DIY crafts for mom coming from school this year, it’s on you to help make that macaroni necklace (and pair it with a little something special)

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