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August 1, 2016 / Millerann Moya / , / Comments

Plan Your Next Girlfriend Getaway to Plano

Updated: 11/27/18

A girlfriend getaway is one of life’s necessities. With the struggles of work, juggling the kids, the house, the extra-curricular activities… you all know what I’m talking about. Life is sometimes a mundane routine; shake it up a bit! Grab the gals and plan a weekend away – to Plano!

Plano is easily accessible. Just minutes north of Dallas, you have easy access from Dallas Love Field and Dallas-Fort Worth International airports. We’re also easy to get to by car: 197 miles from Abilene, 215 miles from Austin, 199 miles from Shreveport, 257 miles from Houston and 202 miles from Oklahoma City.

Plano has fabulous accommodations. With nearly 50 hotel options and 5,400 rooms across the city, you’re sure to find something to meet your price point and must-haves list. From budget-friendly to luxurious full-service properties like the newly opened Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy WestHilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park and the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, sleep comfortably for a weekend of shopping, dining and pampering. Reserve your hotel room now!

Shopping at The Shops at LegacyPlano has shopping. Your options are endless, unique and diverse! The $3.2 billion dollar, 255-acre Legacy West development boasts 415,000 dynamic square feet of open-air retail and restaurant space. Shop for stylish home decor items at West Elm and Frontgate; and women and men’s high-end apparel at Bonobos, Fabletics, J.Crew, Johnny Wass, Peter Miller, Planet Blue, Pockets, Suitsupply, and Tommy Bahama.

A “Main Street-style” experience, The Shops at Legacy combines a “downtown” feel with the intimacy of a neighborhood and community, with today’s modern styles. The Downtown Plano Arts District boasts a charming historic downtown area lined with clothing and jewelry boutiques, specialty shops, antique stores and more. The Shops at Willow Bend offers visitors a unique blend of Texas-style ambiance and world-class shopping. The center is anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. Check out our shopping blog post to learn more about shopping in Plano.

Plano is a foodie’s paradise. With more than 800 restaurants in Plano, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s palate. Dine at the area’s newest and hottest restaurants at Legacy West like Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Tommy Bahama, True Food Kitchen, Mesero, North Italia, Taverna, Haywire, KAI, Toulouse, Fogo de Chão, and soon Bistro 31. On top of all of that, Legacy Hall is a one-of-a-kind artisanal food hall experience with equal parts premium food hall, beer garden, craft brewery and live entertainment. With 22 artisan food stalls and half a dozen bars, each presents its own unique personality and chef-driven specialties, coming together to reflect the DFW food scene.

The Shops at Legacy is also a culinary landmark for some of DFW’s finest chefs and restaurants. Enjoy meals and drinks all day at the many popular restaurants like Fearing’s, Jasper’s, Seasons 52, Mexican Sugar, Kenny’s Smokehouse, RA Sushi, Coal Vines, Henry’s Tavern, Main Street Bistro & Bakery, Del Frisco’s Grille and Bob’s Steak & Chop House. Downtown Plano features several one-of-a-kind eateries like Urban Crust, Urban Rio, The Fillmore Pub, Jorg’s Cafe Vienna, and Fourteen Eighteen Coffeehouse. You can’t have a girl’s weekend without brunch; learn more about brunching through Plano here. We’ve got you covered; here’s a list of all the dining options by category.

Plano has outdoor adventures. Plan a morning hike to start your day. With more than 82 miles of recreational trails, chances are there’s a trail near you. Get trail information here including downloadable trail maps. Two major parks in Plano offer great opportunities to connect with the outdoors. Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is 800 acres and has 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft trails along Rowlett Creek. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park with hike and bike trails, a 2-mile walking trail and stunning views of the prairie and forest. And now, due to a partnership between the City of Plano, Toyota, American Park Network and Time Warner Cable, free Wi-Fi is now available at City parks and recreation centers!

If you’d rather a little more intensity, check out the new Go Ape Treetop Adventure course at Oak Point Park which is made up of numerous rope ladders and 39 exciting crossings, including five zip lines!

Plano has pampering. After your morning hike and brunch, you’ll need to take some time for a little R&R. With places like The Woodhouse Day Spa and Drybar, you’re sure to get some much needed pampering. See a list of spa and beauty options here.

Plano has live music. Check out these places for live music opportunities to cap-off your night: Blue Martini, Love & War in Texas, McCall PlazaSambuca 360, Taverna RossaThe Ginger Man and Urban Rio/On The Rocks

Enter to win a weekend of shopping, dining and adventure in North Texas!

Stay safe during your nights out and use Uber to get around; we have a special promo code just for you. Visit our event calendar to see what’s going on while you’re here. We’d love to see where your Plano adventure takes you! Tag your photos #visitplano and #loveplano. 

Cover photo: Visit Plano
Gold purse photo: Alice Chase
Drink photo: Megan Weaver
Band photo: Visit Plano