Make it a girls’ weekend in North Texas! The cities of Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano offer the best of big city shopping, without the big city hustle and bustle.
Where to Lay Your Pretty Head
From moderate to boutique to full-on luxury, North Texas hotels run the gamut. Here are our recommendations:
Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park: (Plano) Situated in beautiful Granite Park, this Hilton is mere minutes from Plano’s most premier shopping spots, The Shops at Legacy and The Shops at Willow Bend.
Grand Hotel: (McKinney) Situated in a renovated 1880s building on McKinney’s Downtown Square, antique furnishings add to this hotel’s old-world charm.
Courtyard by Marriott: (Allen) Just minutes from exceptional shopping at Allen Premium Outlets and The Villages at Allen and The Villages at Fairview, Allen’s Courtyard by Marriott puts you in prime position to shop ‘til you drop.
Any good shopping enthusiast knows that it’s wise to stay fueled throughout the day. Luckily, you won’t have to settle for less than absolutely delicious in North Texas. We’ve hand-picked just a few of the tasty options:
Watters Creek: (Allen) Watters Creek in Allen is loaded with so many stellar restaurants, we couldn’t choose just one. From sushi at Blue Fish to Italian at Brio to Tex-Mex at Mi Cocina, the Watters Creek lineup has the perfect restaurant no matter your mood. If the weather’s nice, be sure to enjoy your meal on one of the patios—Watters Creek boasts the most patio seating in DFW, perfect for enjoying the live music on the green during the spring and summer months.
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill: (Plano) If your idea of indulgence is new shoes and not rich meals, head to Seasons 52 in Plano. This upscale “fresh grill” features a seasonal menu that capitalizes on the best ingredients available, and nothing on the menu exceeds 475 calories—you won’t even notice, trust us.
Patina Green Home & Market: (McKinney) A true McKinney original, Patina Green Home & Market is half home décor boutique, half farmer’s market with daily lunch specials. If you can make it in for lunch Tuesday–Saturday, you can indulge in dishes like house-made tomato bisque and free range chicken salad. Call 972.548.9141 for daily specials.
Estilo Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse: (Frisco) Estilo Gaucho, Frisco’s premier churrascaria, serves up a side of Brazilian culture and heritage. The house specialty, Picanha, is the most prized cut of meat in Brazil, noted for its folded preparation that produces an exceedingly rich, juicy, and tender portion.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Whether you’re looking to furnish your home or build a new wardrobe, with the shopping in North Texas, you can do it all.
Allen: Allen serves up Watters Creek, a lush open-air shopping center dotted with waterfalls and green areas, where you can stroll leisurely from boutique to boutique. Favorites include Anthropologie, Kendra Scott, Vera Bradley, Apricot Lane and Charming Charlie. The bargain huntress in you won’t be able to pass up a trip to Allen Premium Outlets, where finds from the likes of Coach, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Polo Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors are marked down by as much as 65% every day.
Frisco: Frisco is home to North Texas’ only location of IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings mega-retailer known for its chic home solutions with wallet-friendly price points. On the boutique scene, Sussie’s is a must-see, stocked with brands like Vince, Trina Turk, Tucker, J Brand and Joe’s. Stonebriar Centre boasts the nearest Nordstrom and Apple to Oklahoma as well as a Lego Store. For luxury brands at can’t-miss affordable prices, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH has got you covered! And we couldn’t talk shopping in Frisco without mentioning Sam Moon Trading Co. This well-known store carries wall-to-wall accessories, jewelry and handbags, all at near-wholesale prices. Need we say more?
McKinney: McKinney’s Historic Downtown Square is home to some truly unique shopping. Homeology is a superior high-end interior design store most known for their custom upholstery and design services. My Favorite Room follows suit, offering shabby-chic home décor like vintage linens and antique oddities. Nan Lee is the go-to shop for all your jewelry needs from special occasion to the perfect gift for any lady in your life.
Plano: Craving full-on luxury? Look no further than Plano’s The Shops at Willow Bend, which features the ultimate name in luxury, Neiman Marcus. Crate & Barrel, H&M and Restoration Hardware round out the selection. For unique boutiques, check out The Shops at Legacy, featuring more than 30 specialty stores like Julep for designer fashions and Culinary Connection for kitchen and tabletop.
Keep the Guys Occupied Too
If you’ve journeyed to North Texas with your boyfriend, husband, brother or son in tow, there’s plenty to keep him occupied as well. Frisco is home to no fewer than four professional sports teams, and Allen has three teams of their own, plus Top Golf driving range, Hydrous Wake Park and Cabela’s (think of it as Neiman’s for men). And, if you’re staying at The Westin Stonebriar, he’ll have access to the property’s Tom Fazio Championship Golf Course.
After all that shopping, you’re bound to be in need of some relaxation and rejuvenation. Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano are home to a collective 50+ spas. Choose your city below to find your perfect spa package:
For more information on shopping in Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano, visit NorthTexasShopping.com!