Summer is coming to a close and you’re left wondering what to do with your last few weeks of freedom – we have your answer: a last-minute summer getaway to Richardson, Texas! You won’t find a better location with even better hotel rates this late in the game. Known for beautifully appointed hotels at reasonable prices, Richardson is also smack dab in the middle of some of North Texas’ best shopping! Pack your bags, round up your family and head out to enjoy a weekend full of shopping, much-needed relaxing and delicious eats!


Where to Stay

Aloft Hotel

Did we mention Richardson has a great lineup of nice hotels with crazy affordable room rates? Check out our list of the top hotels to choose from:

  • The Hyatt Regency North Dallas a modern, yet sophisticated hotel, conveniently located near Main Street, tons of restaurants and golf courses.
  • The Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel is a stylish hotel with premier amenities, making it an exceptional guest experience.
  • Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Dallas an elegant hotel that gives you warm chocolate chip cookies when you arrive. Need we say more?
  • The Aloft Hotel will always be number one in our hearts. Located just steps from CityLine (literally), it’s a convenient home base while you shop and play in Richardson.


Where to Shop

The Shops at Park Lane

Now let’s get down to business… Richardson’s big bonus is the city’s amazing location! It’s about a ten-minute drive from Dallas, the unofficial “fashion capital of Texas,” Allen, the outlet bargainista’s dream and Plano, the extravagant shopping paradise. With everything from luxury items to steals and deals, these top spots can’t be beat.

Dallas’ NorthPark Center is a perfect mix of high-end storefronts, department stores and boutique-style retail. With anchors like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, you will feel like you’ve walked into heaven! Across the street, you’ll find The Shops at Park Lane. You can discover incredible brands at affordable prices at stores like Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Bloomingdale’s – The Outlet. A hop, skip and a jump over to the 635 and Dallas North Tollway intersection, lands you at Galleria Dallas. Home to over 200 stores, Galleria Dallas Features top-notch stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, and Belk. You’ll have no problem finding everything you need, and even stuff you didn’t know you needed! A ten-minute drive never looked so good!

Allen Premium Outlets is home to standout outlet shopping such as Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade, J. Crew Outlet and Michael Kors, just to name a few. If you enjoy saving money, Allen Premium Outlets is the place for you. With savings of 25-65% year-round, you can’t afford to miss out. 

The Shops at Legacy is where you can enjoy an upscale atmosphere, entertainment, high-end shopping and more, all within walking distance of one another. Legacy West has quality stores you won’t be able to pass up. Favorites include Madewell, Pockets, Warby Parker, Fabletics and Johnny Was.

Where to Eat

Good Union Urban BBQ

CityLine is all the rage in Richardson – it’s a sensational mixed-use development with appetizing restaurants to boot. For a casual dining experience, check out one of CityLine’s fast and yummy restaurants like Good Union Urban BBQ or the newest addition, Char’d: Southeast Asian Kitchen. If you’re looking for a more upscale eatery, one of CityLine gems will totally hit the spot:


Sweet Daze - Summer Getaway in Richardson
Sweet Daze Dessert Bar

You know it’s true, we all have a sweet tooth whether you want to admit it or not, and Sweet Daze Dessert Bar has the perfect cure! You will fall in love with their rotating soft serve flavors such as fruity pebbles and black velvet, designer doughnuts that feature everything from uniquely-topped unicorn and 24k marble designs, plus handcrafted drinks, artistically decorated cakes and dessert bars!

What to Do


First things first, if you have kids, keeping them engaged and entertained is a must on a family trip, and we’ll help you do just that. Glenville Pool isn’t just for swimming. Splash around in the water playground or sit back and relax at one of the four other pools Richardson has to offer! CityLine doesn’t just have tasty bites. Find your zen at Reef Point Yoga class on site or enjoy the day outside at the urban plaza where you can bike, hike or walk the trails. For some adult-only fun, Free Play arcade offers an irresistible gaming experience that will take you back in time with more than 95 retro games – they also have a great beer selection with foodie favorites! 

Remember that great location we’ve been doting on? Take a short 13-mile drive Northwest to visit Plano’s newest attraction, the Crayola Experience, with its 27 hands-on attractions. We promise the kids are not the only ones that will be entertained here. Ride the waves 13-miles North to Allen and cut loose at Hydrous Wakeparks, a wakeboarding facility that uses a cable system to pull riders around the 10-acre lake. They will have you looking like a pro in no time! Because of Richardson’s location, the possibilities are endless.