Grab your girls and get ready for a weekend of food, fun, and friends in Richardson, Texas! Just north of Dallas, Richardson is smack dab in the middle of all the North Texas action. From boutique shopping to Sunday brunching, there’s plenty to do on a Richardson girlfriend getaway.
Where to Stay
Did we mention Richardson has a great lineup of top hotels with crazy affordable room rates? Here are just a few of our favorites to choose from:
- Drury Plaza is one of Richardson’s newest places to stay and it’s quickly becoming one of our favorites. Located just minutes from CityLine DFW and the Eisemann Center, plus a rooftop pool perfect for unwinding and relaxing.
- It’s the little luxuries at Cambria Hotel Richardson-Dallas that make your stay special. Savor a taste of Texas at their full-service restaurant and bar. Pro tip: try a local craft beer selected by the Cambria Beer Cicerone.
- The Hyatt Regency Richardson – Dallas is a modern, yet sophisticated hotel, conveniently located inside the “Telecom Corridor” just off 75, providing easy access to nearby golf courses, nature trails and an amazing selection of restaurants.
- The Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel is a newly renovated, stylish hotel with premier amenities, making it an exceptional guest experience.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas, offering free shuttle service covering a five-mile radius, is 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), this boutique hotel is a convenient home base while you shop and play in Richardson.
Where to Shop
Discover that perfect one-of-a-kind piece at Beaucoup—our favorite one-stop-shop for home decor, kick-knacks, chic women’s clothing, and unforgettable gifts.
What happens when you combine the uniqueness of thrifted finds with chic styles? You get Ascot & Hart! One step inside and you’ll see why the trendy, colorful pieces are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Whether you’re going out on the town, have a hot date coming up, or just wanna strut your summer glow, do it with Allie-Coosh! The one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces are made in-house, and have looks ranging from chunky and abstract to elegant and classic.
Escape from the Texas heat and spend some time discovering everything from women’s clothing to antiques at Beyond the Door. Plus, it’s the perfect place to pick up a knick-knack to remember your visit to Richardson.
Now let’s get down to business. Richardson’s big bonus is the city’s amazing location! It’s about a ten minute drive to 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 luxury brand storefronts, department stores and boutique-style retail. With anchors like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, you will feel like you’ve walked into high-end fashion heaven! And don’t miss the newly opened Italian market and restaurant, Eataly Dallas.
Across the street, you’ll find the open-air shopping staple, 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 nearly 150 stores, Galleria Dallas features top-notch stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Banana Republic. 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 Coach, Kate Spade, J. Crew Factory 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.
Legacy West has quality stores you won’t be able to pass up. Favorites include Madewell, Pockets, Warby Parker, Neighborhood Goods and Johnny Was.
The Shops at Legacy is where you can enjoy an upscale atmosphere, entertainment, high-end shopping and more, all within walking distance!
Where to Eat
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 a new favorite, Char’d: Southeast Asian Kitchen.
If you’re looking for a more upscale eatery, these CityLine gems are sure to hit the spot:
DFW Chinatown is a Richardson foodie hotspot and home to a wide variety of cuisines spanning from Chinese to Korean to Japanese and more. Dive into an authentic bowl of ramen from Maru Ramen or handcrafted dumplings from Jeng Chi Restaurant and Bakery. Other local favorites include Monkey King Noodle, Genroku Sushi & Grill, Tofu Factory, and Pho Que Huong.
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 unicorns and 24k marble designs, plus handcrafted drinks, artistically decorated cakes and dessert bars!
As if summer couldn’t get sweeter, Sweet Firefly Gourmet Ice Cream & Candied Treats is home to Richardson’s finest hand-crafted ice cream, Sweet Firefly has a wide variety of to-go desserts to choose from. Whether it’s an ice-cream sandwich, large gumballs, pints of homemade ice cream or dark chocolate cashews, you won’t want to miss out on the sweet treats!
What to Do
There’s no better way to celebrate with your girlfriends than with a good pampering.
And with over 50 spas, nail salons, and massage parlors, you can zen out all weekend long. Kick things off with a therapeutic massage at The Spa at II Creeks followed by a detoxification in their infrared dry sauna.
Whether you’re looking for matching nails with the gang or custom eccentric designs to match your personality, Blush Beauty Bar is the place for you. The plush pink chairs match the pink flower wall (AKA the perfect place to snap a pic of your new nails).
CityLine doesn’t just have tasty bites. Enjoy the day outside at the urban plaza, or explore the two nearby parks where you can bike, hike or walk the trails.
Speaking of the great outdoors, did you know Richardson is full of nature trails and parks? After you stop by Richardson Bike Mart and Run On!, you’ll be ready to explore Spring Creek Nature Area Trail—a 2.3 mile loop trail that features a river and is good for all hiking skill levels! Huck Finn Trail is a 1.4 mile trail that features a beautiful waterfall and a hike achievable for all ages! Bring your camera, because you’ll find plenty of spots for photo ops!
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!
After your retro gaming sesh, raise a glass with the girls and venture over to Four Bullets Brewery to sample “English ale with a Texas twist.”.
From farm fresh pantry staples to artisanal sweets and treats, spend your summer Saturdays shopping at the Richardson Farmers Market. Located at the Dal-Rich Towne Square, the Market is the place to go for local goods and unique finds.
Ready to roll up your sleeves and make a mess? Check out Quiggly’s Clayhouse! This clayhouse (not to be confused with a playhouse, although it will feel like one), hosts art camps and features a walk-in studio, where trained artists will help you create a masterpiece of your very own! Choose from pottery painting, glass fusion, mosaics, clay sculpting or letter art. They also make pottery kits for at-home crafts!
If you’re looking for an activity with a little more edge, book an experience at Class Axe Throwing. It’s the perfect place to perfect your aim with a unique twist that’s sure to be remembered.
Keep the competitive spirit going with K-1 Racing! The indoor go-kart track is a sure way to satisfy the need for speed with plenty of options for fun for your whole gang including arrive and drive, birthday parties, leagues, and more.
See North Texas from a new perspective as you soar through the air and get lost in a treetop adventure at Go Ape! Located just minutes away from Richardson in Plano’s Oak Point Park, fly high above the ground as you cross 40 different crossings and obstacles and four ziplines. Because of Richardson’s convenient location, the possibilities are truly endless.