Girls Weekend Getaway in Plano, Texas

Plano Texas

“Why are you going to PLANO?!”

I had to field this question a million times over by my Austin-enthusiast friends. Why head out to Plano, Texas when you had the opportunity to play at home?

Only 30 minutes from most major attractions in the Dallas area and consistently listed as one of the safest and best cities to live in by Forbes and Men’s/Women’s Health Magazine, this little city has much more than people realize.

I was able to take part in a Girls Getaway Weekend with Visit Plano – and in short, it rocked my face off. It is perfect for those looking for a weekend out with the girlies, or an awesome place to hold a bachelorette party. I know the Austin “curse” too well. You’re guaranteed to run into someone at your lowest point. Escaping to Plano is a great way to experience anonymity and party your lady parts (or man bits) off.

Here are a few things that I fell in love with and you should use as a guide while discovering Plano, Texas.

Eat

Plano Texas

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar: By far my favorite restaurant that we had the pleasure of eating at in Plano, this farm to fork establishment really took my breath away. With a very industrial look of exposed brick, don’t let this place fool you. They have power provided by solar paneling, an herb garden that they use for their recipes, and their veggie garden (found on property) has a rainwater irrigation system. It is even more impressive that all the menu items are sourced from Texas.

I had a starter of fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs that made me swoon with their delicate and delicious placement of salmon on top. But as a person who thrives on savory, the pork belly ramen took the cake (pun intended). The whole shebang was ended with their signature whiskey cake that made me wish I had the necessary taste buds to love sweet. It even took my anti-dessert self by surprise.

Mignon Restaurant: I had the best steak of my LIFE here. With a starter of crispy and light, fresh calamari, and apple smoked bacon wrapped quail, I should have known my main course was going to be rockin’. I am a meat snob. I live in Texas and know what a good cut of meat should be. You can imagine that my tummy is very hard to please when it comes to red meat. I ordered the Prime Rib Filet “Oscar” – a prime rib cooked medium rare (the only way!) with jumbo lump crab, white truffle hollandaise, grilled asparagus and chive whipped potatoes. It was probably the most tender steak I’ve ever come across and I still find myself daydreaming and drooling.

Plano Texas

Seasons 52: How can you complain about a restaurant where every amazing entree is less than 470 calories? With a menu that changes with the seasons and the weeks, I can’t help but feel good about eating here. The ahi tuna I ordered was out of this world! The one thing that made this restaurant for me was the concept of mini indulgences. I hate ordering huge desserts when I just want something little. Cute little cups with individual servings sizes were presented in a tower – which made it look even more decadent.

Jasper’s: It says a lot about Chef Kent Rathbun when you can beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef – and we weren’t disappointed with that showed up at the table. When the chef comes over and tells you what to eat, you BETTER EAT IT. My favorite appetizer of the night had to be the Maytag Blue Cheese Potato Chips, but it was hard to pick between the Gulf Crab Cakes and the Calamari. Kent Rathbun has also gotten the esteemed award of having one of the Top 3 Best Ribs in America by Bon Appetit Magazine. Oh boy were they delicious. NOMNOMNOM

Drink

The Cru Food & Wine Bar: Located in the Shops of Legacy area, this wine bar offers 30 wines by the glass. Another huge plus is that for a price of a glass of wine, you can get a flight. I really love that feature about this place.

Plano Texas

Blue Martini: A rockin’ live band with a girl that rivals Rihanna – I kid you not. These guys really specialize in your boutique martini experience. I fell in love with dirty martinis here. While this place carries a posh ambience, the only thing that drives me nuts is the giant wall piece that blocks half the stage when you’re in the VIP area. Fix that by heading out to the dance floor.

Sambuca 360: Another great bar with a live band. What this place lacks in specialized cocktails it more than makes up for in a damn good time. The audience seemed to be dancing like there was no tomorrow and the VIP section has a much better view.

Sleep

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NYLO: Screw staying here – I want to LIVE here. Designed after New York lofts, this place is totally up my alley when it comes to style. Concrete floors, walls, exposed AC ducts, and a flair of Texas – YES PLEASE! Next time I’m going for one of the “lifestyle” suites complete with mini bar, lounging area, and massive patio overlooking the countryside. I felt like a rock star here. Head down to the hotel bar LOCL during your stay. They have a great list of cocktails in a posh environment. Between the orange billiard room and the glass antler chandeliers with orange lamp shades, I was happily clicking away with my camera.

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The Marriott at Legacy Park Town Center: This upscale property is just a stones throw from The Shops at Legacy and quite a few of the restaurants and bars listed above. If you’re looking for a place to party and then stumble home, this is a fab location. With their soft blankets and comfortable bed, creature comforts like this made my late night partying possible.

Do

Plano Texas

Walk through downtown Plano: I have a small obsession with small Texas towns. This is the cutest and most quaint downtown I’ve seen in some time. With older brick buildings from the 1800s and boutique shops, it makes for a great stroll.

Plano Texas

The Shops at Legacy: I spent too much money on a new dress here. From boutiques like Francesca’s Collections to Willa boutique, I had to keep my credit card in check. Not only did they actually have clothes in my size, but the variety of goods was just phenomenal. I’m going to have to go back one day when there is actually money in my bank.

The Woodhouse Day Spa: Don’t laugh but I had my first ever pedicure here. The pedicures come with a volcanic stone massage and mimosas/champagne/wine (that you bet I used to my advantage!). I’ve been converted.

The Drybar: Probably my favorite experience of the trip, this is one of the most innovative companies I’ve seen in a while (and we don’t have one in AUSTIN!). For $35 you get mimosas/champagne/wine and they wash and style your hair. I channeled my inner Marilyn Monroe and felt radiant after having them do my hair. A serious girlie MUST DO.

Plano Texas

I came home exhausted, happy, and beaming after some much needed girlie time. While I do love my hubby, sometimes we just need to get away from each other. What better way than to head to Plano, Texas, a mere 3 ½ hour drive from Austin. It is cheaper than a plane ride to an exotic location, can offer you a chance to party at swanky clubs, and will help you gain *mumble mumble* pounds from the amazing food in the area.

But seriously, my pictures don’t lie. 😛

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Disclosure: I was a guest of the Visit Plano CVB, however all opinions are my own. 😀

18 Responses to “Girls Weekend Getaway in Plano, Texas”

  1. Bethany June 4, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    LOOKS AWESOME!!! Love how you have everything laid out and the photos looks great! Plano looks really incredible and glad you had such a great time. :)

    • Erica June 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      It was FAB and I think I’m finally growing into my “style”.

  2. Heather June 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    WOW. The restaurants sound great. I just had to open up the menus. And now I know exactly where I’d start my restaurant list if I ever head that way.

  3. Maria June 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Kudos for kickin’ it with your girls. Looks like lots of good food, fun drinks and a some sweet sleeps.

    I love Dallas! I was just there, stayed downtown, this past week/end and had some fun adventures and great food – Plano has it’s good spots too. Love the idea of local-getaways that keep me in state but outta town. :-)

  4. Steph June 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    We have a Seasons 52 near DC and I love it!
    I totally get the idea of finding the awesome side of less glamorous cities. I think you did a good job here!

    • Erica June 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      YES. I can totally do more of this.

  5. Emily in Chile June 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    You look beautiful! And overall, Plano doesn’t look half bad either…I could definitely enjoy a city with good food and hip places to sleep.

  6. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures June 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Seriously sounds like the best getaway ever! LOVE the hair!!!

    • Erica June 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      Thank you! I love feeling girlie and glam!

  7. Sofie @ Wonderful Wanderings June 5, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    Looks great!
    I’d go there just for the food!

  8. Adam June 5, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Plano sounds more cool than I thought – and I grew up not very far from there either! The Whisky cafe sounds pretty great. I’m curious about Plano’s downtown district, though – because I love the small Texas towns too but Plano always seemed more like a big “industrial-like” city – sounds cool, though!

    • Erica June 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

      The downtown took my by surprise. I knew a few people who grew up in the area and this is not what they described!

  9. Heather June 5, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    I’d heard of Plano… But now I want to go there! I have been exposed only to Texan stereotypes, and I was shocked that there is a restaurant that has entrees *less* that 470 calories! Plano doesn’t look like the Texas of my stereotype: it looks fancy, pretty, classy, and FUN! Great post, I have shed my ignorance.

    • Erica June 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      But… but… but… I’m from Austin and we defy almost all the Texan stereotypes! <3

  10. Emma Spires June 6, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    Wow! Looks amazing! I just want to jump on that bed….!

    • Erica June 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      Oh I did. A few times.

  11. Jillian July 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    The Whiskey Cake kitchen sounds amazing. But you need to try Jorg’s Cafe Vienna! It’s in downtown Plano and is the BEST German/Viennese food bar none.

    • Erica August 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

      I’ll have to look that up the next time I’m in town!

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