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21 Cool Things to Do

Arlington, Texas

By: Decima Cooper Mullen & Nikki Stephens

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o you like to maintain a reputation as the “cool mom,” the “hip” host, and the friend who always knows how to plan a memorable outing? If yes to any or all, this rundown of semi-secret and “why didn’t I think of that?” things to do in the American Dream City is destined for your favorites list (or your refrigerator, if you like to keep it old school). Check this out, happiness pursuers, and let the good times commence: One: Book a bed & breakfast staycation If fine dining, spa treatments, and cocktails on the front porch swing sound like your idea of a good time, you can indulge to your heart’s content at the Sanford House Inn & Spa or the Thornton Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in historic Downtown Arlington. Pair an overnight stay (or two!) with a concert under the stars at the Levitt Pavilion, a show at Arlington Music Hall or a Texas Rangers game, and you’ve got yourself one sweet getaway. Two: Sample some chocolate soufflé at Cacharel Restaurant Since it’s hidden away at the top of an unassuming business building in the Arlington Entertainment District, you might not know that Arlington is home to Cacharel Restaurant, one of the finest culinary treasures in Texas. Book a reservation today for gorgeous views and fivestar cuisine in an elegant setting—and whatever you do, be sure and save room for the best chocolate soufflé you’re likely to come by in this lifetime. Three: Shop Texas’s largest Christmas store Decorators Warehouse is a true shopper’s paradise that offers an acre-plus of Christmas and holiday deco-

rations—and as a bonus, there’s the Rose Garden Tea Room or the store’s TV lounge when you’re ready for a break. Four: Explore historic cemeteries Intriguing destinations in and around Arlington include Arlington Cemetery, the Early African American Cemetery, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s gravesite (the final resting place for the legendary lead guitarist for the rock group Pantera), and Lee Harvey Oswald’s gravesite. Five: Go a little gangster A little 1930s-styled gangster, that is. One of Arlington’s most interesting destinations is Arlington Baptist College, the former home of Top O’ The Hill Terrace, a famous Prohibition-era tea room and casino that’s full of incredible stories and wonderful historical photos. Anysized group tours are available by appointment. Six: Dig the Division Street dive bars Well-poured affordable cocktails, a little people watching, and a whole lot of atmosphere? Oh, yeah. Start at the far west end of Division Street near Highway 820 and cruise your way east through some of the divey-est joints around, such as Ozzie Rabbit’s, continued on page 10

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