Our Pink Traveler reviews take us all over the globe, but booking a relaxing vacation doesn’t necessarily require being crammed in a middle seat on a plane or having every nook and cranny inspected by TSA or Customs agents.
(Although there are scenarios where we wouldn’t mind either of those inconveniences.)
So as a new monthly feature, we will be highlighting one hotel we love, its features and amenities, and a few things to do nearby. The only requirement is that it’s less than an hour’s drive from Dallas. Because as far as we’re concerned, anything more than two hours away counts as an awaycation.
To kick things off, we head west to one of our favorite Texas cities: Fort Worth.
After a recent, multi-million dollar renovation, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel feels like the a fun, contemporary boutique property—despite having more than 500 guest rooms. A newly redesigned lobby and completely overhauled guest rooms have brought the 1980s-era hotel firmly into the 21st century. Located steps from Sundance Square, it’s an ideal place to camp out for a weekend and have this walkable downtown at your disposal.
You gotta love hotel rooms in Dallas/Fort Worth. Few other major cities offer visitors accommodations that are as roomy as we do in these parts. That easily applies to the extremely spacious guest rooms and bathrooms. No matter which side of the hotel you end up on, the views will not disappoint with so much of downtown Fort Worth surrounding you. We’re always a little surprised when a hotel renovates and doesn’t replace bathtubs with walk-in showers (our preference), but that’s most assuredly not a dealbreaker. Quirky pop-art accents and over-the-top-comfortable bedding make it feel a whole lot like home.
At the end of 2019, Fort Worth (and the Worthington more specifically) became the first location in Texas to welcome a Toro Toro restaurant from acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval. A meal here is worth the drive from Dallas, so that alone is enough to justify a staycation in our book because after a decadent Pan-Latin dinner of Prime steaks, barbecue and seafood with a bottle of wine and cocktails, why worry about driving home when you can simply waddle/stumble to the elevator for a quick ride to your room.
Whether you’re exploring the Fort Worth Water Gardens (above), hanging out in Sundance Square listening to live music, or taking a short eight-minute Uber or Lyft to watch the twice-daily cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards, a weekend in Fort Worth can feel like a whole other world away from the usual routine in Dallas.
Not to mention a whole new world of guys on Grindr and Scruff.
Main image and hotel images courtesy of The Worthington Rennaissance
Toro Toro photo by Nancy Farrar