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Travel Tuesday: A Wet, Wild, Wonderful Weekend Staycation

Downtown. Uptown. Deep Ellum.

Even Arlington if you’re into the whole theme park/professional sports thing.

These are all fairly obvious places in the city that make for popular staycations where you can easily walk or take a quick rideshare to a plethora of restaurants, bars and other popular attractions.

But The Village? Known for decades as a neighborhood made up entirely of large apartment complexes, The Village in recent years has become a dynamite destination for some fabulous restaurants. But unless you stay overnight at The Drey in the heart of it all, you’re missing out on so much more.

We stay in a lot of hotels (usually at least four per month) and we can honestly testify that the small, 38-room boutique hotel, The Drey, has some of the most perfectly appointed rooms we’ve experienced in a long time. The gigantic bathroom alone made us want to add an extra night.

But it’s all the little extras outside the hotel’s four walls that make it even better. Upon check-in, you’ll be given a bracelet that gets you access throughout your stay to The Village Fit, an excellent workout facility, and The Village Country Club, complete with its own restaurant, bar, resort-style pool and hot tub. Now that the weather’s great, this will be a fab place to cool off.

We stayed a full weekend mainly because we wanted to try so many restaurants on-site and it simply made more sense to have a home base where we could nap between gluttonous gastronomic gatherings at the numerous venues packed into such a relatively small real estate footprint.

Topping our list was the award-winning, James Beard semifinalist restaurant, Meridian. And it did not disappoint. Opt for the four-course, $73-per-person, build-your-own tasting menu for the best experience (and a terrific value for this level of cuisine).

Yet for all the much-deserved hype Meridian has been getting, we really, really, really loved Anise, a Mediterranean gem on the lower level of the hotel. We will definitely be making a return visit. The roasted chicken alone is worth the drive.

But we’ll let the photos do the rest of the work for us.

Then book your stay for a night or two and feel worlds away from the chaos of your regular life—without having to drive for hours.

Drey Hotel at The Village Dallas
5605 Village Glen Drive, Dallas

All photos courtesy of The Village Dallas