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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, November 2, 2007
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!

Greetings Getaway Lover,

These twin cities, separated by 30 miles of suburbs, 
may be the oddest couple of all in a state of odd 
couples. Dallas is glitzy and ritzy, a swelling, 
modernistic business metropolis whose inhabitants go 
to bed early and to church on Sunday. Fort Worth, 
sneered at as "Cowtown" by its neighbors, lives in 
the shadow of its wild history as a rip-roaring 
cowboy town, a place of gunfights and cattle drives 
-- even though its cultural establishment is superior 
to Dallas's and it has seen a downtown rebirth in 
recent years. In Fort Worth that fellow in the faded 
jeans and cowboy hat could well be the president of 
the bank. In Dallas, people tend to be a bit more 
formal. 

Happy Trails,
Jan

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--DESTINATION: When to Go to Dallas/Fort Worth 

The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan region receives just 
under three inches of snow annually; both cities are 
known to top the 100° mark during summer days. October 
and April are the prime months for a comfortable visit. 
You may wish to avoid the heat that bakes the state from 
June through September. 

The following are the normal daily temperature ranges 
for Dallas-Fort Worth: 

January 33-54°F (1-12°C); February 37-59°F (3-15°C); 
March 46-68°F (8-20°C); April 55-76°F (13-24°C); May 
63-83°F (17-28°C); June 70-92°F (21-33°C); July 74-97°F 
(23-36°C); August 74-96°F (23-36°C); September 67-88°F 
(19-31°C); October 56-79°F (13-26°C); November 45-67°F 
(7-19°C); December 36-58°F (2-14°C). 

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--WHAT TO DO AND SEE:

Bank of America Tower 
Financial Institution, Dallas 
 
Dallas's tallest building, the 920-ft Bank of America 
Tower, is visible for miles at night, thanks to the 
green argon tubing that outlines its 72 stories. 

Address: 901 Main St., Downtown, Dallas, TX, USA
 
  
Dallas City Hall 
Government Building, Dallas 
 
Renowned architect I. M. Pei is responsible for the 
striking inverted-pyramid design of Dallas City Hall, 
located in downtown Dallas. The building is set on a 
7-acre plaza complete with reflecting pools and a 
stunning bronze Henry Moore sculpture. 

Address: 1500 Marilla St., Downtown, Dallas, TX, USA
Phone: 214/670-5111
 
  
Fort Worth Zoo 
Zoo/Aquarium, Fort Worth 
 
The Fort Worth Zoo (www.fortworthzoo.com; COST: $8.50) 
is the oldest continuous zoo site in Texas and houses 
more than 6,000 exotic and native animals, including 
Komodo dragons, koala bears, and a rare white tiger. 

Address: 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX, USA
Phone: 817/759-7555
  
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Other Places of Interest:

 John F. Kennedy Memorial 
Memorial/Monument, Dallas 
 
The stark, square John F. Kennedy Memorial, a cenotaph 
(empty tomb) designed by architect Philip Johnson, is 
a short walk from Dealey Plaza, at Main and Market 
streets. 
 

Southfork Ranch 
House/Mansion, Dallas 
 
Minutes north of Dallas lies one of the city's most 
enduring landmarks, Southfork Ranch 
(www.southforkranch.com; COST: $7.95). Built in 1970, 
the ranch became one of the city's best-known symbols 
when the TV show Dallas premiered in 1978. You can 
still tour the mansion, have lunch at Miss Ellie's 
Deli, and try to remember who shot J. R. 

Address: 3700 Hogge Dr., Parker, TX, USA
Phone: 972/442-7800
 

Thanks-Giving Square 
Religious Site, Dallas 
 
Thanks-Giving Square (www.thanksgiving.org; COST: $5 
suggested donation), a small triangular plaza designed 
by Philip Johnson, contains quiet gardens and a chapel 
with stained glass by Gabriel Loire. 

Address: Pacific Ave. and Ervay St., Downtown, Dallas, 
TX, USA
Phone: 214/969-1977
 
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--WHERE TO SLEEP:

Azalea Plantation 
$125 to $200, Fort Worth 
 
On the north end of town, this plantation-style Colonial 
home sits on 1½ landscaped acres with oak trees, a 
fountain, and a gazebo. Rooms are large and furnished 
with antiques. Some of the rooms have refrigerators. Some 
rooms have hot tubs. 4 rooms. In-hotel: no-smoking rooms. 
AE, D, MC, V. Full breakfast. 

Address: 1400 Robinwood Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76111, USA
Phone: 817/838-5882 or 800/687-3529
Fax: 817/838-5882

 
Best Western Dallas Telecom Area Suites 
$75 to $125, Dallas 
 
This all-suites hotel off I-75 is within 1 block of 
several restaurants and a movie theater, and 4 miles 
from the Galleria mall. 70 suites. In-room: kitchen, 
refrigerator, dial-up. In-hotel: pool, laundry service, 
parking (no fee). AE, D, DC, MC, V. Continental break-
fast. 

Address: 13636 Goldmark Dr., Dallas, TX 75240, USA
Phone: 972/669-0478
Fax: 972/644-2632
 

Crowne Plaza Suites Dallas 
$75 to $200, Dallas 
 
This 10-story all-suites hotel with 14 meeting rooms 
is a good choice for business travelers. It's 18 
miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 
15 miles from downtown Dallas, and 15 miles from the 
convention center. 295 rooms. In-room: refrigerator, 
dial-up. In-hotel: restaurant, room service, bar, pools, 
gym, laundry service, parking (no fee). AE, D, DC, MC, 
V. www.crowneplaza.com 

Address: 7800 Alpha Rd., Dallas, TX 75240, USA
Phone: 972/788-0947
 
--WHERE TO DINE:

Abacus 
Contemporary, $20 to $40, Dallas 
  
This high-profile restaurant uptown fits the Texas 
"everything's bigger" image. The interior is as 
spectacular as it is warm. The food melds southwestern
and Asian cuisine, resulting in creations like lobster 
"shooters" flavored with red chili and sake. People 
come back for the sushi. Reservations essential. AE, 
D, DC, MC, V. Closed Sun. No lunch. 

Address: 4511 McKinney Ave., Uptown, Dallas, TX, USA
Phone: 214/559-3111
 

Angelo's Barbecue 
Southern, Under $20, Fort Worth 
 
A Fort Worth institution since 1958, Angelo's is famous 
for succulent smoked ribs, so tender that the meat falls 
off the bone, and for the stuffed bear that guards the 
front door. Arrive early, as they've been known to run 
out of ribs well before closing. Reservations not 
accepted. No credit cards. Closed Sun. 

Address: 2533 White Settlement Rd., Fort Worth, TX, USA
Phone: 817/332-0357
 

Bistro Louise 
Mediterranean, $20 to Over $40, Fort Worth 
 
People drive 30 miles from Dallas to dine on tea-smoked 
duck, macadamia-crusted shrimp, and the like. Wood-beam 
ceilings and flowered tablecloths add to the charming 
French setting. No dinner Sun. and Mon. AE, D, DC, MC, 
V. Closed Sun. 

Address: 2900 S. Hulen St., Stonegate Commons, Fort 
Worth, TX, USA
Phone: 817/922-9244


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