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July 2, 2014

Fast summer getaways in Dallas, Fort Worth and more

Area hotels roll out the red carpet with premium packages for summertime escapes close to home.

Is a busy schedule preventing your family from taking a long vacation this summer? Or are you just looking to recharge after a long week? Either way, a staycation could be just the thing you need. With top-notch hotels in the area offering premium packages and promotions to get you in the door, staying put has never been more chic.

The Fairmont Dallas

Experience the city’s art scene with the Fairmont Dallas’ Discover Dallas Art Package. The package includes two tickets to the Nasher Sculpture Center, located down the street from the hotel. Guests also have the option of enjoying a self-guided art tour with Public ArtWalk, or they can head to the Dallas Museum of Art, which offers complimentary public admission.

For those looking to book a family outing, The Fairmont also offers a Summer Family Fun Package. Guests book a suite and receive 50 percent off an adjoining room for the kids. Also included in the package are a $50 food and beverage credit and one complimentary in-room movie per night. On Saturday evenings, families are also invited to enjoy complimentary Dive-In Movies. These feature popular films, popcorn and fun pool toys.

Fine print: Discover Dallas Art Package must be booked 24 hours in advance.

To book or get rates, call 800-257-7544 or visit

Gaylord Texan Resort

Interested in getting the most out of your short staycation? Located on the shores of Lake Grapevine, the Gaylord Texan Resort is packed with a variety of luxurious accommodations, including an award-winning spa, beautiful indoor gardens and its own nightclub.

In honor of the summer season, the resort is kicking it up a notch with its ongoing Summer Bash event. Running until Labor Day, the event features family-friendly entertainment, culinary classes, dining specials and outdoor happenings at the resort’s 10-acre pool and lazy river playground.

To book or get rates, call 817-778-2000 or visit

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas has teamed with global menswear leader Ermenegildo Zegna for a one-of-a-kind luxury shopping experience and stay. The Suit Yourself package treats guests to deluxe overnight accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton, including free Internet, overnight valet parking and breakfast for two either in-room or at Fearing’s Restaurant.

The perks continue with a trip to Ermenegildo Zegna in Highland Park Village, where guests will receive an exclusive Made to Measure shopping experience and personal consultation. Included in the package is a $500 gift card valid toward the purchase of a Made to Measure suit. Should you end up purchasing anything, the store will ship your purchase to your home, office or any other U.S. location.

To book or get rates, call 800-542-8680 or visit

Omni Fort Worth Hotel

The Omni Fort Worth Hotel is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a special Plead the Fifth package. Perfect for a weekend escape with friends, the hotel offers the package in guy and girl versions. For the girls, the package includes mani/pedi treatments at Mokara Spa, $100 dinner credit at Bob’s Steak & Chop House, a wine tasting at Wine Thief and daily breakfast. For the guys, the package includes a round of golf at Fossil Creek, $100 dinner credit at Bob’s Steak & Chop House, a whiskey tasting at Whiskey & Rye and daily breakfast. Both packages include complimentary valet parking and a three-hour limousine ride.

Looking for a more outdoorsy experience? The Omni also boasts a package called Pedal Fort Worth. A great way to explore Fort Worth by bike, the package includes a 24-hour bicycle rental with helmets and a picnic lunch of cheese, fruit, Southern club sandwich, salad, dessert and bottled water.

Fine print: Reservations for Plead the Fifth must be booked three days in advance of your stay and require a two-person minimum. Reservations for Pedal Fort Worth must be booked two days in advance.

To book or get rates, call 817-535-6664 or visit

Great Wolf Lodge

A favorite destination for family vacations, Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine boasts a variety of fun attractions, including a water park, kids’ spa and arcade. Outside, guests find themselves just minutes away from family-friendly hot spots like Grapevine Mills Mall and the Legoland Discovery Center.

Great Wolf is offering two promotions that are valid until the end of August. The Summer Savings promotion saves guests up to 15 percent on two or more nights when using the promo code SAVINGS. The Triple Fun promotion saves guests up to 20 percent off three or more nights when using the promo code TRIPLEFUN.

To book or get rates, call 800-693-9653 or 817-488-6510, or visit

Hotel Palomar

For those looking to beat the heat in style, look no further than the luxurious Hotel Palomar in Dallas. Located next to Southern Methodist University, the boutique hotel is celebrating the summer season with its Step Up Your Summer promotion.

Until the end of August, guests save 15 percent off the best available rate the day they reserve their stay. In addition, guests also have the opportunity to upgrade their stay for as little as $20 when booking a King Premier Room, Executive King Room or Luxury Suite.

Guests will enjoy indulging in the hotel’s accommodations, including free Wi-Fi, a hosted evening wine hour, complimentary bikes, in-room yoga and the hotel’s beautiful outdoor heated pool (the backdrop for Indulge’s June fashion feature).

To book or get rates, call 888-253-9030 or visit

Omni Dallas Hotel

Summer is the season for taking it easy, and Omni Dallas Hotel wants to help you and your family do just that with its Dive Into Summer package. As guests, your family will have access to all of the hotel’s luxurious accommodations, including a fully equipped fitness center and a heated infinity pool that overlooks downtown.

The package also features a variety of exclusive perks, including a concierge pre-call to assist with local activity requests, a one-time $100 cuisine and cocktail credit, an Omni Sensational Kids backpack filled with fun items, and milk and cookies delivered to your room on the first night.

The best perk of all (and probably the most appreciated by adults) is the package’s 1 p.m. checkout time. A perfect opportunity for parents who want the chance to catch some extra Zs.

Fine print: Reservations for the Dive Into Summer package require a two-night minimum.

To book or gets rates, call 214-744-6664 or visit

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