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Your Key To Dallas USA – 2023 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee

Located in America’s heartland, Dallas, or as locals fondly refer to it, the “Big D,” truly offers something for everyone. In my opinion, it is the Texas capital of culture, society, cuisine, and business. I invite you to visit my beautiful city and experience firsthand our version of Southern hospitality, made famous throughout the world. Start planning your trip and keep reading as I share some of my favorite things to do while visiting this spectacular city.

Dallas is fortunate to have the largest urban arts district in the country. Surprisingly enough, it is in an area of less than one square mile. The Dallas Arts District was established in 1984 and includes 26 visual and performing arts organizations, six of which have been awarded The Pritzker Prize for Architecture. They are The Myerson Symphony Center, The Winspear Opera House, The Wyly Theatre, The Nasher Sculpture Center, Thanksgiving Square, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Dallas cannot be beat when it comes to design density. Moreover, each venue attracts world-class performances, musicians, exhibitions, and artists from all over the globe, all of which I am happy to help arrange visits, tickets, and experiences.

If there is one thing that Dallas does best, it is shopping, and trust me when I say, we have it all. From global leading designers to national brands and local artists, our shopping rivals some of the largest cities in the world. A personal favorite of mine for luxe shopping is Highland Park Village. Opened in 1931, Highland Park Village was America’s first shopping center. Today, it offers a mix of the world’s top luxury fashion brands including Alexander McQueen, Dior, Fendi, Goyard, Harry Winston, and Tom Ford, to name a few. Plus, you can find Texan designers like Miron Crosby, who create bespoke cowboy boots, to timeless chic women’s wear at Lela Rose. I have wonderful relationships with the Village’s personal shoppers and would be delighted to make you an appointment for a little “retail therapy.”

Dallas is known for its delicious food scene. From award winning steakhouses to five star French cuisine, pecan wood smoked barbeque to authentic Tex-Mex and everything in between. No matter what you are hungry for, we have it and then some.

Finally, no visit to Dallas is complete without attending the Texas State Fair, which has taken place in late September and early October every year, since 1886. See Big Tex in all his glory, all the while taking in nightly fireworks, carnival rides, livestock competitions, or trying something “Deep Fried on a Stick,” it is absolutely a must!

Dallas holds a special place in my heart and I am proud and honored to call it home. I am truly blessed to share it with some of the best professionals in the industry. I cannot wait to personally curate your stay, make your acquaintance, say howdy, and provide a larger than life experience. After all, as the saying goes, we do everything a little “Bigger” in Texas!

Evan is a candidate for the 2023 Les Clefs d’Or Award. This article has been published in its original form.

Meet the Author
Evan Baker

I’m originally from Oklahoma but got to Texas as soon as I could! I love to travel and have been fortunate to visit many places across the globe. My love for travel ignited my passion for the hospitality industry and helped me find my true calling as a concierge. I hold a degree from Oklahoma State University in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and became a concierge at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in 2016. I currently serve as the President of the Dallas Hotel Concierge Association. Working as a concierge at the Mansion inspires me daily to be the best I can be, and to curate memorable experiences for every guest. There is never a dull moment as a concierge! You never know who will walk in the door or who you will pick up the phone to speak to. Being a member of Les Clefs d’Or gives me an immense sense of pride. I look forward to continuing my career by encouraging and mentoring others within our profession. Also, by showing the immeasurable value of hotel concierges. We are the backbone of the industry, without the services of a concierge, it is just another hotel. We make the magic!

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

An icon in Texas, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek offers impeccable service and a world-class luxury experience. Originally built in 1925 as a palatial private residence of the Sheppard King family, the property retains an intimate ambiance with 16th-century Italian Renaissance style and rich European architecture. As the original birthplace of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts global luxury collection, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek blends an incredible heritage with modern amenities. Reimagined by world renowned interior designer Thomas Pheasant in 2020, the Mansion’s beautifully appointed 142 guest rooms and suites provide a timeless residential atmosphere with custom furnishings and gorgeous finishes inspired by the original 1920s estate. While at the Mansion, guests can enjoy unique benefits like the Lexus Experience Amazing Drive Opportunity, where they can take a new Lexus car around town and explore Dallas. The Mansion is also home to the legendary Mansion Restaurant offering a menu of New American cuisine with French influences expertly designed by Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault, the famous Mansion Bar, a resort-style swimming pool, and historically unique meeting and event spaces.



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