Your Guide to the Perfect Summer Staycation in Allen, TX
Summer is finally here and now is the perfect time to plan that long-weekend staycation. Pack your bags, load up the car and visit Allen where you can stay, play, and eat at all the fantastic places this city has to offer.
Just Steps Away
You’re in luck! Allen has some of the best hotels perfect for a staycay with family or friends. And, the convenience is unmatched. They’re all within minutes of the fun, and some even steps away. Don’t settle for busy lobbies, shabby rooms and less than average service; Tru by Hilton Dallas Allen is offering quite the opposite. This vibrant hotel focuses on lively vibes with quality amenities. Ladies, grab your girlfriends and book their PMS package (Pecans, Merlot and Shopping) as a summer kickoff getaway. You’re greeted with a bottle of wine and pecans that you can enjoy in their spunky lobby after a day full of shopping at any of Allen’s 3 shopping centers, just minutes away.
Or, if you’re traveling with the family, book the staycation package at Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen. The kids can plunge into their resort style pool while the adults relax in the patio cabanas with a magazine in one hand, and a Cosmo from the bar in the other. This modern hotel is just steps away from Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm - a premier shopping center with over 70 boutiques and restaurants.
Instead of booking a flight, simply book a room at Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Allen. This classic hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms, complimentary breakfast, and an indoor pool perfect for relaxing. If you need a new outfit before dinner, shop at Allen Premium Outlets where you can stroll over 115 designer outlet stores, just steps away from the hotel.
Looking to escape reality? Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Allen at Allen Event Center has the perfect getaway vibes. Sit back and relax by their large fire pit on the patio and melt your worries away, or turn down the heat and turn up the fun at the Allen Community Ice Rink, Allen Event Center, or The Village at Allen with all the shopping and dining you could ask for. All within walking distance. Plan your staycation around Allen Event Center’s summer events and Allen American Games. Or, let your hair down with friends on the patio of Bar Louie or Shakertins any weekend, where you can enjoy live music, pool tables and plenty of bar space to keep the rounds going!
Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out!
A staycation itinerary isn’t complete without fun for the whole family. Any morning is better with a little peace, tranquility, and the sounds of nature. Allen has all of that, and more at Bethany Lakes Park. Pack a lunch picnic, hike and bike our scenic trails, and dust off your fishing poles to enjoy catch and release fishing.
Or, explore Allen in an all new way where Instagram-worthy moments and education perfectly align. You can see Allen through fresh eyes on a history tour. Begin at the restored locomotive and red train car, located in front of the yellow replica of the original freight/passenger depot. Travel along the tour to see some of the oldest standing homes and artifacts, then end at Allen’s most recognizable landmark - the Old Stone Dam. The exquisitely shaded, tree-lined path leads directly to the water station bridge overlooking the dam, where you can take in the breathtaking view. A picture-perfect moment, to say the least!
If your little adventurists really want to experience “the old days,” bring your safari hat and a pair of binoculars to witness the world’s oldest prehistoric creatures at The Dinosaur Company. Tour the facility featuring life-size dino animatronics, collect travel stamps in your new reusable dino expedition passport and snap all the pics you want to add to your Facebook photo album.
Hydrous Wakepark, one of the few wakeboarding cable parks in Texas, opens this Summer. Bring on the adrenaline for the whole family as this park features a state-of-the-art cable system and plenty of ramps to bonk and flip off of. Beginners, don't worry, they offer lessons so you can be ready to flip with the best of ‘em. The outdoor fun doesn’t stop there.
Allen has some of the best outdoor shopping around. But at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, it’s more than just shopping. Between the treehouse play area, seasonal events and summertime patios, you’re bound to spend a day (or two) relishing in one of the best parts of Allen. When you’re done there, even more shopping and entertainment is waiting for you at The Village at Allen. Hit up your favorite spots like Target, Ulta and the brand new Macy’s Backstage opening just in time for Memorial Day sales!
Where else can you get a rooftop feel and take a swing at as many golf balls as your heart desires? Topgolf is an entertainment facility that offers a full bar, arcade area and a wide selection of golf games perfect for your inner Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus. Golf not your thing? Head over to PINSTACK where you can kick up the competition with the family during the day, and recharge with “after 5” ambiance at night. Maneuver through the laser maze without getting attacked by opponents, or relax at the VIP lanes, sipping on their new frozen Jack and Coke until you strike out!
Play and save big when you sign up for the Shop Allen, TX PlayPass to redeem special offers at PINSTACK and Topgolf!
Foodies, We’ve Got it All!
What is a vacation without the food? While Allen has no shortage of Mexican cuisine and bomb burgers, there’s so much more to our dining scene that you can explore! With over 250 restaurants in Allen, we promise you’ll find something that fits even the pickiest eater in the group.
Take an international trip with a taste of Lebanese cuisine from Hedary’s. A local Mediterranean restaurant inside a historic Queen Anne cottage located in the historic neighborhood of Allen. You’ll see why visitors rave about their house-made sauces and fresh Greek salads handpicked from their onsite vegetable garden.
If Hawaiian is more your taste, you’re in luck! Say Aloha to Allen’s brand new Hawaiian restaurant - Kekoa’s Kitchen, at The Village at Allen. The owner and chef, Austin Gabriel, makes sure to capture every element of the Hawaiian culture while keeping recipes and flavors simply delicious. From grandma’s recipes and the island decor to the community driven mission that allows guests to Donate a Plate. Kokua! Indulge in the Teriyaki chicken and Spam Musubi, then pay it forward and order one for the next guest to try by placing a receipt on the donation board. Pro Tip: Chef Gabriel makes the Teriyaki sauce homemade from an original recipe. Take a bottle to-go and thank us later.
Pizza, burgers, and southern favorites are all on the menu at Two Rows Classic Grill. But if you could only eat one thing at this local eatery (or even for the rest of your life because it’s just that good), then we’ve got three words for you. Honey. Pepper. Bacon. A sweet peppery delectable that you can’t get anywhere else in Texas. After one bite you’ll be ready to bring home the bacon, and luckily, you can! Order online and Two Rows will send it to you vacuum-sealed and delivered to your front porch!
Take dinner up a notch at Peppersmash Craft Bar and Kitchen. On the outside it may seem like your average sophisticated bar and restaurant, but after a deep dive into their menu, you'll see what sets them apart from the rest. What locals and visitors alike love about this eclectic restaurant is the “big city” vibes without the big city hassle. It’s the upscale decor, craft cocktail and flavor combinations of the food, for us! From Roasted Chicken served with succotash, savory cashew stuffing in a brown butter herb sauce, to the Moroccan carrots and house made marmalade on the charcuterie board. And when you really want to be wow'd, order a Main Squeeze - a signature liquid nitrogen cocktail served chilled at -320°F.
There’s so many places to stay, things to do and restaurants to explore in Allen! So mark those dates on your calendar. We can’t wait to see you soon!