Winter is all about spending quality time with your family and cozying up at home. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up. When cabin fever sets in, it’s time to get out On The Town!
Take an adventure on DART and unwrap some of our region’s riches. Traveling by transit lets you get out of the house and still opt out of traffic – and as a bonus, you might discover something you hadn’t noticed before. These DARTable excursions are great whether you’re heading out with family, friends, or going solo.
Grab a cup. A hot drink at Rosalind Coffee will get you adequately caffeinated for a day out. A short walk from Downtown Garland Station on the town square, the inviting spot uses some of the most expertly roasted beans around. Grab a window table and take in the quaint scene, where shopping and dining options abound. Or hit the Downtown Plano Station and head to 1418 Coffeehouse, a quintessentially indie spot with comfy couches, locally sourced coffee, and a wide selection of tea, all in cool early 20th-century digs.
Turn up the heat, the spicy kind that is. ZestFest promises a weekend of forehead sweat, with all the spiciest food from around the country in one place. If you like it hot, you’ll find yourself right at home, with thousands of options to sample. Add cooking demos, live music, and contests, and you’ve got the ingredients you need to crank up the heat. The zest happens Fri. Jan. 24 -Sun Jan. 26 at the Irving Convention Center, a short walk from Irving Convention Center Station.
Take in a show. An evening or matinee at the theater can take you to another time and place, and DART serves some of the area’s best venues. For nostalgic fun, check out The Drowsy Chaperone from Thurs. Jan. 30 – Sun. Feb. 23. The parody of 1920s musicals is on stage at The Firehouse Theatre, right across the street from Farmers Branch Station. Near the Addison Transit Center, revisit the classic Harvey at WaterTower Theatre from Thurs. Feb. 6 – Sun. Feb. 23.
Take a wild excursion. North Texans are lucky to get several February days that are crisp but not too cold. It is the perfect time to head to the Dallas Zoo. Especially since every day of the month is a Penguin Day – meaning it’s only $6 admission to check out the exotic animals, slinky reptiles and beautiful grounds that make the zoo such a gem. Dallas Zoo Station puts you at the front gate.
Heidi Frankel began her career in sales and marketing in Los Angeles. Upon moving to Dallas, she has worked in both television and radio as a creator, producer, writer, reporter, and co-host. Recently, Heidi served as managing editor, writer, business development, sales and marketing for The Senior Voice newspaper. Throughout the course of her career, she has interviewed such celebrities as former Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, pop-culture icon Stan Lee, astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Hayes, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and even former President George W. Bush when he was Texas Governor. Heidi lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. They have one son. She enjoys gardening, exercise, spending time with her sweet cats, Virgil and Aeschylus. Heidi is a passionate advocate for the 50+ community.