Stay Over at The Virgin Hotel (Review)

Stay Over at The Virgin Hotel (Review)

I know it’s been a bit quiet this week on the blog, but this was intentional. My personal life has been very even-keeled as of late and seeing as we’re still indoors, I’ve had more of a focus on blog posts related to mental health. This week, however, I decided to switch up the location and take my indoor activities elsewhere. Enter: The Virgin Hotel – Dallas.

During their Black Friday sale, I booked a one-night stay at the hotel for me and my mom as her dual Christmas and birthday gift. I remember when construction for the hotel broke ground in 2018 and I had plans to check it out in the spring of 2020 when the weather improved to check out the rooftop hotel I stared at for months from my old apartment. Well…we know what happened, so after doing some further research on their COVID-related guidelines and standards of cleanliness, I thought it would be cool to do a little staycation in a nice hotel room! Not to mention, my mom and I have been long-time fans of the Virgin brand.

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Socially-Distanced Things to Do in Dallas (Dec 2020)

Socially-Distanced Things to Do in Dallas (Dec 2020)

If you have been keeping up with my YouTube channel, you may have seen my vlog of how I spent my August. It was during this month that I started to think more about how I can make the most out of my time since we will be in this for the long haul. I wrote a post reflecting on quarantine as one does after realizing it’s been six full months (now 10 months), and I talked about the weird tug-of-war of wanting to live life to the fullest but not knowing what that looks like during a pandemic. Even though there are certain things I am not interested in or don’t feel safe doing, I know it is impossible to find 100% enjoyment from being in the house 24/7. So, I have researched some socially-distanced and mostly free things to do here in Dallas:

  • Dallas Museum of Art (Downtown)
    I am a museum person through and through and I think it has been amazing that so many of the most coveted museums around the world have managed to make their exhibitions virtual. Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is one of my favorite art museums and it re-opened in August to limited capacity, hours, and days of operation. Knowing how easy it is to socially distance yourself in a museum, I decided to check it out and see how this experience has been updated. Masks are required, there is only one entrance and exit out of the museum, and the check-in process for ticketing is completely contactless as tickets have to be reserved online in advance for a specific time slot. General admission is free, but you have to pay for special exhibitions.
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Spilling Tea at The Adolphus Hotel

Spilling Tea at The Adolphus Hotel

Last week, my friend, Ilse, and I went to high tea at The Adolphus Hotel. If you have been following my blog since study abroad, you will know that I have been to high tea before. High tea is a pricey activity and I’m really not a tea girl, but who doesn’t like to have a bougie outing now and again? This has been a tradition here in Dallas for decades apparently. I couldn’t find an exact date of when it started, but I learned on arrival that The Adolphus Hotel has been here since 1912, so I will take a guess it’s been at least 20 years of high tea during the holidays.

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Sightseeing in San Antonio (Updated 2020)

Sightseeing in San Antonio (Updated 2020)

Four years ago, two members of my intern class, Karen and Victoria, and I visited San Antonio for a day of sightseeing and I wrote about it. If you read my blog post about road trips, you know that I am pretty familiar with visiting San Antonio. This past week, I went down with my boyfriend for a pit stop to Laredo to renew his SENTRI status–the purpose of the road trip–and while we spent two nights in San Antonio, we didn’t really find anything new to point out about the city. When I visited with Karen and Victoria, we did all the touristy things that really define the city, thus, I figured I would edit this existing post with some 2020 updates for anyone who has never visited. 🙂
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