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Trip Report "The Mansion" on Turtle Creek - a weekend getaway - WOW

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I feel compelled to share about our weekend get away as it was a pretty special place located here in Dallas Texas - not something we will likely ever do again but it was a lovely getaway - I wanted to write about the Mansion as I do not think it is for everyone but it is worth mentioning.

Who: My 50 something husband and myself.

Where: The Mansion on Turtle Creek Dallas Texas

Why: Because my Mom and Stepdad gifted us with a night away there

My husband has been traveling pretty non-stop with work for the last oh... 11 months. We have done our family vacation but have not had much dedicated alone time in that 11 months. He just got back from about a 2 week trip and we decided timing was right to use the g/c we got a few months ago. My Mom and Stepdad have been going to the Mansion since the early 1990's. It is not something that I would ever choice to spend the money on. I am more of a point junkie and am always looking for a good room on points.

We headed out Sat am and put our 14 year old daughter on a flight to Orange County for the week - and headed straight to the Mansion.

We had never been and have only lived in Dallas for 11 months. We were coming from DFW and unsure of exactly where it was and thought the Maps might be directing us wrong.

It is in downtown Dallas on a small street - off the beaten path. If you are not careful you could miss it.

We pulled up and the valet service started the trip off right - sometimes you can just tell someone is there to cater to you.

When you walk in they had cookies and fresh peaches and Ice latte waiting for you.

Checking in our room was ready - and we headed up- it is a lovely property - small I think 150 rooms or less?

The room was very nice - very elegant in an understated way. Our room overlooked the very small pool area - more on that later. We had a small patio if you could call it that - it was french doors really that opened up... no chairs on the patio.

The bathroom was very nice (I love a good bathroom) and they had amazing bath products for you to use - lovely sea salts and the lotion smelled SO good.

We changed and headed down to the pool area. The pool is VERY small - if you are looking for a big exciting pool - this is not it. It was crowded. There were no chairs available for two to sit together - so we sat under the shade at a table and ordered some lunch - it was very pricey and very good. :) I believe the shrimp cocktail was around 20 dollars as was the tuna sandwich - we shared both. My husband had a few beers and I stuck to water.

When two chairs opened we moved over there in the shade - the service was slightly spotty - but nothing to complain about. We made friends with a cute young couple who were there celebrating their first anniversary and shared some glasses of wine and good conversation with them as the afternoon progressed...

All of a sudden it was almost 6:00 pm! We had 6:15 dinner reservations which were not going to happen! We headed up to the room and were able to move them back to 7:00 pm at the Mansion.

I was not overly excited about dinner, I tend to be a little more middle of the road on prices and was worried about the cost and if I could enjoy it fully. My husband was reassuring over and over that it was a treat and we should enjoy it. -Dinner was not included in the gift card ;-).

We sat down and the menu was not speaking to me, nor was the close seating. The close seating turned out not to be an issue but there were a couple of booths for two that I would recommend if you were going there with just 2 people and wanted something a little more private. It had a very european feel as far as how the tables were pretty close together.

I will start off by saying I am not a "foodie" as embarrassing as it sounds, there were things on the menu I had never heard of. (stop laughing). I did not know what grilled skate wing is, nor spruge (?) Turns out the later is pigeon. No thanks.

We ended up with one app each and I had the lamb. Again, not to belabor it but it was hard for me to overly enjoy a 48.00 entree. Yikes.

We had wonderful wine through out and great desert... the total was about 300.00 and I sort of am still choking on the food ;-).

Our "young" (they were just 30) new friends sent me to text they had really wanted to go out with us. Ha! They decided that they were going to come back to the hotel for drinks so we went into the bar area - there was fun live crooning music (think Sinatra) and we enjoyed their company till 1:00 am! We laughed and danced and had a great time.

We slept in and had breakfast in the room - which was yummy. It was included in our rate and they were prompt the and food was excellent.

We were going to leave and head over to Kings Spa - which is a campy Korean spa that gets rave reviews in Dallas - but I had an allergic reaction to being waxed on friday (again stop laughing - it was like out of a movie!) and my eyes had now almost completely swelled shut so we checked out about 1:00 pm and headed to Urgent care instead :).

The Mansion is wonderful. The rate was over 400.00 per night including tax and that included breakfast and valet.

In the future for a weekend getaway here in Dallas I would likely use points at the Legacy Marriott - head over to Jaspers for dinner and listen to some live music at the shops of Legacy. :) But that is just *me.

The Mansion is certainly lovely for those in that price range.

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