On Site: Dallas Metroplex

Successful Meetings March 2006: Known as the Big D, Dallas is all about big money, big attractions, big shopping, and big business. In fact, it’s too big for one city, which is why the Dallas Metroplex comprises smaller cities like Arlington, Grapevine, and Irving. It was in Irving that I was lucky enough to enjoy a four-day hiatus at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, where I was pampered with culinary delights and luxurious comfort, when I was not being further indulged with detoxifying pumpkin enzyme facials at the newly remodeled 20,000-sf spa and salon. (The resort is presently undergoing a multimillion-dollar expansion that will add 38 new villa guest rooms, two new villa suites that can accommodate meeting gatherings of up to 12 people, a wedding lawn, and upgrades to its dining and meeting facilities.) It seemed a pity to leave the spa’s 10-foot-high water wall (where water cascades behind a Zen-style relaxing bench), but since the Irving CVB invited us to share their box seats at Texas Stadium to watch the electrifying Dallas Cowboys football game—well, who could say no to that?

But after that, it was time for culture. During the next couple of days, I visited downtown Dallas, with a stop at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza where exhibitions concerning JFK’s assassination are on display; and then toured the famous and innovative Nasher Sculpture Center, with its “roof-less,” barrel-vaulted glass ceiling. A product of Raymond and Patsy Nasher’s home art collection, the gallery positions works by Giacometti, Picasso, Miro, Rodin, and many others, in a carefully constructed urban oasis that is complemented by a sculpture garden—both of which are available for events and conferences.
Finally, my last stop was the National Scouting Museum, which, I must say, exceeded my expectations. It was educationally informative and featured hands-on interactive exhibits and virtual reality technology, along with a special display of Norman Rockwell’s art. I was left with a great admiration of what the Dallas Metroplex has to offer, for it is a “Big Deal.”