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Addison, TX - the perfect place to stay and play for a fun weekend in DFW

I was hosted and compensated by Visit Addison for this post.  The opinions are my own based on my experience.

This summer we made an effort to explore our home state of Texas for weekend getaways, quick staycations, and family-friendly days out.  Being a traveling family, we are always on the go, and sometimes forget how many great things there are to do in our own state!  My latest adventure was the perfect example of this - I spent a weekend in Addison, Texas in the DFW area for some fun with the girls.  It was SUCH a fun weekend, with tons of great things to see and do, not far from home. Today I am sharing all my recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, and what to do during a stay and play weekend with your friends in Addison, TX.  Thanks so much to the folks at Addison tourism, and all of the great restaurant, hotel, and activity partners that showed us such a fun time during our visit!

Where to Stay in Addison, TX

Renaissance Dallas Addison I highly recommend this hotel for a weekend in Addison, TX.  The service was impeccable, the room was awesome (we had one of the top floor suites that was a TWO STORY room!  Epic!), and the pool great for relaxing.  The food from room service was also delicious.  In addition to being a great property, the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel is perfectly located near so many great shops, restaurants, and activities in the heart of Addison.  Everything you need is either a walk or a quick Uber away from the hotel.  

Where to Eat in Addison, TX

Addison has a lot of great restaurants... more than you could try in a single weekend!  Here are a few that I recommend you visit during a trip to Addison, Texas.  

The Lion & Crown.  This English-style pub in Addison Circle has great beer, delicious pub food (great to lay a foundation on a Friday night out on the town), and pub games like pool and darts.  It was hopping on a Friday night, but had plenty of places to sit and lounge with a group of friends.  

Lazy Dog.  Not far from the Renaissance Dallas Addison, Lazy Dog at the Village on the Parkway center is a delicious spot for Saturday morning brunch after your Friday night out in Addison.  In addition to drool-worthy brunch staples like avocado toast and candied bacon, everything we tried on the seasonal Beer & Bites appetizer menu was incredible.  I highly recommend trying the grilled artichokes and wings.  The service was also top-notch and the ambiance kitschy and fun.

Kenny's Italian Kitchen.  Also located in Village on the Parkway, Kenny's is great for a romantic date night or a night out with friends.  They have tasty and generously-sized cocktails, great appetizers for sharing, and of course, amazing Italian food.  I recommend trying the Gnocchi Asiago and Veal Marsala.  We also had a delicious ravioli that was one of the chef's specials that evening.  Our crew wanted to taste it all, so we did it family-style and shared each of the appetizers and entrees.

Cantina Laredo.  The spot for Sunday brunch on the last day of your weekend in Addison, TX is Cantina Laredo.  Their brunch menu entrees include a mimosa or Bloody Maria (which I opted for, and highly recommend).  I had the chicken fajita omelet and was not disappointed!  The generous portions made it difficult to save room for the churros we had for dessert, but let me tell you, they are worth squeezing the room for!  Everything was great, the ambiance perfect for brunch, and the service, like everywhere we visited in Addison, was impeccable.

What to Do in Addison, TX

Though we could have, we didn't merely eat our way through Addison, Texas.  There are endless amounts of fun things to do in Addison, too.  See a full list of suggestions on the Addison tourism website here, but keep reading for the reviews of the things we did to play during our stay and play weekend in Addison.

Concert at Beckert Park.  During our visit we were lucky enough to be there for Addison's free summer concert series at Beckert Park.  We had a great time with music from Kody West and delicious samples from Hubert's Lemonade.

Bitter Sisters Brewery.  A tasting and tour at this family-owned brewery is an absolute must during a visit to Addison, TX.  The beer was all delicious, and I loved learning about the history of the brewery and the cheeky names for their brews.  I especially liked Hot Temper (a hoppy lager), Family Trip (a Belgian-style Tripel), and Winter Bush (an Imperial Stout).  It was also a really fun place to hang out on a Saturday afternoon with college football on in the tasting room.

Addison Improv After a good dinner, a great activity for a night out in Addison is a visit to Addison Improv.  They have great stand-up comedians (both local and touring), good snacks and cocktails, and of course, tons of laughs.  After the headliner, if you're not ready to turn in for the night, let the fun continue at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar right next door afterwards.  

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Whether you live in the DFW area, want a weekend getaway from other parts of Texas, or are in town for business, Addison is a great destination to stay and play, with endless things to do, see, eat, and drink.  Pin this post for inspiration for your next weekend in the Dallas area!

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