Towering Oaks Ranch Resort spreads across 40 acres of rolling, forested hills located about 60 miles north of Dallas and features rustic-inspired dining room decor. Most of the inn's activities center on its scenic environs, including hosted events such as reunions. Visitors go fishing in the two stocked ponds, take dips in the pool or at nearby Lake Ray Roberts, and explore the landscape on the resort's nature trails. A licensed massage therapist is on duty to work out muscle kinks, and expert nail techs dispense manicures and pedicures. At the end of the day, guests can swap tales around the campfire or craft marshmallow replicas of J. R. Ewing before retiring to plush king or queen rooms. In the morning, staff members lay out a complimentary breakfast spread of eggs, fruit, bacon, pastries, and coffee.
Painting with Patience hosts relaxing do-it-yourself evenings of colorful exploration for painters with or without previous experience. Guests need only bring a lust for life along with their favorite wine and snacks, as they uncork and follow a progression of easy-to-follow instructions. Each class focuses on one specific design, allowing students to follow along with others while adding their own flair to images such as gnomes or Italian waterways. Students can create their own simulacra of famous works including Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Munch’s The Scream, and Monet’s Bridge Over a Pond of Water Moccasins. Multiple classes are scheduled each week and include all painting supplies as well as ice buckets and corkscrews. The artistic educators at Painting with Patience can also wrangle groups of 10–25 artisans for adult or children’s private painting parties.
Entering its third generation of family ownership, Zenith Dry Cleaners helps wives and brides-to-be prepare and preserve wedding-day duds with its wedding-gown services. In preceremony readying treatments, garment gurus carefully steam, hand finish and tissue wrap gowns for transportation, gently laying each dress on a travel-ready form before coaxing its restless veils to sleep with a whispered lullaby. After the ceremony, gowns are packaged in an acid-free capsule and sent voyaging boldly into the future, protected from oxidation and moisture. Along with a careful hand-cleaning, dry-cleaning solvents work to return vibrant tones and liberate gowns from spots, smudges and blots acquired during rowdy reception toasts or nerve-driven Pepto Bismol chugging contests. Customized hand finishing caps off the procedure, allowing safe storage of cherished garments.
Hosted by former Dallas Cowboys Jay Novacek and Kevin Smith, Sportz Partnerz's ESPN "Lunch with a Legend" events invite fans to meet, greet, and eat with a selection of NFL players and veterans in private luncheons with no more than 100 attendees. Rudy's chefs barbecue infinite amounts of brisket, sausage, and chicken to fuel mingling among fans and football stars. The intimate event allows lunchers to get close enough to smell the fame for 90 minutes of posing for photographs, listening to NFL stories, and snagging barbecue-sauce-smeared autographs. The roster of NFL guests will vary by day and location, and a complete list will be available upon registration.
• For $35, you get admission to a 12-station sporting clays course with 100 targets (a $35 value) and golf-cart rental (a $35 value; a $75.78 total value, including tax). • For $45, you get admission to a 12-station sporting clays course with shells and 100 targets (a $35 value), golf-cart rental (a $35 value), and gun rental (a $20 value; a $97.43 total value, including tax).
The Store for Furniture & Decor stocks an extensive selection of quality household adornments from designers such as Broyhill, Ashley, and Gramercy Park Designs. Refit guest quarters with new bedroom furnishings such as bed frames ($39+) or bunk beds ($229+) to hold up flat slumbering surfaces so dreamers can construct level fences for sheep to jump over. Accent pieces add an eclectic tough to stodgy chambers with drink-holding end tables ($99+), zebra-print vanity benches ($129+), and quaint jewelry armoires ($199+) that hide baubles in their drawers and folding cabinet doors. Living rooms and sparse dens welcome reclining furniture such as the Ashley leather home-theater recliner ($599) so homeowners can lounge while watching TV or listening to phone books on tape.