One of the best parts of a getaway with your gal pals is that no one has to cook—it’s time to kick back and let someone else do the work. Affordable lodging in Mesquite means you can splurge a bit when it comes to your food budget. Bonus: Mesquite is home to more than 150 restaurants, so you can make everyone’s dietary preferences work.
No visit to Mesquite (or any town in Texas, for that matter) is the real deal unless you’ve eaten Tex-Mex at least once. Fortunately, Mesquite has you covered in that arena: Martinez has been serving up the best Tex-Mex in North Texas for more than 30 years, and it’s beloved by locals and out-of-towners alike. Naturally, you’ll want to walk or use a ride-share service for this one, since a Tex-Mex meal practically requires a margarita accompaniment—or several. You can also head over to Tastebud Temptations where they cook up traditional southern dishes with a touch of creativity. They “serve comfort food in a happy place” and who could ask for more than that when you are hanging out with a bunch of girlfriends?
For something a little farther from home, check out Dallas’ Shinsei, the city’s preeminent purveyor of pan-Asian cuisine. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is sophisticated, but those aren’t the only reasons to have lunch or dinner here: It’s also owned and operated by women.
Wine aficionados will jump at the chance to try wines at Times Ten Cellars, which serves unique, approachable Texas wines paired with small plates from around the world. Regular live jazz makes for an inviting space to enjoy your vino on-site, or you can pick up a few bottles to bring back and enjoy with a clay mask at home.
WHERE TO STAY For the Weekend
The whole point of traveling with girlfriends is to spend time together, so you don’t want to hole up in separate hotel rooms. That’s no problem in Mesquite, where a variety of hotels offer suite options so your whole group can share a room—that means more time for watching movies, sipping wine, and catching up until the wee hours.
The Hampton Inn & Suites is an especially convenient option, as it’s located right next to the Mesquite Arena. There’s also a fitness center in case some group members have regimens they’d like to keep up with. The nearby Courtyard by Marriott is another ideal option for groups, and its Starbucks coffee and signature cocktails mean you’ll have no trouble filling any downtime. Rooms are also equipped with 32-inch flat-screen TVs, so you can gather around for all your favorite flicks.