​Celebrity Designer Decks the Halls at Southfork Ranch

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The holidays are a time for family and friends. What better place to celebrate winter than at the home of Dallas’ most famous fictional family, the Ewings? The iconic exterior filming location of the television program Dallas, Southfork Ranch is even more majestic during the Christmas season. The home’s columns and eaves are set with twinkling lights. Wreaths are hung and holiday greenery is placed throughout the mansion’s entry rooms.

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The Best Movie Sets in Texas

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Texas is no stranger to Hollywood magic. Countless television shows and blockbusters have been filmed here, from Walker, Texas Ranger to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While many exterior sets have long been dismantled, the Lone Star State is still home to a few iconic locations that fans will instantly recognize. Here are four of our favorites.

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Best Ranch Venues in Texas

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Texas is a great place for a rustic-chic wedding. The state is filled with working ranches and gorgeous homesteads that can provide an ideal backdrop for your country style wedding photos.

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​Planning a Family Reunion in Dallas

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Do you remember the last time everyone in your family got together? We’re not just talking about the in-laws or your grown kids, but everyone in your extended family, from Cousin Ned in Chicago to the great-aunt you haven’t seen in a decade.

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​Planning a Cowboy Vacay in Dallas

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If you’ve ever wanted to toss a rope and wrangle a herd like a real cowboy (or cowgirl), Dallas has got you covered. There’s a reason the city’s major sports franchise is named after the boot-wearing buckaroos: Dallas is crazy about all things Western. Here, you’ll find wealthy businessmen wearing white Stetson hats – remember J.R. Ewing from the TV series Dallas? – and radios tuned to the latest Blake Shelton hit.

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​5 Best Tours to Take in Dallas

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More than just an oil town, Dallas is also rich in history, culture and entertainment. Travelers can enjoy a gourmet meal with some of the nation’s chefs, visit historic landmarks and take in a sporting event or a museum all in one day. If you’re not sure where to start, local tours offer a great overview in just an hour or two. Many of the city’s best tour guides have lived here for decades – or all their lives! – so they have the lowdown on area history and culture. Here are five of our favorite Dallas tours to get you stoked about visiting the Big D. 

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​5 Reasons to Book an Unusual Meeting Venue

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You're likely planning to cover important topics and make big announcements during your next Dallas business meeting, so you want to make sure that your team members are actively engaged in the experience. It can be challenging to get employees excited and motivated when they are stuck in a standard conference room for an afternoon of meetings. Here's a few reasons to consider a unique meeting venue for your next business event...

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​Unique Team Building Ideas in Dallas

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Effective leaders and proactive managers recognize that working well as a team is critical to accomplishing your goals as an organization. With this in mind, many companies and businesses opt to invest in team building opportunities for their employees. In order for teambuilding activities and excursions to work, they have to be fun, interesting and unique. At Southfork Ranch, we believe the following teambuilding opportunities are a great idea for your next conference or company event...

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​5 Surprising Benefits of Corporate Retreats

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Corporate retreats provide valuable opportunities for management and employees alike to participate in team and skill building activities and listen to motivational and educational speeches. However, these engagements go far deeper than pep talks and creating co-worker bonds. Here are five unexpected benefits of corporate retreats.

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​Best Texas Beers to Serve at Your Next Event

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There are plenty of great reasons to host your next event at Southfork Ranch, located in the Dallas Metro Area. From weddings, reunions, holiday parties, to birthday celebrations, a party is not complete without a few local brews present. If you're not from Texas, you might not know just how many high-quality, independent breweries call our state home. When you host an event with us, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of unique Texas beers to round out your beverage menu. There are options that will please everyone from casual beer drinkers to the most dedicated craft-brewery enthusiasts.

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​What Wedding Colors Should I Choose?

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Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life. If you’re the primary planner, it can also be one of the most demanding events to arrange. There are flowers and bridesmaid dresses to choose, cakes and food to taste, venues to secure and dozens (or hundreds!) of white gowns to try on.

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​Retro Redux: How to Plan a Vintage Theme Party

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Having a theme wedding or party makes planning easier. From the food and decorations to the invitations and attire, everything fits neatly in one big theme box. It’s like having a goal with a project at work: the more detailed your plan for the project is, the more likely you’ll hit the mark.

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​Give Your Vacay a Lift at the Plano Balloon Festival

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Hot air balloons were the earliest form of flight. Long before the Wright Brothers made their groundbreaking plane ride at Kitty Hawk, two Frenchmen were exploring the skies in a custom-made balloon. Like NASA’s first space explorers, the first hot air balloon passengers were animals. After determining their new contraption was safe, the French explorers took the first manned balloon flight over Paris in 1783.

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​5 Best Winter Activities in Dallas

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In many places around the country, winter means freezing temperatures. Shoveling snow. Scraping ice off your windshield and bundling up in padded coats straight out of A Christmas Story. Vacationing in Dallas during the cooler months is a completely different experience.

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​Top 3 Things to Do in Plano This Fall

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Voted one of Money magazine’s Best Places to Live 2016, Plano combines the best of small town living and big-city amenities. It’s the ninth largest city in Texas, and a business hub for the likes of Bank of America, Pepsi, J.C. Penney and Frito-Lay. It’s also just 20 miles north of Dallas, and 15 minutes from Southfork Ranch – the exterior filming site for TV’s long-running soap, Dallas.

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What You Should Know About Dallas’ Tour de Cure at Southfork Ranch

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Walking, running and cycling isn’t just good for your body – it can also be good for your fellow man. On Saturday, October 14, Dallas-Fort Worth locals and visitors will get active for charity at Southfork Ranch – the exterior filming set of the nighttime TV soap Dallas. The historic Texas ranch is hosting Dallas’ annual Tour de Cure, a 5K run and cycle race benefiting The American Diabetes Association.

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​Menu Ideas for Your Theme Wedding

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Themes help make a wedding feel extra special. Every wedding has a theme, whether it’s a subtle nod to pearls & bubbly or an in-your-face Alice in Wonderland tea party. Your wedding theme can carry over to every aspect of the big day: favors, invitations, décor, even the gown and tux.

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​5 Non-Traditional Centerpieces that Will Wow Your Guests

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Flowers are the traditional centerpiece for most grand affairs, whether it’s a wedding, class reunion or a corporate retreat for your company’s top-sellers. Other common materials range from leafy plants and potted succulents to candles and glass vases. Yawn.

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​Top Walking Trails Near Southfork Ranch

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Southfork Ranch is more than just the iconic filming site of the TV show Dallas. With grassy plains and a graceful, tree-lined entryway, the 41-acre property is an ideal spot for a leisurely summer walk – in addition to the property’s famous tour. If you’re craving a bit more action on-property, Southfork offers trail rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Dedicated “wranglers” take guests on horseback along the property’s dedicated horse trail, enjoying the fresh country air and pointing out famous Dallas sites along the way. 

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​Five Tips for First-Time Riders

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A visit to Southfork Ranch isn’t complete until you saddle up. Horses were an integral part of the long-running TV series Dallas, which branded the iconic image of a Stetson-wearing cowboy into the collective mind. In truth, late actor Larry Hagman – who portrayed patriarch slash villain J.R. Ewing in the original and the 2012 reboot – didn’t trust horses.

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How to Prepare for a Mud Run

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Mud runs are obstacle courses with a messy twist and it’s time for you to join the fun! They’ve become increasing popular over the past decade, from the brutal 12-mile Tough Mudder to smaller “fun runs” that are more about getting messy with friends than showing off your impressive rock-climbing skills. The classic mud run was inspired by military training fields. Think rope climbs, balance beams and hurdles – all on a waterlogged dirt field that ensures every participant comes back needing a good shower.  

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​How to Plan a Dallas Wedding, A to Z

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If you’re planning a wedding or event with Western flair, Dallas is the ideal city to host your big day. From cowboys and rodeos to rollicking country and bluegrass bands, The Big D has everything you’ll need to make your Wild West themed event one for the storybooks. Here are a few ways to help infuse your wedding with the spirit of the American frontier while keeping an eye to modern trends.

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​An Inside Look at Dallas’ Southfork Ranch Tour

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Southfork Ranch became a tourist destination the minute it first appeared on the hit TV show Dallas in 1978. Nearly 40 years after fans first asked, “who shot J.R.,” hundreds of thousands of annual visitors still flock to see the famous Ewing mansion. Daily tours recapture the magic of Dallas, taking visitors back to the glory days of the fictional oil magnate and his family.

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​Dallas Heats up with Summer Music Events

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More than 25 million visitors flock to the Dallas Fort Worth area every year. While the rising temperature often slows tourism during the summer, that’s good news for vacationers looking to avoid peak season crowds. There’s still plenty to do in July and August, with concert halls and theatres picking up the pace as tourists seek out indoor activities. Purchase a CityPASS for discounted admission to six local attractions including the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas Zoo, and the award-winning Perot Museum of Nature & Science.    

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​Explore Kid-Friendly Dallas

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One of America’s 10 largest cities, Dallas has opportunities for adventure and education around every corner. It’s home to numerous city parks and child-friendly attractions such as the renowned Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas Zoo, as well as theme parks and sports stadiums for watching your favorite home team.

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