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Plano offers big Texas charm

Plano offers big Texas charm.
by Carla Hinton Published: June 24, 2012

Meanwhile, wine lovers might want to try a flight of wine or after-dinner coffee at Cru Food & Wine in the Shops at Legacy. Like many establishments at the Shops at Legacy, Cru has an outside dining area perfect for unwinding on a summer evening after a day of shopping.


Plano is home to Southfork Hotel, the sister property of the Southfork Ranch. The hotel offers a cozy atmosphere with friendly employees, a nice pool, plush surroundings and Texas-shaped chocolates. Guests looking for cuisine don't have to go too far to find it at the hotel's Remington's Restaurant and Cattlemen's Club Bar & Lounge. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle to Southfork Ranch. Meanwhile, Plano also has the Marriot Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center for visitors who want to be close to the trendy Shops at Legacy.


Mall lovers can visit the popular Collin Creek Mall in Plano. Another shopping destination is Shops at Legacy, a new urban development within the Legacy Park community that features trendy shops (Lilli London, Willa Boutique) and restaurants (RA Sushi, Seasons 52, Fireside Pie). And downtown Plano is not without its shopping treats. The downtown offers a bevy of one-of-a-kind antique shops and boutiques like Pink Cadillac and La Foofaraw.

For western wear, try Cavender's Boot City at 3317 N Central. The store is large and offers a wide variety of cowboy staples like cowboy boots and hats. Denim jeans and shirts — western, glam or both — are also plentiful. Jewelry and other accessories can add punch to any outfit.


Plano has several museums, none more fascinating than Interurban Railway Museum where enthusiastic guides take visitors to a time when Plano was a vital part of the Texas Electric Railway between Denison to Waco from 1908 to 1948. The Interurban, a forerunner of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System, is one of the original electric cars on the tracks through Plano. The museum is housed in an old Interurban station. Right beside it is one of the original cars that carried mail and passengers, something that youths and history buffs in particularly will enjoy.

Travel and accommodations provided for by the Plano Convention & Visitors Bureau.