One of my favorite places for a relaxing getaway is Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas. Last month, the property celebrated its 35th anniversary! If you're looking for a beautiful place to stay with immaculate service, look no further.
The original owners of The Mansion Restaurant were Mr. Sheppard W. King and his wife Ms. Bertha Wilcox, who built the luxurious private estate in 1925. Mrs. Caroline Rose Hunt opened the hotel, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, in April of 1981. The 143-room hotel was built to adjoin The Mansion Restaurant, which consists of the original King family estate. One special dish has remained on the menu since day one: The Mansion's iconic Tortilla Soup. Over 175,000 bowls of this soup have been served since the restaurant opened.
The lobby area is filled with the most gorgeous upholstered furniture, delicate details, and intricate wallpaper. It is cozy and welcoming, and I often saw it filled with guests lounging and stopping by for a cookie and cup of citrus water.
Photos of the room are the first things I look at when deciding on a hotel. The Rosewood Peach settee with leopard pillows in the deluxe room really stole my heart and sealed the deal.
I was generously upgraded to a premier room upon arrival, which lacked the leopard pillows, but did offer a separate shower and soaking tub. Exactly what I needed! The room was spacious and had a large desk area. If you come for business, you'll be happy to know the wi-fi is complimentary, and it's fast.
Take one step inside the bathroom and you'll feel as though you are a summer guest at the grand mansion of a cotton baron. Ornate fixtures mix with modern amenities such as Natura Bisse bath products and plush towels for the ultimate luxury experience.
A quick walk across the front drive, and you arrive at The Mansion Restaurant. The hotel hosted a guest and I for dinner and it was an unforgettable dining experience.
The building alone is a Dallas icon. Combine that with the impeccable décor, flawless service, and perfectly paired food + wine menu, and you have a fan for life.
We began our evening in The Mansion Bar. It's dark and mysterious in there, and they serve The.Best.Gin.And.Tonics.Ever. The Mansion G&T is made with junipero gin, house-made tonic, kaffir lime leaf, grapefruit zest, and topped off with hand-cut ice by The Cold Standard. I don't normally like gin & tonics, and I'm telling you this cocktail is worth a trip to Dallas!
In the midst of cocktail hour, we were given a tour of the wine cellar down below the bar. If you have six or more guests, dining in here comes at no extra charge...and what an experience!
Each room in the restaurant has a different look and feel, and you really can't go wrong no matter where you sit. This was my favorite though.
We both enjoyed the gourmand tasting menu with wine pairings and each course was divine!
63° egg - morel, asparagus, truffle
lobster - fennel, sauerkraut, horseradish
alaskan halibut - coconut broth, lemongrass, spinach, leek
mishima wagyu ribeye - fresno jam, smoked turnip, purplette onion
rhubarb - yogurt, pomegranate, vanilla
Everything on the gourmand tasting menu happened to be gluten free, except the dessert, so I enjoyed the most unique display of cheesecake. The red wiffle-ball-like object was actually white chocolate. After opening it, I found a raspberry sauce, cheesecake dollops, and a lime sorbet. I was full, but I made room.