College Football Bowl Game Travel Guide 2017

Are you in? Here’s where to go and what to do when you’re there.

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC

ARLINGTON, TEXAS

AT&T Stadium, December 29th, 8:30 p.m. ET 

USC vs. Ohio State

 

 

It’s a battle of conference champions as Big Ten winner Ohio State takes on Pac-12 winner USC. Sorry, it’s not a playoff game… but Arlington is a hair west of Dallas, so there are tons of things to do and food is as big as your face in Texas. (That’s a scientific fact. Food portions are as big as your face in Texas.) Giddy-up, and go see the house Jerry Jones built for his Dallas Cowboys.

 

(Click on the bolded names of places we suggest below to visit their sites)

 

 

 

STAY

 

Take your pick of affordable hotels in Arlington near the stadium. We’ve scouted some fancy digs in Dallas, too, for your holiday merriment.

 

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek was once a cotton magnate’s private residence, but is now a luxury hotel offering 143 rooms (we assume with cotton sheets) and one of Dallas’s best restaurants for fine dining, The Mansion.

 

The Joule offers a lot to do

 

 

The Joule is located in the heart of the central business district and adjacent to the Dallas Arts District and flagship Neiman Marcus store. It is a revitalized 1920s neo-Gothic building and includes dramatic art installations, boutiques and an 8,000-square-foot spa. Perfect place to call home for a few days, if some members of your party aren’t into football.

 

Crouching tiger, hidden suite

 

 

Hotel ZaZa is in the fashionable uptown neighborhood of Dallas and boasts a collection of 169 suites tailored for all types of taste in decor. Our favorite: the 2,145-square-foot Crouching Tiger suite, which averages $1,800 per night.

 

EAT

 

Look folks, you’re in Texas. If you don’t gain some holiday weight during your visit, you didn’t mess with it right.

 

The Blind Butcher’s got meat

 

 

The Blind Butcher is in East Dallas, but it’s worth a trip for their house cured meat and hand cranked sausages. Almost everything is made in-house (including duck pastrami), and they’re big on beer with 24 drafts and 50 curated bottles to choose from. They don’t take reservations or phone calls during business hours (4 p.m. to 2 a.m.), but there is meat and beer and you’re on vacation. 

 

Boulevardier is a French-inspired bistro in the Bishop Arts District and their wood fire grill brings oysters, steak, chicken and fish to a whole new level. They have an extensive wine and cocktail menu and are most-known for brunch. House-cured Lox Benedict, anyone? 

 

Mesa’s Lobster Enchiladas

For Italian food lovers, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, reservations for two at Lucia are booked until late January. The good news is, you can be put on a notify list for cancellations! So stop reading and call now!

 

You’re not in Texas unless you eat guacamole at least once, so head to celebrity-favorite Mesa for a meal from Chef Raul Reyes and his wife  Olga, who originally hail from Alvarado, Veracruz.

 

 

DO

 

There are plenty of things to do in Dallas, from the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to the Dallas World Aquarium (a must if you’re traveling with kids). Arlington has its fair share of attractions, too! Six Flags Over Texas is decked out for the holidays through January 7, 2018, and (this is not a drill) it’s right across the street from the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame. If roller coasters or bowling aren’t your thing, and we can’t imagine why not…the Arlington Museum of Art’s current exhibit is Salvador Dali: Visions of Eternity which features Dali’s full series of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Each lithograph presented required as many as 35 colors, and there are 101 pieces included in the exhibition.

 

 

For a complete listing of this year’s bowl games and full TV schedule, visit www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/cfpbowls2017/2017-18-college-football-playoff-bowl-schedule.

 

Check out these links for the rest of our College Football Bowl Game Travel Guide 2017:

 

ROSE BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

 

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

 

PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL GLENDALE, ARIZONA

 

CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA

 

CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL ATLANTA, GEORGIA

 

CITRUS BOWL PRESENTED BY OVERTON’S ORLANDO, FLORIDA

 

OUTBACK BOWL TAMPA, FLORIDA

 

FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE