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The Editors’ Spring Picks

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Ah, spring! Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, the sun is beaming, and summer is on its way. What’s not to love? Here are our editor’s top picks and favorite things about this gorgeous season.

Favorite place to visit in the spring in DFW

“Eagle Mountain Park is a beautiful park with a ton of trails—one that goes to an overlook area with gorgeous lake views, and others that go around the lake. Keep in mind that it’s just for hiking—no bikes, no camping, no dogs. Leave the pup at home this time to enjoy the peaceful setting.” –Alexis Patterson, Managing Editor

“I love taking walks on the Katy Trail or through Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. Everything is getting colorful again; seeing that just lifts the mood.” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie, Digital Editor

“Going somewhere to pick flowers. There’s something about picking your own flowers, bringing them home and arranging them in the vase that screams spring to me.” –Emily Yearwood, Assistant Editor

“I love to visit Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum. The sheer number of flowers is always awe-inspiring. It definitely gets me in the mood for spring.” –Heather Vance Devers, Creative and Content Director

Favorite spring trend

“I am ready for brighter colors. It seems like I’ve been wearing darker neutrals nonstop. Give me something in a pretty peach, peaceful seafoam or sunny yellow—it’s time to brighten up.” –Alexis Patterson

“I love a Liberty of London fabric in the spring. They always have modern takes on florals and color-ways that are fresh and fun.” –Heather Vance Devers

“I’ve been loving makeup trends recently—dewy skin, blush and anything glossy—but I’ve been diving into colorful eyeliner on my waterline. Pastel liners are a subtle but fun pop of color—which I love, because mask-wearing hides things like fun lip colors and blush. I’ve been loving the Colourpop crème gel liner kit, Fresh Cut, for this. It’s inexpensive, has a good range of colors and doesn’t smudge or transfer throughout the day.” –Emily Yearwood

“As Miranda Priestly said, ‘Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking.’ But I still love it. I adore flowers and since I’ve never had a green thumb, I might as well wear the blooms instead!” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie

Favorite spring drink

“I love a Sangria on a patio with the sun on my face.” –Heather Vance Devers

“In the spring, I love anything light and refreshing, so my go-to would have to be an iced green tea with agave nectar or a pink drink from Starbucks. If it’s happy hour, I’ll go for a Hugo Spritz. I came upon these in Positano, Italy, two falls ago and am still obsessed. It’s prosecco, elderflower liqueur, lime, mint and sparkling water. Delicious and beautiful to look at with the mint leaves dressing it up.” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie

“It has to be the Frosé at Pie Tap Pizza. A frozen cocktail with strawberries, lemon juice, rosé, a sugar rim, a sprig of rosemary on top and served in a champagne coupe—it’s refreshing and beautiful. It makes you think of lighter, brighter days.” –Alexis Patterson

“Strawberry lemonade, hands down. Not only is it refreshing, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and sour. I have loved it since I was in a booster seat sneaking a sip from my mom or grandma’s cup when we were out to eat. It reminds me of my family back home whenever I drink it.”  –Emily Yearwood

Go-to spring patio to visit

“Rodeo Goat has amazing food and an even better patio. It might look simple by day, but at night, you can partially view the Dallas skyline from the comfort of your picnic bench. For warm nights, there are fans above tables, and heaters are available when it’s cooler. And it’s dog-friendly outdoors, so bring your furry friend along! I’m excited to go back once I venture out again.”  –Emily Yearwood

“I love Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth. The fountains, the flowers, the lush greenery, the twinkle lights—I feel transported to another place. A table outdoors is definitely worth the wait. Now I’m craving the fajitas!” –Alexis Patterson

“I have to go with two because it’s near impossible to choose: HG Sply Co.’s upstairs patio on Lower Greenville or Sky Blossom in downtown Dallas. Both have wonderful atmospheres and provide some great people-watching opportunities.” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie

“We love just about any patio at Legacy West; the rooftop at Haywire is awesome.” –Heather Vance Devers

What you look forward to most in the spring

“I love spring because I know the cold weather is almost completely behind us. I adore the heat and loathe the cold, so if it could be spring and summer all the time here in DFW, I wouldn’t be mad.” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie

“I’m really looking forward to getting my kiddo out and about more. We’ve all had too much screen time, between winter and COVID-19. I want to immerse my son in nature. Last year, one of my DFWChild colleagues wrote an article about the Trinity River Paddling Trail and I’ve been anxious to go as a family. Spring will be the perfect time.” –Alexis Patterson

“Fall and winter are my favorite seasons, but this year—more than ever—I’m looking forward to the warmer weather and more sunshine. I’m excited to have consistently good weather to cycle, walk or hike whenever I get the urge to get outside and move.” –Emily Yearwood

“Being able to get out and explore with my kids again. I think the social distancing of 2020 pushed us to get outside more, so we love finding new parks around us to check out and turn into an adventure.” –Heather Vance Devers

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