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Longing for a relaxing stay-cay with a unique, entertainment-fueled vibe — and a rockin’ music scene, stat?

Irving may be right in Texas’s backyard, but you’ll feel worlds away when you make a weekend of it in this city, which is nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth.

Here are just a few ways Irving is celebrating a chill in the air:

Take It to Italy

Well, not exactly – inspired by Venice, the Mandalay Canals are an alluring part of Irving’s Las Colinas Urban Center. Connecting with Lake Carolyn, the canals wind through restaurants hotels, and residences, offering scenic views of waterfalls, vine-covered bridges, and more.

You can take in all the Old World charm on a cozy European-style gondola with Gondola Adventures of Las Colinas, which offers a variety of lunch, dinner, and entertainment cruises that can accommodate a romantic twosome — or groups as big as 12.

Go Jump in a Lake

More water fun on Lake Carolyn can be had via paddle boarding and kayaking, and even on water trikes and swan pedalboats. You can rent them all (and get a lesson or two, too) at SUP North Texas.

Marvel at the Mustangs of Las Colinas

One of the largest equestrian sculptures in the world, the Mustangs of Las Colinas feature nine bronze mustangs that recently underwent a $7.8 million upgrade.

Pump Up the Volume

Toyota Music Factory is one of the most expansive and comprehensive entertainment venues in the country, with an indoor-outdoor amphitheater, event plaza, and two indoor theaters.

You can expect to see the best national and international touring music acts, from indie and classic rock to blues, jazz, and soul. And of course there’s an incredible array of bars and restaurants, too, for prime fueling before and after the show.

Get a Room

Without a doubt, Omni Las Colinas is the epitome of an immersive urban retreat, sitting along the shores of Lake Carolyn and the Mandalay Canals with tree-lined, cobblestone walkways and lush greenery. Good news, the lakeside pool is heated and it, along with the hot tub, is open year-round.

Treat Yourself

Just nextdoor to the Omni, the Mokara Salon and Spa is definitely calling your name. Relax your mind, body and spirit, and you may never want to leave.

Get Your Glamp On

The Americana spirit comes alive at the retro-mod Texican Court, which is nestled into acres of courtyards with twinkle lights, fire pits, lawn games, and a small but sexy pool that’s perfect for hip swimsters — weather permitting.

Make a whole weekend of it with their “glamping package” that includes a s’mores kit, Two Mules Cantina drinks and apps, and a hot flapjack breakfast. Live music comes with the territory, too.

Hit the Trail

The cocktail trail, that is.  Irving on the Rocks is your guide to where to drink in the Toyota Musc Factory, and it’s leveling up fall fun in Irving’s entertainment district. Folks who download the app and check-in on the Sip, Stroll, Rock ‘n’ Roll trail, will win free drinks, food and Pavilion concert tickets, plus not-your-average swag along the journey.

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