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Iconic Dallas TV Show Comes Back to Life With New Overnight Southfork Ranch Stays

Living Like the Ewings for $2,000 a Night


Ever wanted to live like the Ewings from the television classic Dallas? Now is your chance. That is, if you want to drop almost $2,000 for the experience. For only the second time, Southfork Ranch is offering an overnight stay package where you have access to the entire mansion and pool, a J.R.’s steak dinner, a private tour, and more.

A year ago, the Parker, Texas ranch hosted overnight stays in celebration of the show’s 40th anniversary. It must’ve gone well because rooms became available again this June and will be available year round now.

Originally built in 1970 as Duncan Acres, the Southfork mansion was used as a backdrop in the ’80s for the original Dallas series, and then again in 2012 through 2014 for the reboot.

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Growing up in Parker, I have driven by the grand estate a million times. Sometimes I’d take a detour from I-75, get off at Renner Road and turn left onto Murphy just to take the scenic route past Southfork. My teenage cruising memories aside, the ranch carries plenty of significance to devoted fans of Dallas. 

“The Southfork Ranch and the Ewing Mansion represents good memories to many fans of watching the TV show Dallas with family,” Southfork’s tourism sales manager Bette Hodges says. “Fans can look forward to swimming in the iconic pool, weather permitting, and breakfast by the pool or at the infamous glass table where the Ewings had breakfast.”

Fans can stay in one of three rooms, the upstairs bedroom dedicated to J.R. and Sue Ellen, or the downstairs bedrooms dedicated to Bobby and Lucy Ewing.

As for how the stay works, Hodges says that guests will first check in at the Visitor Center.

“The package begins with an optional trail ride at 4 pm, followed by Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, a private tour of the Ewing Mansion, J.R. Steak dinner in the Ewing Dining Room, access to Dallas DVDs, late night snacks, overnight stay and breakfast the next morning,” she details.

With access to the entire mansion, it’s the closest thing you’ll get to living like a Ewing. Which with all the drama that family dealt with, is probably the best option.

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