Guest Tours

Guests of attendees are a special part of the Annual Meeting.  The local committee takes great care to help make their time at the

meeting pleasant and entertaining by offering a variety of activities while attendees participate in the daily sessions.

 

Guest Registrations are a great value and include the Opening Welcome Icebreaker and unlimited entrance to the Exhibit Hall with all day coffee 

(Must have an Annual Meeting or Guest Registration to attend Guest Tours)

 

Guest Tour 1: San Antonio Missions World Heritage Tour

Photo Credit: USGS
Photo Credit: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

DATE: 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 

TIME:

9:00am-2:00pm

 

LOCATION:

Departs from the Hotel Lobby

 

COST (per person): 

$70.00 before 8/1/21, $90.00 after 8/1/21

(Includes: Transportation, lunch and guided tour)

MINIMUM TO RUN THE TOUR: 15, MAX: 22

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, along with the Alamo Mission are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These catholic missions (Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, Mission Espada and the Alamo) were established by. Spanish priests along the San Antonio River to serve as the center of an ethnically diverse society. Today, the missions represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America. After the missions guided tour, enjoy lunch at Boudro's Texas Bistro, one of the most treasured and popular attractions on the San Antonio River Walk since 1986.

Guest Tour 2: Hill Country Wine Tasting & Historic Fredericksburg

Photo Credit: Becker Vineyards

DATE: 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

 

TIME: 

9:00am - 4:00pm

 

LOCATION:

Departs from the Hotel Lobby

 

COST (per person): 

$130.00 before 8/1/21, $150.00 after 8/1/21

(Includes: Transportation, Lunch and Wine Tasting)

MINIMUM TO RUN THE TOUR: 15, MAX: 22

Immerse yourself in History! Fredericksburg’s founders knew this was someplace special when they planted roots here in 1846. Behind the elegant shops and fine dining, you can feel the authentic German heritage in the historic buildings along Main Street, the German cuisine and the welcoming spirit of the people. Called the “Shopping Haven” for its handmade jewelry, antiques, artwork, gifts and much more.

 

Farm-to-table dining is the norm in Fredericksburg, as the area has deep roots in agriculture and is home to some of the best farms, orchards, and wineries. You will enjoy an authentic German meal at Der Lindenbaum located in a beautiful historic limestone building built by the German pioneers over a century ago. Wine production in Fredericksburg dates back to the original settlers who used the native mustang grape to produce wines. We will be visiting Becker Vineyards where you will experience first-hand the wine-making process on a private estate tour and wine flight tasting. The winery, located in a 19th century German stone barn reproduction, is surrounded by lavender fields. Includes lunch and wine tasting.

Guest Tour 3: San Antonio Riverwalk and Briscoe Western Art Museum Walking Tour

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Photo Credit: Briscoe Museum

DATE: 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

 

TIME:

10:30am - 2:30pm

 

LOCATION:

Departs from the Hotel Lobby

 

COST (per person): 

$70.00 before 8/1/21, $90.00 after 8/1/21

(Includes: Transportation, Lunch, Riverboats, and Museum Tour)

MINIMUM TO RUN THE TOUR: 15, MAX: 22

We will begin the tour with a stroll from the hotel along the winding path of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Experience the magical powers of the nation’s largest urban ecosystem as you soak in the history and ambiance on a 35-minute guided riverboat tour. Enjoy lunch under the colorful umbrellas of the Spanish colonial period hacienda, Casa Rio, located on the banks of the river.

 

After lunch we will tour the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Located on the banks of the historic San Antonio River Walk, the museum brings to life the vibrant culture and heritage of the Western United States. The Museum offers a permanent collection of Western art and artifacts, providing visitors from San Antonio and beyond the opportunity to experience artifacts and artwork depicting the American cowboy, American Indian, the Vaquero and the many diverse cultures that forged the American West. After the tour you can enjoy the museum and Riverwalk shopping on your own. Includes lunch.

Guest Tour 4: Natural Bridges Cavern

Photo Credit: Natural Bridge Cavern

DATE: 

Friday, September 24, 2021

 

TIME:

9:00am - 2:00pm

 

LOCATION:

Departs from the Hotel Lobby

 

COST (per person): 

$120.00 before 8/1/21, $140.00 after 8/1/21

(Includes: Transportation, Lunch, and Cavern Tour)

MINIMUM TO RUN THE TOUR: 15, MAX: 22

Enjoy the otherworldly formations of the Natural Bridge Caverns formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time.  Our custom tour will be guided by the cave geologist. State of the art lighting illuminates the massive underground chambers that are 180 feet below the surface. See awe-inspiring ancient formations centuries in the making and still growing today, such as stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, chandeliers, and soda straws. Walking distance is ¾ of a mile and includes stairs. Cavern temperature is 70° and the relative humidity is 99%. Enjoy a box lunch and then shop for gifts and unique souvenirs at the Trading Post - with one of Texas’ best collections of rock and minerals from around the world. Light outdoor clothing and walking shoes recommended.