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2006 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
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Tours depart from the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, Commerce Street door. To sign up for a tour, download the Optional Events form.
Date and Time: Monday, March 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stop #1: King William Historic District
Just at the end of King William Street is the Guenther House, built by the German immigrant who operated the first flourmill on the San Antonio River. This house is still part of the Pioneer Flour Mill and run by the Guenther family. A tour of the house reveals wonderful memorabilia from the Pioneer Mill. Products from the mill are available in the gift shop.
A visit to King William is not complete without a tour of the Steves Homestead. A close neighbor to the Guenther house, Edward Steves built this home in 1876. It is now a museum owned and operated by the San Antonio Conservation Society. The house has been meticulously restored to the period of the early 1900s.
Stop #2: San Fernando Cathedral
Stop #3: El Mercado (Mexican Market)
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 14, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
One of the country's few national parks within an urban setting, the Missions tell the early story of San Antonio and European expansion in the New World.
Stop #1: The Alamo
Stop #2: Mission San Jose
Stop #3: Espada Dam
Stop #4: Mission Concepcion
Stories of Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission Espada:
As an everlasting memory of the beautiful Missions, every guest receives a complimentary book of the Spanish Mission Trail.
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Over 30 million years ago, what is known now as the picturesque Texas Hill Country was a volcanic bed of activity and violent earthquakes. Today, rich farmland lies to the east and rugged ranch land to the west.
One amazing feat of nature is the Natural Bridge Caverns, named for the 60-foot natural limestone arch that spans the entrance. Trails through these caverns cover more than one mile, and the temperature is 70 degrees year round. Tourists are amazed by the natural formations; the constant sound of dripping water is a reminder the cave is still alive and growing. Following the tour, each guest has the opportunity to pan for gold!
Next, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of ancient Texas at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, nestled in a small protected valley. Proprietor Franklin Houser’s passion for the grape has resulted in a quality winery. All of his vines and wines receive personal care and tending. From the picking to the bottling, every step is completed by hand. Tasting four unique wines with Mr. Houser is a special treat as he explains the history and character of each wine.
To sign up for any of these tours, download the Optional Events form.