by Chelle George-Wyatt
Have I ever said how much I love attending hearing loss conventions? Of course I have but it’s been a while and I’m starting to get excited for our upcoming convention in San Antonio, TX May 13-16, 2015. It’s going to be held at the San Antonio River Walk Hotel – Holiday Inn. Not only do I look forward to being with my friends both old and new which I consider to be my tribe but we are going to be downtown right on the historic river walk which inspired other river walks in other cities in North Carolina, Colorado in Monterrey, Mexico.
The river walk has about 5 miles of sidewalk to explore leading to places like the Alamo, the River Center Mall, Arneson River Theatre and Marriage Island where people get married (it’s good luck to get married on the islet). The river walk also leads to places like HemisFair Park which was the 1968 site for the for the World Fair where one can find the Tower Life Building, a 750 foot observation tower and restaurant. (It was the tallest observation tower in the US until the Stratosphere was built in Vegas in 1996.) Other places to explore along the walk is the San Antonio Museum of Art and Pearl Brewery which isn’t a brewery anymore but the property is considered the crown jewel of the river walk. There’s a small art community to visit called La Villita with art galleries, custom jewelery, pottery and imported Mexican folk art.
The river walk, sometimes referred to as Paseo del Rio, is lush and May will be the perfect time to visit with temperatures as high as 85 degrees with the lowest temperature at around 65 degrees. It’s one story below street level and lined with shops, restaurants and bars. Here’s some of the options available for attendees of the SayWhatClub convention.
- San Antonio River Tour – (with accommodations) A boat tour of the river with a history of the area.
- The Fork in the River tour – a 3 hour walking tour visiting 3 award winning chef’s restaurants with a history of eateries.
- The Bar Walk- It starts in front of the Alamo and has a 3 hour evening tour of the historic bars.
I’m excited and if you are too, visit our website: http://www.saywhatclub.com and select conventions from the menu. I’ll leave you with a few pictures Donna Penman took to get you thinking about our convention.