Optional Activities

SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Saturday, January 8, 2022
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Eligibility | All Registered Delegates
Cost | Included with registration but Limited to First Come, First Registered

SIGHTSEEING TOUR REGISTRATION

Downloadable Sightseeing Registration Form
Downloadable Sightseeing Brochure

SIGHTSEEING TOUR OPTIONS

Sightseeing Tour 1: Christmas Capital of Texas®
Location: Grapevine  

Everything is bigger in Texas…  including Christmas! On this tour, you’ll discover what makes Grapevine the Christmas Capital of Texas.  Blanketed with millions of lights, enormous decorations providing dozens of photo ops, animated characters and 1,400 events over a 40-day period, Grapevine is the essence of holiday spirit! Grapevine offers a plethora of Christmas events, including Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort, Carol of Lights, Parade of Lights, the nightly Light Show Spectacular, North Pole Express®, Christmas Wine Trains, a Christmas Market, Classic Christmas Movies at the Historic Palace Theatre, Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge, Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops, Breakfast with Santa at Rainforest Café in Grapevine Mills and much more!  With all of this, plus great shopping for everyone on your list, Grapevine truly is the Christmas Capital of Texas.  This tour will highlight a few of these holiday events as Grapevine needs the entire month of December to feature them all! (Please tag any photos with #GVChristmas, #GrapevineTX and #VintageTexas.) 

Sightseeing Tour 2: Canvas, Glass & Bronze: Experience Vintage Texas
Location: Grapevine

Historic Downtown Grapevine brings new respect to the word vintage.  Step aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Grapevine’s very own vintage train excursion, where you will have the opportunity to taste a few of the vintages offered by one of our local winery tasting rooms.  You will also experience the vintage artistry of glassblowing, bronze sculpting, blacksmithing and canvas artwork. Next, your tour guide will introduce you to Grapevine’s newest public art addition, “Peace Circle,” commemorating a meeting, held right here in Grape Vine Springs, of Republic of Texas President Sam Houston and the chiefs and leaders of 10 Native American nations. Finally, the “9/11 Flight Crew Memorial” is a must-see during your tour as one of only four memorials commissioned by the 9/11 Foundation. This memorial not only recognizes those who lost their lives on that dreadful day, but also those who continue dedicating theirs to making air travel what it is today. (Please tag any photos with #GrapevineTX and #VintageTexas.) 

Sightseeing Tour 3: Grapevine Food & Wine Tour
Location: Grapevine

Grapevine is proud of our bistros, shops and winery tasting rooms, and this tour is our way of sharing that local “flavor” with you! Enjoy a casual stroll along Main Street while experiencing delicious food, coffee and wine from our locally owned restaurants and specialty shops. In between tastings, you will learn about Grapevine’s rich history, culture and architecture. This tour will be conducted by Grapevine Food Tour, a company offering daily experiences, including a “Food, Wine & History Walking Tour,” “Wine & Chocolate Happy Hour Tour” and “Beer, Bites & History Walking Tour.” (Please tag any photos with #GrapevineTX and #VintageTexas.) 

Sightseeing Tour 4: Retro & Cool Neighborhoods: You Never Knew Existed
Location: Dallas

To truly get a taste of Dallas in just a few hours, one needs to venture into the locals’ favorite neighborhoods.  We’ll take you to Deep Ellum, where live music has been playing since the 1800s and artists have beautified buildings with murals. You’ll see art installations and simply cool, quirky spaces. A magnet for foodies, Deep Ellum offers some of the best BBQ and craft brews in town! Our next stop is the Dallas Arts District, where intricate architecture decorates the majestic Flora Street. You’ll see the Morton H.  Meyerson Symphony Center, Booker T. Washington High School and AT&T Performing Arts Center. You’ll also learn how furniture, designed by Coco Chanel, ended up at the Dallas Museum of Art. We’ll head to the Bishop Arts District next, just in time for dessert! Some say there’s no better pie in Dallas than the ones found at Emporium Pies. With the extra time, stop in at Revelers Hall, take in the local vibe, snap some Instagram worthy photos. As we make our way back to Dallas, feast your eyes on the best view of the Dallas skyline, including the signature “ball.” The “Ball” is where we’ll head for our final stop at its famous GeO-Deck. 

Sightseeing Tour 5: Discover the Modern West
Location: Fort Worth

From the trailblazers, the creators, the wildcatters and the doers that make Fort Worth a unique destination, we invite you to experience the Modern West. We value our western Heritage and by preserving it we are making it better for our locals and our visitors.  Come see Mule Alley, a district harnessing the unique western heritage of Fort Worth, where you can visit the American Paint Horse Association; RFD-TV Studios, home of the Cowboy channel; or explore the new shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. You can also view the new Hotel Drover, a Marriott Autograph Collection property, or Springhill Suites by Marriott with Ático, a tapas bar and rooftop restaurant overlooking the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. And don’t miss the new Fort Worth Herd and Cowtown Coliseum Experiences.  See, taste and experience the Modern West in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Sightseeing Tour 6: Touchdowns to Technology Tour
Location: Arlington

Arlington’s vibrant entertainment district is alive with the thrills and cheers of sports fans! Join the fun at AT&T Stadium, home of the world-famous Dallas Cowboys, which is more than just an international destination for football. Did you know that you can fit the entire Statue of Liberty inside with a few feet to spare?  The massive AT&T Stadium was ahead of its time when it opened in 2009, and a tour allows you to experience all of its first-class spaces, including museum-quality art, Dallas Cowboys history, the locker rooms and epic steel arches that soar nearly 300 feet over the playing field. The stadium is used to being the center of focus since it has hosted concerts and events like Super Bowl XLV, WrestleMania and the Final Four.  Next, it’s GAME ON at Esports Stadium  Arlington, the largest Esports facility  in North America, where you’ll get  whisked into a high-tech, fantasy  world where gaming meets reality.  On this tour, learn how this gaming, practice and tournament venue makes an iconic community hub. Your tour of the Arlington Entertainment District culminates with a tour and meal at Arlington’s entertainment district’s dazzling hot spot, Texas Live!  This 250,000 square foot multiplex complete with bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues galore, offers endless fun and fellowship, along with some of the friendliest faces and tastiest food in town. Everything really is BIGGER IN TEXAS! See for yourself when we welcome you to “A World of Wonderful!” 

Sightseeing Tour 7: Experience Nature & Historic Square
Location: McKinney 

McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is an oasis of nature in the middle of a city growing around it. You’ll arrive at the museum which contains hands-on kids’ activities and plenty to see and learn about Texas nature. The museum sits on a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary that is home to a vast variety of birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals, including deer, bobcats, raccoons, opossums and more, living within multiple habitats, including wetlands, prairies and woodlands. This attraction also offers team building challenges, including a ropes course, zip line, kayaking and canoeing, all of which can be scheduled for your visiting group.  After an opportunity to see and experience the beauty of the Heard, you’ll head to McKinney’s Historic Downtown Cultural District. The square is comprised of 14 total blocks of one-of-a-kind boutiques, specialty shops, winery tasting rooms, dessert spots and a wide variety of cuisine served at locally owned restaurants.  You’ll have the chance to explore a little to get a taste of what awaits your tour group in downtown McKinney, pick up a souvenir or two, a snack for later and snap some photos. (Please tag any photos with #visitmckinney and #downtownmckinney.)  

Sightseeing Tour 8: Experience Early Texas History
Location: McKinney

McKinney’s Chestnut Square Heritage Village is a gem found just south of the city’s downtown square. The village contains the county’s oldest home dating back to 1854, as well as a collection of late 1800s to early 1900s homes that were moved to this location. Along with the homes, you’ll find a blacksmith shop, general store and schoolhouse preserving the history of McKinney’s and North Texas’s first settlers. In addition to live demonstrations of life in 1800s McKinney, your docents will make sure you also get a peek inside the general store, which contains the World’s Largest Collection of Ice Cream Makers, verified as such by the Guinness Book of World Records!  After an opportunity to see and experience a taste of the life of the early settlers at Chestnut Square, you’ll head to McKinney’s Historic Downtown Cultural District. The square is comprised of 14 total blocks of one-of-a-kind boutiques, specialty shops, winery tasting rooms, dessert spots and a wide variety of cuisine served at locally owned restaurants.  You’ll have the chance to explore a little to get a taste of what awaits your tour group in downtown McKinney, pick up a souvenir or two, a snack for later and snap some photos. (Please tag any photos with #visitmckinney and #downtownmckinney.)  

Sightseeing Tour 9: The Official Rodeo Capital of Texas
Location: Mesquite

Saddle up in the official Rodeo Capital of Texas. Held in the Mesquite Arena for more than 60 years, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo is the ultimate Texan experience. Every Saturday from June to August, visitors head to the Arena to witness the best in saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding and more. Throw in some Texas barbecue and country music for a great time all in one place. To kick off your time in Mesquite, we welcome you to one of our exclusive suites and a tour of the Historic Mesquite Arena to see where the best cowboys and cowgirls compete to win the grand prize.  Historic Mesquite, Inc. works to preserve both Opal Lawrence Historical Park and Florence Ranch Homestead, two iconic Mesquite properties. This tour will bring out the historical tourist in everyone as your tour guide highlights the Opal Lawrence Historical Park, including the beautiful and vintage architecture of the Lawrence home.  Let the stories of some of Mesquite’s residents transport you back in time.  After a tour of the house, join us for a catered lunch in the rustic red barn that is a great wedding venue and hosts the annual Treasures Barn Sale.     

PRE-FAM TOURS

Eligibility | All Registered Tour & Bus Operator Delegates
Cost | Included with registration but Limited to First Come, First Registered

FAM TOUR REGISTRATION

Downloadable FAM Registration Form
Downloadable FAM Brochure

FAM TOUR OPTIONS

Pre-FAM Tour 1: Tracks, Snacks & Artifacts through North Texas
Tuesday, January 4 – Friday, January 7, 2022
Locations: Glen Rose, Cleburne, Waco

Discover the towns of Glen Rose, Cleburne and Waco, just south of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A great addition to any Texas tour with their own unique treasures including dinosaurs, mammoths, Dr Pepper and whisky.         

Tuesday, January 4    

  • Plan your travel to arrive in Grapevine.     Hotel shuttle arrangements will be provided.    
  • Optional group dinner in Grapevine.  

Wednesday, January 5   

  • Depart Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Resort at 8 a.m. for Glen Rose.    
  • Experience Fossil Rim Wildlife Center with a special “behind the scenes” tour.   
  • Dine at Snyder’s Tavern in the 100-yearold Inn on the River.   
  • Learn about the history of Glen Rose with a walking tour of Glen Rose Downtown Square.    
  • Savor a wine tasting at Bull Lion Ranch and Vineyard.   
  • Tour Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum.    
  • Visit Dinosaur Valley State Park and Eagle Eye Ranch Carriage Company.    
  • Continue to Downtown Cleburne to enjoy dinner at La Cima Mexican Cuisine and an overnight stay at the Liberty Hotel.  

Thursday, January 6    

  • Tour a memorabilia collection at the state-of-the-art Gone with the Wind Remembered Museum.   
  • Discover the historic Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum.   
  • Enjoy lunch at The Garden of Eating Bistro.    
  • Experience the Layland Museum of History housed in Carnegie Library.  
  • Enjoy sweets and treats at Mom’s Kitchen Bakery.    
  • Tour the Johnson County Courthouse Museum. 
  • Visit Johnson County Distillery, home of Jacob Weldon’s Blended Bourbon Whiskey, a 2018 SIP Award Gold Whiskey winner.
  • Continue on to Waco with a special welcome reception and dinner in the aquarium at Cameron Park Zoo.  
  • Overnight stay in Waco.   

Friday, January 7    

  • Enjoy a driving tour highlighting Waco’s landmarks and history including homes and sites featured on the Magnolia Network.  
  • Visit the Armstrong Browning Library and Museum, housing the largest collection of the works and personal effects of poets Robert and Elizabeth Browning.    
  • Tour the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute and enjoy a Dr Pepper float at the Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain.    
  • Have lunch at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, located just one block from the famous Magnolia Market at the Silos.
  • Enjoy some free time at Magnolia Market and the local shops in walkable Downtown Waco.    
  • Visit the Waco Mammoth National Monument, the largest find of a nursery herd of ice age Columbian mammoths.
  • Enjoy a tour and tasting at Balcones Distilling, Waco’s award-winning craft whisky distillery.
  • Enjoy dinner at The Original Buzzard Billy’s overlooking the Brazos River.   
  • Arrive in Grapevine for the ABA Marketplace by 9 p.m.     

Pre-FAM Tour 2: Skyline Views, Evening Shows & Frozen Margaritas
Wednesday, January 5 – Friday, January 7, 2022
Location: Dallas

Take a short stroll at the Dallas Arboretum, have a regal seat at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, admire Coco Chanel-designed furniture at the Dallas Museum of Art, run against a dinosaur at the Perot Museum of    Nature and Science and contemplate the sunset from Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck. There’s time to explore    Dallas’ favorite neighborhoods, listen to jazz and have a chocolate tasting in the Bishop Arts District, or go on a    mural and beer tasting tour in Deep Ellum. You cannot leave the city without savoring Texas BBQ at Pecan    Lodge, a slice of sweetness at Emporium Pies and Dallas’ original, the frozen margarita. For some action, get in a round of golf, medieval jousts or an NBA game.   

Wednesday, January 5   

  • Plan your travel to arrive this morning or Tuesday, January 4.   
  • 1 p.m. Meet & Greet at Dallas hotel. 
  • Enjoy hi-tech appetizers in the AT&T Discovery District.  
  • Tour the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.   
  • Create Instagram moments at the Dallas Museum of Illusions.   
  • Visit the House of Blues for appetizers and folk art.
  • Time to cheer for Dallas at the American Airlines Center.   

Thursday, January 6   

  • Enjoy breakfast at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and STEM activities at the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.
  • Go back in time on Historic Swiss Avenue.   
  • Appreciate the architectural wonder of AT&T Performing Arts Center.   
  • Dine at Miriams Cocina Latina at Klyde Warren Park.   
  • Take in art, history and Chanel at the Dallas Museum of Art.   
  • Visit with Miro, Renoir, Picasso and more at the Nasher Sculpture Center.   
  • Honor JFK at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.   
  • Experience magnificent skyline views from Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck.   
  • Have fun at Medieval Times with some jousting and a medieval dinner.   
  • Enjoy a decadent dessert at Emporium Pies.   
  • Experience live music and street art in Deep Ellum.   

Friday, January 7   

  • Breakfast at Eataly at NorthPark Center.   
  • Sit in the President’s chair at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.   
  • View dinosaurs, gold and a live brain at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.   
  • Enjoy a Bohemian lunch in the Bishop Arts District.   
  • Sip farewell drinks at Revelers Hall.   
  • Arrive in Grapevine for ABA Marketplace by 5 p.m.

Pre-FAM Tour 3: Full Steam into Blooms & Booms
Monday, January 3 – Friday, January 7, 2022
Locations: Kilgore, Tyler, Palestine

Travel to the Piney Woods of East Texas and find yourself in a place unlike any other in the Lone Star State. Rolling hills, pine forests and magnificent lakes can be found within this region, where the warmth of   Southern hospitality is alive and well. This tour includes a visit to three unique East Texas towns. Tyler, the “Rose Capital of America,” home of the largest rose garden in the country. Kilgore, the “City of Stars,” a boomtown with 60 oil derricks topped with lighted stars dotting the Kilgore skyline. Palestine, home of the “Official Railroad of Texas.”      

Monday, January 3  

  • Plan your travel to arrive in Grapevine.   Hotel shuttle arrangements will be provided. 
  • Optional group dinner in Grapevine  

Tuesday, January 4  

  • Depart Grapevine at 8 a.m. for Kilgore.  
  • Tour the Rangerette Showcase and Museum displaying the Rangerettes’ vast and storied history.
  • Enjoy lunch at The Back Porch.  
  • Explore the East Texas Oil Museum housing the authentic recreation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s.  
  • This evening see the “World’s Richest Acre”, Texas Historical Landmark, with the oil derricks all lit up.  
  • Enjoy dinner and see the “Sweethearts of the Gridiron” at the historic Texan Theatre.  
  • Overnight stay in Kilgore.  

Wednesday, January 5  

  • Visit the Texas Broadcast Museum before departing for Tyler.  
  • Tyler is the “Rose Capital of America,” so it’s only fitting that your first stop be the Rose Garden and Museum.  
  • Enjoy shopping and lunch at the Potpourri House.  
  • Tour the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum.  
  • Shopping and sampling at Sweet Gourmet, a local premier culinary store.  
  • Drive the beautiful Historic Azalea/Brick Street District.  
  • Enjoy a murder mystery dinner at the 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum.  
  • Overnight in Tyler.  

Thursday, January 6  

  • Tour the American Freedom Museum.  
  • Tour and tasting at Kiepersol Vineyard, Winery & Distillery.  
  • Depart for an afternoon in Palestine starting with lunch at Pint & Barrel Drafthouse.  
  • Enjoy a historic architecture tour of Old Town Palestine including a visit to Oxbow Bakery.  
  • Experience Tahwakaro Distilling Co.  
  • Driving tour of Davey Dogwood Park, a 254-acre park which comes alive with Dogwoods blooming each spring.  
  • Tour the Texas State Railroad Train Depot in Palestine, home of the “Official Railroad of Texas”.  
  • Dinner and an overnight stay in Palestine.  

Friday, January 7  

  • Tour of Eilenberger’s Bakery in Palestine.  
  • Tour the Railroad Heritage Center.  
  • Arrive in Grapevine for ABA Marketplace by 1 p.m.

Pre-FAM Tour 4: The Thriving West
Monday, January 3 – Friday, January 7, 2022
Locations: Amarillo, Lubbock

Discover what makes the plains and panhandle of Texas rich in history, agriculture, and exquisite cuisine. From canyons and cowboys to winemaking and windmills, this experience will be one you won’t forget.   

Monday, January 3 

  • Plan your travel to arrive in Amarillo this afternoon. 
  • Optional dinner at Macaroni Joe’s in Amarillo. 

Tuesday, January 4 

  • Visit the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Texas’ largest history museum. 
  • Experience the country’s second largest canyon and home to the outdoor musical “Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon State Park. 
  • Enjoy lunch at The Big Texan Steak Ranch. 
  • Tour Starlight Ranch Event Center. 
  • Stop at Hodgetown, home to the Amarillo Sod Poodles, Minor League Baseball Double-A Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. 
  • Dinner at a delicious local Amarillo restaurant. 

Wednesday, January 5 

  • Enjoy breakfast at Butterlove Biscuits, where you’ll find over 20 flavors of flaky, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits. 
  • Visit Jack Sisemore’s Traveland RV Museum. 
  • Tour the Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian, featuring artwork and artifacts from the Plains and Pueblo Native Americans and home to the famous Kwahadi Dancers. 
  • Enjoy lunch at Tyler’s Barbeque, consistently listed in Texas Monthly’s Top 50 barbeque joints. 
  • Visit shops in the Route 66 Historic District. 
  • Sip locally made honey wine at Creek House Honey Farm.
  • Depart for Lubbock for dinner and an overnight stay. 

Thursday, January 6 

  • In Lubbock, enjoy an authentic chuckwagon breakfast at the FiberMax Center for Discovery.
  • Experience the Lubbock Cultural District with a tour of LHUCA. 
  • Explore Lubbock’s newest world-class performing arts center, The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. 
  • Enjoy delicious BBQ at E&J Smokehouse and Grill. 
  • Tour the Silent Wings Museum, devoted to the World War II military glider pilot program. 
  • Tour the National Ranching Heritage Center. 
  • Savor wines at award-winning McPherson Cellars. 
  • Indulge in Spanish tapas and sangria at La Diosa Cellars. 
  • Grab a sweet treat at Pie Bar, one of Lubbock’s hidden gems. 

Friday, January 7 

  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Cast Iron Grill. 
  • Visit the American Windmill Museum.
  • Get your rock ‘n’ roll on at the Buddy Holly Center. 
  • Enjoy a final lunch stop at Cook’s Garage, where classic cars and neon signs bring the building to life. 
  • Arrive in Grapevine for ABA Marketplace by 7 p.m. 

Pre-FAM Tour 5: Historical Sites, Tasteful Bites and Amazing Nights
Wednesday, January 5 – Friday, January 7, 2022
Location: San Antonio

History comes to life in San Antonio. The city’s rich culture offers an authentic glimpse of early Spanish colonial life in the Southwest. As the first civilian settlement in Texas, San Antonio de Béxar was founded in 1718. Today, many of the city’s early architectural and cultural elements remain, allowing visitors to see into the city’s storied past first-hand. Our brave old world is your next, new adventure. Join us as we pair historical sites and landmarks with modern-day events, celebrations, and fun.   

Wednesday, January 5   

  • Plan your travel to arrive in San Antonio this morning or the night before.
  • Your tour will start with a Meet & Greet at your host hotel at 1 p.m.   
  • Enjoy lunch in the skies of San Antonio at Charthouse Restaurant.
  • Tour the Tower of Americas.
  • Stroll through Hemisfair Park and La Villita.
  • Put on your boots and tour the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and The Texas Ranger Museum.
  • Visit the Menger Bar, where Teddy Roosevelt is said to have recruited his Rough Riders.
  • Remember the Alamo with a visit to the Alamo IMAX to view “Alamo, the price of Freedom”.
  • Food. Fun. Music. Let’s discover it all at Hard Rock Café.

Thursday, January 6   

  • Enjoy breakfast at Schilo’s, serving German-Texan Fare Since 1917.
  • Take in a guided tour of the historic Alamo.
  • Check out the art, history, and culture of the American West at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
  • Lunch at Mi Tierra, open 24 hours and decorated year-round with Christmas decorations and strolling mariachis.
  • Visit and shop at Market Square (El Mercado), the largest Mexican Market in North America.
  • Visit Main Plaza and the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest continually operating cathedral sanctuary in the Unites States.   
  • Hop on a river barge and travel down the Museum Reach and to visit The Pearl.   
  • Discover the sounds at Jazz, TX.   
  • Enjoy a drink at Sternewirth at Hotel Emma.   
  • Enjoy breathtaking riverfront views at Dinner at Paesanos Riverwalk.   

Friday, January 7   

  • Breakfast at The Guenther House.   
  • Visit Mission San Jose, “Queen of the Missions”.   
  • “Grab and go” lunch at Buc-ee’s.
  • Arrive in Grapevine for the ABA Marketplace by 5 p.m.

POST FAM TOURS

Eligibility | All Registered Tour & Bus Operator Delegates
Cost | Included but Limited to First Come, First Registered

Post FAM Tour 6: Boots to Flip-Flops, Lassos to Lakes
Wednesday, January 12 – Friday, January 14, 2022
Location: Conroe

Conroe is located just 40 miles north of bustling Houston, but it is a land of beautiful natural resources and unique experiences. Lake Conroe is an outdoor paradise known for great bass fishing, Texas-sized catfish, and home to numerous bird species. During warmer months, people pursue water recreation on the lake or find their inner peace hiking and biking in the ample forests. History abounds in Conroe; museums, monuments and historic buildings bring the area’s history to life. 

Wednesday, January 12 

  • Depart Grapevine at 9 a.m.
  • Visit Lone Star Monument & Historical Flag Park for a docent-led tour of the 13 flags that have flown over Texas and other significant historical events.
  • Enjoy lunch at one of the oldest buildings in downtown Conroe, Pacific Yard House (formerly Sparkle Ice House).
  • Stroll over to the Gallery at the Madeley Building to view the current showing of local artwork.
  • Experience history and art in Downtown Conroe.
  • Enjoy a brief stroll on a raised boardwalk along the lakefront at Waterpoint Marina. 
  • Dinner and an overnight stay at Margaritaville Lake Resort, the only Margaritaville in Texas. 
  • Before heading off to bed, enjoy a bonfire on the shore. 

Thursday, January 13 

  • Experience the history of the area with tours of Downtown Montgomery and Fernland Historical Park. 
  • View majestic creatures up close at Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary. 
  • Enjoy lunch with a lakeside view at Monty’s Lighthouse Cajun Bar & Grill. 
  • Tour a Conroe-specific historical collection at Heritage Museum of Montgomery County. 
  • Tour and tasting at Southern Star Brewing Company. 
  • Enjoy a wine tasting and catered dinner with live music at Blue Epiphany Vineyards. 
  • After dinner, enjoy live music in Downtown Conroe. 
  • Overnight stay at Margaritaville Lake Resort. 

Friday, January 14 

  • Enjoy a tour, activities, and catered lunch at 7D Ranch. 
  • Depart for William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) at 2 pm or choose to stay in Conroe for an additional night and depart at your own leisure.   

Post FAM Tour 7: Cowboys, Culture & Cuisine
Wednesday, January 12 – Friday, January 14, 2022
Locations: Abilene, Fort Worth

Ride the Historic Texas Forts Trail, where frontier life   required grit and guts and shaped the unique culture   only found in West Texas.

Wednesday, January 12  

  • Depart Grapevine at 8 a.m.  
  • Travel to Abilene, “One of the last places where true west flavor truly resides.” – Texas Highways Magazine.
  • Tour Frontier Texas! One of the few museums in the world where life-size holographic figures tell true tales about the hardy folks who lived and died on the Texas Frontier.
  • Visit The Grace Museum, a beautifully restored 1909 hotel that now offers art, history and children’s exhibits.
  • Tour The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, featuring original art created for   Children’s books by some of the country’s most renowned illustrators.
  • See the art of custom hat making at 5-D Custom Hats & Leather.
  • Visit the Taylor County History Center, preserving the heritage of the Texas Frontier by telling the story of the last 50 years of frontier life as the area slowly became “civilized”.
  • Dinner at Perini Ranch Steakhouse, a taste of real Texas in a rustic setting.

Thursday, January 13  

  • Become a star with a personal tour of the landmark Paramount Theatre.
  • Discover why the Hellcats were one of the most feared fighting machines of WWII at the 12th Armored Division World War II Memorial Museum.
  • Depart for Fort Worth and discover the Modern West.
  • Visit the Stockyard National Historic District and meet the Drovers of the Fort Worth Herd, see the Texas   Longhorn Cattle Drive and visit the beautifully restored Mule Alley.
  • Learn all about “The Duke” at the John Wayne—An American Experience exhibit.
  • With your hotel in the Stockyards, there will be time to relax and explore the area on your own.
  • Enjoy a Tex-Mex dinner and margaritas at Joe T Garcia’s.
  • Tonight, visit the Downtown Cowtown Isis Theater and Billy Bob’s Texas—the world’s largest Honky Tonk.

Friday, January 14  

  • Depart for downtown Sundance Square and visit both the JFK Tribute and the Plaza.  
  • Enjoy a VIP tour of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the most authentic western lifestyle experience since 1896.  
  • Visit the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, which honors women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneering fortitude.  
  • Learn about the cattle industry and ranch life at the Cattle Raisers   Museum.  
  • Wrap up your tour with lunch on the grounds of the actual rodeo and a tour of Dickie’s Arena.  
  • Depart for DFW Airport at 3 p.m.  

Post FAM Tour 8: Houston: Discover H-Town from Space to the Arts
Wednesday, January 12 – Friday, January 14, 2022
Location: Houston

Wednesday, January 12

  • Depart Grapevine at 9 a.m.
  • Get settled into your Houston hotel, which will be located either downtown or in the popular Galleria area.
  • Once known as East Downtown, take a Food & Fantastic Art Tour of EaDo, one of Houston’s most popular neighborhoods for fabulous food and great nightlife.
  • This evening, enjoy a true dining experience in Downtown Houston. Explore Avenida Houston and the area’s night life near your hotel.

Thursday, January 13

  • Discover the wonders of space exploration at Space Center Houston.
  • Enjoy lunch at the beautiful Kemah Boardwalk, with views of the Bay of Galveston.
  • Following lunch, explore the Kemah Boardwalk shops and amusement park, or just relax by the water.
  • Enjoy dinner in Houston’s Uptown District.

Friday, January 14

  • Start your day with a bike tour or by visiting one of the most prominent cultural districts in the country. Your choice:
    • Option 1: The Buffalo Bayou and Historic Downtown Guided Bike Tour will take you along one of Houston’s largest green spaces before heading into downtown to explore Houston’s roots.
    • Option 2: Experience the best of the arts, the science, and world-class exhibits with the Houston Museum Pass.
  • Depart for one of Houston’s airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) or William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) at 1 p.m. or stay longer and depart at your own leisure.

ABA FOUNDATION AFTERGLOW

Monday, January 10, 2022
9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Eligibility | All Registered Delegates
$50 Advance Tickets/$60 Onsite

The annual ABA Foundation Afterglow is a fundraiser for the ABA Foundation and supports the motorcoach, travel and tourism industry through scholarships and research programs.  Join the fun and don’t miss one of the best parties of the week!