Braille Monitor                                                                                 February 2006


Y'all Come to Dallas

by Tommy Craig

The Hilton Anatole Hotel
The Hilton Anatole Hotel

From the Editor: Tommy Craig is president of the NFB of Texas. Here is his first-hand report on our 2006 convention hotel:

If you havenít already done so, you should rush to make your plans to spend the first week of July in Dallas. Make your reservations now to attend the convention of the National Federation of the Blind July 1 to 7 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. This yearís convention facilities are some of the best weíve ever had. The Anatole Hotel has 1,610 rooms, six restaurants, and over 345,000 square feet of meeting-room space. In addition the Anatole has one of the most extensive private art collections in the country. You can examine everything from sculptures of elephants in the lobby to pieces of the Berlin Wall in the seven-acre sculpture garden.

If exercise is more your style, the Verandah Club and Spa is just on the other side of the sculpture garden. It offers over 80,000 square feet of exercise facilities and an indoor Olympic-size pool and whirlpool. You can also make use of a wide range of exercise equipment and the indoor jogging track. If youíre more the outdoor type, you may take advantage of the outdoor pool, the quarter-mile jogging track, and much more.

If all this talk of exercise makes you hungry, then youíre in luck. The Anatole has six restaurants that provide a wide variety of dishes to satisfy any appetite. The main restaurant is the Terrace, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It serves a wide variety of American food.

If youíd rather put a little spice in your life, you may want to try La Esquina. Here you can sample some great Mexican food and wash it all down with your choice of over forty brands of Tequila. This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

The Common Ground offers a wide variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, pastries, desserts, and Starbuckís coffee. Itís the perfect place to grab breakfast or lunch if you donít have a lot of time.

Open for lunch and dinner, the Rathskeller Sports Bar is the perfect place to grab a burger and some cheese fries. You can sample a wide range of domestic and imported beers while watching your favorite sporting events on the wide-screen TV.

The Gossip Bar is a unique place to pick up a pastry and Starbuckís coffee for breakfast. It then turns into a wonderful place to relax with your friends for a drink and conversation in the evening. The Gossip is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

If you are looking for fine dining, look no further than Nana, a five-star restaurant on the twenty-seventh floor of the Anatole. It provides elegant dining with a wonderful view of the Dallas skyline. Choose from a variety of new American menu choices. Nana is open for dinner, and attire is upscale.

After a day of exciting convention activities, itís time to retire for the night. In your room you will find great amenities such as pillow-top mattresses, two-line cordless speaker phones, and high-speed Internet service.

The Anatole is located a short drive from many Dallas hot spots like the West End and the American Airlines Center. Dallas has two airports. The DFW International Airport is about twenty miles from the hotel. Cab fare is currently around $40, and SuperShuttle service is available for $16. Those living in a city served by Southwest Airlines will fly into Love Field, only about six miles from the hotel. Cab fare from Love Field is around $15, and the SuperShuttle is $16.

The Texas affiliate is planning a few surprises for this yearís convention. One thing you can be sure of is that you wonít find a friendlier bunch of Texans anywhere than at the Anatole this summer. We canít wait to meet, greet, and welcome you to the best NFB convention ever.