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Optional Tours at the 2015 Convention

EASA has scheduled these optional tours especially for you. Tours are available to all attendees. Monday and Tuesday's offerings especially compliment the Spouse/Guest Social Package. 

San Antonio City Tour

Saturday, June 13, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

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Discover why San Antonio’s such a great place to live and visit on this riding tour. Highlights include:

  • The Alamo – Known worldwide, the defeat of the Alamo defenders by Santa Anna’s army inspired others to “Remember the Alamo” and win independence for Texas.
  • King William District – The most elegant residential area in the city in the 1800s, the Victorian-era mansions and beautiful gardens give visitors a glimpse back in time.  Also tour Steves Homestead, the only mansion in the district open to the public.
  • San Fernando Cathedral – The oldest cathedral sanctuary in the United States.
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace – Dating to 1749, it was built to serve as the official residence for the commander of the Presidio de San Antonio and became the seat of Spanish government in Texas.
  • El Mercado – Two blocks of shops that capture San Antonio’s Mexican and Hispanic heritage. Here you’ll find everything from piñatas and pottery to colorful clothing, carvings, metal works, blankets and baskets. Enjoy a bite to eat “on your own” at one of the many restaurants while mariachi music plays in the background. 

Price: $45 ($55 after May 1)

Mission Trail

Monday, June 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Dating to the 1700s, the missions of San Antonio are reminders of the extent of Spain’s dominion north from Mexico.

  • Mission San Jose – The “Queen of the Missions,” this was the most beautiful, most prosperous and best fortified of all Texas missions.
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano – This mission became a vital regional supplier of agricultural produce.
  • Mission Concepción – Dating to 1731,  this is the oldest, unrestored Catholic church and took 20 years to complete.
  • The Alamo – The most famous spot in all of Texas where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Santa Anna’s army.

Departs from the Grand Hyatt.

Price: $30 ($40 after May 1)

Historic Homes - King William District

Monday, June 15, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm OR Tuesday, June 16, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Step back in time as you visit 19th-century Victorian mansions and beautiful gardens in the Kind William District–San Antonio’s most elegant residential area in the 1800s and now one of the oldest registered historic districts in Texas. Highlights include:

  • Steves Homestead - Edward Steves, who immigrated to Texas in 1848 and later founded the Steves Lumber Company, built this lovely restored home in 1876.
  • Maverick Carter House - This Richardsonian Romanesque-style house was built in 1893 by William Maverick. The original furnishings of this house-museum are so complete that you'd think the lady of the house just stepped out to run an errand.
  • Guenther House - The elegant Guenther House was the home of the founding family of the Pioneer Flour Mills, still an active San Antonio business. Located on a bend in the San Antonio River, this stately home was built in the 1860s by Carl Hilmar Guenther.

Tour departs from the Grand Hyatt.

Price: $50 ($60 after May 1)

Cooking Class with Blanca

Tuesday, June 16, 10:30 - 12:30 pm

Immerse yourself in the cuisine of San Antonio by learning how to make the perfect enchilada from renowned chef Blanca Aldaco.
Included in the price is:

  • “How to Make the Perfect Enchilada” demonstration
  • How to make a margarita
  • Recipe cards
  • Lunch, dessert and two award-winning margaritas (one welcoming and one with lunch)

Price: $115 ($125 after May 1)

San Antonio Armature Works

Tuesday, June 16, 2:45 - 4:15 pm

Don’t miss your chance to tour this sprawling, 40,000-square-foot facility. Now in their 93rd year, San Antonio Armature Works is a family-owned business that is committed to providing reliable repairs, quality products and excellent service.  

Early Bird - By April 6 Advance - By May 1 Regular/On-site - After May 1
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