SATW 2018 Schedule
Amarillo by Morning
A Boots & Jeans Meeting- No Ties Allowed!
Our host hotel is the Embassy Suites in downtown Amarillo. This beautiful new hotel filled with natural light opened in late 2017. In the lobby, be sure to see the living wall covered with more than 4,000 green plants. The lobby bar is a wonderful gathering spot in the later afternoon, with plenty of snacks and beverages on the house. Guest rooms are huge and quiet and there’s free WiFi throughout the property.
Where to walk from the hotel: Palace Coffee; Polk Street for a wide selection of food and beverage; Madame Queen, the only 2-10-4 Texas-type locomotive building 1930 for the Plains Division of the Santa Fe Railway. There’s much more. Refer to visitors guides in your welcome packet.
Driving to Amarillo? Stop by the Texas Tourism Information Center on I-40 for all the info you need, free WiFi and photo ops by the rattlesnake warning signs.
Your Own Story Ideas: If you want to explore the Amarillo area before and after the chapter meeting, consider these leads.
- Family camping program in Palo Duro Canyon State Park
- Canyon, Texas’ courthouse square — great shopping, dining and imbibing on a small town square now finding its sophisticated edge
- Canadian, Texas — a true oasis in the upper Panhandle Plains, with stunning stores of artwork, architecture, good food and extraordinarily lush topography, plus the ranch seen at the end of Tom Hanks’ film, Castaway
- Polk Street & Center City — yesterday, today and tomorrow
- Made in Amarillo —coffee roaster, baked goods, beers, jewelry, saddles, boots and more
- Texas food, wine and beer on Amarillo’s menus
Recommended reading to prepare for exploring the Panhandle:
- Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry
- Empire of the Summer Moon, by SC Gwynne
- The Texas Panhandle Frontier, by Frederic Rathjen
- Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman, J. Evetts Haley
- Caprock Canyonlands, Dan Flores