Dennis Riedesel is hosting Bones Fest XXI. He hosted Bones Fest XV in 2011.
This preliminary notification is just a heads up for Bones Fest XXI in San Antonio, TX. Bones Fest XV that I sponsored was dubbed the performance Fest but that will not happen again for this fest so I am working on making it the vacation Fest. Here is a list of items for which I am working out the logistics. Some will happen and a lot are still pending but I want to give you some planning ideas.
Downtown San Antonio is a tourist attraction so things may be a bit more expensive than the last several Fones Fests. I am trying to save you money so that the overall expenses will be somewhat comparable.
We will be staying and meeting at the Crockett Hotel which is across the street behind the Alamo compound and about 2-3 blocks from the famed San Antonio Riverwalk. The Crocket supposedly has a wonderful free breakfast buffet so save yourself some $ if you forgo the expensive breakfast venues elsewhere. All our main fest activities will occur at the hotel so you will not have to travel to other venues--other than some short walks.
I will somehow provide transportation between the airport and the hotel so:
1, Do not rent a car--save yourself that expense. Overnight parking is between $25 to $40 per day (There is no free parking anywhere in the downtown area!!) so save yourself that expense. Those of you who live close to San Antonio and will not fly, let me know and I will arrange for parking near my home and transport you into downtown.
2. Taxi, UBER, shuttle, etc., run between $20-$30 one way so save yourself some more money and ride with me.
3. My first priority is to get participants to and from the airport so depending on arrival and departure times, I may be able to transport to other tourist attractions beyond walking distances.
Friday afternoon we will chow down some Casa Rio Mexican food aboard two river barges cruising along the Riverwalk. The fees are included as part your registration. As we did last time, we will probably be "boning on the river" and will try to take the fest group picture while on the river barges.
I am working on some pre and/or post fest activities (Those requiring transportation are limited by my Thursday and Sunday transporting commitments):
Short walks: World Heritage Mission Tours via On/off Trolly, Cathedral of San Fernando, Water Taxi, Menger Hotel Bar, Segway rides/tours, Battle For Texas: The Experience, Carriage Rides, 13 Days Of Glory iMax
Long walks: Institute of Texan Cultures, Majestic Theater Tour, Spanish Governor's Mansion, Casa Navarro State Historical Site, King William Historical District, The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, La Villita Historic Arts Village, Walk the Entire Riverwalk, El Mercado/Market Square
Transportation Necessary: Tourist Attractions--SeaWorld and Fiesta Texas via "Via Bus", San Antonio Zoo/Eagle Train, SA Museums
Special One Day Hill Country Tour: Natural Bridge Caverns, Cowboy Action Shooting, Blackpowder Shooting, River Tubing, Lukenbauch Lunch, Texas Jack Shopping, Bandera Cowboy Saloon, Castorville Pasteries
Very Special Hogg Plum Ranch Retreat: Private Cowboy Town: Bunk-housing, Bathhouse, Opery-house, Kitchen, Church, Saloon, Outbuildings.--Wildlife: Bass/Pearch Fishing, Hybrid Texas White Tailed Deer Herd, Wild Turkey.--Outdoor Activities: Texas Brush-country Walks, Cowboy Action Shooting Range, Chuckwagon or Dutch Oven Cookout, Campfire, Wagon Rides.--Day Trip: Presidio La Bahia, Isaac Hamilton Monologue, Hanging Tree Restaurant Lunch
Restaurant Listing on and off Riverwalk to be published later