This was a quick trip packed with true Texas fun. 🙏 First, I would like to give a big thank you to our partners with Lamont Associates & our host Visit Fort Worth. I was joined by 30 "new" friends from all walks of life during this awesome trip through Texas bliss. Getting to meet new people while learning amazing things about the city was definitely the icing on the cake.
Before the journey we were treated to a batch of amazing salsa… “Yummm”, sunglasses, bandana & a welcome letter was also part of our package that arrived in the mail a week prior to get us excited for the experience we were getting ready to encounter.
Moments- DAY 1
✈️Traveled with United Airlines, my go to airline when available.
After landing in DFW, I was greeted by my driver in baggage claim.
Perfect way to start with no wait time.
Now I’m off to the hotel in the 🤠 “City of Cowboys and Culture.”
Accommodations provided by 🏨 Worthington Renaissance Hotel nested in the heart of the Sundance Square district where you can find some true Western elegance.
Arrived at the hotel, got checked in and then I met the group in the lobby for our first stop. No time to waste, off to the 📍Aloft Fort Worth Downtown Hotel located at 334 W 3rd Street.
We started with sessions on Production, Technology and Attendee Management. Sounds fun right! Well these were great sessions for the event planners in the group, you never stop learning something new.
During our first break we were treated with the best donuts 🍩 in town "Funkytown Donuts".
This is a family owned and operated donut spot in Fort Worth that is “worth” a visit when in town.
After our break with the yummy donuts we had a special visitor stop by
before our next activity, Mayor Betsy Price.
Before leaving Aloft the group did an outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Activity where we packed compassion kits for victims of human trafficking. It is always a great feeling to give back. During this activity we all had the opportunity to network and get to know one another as well.
Now back to the hotel for a quick 🚿 refresh.
Waiting in my room was a snack & beverage you could not pass up.
Popcorn, and the fixings for a Austin Sparkle.
Time for our evening activities. 🍸
We were first treated with a reception that was held at 📍Worthington Renaissance where we started with some appetizers and open bar before dinner. 👉Then we took a quick stroll to our dinner location. Dinner was held at the 📍Bass Performance Hall 525 Commerce Street.
Bass Performance Hall. Built in 1998 of local limestone in the ornate architectural tradition of Europe’s historic opera houses, this stately downtown performing arts center is home to such acclaimed companies as the Fort Worth Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
When we arrived we were guided by the staff of the hall that pointed us in the right direction for a night of entertainment. Once on the main floor we were greeted by the sounds of the band then corralled over to the hat station. Yes, HAT 🤠 STATION; we were fitted for our very own cowboy hats that were steamed to perfection. "Howdy Y'all"
Our dinner 🍽️ was provided by Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisinea a true Fort Worth classic. Chef Jon Bonnell showcased a superb Southwestern and Creole meal. The Chef is a fan of wild game, he uses local ingredients when available, and enjoys perusing farmers' markets for fruits and vegetables just off the vine.
Check out the place settings & menu that makes your mouth water.
This was an enjoyable night filled with music, food and drinks with friends.
What more can you ask for. 🥂
Once the night was over, back to the hotel to enjoy a great night sleep to prepare for day 2. Some of us enjoyed the lobby bar & town before hitting the sack.
Moments - DAY 2
Early Start 🚍
Met in the lobby to load the bus for our breakfast and educational session at the Fort Worth Zoo in the 📍Portraits of the Wild Art Gallery located at 1989 Colonial Parkway.
History Check: The Fort Worth Zoo is the oldest zoo in Texas and has been ranked the No. 4 zoo in the nation by USA Today. Home to more than 7,000 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, the Zoo supports conservation projects in more than 30 countries around the globe. The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than one million visitors a year. The Portraits of the Wild Art Gallery is an original room-in-the-round that showcases an art collection by internationally acclaimed wildlife artist, Wilhelm Kuhnert.
During this session, we enjoyed an amazing speaker that talked through contracts and gave us tips for upcoming events. Throughout the session we were greeted by the sweet sounds of a turkey in an adjacent room. 🦃 It was so funny to see everyone’s faces the first time we heard the sound. OMG what was that and then laughter throughout the room. It even had our speaker laugh out loud. TRUE FUN TIMES AT THE ZOO.
On our break between the session we had a few special guests join us. 🐾
Once we completed the session, we went out and fed the giraffes.
🦒 Great way to end at our first stop of the day.
Now it is time for lunch! Off to Whiskey Ranch featuring Heim Barbecue located at 4250 Mitchell Blvd.
Where do I start... this location was a beauty. From the elegant western decor to the views you would not want to miss.
History Check: The largest whiskey distillery west of the Mississippi, 📍Whiskey Ranch is the brainchild of Firestone & Robertson Distilling and is housed on the site of Fort Worth’s historic Glen Gardens Golf Course. Two distinct spirits are produced: the first a blended whiskey and the second a Texas Straight Bourbon. Once a food truck and now onto a full-on restaurant, the Heim’s have shared their passion for BBQ with all of Fort Worth to enjoy. This newly Texas-styled barbecue joint has become one of the locals’ favorite places to visit.
Treats during our visit included whiskey, bourbon, BBQ sauce, an amazing lunch &
a screen-printed Fort Worth shirt.
Time to move on! Load the bus & off to experience the 📍Stockyards!
History Check: Stockyards National Historic District Explore this colorful legacy of this historic district that was built by railroads and cattle drives. A 98-acre portion encompassing much of the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District in 1976. The Stockyards are going through a $175 million renovation and development that you’re not going to want to miss once completed.
It was a beautiful day to enjoy a tour of the Stockyards while eating ice cream.
After learning what the Stockyards has to offer, we got to see a true Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive. Genuine Texas cowboys driving Texas longhorns in the World’s only twice-daily cattle drive.
When in Fort Worth you must visit the Stockyards and see the cattle drive-in action 11am or 4pm daily. The jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling, and the rhythm of the hoof beats bring a bygone era to life as The Herd passes by.
These 🤠 cowboys are dressed from head to toe in true Fort Worth fashion.
Who doesn't like a true cowboy! Yee-haw!
After a day full of Texas adventure, we headed back to the hotel for a quick refresh.
To be honest to went back and took a 30min cat nap.
Back to lobby to load buses 🚍 for our final destination, Billy Bob's here we come.
Dinner and entertainment at 📍Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
History Check: Most iconic music venues in the country. The building now known as Billy Bob’s Texas was built in 1910 and was once an open-air barn used to house prize cattle for the Fort Worth Stock Show. Throughout the years it has gone through multiple stages of growth. For almost 40 years, Billy Bob’s has hosted the biggest stars in country music and classic rock from Alabama to ZZ Top. Billy Bob’s has been named “Country Music Club of the Year” 12 times by the Academy of Country Music and the Country🎵 Music Association.
During our visit to the iconic music venue we got to enjoy an outstanding true Texas cuisine that Billy Bob’s talented culinary team prepare for us complete with s'mores, pecan pie & ice cream.
After dinner, we were treated to a VIP tour that allowed us to walk 👣 through the music history of the venue. There's so much music history at this location you won't want to miss.
We ended the night with a photo on the mechanical bull.
How else do you end your night at a true Honky Tonk!
Back to the hotel for a night cap before we get ready for our trips back home.
Now it is the end of our trip and I cannot say thank you enough for a great Texas experience. The Fort Worth team give us the inside scope on what their great city has to offer, and I am truly honored that I can share these "moments" with you. 😃
When in Fort Worth, I recommend these locations noted within my blog & these should be added to your 📝Bucket List if you're looking for a trip filed with Texas flare.
Thank you for VISITING!
copyright 2018 @ MoRich Moments