Braille Monitor                                                   March 2010

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The Hilton Anatole: A Great Convention Destination

by Elizabeth Campbell

Elizabeth Campbell listens to a speakerFrom the Editor: Elizabeth Campbell, a reporter and member of our Texas affiliate, has prepared the following reminder about some of the attractive features of the Hilton Anatole, the headquarters hotel for the 2010 NFB national convention. As you prepare to attend the convention this year in Dallas, advance knowledge of the hotel's many interesting characteristics may help you take full advantage of the facility. In a future issue we will publish a description and orientation guide for this hotel and conference center, but this brief overview of facts will likely offer information that you did not know before. Here is what she says:

You won’t want to miss this year’s exciting convention as the National Federation of the Blind celebrates its seventieth anniversary. What better place for such an event than the Hilton Anatole Hotel? The Anatole, located on forty-five acres north of downtown Dallas, offers a little something for everyone, including fine dining, a seven-acre park, and plenty of shops. Well-known attractions such as the West End and the American Airlines Center are not far away.

The Anatole is also recognized throughout the world for its premier collection of paintings, sculpture, and tapestries from Japan, China, India, Mexico, and beyond. The diverse collection was donated by real estate developer Trammell Crow, who also built the Anatole. Crow and his wife acquired the art pieces when they traveled around the world. Here are a few examples of what is on display:

Two eighteenth-century Chinese Fu Dogs guard the lobby entrance from evil spirits, just as they did in an ancient Buddhist temple. Around the corner is a bronze statue of well-known humorist and performer, Will Rogers, riding off into the sunset, created by Texan Electra “Waggoner” Biggs. If you want to unwind after a long day or enjoy fresh air and a brisk walk before the busy convention sessions, the lovely seven-acre park located on the tower side of the hotel provides an excellent escape. The park features a walking path, a peaceful waterfall, and plenty of open space.

Good food is another reason to stay at the Anatole. The eight restaurants in the hotel range from fine dining at Nana’s to casual cuisine at the Terrace. If you are in a hurry (and who isn’t during the convention), the Common Ground offers sandwiches, soups, bagels, and desserts. The Gossip Bar serves coffee and pastries in the morning and drinks at night. The sports enthusiasts can get a hardy burger and try imported beers at the Ratskeller Sports Bar.

You’d better hurry to make those reservations because rooms are harder to come by the longer you wait. The members of the Texas affiliate look forward to seeing you in Dallas, and Texas will have lots of entertaining activities and surprises in store.

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