Day 1. Fly to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX   (14 June 2007 Thursday)
4:30am drive to Boston Logan Airport and check-in
7am American Airlines Flight 631 for Dallas/Fort Worth

9:55am arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth
Fort Worth - Known as the city "Where the West Begins," Fort Worth, Texas embraces its cowboy heritage while moving forward with a revitalized downtown and major cultural attractions. Today, Fort Worth offers an enormous variety of things to see and do - including special events all year long. Fort Worth delivers a unique mix of Old West history, top attractions, and fun activities. See the best of the Old West -- including the world's only daily cattle drive -- in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Enjoy the city's amazing variety of museums and cultural destinations.
10:30am get car hire - National with confirmation number 532686038
11am drive to hotel (28 minutes 23 miles)
12noon hotel check-in
Doral Tesoro Hotel
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth TX 76177
Tel: (817) 961 0800
Confirm #: 201194
This posh Fort Worth Texas hotel features a design and atmosphere reflecting one of the Southwest's most colorful cities. Explore a thriving metropolis bursting with thrilling attractions, world-class museums, and performing arts centers. Stretch out in one of our newly renovated guest rooms — overlooking a pristine, 18-hole championship golf course. Enjoy first-class service and elegant dining near an alluring array of downtown attractions, including the Texas Motor Speedway, located just across the street.
  • Just 15 miles from downtown Fort Worth and the Stockyards
  • Across the street from the Texas Motor Speedway
  • Only 17 miles from Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport
  • 1pm Fort Worth National Historic District
    The Fort Worth Stockyards is the history book of the livestock industry in Texas. Each chapter is represented by the original bricks and mortar, the wood corrals, the men, and the music that are all still a part of the the Stockyards today. The Stockyards possessed a wide variety of people, there were cowboys, cattlemen, bartenders and bankers. The Packing houses brought skinners, butchers, and bookkeepers to the area. The horse traders, hog dealers and harlots mixed with harness makers and mule dealers. From the time following the "War Between the States" through the decade after the Second World War, the livestock industry was a huge part of the Fort Worth and Texas economy. Its employment base and dollar volume affected many lives.
    The Fort Worth Historic Stockyards is a one of a kind location with many unique attractions. It is the only place in the United States that has a daily cattle drive! Texas Longhorns are driven down East Exchange Avenue which is right in the heart of the Stockyards. For the history buff, museums and historic locations are plentiful to learn about our great history, from cowboys to cattle. Along the way, keep your eye out for the Texas Trail of Fame bronze makers in the sidewalks throughout the district.
    Stockyards Station
    There's no place in Texas like Fort Worth's Stockyards Station! Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards, Stockyards Station exemplifies Texas by providing an exciting blend of old and new with Historic Walking Tours that visit the Texas Trail of Fame, The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and more, over 25 unique shops including a winery, art gallery and great restaurants that offer anything from ribs to enchiladas.
    Historic Walking Tours
    Take a historical walking tour and learn about the colorful history of the Fort Worth Stockyards! Walking Tours visit these historic locations in the Stockyards:
  • Historic Livestock Exchange Building - once considered the heartbeat of the Livestock Business
  • Cowtown Coliseum - home of the world's first Indoor Rodeo
  • Stockyards Station - former hog & sheep pens
  • Cattlemen’s catwalk - panoramic view of the cattle pens
  • Mule Alley - once the "Finest Stables in the World"
  • Billy Bob’s Texas - "The World's Largest Honky Tonk"
  • Texas Trail of Fame
    Walking Tour schedule: Mon thru Sat - 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm
    $7/adult (including Billy Bob's Texas)
  • Fort Worth Herd
    Managed by the City of Fort Worth, Parks and Community Services Department, the Fort Worth Herd presents Stockyard visitors with a glimpse into the past and Fort Worth's rich western heritage with the world’s only twice daily cattle drive. In preserving its heritage as Cowtown, the City of Fort Worth has its own herd of 15 Texas Longhorns - one for each decade of Fort Worth’s 150-year history.
    Livestock Exchange
    Wall Street of the West. The Livestock Exchange Building was erected in 1902 as an office for cattle traders, & was once known as "The Wall Street of the West" for all the activity that occurred in the Stockyards. Although the building is primarily occupied by professional services, housed inside you'll find the North Fort Worth Historical Society Museum, which features historical information and artifacts related to the development of the Stockyards Historical District. Satellite cattle auctions occur every other Friday at Superior Livestock Auctions located on the first floor. Various special events take place on the lawn of this historic building.
    evening - Greenville Avenue, Dallas
    Greenville Avenue is a lively and bustling corridor that stretches from near Downtown into northeast Dallas. From Ross Avenue to Mockingbird Lane, Greenville Avenue's residential neighborhoods are broken up by quaint strip centers with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, clubs and pubs. From Mockingbird Lane north, it is mainly commercial with a host of popular dining, shopping and entertainment outlets. Much of Dallas bar life swirls around lower and upper Greenville Avenue, north of downtown.

    Day 2. Westlake Campus Visit & Presentation
      (15 June 2007 Friday)
  • 7:30am to 8:30am breakfast (use breakfast voucher)
  • 8:30am to 9:00am bus ride to Fidelity Westlake Campus
  • 9:00am to 9:30am Welcome Remarks by Fran Eichorts, Regional Manager and VP HR
  • 9:30am to 10:30am Real Estate / Relocation Presentation by Ebby's Tina Swenson and Coldwell Banker's Karen Greene
  • 10:30am to 12noon Westlake Panel (Westlake Employees)
  • 12noon to 1pm Lunch - Texas BBQ
  • 1pm to 2pm Bus returns to Doral Tesoro after a drive by the Lewisville site
  • late afternoon - Sundance Square, Fort Worth
    Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth; (817) 255-5700. The 20-block downtown entertainment and shopping district offers residents and visitors a variety of entertainment options in an architecturally unique setting. Restored turn-of-the-century buildings, brick streets and sidewalks, and colorful landscaping provide a picturesque backdrop for the Bass Performance Hall, a 504-room luxury hotel, two residential complexes, 20 screens of AMC cinemas, restaurants, live theaters, museums, and numerous specialties shops night spots.
    One of the most exciting and pedestrian-friendly downtown areas in America, Sundance Square is 20 historic blocks where people play, work, and live. You can browse specialty boutiques, dine in restaurants from casual to elegant, wander through an art gallery, see a movie or live theatre performance, or take in a show at Bass Performance Hall. An award-winning model of urban redevelopment, Sundance Square is popular with both locals and visitors. Parking is free all day on weekends and on weekdays if you arrive after 5 p.m.
    In downtown, Sundance Sqaure provides sidewalks filled with people on the town, enjoying the many Fort Worth nightlife opportunities such as nightclubs, restaurants, movies, and live theaters.
    evening - The Mesquite Championship Rodeo
    Our 50th season. Every Friday and Saturday night in 2007 (April 6th – September 29th) thousands of visitors will witness the thrills of the original western sport: the rodeo!
    Share America’s original sport with us. Two hours of edge-of-your-seat action! High-flying bronc riders, brawny steer wrestlers, beautiful cowgirl barrel racers, brave bull riders, daredevil rodeo clowns, and some of the orneriest bulls in the business. The chuck wagon race has its own brand of fast-paced excitement. If the Kids Calf Scramble warms your heart, the Cowboy Poker event will make it race. TV monitors throughout help you follow all the action up close and personal!
    Enjoy the Rodeo in comfort. Resistol Arena is modern, air-conditioned, and conveniently located only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas. Doors open at 6:30pm and show starts 8pm thru 10pm. We always start the rodeo with the National Anthem and a traditional Grand Entry parade of flags, contestants and officials that links Mesquite with rodeos of the past. We’ve got all the rodeo events you’ve come to expect at a championship rodeo: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Cowgirl Barrel Racing, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Chuckwagon Races, Cowboy Poker, and Team Roping.
    at 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149

    Day 3. Real Estate around Westlake
      (16 June 2007 Saturday)
    morning - real estate tour with Julie Baxter (972) 567 7875 of Ebby Halliday
    and colleague Tina Swenson (800) 527 6932 around Keller, Southlake, Grapevine
    Dallas/Fort Worthworth Metroplex At-A-Glance
    The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is a thriving, diverse and dynamic place to call home. From a day at the park to a night at the symphony, the area is many things to many people. We have some of the most charming and friendly people in the nation while maintaining a leading-edge business climate and a booming real estate industry.
    Fortune magazine has called the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex the nation's "dream location" for business and "the most diverse and dynamic economic base in the U.S." With roots in agriculture, oil and manufacturing, today the area is a major center for real estate and development, banking and finance, electronics and high technology, wholesale and retail trade, health care, aviation, transportation and shipping, international commerce, conventions and tourism.
    Downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth are 25 miles apart with booming suburbs surrounding the two cities. The suburbs are filled with recreation, entertainment and quaint communities to suit a variety of taste. D/FW International Airport is the largest airport in the nation and the second busiest in the world. The Metroplex offers championship professional sports, exquisite shopping, exciting nightlife, educational museums, beautiful homes... There is something for everyone. If you are looking for a night at the rodeo or a night at the opera, a barbeque lunch or a five-star restaurant, a day of shopping or a day in the country, you will find it all in Dallas/Fort Worth!

    5135 Haydenbend, Grapevine, TX 76051 $249,900
    Great location! Beautiful floor plan open and airy on oversized lot. Master sown, split bedroom design. Large gameroom upstairs with fireplace and wet bar. Huge backyard featuring woood deck, additional parking, storage unit will stay. (Backyard perfect for pool.) Kids can walk to school. The quaint park in neighborhood is perfect for family and community gatherings. This is a must see.
    MLS Number: 10751251     Desc: 3/2.1/2     Mapsco: 0041L
    City: GRAPEVINE     Zip: 76051     Type: Single Family
    SqFt: 2558* TAX     Heat/Air: Central Air-Elec, Central Heat-Gas, Zoned
    Pool: N     Stories: 2 S    ubdiv: GLADE LANDING ADDITION
    LR: 20X17     BR#1: 15X13     Gar: 2 spaces, Attached, Side, Opener
    DR: 13X12     BR#2: 11X10     Found: Slab
    Kit: 13X10     BR#3: 15X14     Roof: Composition
    Brk: 9X8     BR#4:     Fence: Wood
    LR2: 19X18     BR#5:     Lot: 42x180x167x110
    LR3:     Study:     Ext: Brick
    Other:     Utility: 8X6     Yr Blt: 1987
    Agent: Barbara Coats     Broker: The Coats Group
    643 Wyndham Circuit, Keller TX $200,000
    Immaculate 4bdr-2.5 bath home in highly desirable Keller location. includes, gorgeous landscaped yard, open floor plan with master downstairs, beautiful new hardwood floors, custom paint and fixtures, Huge kitchen with island, exemplary Keller schools! Too many extras to list! This is a MUST see!
    MLS#: 10772005 City: KELLER* Zip: 76248-8281* County: TARRANT Map: FW*/0037*/C*
    Residential Single Family
    # Bedrooms: 4 Year Built: 2002
    # Full Baths: 2 # Stories: 2
    # Half Baths: 1 Square Feet: 2,317*
    HOA: $800 / A Pool on Property: No
    Gar Spaces: 2 Carport Spaces / CvrdPrk: 0 / 2
    Housing Type: Single Detached Nbr of Living Areas: 1 Living 1: 0 x 0 /
    Style: Traditional Nbr of Dining Areas: 2 Formal Dining:
    Construction: Brick Master BR: 0 x 0 / 1
    Foundation: Slab Bedroom 2:
    Roof: Composition Bedroom 3:
    Parking: Attached, Opener Bedroom 4:
    Acres: 0.12 Bedroom 5:
    Lot Dimension: Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Wood Floor
    Exterior Features: Gutters, Patio Open, Satellite Dish, Sprinkler System Heating/Cooling: Central Air-Elec, Central Heat-Gas, Zoned
    Common Features: Community Pool, Jogging Path/ Bike Path, Park Energy Features: Ceiling Fans, Gas Water Heater, Storm Windows(s)
    Interior Features: Cable TV Available, Decorative Lighting
    Area Information Kitchen Equipment: Built-in Microwave, Cooktop - Electric, Dishwasher, Disposal, Oven - Electric, Self Clean, Water Line to Refrigerator, Other
    Subdivision: WYNDHAM VILLAGE ADDITION* Bed/Bath Features: Jetted Tub, Separate Shower, Split Bedrooms, Walk-in Closets
    1309 Clear Springs Drive, Keller TX $225,000
    MLS#: 10790035 City: KELLER* Zip: 76248-3679*
    County: TARRANT Map: FW*/0024*/J*
    Residential Single Family
    # Bedrooms: 4 Year Built: 2001
    # Full Baths: 2 # Stories: 1
    # Half Baths: 0 Square Feet: 2,265*
    HOA: $140 / A Pool on Property: No
    Gar Spaces: 2 Carport Spaces / CvrdPrk: 0 / 2
    Housing Type: Single Detached Nbr of Living Areas: 2 Living 1: 18 x 18 /
    Style: Traditional Nbr of Dining Areas: 2 Formal Dining: 13 x 10 /
    Construction: Brick Master BR: 17 x 13 / 1
    Foundation: Slab Bedroom 2: 12 x 11 / 1
    Roof: Composition Bedroom 3: 14 x 10 / 1
    Parking: Attached, Side Bedroom 4: 13 x 11 / 1
    Acres: 0.3 Bedroom 5:
    Lot Dimension: Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic Tile
    Exterior Features: Patio Covered, Sprinkler System Heating/Cooling: Central Air-Elec, Central Heat-Gas
    Interior Features: Wind Coverings
    Area Information Kitchen Equipment: Cooktop - Gas, Dishwasher, Disposal
    Subdivision: SADDLEBROOK ESTATES ADDITION* Bed/Bath Features: Split Bedrooms, Walk-in Closets
    School District: KELLER ISD Utility Room: Separate Room
    afternoon Dallas World Aquarium in Fair Park
    At 1801 North Griffin Street, Dallas; (214) 720-2224. Exotic plants and creatures from around the world where you can explore a South American rainforest or take a walk through a water tunnel surrounded by reef life from the Continental Shelf. Observe monkeys, stingrays, piranhas and penguins.
    The aquarium features more than 85,000 gallons (321,800 l) of saltwater with marine life from around the world. Walk through the 22,000-gallon (83,280 l) tunnel to experience a panoramic view of reef life. Many animals found at the top of the food chain can be seen in the Predators exhibit. Ten 2,000-gallon (7,571 l) displays present marine life from around the world - Palau, Southern Australia, Lord Howe Island, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Bahamas, British Columbia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Japan. Representing the waters of four continents, three oceans and various seas, the aquarium gives a glimpse of the underwater world.
    Open 7 Days A Week 10am-5pm Admission Adults $15.95 website:
    4pm Drive to May Aisporna-Evans (81 miles 1 hour 30 minutes)
    4041 Western Circle GreenVille TX 75401
    (H) +1 903 455 6113 (M) +1 9034568506

    Day 4. Around Dallas
      (17 June 2007 Sunday)
    morning - West End
    The West End is one of the best places to start your tour of Dallas, with its attractions such as the West End Market Place and the Founders' Plaza, as well as the famous Dealey Plaza, site of Kennedy's assassination. The West End, Dallas' true historical district, sets the stage for the story of Dallas when it was first settled in the mid-1800s. Since then, chapters continue to unfold daily along its picturesque streets and buildings.
    What makes the West End unlike any other area of Dallas? It offers visitors a window into the past with beautifully preserved and masterfully renovated historical buildings. The West End also provides a host of recreational opportunities such as retail attractions, fascinating museums, exciting nightlife, and a variety of cultural events. Visitors enjoy all of this in one of the most "happening" neighborhoods in Dallas. There is something for everyone and you'll find it along our tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks.
    morning - Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
    411 Elm Street Dallas, TX 75202
    Probably the most famous museum in Dallas, the Sixth Floor Museum is located in the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald is alleged to have fired the shot that killed President John F. Kennedy. Learn about what happened on that fateful day in 1964 and the many conspiracy theories which surround the tragic event.
    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historical Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.
    afternoon Drive to Danny and Eden Mina
    1334 Red River Lane ,Allen ,Texas 75002
    (H) (214) 383 5331 (M) (214) 991 5270

    Day 5. Fly back to Boston
      (18 June 2007 Monday)
    6:30am check-out and drive to Dallas Fort Worth Int'l Airport
    8:55am American Airlines Flight 1106 for Boston
    1:35pm arrive in Boston Logan International Airport
    3:00pm Home Sweet Home
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