Scout will be attending the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Federal Small Business Conference (SBC) in San Antonio, Texas, from November 1-3, 2023. The conference is the perfect opportunity to not only enhance your professional network but also experience the rich cultural and historical tapestry of this vibrant city. In this article, we’ll take you beyond the conference doors, offering our top picks for must-see attractions and culinary delights that make San Antonio a captivating destination. So, pack your conference essentials and prepare to explore San Antonio’s hidden gems with Scout!
About the Conference
The SBC is the premiere annual small business conference, connecting small businesses directly with federal government decision makers, contracting officers, and other small and large business leaders. The conference hosts numerous business opportunity and education sessions, and roundtable networking sessions with federal government representatives. General sessions provide government and DoD outlooks. Click here for more info: https://www.samesbc.org/schedule-at-a-glance.cfm
Where We’ll Be
Scout will be located at Booth #702. We hope you will come by to say “Howdy!” and hear about our environmental planning, environmental compliance, and our new addition of engineering services.
After the Conference Fun
With its rich mix of history, culture, and culinary delights, San Antonio has something for everyone!
History buffs and lay people alike know about The Alamo. Who hasn’t heard the lore of the last stand? Lucky for us, it is just a hop, skip and jump away from the convention center. This historic site is a significant symbol of Texas’ struggle for independence and is revered for its role in the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. Explore the grounds, visit the museum, and learn about the courageous individuals who fought for freedom. The Alamo is a testament to the city’s rich history and should be at the top of your itinerary.
Embark on a picturesque stroll along the famous River Walk, a network of pathways along the San Antonio River. Lined with vibrant restaurants, charming shops, and picturesque landscapes, this urban oasis offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and urban vibrancy. Take a boat tour, enjoy a leisurely meal at a riverside café, or simply soak in the atmosphere as you wander along this scenic waterway.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park:
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a collection of four beautifully preserved Spanish colonial missions. Explore Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada, each offering a glimpse into the region’s history and architectural heritage. Take a guided tour, wander through the grounds, and learn about the indigenous cultures that flourished here centuries ago.
Located just north of downtown, the Pearl District is a vibrant neighborhood that has been transformed into a lively destination filled with restaurants, boutiques, and cultural attractions. Explore the historic Pearl Brewery complex, indulge in some culinary adventures at the diverse eateries, and browse through the unique shops and art galleries. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the weekend Farmers Market for a taste of local produce and crafts.
San Antonio Museum of Art:
Art enthusiasts will find a haven in the San Antonio Museum of Art. This renowned institution showcases a diverse collection spanning thousands of years and multiple cultures. From ancient Egyptian artifacts to modern American art, the museum offers an immersive experience for visitors of all ages. Be sure to explore the stunning collection of Latin American art and the museum’s extensive Asian art collection.
Natural Bridge Caverns:
Venture just outside the city and discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Natural Bridge Caverns. Located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Natural Bridge Caverns is 30 minutes north of downtown San Antonio. Embark on a guided tour through this underground wonderland, marvel at the intricate formations, and learn about the geological history of the region.
San Antonio is a culinary paradise, where diverse flavors and influences collide. Indulge in authentic Tex-Mex cuisine at renowned eateries like Mi Tierra Café y Panadería, or try one of the many on this list. Or savor innovative creations at trendy restaurants like Cured or Battalion. Don’t forget to try the city’s famous puffy tacos: visit this website for a list of the best. Sample some mouthwatering barbecued meats: this list can help you find the best. The food scene in San Antonio is a journey in itself. Here are some additional restaurants we have our eyes on:
- Big on the Banks: Home – Biga
- Boudros: Boudros Texas Bistro
- Voodoo Doughnut: Voodoo Doughnut – The magic is in the hole! –
- Rosario’s: Best San Antonio Mexican Restaurant | Rosarios (rosariossa.com)
- 2M Smokehouse: 2M Smokehouse BBQ – San Antonio, TX
- Kimura: Kimura Home – Kimura (kimurasa.com)
- Maverick Texas Brasserie: Maverick Texas Brasserie | Southtown San Antonio Restaurant
- Southerleigh: Best Restaurant in the Rim – Southerleigh Haute South (southerleighatpearl.com)
Looking forward to seeing those of you who will be attending the conference! Please contact us if we can help with any questions or, if you’re interested in scheduling a meeting while there: e-mail us at email@example.com.
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