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NAPS 67th National Convention: Western Style!
By Sheri Davies
Vice President, Conference Direct
Howdy, NAPS members! I hope this article finds you well and excited to finally have the opportunity to meet at the national convention in August at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. COVID-19 has been difficult for all of us; it will be so nice to see each other again at the convention.
This year’s event will be packed with amazing entertainment, great amenities and a beautiful resort in which to meet and share information. Following are important housekeeping items and important information for your review to help you prepare to travel to Texas.
The Gaylord Texan Resort is committed Standard to ensuring your visit is safe. Please click here for the resort’s COVID-19 protocol.
Convention dates: Aug. 29 to Sept. 3
Preliminary Agenda: Click here for the premininary agenda as of 6/1/21. Final agenda to be published in the July Postal Supervisor.
Sleeping room rate: $189 for single and double rooms; includes resort fee—usually $20/night, but waived for NAPS members.
Resort amenities for all guests include high-speed internet access, a fitness center, access to all resort pools and Paradise Springs Waterpark, domestic long-distance phone calls, local (817) phone calls, complimentary access to Glass Cactus Nightclub for two (open Friday and Saturday nights), discounted individual transportation service, City of Grapevine shuttle and two bottles of water a day.
Please be sure to secure your sleeping room on or before the cut-off date of Aug. 4.
Self-parking will be complimentary only for those staying at the Gaylord Texan. Discounted scooter/wheelchair rentals are available for NAPS members. See page 48 for information to make your reservation with Ace Mobility.
The Gaylord Texan is an amazing property that offers multiple restaurants, two luxurious health spas, a fitness facility and two swimming pools for your pleasure. Click here for a map of the resort.
Immerse yourself in the Gaylord’s sparkling-blue outdoor pool with refreshing overhead cascades. Reflecting the region’s traditional Southwestern décor, this Grapevine pool is the place to swim, sip a cool drink and bask in the Texas sun.
The indoor, heated, 20-meter lap pool is perfect for a focused workout in a serene environment. The indoor pool is open Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Towels are provided.
Make a splash at the 10-acre Paradise Springs Waterpark that features a $5 million Texas-themed, multi-level water play structure, including interactive water features, three winding waterslides, private cabanas, lounge chairs, toddler pool and more.
The full-service Pool Bar and Grill at Paradise Springs satisfies Texas-sized appetites with such fare as the Paradise Burger and Jerk Shrimp Mango wrap, as well as specialty drinks, including the Paloma Fresca and Lava Colada.
You can upgrade your pool experience and relax in one of the private cabanas providing extra shade, comfortable lounge areas, refrigerators and more. Call (817) 778-1000 for reservations.
Texan Station Sports Bar & Grill: The 52-foot, flat-panel TV makes this restaurant a popular Grapevine gathering spot for sports fans. Savor a wide selection of draft beers, wine and cocktails, with scrumptious bar food.
Zeppole: Guests can enjoy Italian-American cuisine, including freshly made pasta, brick-oven pizzas and homemade charcuterie in a villa-style courtyard setting at the newly renovated Zeppole restaurant.
Mission Plaza Marketplace: Perfect for on-the-go guests, the marketplace serves an array of coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches and more. In the evening, enjoy beer and wine at the bar.
Old Hickory Steakhouse: Upmarket steakhouse furnishes premium meats, fancy sides and fine wines. Reservations required, (817) 778-2215; business attire.
Riverwalk Cantina: Nestled in the Gaylord Texan’s festive Riverwalk Market District, old world Mexico meets modern Tex-Mex for a delicious dining experience. Riverwalk Cantina captures the charm of the San Antonio River walk in an open-air café setting, featuring a delightful Koi-stocked waterway, festive architecture and colorful vegetation.
Transportation from Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport: Depending on availability, the Gaylord Texan Resort will provide shared transportation services to and from DFW Airport every 30 minutes (at every hour and half hour), daily, between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. The fee is $17 per person. Guests arriving at DFW Airport should call (817) 778-2400 to book their transportation to the hotel.
If you want to rent a vehicle, Hertz is conveniently located at the Gaylord Texan Resort: 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051; (817) 778-1490. Hours of operation: Monday through Fri-day, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.
Please note: Debit cards may be used at the start of a rental. To qualify for a rental using a debit card, you will be required to make your reservation at least 24 hours in advance of your rental pick-up date; must be at least 25 years old; have a Corporate Discount Plan (CDP) number listed in the reservation or proof of return trip travel ticket to coincide with the rental dates (air-line or cruise); and present two valid forms of identification, unless using a debit card in your Gold Plus Rewards profile or the rental is an Insurance Replacement rental. Debit cards are accepted for payment at the end of your rental. Please refer to Form of Payment in the Rental Qualifications & Requirements for complete information.
An exciting, action-filled convention is being planned for NAPS delegates this August. Look for the complete convention agenda in the July issue of The Postal Supervisor.