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 West Texas Trip    2 Day 1 Night     3 Day 2 Night     Oil Tour     Art Tour    George W. Bush Tour

West Texas Trip

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2 Day 1 Night

Option 1

Day 1

  • Arrive In Midland to a Red Carpet Welcome Reception.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Nature walk and lesson at Sibley Nature Center - Enjoy nature trails and examine wildlife habitats at this West Texas center for environmental education.
  • Barbecue dinner at The Hog Pit Pub & Grub with line dancing lessons.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour the Museum of the Southwest and enjoy the exhibits of art & archeology. Then stroll across the manicured lawns of this mansion to the Haley Library for a lesson in Texas history.
  • Tour the Petroleum Museum and experience the Permian Basin’s turbulent past through interactive exhibits.
  • Take a break for lunch in the auditorium then explore antique drilling equipment including an authentic drilling platform.
  • Tour the Susie's South Forty Confections for a firsthand look into how these West Texas candies are made and see the Guiness World Record-Holder for the largest piece of toffee. 
  • Depart for next destination.

Option 2

Day 1

  • Arrive In Midland to a Red Carpet Welcome Reception.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Travel to Centennial Plaza for a Mexican Fiesta with dinner catered by Cancun Grill. Entertainment includes Ballet Folklorico and Mariachis - learn to dance the Cumbia.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour the Museum of the Southwest.
  • Depart for lunch.
  • Enjoy West Texas barbecue straight from the grill at KD's Bar-B-Q, served on butcher paper with all the fixins.
  • Tour the Petroleum Museum.
  • Depart for next destination.

3 Day 2 Night

Day 1

  • Arrive In Midland to a Red Carpet Welcome Reception.
  • Check into the hotel and relax.
  • Depart for dinner on the patio at Taco di Vino.
  • Wind down with great Mexican food and a Texas sunset.

Day 2

  • QuetzalBreakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the George W. Bush Childhood Home.
  • Tour the home and learn about the impact the Bush family has had on Midland.
  • Enjoy lunch at Luigi's Italian Restaurant, a downtown Midland tradition.
  • Depart for shopping.
  • Shop one-of-a-kind Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store for holiday decorations and ornaments.
  • Purchase Mexican imports at Quetzal Mexican Craft & Art Imports.
  • Depart for dinner and entertainment.
  • Enjoy a Texas steak dinner at the Cattle Baron Steakhouse.
  • Depart for the historic Yucca Theatre.
  • Throw popcorn and enjoy sidesplitting laughter during the Olio of Summer Mummers melodrama mayhem (June through Labor Day).

Day 3

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart for Scarborough-Linebery House.
  • Enjoy tea and scones in the beautiful backyard of this Historical Texas Medallion Home with a tour of the interior.
  • Depart for Susie's South Forty Confections.
  • Coffee and toffee at Susie's South Forty Confections with a demonstration on candy making.
  • Lunch at Scotty's Soul Food southern home cooking and bbq.
  • Depart for next destination.

Oil Tour

LyndseyWhite-Featured Photo Permian Basin Petroleum Museum(Groups interested in a half-day tour may elect to omit the Big Spring Refinery portion of the suggested itinerary and/or select from the petroleum-related activities within Midland)

  • Depart Midland for Big Spring.
  • Tour Refinery in Big Spring.
  • Return to Midland.
  • Lunch at the Petroleum Club.
  • Tour Permian Basin Petroleum Museum and walk through the world’s largest collection of antique drilling equipment and modern machinery.

Art Tour

Day 1

  • Museum of the Southwest Credit Julian ManchaDepart for the Museum of the Southwest to enjoy the many sculptures, art and photography collections devoted to the American Southwest.
  • Stroll across the grounds to the Haley Library to view paintings and sculptures by many cowboy artists and a bronze bell that once hung in the Alamo.
  • Lunch at Johnny’s Barbecue.
  • Painting session at The Pottery with refreshments (requires overnight stay for firing).
  • View exhibits at Folger Galleries.
  • View exhibits at Midland College - McCormick Gallery.
  • Head to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum and view the western art collection of Tom Lovell.
  • Dinner at Opal's Table.
  • Return to hotel.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Sibley Nature Center for a morning walk and sketch session.
  • View exhibits at Midland Gallery.
  • View exhibits at Folger Gallery.
  • Lunch at Mulberry Cafe.
  • Pick up fired pottery pieces from The Pottery.
  • Tour the Haley Memorial Library & History Center.
  • Depart for next destination.

George W. Bush Tour

George W. Bush - Midland Childhood Locations:

  • Cowden Park (old baseball backstop south of house at 2703 Sentinel)
  • Houston Elementary School, 2000 W. Louisiana Ave.
  • San Jacinto Junior High School, 1400 N. 'N' St.

George W Bush Childhood HomeChildhood Homes:

  • 1948 916 E. 17th St. Odessa*
  • 1948 E. 14th St. (Rented) Odessa**
  • 1948-49 1519 E. 7th St. (Removed) Odessa
  • 1950-51 405 E. Maple Midland
  • 1952-56 1412 W. Ohio Midland
  • 1957-58 2703 Sentinel Midland
  • 1959 Family left Midland and moved to Houston

*Betty Orbeck note 1/89, conversation with photographer who talked to Mrs. Bush
** Betty Orbeck note 7/99, info from Presidential Museum in Odessa

Later homes in Midland:

  • 1975 2008-A Bedford Ave. Midland
  • 1976-77 2006-A Harvard Ave. Midland
  • 1978-84 1405 W. Golf Course Road Midland
  • 1985-87 910 Harvard Ave. Midland
  • Bedford and 2006-A Harvard were rentals of apartments in back of main home
  • 1405 W. Golf Course and 910 Harvard addresses include Laura W. Bush

Midland Businesses & Addresses:

  • 1976-77 Bush Oil (probably 406 C&K Petroleum Building)
  • 1978-80 oil producer or independent oil operator (514 Permian Building)
  • 1981 Arbusto Energy, president
  • 1982-84 Bush Exploration Co., president (probably 801 Petroleum Building, - 1982 only listed)
  • 1985-87 Spectrum Seven Energy Corp, chairman of the board