Packing List for RWA (Romance Writers of America) Conference in New York

I wouldn’t dare presume to do a packing video for RWA. If you’re looking for that, look to the master: Erin Knightley’s Packing Video (it is extraordinary). But while I was chatting last night with the Smacaroons, we were talking about packing lists. 

So I thought I’d share my bare bones list--add or subtract to it as needed. I have a packing spreadsheet for outfits, but I’ve already been laughed out of social media for it, so I shan’t post it here. But, just know, if you’re sitting next to me in a session and have an issue with your shoes or hair or head, let me know. I’ll help you out with my magic pink bag of goodness.

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How Do I Get From DFW or Love Field to Downtown Dallas on the DART?

Of course I picked the 25° morning to conduct my DART from DFW (slash Love Field) to the Hyatt Regency investigation. This is how much I love you all, RT Con folks. 

Brass tacks: for the tl;dr crowd, I've got a a pro/con list. For everyone else, there are some links (and pictures) at the end plus some final thoughts. 

I'm writing this blog post on the DART back to DFW, so I'll try to fix glaring errors and make links pretty when I'm not on my teeny phone. 

Remember, I'm just a good citizen of Romancelandia; I'm not employed by RT, DFW, Love Field, DART...or anyone! If you have any questions, just tweet or email me! 

See y'all real soon.

Pros

  • $2.50 vs $$ cab or uber fare*
  • Good for environment 
  • Scenic-ish
  • No traffic jams (theoretically)
  • Super easy at DFW--end of line so you cannot get on the wrong train. 
  • Potential for meets-cute (although a billionaire would probably helicopter to downtown, and not fly commercial...)
  • Go Pass App** makes it super easy to purchase tickets/in advance 
  • You could technically depart at Love Field and meet up with a friend//take cab downtown together

 Cons

  • Takes for flipping ever from DFW: I'm basically 80 years old now
  • Schlepping luggage (esp Love Field where you must use elevator to get from bus/ground level)***
  • At Love Field, waiting for bus (15-20m)
  • It's not a straight shot: ALL transfer at West End Station to the blue/red line to Union Station to take tunnel to Hyatt Regency. 

Personally, if I were flying into DFW, I'd try to coordinate with friends' arrivals and take a cab or Uber (or another flat rate car service) to downtown Dallas. But then again I'm lazy and a horrible human who only cares for her comfort. 

Here was my timeline. (It's gonna take you at least an hour, folks, one way from DFW; although, on the way back it took about 45 minutes. So you never know.)

  • Time left DFW: approx 11:15 am
  • Time arrive Love Field station: 11:54am
  • Time arrive West End: 12:04 // 12:11 (switched trains)
  • Time arrive Union: 12:13
  • Time arrive Hyatt: 12:15 

Note: Doors for the Hyatt Regency Tunnel lock at 10pm AND DON'T open again until 10am. 

 

*$45 from DFW flat rate taxi

$19 from Love flat rate taxi 

Approx $35(Love)/$75(DFW) UBER Black, per Fare Quote

**Of course you can buy paper tickets at a kiosk with cash or credit, but the app is super easy if you're a smartphone user. I'd recommend downloading it and authorizing your account before leaving home. Then, when you're taxiing to get to the gate, open app, buy and authorize your ticket. 

***and cross street to other side at West End to catch red/blue line to Union Station // cross to track one (to the left) at Union for elevator to Hyatt tunnel.

READY FOR MY BIG CITY ADVENTURE! 

READY FOR MY BIG CITY ADVENTURE! 

SELFIE ON A TRAIN

SELFIE ON A TRAIN

Going to RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas? Get Travel Tips from Your Favorite Dallasite...ME!

Going to #RT15 in Dallas? Hi, I'm Lexi Haughton, and I'll be your unofficial official tour guide to my adopted hometown of DALLAS!

Over the next few months, I will be blogging some awesome insider-only tips for Dallas. But this first post concerns travel. Air travel. 

There are two major airports in the area: DFW and Love Field (DAL). 

Now, when I was a little girl growing up in West Texas, we used to joke that you had to fly through Dallas to get to heaven. Most Texans couldn't really fly anywhere direct. But a lot of this is changing as of 13 October with the end of the Wright Amendment

Full disclosure: I'm not employed by Southwest airlines…or any airlines…or by the RT Convention. I'm just someone who lives and plays in the Dallas area and wants to help out fellow Romancelandians.

So, just a helpful tip, don't forget about Love Field. It is closer to the conference hotel than DFW is, so your cab/shuttle/Über ride into downtown might be cheaper--you will want to do some reconnaissance on that. (Or maybe I will in the next few months.) And because of the end of the Wright Amendment, you might actually be able to get a pretty sweet deal on a nonstop flight to DAL. 

However, DFW also has its advantages. It is serviced by many more airlines, so, you know, free market economy at work. (Plus it also has freaking amazing restaurant selection in the international terminal if you have a long layover or get to the airport super early because of a roommate or ride share situation.) The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) just added a light rail connector from DFW to downtown. So that is super convenient, too. 

It doesn't matter how you get here; just get here. This Dallas insider is excited to meet you! Feel free to ask me any questions. Leave a comment or email or catch me on Twitter