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FAQs about Donor Thank You Weekend

February 11 - 13, 2022

Find the answers to your questions about attending the Trust’s 2021 Donor Thank You Weekend
American Battlefield Trust Event
February 11 - 13, 2022

FAQs: Travel   Meeting Protocol Updates   FAQs: During Event
FAQs: Columbia   Contact Us
 

Planning for your trip

Do I need to stay at the Hilton Columbia Center Hotel to participate in the Thank You Weekend?

No. You can stay anywhere!

What is the parking fee at the Hilton Columbia Center Hotel?

Valet parking is $24/day.

There is a self-park garage attached to the hotel for $12/day. This fee can be added to your room bill.

What are the closest airports to the Hilton Columbia Center?

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE): 8 miles

  • Uber Rides are approximately $16 - $25 for one way.
  • Taxi cabs are approximately $24 - $26 for one way.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT): 93 miles

  • Uber Rides are approximately $89 - $172 for one way.
  • Taxi cabs are approximately $175 - $200 for one way.

Meeting Protocol Updates

Are we REALLY going to meet in Columbia, SC this February? How can you ensure that we won’t have to cancel again?

Yes, we REALLY are going to meet in February! Short of a lockdown in Columbia and the areas that we are planning to tour, there is no reason to believe that we will not be able to gather. However, we are reimaging our event to ensure that everyone feels comfortable, safe and included, while still offering a meaningful experience. 

What does "reimagining this event" entail? 

Social Distancing 

  • When unable to socially distance at the event, please wear a mask.  
  • The opening reception will be at the South Carolina State Museum, which currently encourages masking. There is plenty of room to move around safely, and they have enhanced cleaning protocols as well as hand sanitizing stations throughout the building.  
  • We’ll offer socially distanced seating options at any meal or lecture functions. 

Tour Modification 

  • The tours will look different for this event, modified for safety and to provide different levels of participation.  
  • We encourage those of you who will have a car on-site to drive to your tour destinations, and we’ll provide directions.  
  • For those of you who are unable to drive, we’ll offer one bus per tour that will be ½ full, with social distancing in place. Those attendees choosing to ride the bus will need to wear a mask at all times when sitting on the bus.  
  • We’ll have historians located at each site that you sign up to visit and they will give the tour.  
  • Lunch will be offered at designated locations, based upon the tours you choose. 

I had not planned to drive to the event or have access to a personal vehicle. Can I still attend? 

The short answer is yes, you can. We may be able to provide transportation on a first come, first serve basis when there is a need for it. While we cannot transport everyone, we ask that only those that have no other options request transportation. Please note that anyone who does take advantage of the bus will need to wear a mask at all times, regardless of their vaccination status. 

During the Event

What meals are included in the weekend?

As part of your registration, you are provided with the following meals:

  • Friday: Friday evening's reception will include food stations and beverages. 
  • Saturday:  Morning coffee and Danishes, lunch. 
  • Sunday: Breakfast.

What is a personal itinerary and why is it so important?

Now, more than ever, your personal itinerary is going to be imperative to follow the program for this event. Your Personal Itinerary is very specific to the selections you've made. In order to get everyone to their designated tour, we are going to provide you with details, including times and directions, that you will need to read and follow.  

Will there be American Battlefield Trust merchandise for sale at the event?

No, we will not have merchandise for sale. However, you can get your American Battlefield Trust "swag" on our improved and well-stocked online store here

What is the attire during for the activities scheduled during the weekend?

This is YOUR vacation, and we want you to be comfortable and casual. However, for particular events, we can suggest the following:

  • Friday Evening: Business Casual for the reception with comfortable indoor walking shoes.
  • Saturday and Sunday Tours: Casual clothing with closed toed walking shoes. We strongly suggest long pants for battlefield tours.
Please remember to check the weather and be prepared. We also recommend you bring a hat, umbrella or rain jacket, sunscreen and bug spray.

Getting to Know Columbia

What are the best restaurants, things to do, and sources of information about Columbia?

Experience Columbia SC is a great source of information to enhance your stay in the city. You can locate them here.

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