ABA Soars with the Eagles in Dubuque

ABA Soars with the Eagles in Dubuque

Sunday, June 23 – Friday, June 29, 2019

Hotel Julien-Dubuque, 200 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

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Since 1839, it has been a hotel or inn. The original structure, four stories high, was called the Waples House and was named after its owner, Peter Waples, a wealthy Dubuque merchant. It was the first building visible to the travelers entering Dubuque from across the Mississippi. The Waples House was furnished extravagantly and was known far and wide for its gourmet cuisine. Travelers first sight as they crossed the Mississippi River into Dubuque was the Hotel Julien. This old “Julien Hotel” survived a fire, hosted famous guests such as Abraham Lincoln, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Mark Twain, gained notoriety thanks to Al Capone, and was ultimately purchased by the current ownership in 1962.

Now 170 years later, after a $33 million interior renovation and exterior restoration, Hotel Julien Dubuque has redefined elegance through the blending of its rich history with modern luxury and style.

The hotel offers the following amenities:

  • Boutique and modern amenities
  • On-site dining at Caroline’s Restaurant and room service
  • On-site, full-service Potosa Spa
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Fitness Center
  • On-site Riverboat Lounge
  • Complimentary wireless Internet
  • Complimentary parking behind the hotel
  • FREE shuttle from the airport
  • Beautifully decorated rooms

Convention Registration:  $155

  • Includes two lunches, two dinners

Convention Room Rates

  • King or Double Queen Size beds – $129 (two/room)
  • $15/person for additional individuals
  • Room rate includes breakfast entrée and drink from Caroline’s Restaurant
  • hoteljuliendubuque.com/

Airport Transportation BOOK EARLY

American Airlines has feeder flights through Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Dubuque (DBQ). Seats are limited so attendees are advised to make early reservations. Only two flights arrive/depart on a daily basis with 36 seats with no additional cost. (There are a few more for a premium)

There are three flights to/from Dubuque on Sunday – Friday
     but only two flights to/from Dubuque on Saturday.


Tour 1: Monday – June 24, 2019 — 8:45 – 4:45 pm

Two Options:

  • House on the Rock ($55)

    • On this tour the full complex is open to your self-guided experience. You will explore:
    • The unique design of the original house perched on a chimney of rock; the Infinity Room extending an unsupported length of 218 feet and soaring 156 feet above the valley floor; an enormous sea creature longer than the Statue of Liberty; the Streets of Yesterday, inviting you to make a nostalgic stroll down a 19th century street; a Japanese garden, including 14 foot quadruple waterfalls cascading into a garden pond.
    • www.thehouseontherock.com/

Tour 1a – The House on the Rock ($55)

Section 1 includes:
Original House – perched on a 60-foot chimney of rock, with Infinity Room 218 feet out over the scenic valley.
Alex Jordan Center – story of the man who created it all.
Gate House – entryway to the main house.
Asian Garden – Asian hillside and pond garden.

Section 2 includes:
Mill House – some of the many special collections.
Streets of Yesterday – recreation of a 19th century street.
Heritage of the Sea – 200’ long sea creature & model ships.
Tribute to Nostalgia – vintage automobiles and transport.
Atrium Restaurant – pizza, sandwiches and snacks.
Music of Yesterday – automated music machines.
Spirit of Aviation – aviation displays and model airplanes.
Carousel Room – carousel w/269 animals, 182 chandeliers.

Section 3 includes:
Organ Room – organs, drums, cannons, spiral staircases.
Inspiration Point – awe-inspiring view of the Infinity Room.
Doll House Room – handcrafted and furnished dollhouses.
Circus Room – circus displays and an automated orchestra.
Galleries – collections of armor, firearms, jewels and more.
Doll Carousel Building – two towering doll carousels.
Japanese Garden – “stroll style” with a 14-foot waterfall.

Due to architectural design, a small portion of The House on the Rock complex is not accessible by motorized scooters, wheelchairs or strollers.  Other areas have uneven surfaces and ramps that may be difficult to maneuver.  The House on the Rock is a walking experience that encompasses many ramps, varied surfaces and outdoor areas. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for these conditions.

  • Taliesin—Frank Lloyd Wright Estate ($70, incl. lunch)

    • Wright’s style was known as the Prairie school, which strove for an “organic architecture” in designs for homes and commercial buildings. Over his career, he created numerous iconic buildings. With seemingly superhuman energy and persistence, Wright designed more than 1,100 buildings during his lifetime, nearly one-third of which came during his last decade. Taliesin is one of those buildings and was his favorite. This was the home he would always come back to and where his wife and children lived until their deaths. He died in 1959 and is buried on this site. This is a historical site and has steps with no hand railings.
    • www.taliesinpreservation.org/

Tour 1b – Taliesin ($70, including lunch)
(Frank Lloyd Wright Estate)

Hillside Studio & Theatre (1-hour morning tour)
Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hillside in 1902 for his aunts, who ran an innovative children’s boarding school based on the motto “learn by doing.”  After they retired, Wright expanded the building to accommodate a group of architects and designers that continue to work at Hillside.

Taliesin House (2-hour afternoon tour)
Among the most famous residences in the United States, Taliesin embodies Wright’s energy, technique, and creative vision. The house stands as the longest on-going project of Wright’s career.  From the Taliesin courtyards and gardens, you are afforded a commanding view of the beautiful valley settled by Frank Lloyd Wright’s ancestors. The interior portion of the tour explores Taliesin’s famed living room, the garden room, loggia, bedroom, and studio.

These tours are NOT wheelchair accessible.  Folding walkers can be taken on the shuttle bus.  Normally the tours require a significant amount of standing, stair climbing (some with no handrails), and walking on uneven terrain and grass or gravel pathways.  You must stay with the group.  There are no restrooms available on the guided tours.  All participants must be 10 years or older.


Tour 2—Tuesday, June 25—Bus Tour of local Dubuque, 9:30-11:00 am, ($20)

  • Narrated tour will consist of the sites around Dubuque, including Fenelon Place Elevator, “world’s shortest, steepest scenic railway, 296 feet;” Eagle Point Park where you have a view of the Mississippi River and a view of three states; historic downtown, the Mississippi River, etc.


Tour 3—Wednesday, June 26—Sunset Dinner Cruise, American Lady Cruise Boat, 7:30-9:30 pm ($45)

More Things to See and Do in/near Dubuque

There are many other sites to see in/near Dubuque from the hotel by hotel shuttle or driving distance:

  • National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (in association with the Smithsonian Institution)
  • www.rivermuseum.com (within walking distance)
  • Galena, Illinois
    • (30 minutes) from Dubuque; shopping and a few antique shops; also the home of U.S. Grant.
  • Mineral Point, Wisconsin — (40 minutes)
  • Mineral Point Railroad Museum
    • The Mineral Point depot built in 1856 from local materials and survived to become the oldest depot in Wisconsin.
  • Pendarvis tells the story of the Cornish miners who settled in the late 1800s.
  • Brewery Pottery — A working pottery studio and gallery in an 1850s limestone brewery building.
  • Spring Green, Wisconsin (about an hour drive)
  • Taliesin — Frank Lloyd Wright house (see Tour 1)
  • Wilson Creek Pottery —   A working pottery studio and gallery in an 1850s limestone brewery building.
  • New Glarus, Wisconsin — (1 hour 20 minutes)
  • New Glarus Brewery — employee-owned brewery w self-guided tour (brand is only sold in Wisconsin).
  • Monroe, Wisconsin, Alp & Dell Cheese Making.
    • On the way to Dubuque from New Glarus. (1 1/4 hours from Dubuque (near New Glarus).