Latina's San Antonio Travel Guide

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Home to Tex-Mex, the San Antonio Spurs, the Alamo, and culture galore, a trip to San Antonio is a must!

This South Texas hotspot is home to over 800,000 Latinxs -- and the unique combination of people, cultures, and backgrounds makes for one diverse, colorful, magnetic tourist destination. For a spring or summer getaway, there's a number of attractions that kids, adults, and everyone in between will love. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is perfect for families with adventerous (and thrill-seeking!) teenagers. The Alamo and the surrounding Missions will leave the history buffs in your family giddy with excitement. Best of all, the year-round warm weather and countless golf courses are perfect for couple or families looking for some fun in the sun! Here are our tips for the best to do, stay, and play in the Alamo City!

Stay

We enjoyed a luxe stay at the newly-renovated The St. Anthony hotel located in the historic downtown area.

Across from the family- welcoming Travis Park, the hip hotel is just blocks away from the Alamo, River Walk, and El Mercado area, so ideally situated to explore the best the area has to offer.  The rooms are spacious,  cozy, and chic. We recommend renting a cabana at the rooftop pool so you can enjoy margaritas poolside. The hotel has five in-house stellar bars and restaurants. We loved the Haunt for pre-dinner cocktails and Rebelle, which offers local and sharable dishes like Texas Quail or Sauteed Gulf Shrimp.

Play

San Antonio's Southtown is home to a world-class arts scene. Dubbed San Antonio’s “bohemian district”, Southtown has a distinctly hipster flair. Alongside architectually stunning buildings lie vintage boutiques, chic bars, and upscale art galleries. Take a spin around the neighborhood and stop off for a pint of beer at Blue Star Brewery for some Texas-style fun.  In addition to countless museums -- the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Witte Museum, etc. -- the city is home to a collection of famous Missions, including the Alamo. Taking a guided tour through these missions is a fantastic idea for history buffs -- especially if you’re even remotely curious about the connection between Texan and Mexican history. Kids, and adults alike, will love the Do-seum—Children's Msueum for Kids, make sure and stop by the nearby kiddie classic Kiddie Park!

 

Shop

The Pearl Brewery area is home to chic shops like Adelante and Mi Golondrina, and chef Johnny Hernandez's famous La Gloria restaurant.

Whatever you do, don't miss the San Antonio landmark: Mi Tierra. Don’t except anything fancy -- Mi Tierra is as kitschy as it gets, with Christmas lights hanging year round for decoration. But, the food is authentic and delicious, and they even have a bakery out front offering visitors a taste of pan dulce, empanadas, and marranitos. We recommend ordering the Deluxe Mexican Dinner, a combo platter that includes authentic Mexican favorites like beef tacos, cheese enchiladas, beef steak ranchero, a tamal and rice and beans. Top off the meal with a frozen margarita and an order of crispy sopapillas with honey.

When done dining, grab your camera and head to the back room of Mi Tierra -- nearly every inch of wall space is covered with murals and portraits of celebrities and native San Antonians who have made an impact upon the restaurant. Sprinkled among paintings of the founder, his family, his dog, and his friends are homages to San Antonio natives Eva Longoria, George Lopez, and more. Texan Selena Quintanilla has an entire corner of the room dedicated to her, with a huge shrine and portrait honoring the beloved singer. 

After Mi Tierra, exit onto the Market Sqaure and stroll throughout the surrounding shops and flea markets. The shops are a treasure trove for unique and inexpensive home decorations and souvenirs for friends back home.

Excursions

Located north of the city is gorgeous is Fredericksburg, Texas. It’s a quick hour and a half trip through the absolutely breathtaking Hill Country, a stunning region in central Texas that boasts tall rugged hills, lush greenery, and panoramic views.

Once you arrive in Fredericksburg, you'll be awestruck by the adorable, quaint town that looks straight out of a Hallmark movie. Don't be fooled by Frederickburg's country charm -- the town is home to countless high-end spas and weekend retreats for couples looking to abandon the hustle-and-bustle of the city. If you’re not staying the night, park your car off the main road, and take a leisurely stroll through the town’s city center. The main stretch of road -- adorably and appropriately named Main Street -- is home to dozens top-of-the-line restaurants, lavish boutiques, and timeless candy shops and book stores. A couple could easily spend a morning strolling through the establishments before settling in for lunch at one of the resort town’s many delectable restaurants. 

We recommend lunching at Vaudeville, a restaurant and furniture and accessory store, that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to light fare. The bistro offers up daily specials -- ranging from perfectly grilled wild salmon to refreshing lasagne primavera. Top off your meal with a glass of chardonnay and a bowl of their incredible pistachio tiramisu. 

Once you’re done touring the town of Fredericksburg, hop onto Highway 290, one of the premiere wine destinations in the United States. The stretch of highway features 13 wineries, each offering individual tastings and tours. If you only have time to stop off at one or two wineries, we recommend Four Point Cellars and Grape Creek Vineyards. Four Points is a collaboration between three Texas wineries -- Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars. While their vineyards are located throughout the state, the three wineries decided to launch a tasting point on Highway 290, and the luxurious space is filled with an incredible variety of exceptional wines. Next, head over to Grape Creek Vineyards and be sure to take a tour of the barrel room and cellar. The hospitable tour guides are more than ready to share with you the intricacies of wine productions -- providing an educational (and delicious!) experience that you won't soon forget. 

 

For more details about the city, and information about hotels, destinations, and restaurants, please see VisitSanAntonio.com or call toll-free (800) 447-3372.