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SIP & SAVOR Season’s Eatings By Edmund Tijenira

FAMILY FUN Virtual & Real FUN By Carole Miller

GREAT FINDS One of a Kind Ornaments By Dawn Robinette

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GUIDES 40 Food & Drink 42 Arts & Entertainment 44 Shopping

MAPS 46 River Walk 47 Museum Reach & King William 52 Downtown 58 Greater San Antonio

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ON THE COVER Arts San Antonio presents American Midwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet for four performances only, December 20-22 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. The Nutcracker’s visual splendor and magical story make it a family favorite. Tickets are available online at ArtsSA. org and TicketMaster.com or call 210-226-2891.

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The San Antonio River Walk Association’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve the River Walk. This is done through special events, public education, social media, and RIO Magazine. The association also serves as an advocate for member businesses. For more information, call 210-227-4262. PRESIDENT Laurence Seiterle Zurich Properties PRESIDENT-ELECT Maria Martinez Marriott Plaza San Antonio TREASURER Kevin Latone Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk SECRETARY Mae Escobar aMAEzing Marketing Group MEMBER AT LARGE John Carbajal Jazz, TX CHAIR, OPERATORS COMMITTEE Andreas Esparza Boudro’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maggie Thompson San Antonio River Walk Association EX-OFFICIOS Veronica Garcia Center City Development and Operations Department Gloria Rodriguez San Antonio River Authority Eddie Romero Centro San Antonio Will Grinnan San Antonio Restaurant Association

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THE ONLY THING CONSTANT IS CHANGE! December is a time to reflect and appreciate all that’s good in life, both new and old. Change is constant on the River Walk. Just in this past year, we’ve seen four great new businesses open; Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., On the Bend Oyster Bar and Lounge, Kilwins, and Merkaba. In 2019 we will welcome two hugely popular attractions -- Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium, and another new restaurant Gourdough’s Public House. Amid all the change, the River Walk’s unique and universal appeal remains a constant. From the vibrant ambiance, mariachi music, bistros, and boutiques to the early morning solitude perfect for a walk or jog, we love this place. Every paving stone, bridge, and towering cypress tree is steeped in the history of our city. Around every corner lies a visual treat, a place to rest and to explore. From the beloved constants to the constant changes, each of the River Walk’s 13 million annual visitors has a personal reason to love it. What will yours be?

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Celebrating traditionS Let’s be honest, in this time of family, friendship, fellowship, and togetherness, the best part of all of this is the food. After all, wouldn’t you rather have a great pie, some amazing bread, gorgeous roast or a warm beverage instead of some new tie or a gift card? By Edmund Tijerina

German kartoffelpuffer at Schilo’s

Whether you’re talking about special treats that are sweet, savory, meaty or figgy, this season is full of great flavor and special memories. Fortunately, a world of holiday flavors awaits locals and visitors on the River Walk and throughout San Antonio. LATKES—OR KARTOFFELPUFFER—ALL YEAR LONG There’s something wonderfully satisfying about the crisp flecks of a warm potato pancake dipped into the cool sour cream and contrasted with sweet applesauce. If you’re celebrating Chanukah, the latkes are a necessary part of the tradition. But even if you don’t celebrate the Jewish festival of lights, the potato pancakes are still good any time of year. The holiday commemorated the miracle when a temple lamp continued burning for eight days with only enough oil for one night. So oil is the essential cooking ingredient of the celebration, and its traditional foods focus on frying. In the United States and Eastern Europe, the traditional food is often latkes, a type of potato pancake. A lot of families form traditions out of making the potato pancakes because it takes an assembly line to peel the potatoes, grate them, squeeze out the water, add matzoh meal or potato starch, then add some beaten egg and seasonings, form them into patties and fry them until they’re delicious.

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Or you can visit a couple of places that serve them all the time. In the heart of downtown, Schilo’s restaurant offers German kartoffelpuffer on the regular breakfast menu. And they’re good. The German potato pancakes are very similar to latkes, and several other countries offer their version of the potato pancakes. At Max & Louie’s New York Diner, the potato pancakes are listed as latkes and served with applesauce and sour cream. Enjoy some latkes with a pastrami sandwich and wash it down with an egg cream. (The egg cream, by the way, contains neither egg nor cream. That’s a story for later.) JAMBALAYA OR JOLOFF RICE FOR KWANZAA In the African-American tradition of Kwanzaa, the celebratory foods can come from the American South, the Caribbean, or from parts of Africa. It’s all good. For the uninitiated, Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday that celebrates African heritage and identity. It’s a religious holiday open to Africans from all faiths and emphasizes their shared Africanness. In food terms, a Kwanzaa celebration could include gumbo, greens or goat meat; dishes from the American South, Caribbean, South America or regions of Africa. If you want to embrace the tomato-rich, chile-enlivened jollof rice of West Africa, that’s perfect. So is jambalaya. Since different

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Delicious Southern dishes from Tony G’s Soul Food

Cookies from The Westin Riverwalk Hotel

African cultures spread throughout North and South America in a variety of forms, the foods of Kwanzaa offer almost as many variations as families that celebrate. Near downtown San Antonio, consider some classic Southern dishes from Tony G’s Soul Food, near the Alamodome. The menu includes catfish, pork chops, mac and cheese, okra and black-eyed peas. Every savory southern delectable is all there. Or make a short drive over to Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen in the Government Hill neighborhood, or Mr. & Mrs. G’s or Mrs. Kitchen on the East Side for some classic African American comfort food. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the candied yams at Mr. & Mrs. G’s. Consider also a quick trip near Our Lady of the Lake University for some Jamaican food at the Jerk Shack. Some jerk chicken, Jamaican patties or escovitch fish are great ways to celebrate any holiday.

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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS ABOUND In San Antonio, few traditions compare to the tamales of South Texas. Get a combo plate downtown at Mi Tierra. The tamales are topped with chili gravy and sides of rice and beans. Of course, most tortilla factories around town offer tamales throughout the year, but the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is prime season for tamales. Consider snagging a dozen from Adelita Tortillas a couple of miles north of downtown.

Or go French style for a bûche de noël at La Boulangerie downtown. It’s the French version of what’s widely known as a yule log. It’s intensely chocolatey and not too sweet. Meanwhile, at the Pearl and other locations around the city, Bakery Lorraine offers exquisite and beautiful French macarons. You can never go wrong with the Mexican pastries any time of year. La Panadería, which has garnered national attention, is taking the traditions to new levels with its Concha Panettone. It’s a culinary mashup with an Italian panettone topped with a Mexican concha -- two great pastries together in one package. Some craft beer makers take the German tradition of holiday brews and create their concoctions. At Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, brewmaster Les Locke is creating an eggnog cream ale for this season. What about good old fashioned cookies and milk? The team at the Westin Riverwalk has you covered. The hotel is offering holiday cookies and hot chocolate in its Zocca restaurant, and in its street-level Cafecito cafe. Or take a drive out to Boerne, where Little Gretel restaurant is offering Czech cookies, including Linzer cookies, vanilla crescents, madeleines, walnut cookies, and coconut sticks. So during this time when we wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward all, we can enjoy the foods of any one —or several—traditions. And that’s something to celebrate.

WRITER’S BIO: Edmund Tijerina is an award-winning food writer and the author of San Antonio’s Best Restaurants. Catch him at SanAntonioBestResturants.com.

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FAMILY FUN

by Carole Miller

Virtual & Real FUN What’s your definition of fun? Is it racing a kart? Perhaps hitting the links? Or maybe it’s testing your thumb dexterity. Movement in the real physical world takes everyone away from cell phones, emails and crushing candy. Families often don’t get enough time together engaging in fun activities, but a trip to any one of the places we’re about to embark on can strengthen bonds while allowing family members to compete in a fun atmosphere and simply “unplug” to enjoy a good time together. Topgolf

Gather your family foursome (or fivesome or whatever) and hit the mini-links together. There are many places around town with great courses. Take your family to a tropical, 18-hole oasis at Embassy Golf featuring waterfalls, Ellie the Elephant, Puttunia the Giraffe and her son Parker and Fred and Wilma the funloving seals. This place has timeless and beautiful challenging greens including a snack bar featuring Great Northern organic, non-GMO popcorn popped in organic coconut oil topped with sea salt, frozen pickle pops, nachos and yummy candy. Embassy Golf also has an exciting video arcade for your post-game enjoyment.

“Golf is a good walk spoiled.”

~Mark Twain

Green Acres is the place to be for miniature golf and so much more. This fun destination also has bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages, an arcade, water wars, “trampoline thing,” Animaland and paintball. You can purchase a family pack with mini golf, bumper boats, and arcade tokens or a “Do-It-All pass” which includes a little bit of everything for your tribe. If it’s just the parents, the couple’s special features a round of golf, go-kart tickets, and tokens. The snack bar offers all the favorite classics 16 RIO Magazine

such as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, Frito pie and nachos. An alternative to the outdoors on a rainy day or a fun way for family members to improve their swing is the indoor greens at Topgolf San Antonio where you can tee up in one of the climatecontrolled hitting bays. Every golf ball contains a microchip that tracks each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Grab an Arnold Palmer (or a cold beer for mom and dad) at the bar. Take some downtime and enjoy lunch from the mouth-watering menu that includes loaded waffle fries, short rib bao bun tacos and a delicious range of flatbreads. Or just hang out with the family and dance to the music that plays on the stereos, enjoy some games, shoot some pool or watch your favorite team on one of the hundreds of HDTVs located throughout the place. If you and your family would rather drive the golf cart than play golf, Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, with excitement around every turn, is the place for you. Experience the adrenaline rush, instant acceleration and put the pedal to the metal around hairpin turns and long straightaways in a climate-controlled atmosphere. Andretti’s features the best model of electric karts in the thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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Andretti’s is more than just racing. The Sky Trail indoor high adventure ropes course is suspended above the arcade. Or try “Hologate,” a 4-player virtual reality attraction that delivers advanced graphics technology and full-sensory immersion. The upscale bowling lounge takes bowling to a whole new level with luxurious leather couches, four projection screens, 12 custom designed lanes glowing with black lights and “laneside” food service. There is also a dark ride motion theater, full-motion simulator, and two-level laser tag arena. Andretti’s Grill contains a full sports bar with several HDTVs, and big-screen projectors where the family can take a food break to enjoy eclectic offerings at multiple dining venues featuring veggie potstickers and fried pickles to a mac ‘n cheeseburger and bacon wrapped chili cheese dog. Invigorate your senses with the Texas-style pulled pork, ribs and chicken slowsmoked to optimum deliciousness offered at one of the many dining venues.

The fun is waiting at your downtown indoor playground at Dave & Buster’s located within the Shops at Rivercenter. Stroll down the Million Dollar Midway and play all the classic games like Pac-Man and Skee-Ball and enjoy one of the newest virtual reality games like Zombie Snatcher. Pick up a pool cue and play a game of billiards on a handcrafted mahogany and rosewoodrailed table. Recess from all the exhilarating fun and watch your favorite team and eat Asian chicken wonton nachos, sweet and spicy Kobe (the beef, not the player) meatball sliders or Mexican street corn quesadillas. Or snack on some fresh-baked Bavarian pretzels and wash them down with your choice of more than two dozen beers. Whichever you prefer for entertainment, take the whole family out on the excursion to experience virtual and real fun. WRITER’S BIO:

Local freelance writer and family fun expert Carole Miller is a mother of three (Sydney, Nick, and Faith) and avid thrill seeker who needs to buy new socks. Why? Because she had a hole in one (wink wink).

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By Susan Yerkes

December is a season to make magical memories, and there’s no better place than the River Walk on a December night. Picture yourself adrift on a river of shimmering illumination. The whole world seems a-twinkle. Magic fills the air. Tiny lights drip from great, ancient cypress trees, and wink from bright boutiques and bistros. Softly glowing luminarias mark the winding stone paths below the bustle of the streets, in a whole separate world of its own.

Above and right: Arts San Antonio performance of the Nutcracker

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Ford Holiday Boat Caroling

On December nights, sweet holiday music echoes down the historic river corridor as scores of decorated boats glide by, filled with groups, from school and church choirs to families, friends, even mariachis and neighborhood bands, The River Walk’s Ford Holiday Boat Caroling is San Antonio’s twist on the timeless Christmas caroling tradition. Here on the river, the unique nightly event gives groups – a chance to charter a holiday boat, complete with lights, music and song sheets, and share their lifted voices in celebration with River Walk strollers, alfresco diners or window shoppers. Through Dec. 21, you can charter a barge of your own and be part of the action -- or pick up a thermos full of hot chocolate or your favorite beverage, find a quiet nook along the river, and drink it all in.

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On street level, too, downtown hums with holiday spirit. Climb a winding path up from the river and explore the gloriously decked out plazas and parks. In Travis Park, across from the stately old St. Anthony Hotel, the dazzling city Christmas tree towers over a gaily decorated square, where you’ll find all kinds of fun, free activities, from Santa photoops and caroling to face painting, food trucks, and holiday movies. Wander along Alamo Street toward the Convention Center and Hemisfair Park, with its fantastic Yanaguana Garden. Dip back to River Walk level to explore the golden glow of the boutiques and restaurants in the newest downtown section of the River Walk, where Hemisfair’s stunning original modern art murals rise on the walls on either side. Check out the great holiday atmosphere in historic old La Villita across the way, with its fabulous art galleries, specialty shops, and uniquely San Antonio selfie sites. If you’re in town on Dec. 7, don’t miss La Villita’s cool evening Boho Market. The holiday spirit goes far beyond sightseeing and shopping here. It’s the magic of music, dance, art that abounds. The Sugar Plum Fairy is the epitome of balletic magic, and she soars in the beloved classic, “The Nutcracker.” Dec. 20-22, Arts San Antonio brings the most popular holiday show in the world to the Lila Cockrell Theater, in the heart of the thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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leigh bells, jingle bells, silver bells…there’s something about the sound of bells pond to American shores at the start of the 20th century. The River City Ringers are the city’s dedicated volunteer players – perform sweet music and merry, family-friendly, free performances.

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Sleigh bells, jingle bells, silver bells…there’s something about the sound of bells that conjures up winter holidays and rosy-cheeked cheer. The weather’s not so brisk in San Antonio, and the sleighs are non-existent – unless you want to count the magically lit-up horse-drawn carriages that clip-clop calmly through the downtown streets for romantic rides. But the bells are ringing from church towers around town. And throughout the month, you have several opportunities to thrill to the cascading sounds of the River City Ringers, at their free Christmas POPs! Holiday Handbell Concerts. The Christmas POPs, with carols, hymns and modern Christmas songs, are set in five different locations around the city Dec. 14-18, and the shows are a delight. Here’s a bit of history: handbell choirs began in England, where “change ringers” would gather around the bottom of church bell towers to practice and continue the melodies while the scaled sets of tower bells would peal through the countryside. The tradition grew to choirs of dozens of ringers and hopped across the

San Antonio’s music is as wonderfully diverse as its food, cultural traditions, clothing, architecture, art, and its people. Another memorable holiday music experience, also free, thanks to passionate volunteer musicians, is the San Antonio Wind Symphony’s Annual Christmas Concert, this year on Dec. 16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Recital Hall on the school’s campus near The Shops at La Cantera and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Wind instruments – from piccolos and clarinets to saxophones and tubas -- form the core of this very talented group. Now in its 13th season, the professional musicians, musical educators and everyday virtuosos of the Wind Symphony feature traditional music with a holiday theme in their show, which often packs the university’s state-of-the-art recital hall. Get there early for a good seat! The concert lasts an hour, so there’ll be plenty of time to crank up the volume at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas seasonal festival, Holiday in the Park, just up the road. From high-energy, wild and wonderful entertainment of the theme park scene to ballet, band or handbell choirs, to the cozy warmth of a quiet corner table on the River Walk, where you can watch the colorful stream of holiday revelers stroll by, San Antonio is alive with the holiday spirit. Join us, and find the special magic that unlocks your heart.

WRITER’S BIO:

Susan Yerkes is an award-winning journalist, columnist and travel writer. Based in San Antonio, she basks in every season and has trouble understanding why anyone would spend the holidays any place that doesn’t have the San Antonio River Walk in it.

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The incomparable lights on the River Walk spill over to Alamo Plaza, sparkle down Houston Street, through Travis Park, wash over The Pearl and dazzle across to the San Antonio Zoo. Tamales of every flavor available everywhere you look and not to mention enough holiday sweets and treats to ensure that Santa’s belly stays full. And what would Christmas be without trees decked out in ornaments of every size, shape, and color? If you’re looking to add to your ornament collection this year, you’ll find an array ready and waiting at spots across San Antonio. You can’t do Christmas in San Antonio without spending an evening, or more, entranced by the lights on the River Walk. Traversing the River Walk is always a must, but the extra sparkle and color during the holidays make the river flow with holiday spirit. Take some of that spirit home: the San Antonio River Walk Association has two ornaments to brighten your tree. Enjoy a darling metal ornament that adds a pop of Papel Picado—the brightly colored, intricately cut paper decorations thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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that help decorate San Antonio year-round—to anyone’s tree. There’s also a glass ornament that features a scene of the River Walk lights. Ornament purchases support the River Walk, helping to maintain one of San Antonio’s most beguiling treasures and favorite spots for holiday merry-making. You can check everything out by visiting the River Walk’s official store at the Wyndham River Walk or shop online and easily send a piece of San Antonio as a gift for others to enjoy. While you’re picking up your River Walk ornaments at the Wyndham Riverwalk, don’t miss the other fun ornament options its gift shop features. There’s a collection of Mexican Talavera-style ornaments to give your tree the flavor of San Antonio, as well as metal ornaments perfect for any Texas fan. And while you’re in the store, you can browse a selection of River Walk merchandise you’ll want to take home. As you roam and enjoy the River Walk, be sure to stop in the Shops at Rivercenter to check out the ornaments available at Life in Alamo City. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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Alongside a tremendous selection of San Antonio décor and apparel are terrific glass and metal ornaments featuring Texas and the Alamo. The ornaments will add sparkle to your tree and make a great gift. Of course, if Alamo ornaments are what you’re looking for, there’s nowhere better to shop than the Alamo gift shop. You’ll find a range of pottery, pewter and glass ornaments, but a favorite is a replica of the Alamo made out of felt. It’s nice to find ornaments that won’t get damaged over time, or by little hands exploring a tree. The felt ornament is too precious not to hang on your tree. You can’t spend time on the River Walk without stopping by La Villita, a shopper’s delight nestled in historic buildings filled with treasures. For colorful, fun ornaments—and great gifts—check out Bird and Pear’s Christmas collection. In addition to an array of eye-popping ornaments, the store features cute felt options, including a felt Nativity scene sure to be a keepsake for years to come. Around the corner, Casas Manos RIO Magazine

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Window shopping in La Villita will also lead you to the color-drenched windows of Villita Stained Glass. The shop is alive with the color and beauty of stained glass, much hand-crafted by local artists. Ornaments include blown glass orbs, as well as stained glass bluebonnets, cowboy hats, longhorn heads and the state of Texas. Any number of the pieces could be displayed to catch the lights on a Christmas tree during the holidays or decorate your windows year-round. The glasswork at Villita Stained Glass is lovely and offers one-of-a-kind gift options to help fill your Christmas list as well. Another spot to find artful ornaments is the gift shop at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Museum gift shops are a favorite go-to to find unique items, and this shop never lets down. Its collection includes everything from sugar skulls to Buddha, as well as an array of artsy animals waiting to make their home in your Christmas tree.

But if you’re looking to give your tree an animal look, look no further than San Antonio Zoo. During the holidays, you have extra time to shop and enjoy the zoo thanks to Zoo Lights, the nightly wonder of holiday lights and fun that makes the zoo even more wild than usual. While the animals may be dozing, you can roar into the gift shop to discover wild and lovable ornaments to fill your tree. From rhinoceros heads crafted out of paper to glass zebra ornaments with stripes to delight, animal lovers can find their favorite zoo animals in ornament form. If you shop during Zoo Lights, be sure to check out the special kiosks that feature light-up toys and fun to add even more flash to your visit. By the way, if the black and white of the zebra ornaments brings to mind the beloved silver and black of the San Antonio Spurs, you can always pop by the Fan Shop at the AT&T Center to sport your Spurs love during the holidays, where you’ll find everything from ornaments to stockings and Santa hats. After all, who needs red and green Christmas cheer when you can do your holidays in silver and black?

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Spanish Governor’s Palace circa 1981 Spanish Governor’s Palace

With more than 150 listings on the National Register of Historic Places in Bexar County, San Antonio is a difficult place to casually walk around without bumping into significant historical and architectural treasures. Administered by the Texas Historical Commission in coordination with the National Park Service, the National Register recognizes historic places

By Dan R. Goddard

crucial to our country’s heritage.

These properties—whether districts, sites, buildings, structures or objects—are architecturally, archaeologically or historically noteworthy because of their links to important persons or events. But along with great national landmarks such as the Alamo, the National Register also includes places of local prominence, such as the Majestic Theater.

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SPANISH GOVERNOR’S PALACE San Antonio’s Tricentennial year is drawing to a close, but for an idea of what the city’s Spanish colonial era might have been like, you can visit the Spanish Governor’s Palace, the last visual remnant of the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar. Three hundred years ago in 1718, King Philip V of Spain ordered the governor of Coahuila and

Texas, Don Martín de Alarcón, to build a mission and presidio at the headwaters of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, which marks the founding of the city. Established at its present location in 1722, the Presidio furnished escorts for officials and supply trains as well as protection for the priests

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at the five nearby missions and the families who came to settle in San Antonio. But by the 1900s, the building housed a saloon and tire shop. In 1915, Adina Emilia De Zavala, pioneering Texas conservationist, began a 15-year campaign to preserve what she called the Spanish Governor’s Palace, although it was more a home than a palace. However, the City of San Antonio purchased the property in 1928 and completed the restoration in 1930 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. LA VILLITA In the early 18th century, soldiers attached to the Presidio and their families lived in La Villita, which means “little town” in Spanish, separated by the San Antonio River from the aristocratic Canary Islanders who lived around Main Plaza. But a devastating 1819 flood revealed La Villita was on high ground, which led German, Swiss and French immigrants to settle there, giving the area a distinctly European feel. By the early 20th century, however, La Villita was considered a slum.

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But Mayor Maury Maverick, a proponent of Pan-American unity, proposed restoring the village and dedicated the project to “the promotion of peace, friendship, and justice” in the Western Hemisphere in 1939. The streets, houses, and plazas of La Villita were all renamed to commemorate Pan-American heroes like Mexican president Benito Juarez and Simón Bolivar, the South American liberator.

Commissioner Preston L. Anderson and Mexican Consul General Carlos Calederon in La Villita 1944.

Dedicated in May 1941, La ViIIita became a center for community events and home to artists and art galleries. In 1942, the San Antonio Conservation Society acquired the Dashiell House, which now serves as the headquarters for Fiesta’s Night in Old San Antonio. The City of San Antonio’s La Villita Historic District, established in 1969, entered the National Register in 1972.

Dashiel House on Villita Street circa 1986

ALAMO PLAZA HISTORIC DISTRICT The Alamo Plaza Historic District has been on the National Register since 1977, but you may want to take a good, long look at it now,

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Alamo

Alamo Plaza with Grenet’s Store circa 1882

because changes are coming under a multimillion dollar redevelopment plan proposed by the Texas General Land Office and nonprofit Alamo Endowment, which was recently approved by the San Antonio City Council. Plans include restoration of the 250-yearold Alamo church and restricting visitors to a single point of access. Renovation of three state-owned buildings on the west side of the plaza will serve as museums. The plan also calls for closing portions of South Alamo and Crockett streets and relocating sculptor Pompeo Coppini’s 60-foot-tall granite Alamo Cenotaph, “The Spirit of Sacrifice,” to a spot in front of the Menger Hotel. 30 RIO Magazine

Most of the estimated $350 million to $450 million plan is expected to be funded through private donations to the Alamo Endowment, although San Antonio has committed $38 million to the changes and the Land Office plans to spend about $106 million. Many more planning meetings will be held before construction begins, but officials hope redevelopment will be completed by 2024, exactly 300 years after the original Spanish colonial Mission San Antonio de Valero was established. SAN ANTONIO DOWNTOWN AND RIVER WALK HISTORIC DISTRICT Added to the National Register Feb. 23, 2018, the city’s newest historic district encompasses 172 downtown buildings, several historic bridges and the San Antonio River Walk. Most of the buildings were constructed between 1912 and 1930 in a variety of architectural styles designed by some of the state’s most significant architects, including Alfred Giles, Atlee Ayres, and James Riely Gordon.

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Robert H.H. Hugman, a visionary San Antonio-born architect, changed the city forever in 1929 with his audacious plan for transforming the San Antonio River into a park with cobblestone walkways, arched bridges, stairways, restaurants, and shops. Construction began in 1939 with help from the Works Progress Administration and was completed the following year. But the River Walk languished until the urban renewal efforts preceding HemisFair in 1968 invigorated downtown. Today, the River Walk attracts about 13 million visitors annually. MAJESTIC THEATER Designed and built in 1929 by John Eberson for Karl Hoblitzelle’s Interstate Theatres, the Majestic Theatre is one of the finest “atmospheric” theatres ever built, inspired by Spanish Mission, Baroque and Mediterranean architectural

traditions. Stars twinkle in the vaulted “sky” while clouds drift over the balconies, tile roofs, arches, statues, and elaborate ornamentation. Originally designed for live vaudeville shows along with movies, the Majestic reigned for many years as the largest theatre in Texas and second-largest movie theater in the country. But the last picture show was in 1974 when the theater closed. However, the Majestic joined the National Register in 1976. The Las Casas Foundation raised $4.5 million to restore the 2,311-seat theater, which reopened in 1989 as the home of the San Antonio Symphony. Today, the Majestic presents live concerts and touring Broadway productions.

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WPA work on the River Walk circa 1938–1940

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Dan R. Goddard has been writing about San Antonio art, culture and history for more than 30 years and first discovered how unique the city is at HemisFair in 1968.

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RECREATION

River Mosiac

By Drew Henry

Do you love art? But don’t want to spend your day in

know exactly where to head to next. Let’s put on our walking shoes and start the tour!

For our tour, we are going to focus on downtown, the river, and parks. If you recently flew into town, make sure to check out the art at the airport before you leave.

PLANNING YOUR ROUTE: First, let’s head to PASA’s website to check out the art map so we can plan our route. When you get there, you will see different color dots representing art categories as follows:

TOURING DOWNTOWN: Let’s start our walking tour downtown, mainly focusing on Market and Commerce Streets. In this leg of the tour, you will discover some of San Antonio’s famous sculptures. The most iconic being the “Torch of Friendship” designed by Mexico City-based artist Sebastian. Located at the intersection of Losoya and Commerce,

San Antonio stuck indoors? Well, then you’re in luck! Life is about to imitate art because we are taking this cultural experience to the streets. We are blending art and recreation in a guided outdoor walking tour through the city to check out the coolest works of public art. San Antonio is home to numerous public art installations created by both locally and internationally known artists. Projects range from murals, to sculpture, to bridges, to mosaics. The best part is that Public Art San Antonio (PASA) has put together an online public art map, so we 32 RIO Magazine

Blue = River

Yellow = Facilities

Green = Parks

Violet = Airport

Orange =Downtown

Magenta = Library

Peach = Infrastructure

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Hemisfair Leopard

this 65-foot, 2-ton, orange sculpture of steel is hard to miss and a must-see. The design represents two cultures, languages, and roads merging into one. WALKING THE RIVER WALK: Next, we’re heading to the Museum Reach. Did you think we were going inside for a minute? No. The Museum Reach is at the northern stretch of the river heading up towards The Pearl. The route does resemble a museum though, in that it is home to mosaics, sculpture, unique bridges, and even more charming artful surprises. The River Walk Mosaic Murals were created by San Antonio artist Oscar Alvarado, and they run between Travis and Richmond Streets. You can find these pieces scattered under the river bridges. There are 11 total, so see if you can spot them all! The bridges across this route do not just serve as a means of travel, but they come alive as standalone works of art. Don’t miss these three:

F.I.S.H.

“The Bridge of Rippling Shadows” designed by San Antonio artist Rolando Briseno consists of two dozen steel structures that extend upward and are topped with aqua sheets resembling a water ripple. The shadows from these sheets transform the sidewalk into a flowing current of shadows. “The Sonic Passage” designed by Ohio artist Bill Fontana looks like a normal walkway until your ears are washed over with the sounds of the San Antonio River played on a specially designed speaker system. “F.I.S.H” designed by New York artist Donald Lipski is probably the most recognizable art piece along the river. This installation is comprised of 25 seven-foot long fiberglass figures of native long-eared sunfish suspended from the overpass. Walk along this route at night, and you will see them illuminated and reflected off the river below. One of the last large installations to check out on

the Museum Reach is The Grotto designed by San Antonio artist Carlos Cortes. This threestory structure between Camden and Newell Streets will make your Little Mermaid dreams come to life. Complete with waterfall and artfully placed shells, this is the perfect tranquil place to take in the beauty of the river. Since we’ve completed our walking outdoor river museum tour, take a break at The Pearl Brewery. Relax on the lawn or get a cocktail from the bar at Bottling Dept. You earned it! If you’re feeling tired, you can always rent a Bird scooter for a fast ride back to downtown.

The Grotto

Reflect Crystal

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RECREATION CHECKING OUT THE PARKS: If you want your art tour to be a walk in the park, let’s make it exactly that! Two must-see downtown parks are San Pedro Creek Culture Park and Hemisfair. San Pedro Creek Culture Park located downtown, on the western side off of Cameron Street. The park is San Antonio’s latest restoration project. You can now enjoy phase one, the Plaza de Fundacion and the “Rain from the Heavens” art installation. Stroll through the park and enjoy tile murals, poetry, historical text, wading pools, and the anchoring waterfall. This unique spot is where San Antonio culture, art, and nature all come together as one. Enjoy reconnecting to San Antonio’s historic past, through the voices of our modern artists. Next, grab a Bird scooter or rent a SWell Cycle, because we are traveling to Southtown’s Hemisfair Park. Don’t worry about getting lost, simply look up for the Tower of the America’s, and you’ll find it. This park is not only home to one of San Antonio’s most iconic landmarks, but it’s also where you will find stunning murals, mosaic tile work, sculpture, playgrounds, and even some cool cafes. Grab lunch, and then take a stroll through the park. You will want to check out “Reflect” by San Antonio artist Stuart Allen. This arch of steel ribbons casts moving shadows over the playground and reflects the sun, creating a truly unique piece for every hour of the day. Hope you enjoy your art tour. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water, because there is so much to discover!

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WRITER’S BIO: Hemisfair Mural

Drew Henry is the founder of the Design Dudes blog. During the week he’s blogging about the coolest style, and on the weekends he is getting active! Instagram: @design_dudes, Facebook: @designdudeslife, Twitter: @designdudeslife

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24 48 72 HOURS by Crystal Henry

on Day one: SANTA-TONIO’S Christmas Wonderland San Antonio is lit during the holidays with unique shops, munchie stops, and Instagrammable photo ops.

Pearl Holiday Night Market

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MORNING SHOP STOP: Start your winter wonderland fun at San Antonio’s hip crown jewel, The Pearl. This trendy shopping and dining mecca is a great place to take out-of-town guests or to shop for the perfect holiday gift. Grab a quick breakfast at Maybelle’s Donuts in the Bottling Department before hitting the specialty shops like Ten Thousand Villages and The Twig Book Shop. If you’re in town on a Thursday, don’t miss the holiday night market from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with live music, craft vendors and holiday activities. AFTERNOON STROLL: For lunch pedal over to Bombay Bicycle Club for burgers and happy hour drinks until 7 p.m. Then stroll down the road to the San Antonio Zoo for the Zoo Lights celebration. Throughout the month, the zoo abounds with festive decor, and guests can graze on hot cocoa and s’mores as they migrate through the twinkling lights. Hitch a ride on the train for a late afternoon visit to the sunken gardens, then head

back to the zoo for a nighttime light display. After 5 p.m. the animals typically hit the hay, but the ultimate luminary dance party at the Lakeside Lightshow will bring out your wild side.

Maybelle’s Donuts

NIGHTTIME IS THE LIGHT TIME: Ride in style through Travis Park in a twinkling horse-drawn carriage, and check out more than 250,000 lights. The Mayor’s annual Light Up Downtown holiday contest also illuminates the city, as downtown hotels, stores and restaurants compete for the brightest display. Later, climb down to the River Walk for an intimate dinner at Zocca. This Northern Italian eatery features classics like spaghetti and polenta lasagna, as well as dishes native to the region such as Osso Bucco and Tuscan filet. There’s a surprisingly large selection of gluten-free items on the menu as well.

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on Day two:

El Milagrito

Las Canarias Omni La Mansion

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS: Of all the breakfast baskets to put your eggs in, one of the most popular on the River Walk is Las Canarias. This gorgeous spot inside the Omni La Mansion boasts a spread of cage-free omelets, chilaquiles, and creme brulee french toast. Dining in this picturesque riverside restaurant is an experience in itself that can be topped off with a scenic stroll. RED AND GREEN THUMB: The San Antonio Botanical Garden will be in full festive bloom with red ribbons, garlands, and holiday decor. The SA Botanical Garden is one of the most Instagrammable spots in town, and people often use the picturesque flora as a backdrop for family photos. Channel your inner pioneer and pose for a photo with the authentic East Texas log cabin, or invigorate your senses of touch and smell in the Sensory Garden.

mood for breakfast, try the chilaquiles nortenos. They’re a bit different than the typical recipe, in that they use chips with tomatillo sauce, chicken and eggs. FAMILY FRIENDLY: For a family-friendly photo op evening, check out the 9 million lights at SeaWorld San Antonio. But save some photo space for dinner, because they’ve invited the big guy. Dinner with Santa is served each year at Christmas Cove in the park, and it includes an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord and a story from Santa and Mrs. Claus. TWAS THE NIGHTLIFE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: For a more adult after-hours festivity, try a bar crawl down the St. Mary’s Strip. With local favorites like Paper Tiger and Rumble, St. Mary’s is the puro San Antonio, cousin of Austin’s 6th Street.

MIDTOWN MUNCHIES: No visit to San Antonio is complete without a Mexican food fix, and El Milagrito in Midtown is the spot to hit. With totally affordable menu prices and tasty plates of tacos and barbacoa, this is one of the best places to grab good Mexican food on a budget. If you’re in the thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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The Rustic. Photo courtesy of Drew Henry

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THE LITTLE VILLAGE: Settled three centuries ago, La Villita is often the center stage for festivals and celebrations in our city. On Friday, Dec. 7, local bands, dancers and singers will perform at the famed Arneson River Theater for a-rockin’ production called Holly Daze. But if you’re not in town for the performance, take a quiet morning to shop at Plaza Taxco and have breakfast at La Villita Cafe. SANTA CIRCUIT: For a quintessential Texas visit with Santa, head north of downtown to The RIM shopping center. With tons of retail stores and dining, it’s a huge holiday shopping draw with access to a magical Santa’s Wonderland. The big guy in red visits Bass Pro Shops at the RIM location each year, and visitors can enjoy crafts, games, activities, and a free photo with Santa sitting atop a throne of horns. After your outdoorsy visit with Santa, treat yourself to lunch at The Rustic. This trendy kitchen and bar have tasty Texas bites like cactus fritters, tamales, chorizo empanadas, Texas quail and brisket burgers. Across the road at La Cantera, you can walk off lunch in Santa’s Workshop. This upscale outdoor shopping area hosts holiday photo ops for kids, families, and fur babies.

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK: Top off your Santa day in San Antonio with a celebration at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Right in La Cantera’s backyard, this fast-paced theme park will light up for Holiday in the Park. It’s a dazzling display of festivities complete with caroling, a live nativity show, millions of colorful twinkle lights, magical musical shows and meet-and-greets with Santa. Ride through the park on the Holiday Express Train, or sip hot cocoa as the kids explore Santa’s Cottage. WRITER’S BIO: Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan, and an award-winning author, writer, and columnist. She is fluent in both sarcasm and English, and evidence of those bilingual writing talents can be found at crystalhenrywrites.com. Or follow her on FB + IG @crystalhenrywrites and on Twitter @chenrywrites.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 12/29 2018 Victory Cup Fredericksburg Hot Air Balloon Festival & Cowboy Polo Match Ring in the New Year with a Hot Air Balloon celebration in Fredericksburg Texas. Kid and pet friendly, bring the entire family and come enjoy balloons, live music, a wine tasting tent, a Battle of the Chefs tasting competition, polo matches and a kids’ play area. 6120 East, US-290 in Fredericksburg

12/20 @ 7 p.m. Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas Aztec Theatre

SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS 12/1 -2 Crab Fest Traders Village 12/8 @ 11 a.m. 11th Annual La Tamalada Witte Museum 12/8 @ 11 a.m. La Gran Tamalada Market Square 12/9 Toy Drive and Car Show Traders Village 12/14 -16 @ 11 a.m. Holiday Artisan Show River Walk Through 12/16 @ dusk Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias River Walk

Through 12/21 Ford Holiday Boat Caroling River Walk

Through 1/6 Dream Tomorrow Today The DoSeum

Through 1/4 Holiday Lights on the River Walk River Walk

Through 12/31 Holidays in Bloom San Antonio Botanical Garden

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Through 12/22 Holiday Market with Santa Traders Village

12/29 @ 6 p.m. Chris D’Elia Follow the Leader Tour Aztec Theatre 12/29 @ 9 p.m. Chris D’Elia Follow the Leader LATE SHOW Aztec Theatre

FAMILY FUN 12/1 & 8 Photos with Santa on Saturday River Walk at the Shops at Rivercenter 12/20-24 A Charlie Brown Christmas Empire Theater Through 1/6 SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration SeaWorld San Antonio

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12/1 @ 7 p.m. Daughtry Aztec Theatre 12/1 @ 7:30 p.m. ARTS San Antonio Presents The 5 Browns Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University 12/1 @ 8 p.m. Take 6 Carver Community Cultural Center 12/1 @ 8 p.m. Celtic Thunder Majestic Theatre

12/15 @ 9 p.m. Eclipse--A Tribute to Journey Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall 12/17 @ 8:30 p.m. Swing Dance Nite Finale Party with Brian and the Blackouts Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall

12/20 @ 8 p.m. Jack Ingram Acoustic Show Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall 12/21-23 San Antonio Symphony: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban In Concert Majestic Theatre 12/23 Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve AT&T Center 12/28 @ 7 p.m. The Toadies Aztec Theatre 12/29 @ 8 p.m. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis Majestic Theatre

12/12 @ 8 p.m. Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour AT&T Center

12/1 -23 Christmas at the Caverns Combining the sights and sounds of the holidays with an underground world of natural beauty and amazement, this one-of-a-kind Christmas celebration includes Caroling in the Caverns, Christmas Campfire and Hayride, Canopy Challenge and Flying Elf Zip Lines. Natural Bridge Caverns

12/1 @ 10 a.m. Grinch Brunch and Storytelling Welcome to Whoville! Join Grinch for a Brunch Feast including Roast Beast, Who Hash and Grinch Greens and listen to the Grinch read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by the Christmas Tree on Plaza San Saba. A portion of every ticket sold benefits the San Antonio Library Foundation. Sweetfire Kitchen at La Cantera

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12/31@ 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve Bash with Mothership and plus the Juantanamos Spend a hard rockin’ New Year’s Eve with San Antonio-based Mothership and recreate the authentic feel of a Zeppelin concert during the band’s heyday in the mid ’70s including an elaborate laser, light and fog show. Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall

PERFORMING ARTS 12/1 @ 8 p.m. Piff the Magic Dragon Empire Theater

12/7 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers AT&T Center 12/9 @ 6 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz AT&T Center 12/11 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns AT&T Center 12/13 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers AT&T Center

12/19 @ 7 p.m. A Drag Queen Christmas Aztec Theatre

12/14 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Iowa Wild $1 Drink Night AT&T Center

12/20 -22 ARTS San Antonio presents The Nutcracker Lila Cockrell Theatre

12/15 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls AT&T Center

12/22 @ 6:30 p.m. Scrooge on the Riverwalk Arneson Theater

12/16 @ 3 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Iowa Reign Sunday Funday AT&T Center

12/26 -27 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Majestic Theatre

SPORTS 12/1 12/2 Rock & Roll Marathon Downtown

12/212/31 @ 6 p.m. @ 6 p.m. San Celebrate Antonio Spurs SA vs. Portland Trailblazers Enjoy free live AT&T Center entertainment on the

main stage at Hemisfair Park, check out some DJ’s in Maverick Plaza, hop along through the street carnival rides and games, snack on some local street treats, check out some of San Antonio’s finest local artisans and craft-merchant tents, and of course enjoy fresh beer, fun cocktails and a spectacular Fireworks show framed by The Tower of Americas. Hemisfair Park and La Villita

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12/17 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers AT&T Center 12/21 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves AT&T Center

12/6 -16 The Phantom of the Opera Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece makes a triumphant return with the beloved story and thrilling score plus exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography that has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.”   Majestic Theatre 12/26 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets AT&T Center 12/28 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Ontario Reign $1 Drink Night AT&T Center 12/28 Valero Alamo Bowl Watch the #1 PAC-12 team face off against the #1 Big 12 team Alamodome

12/30 @ 5 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Texas Stars Sunday Funday AT&T Center 12/31 @ 6 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics AT&T Center

VISUAL ARTS 12/7 December First Friday & Performance by Joe Harjo Blue Star Contemporary Art

12/7 @ 10 a.m. ArtStrolls Explore the McNay with your little ones during a stroller tour and story time. The McNay Art Museum 12/9 @ 3 p.m. Sunday Jazz at the Witte Witte Museum Through 12/9 Circus in the City Witte Museum Through 1/6 Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History Witte Museum Through 1/6 Gesamtkunstwerk Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 1/6 Color of Confusion Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 1/6 Unearthed: Desenterrado Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 1/6 Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 1/20 Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work San Antonio Museum of Art Through 1/21 Destino San Antonio Briscoe Western Art Museum

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SHOPPING ALAMO PLAZA SHIRTS 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-2347 ALAMO QUARRY MARKET 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8885 www.quarrymarket.com THE ALLEY ON BITTERS 555 W. Bitters Rd. San Antonio, TX 78206 (210) 494-3226 www.TheAlleyOnBitters.com ANGELITA’S Building 2, 418 Villita St. angelitaboutique.webs.com ART PACE 445 N Main Ave artpace.org BATTLE FOR TEXAS 849 E. Commerce battlefortexas.com B&C LEATHER ACCESSORIES & UNIQUE FINDS 418 Villita St #24 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 464-1126 BONITA RITA’S 245 E. Commerce, #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM 210 W. Market Street briscoemuseum.org BUCKHORN MUSEUM 318 E Houston St. buckhornmuseum.com CASA SALAZAR 216 E. Houston San Antonio, 78205 210-472-2272 themajestic.com/casa THE COLLECTION 7959 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-3130 thecollectionsanantonio.com DEL SOL OF SAN ANTONIO 321 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-231-0900 www.delsol.com DOSEUM 2800 Broadway St. thedoseum.org EL MERCADO 514 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78207 210-207-8600 www.sanantonio.gov/marketsquare 44 RIO Magazine

FIESTA ON MAIN 2025 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 738-1188 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas THE FIESTA STORE 2611 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78215 210-227-5191 www.fiesta-sa.org FIVE & DIME GENERAL STORE 101 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-233-0166 fiveanddimegs.com GALLERY VETRO CREATIVE ARTGLASS 250 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-354-0001 GARCIA ART GLASS 715 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-1400 www.garciaartglass COWBOY’S ALAMO CITY HARLEYDAVIDSON RIVERWALK BOUTIQUE RIVERWALK BOUTIQUE 111 West Crockett St. Suite 209 cowboysalamocityharley.com

NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road naturalbridgecaverns.com NORTH STAR MALL 7400 San Pedro San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 340-6627 www.northstarmall.com PARIS HATTERS 119 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3453 www.parishatters.com PENNERS DOWNTOWN 311 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2487 www.pennersinc.com RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT 301 Alamo Plaza ripleys.com/sanantonio SAN ANGEL FOLK ART 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART 200 West Jones Avenue samuseum.org

HUEBNER OAKS 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 shophuebneroaks.com

SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER 317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-6871 www.visitsan antonio.com

KATHLEEN SOMMERS 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com

SHOPS OF LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com

KENDRA SCOTT 310 East Basse Rd. #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7180 www.kendrascott.com

SHOPS AT RIVER CENTER 849 E. Commerce shoprivercenter.com

LOS PATIOS 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com MERCADORITA’S 245 E. Commerce & Bonita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-286-7432

77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com TEXAS ACCENT GENERAL STORE 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133

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TPJ GIFT SHOP 849 E. Commerce #673 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-9066 THE TWIG BOOK SHOP 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com THE UNOFFICIAL BEST OF TEXAS 101 Alamo Plaza, #3 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-0242 VILLA TESOROS 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126 THE VINEYARD 1207 North Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78258 thevineyardshoppingcenter.com WYNDHAM SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK 111 E. Pecan Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-489-9768 www.sawyncom THE WESTIN RIVERWALK 420 W. Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-413-9731 www.westin.com

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33 The Alamo 35 Tobin Center 38 Angelita’s 39 Plaza Taxco 40 VFW Post 76 41 Market Square 42 Spanish Governor’s Palace 48 Alta Vista Skate Shop 52 Tresor

12 Wyndham Garden River Walk

51 Biga on the Banks

15 Crockett Hotel

53 Guillermo’s

16 Sheraton Gunter Hotel

54 Jazz Texas

17 Menger Hotel

6 Paris Hatters 7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel

34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour 37 Tom’s Wheelchair & Scooter Rentals

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38 USO

13 San Antonio Museum of Art 14 Institute of Texan Culture

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1 Ristorante Pico de Gallo

68 Scooter Power Tours 69 San Antonio Public Library

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18 Yasmin’s Boutique 19 Out West 21 Tienda La Garza 22 The Amazing Mirror Maze 23 San Antonio General Store 25 Majestic Theatre 29 Aztec Theatre

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RANGE, a modern chophouse by Chef Jason Dady, is a distinctly Texan concept and pays tribute to the Lone Star State’s rich heritage and ranching culture with world-class Texan and Midwestern Angus beef. Range also offers fresh seafood, delivered daily from the Coast, and wild game, sourced from the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Range’s menu begins with unique appetizers, like Manchego Hushpuppies with Saffron Aioli, East and Gulf Coast Oysters and Chef Dady’s take on South Texas Beef Tartare “Parisa.” The tableside Caesar Salad won “Best Tableside Preparation” in SA Magazine’s Best of the City 2018 and pairs nicely with the roaming tableside martini cart to kick off your meal. The creamy bisques are a welcome reprieve after a chilly winter day on the Riverwalk. Range’s newly added house-made pasta dishes are perfectly portioned to share and pair with any entrée. Chef Dady offers perfectly prepared steaks and even notes in the menu from where each of those steaks comes. Range features fresh fish and elevated twists to the field fare, such as Bacon-Crusted Heritage Berkshire Pork Ribeye or Black Truffle Glazed Half Roasted Chicken. The nightly vegetarian offering rotates, in accordance with the fresh produce available

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from local markets. Of course, no meal is complete without Range’s signature blue cotton candy – brought to every table at the meal’s conclusion.

Range seems to tie elegance into comfortability, making luxury accessible in Downtown San Antonio. The atmosphere is inviting, and the children’s menu clearly offers a space for family-friendly dining. Simultaneously, the impressive wine list, extensive bar program, and interior design create an ideal atmosphere for a romantic evening. Range offers two levels of dining, with ample indoor seating and outdoor balcony space available. Chef Jason Dady invites his guests to “Explore Your Palate” with every bite and dish on the menu. “We love being on the River Walk,” Dady notes, “we’re always facing something new, and that’s what keeps it exciting. We want to create unique and enjoyable experiences for every guest, time after time. We see locals and out of town visitors; we host private parties, offer riverboat

cruises and holiday soirees. In everything, we keep to our roots and grow with the city. We’re excited by all we’ve done and all that’s to come.” Range has been recognized by Texas Monthly‘s list of the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants in Texas” (2018) and awarded the “Best Tableside Preparation” by San Antonio Magazine’s Best of the City (2018). Food critics have praised Range, noting, “Every bite of that steak was as velveteen . . . as the bite next to it” (Mike Sutter, MySA, 2017). The ambiance has been described as, “contemporary, thoughtful, serene and inviting” by the San Antonio Current (2017). Range is open seven days a week, inside the Embassy Suites downtown. More info at rangesa.com.

–RANGE– 125 E. Houston St., 78205. Website: rangesa.com. Contact: 210.227.4455 or info@rangesa.com. Open MON - THU 11am–11pm, FRI - SAT 11am–12am, SUN 11am–10pm

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LA VILLITA LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops - p44 38 ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry p44 38 B & C LEATHER DESIGNS & UNIQUE FINDS La Villita - Bldg. 24 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-724-8521, 210-464-1126 p44 38 BES ARTE La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Bes Arte-La Villita/Facebook.com 210-232-0661 p44 38 CASA MANOS ALEGRES La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gift p44 38

COPPER GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles - p44 38

POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205

populuxcommissary/facebook.com 210-883-4259 - p44 38

VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery - p44 38

EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery p44 38

RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery - p44, p50 38

VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38

LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38 MUSTANG GREY’S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com - p44 38 PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38

SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38 STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38 VILLA TESOROS 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126 Apparel & Clothing - p44 90

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ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING

15 Paesanos - Lincoln Heights

1 The Rim

16 Paesanos - 1604

2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas

26 Augies Barbed Wire

3 The Shops at La Cantera

Smokehouse

28 Joe’s Crab Shack -

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4 SeaWorld of San Antonio 5 North Star Mall

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6 The Forum Shops

17 K1 Speed

7 Vineyard Shopping Center

18 McNay Art Museum

21 The Alamo

8 Alamo Quarry Market

19 Morgan’s Wonderland

22 Mission Conception

9 Splashtown

20 The DoSeum

23 Mission San José

10 Alamo Helicopter Tours

27 Flipz Trampoline Park

24 Mission San Juan

11 San Antonio Zoo

28 Extreme Escape

25 Mission Espada

12 San Antonio Botanical Garden

29 San Antonio Aquarium

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OFF TICKET

Located in Rivercenter Mall on 3rd Level 849 East Commerce 210-229-1420 www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com Not valid with special events. Expires 12/31/18

210 W Market St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 299-4499 BriscoeMuseum.org

$2 OFF

General Adult Admission SAVE UP TO $8 Open Tue–Sun 10AM with seasonal closing hours | Closed Mondays Expires 12/31/2018

FREE BASKET OF HAND BATTERED FRIED PICKLES With the purchase of TWO dinner menu entrees.

237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com Limit one coupon per table. Expires 12/31/2018

126 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX, 78205

15% OFF

(210) 212-7299

www.biergartenriverwalk.com

FREE

our regular dinner pricing for up to 8 guests.

KRAUTWURST BALLS

Not valid on Saturdays or restaurant holidays. Cannot be combined with any additional promotions or discounts. Valid until October 31,31, 2018. Valid until December 2018

One coupon per table. For dine in guests only. Expires 12/31/2018

with purchase of TWO – ONE LITER BIERS

10% OFF

110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300

this La Villita location

Plaza Taxco (Excluding Sales Items)

FREE CHEF’S APPETIZER OF THE DAY

With the purchase of an adult entrée.

See our ads on pages 35 & 56

One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 12/31/2018.

10% OFF this La Villita location

SHOPS AT RIVERCENTER (210) 627-6064

BUY ANY GHIRARDELLI SUNDAE, RECEIVE A FREE CHOCOLATE BAR*

(Excluding Sales Items)

Chef’s Surprise Appetizer With purchase of 2 entrées

146 E. Houston St. @ River Walk 210.222.2362 | acenar.com *Cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.

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at this La Villita location

ADULT OR CHILD TICKET

301 Alamo Plaza •210-224-9299

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$ Crockett at Navarro (210) 293-7482 |www.pizzaritas.com

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an Adult Entrée with this ad Ice Cold Drinks & Good Texas Food

Complimentary House Dessert with order of an entrée.

245 E. Commerce River Level at Navarro & Crockett 210-227-RITA • www.ritasontheriver.com

111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com

Valid only for lunch and Dinner, coupon good for up to 2 entrees at a table

Not valid with any other offer or discount. Offer only valid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.

FREE BEVERAGE With the purchase of entree during happy hour only. Happy Hour 4-8PM 12/31/18

409 E. Commerce 210-465-UGLY www.coyoteuglysaloon.com

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Present this coupon and receive $2.00 OFF each adult and $1.00 OFF each Child’s Full Price Discovery Tour Ticket. Limit 6.

210-651-6101 •naturalbridgecaverns.com

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FREE OYSTER SAMPLER w/ purchase of 2 premium beverages 123 Losoya #7, San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone: (210) 354-3002

ENTIRE GUEST CHECK

One coupon, per check, per visit. Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. Taxes and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages not included. Valid only 903 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX location. Selection and prices may vary. Only original coupon accepted. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. No substitutions. © 2014 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. Offer ends 12/31/18

$5 OFF

Harley Davidson Dealer T-Shirt Expires 11/30/18

12/31/18

111 West Crockett Street 210-212-4461 cowboysalamocityharley.com

*Short sleeve t-shirts only. Applies to dealer t-shirt wall only. Limit one coupon per person. Full price items only. No additional discounts apply. Expires 12/31/2018

Tower of the Americas

Parties of LESS than 8

FREE FLAUTAS

(seasoned chicken rolled up in a tortilla)

with the purchase of 1 entrée Parties of 8 or MORE

LA PACHANGA APPETIZER (Cup of Queso, beef tacos and flautas)

with the purchase of 2 entrées Coupon not valid with other offers or coupons. Please present coupon to server at time of ordering.

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701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.223.3101

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SHOPS.

ART.

DINING. Villita is home to more than 20 artisan shops, galleries and savory restaurants. Modern artisans, romantic tree-lined walkways and architecture dating back 300 years offer a unique ambiance of a rich past and a vibrant present. Our historic grounds also offer the perfect location for special private and corporate events. Please call (210) 207- 8614 for information on venue rentals. Join us for a day of shopping, a bite to eat, or a celebration at our year-around cultural events.

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418 Villita Street Mon-Sat 10AM - 6PM | Sun 11AM - 4PM


INDEX OF ADVERTISERS DINING/RESTAURANTS

Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362

Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262

Barriba Cantina www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876

La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140

BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299

The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951

Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484

On the Bend Oyster Bar & Lounge www.onthebendsa.com 210-354-3002

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company www.bubbagump.com 210-224-4867

Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782

Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692

Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842

Chart House www.TowerOfTheAmericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941 Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600 Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321 Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026 Ghirardelli www.ghirardelli.com 210-627-6064 Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992 Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835 Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092 Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010 Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374 MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220

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Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300 Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060 Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462 Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA Texas de Brazil www.texasdebrazil.com 210-299-1600

SHOPPING

Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362 B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds 210-724-8521; 210-464-1126

Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828

Villa Tesoros 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126

Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299

MUSEUM

Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499

Splashtown San Antonio www.splashtownsa.com 210-227-1400

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000

COMEDY CLUB

Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400

The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453

DISTILLERIES

San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924

Tito’s Handmade Vodka www.TitosVodka.com

ATTRACTIONS

Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY

Battle for Texas: The Experience www.battlefortexas.com 210-592-8080

NIGHTLIFE

Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.PalacioDelRio.Hilton.com 210-224-3368

Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080 City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687

Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462

Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600

Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com

GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746

Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino www.luckyeagletexas.com

HOTELS

CASINO

Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101

Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600 Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461

Ford Holiday Boat Caroling is held Tuesday through Friday, 7-9 p.m. through December 21. Details at TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com

La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614 Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733 Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000

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The Official Magazine of the River Walk

RIO Magazine December 2018  

The Official Magazine of the River Walk