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The Mission Reach of the River Walk is the perfect place for a bike ride.
The Witte Museum is one of several haunted historic buildings in downtown.
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Association Board of Directors President Justin Holley, Wyndham Garden River Walk President Elect Tammy Peacock-Werline, Hard Rock Café Vice Presidents John Carbajal, Paesanos Restaurant Group Terry Corless, Mad Dogs Andy Hearon, El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel Cece Smith, SmithPrint Secretary/Treasurer Joe Melton, Embassy Suites Chair, Operation Committee Andreas Esparza, Boudro’s Restaurant Executive Director Nancy D. Hunt, Paseo Del Rio Association Ex-Officio Pat DiGiovanni, Centro SA Jim Mery, Center City Development and Operations Department Steve Schauer, San Antonio River Authority Board of Directors John Beauchamp, Hixon Properties Mark Bohanan, Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Kevin Donohue, Donohue Media Mae Escobar, aMaezing Marketing Group Ben Garcia, Silver Eagle Distributors Kathy Glascock, Ruth’s Chris Steak House Jesse Holguin, Pepsi Bottling Group Nancy Kilpo, Grand Hyatt Teresa Johnson, Broadway Bank Tom Lawrence, Don’s & Ben’s & Gabriel Liquor Joe Melton, Embassy Suites Shanon Miller, Office of Historic Preservation, COSA Andres Munoz, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau Pierre Olivier, Casa Rio Restaurant Chris Oviatt, River Center Mall John Seabers, Sinclair Broadcasting Laurence Seiterle, Zurich Properties Beth Ticku-Smith, Hotel Emma Mike Teran, Swig Martini Bar
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Welcome toSan Antonio!
October is a wonderful time to enjoy San Antonio, especially the outdoors, since the average temperature is in the low 80’s. This issue highlights the many
outdoor venues and activities you can enjoy while in town and also tells a little of our local folklore. In the river walk section, you will find alternative routes to enjoy the river walk with our Hike, Bike, Float article. The San Antonio River Foundation has worked tirelessly to transform the Mission Reach and the Museum Reach of the river walk into family friendly parks full of outdoor activities. If you are interested in the occult, our team has gathered a collection of stories about Haunted San Antonio sites. San Antonio’s resident ghost hunter and local radio personality Russlle Rush tells Rio about his experiences in local mysterious venues. The Dia de los Muertos article explains why you might run into altars during your tour around town. For the San Antonio section, our writer picked the best places to enjoy a meal outdoors with the company of your pets. The surrounding area article takes you on a tour around the best Outdoor Parks in the area; they offer spectacular views. Speaking of views, how about a Bird’s Eye View of the city- find information on Hot Air Balloon and Helicopter Tours. Last, I hope you have time to take a unique tour( Editor’s Top 10) to see a different side of San Antonio, especially if you are a returning visitor. Thanks for visiting and come back to see us soon!
Bienvenidos a San Antonio! Octubre es una época maravillosa para disfrutar de San Antonio , especialmente al aire libre, ya que la temperatura media es de 80° . Esta edición enseña los lugares y actividades al aire libre de las que se puede disfrutar en la ciudad y también cuenta un poco de nuestro folklore local. En la sección del paseo del río , encontrará rutas alternativas para disfrutar del paseo por el río con el artículo sobre caminatas, bicicleta, canoas. Si usted está interesado en lo oculto, nuestro equipo ha reunido una colección de historias sobre sitios embrujado en San Antonio. El cazador fantasma de San Antonio y personalidad de radio local Russlle Rush, nos cuenta sobre sus experiencias en lugares misteriosos locales . El artículo de Dia de los Muertos explica por qué usted podría encontrarse con altares durante su recorrido por la ciudad . Para la sección de San Antonio , nuestro escritor acumuló los mejores lugares para disfrutar de una comida al aire libre con la compañía de sus mascotas. El artículo sobre los alrededores lo llevara en un recorrido por los mejores parques al aire libre; ofrecen vistas espectaculares. Hablando de de buenas vistas, encontrar información sobre tours en globo de aire caliente y en helicóptero . Por último, espero que tengan tiempo para hacer un recorrido único (Editor’s Top 10 ) para ver un lado diferente de San Antonio , sobre todo si es su segunda vez en San Antonio. Gracias por visitar nuestra ciudad y espero que vuelvan pronto!
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The San Antonio River Walk is the heart of the city of San Antonio. Included in this section of the magazine are businesses, restaurants and shops located along the River Walk, the top tourist destination in Texas, and its picturesque walkways. All of these locations are accessible from the River Walk.
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San Antonio River
HIKE, BIKE & PADDLE the River by Leandra Hernandez
Since the completion of phases 1 and 2 of the San Antonio River Improvements Project, The River Walk is the longest linear park in the United States. This public park links 2020 acres of public lands (City, County, SARA and federal – National Park Service) with a river running through it.
River Improvements Project. Beautiful and inspiring public art, pedestrian bridges, and art benches to add attractive new appeal to the area.
The Mission Reach is an eight-mile trek that was carefully restored and converted into a beautiful park full of life and activity. This project was a $270+ million dollar investment partially funded by the San Antonio River Foundation. The foundation recognizes the importance of the river stating on its website that “The story of San Antonio begins with the river, the life-giving heart of our heritage and culture.”
Missions Hike and Bike Trail San Antonio’s four historic missions Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada connect to the San Antonio River through a connection called Mission Portal that allows visitors and tourists to hike and bike along these trails. By allowing a seamless connection between the river and the missions, the river’s importance is reinforced and encourages visitors to circulate between the two in a trail that is both beautiful and healthful to the walker and biker alike.
The San Antonio River Foundation’s goal is to transform the Mission Reach by adding educational and recreational opportunities and artistic strokes to the environmental restoration underway by the
Historical and cultural interpretations guide your experience and highlight the story of the mission and their connection to the river. Grab your bike and cycle through some history.
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< Rent a kayak and paddle your way through the San Antonio River.
Museum Reach Hike and Bike Trail-One of our newest and extended sections of the river walk aptly named Museum Reach, is an urban river park trail featuring native landscaping, colorful art and sound installations intermixed with a Lock and Dam, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The VFW Post 76 and the shop and restaurant-filled complex of The Pearl Brewery. Beginning at Lexington Avenue Bridge continuing for 1.3 miles and leading up to the newly-renovated Pearl Brewery, you can choose to either bike or walk this trail that will lead you to art, food, history at your fingertips and fun. The beautiful public art that adorns the river in the Museum Reach was made possible by the $12 million in private funds raised by the San Antonio River Foundation. Rent-a-bike to get on the trails with B-cycle- San Antonio’s downtown and mission trail bike initiative. It’s an automated bike sharing system that is intended for short trips and quick adventures around the downtown area. Get a day, week or annual pass of your choice and start your excursion immediately at one of the bike docking stations conveniently located all over downtown around including museums, The San Antonio Zoo, The Missions, river walk and more. Trips consist of a thirty minute ride and ability to dock and un-dock your bike at the next B-cycle location nearby. It’s a great way to enjoy the sights of San Antonio and get some exercise all at once and even almost commitment-free bike rental!
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If you want to actually get in the San Antonio River for some water fun, try kayaking or canoeing both of which you can do around Mission Reach between Mission Road and Padre Park. Our river in these sections has been approved for these activities which makes a great way to view the sights of the River and our unique neighborhoods such as King William, and the artsy area around Blue Star Arts Complex. Paddle your way around our water chutes and features for some hearty exercise and view our native wildlife in a tranquil setting. Covered pavilions and picnic areas are available for a quick snack and drink stop.
Last but not least, if you still want to get in the river and just completely relax effortlessly and with someone else doing the directing and the driving, hop on our Rio Cruises River Taxi featuring 39 stops along the San Antonio River that including restaurants, bars, music spots and more. Dining on the boats is also available should you wish your ride to last a lot longer and include some of our cities renowned Mexican Food and Margaritas. Tickets can be bought in advance or directly on the boat and options are available for the areas you are looking to visit. Wave to our tourists and locals as you experience first-hand a cool ride on the river. There are many ways to enjoy, experience and get around on our river. Whether biking, hiking, paddling or just riding- there is something for the whole family to enjoy for a great day out on The San Antonio River. RIO Magazine 13
FOOD & DRINK ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// The River’s Edge Café & Patio Bar 200 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 270-0786 www.riversedgecafesa.com American
CASUAL Bier Garten 124-150 Losoya St San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-7299 www.alamobiergarten.com German
Acenar 146 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2362 www.acenar.com Mexican
Boudro’s Texas Bistro 421 East Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-8484 www.boudros.com American Charlie Wants a Burger sports bar 223 Losoya San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-0864 www.charliewantsaburger.com Burgers-Craft Beer DURTY Nelly’s IRISH PUB 200 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-3343 www.durtynellyspub.com Irish Pub
Barriba Cantina 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 228-9876 www.barribacantina.com Mexican La Paloma 215 Losoya San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-0566 www.lapalomariverwalk.com Mexican Landry’s Seafood House 517 N. Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-1010 www.landrysseafood.com Seafood
JUICE CENTRAL 315 E. Commerce St San Antonio, TX 78205 210-228-9398 www.juice-central.com Juice Bar, Salads The Republic of Texas 429 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-6256 therepublicoftexas restaurant.com American
Las Ramblas 306 W. Market San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9222 www.thehotelcontessa.com Spanish
Mad Dogs 123 Losoya Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-0220 maddogs.net British Pub
Rio Rio Cantina 421 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com Tex-Mex
Saltgrass Steak House 502 River Walk San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-9092 www.saltgrass.com Steakhouse
Tony Romas Rivercenter 849 E Commerce St San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-7662 tonyromas-sanantonio.com Ribs, Seafood, Steak
Texas Land & Cattle 201 N. St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2263 www.texaslandandcattle.com Steakhouse Tex’s Sports Bar 200 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 270-0786 www.palaciodelrio.com Americana Iron Cactus 200 River Walk San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-9835 www.ironcactus.com Tex-Mex Q on the Riverwalk 123 Losoya San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-1234 www.qriverwalk.com BBQ
Zocca 420 W. Market San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 444-6070 www.zoccariverwalk.com Italian
FAMILY Dick’s Last Resort 406 Navarro San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 244-0026 www.dickslastresort.com American Hard Rock Café 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 244-7625 www.hardrock.com American Lone Star Café 237 Losoya San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-9374 www.lonestarcafe.us American
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— Jim Bowie
Had Boudro’s been serving on the River Walk back then, Jim Bowie could have carved his Center Cut Top Sirloin with a butter knife. Prime steaks, Gulf Coast seafood and the best Margaritas around have made Boudro’s one of the Alamo City’s most loved restaurants. Frommers says “Everybody loves this old standby on the River Walk.” Join us riverside, inside or (with reservations) on a barge dinner cruise.
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/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// RAINFOREST CAFé 110 E. Crockett San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 277-6300 www.rainforestcafe.com American
Casa Rio 430 E. Commerce San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 225-6718 www.casa-rio.com Tex-Mex
County Line Barbeque sports bar 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 229-1941 www.countyline.com BBQ
Rio Rio Cantina 421 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com Tex-Mex
Charlie Wants a Burger sports bar 223 Losoya San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-0864 www.charliewantsaburger.com Burgers-Craft Beer Michelino’s 521 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 223-2939 www.michelinos.us Italian Maria Mia 849 East Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 272-0403 mariamiamexicanbistro.com Mexican Café Ole 527 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 223-2939 www.cafeole.us Tex-Mex
Rita’s 245 E. Commerce Suite #100 San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-7482 www.ritasontheriver.com Tex-Mex The Original Mexican Restaurant 528 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 224-9951 www.originalmexican.com Tex-Mex
FINE DINING Biga on the Banks 203 S. St Mary’s San Antion, TX 78205 (210) 225-0722 www.biga.com American Citrus 150 E. Houston San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-9700 hotelvalencia-riverwalk.com American
figtree 515 Villita Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 224-1976 www.figtreerestaurant.com Las Canarias 112 College Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 518-1000 www.omnilamansion.com American Luke 125 E. Houston San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-5853 www.lukesanantonio.com French/American Bella on the River 106 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 404-2355 www.bellaontheriver.com Mediterranean/Southern European
Paesanos Lincoln Heights 555 East Basse Rd. (210) 828 5191 Paesanos 1604 3622 Paesanos Parkway (210) 493 1604 Italian Little Rhein Steakhouse 231 S. Alamo San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 225-2111 www.littlerheinsteak house.com Steakhouse Ruth’s Chris 600 E. Market San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-8847 www.ruthschrissa.com Steakhouse
Ostra 212 W. Crockett San Antonio TX 78205 (866) 605-1212 www.mokarahotels.com Seafood Paesanos Paesanos River Walk 111 W. Crockett #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 227-2782 www.paesanosriverwalk.com
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SHOPPING ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// La Villita 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops
Nueva Street Gallery La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-229-9810 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery
Artistic Endeavors La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-222-2497 www.artend.com Art
River Art Group La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery
Copper Gallery La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Art Collectibles
Starving Artist Gallery La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery
Galleria II La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery
Village Gallery La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery
Little Studio Gallery La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery
Bonsai Harbor La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-5770 www.bonsaisanantonio.com Bonsai Trees
Monte Wade Fine Arts La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-222-8838 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery
Scentchips USA La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Candles
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Debra Benditz Art Studios Artist Atelier La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 512-588-2606 www.debrabenditz.com Fine Art Collection Lone Star Mercantile La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com General Merchandise Originals Jewelry, Beads & Gifts La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-7625 www.lavillita.com Jewelry & Beads Casa Manos Alegres La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-5107 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gifts Village Weavers La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-222-0776 www.lavillita.com Woven Art & Rugs
Alice Knight La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-930-5527 www.aliceknight.com Equinox La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Mustang Greyâ€™s La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-221-1894 www.lavillita.com Angelita La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry Aeropostale Rivercenter Mall San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 www.aeropostale.com Clothing Foot Locker Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8383 www.footlocker.com Athletic Shoes
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Harris Jewelry Rivercenter Mall San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 www.harrisjewelry.com Jewelry
Champ’s Sports Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 www.champssports.com Sportswear
Langford Market Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-0200 www.langfordmarket.com Clothing
Zales Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-270-7770 www.zales.com Jewelry
Sunglass Hut Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-271-7550 www.sunglasshut.com Sunglasses
U.S. Polo Assn Rivercenter mall San Antonio, TX 78205 210-444-1040 www.uspoloassn.com Clothing Primarily Purple Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 General Merchandise The Body Shop Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-5446 www.thebodyshop-usa.com Gift for Body Fletchers Jewelry Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-299-5240 www.fletchersjewelers.com Jewelry
Aerosoles Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-354-1840 www.aerosoles.com Shoes Claire’s Rivercenter Mall - Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 www.claires.com Shoes Journeys Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level 210-224-6898 www.journeys.com Shoes Shoe Palace Rivercenter Mall - Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-527-9700 Shoes
Papaya Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2100 www.papaya.com Shasha Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-4772 www.shasha.com FOUND La Villita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Unique Items
Sunglass Icon Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-3942 www.sunglassicon.com Sunglasses Gamestop Rivercenter Mall, Street Level Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-4412 www.gamestop.com Video Ganmes & Equipment Express Rivercenter Mall, Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-5212 www.express.com Clothing Victoria’s Secret Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-7072 www.victoriassecret.com Womens Lingerie
Spencers Rivercenter Mall, Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-6898 www.spencersonline.com Wandering Cowboy Rivercenter Mall, Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3434 Zumiez Rivercenter Mall, Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-228-9373 www.zumiez.com
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San Antonio Nightlife
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Blue Box 312 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 227-2583 www.blueboxbar.com Bar
Kremlin/ Havana Ultra Lounge 212 College St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 220-1972 www.kremlinsa.com Dance Club
Blue Star Brewing Company 1414 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 212-5506 www.bluestarbrewing.com Brewery
Liquid Monkey Lounge 248 Losoya, Suite B San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-4980 Bar
The Bonham Exchange 411 Bonham San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 271-3811 www.bonhamexchange.net Dance Club The Brooklynite 516 Brooklyn Avenue San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 444-0707 www.thebrooklynitesa.com Wine Bar
San Antonio’s most mouth-watering burgers and much more! • Breakfast, lunch and dinner DAILY • Happy Hour 3pm – 6 pm DAILY • Texas-inspired fresh dishes using locally grown seasonal ingredients. • Full bar with craft, draft and bottled beers, handcrafted margaritas, sangrias and mojitos • 11 mega-TVs–Catch all the sports at Charlie Wants A Burger!
charlie wants a burger sports bar 223 Losoya San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-0864 www.charliewantsaburger.com Burgers-Craft Beer Coyote Ugly Saloon 409 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 465-8459 www.coyoteuglysaloon.com Bar The Davenport 203 N Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-5635 www.the-dav.com Dance Club dick’s last resort 406 Navaro St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-0026 www.dickslastresort.com Gastro Pub Drink Texas 200 Navarro, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-1031 www.drinktexas.com Bar
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Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub 200 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-1400 www.durtynellspub.com Pub Esquire Tavern 155 E Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2521 www.esquiretavern-sa.com Gastropub
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The Friendly Spot 943 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-2337 www.thefriendlyspot.com Icehouse
The Local Bar 600 N Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 267-9885 www.thelocalbarsa.com Bar MadDog’s British Pub 123 Losoya, Suite 19 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-0220 www.MadDogs.net Pub the naked iguana lounge 421 East Commerce San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com/ Naked_Iguana Margaritas, Well Drinks, & Beer 1919 1420 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 227-1420 Bar SoHo Wine & Martini Bar 214 W Crockett San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 444-1000 www.sohomartinibar.com Bar Swig 111 W. Crocket St, Suite 205 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 476-0005 www.swigmartini.com Martini Bar The Ticket 420 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-9722 www.ticketsportspub.com Sports Bar Waxy O’Connors 234 Riverwalk San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9299 www.waxyoconnors.com Pub The Worm 123 Losoya, River Level San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-7266 facebook.com/TheWormTequilaBar Tequila Bar Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar 207 N Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-2900 www.zincwine.com Wine Bar
Howl at the Moon 111 W. Crockett St, Suite 201 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-4695 www.howlatthemoon.com Piano Bar
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SHOPPING ///////////////////////////// Pearl Brewery 250 E Grayson San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-7260 www.atpearl.com Unique Local Shops & Restaurants
Cowboy’s Alamo City Harley Davidson 111 West Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-4461 cowboysalamocityharley.com/ boutique General Merchandise/Clothing
Five & Dime General Store 512 Riverwalk San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-4825 www.fiveanddimegs.com General Merchandise
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT ///////////
MUSIC 10/1, Wed @ 8pm A Very Special Evening with Paul McCartney to Benefit the Tobin Center H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
10/5, Sun @ 7pm Broken Bells Aztec Theatre
ATTRACTIONS ///////////////////////// MUSEUMS Briscoe Western Art Museum 210 W Market San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 299-4499 www.briscoemuseum.org
city sightseeing double decker san antonio (210) 224-8687 city-sightseeing.com grand double decker tours (210) 492-4144 citytoursinc.com
Rio San Antonio Cruises 205 N Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 244-5700 www.riosanantonio.com
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10/7, Tue @ 8pm Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 10/9-10, Thu @ 7:30pm Fri @ 8pm An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater Tobin Center for the Performing Arts San Antonio Symphony Resurrection 10/10-11, Fri-Sat @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
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Fall Arts & Crafts Show Whether its jewelry, pottery or fine art you are interested in, you are sure to find what you’re looking for! River Walk Extension 10/4 (Noon–2pm)
River Walk Lucky Duck Race & Festival– A family event including drinks, entertainment, children’s activities and duck race with 15,000 yellow rubber ducks racing in the San Antonio River! Only $5 to adopt a duck! Proceeds benefit the San Antonio Foodbank. Following the race, a free concert will take place in the river portal at the new Tobin Center. RiverWalkLuckyDuck.com Tobin Center – River Portal 10/31 (7pm-9pm)
10/2, Thu @ 7:30pm An Evening with Juanes H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
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BUD LIGHT “Coffins on Parade”– The river walk comes alive Halloween night. Come out and enjoy live music, adult beverages and a river parade. You do not want to miss this famous Halloween spectacle. River Walk
10/21, Tue @ 8pm An Evening with Susan Boyle H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 10/26, Sun @ 7pm Youth Orchestra of San Antonio New Birth of Freedom Troy Peters, conductor H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 10/29, Wed @ 7pm La Ley Aztec Theatre 10/31, Fri @ 8pm Matisyahu: Built to Survive Tour Featuring Radical Something River Walk Plaza Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
10/29, Wed @ 7:30pm A Very Special Evening with Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
dance 10/16-19, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Ballet San Antonio Dracula H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
comedy 10/1-5, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm; Fri @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm; Sat @ 5:30pm(family friendly show), 8:30pm & 10:30pm Hypnotist Gary Conrad Rivercenter Comedy Club 10/9-12, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Felipe Esparze Rivercenter Comedy Club 10/15-19, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm; Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Ward Anderson Rivercenter Comedy Club 10/22-26, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm; Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Joe DeVito Rivercenter Comedy Club 10/29-11/2, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm; Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Sean Donnelly Rivercenter Comedy Club 10/30, Thu @ 7:30pm Jeanne Robertson H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
children’s 10/6, Mon @ 9:45am, 11:45am & 6:30pm Children’s Fine Arts Series H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
live theater 10/3-4, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Nice Work if You Can Get It (touring) Tobin Center Signature Series H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
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Tour San Antonio Like A Local
Guide to San Antonio & the River Walk
Alamo Helicopter Tours With Alamo Helicopter Tours, you can take in an exciting and breathtaking view of San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country like you’ve never seen before. Enjoy a sky high tour of sites like the San Antonio River, Downtown, The San Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld, The Botanical Gardens and Mission Espada, or if nature is more your thing, immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape as you fly high over the Texas Hill Country. Open 6 days a week, Monday – Saturday, (Reservations required) (210) 287-5797 8535 Mission Road www.alamohelicoptertours.com GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS MUSEUM TOMB RIDER 3D RIPLEY’S HAUNTED ADVENTURE Experience the best Alamo Plaza has to offer. See the Amazing Book come to life in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS MUSEUM! Adventure Seekers... this one’s for you - TOMB RIDER 3D, a Journey down into the tomb of Anubis for an action-packed adventure you won’t soon forget! For the fearless, we dare
you to visit RIPLEY’S HAUNTED ADVENTURE. This multi-million dollar haunted house includes special effects, live actors and animatronics that are sure to leave you thrilled from the moment you enter until the time you escape!. Open Daily at 10:00 a.m. Directly across from the Alamo • (210) 226-2828 www.AlamoPlazaAttractions.com The Amazing Mirror Maze— A 4D Experience San Antonio’s newest attractions are located across from the Alamo! Ultimate Mirror Maze Challenge – a unique, eyepopping experience that is fun for any age. Explore endless hallways and thousands of mirrors as you try to find the end and go back again – it is never the same experience twice. Can you find your way out of a maze composed entirely out of mirrors? The Vault Laser Challenge – It is a Mission Impossible themed game. A state of the art laser alarm system, your challenge is to make it through without setting off any of the lasers. Will you make it on our top 10 list? Hours of Operation: Open Daily at 10AM (210) 226-2828 • www.amazingmazes.com
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Briscoe Western Art Museum The Briscoe Western Art Museum features nine galleries spread across three floors featuring art in the form of artifacts, paintings, and sculptures. Video interviews with artists, collectors, and others can be found throughout. Collection highlights include fine saddles and spurs; pieces from the Spanish colonial era; Pancho Villa’s last known saddle; diorama of the Alamo; and Santa Anna’s sword. The adjacent Jack Guenther Pavilion serves as an event space and visitors can enjoy the lush Sculpture Garden during Museum hours. Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum is proud to welcome a new generation of visitors. San Antonio’s oldest Saloon has recently completed a major renovation. Explore the remodeled animal halls and prepare yourself for a Texas-sized adventure! Practice your sharp shooting skills in our Shooting Gallery and see hundreds of handguns, badges and photographs from famous rangers in The Texas Ranger Museum. Open daily at 10AM. (210) 2474000 www.buckhormuseum.com The Edward Steves Homestead This elegant mansion, located in the King William neighborhood, was built in 1876 for the founder of San Antonio’s first lumber company. The Homestead offers visitors the rare opportunity to imagine living the lifestyle of German settlers of this era. Contact: The Edward Steves Homestead 509 King William (210)-225-5924 www.saconservation.org
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The River Walk. The Alamo. And the Shrimp Paesano
at Ristorante Paesanos. For more than 40 years, locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the contemporary setting, Italian/Mediterranean cuisine and Old World service of these culinary landmarks. Join us on the River Walk, near the Quarry Market in Lincoln Heights or at Loop 1604 Northwest. Lunch
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North Central North West Paesanos LincoLn HeigHts Paesanos 1604 555 East Basse Road 3622 Paesanos Parkway (210) 828-5191 (210) 493-1604 Downtown Paesanos RiveRwaLk 111 West Crockett Street (210) 227-2782 Complimentary House Dessert* with order of an Entrée. Offer only vailid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.
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La Villita A Historic Arts Village since 1939. More galleries & shops in one square block than anywhere else in San Antonio. Unique art by local & regional artists featuring oil paintings, sculpture, watercolors, metal art, rock art, textiles, copper work, pottery, jewelry, stained glass & regional folk art. La Villita is a cluster of small buildings in downtown San Antonio. Once a residential district beginning in the late 1700’s, the area now houses specialty shops filled with unique gifts, restaurants, and beautiful plazas. In 1939 Mayor Maury Maverick spearheaded a project to establish La Villita as an area for arts and crafts with the help of Works Progress Association funding in the early 1940’s. La Villita is also famous for the many festivals that take place here year-round including the world famous A Night in Old San Antonio. For more information, visit us at www. lavillita.com or call us at (210) 207-8614 Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Ripley’s Moving Theatre 4D Located at 301 Alamo Plaza (Corner of Alamo Plaza and Crockett Street). LOUIS TUSSAUD’S WAX WORKS Features over 200 life-like wax figures in themed settings of Hollywood,History, Children’s Land of Make Believe, Heroes of the Lone Star, Horror, Heroes of Mexico, Passion of Christ and much more! RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Odditorium is one of the newest, largest and most i nteractive in the United States featuring over 500 unique one-of-a-kind exhibits on three floors. RIPLEY’S MOVING THEATER 4D— Cutting edge technology and incredible six channel digital surround sound. Ride the movie and experience every bump, dip and turn! State-of-theart motion simulator! Get your hand cast in wax at our wax hand booth! Take a photo of yourself in a themed setting! Shop in our cargo hold gift shop for unique, unusual gifts. Snack bar and arcade on premises. Ripley’s outdoor patio can accomodate up to 250 people. 301 Alamo Plaza (corner of Alamo Plaza and Crockett Street) • 210-224-9299 • www. sanantonio.ripleys.com
Natural Bridge Caverns Natural Bridge Caverns is so much more than one of the most treasured natural attractions Texas has to offer. This beautiful and historical cavern system offers an experience that is high energy, educational, fun and family oriented. Whether you are a first timer, an avid caver or someone in between, Natural Bridge Caverns awaits with a once in a lifetime experience you’ll never forget. 26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Road • Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266 (210) 651-6101 • www.naturalbridgecaverns.com SeaWorld of San Antonio This year, SeaWorld of San Antonio enjoys a Sea of Surprises during SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration with new interactive pathway experiences, more upclose animal encounters and the Surprise Squad, treating guests with prizes and special experiences every day. Plus, enjoy thrilling rides, animal attractions and our newest attraction, Roa’s Aviary, at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark. Tower of the Americas The Tower of the Americas offers the most breathtaking view of the Alamo City - from 750 feet high! Visitors can enjoy fine dining at the Chart House revolving restaurant or enjoy the scenery from the Flags Over Texas observation deck while learning about the history of Texas The Tower of the Americas’ newest addition is the Skies Over Texas 4-D theater ride that will stimulate all your senses as you see, hear, and feel all Texas has to offer. 600 Hemisfair Park • (210) 223-3101 www. TowerOfTheAmericas.com
ENTERTAINMENT Coyote Ugly Saloon The most famous bar on the planet with a spectacular view of the river from an outside patio. We offer food until 7pm and happy hour drinks from 4pm 8pm. Available for all party needs. Hours: Mon - Sun 11am - 2am (210) 465-8459 • 409 E Commerce.
Howl at the Moon Live nightly entertainment with dueling baby grand pianos, today’s popular songs, parodies and audience participations. Come early to enjoy the evening festivities and imbibe your favorite libations. Always guaranteed to have a very amusing time. Reservation packages are available. Please call (210) 212 - 4770 to book yours. Hours: Sun-Thurs: 7pm-2am • Fri: 5pm-2am Sat: 6pm-2am • (210) 212-4695 111 Crockett St. West, Ste. 201 Mad Dogs British Pub Indulge in servings of cool refreshments, delicious fare and energetic entertainment all wrapped in lavish servings of fun. During the day, breathe in spectacular views from our tropical terrace, while sipping on award winning margaritas and watching the river flow by. Later, party on with non-stop entertainment from ‘the pub that thinks it’s a club’, with nightly action featuring live bands, DJ’s and a daringly different karaoke crew. (210) 222-0220 123 Losoya Street Suite 19 • www.MadDogs.net
FOOD & DRINK Barriba Cantina The Barriba Cantina located above the famous County Line Barbeque is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, featuring Mexican street food that is available until closing time, along with an endless list of handmade seasonal cocktails. Barriba also offers live local music seven days a week, from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., AND during the day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is no cover charge for the music. The restaurant and bar for Barriba Cantina is located on the street level with balconies and patios overlooking the River Walk. The top floor contains a large meeting space with balconies and patios overlooking the River Walk, and the covered outdoor patio with view of San Antonio’s downtown skyline and the river. 111 W Crocket Street • 210228-9876 www.barribacantina.com
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Guide to San Antonio & the River Walk Bella On the River Bella is an independent and locally-owned restaurant on the River Walk featuring Southern European, mostly Mediterranean food. Food. Chef Sean Fletcher’s menu features the Chilled Roasted Corn & Sunchoke Soup, Mussels w/ Chorizo Soffritto, Eggplant Josephine, Frito Misto, Fresh Salads, Seafood Paella, Filet Mignon, Pork-Shrimp-Gnocchi, Pan Seared Halibut, Diver Scallops, Pork Tenderloin, and Virginia’s Pistachio Cake! The Bella Bar features Champagne and Port Cocktails, Sangria, Beer, over twenty four Winesby-the-Glass, and a gently-priced and well-paired Wine List. Atmosphere. Bella’s small, intimate dining room is one of the most unique and special on the River Walk. It’s like walking into a small Spanish bistro or Tuscan grotto, with its natural limestone rock walls, candle-lit tables, and casual, cozy, and comfortable atmosphere. Service. Bella’s service staff is friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable, with a “we’re really glad you’re here” attitude. Reservations Strongly Encouraged. Dinner: Monday – Saturday 5 10pm | Closed Sunday. Bella On the River, 106 River Walk | 210-404-2355 | www.bellaontheriver.com. Show Us Your Badge – 2014 • Bella On the River, 106 River Walk, San Antonio, TX 78205 • Hours: Mon – Sat 5-10pm. Come early or come late for a FREE Chef’s Select Appetizer or FREE Sangria (or non-alcoholic beverage) with the purchase of a Dinner Entrée. Guests must SUYB and be seated between 5 - 6:30pm or after 9pm to receive this offer. One offer per badge/ guest, per night.
rooms with views and terraces. Reservations recommended www.biga.com. 210.225.0722 203 S St Marys at Market Boudro’s on the River Walk Paris has the romantic Left Bank. The River Walk has Boudro’s. Enjoy guacamole prepared tableside, house smoked shrimp and gulf crab enchiladas and more. Finish with a trio of summer sorbets and a fine cognac. River barge dining available by reservation. Sun.-Thurs. 11am-11pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-midnight (210) 210 224-8484 • 421 East Commerce www.boudros.com Café Ole The ultimate: beef, chicken or shrimp fajitas served on a sizzling skillet with all the traditional condiments. Flavorful quesadillas, enchiladas, chicken Acapulco, fried ice cream, and awardwinning margaritas. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11am10:30pm • Fri-Sat: 11am-12am. • 527 River Walk (210) 223-2939 Casa Rio San Antonio-style Mexican food. Serving on the banks of the River Walk since 1946. Dinner boat parties and banquet facilities available. Hours: Daily: 11am-11pm (210) 225-6718 • 430 E. Commerce • www.casa-rio.com Charlie Wants a Burger Sports Bar Charlie Wants a Burger Sports Bar is a sports bar that’s unique to the River Walk. Dishing up homemade American food, we’re family-friendly and dogs are welcome on our outdoor patio. Handcrafted margaritas, draft beer and more. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Happy Hour 2 – 6 daily. 223 Losoya on the River Walk • 210-227-0864 www.charliewantsaburger.com
biga on the banks Chef Bruce Auden’s award winning Biga on the Banks sits above a tree lined bend of the River and within easy walking distance of all hotels and the convention center. Fine dining does not mean fussy at Biga the ambiance is definitely upscale but relaxed- San Antonio style. Serving dinner nightly with a daily changing menu to highlight the bounty of the season and the State, usually featuring beef, seafood and wild game options, Sticky toffee pudding for dessert is a must. Extensive wine list and hand crafted cocktails. Private event
Chart House at the Tower of the Americas With its carefully crafted menus, impeccable service, and a 360-degree revolving vista offering guests the most magnificent views of the Alamo City, the
Chart House restaurant at Tower of the Americas is in a class by itself. Enjoy our award-winning menu featuring top of the catch seafood, succulent steaksand decadent desserts. 600 Hemisfair Park • (210) 223-3101 County Line Barbecue Serving up the biggest, leanest, most consistently delicious barbeque in San Antonio for over 30 years. On the scenic Riverwalk in the South Bank Complex (next to The Hard Rock), The County Line is a great place to enjoy an ice cold beer or a frosty margarita at the open-air bar. Inside the funky Texas roadhouse atmosphere and friendly service will make you feel like you’ve wandered out into the Texas Hill Country. Private Party Barges are also available. At the County Line they’ll tell you its barbeque so good you’ll want to “Get it all over ya’!” Hours: Open Daily 11am (210) 229-1941 • 111 West Crockett. Dick’s Last Resort This is the joint your mama warned you about. Dick’s serves up buckets of barbecued ribs, chicken, catfish, shrimp and crab legs. Platters include steaks, crabby cakes, salmon and even salads for the wimpy eater. Lunch includes sandwiches, salads and buckets of good food. The wait staff is irreverent by design, and the decor is local garage-sale stuff. Seventy-four kinds of beer. Live music, no cover, no dress code and definitely no class. Billed as “The Rowdy of the River.” Admission: None • Hours: Daily, 11am-2am (210) 224-0026 • 406 Navarro St. Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub Sing along to your favorite songs with one of our crowd pleasing piano players. Established in 1974, Durty Nelly’s features imported and domestic pints as well as a full bar. Fish & Chips, Grilled Reuben’s & Capt. Robbie’s Fried Shrimp Basket served until 7:00pm with an appetizer menu served until 11:00pm nightly. You haven’t been to San Antonio until you visit World Famous Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub Durty Nelly’s is located on the River Walk at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel.
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Hard Rock Café “Remember the Hard Rock!” While we’ve never been under siege like Davy Crockett and his men, we always strive to be memorable here in Texas. So why not lead the charge to our accommodating, three-story Hard Rock Cafe in San Antonio? Situated along the city’s famous Riverwalk area, we have three floors of patios where you can be on the lookout for the slow moving tourist boats below. Inside you’ll find gourmet meals in hefty servings, so huge you can cut ‘em with a Bowie knife, and our collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia is big enough to fill a Spanish mission. So stop battling those hunger pangs and march ondown to the Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio. 111 W. Crockett St. • 210-224-7625 www.hardrock.com Iron Cactus A great place to relax along the Riverwalk. With our swanky Agave Room bar enjoy tasting one of over 80 differenttequilas or feast on extraordinary Mexican food in our contemporary dining room. Watch the boats go by with the family on our beautiful Patio or join us for a Tequila Dinner Cruise. With private party rooms, we have something for everyone! The Iron Cactus is the destination for fine Mexican cuisine on the River! 200 River Walk • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 224-9835 www.ironcactus.com
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Landry’s Seafood House Landry’s Seafood House echoes the sights, sounds and sensations of a 1940’s seafood house, with its classic, fresh seafood and spectacular scenery. The mouthwatering menu offers the very best - from irresistible appetizers like oyster-bar trash (a delicious combination of blackened shrimp and crabmeat) to fresh salads and their world famous seafood specialties, such as freshly prepared Gulf Snapper, Stuffed Flounder and Shrimp Fresca. For those who desire non-seafarer, Landry’s offers tempting steaks and chicken delicacies. Open Daily. Join us at our 517 lounge. Located right on the River Walk. (210) 229-1010 517 N Presa Lone Star Café The only authentic Texas-style steakhouse on the River Walk. Texassized steaks, chicken-fried steak, baked potatoes and onion rings served with your favorite Texas beer or wine. Daily specials. Private party room available. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. • Fri.-Sat. 11a.m.-11:30 p.m. (210) 223-9374 • 237 Losoya Mi Tierra Since 1941, a lively, family-owned Mexican restaurant in the heart of Market Square. Open 24 hours a day with live Mariachi music nightly. Onsite bakery sells fresh Mexican pastries and candies. (210) 225-1262 • 218 Produce Row Michelino’s Enjoy authentic tastes of Italy’s country kitchen. Italian specialties, pasta and pizza made from the freshest poultry, beef and seafood are complemented by flavorful sauces, tantalizing desserts and superb, yet affordable wine selections. Hours: Sun-Thur: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am12am • (210) 223-2939 • Fax: (210) 224-8209 521 River Walk Omni La Mansion del Rio/Las Canarias Omni La Mansion del Rio is ideally nestled along the historic River Walk among the banks--of the Paseo del Rio in downtown San Antonio, where it is perfectly situated for any visitor seeking to explore all of San Antonio’s extensive range of tourist attractions. It is within easy walking distance of the fabled Alamo, El Mercado, La Villita District, Spanish Governors Palace, San Antonio Convention Center and other well-known landmarks. Our San Antonio River Walk accommodations provide a haven for guests with graceful service and tranquil surroundings. Built on three levels that descend to San Antonio’s festive River Walk, the Las Canarias Restaurant offers a romantic atmosphere of graceful palms, flowing waters and scenic views. Dining beyond your expectations with renowned Executive Chef John Brand. His enthusiasm for the rich history and vibrant culinary scene of San Antonio is captured in the menu at Las Canarias, continuing to delight regulars as well as new guests. 112 College Street • (210) 518-1000 San Antonio, TX 78205 • Fax: (210) 226-0389 www.omnilamansion.com Paesanos River Walk Classic Mediterranean and contemporary Italian dining on the San Antonio River Walk. Whatever your inspiration, your guests will enjoy the comfortable contemporary ambience at our unique enclave at the bend in the River Walk. Paesanos River Walk breaks the boundaries of traditional Italian cuisine to explore modern Mediterranean specialties. Enjoy the legendary Shrimp Paesano or Oven-Baked Pizzas piled high with grilled chicken and artichokes, or venture forth to Lemon Peppered Salmon or to our tempting Daily Specials. Choose from inside or terrace seating and enjoy views of the famed San Antonio River Walk. Enjoy a selection from one of the River’s most impressive wine lists, perfectly paired to complement your meal. 111 W. Crocket #100 • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 227-2782 • paesanosriverwalk.com Pico de Gallo Serving authentic Mexican fare popular with tourists and locals alike. Mariachi music on the patio, piano in the dining room. Hours: Mon-Thur: 7am-10pm • Fri-Sat: 7am- 2pm Sun: 8am-10pm • (210) 225-6060 • 111 S. Leona St. PizzaRita’s At PizzaRita’s we combine classic old world Italian flavors with our signature blend of cheese and premium meats, to create authentic mouth watering
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Guide to San Antonio & the River Walk handmade pizzas. Whether you are in the mood for pizza or a gourmet sub, PizzaRita’s has something for every taste bud. We are located on Crocket St. directly above Ritas on the River. Come by and see us for some delicious fresh food on the quick! 245 E. Commerce #200 San Antonio, Texas 78205 • (210) 293-7482 • pizzaritas.com Pat O’Brien’s San Antonio Pat O’s Courtyard Restaurant offers a unique dining experience as only Pat O’Brien’s can provide. Rain or shine, we offer outdoor dining in a lush, tropical garden. Complete with trees, indigenous foliage, shade umbrellas, and its own Flaming Fountain, the Courtyard is a memorable experience for the whole family. The Menu has something for everyone, including several New Orleans favorites for those with a sense of adventure. To compliment your visit, Pat O’s Courtyard has a full bar, complete with our trademark Specialty drinks, including the Hurricane. The friendly wait staff is always available to help with your selection if you find the choices too overwhelming! Whether searching for a romantic evening under the stars, a fun night out with friends, or an afternoon meal with the kids, Pat O’s Courtyard Restaurant is ready to serve your needs! When a special occasion comes up, Pat O’s Courtyardis available for Private Parties. Hours: Mon-Sun: 11 am-2 am • (210) 220-1076 121 Alamo Plaza • www. PatOBriens.com The Original Mexican Restaurant The Original Mexican Restaurant offers San Antonio style Tex-Mex specialties and beverages on a large patio with riverside seating, in a festive dining room or at a lively bar. OPEN 24/7 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! Breakfast available from 2 am to noon. Hours: 24-hour hospitality! (210) 224-9951 • 528 Riverwalk Rainforest Cafe - RiverWalk You don’t have to travel far to dine in a tropical rain forest atmosphere. Our menu includes a variety of specialty items from seafood, beef and chicken topastas, sandwiches and pizza. Younger guests
can enjoy items from our exciting kids’ menu! OurSparkling VOLCANO lights up any meal! Plus, pick up special souvenirs from your visit. Rainforest Cafe, A WILD PLACE TO SHOP AND EAT! (210) 2776300 • 110 E. Crockett Street The Republic of Texas Restaurant Texas-style restaurant that tempts tourists with delectable food and scrumptious drinks. Don’t leave without trying the 46-ounce margarita. Southweststyle cuisine is served at this hot spot on the River. Just look for the Texas-colored umbrellas. Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-2am, Sat: 9am-2am (210) 226-6256 • 429 E Commerce Rio Rio Cantina Rio Rio Cantina, where California Tex-Mex is the specialty--The best of all that “Mexican” food has to offer. Rio Rio is a colorful fiesta of freshness and that South-of- the-Border flavor, in portions so generous guests often gasp when their order arrives. Dine San Antonio style and start off with Rio’s signature margarita to lift your spirits. Try the Enchiladas Suizas, the Beef and Chicken Fajitas, or the Queso Flameado. If you want a little bit of everything, go for the Botana Grande, a sampling of several Rio Rio items. 421 E. Commerce • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 226-8462 • Fax: 210-226-8443 www. rioriocantina.com Rita’s Rita’s on the River is a Tex-Mex and margarita bar locally owned and operated that specializes in cold drinks and hot food. Enjoy your cold beverage in the atmosphere of good music or appreciating the outdoors by the river on our patio. If you’re an early bird, come and enjoy breakfast from 9:00-11:00 AM Saturdays and Sundays. You will come for the food but stay for the ‘ritas. 245 E. Commerce Suite #100 • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 227-7482 • www.ritasontheriver.com Schilo’s German and American deli favorites since 1917. House specialties include homemade root beer,
split pea soup, bratwurst, Reuben sandwiches, wienerschnitzel and cheesecake. Hours: Mon-Sat: 7am-8:30pm (210) 223-6692 • 424 E. Commerce. www.schilos.com Saltgrass Steak House For campfire style Texas fare, head to Saltgrass Steak House – the original Texas Steakhouse serving Certified Angus Beef® steaks. Entrées include Pat’s Ribeye, Maudeen’s Center Cut Filet, Gulf Coast Steak and Shrimp, Chicken Fried Steak and BBQ Baby Back Ribs. If you can,leave room for Saltgrass’ homemade Two-Fork Cheesecake. All breads, dressings, soups and desserts are made from scratch daily. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Spacious banquet room at Riverwalk location, seats 120 people. Great view, air conditioned, groups welcome! www. saltgrass.com Three Saltgrass locations to serve you: 502 Riverwalk, corner of N. Presa at Crockett 210-222-9092 11745 IH-10 West in the Huebner Oaks Shopping Ctr,. 210-641-6447 16910 U.S. Hwy. 281 between Donella and Thousand Oaks. 210- 402-6621
SHOPPING River Center Mall Rivercenter mall, located in the heart of downtown on the riverwalk, features over 100 stores, restaurants andentertainment. The mall offers several unique shops for the entire family such as Macy’s, The Disney Store, Express, The Dallas Cowboy Proshop and our newest additions to the mall; U.S. Polo Assn. and Journey Kidzs. Dine at Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano, Tony Roma’s Fogo de Chao or Morton’s Steakhouse. Catch a movie at the newly remodeled AMC theater and try their reclining seats and dining options or the larger-than-life IMAX experience featuring a screen over six stores high. Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am9pm, Sun: noon-6pm • (210) 225-0000 • www. ShopRiverCenter.com
The Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum The story of the West comes alive on the iconic River Walk. Highlighting the Spanish and Mexican Colonial era, visitors can experience paintings, sculptures, artifacts and more that focus on the art, history and culture of the American West.
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Having just celebrated 10 years at this location, SegCity offers a variety of Segway tours that explore downtown San Antonio’s rich history and beautiful sites. SegCity Segways are also on site at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa in northern San Antonio. As a Segway Authorized tour company and dealer, SegCity takes pride in ensuring all guests receive personal training, departing the store feeling comfortable and ready to roll! Their guides focus on keeping the tours educational, entertaining and safe. The 2.5 hour “Ultimate Tour” is SegCity’s most popular option. Guests on the Ultimate tour can expect to cover Houston St.’s historic theatre district, Main Plaza, the historic arts village “La Villita”, Hemisfair park and of course, the Alamo! What really sets the Ultimate tour apart is the ride taken along the southern riverwalk banks, an area seldom seen by tourists and locals alike. This riverwalk portion is not commercialized so guests are in for a scenic treat and sometimes even a glimpse of riverwalk wildlife. The second major highlight of 26 RIO Magazine
the Ultimate Tour is the historic King William district. The King William neighborhood boasts a diverse array of mansions from as early as the late 1800’s, still preserved from an era when wealthy German families came to settle, greatly influencing San Antonio’s development as well as that of surrounding areas. History buffs may also enjoy the Executive Tour, focused on the immediate downtown area history, or the Wild Bunch tour which touches on San Antonio’s more taboo history such as red-light districts, gambling, famous outlaws and other seldom mentioned shenanigans. For those who want to know the creepier side of San Antonio, SegCity also offers a haunted history Segway Ghost Tour. Have to be at a convention early or maybe you are just a morning person? Check out the 6:30am Breakfast tour, which includes a stop for delicious breakfast at the Guenther House in the King William District. In case you really just want to ride, SegCity also offers the “Ride It!” tour which allows you to ride in open areas to unleash your inner speed demon, at 12.5 mph of course. Whatever you crave, you can’t really go wrong with experiencing the exhilaration of riding a Segway firsthand!
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Luxury at Mokara Hotel & Spa Located in the heart of San Antonio across the historic River Walk from its companion property Omni La Mansión del Rio Hotel, the Forbes Four-Star Mokara Hotel & Spa is an oasis of calm. Formerly the Watermark Hotel & Spa, the hotel was rebranded as Mokara in September 2010. The re-branding marked the first in a new collection of luxury boutique properties by Omni Hotels & Resorts, spotlighting Mokara Hotel & Spa as the true face of the collection. An adaptive re-creation of the façade of the 19th century Frank Saddlery Building which originally occupied the site, Mokara features 99 elegantly appointed guest rooms and generously proportioned suites ranging from 425 to 600 square feet. Each guest room has soaring 12-foot ceilings, expansive windows, marble baths, separate shower/tub enclosures, Jacuzzi baths and stylish steel four poster beds.
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Mokara Hotel & Spa continues to deliver the award-winning, highly-personalized service and outstanding spa experiences that guests have come to expect from the property. In addition, the promise of “exceptional included” further elevates service standards and hotel amenities, as well as the spa and dining experiences.
Mokara Spa offers a complete menu of treatments and services guaranteed to restore the body and mind at the luxurious, 17,000-square-foot, European-style spa. The Spa houses 17 sumptuous treatment rooms, a couples’ treatment room, private sanctuary lounges, whirlpool, steam and sauna, Vichy showers, plus an outdoor poolside café with rooftop views of the city. A full-service hair and nail salon is also on site. Private label products, using ingredients indigenous to Texas and San Antonio, include shampoo, conditioner, bath soaps and body
treatments. Spa services, for both men and women, include facials, massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, shiatsu, body wraps, manicures, pedicures and a range of spa therapies.
Ostra is a high-energy restaurant featuring the freshest seafood flown in daily from around the world. Ostra, Spanish for “oyster,” is located along the banks of the famed River Walk where guests may dine indoors or al fresco. The culinary team, headed by the new executive chef, Benjamin Knack, uses seafood that have been raised and harvested in sustainable circumstances. The signature Ostra Tasting Menu features weekly specials created from ingredients from local sources such as Bluebonnet Farms, Oak Hill Farms, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard and more. Ostra is also known for its Tequila Madness Menu which features more than 50 varieties of high-end tequilas.
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Downtown San Antonio is full of interesting history, markets, sights, shopping and dining experiences. The locations included in this section of the magazine are all just a few blocks off of the River Walk and easy accessed with a short walk.
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LOCATIONS LISTING RESTAURANTS 11 Big Apple Bagels
6 Paris Hatters 8 The Pearl
21 The Plaza Market Place
18 Francesco’s Gelato
32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/
Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works
28 Houston Street Bistro
30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/
25 Juice Central
Tomb Rider 3D
4 La Margarita Mexican
9 RiverCenter Mall
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3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
23 San Antonio General Store
20 Pat O’Brien’s
13 San Antonio Museum of Art
1 Ristorante Pico de Gallo
35 Tobin Center 10 Tower of the Americas/
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HOTELS 15 Crockett Hotel
29 Aztec Theatre 33 The Alamo
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16 Gunter Hotel
22 The Amazing Mirror Maze
17 Menger Hotel
7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
12 Wyndham Garden River Walk
40 Debra Benditz Art Studios 31 Guiness World Records Museum
miscellaneous 34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour
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Do you believe in ghosts? By Rudy Arispe
Russell Rush does. Two years ago, the host and executive producer of “The Russell Rush Haunted Tour,” was visiting Memorial Hospital in Yorktown, Texas for his Emmy Award-winning show in which he and his crew travel throughout South Texas to investigate alleged haunted locations, paranormal activity and ghostly apparitions. He was standing in a hallway at night in the now abandoned building. Outside light from the street poured in through a window. He looked away, and then glanced back down the corridor. “Something was blocking the light. At first, I really couldn’t see what it was,” Rush recounted. “All of a sudden, there was a shadow of a person. It started moving really fast, darting up and down. I was paralyzed at that moment waiting to see what was going to materialize. One of the crew members turned the flashlight on, and it disappeared.” 32 RIO Magazine
For the past seven years, Rush has had the bejeezus scared out of him while investigating and even daring to spend the night at haunted sites in and around downtown San Antonio. He sheds light on a few locations, which he suggests visitors or locals fascinated with the idea of a ghostly encounter should visit.
Pat O’Brien’s, 121 Alamo Plaza This popular downtown bar has long been known to be haunted. Windows in an upstairs room, Rush explains, constantly have the handprints of a child no matter how often they are wiped clean. “They’ll use chemicals to clean the glass and on a different window there will be handprints,” he said, adding that he once heard the piano playing all by itself with no one in sight – as have multiple staff and guests. Passersby have even claimed to have seen a child peering from the second-floor windows at odd hours of the night. “Pat O’Brien’s is in an area where the Battle of the Alamo took place,” which he said resulted in hundreds of lives lost during days of fierce fighting.
Some attribute the unexplained noise and paranormal activity to that of a spirit child named Timmy, who enjoys rattling the nerves of patrons.
Spanish Governor’s Palace, 105 Plaza de Armas The story goes that the Spanish Governor’s Palace (across from City Hall), which once was the military headquarters for the Spanish government, was the site of daily public hangings. Decades later, the home became a private residence, and it was here that a little girl fell into a well and drowned. It is also believed that not long after, the maid of the house was killed by thieves, who broke into the home, while the owners were away and threw her into the well. “On one occasion, we would turn the lights off, and they would come right back on,” Rush recalls. “We have also picked up EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) of someone saying, ‘Help.’ ”
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MORE TO EXPLORE: of at least two resident ghosts, the first quite famous and the other a common chambermaid. It was in the Menger Bar that President Teddy Roosevelt recruited young men into his Rough Riders brigade. Roosevelt had a bell connected to his room to the front desk, which he would ring whenever he required something. “After he died, that bell continued to ring at all hours of the day and night until they finally had to take it out,” Rush said. Meanwhile, Sallie White was a chambermaid and loyal employee. One night, after an argument with her jealous husband, he shot and killed her. So devoted was she to the hotel and its guests, that the Menger paid for her funeral. Apparently, Sallie has never quit her job. “Guests have been known to call the front desk at 2 in the morning or so to ask why the maid is vacuuming,” Rush explained. “Staff will go up to check, and no one is there. Other people have reported seeing the apparition of a woman carrying towels down the hall.”
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Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway American Indian tribes once lived on the museum grounds. In fact, Rush said, Indian artifacts have been unearthed in the immediate and surrounding area, leading experts to believe they held ceremonial fires here.
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Rush relates the tale of Harding Black, a ceramist, who was working on the grounds late one night. He looked up and was startled to see a native Indian standing there. “The American Indian motioned toward the Witte Museum,” he said. “The ceramist looked toward that direction” and saw what appeared to be a fire. “He ran to get help. Otherwise, it might have burned to the ground.” According to Amy Fulkerson, Witte Museum curator of collections, “The story comes from a handwritten account by Harding Black,” she wrote in an e-mail. “It was not a fire, but something smoldering among the construction equipment being used in an expansion of the second floor.” After years of nocturnal jaunts in cold, dark and eerie places, the ghost hunter admits that he himself has had the living daylights scared out of him. It was during an investigation of the Wonderland of the Americas Mall, which during construction in the early 1960s, a worker was decapitated in an elevator accident, according to mall staff. “I was in an empty storefront, and I heard something say my name,” he said. “When I heard that, I ran out of the room, hurdled over the counter and took off. I probably could have ran faster than Usain Bolt.” For details about these stories and other haunted locations in San Antonio and Texas, visit www.therussellrushhauntedtour.com. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com RIO Magazine 33
FOOD & DRINK ////////////// CASUAL The Granary 602 Avenue A San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 228-0124 www.thegranarysa.com Barbeque
Rosario’s 910 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 225-1806 www.rosariossa.com Mexican
Houston Street Bistro 204 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 476-8600 houstonstreetbistro.com American
DENNY’S 903 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210 223 4321 www.dennys.com American 24 hours
El Mirador 722 South St. Mary’s St San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 225-9444 elmiradorrestaurant.com Mexican
Lulu’s Bakery & Café 918 N. Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 222-9422 lulusbakeryandcafe.com Bakery/Café
The Little Aussie Bakery & Café 3610 Avenue B San Antonion, TX 78209 (210) 826-7877 thelittleaussiebakery.com Bakery/Café
Fuddruckers 115 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-9944 www.fuddruckers.com Burgers
Pat O’Brien’s 121 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 220-1076 www.patobriens.com Cajun/New Orleans Luciano Ristorante 849 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-0500 lucianorestaurants.com Italian Sazo’s Latin Grill 101 Bowie St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 554-6180 www.sazoslatingrill.com Latin American Mi Tierra 218 Produce Row San Antonio TX 78207 (210) 225-1262 www, mitierracafe.com Mexican Pico de Gallo 111 S. Leona San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 225-6060 www.picodegallo.com Mexican Hooters 849 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9464 www.hooters.com Sports Bar Sushi Zushi 203 S. St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 472-2900 www.sushizushi.com Sushi La Margarita 800 Dolorosa San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 227-7140 www.lamargarita.com Mexican
La Villita Café 418 Villita St. #900 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-4700 www.lavillitacafe.com Café Schilo’s 424 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-6692 www.schilos.com Deli Jerry’s Chicago StyleHot Dogs 149 East Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 465-8200 Hot Dogs PizzaRita’s 245 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 293-7482 www.pizzaritas.com Italian Mexican Manhattan 110 Soledad San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-3913 mexicanmanhattan.com Mexican
FINE DINING Azuca Nuevo Latino 713 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 225-5550 www.azuca.net Latin American Fogo de Chao 849 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 227-1700 www.fogodechao.com Brazilian Steakhouse Texas de Brazil 313 E. Houston San Antonio., TX 78205 (210) 299-1600 www.texasdebrazil.com Brazilian Steakhouse
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Kings X 206 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-7000 www.kingsx.com Antique Soldier Collectibles Del Sol of San Antonio 321 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-231-0900 www.delsol.com Clothing Paris Hatters 119 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3453 www.parishatters.com Cowboy Hats Marti’s 310 West Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-9100 www.martis.com Fine Mexican Gifts Casa Salazar 216 E. Houston San Antonio, 78205 210-472-2272 themajestic.com/casa Fine Mexican Imports Flag World 849 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX, 78205 210-229-1935 Flags
Five & Dime General Store 101 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-233-0166 www.fiveanddimegs.com General Merchandise Texas Accent General Store 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 General Merchandise Walgreens 300 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-424-3462 www.walgreens.com General Merchandise and Pharmacy Gallery Vetro Creative Artglass 513 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-354-0001 www.galleryvetro.com Glass Art, Jewelry, Gifts Penners Downtown 311 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2487 www.pennersinc.com Iconic Men’s Clothing Store
De Jeunes Jewelry 123 Losoya San Antonio, TX 78205 210-222-2427 Jewelry Classic Old Time Photos 123 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-475-9899 Photos Alamo Plaza Shirts 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-2347 Shirts 77T’s Souvenirs & T-Shirts 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com T Shirts El Mercado 514 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78207 210-207-8600 www.sanantonio.gov/ marketsquare Traditional Mexican Market TPJ Gift Shop 849 E. Commerce #673 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-9066
Dos Carolinas 303 Pearl parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 224-7000 www.doscarolinas.com Custom Handmade Guayaberas Garcia Art Glass 715 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-1400 www.garciaartglass Hand Blown Glass
Tienda La Garza 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133 Mexican Folk Art, Books and Apparel Out West 215 1/2 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone (210) 224-8804 Clothing & Gift Shop
Melissa Guerra 303 Pearl Parkway #104 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 293-3983 www.melissaguerra.com Latin Kitchen Market The Twig Book Shop 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Locally Owned Book Store San Angel Folk Art 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com Mexican Cultural Arts
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Top 10 Unique Tours
South Texas MAiZE A family experience featuring a 7-acre maze, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and more; it is open weekends in the fall and it is a short country drive from San Antonio. www.southtexasmaize.com
Alamo City Ghost Tours Walk around downtown and hear chilling stories about haunted spots including the Spanish Governor’s Palace. This 90-minute tour starts at 9:00 pm every day in front of the Alamo. (210) 336-7831 | www.alamocityghosttours.com
SegCity Tours Ride your way through town in one of 10 different tours offered every day starting with a Guenther Breakfast Tour at 6:30 am through a Ghost Tour at 6:30 pm. The helpful staff will make everyone’s experience a blast regardless of skill. (210) 224-0773 | www.segcity.com
Alamo Helicopter Tours Take in a “Birds Eye View” of the city. Seven tours to choose from to fit any budget. Flights leave from Stinson Airport- the second oldest airport in the US. (210) 287-5797 | www.alamohelicoptertours.com
Alamo Sightseeing Tours Offering either full-day or half-day packages, visit the most important sites and learn about the history of San Antonio- Visit The Alamo, The Missions, and it includes a Rio Cruises tour. (210) 492-4144 | www.citytoursinc.com
Double Decker Bus Hop on and off at over 10 locations covering all of downtown including the Pearl Brewery and the King William District. www.citysightseeingtours.com/sanantonio www.citytoursinc.com
The Bar Walk Visit four historic taverns in downtown San Antonio and have a drink where legendary men like Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa once visited. The three-hour tour leaves from in front of The Alamo at 7 pm. (210) 774-0962 | www.thebarwalk.com
Wine Tour Get a group together and enjoy pick up from your hotel. Several tours to choose from including a four-hour tour to Gruene, TX and an 8-hour tour to four wineries and Fredericksburg, TX. www.cottonwoodwinetours.com
City Running Tours Want to get your workout in during your vacation? Try a running tourthree routes to choose from including the Pearl, King William, and Downtown. www.cityrunningtours.com/sanantonio
Rio Cruises No trip to San Antonio is complete without the world famous river walk boat tour. Learn about the unique history of the San Antonio River in a 40-minute tour. Boats leave from three different locations staring at 9am daily. (210) 244-5700 | www.riosanantonio.com
music 10/5, Sun @ 7pm Zac Brown Band: The Great American Road Trip Tour AT&T Center 10/7, Tue @ 7:30pm Phillip Phillips Majestic Theatre 10/8, Wed @ 7:30pm The Beach Boys Majestic Theatre 10/12, Sun @ 3pm Sunday Jazz at the Witte The Westside Horns Will Smith Amphitheater Witte Museum 10/14, Tue @ 7:30pm Texas Jazz Presents: An Evening with Brent Watkins Charline McCombs Empire Theatre 10/15, Wed @ 8pm Eagles AT&T Center 10/17, Fri @ 7:30pm Suzanne Vega Arts San Antonio Charline McCombs Empire Theatre 10/17-18, Fri-Sat @ 8pm San Antonio Symphony Star Trek Into Darkness Majestic Theatre 10/18, Sat @ 7:30pm Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Alamodome 10/24, Fri @ 7:30pm Jason Aldean: 2014 Burn It Down Tour AT&T Center
live theater 10/4-11/1, Sat @ 10:30pm (show added 11/1 @ 8pm) The Rocky Horror Show Cameo Theatre 10/1-5, Wed-Thu @ 7:30pm Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun @ 2pm & 7:30pm Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (touring) North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio Majestic Theatre 10/4-26, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 4pm Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Cameo Theatre 10/17-11/15, Days/Times TBD The Beasts of Braverly Grove The Stables Theater at The Overtime Theater
dance 10/6, Mon @ 8pm So You Think You Can Dance: Season 11 Tour Majestic Theatre
comedy 10/10, Fri @ 8pm Adam Carolla Charline McCombs Empire Theatre 10/24-25, Fri-Sat @ 8pm George Lopez: Listen to My Face Tour Majestic Theatre 10/29, Wed @ 8pm Nick Swardson: Taste It Tour Majestic Theatre
childrens theater 10/10, Fri @ 10:30am & 7pm 10/11, Sat @ 2pm; 10/14-11/8, Tue-Thu @ 9:45am & 11:30am; Fri @ 9:45am, 11:30am & 7pm; Sat @ 2pm Miss Nelson is Missing The Magik Theatre
exhibitions ARTPACE In Residence – Now thru 11/17 Exhibition – 11/13-1/11 Fall 2014 International Artist-In-Residence Takashi Arai, Tokyo, Japan Adam Helms, Brooklyn, New York Anna Krachey, Austin, Texas Mika Yoshitake, curator Now thru 1/4 Hudson Showroom Invasive Species Landscapes by Justin Boyd, Adriana Corral and Joey Fauerso Window Works Jimmy James Canales BLUE STAR CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM Now thru 11/9 Code-Mixing Caroline Santa
Dark and Lovely Jennifer Datchuk
Emergence Catherine Lee
BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM 10/4-5, 10am-5pm Yanaguana Indian Arts Market INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES Converging Texas Now thru 10/5 Texas Contemporary Artists Series Now thru 10/26 Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces Now thru 1/11 McNAY ART MUSEUM Now thru 1/4 Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art
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This ancient tradition can be traced back to Mesoamerican civilizations over 40 centuries ago. At the time of the annual harvest, Aztecs celebrated the life of their deceased ancestors while honoring their Queen of the Underworld, Mictecacihuatl. After the Catholic Spainiards arrived to the new land, the indigenous people of present day Mexico reached a compromise in their two spiritual beliefs, compressing the Aztecs month long festival into two days— All Saints Day and All Souls Day. On the first two days of November, followers believe the gates of heaven open at midnight and spirits are reunited with their loved ones for 24 hours. The dead can enjoy worldly festivities prepared for them such as items left at the ofrendas (altars), small toys, food, drink, and the company of those they left behind. Many believe that by honoring the dead through this holiday, their ancestors and friends will receive protection, good luck, and wisdom from the souls in the afterlife. 38 RIO Magazine
This expressive Mexican holiday has becoming increasingly popular in various parts of the world as the culture brings a colorful new perspective to an inevitable mortal fate. Celebrate this San Antonio cultural staple with these events around the city. Check out some of these! Dia de los Muertos Celebration www.getcreativesanantonio.com Come join the “Day of the Dead” celebration in the heart of downtown San Antonio! Market Square hosts this two-day event that incorporates galleries around town, restaurants, calavera processions, and creative altars. View the adoring art that celebrates departed loved ones. Nov 1 & 2 – Family Friendly $$: Some events have an admission charge, Southside/Downtown
Dia de los Muertos: La Ofrenda www.swschool.org/ The Southwest School of Art installs Kathy Sosa’s “La Ofrenda.” This unique art piece unites Sosa’s folk
art flare with the traditional altar and bright colors. The San Antonio community is welcome to visit the altar, remember those passes, and partake in traditional festivites. Oct 28–Nov 9 $: FREE admission Southwest School of Art
Victoria’s 2nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Event
Built in 1867, this historical location is on the site of the 1842 Battle of Salado. For this haunting holiday, the inn will host both a dinner and late event with live entertainment for everyone. Dance to the Latin orchestra, chat with authors, get your face painted, or listen to haunted encounters by The Russell Rush Haunted Tour Team.
La Villita Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos www.muertosfest.com
Dia de los Muertos Celebration brings together traditional art and culture with the best in live music entertainment to create a two-day destination event for the City of San Antonio to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Events are free and open to the public including: live music at Arneson River Theater; original Day of the Dead art; living altar; dance, drum and puppet procession; live poetry and more! Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10am – 11pm Sunday, Nov. 2 from 12 noon - 10 pm $: FREE admission La Villita (see ad on the next page)
Saturday, Nov. 1 @ 7 pm $$$: Full Event Pre-sale tickets – $75, $125 at the door $$: Late Event Only @ 10 pm – $25 Victoria’s Black Swan Inn
FEDERICKSBURG San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States and has numerous shopping, dining and entertainment experiences for those travelers willing to explore beyond downtown. These areas of the city can be reached easily by Yellow Cab or local bus.
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7 Vineyard Shopping Center
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Stepping outside to eat makes a great meal even better.
We’d love to hear a scientific explanation of this phenomenon we’ll call The Patio Effect, but this critical area of research has gone woefully unexamined. Still, we take it as fact because it’s impossible to argue with the evidence all around us: San Antonio’s many inviting spots for breezy outdoor dining. Want to eat al fresco in Alamo City? Start with these four restaurants.
With 80 seats on its patio, The Monterey was designed for food lovers, beer nerds and wine geeks. The menu at this spot in the King William neighborhood changes often, but a mainstay since the beginning is its twice-fried chicken with country ham mac salad. The same goes for the fried green tomatoes and fried farm eggs with Crystal hot sauce-spiked hollandaise — a favorite on the brunch menu. When it comes to boldly flavored comfort food, chef Luis Segovia really knows what he’s doing. And beverage director Steven Todd has got drinks covered with a full sherry menu and craft beers from across the country. The Monterey offers glasses of rare wines served elsewhere only by the bottle — that’s thanks to a coravin, a device that allows pouring without pulling the cork. You can sit inside the former Sunglo gas station, but on a pleasant evening nothing beats kicking back in a vintage patio chair in the massive outdoor area lit by strings of colorful bulbs. themontereysa.com 1127 South St. Mary’s St., 78210 (210) 745-2581
La Tuna Grill
Bring your dog and bring your dancing shoes to while away the evening under the sprawling pecan trees at this Southtown favorite. With more than 20 picnic tables, most of La Tuna Grill’s seating is outdoors — and in fact, a newly constructed deck means you can eat outside despite the rain. But we’re more concerned about harsh sun than a rain shower, and chef/owner Mark Dortman promises that “even when it’s really hot, there’s always a nice cool breeze.” Listen to live music and check out the downtown San Antonio skyline while noshing on an appetizer of nachos gueros: tostadas topped with white bean chili, grilled chicken, melted jack cheese and poblano strips. For dinner, try the fish tacos with housemade rub, Asian slaw and roasted poblano sauce served with nopalito salad. latunagrill.com 100 Probandt St., 78204 (202) 212-5727
With a restaurant, car wash and laundromat combined into one, this is patio dining for multitaskers. During wash cycles, try one of The Cove’s 62 craft beers on tap or grab some grub: we recommend the Texas Burger, named the No. 5 best burger in the state by Texas Monthly a few years back. And it’s easy to see why. This well-constructed stack of grass-fed beef, refried beans, corn chips, grilled onions, Cheddar cheese, avocado, spring mix and salsa is a real winner. Whether you pick a burger or order from the delicious RIO Magazine
vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus, all of the food is sustainable, organic and local. With space for 150 people inside, the real party is outdoors, where there’s room for 200+ to sit at shaded picnic tables cooled by fan misters, take advantage of the fenced-off pet parking area, check out the herb garden and play with the kids on the fully enclosed playground. thecove.us 606 W. Cypress St., 78212 (210) 227-2683
For almost 40 years, this family-friendly, family-owned burger joint has served a straightforward menu of six burgers, a chicken sandwich, fries, chalupas and nachos. Late founder Chris Madrid opened it in 1977 as a restaurant where everyone would feel comfortable, said his sister, manager Diana Madrid. “He loved people,” she said. “He learned your name, what burger you were eating, what drink you wanted. He had an amazing personality.” And the service is still very much customer-centered, even as the space has expanded. What was once a tiny operation where customers ordered by walking up to a screened-in window is now a full-grown San Antonio institution, with a patio filled with long rows of umbrella-topped tables. Don’t leave without trying the house specialty; the tostada burger comes with Mama Madrid’s refried beans, tostada chips, chopped onions, real melted Cheddar cheese and housemade salsa.
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FOOD & DRINK ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// casual Boardwalk Bistro 4011 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-0100 www.boardwalkbistro.net American Josephine Street Café 400 East Josephine San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-6169 www.josephinestcafe.com American Restaurant Gwendolyn 152 East Pecan Street #100 San Antono, TX 78205 (210) 222-1849 restaurantgwendolyn.com American Arcade Midtown Kitchen 303 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 369-9664 www.arcademk.com American Two Brothers 12656 West Avenue San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 496-0222 twobrosbbqmarket.com Barbeque Guenther House Restaurant 205 E. Guenther San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 227-1061 www.guentherhouse.com Breakfast & Lunch Cured 306 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 314-3929 www.curedatpearl.com Charcuterie Formosa Garden 1011 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9988 www.formosagarden.com Chinese Golden Wok 8822 Wurzbach San Antonio, TX 78240 (210) 615-8282 www.golden-wok.com Chinese The Monterey 1127 South St. Mary’s Street San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 745-2581 www.themontereysa.com Eclectic Hoffbrau 7310 Jones Maltsberger San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 209-8066 quarryhofbrau.com German-American Mimi & Dimi’s Greek House 7159 US Highway 90 San Antonio, TX 78227 (210) 674-3464 www.agreekhouse.com Greek Big Bob’s Burgers 447 West Hildebrand San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 734-2627 www.bigbobsburgers.com Hamburgers
Sam’s Burger Joint 330 East Grayson San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 223-2830 www.samsburgerjoint.com Hamburgers
Two Step 9840 Loop 1604 San Antonio, TX 78254 (210) 688-2686 twosteprestaurant.com Southwestern
Boiler House 312 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 354-4644 www.boilerhousesa.com American
India Palace 8474 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 692-5262 indiapalacesanantonio.com Indian
Barn Door 8400 North New Braunfels San Antono, TX 78209 (210) 824-0166
Cappy’s 5011 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9669 cappysrestaurant.com American
Aldino at the Vineyard 1203 North Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 340-0000 www.aldinos.com Italian
Koi Kawa 4051 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 805-8111 Sushi
Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano 8539 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 696-2536 www.aldos.us Italian Piatti’s 255 East Basse Road #500 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 832-0300 www.piatti.com Italian Tre trattoria 4003 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 805-0333 www.tretrattoria.com com Italian Fujiya 9030 Wurzbach Road San Antonio, TX 78240 (210) 615-7553 fujiyajapanesegarden.com Japanese La Fogata 2427 Vance Jackson Road San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 340-1337 www.lafogata.com Mexican La Fonda on Main 2415 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 733-0621 www.lafondaonmain.com Mexican Paloma Blanca 5800 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-6151 www.palomablanca.net Mexican Taco Haven 1032 South Presa San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 533-2171 www.tacohaven.info Mexican The Fruteria 1401 South Flores San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 251-3104 www.thefruteria.com Mexican Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 76 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 340-7143 www.pappadeaux.com Seafood
Green Vegetarian Cuisine 200 East Grayson #120 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 320-5865 www.eatatgreen.com Vegetarian
family DeWese’s Tip Top CAFE 2814 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 732-0191 www.tiptopcafe.com American Magnolia Pancake Haus606 Embassy Oaks #100 San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 496-0828 magnoliapancakehaus.com American Earl Abel’s 1201 Alamo Highway #175 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-3358 www.earlabelssa.com Diner Food Chris Marid’s 1900 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 735-3552 www.chrismadrids.com Hamburgers Longhorn Café 17625 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 492-0301 www.thelonghorncafe.com Hamburgers Beto’s 8142 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 930-9393 www.betosinfo.com Barbeque Henry’s Puffy Tacos 6030 Bandera Road San Antonio, TX 78238 (210) 432-7341 www.henryspuffytacos.com Mexican
CHEZ Vatel Bistro 218 East Olmos Drive San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 828-3141 www.chezvatelbistro.com European Fleming’s 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-9463 flemmingssteakhouse.com Steakhouse La Frite Belgian Bistro 728 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-7555 www.lafritesa.com Belgian Silo 434 North Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 483-8989 siloelevatedcuisine.com American Silo 1133 Austin Highway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8686 siloelevatedcuisine.com American Feast 1024 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 354-1024 www.feastsa.com Small Plates Kirby’s Steakhouse 123 Loop 1604 NE San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 404-2221 www.kirbyssteakhouse.com Steakhouse Myron’s Prime Steakhouse 10003 NW Military Hwy, Suite 2101 San Antono, TX 78231 (210) 493-3031 www.myronsprime.com Steakhouse Perry’s 15900 La Cantera Pkwy #2200 San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 558-6161 www.perryssteakhouse.com Steakhouse
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana 6989 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 979-6565 www.doughpizzeria.com Pizza
fine dining Bliss 926 South Presa San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 225-2547 www.foodisbliss.com American
bird’s eye view
By Rita Heck
So you’re impressed with San Antonio’s Riverwalk, Alamo and Downtown skyline from the ground. But imagine a Bird’s Eye View in the sky from a helicopter. San Antonio’s whole downtown comes alive with just a single glance. Alamo Helicopter at Stinson Airport Sky-viewing is nothing new to San Antonio. Stinson Airport, just six miles south of downtown off Mission Trail, is the second oldest operating airport in the nation and is home to Alamo Helicopter tours which claims to have a flight to fit any budget starting at $55.50. Experience the thrill of viewing Downtown SA, the Alamo, the Missions and the Hill Country from a comfortable seat in the sky. Tours are available daily from 10am to 5pm (except Sunday) and leave from historic Stinson Airport, which in itself is tour-worthy.
American, Braniff and Eastern airlines. A new terminal building was added in 1935/6, a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.
In 1915, Marjorie, Katherine and Eddie Stinson rented a 500 acre plot of land from the city for $5 a year, and opened the Stinson School of Flying. The city took it over during World War I, when barnstormers and experimental pilots were its mainstay in the 1920s and 30s. Later Stinson became a commercial airport for
Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloons Just a few miles down the road, in New Braunfels, Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloons offers the thrill of a lifetime...hot air balloon rides. Although you won’t get a downtown San Antonio skyline view, you’ll have the excitement of launching into space aboard a gondola attached to a colorful hot air
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During World War II, the Air Force converted the airport to a training base, constructing more than 100 buildings, some of which are still standing. In 2008, two wings and 24,000 square feet were added for administrative, concession, corporate, Fixed-Based Operators, education and commercial uses leaving the original terminal building virtually unchanged.
balloon and viewing some of the wonders of the area. In spite of its location remote from Stinson Airport, Heart of Texas operations manager and passionate balloonist Sarah Nichols has close ties to the spot. “When my dad was in service, he learned hang gliding at Stinson and I still have fond memories of going there with him,” Nichols choked with a tear in her voice. “Hadn’t thought about that in a long time and it brings back fond memories.” she added. Since ballooning is heavily dependent upon weather and wind conditions, take-off times and locations (nearby Buda or San Marcos) are scheduled at sunrise and sunset and may vary. The entire adventure takes three-and-a-half to four hours including a traditional First Flight ceremony and a champagne toast after each flight (nonalcoholic available), according to Nichols. “There’s nothing more romantic than riding with someone special in a hot air balloon,” Nicholson claims.
SHOPPING ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Alley on Bitters 42555 West Bitters Road San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 585-3550 www.alleyonbitters.com Unique collection of shops and artists Lucchese Boot Company 255 East Basse Road #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com Custom Boots and Western wear JR Mooney Galleries of Fine Art 305 South Main #400 Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 816-5106 www.jrmooneygalleries.com Fine Art Gallery Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art 6496 North New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-6491 greenhousegallery.com Fine Art Gallery
Calliente Harley Davidson 7230 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78245 (210) 681-2254 www.calienteharley.com Harley Davidson Rentals
The Vineyard 1207 North Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78258 (210) 408-7200 thevineyardshopping center.com Shopping Center
Shops of La Cantera 15900 La Cantera Parkway San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com Shopping Mall
Kendra Scott 310 East Basse Road #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7980 www.kenrascott.com Jewelry
Alamo Quarry Market 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8885 www.quarrymarket.com Shopping Center
North Star Mall 7400 San Pedro San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 340-6627 www.northstarmall.com Shopping MalL
Kathleen Sommers 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com Local Fashions & Jewelry
Huebner Oaks 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 867-1846 shophuebneroaks.com Shopping Center
Fiesta on Main 2025 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 738-1188 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas
The Collection 7959 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-3130 thecollectionsanantonio.com Shopping Center
Sloan Hall 5922 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-7738 www.sloanhall.com Unique Gifts, Accessories & Jewelry
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sports San Antonio Spurs Basketball 1 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 444-5000 ww.nba.com/spurs San Antonio Rampage Hockey 1 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 444-5000 www.sarampage.com San Antonio Silver Stars Basketball 1 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 444-5000 www.sastars.com San Antonio Talons Arena Football 100 Montana St. San Antonio, TX 78203 (210) 207-3663 sanantoniotalons.com
MOrgan’s Wonderland 5223 David Edwards Dr. San Antonio, TX 78233 (210) 495-5888. morganswonderland. com
Mission Concepcion 807 Mission San Antion, TX 78210 9am-5pm Daily (210) 534-1540 www.nps.gov/saan
SeaWorld of San Antonio 10500 Seaworld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251 (800) 700-7786 www.seaworld.com
Mission San Jose 6701 San Jose Drive San Antonio, TX 78214 9am-5pm Daily www.nps.gov/saan
Six Flags Fiesta Texas 17000 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 697-5050 www.sixflags.com/ fiestatexas Splashtown 3600 IH 35 North San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 227-1400 www.splashtownsa.com
Mission Espada 10040 Espada Road San Antonio, TX 78214 9am-5pm Daily www.nps.gov/saan Mission San Juan 9101 Graf Road San Antonio, TX 78214 9am-5pm Daily www.nps.gov/saan
ZOO San Antonio Zoo 3903 N. St. Mary’s St San Antion, TX 78212
Los Patios 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com Unique local shops
EVENTS /////////////////////////////// live theater 9/4-7, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Arms and the Man The Classic Theatre San Antonio 9/4-20, Thu @ 7:30pm Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 2:30pm (no shows on Friday) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Sheldon Vexler Theatre @ Barshop Jewish Community Center 9/5-14, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 3pm Smokey Joe’s Café Woodlawn Theatre
9/17-21, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10pm Willie Barcena Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club 9/26-28, Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10pm Sun @ 8pm Bruce Bruce Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
miscellaneous 9/10, Wed / 3:30pm-8:30pm Good Taste with Tanji Girls Night Out The Club at Sonterra
9/25-28, Thu-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 3pm 10/2-5, Thu-Sun @ 7:30pm Unbroken Circle Woodlawn Theatre
comedy 9/12-14, Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10pm Sun @ 8pm Bryan Callen Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
9am-5pm 365 days a year
(210) 734-7184 www.sazoo-aq.org
For those travelers that enjoy off the beaten path experiences the areas surrounding San Antonio are known for their history, small towns, antiques, wineries, scenic views and unique travel experiences. These areas surrounding San Antonio are easily accessed by car or bus.
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Fall in love with the outdoors By Mauri Elbel
Crisp air and leaves splashed with crimson and gold signal my favorite season: fall. Here in Central Texas, autumn blows in some of the best weather of the year and brings dazzling colors with it––a stellar combination that provides the perfect excuse to get outside and explore. So put on your hiking shoes, bring your camera and take a short drive to these five spectacular spots worthy of a fall time visit.
better views. Visitors to Enchanted Rock also enjoy rock climbing, picnicking, bird watching, stargazing, camping and hiking along miles of authorized trails. They can often catch glimpses of white-tailed deer, foxes, rock squirrels, snakes and birds along paths fringed by native trees, grass and shrubs displaying the golden colors of fall. More at: www.tpwd.state. tx.us/state-parks/enchanted-rock.
Natural Bridge Caverns
As we bid goodbye to summer’s triple-digits, the ancient pink granite dome rising from the heart of Texas calls out to me each fall. We set out toward Enchanted Rock State Natural Area early on a weekend morning to avoid crowds, following cloudless blue skies and gently rolling hills. You can’t help but marvel at the awe-inspiring dome covering 640 acres and standing 425 feet above the park’s base elevation––its highest point reaches 1,825 feet above sea level. Boasting magical legends, humbling beauty and stunning vistas, Enchanted Rock draws people from all around. One climb up to its summit makes it easy to see why––an almost mystical feeling overwhelms the spirit as you gaze out on forever. The most popular activity on the 1,640-acre property is hiking the Summit Trail, a steep 0.6-mile one-way climb Texas Parks and Wildlife Department compares to climbing a 40-story building. But rest assured, this trek comes with
Meander through awe-inspiring layers of limestone at Natural Bridge Caverns, located just over 30 minutes from downtown San Antonio. As the most extensive cavern within the San Antonio area and one of the largest within the state, this living cave has become one of the top attractions in Texas and is recognized as one of the best preserved caves in the country. As one of the world’s premiere show caves, Natural Bridge Caverns has attracted more than 10 million visitors over the years. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Natural Bridge Caverns has recently added new attractions that continue to awe and educate visitors. Check out Discovery Village which includes Discovery Pavilion, a new gathering point for tours overlooking the historic natural bridge for which the caverns are named; Discovery Village Trading Post, reminiscent of an 1880s trading post that boasts a vast selection of rocks and minerals from around the world;
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the AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup outdoor maze covering more than 5,000 square feet; and Big Daddy’s Sweets, Treats and Brew, an old-fashioned soda shop and general store. With all the wonder on offer, plus the temperate 70-degree-temperatures found within the cavern year round, Natural Bridge Caverns offers a cool, not-to-be-missed experience for the entire family. The Caverns, located at 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, open at 9 a.m. daily. For more, visit: www.naturalbridgecaverns.com.
Cascade Caverns Everyone knows the Texas Hill Country is gorgeous, but a visit to Cascade Caverns reveals the region’s hidden beauty existing below the surface. Cascade Caverns is the first of the seven Texas cave attractions to have been discovered––there is evidence it was first discovered in the 1700s although commercial operations didn’t begin until the early 1930s. Today, a one-hour guided tour leads visitors from one 64-degree cool corridor to the next, amazing them with spectacular cave formations and occasional sightings of unusual frogs, bats and salamanders. You can also picnic, explore the nature trails and playground, and pick up souvenirs on this 105-acre property. Don’t want to leave just yet? Stay overnight at Cascade Cavern’s campground. More at: www.cascadecaverns.com.
Lost Maples State Natural Area To see Lone Star leaves in all their glory, head to Lost Maples State Natural Area. Around late October and through November, leaves turn the color of fire, fall from the trees and decorate the ground with a spectacular autumnal covering. Thousands gravitate to this state natural area each fall to camp, picnic, hike, bird-watch, fish and simply take in the surrounding beauty. A true Hill Country haven, these roughly 2,200 acres are graced with towering bigtooth maples, rugged limestone canyons, pristine streams and plateau grasslands. Hike the 11 miles of trails fringing the banks of the Sabinal River and weaving through dense woods and rocky outcroppings. If you are in the area, other top fall attractions are just a stone’s throw away––visit nearby Garner State Park or Hill Country State Natural Area. More at: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lostmaples.
Government Canyon Just over a half-hour drive from downtown San Antonio, you will find more than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails winding through rugged canyons and rolling grasslands at Government Canyon State Natural Area. Other popular activities include hiking, geocaching, birdwatching, participating in guided hikes and ranger programs, and overnight camping on Fridays and Saturdays. If the smallest members of your family have big dinosaur obsessions, Government Canyon State Natural Area won’t disappoint. It is home to the only known dinosaur footprints on Bexar County public land, believed to be the 110-million-year-old tracks of Acrocanthosaurus and Sauroposeidon dinosaurs. As you plan your trip, keep in mind that Government Canyon State Natural Area is only open Fridays through Mondays. For more information, visit: www. tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/government-canyon. 48 www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com RIO Magazine
FOOD & DRINK ///////////////////////////////////////// casual Dodging Duck Brewhaus 402 River Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 248-3825 www.dodgingduck.com American Grist Mill River Restaurant & Bar 1287 Gruene Road Gruene, TX 78130 625-0684 gristmillrestaurant.com American High’s Café & Store 726 High Street Comfort, TX 78013 (830) 995-4995 highscafeandstore.com American Huisache Grill & Wine Bar 303 W. San Antonio St. New Bruanfels, TX 78130 (830) 620-9001 www.huisache.com American Lincoln Street 111 South Lincoln Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8463 www.lincolnst.com American Mike’s in the Village 2355 Bulverde Road Bulverde, TX 78163 (830) 438-2747 mikesinthevillage.com American Pecan Street Brewing 106 East Pecan Avenue Johnson City, TX 78636 (830) 868-2500 pecanstreetbrewing.com American Scenic Loop Café & Bar 25615 Boerne Stage Rd. San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 687-1818 scenicloopcafe.com American The Creek 119 Staffel Street Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 816-2005 texaslandandcattle.com Steakhouse Cypress Grille 170 South Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 248-1353 cypressgrilleboerne.com American Bluebonnet Café 211 US Highway 281 Marble Falls, TX 78654 (830) 693-2344 bluebonnetcafe.net Diner Food Little Gretel 518 River Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 331-1368 littlegretel.com German Hoffbrau 18403 IH 10 San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 877-1500 hofbraurim.com German American
Piatti’s 17101 La Cantera Pkwy Bldg 7 San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 251-3542 www.piatti.com Italian El Chaparral 15103 Bandera Road Helotes, TX 78023 (210) 695-8302 elchaparral.com Mexican Cowboy Steakhouse 416 Main Street Kerrville, TX 78028 (830) 896-5688 cowboysteakhouse.com Steakhouse Hermann Sons Steakhouse 577 US Highway 90 Hondo, TX 78861 (830) 426-2220 hermannsonssteakhouse.com Steakhouse
family Camp Verde General Store 285 East Verde Creek Rd Camp Verde, TX 78010 (830) 634-7722 campverdegeneralstore.com American Po-Po Family Restaurant 829 FM 289 Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-4194 poporestaurant.com American Cranky Franks BBQ Company 1679 South US Hwy 87 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-2353 crankyfranksbbq.com Barbeque Rudy’s Barbeque 24152 IH 10 West Leon Springs, TX 78257 (210) 698-2141 www.rudysbbq.com Barbeque Sammy’s 202 Highway 90 East Castroville, TX 78009 (830) 931-2204 sammysrestaurant.com Diner Food Alamo Springs 107 Alamo Road Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-8004 alamospringscafe.com Hamburgers Longhorn Café 23775 West IH 10 Leon Springs, TX 78257 (210) 698-7766 thelonghorncafe.com Hamburger
Fine Dining The Grill at Leon Springs 24116 IH 10 West Leon Springs, TX 78257 (210) 698-8797 leonspringsgrill.com American Hilltop 10661 Highway 87 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8922 www.hilltopcafe.com American Sustenio 17103 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 598-2950 www.eilanhotel.com American August E 203 East San Antonio St Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-1585 august-es.com Asian Le Chat Noir 1403 Angelo Street Castroville, TX 78009 (830) 583-9347 lechatnoireatery.com French Welfare Cafe 223 Welfare Waring Rd. Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-3700 www.welfaretexas.com German Francesca’s at Sunset 16641 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 558-6500 resortlacantera.com Southwestern Navajo Grill 803 East Main Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-8289 www.navajogrill.com Southwestern Grey Moss Inn 19010 Scenic Loop Rd. Grey Forest, TX 78023 (210) 695-8301 grey-moss-inn.com Steak Bob’s Steak & Chop House 5815 Rim Pass Dr. San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 222-2627 bobs-steakandchop.com Steak Myron’s Prime Steakhouse 136 North Castell New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 624-1024 myronsprime.com Southwestern
La Hacienda de los Barrios 18747 Redland Road San Antonio, TX 78259 (210) 497-8000 www.lhdlb.com Mexican
SHOPPING /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Cosas 1109 South Main Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-1500 cosasonline.com Cultural Art and Collectibles
Bass Pro Shops 17907 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 253-8800 www.basspro.com Outdoor Hunting & Fishing
Las Finezas 210 South Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 331-9272 www.lasfinezas.com Fine Imported Gifts
JR Mooney Galleries of Fine Art 8032 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-8214 jrmooneygalleries.com Fine Art Gallery
The Shops at La Cantera 15900 La Cantera Parkway San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com Outdoor Shopping Mall
Ranch at the Rim 18007 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 319-3001 www.ranchattherim.com Fine western wear
Las Finezas 210 South Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 331-9272 www.lasfinezas.com Fine Imported Gifts
Tanger Outlets 4015 IH 35 North San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 396-7446 www.tangeroutlets.com/ sanmarcos Outlet Mall
Ranch at the Rim 18007 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 319-3001 www.ranchattherim.com Fine western wear Busseys Flea Market 18738 IH 35 North Schertz, TX 78154 (830) 609-0800 www.busseysfm.com Flea Market Kendra Scott 15900 La Cantera Parkway #2290 San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 399-2854 www.kenrascott.com Jewelry Fiesta on Main 436 South Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (210) 319-3236 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas
Busseys Flea Market 18738 IH 35 North Schertz, TX 78154 (830) 609-0800 www.busseysfm.com Flea Market
San Marcos Prime Outlets 3939 IH 35 North San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 396-2200 www.premiumoulets.com Outlet Mall Cosas 1109 South Main Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-1500 cosasonline.com Cultural Art and Collectibles JR Mooney Galleries of Fine Art 8032 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-8214 jrmooneygalleries.com Fine Art Gallery
Kendra Scott 15900 La Cantera Parkway #2290 San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 399-2854 www.kenrascott.com Jewelry Fiesta on Main 436 South Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (210) 319-3236 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas Bass Pro Shops 17907 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 253-8800 www.basspro.com Outdoor Hunting & Fishing The Shops at La cantera 15900 La Cantera Parkway San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com Outdoor Shopping Mall
Tanger Outlets 4015 IH 35 North San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 396-7446 www.tangeroutlets.com/ sanmarcos Outlet Mall
Main Street Boerne Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (800) 322-3868 mainstreetinboerne.com Texas Antiques, Art, Restaurants
San Marcos Prime Outlets 3939 IH 35 North San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 396-2200 www.premiumoulets.com Outlet Mall
Fredericksburg 302 East Austin Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-6523 visitfredericksburgtx.com Texas Antiques, Art, Restaurants
Garden Ridge Pottery 17975 IH 35 North Schertz, TX 78154 (210) 599-5700 www.gardenridge.com Pottery, Furniture & Crafts
New Braunfels Art League 239 W. San Antonio Street New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 629-8022 newbraunfelsartleague.org Texas Fine Art & Jewelry
The Forum at Olympia Parkway 8320 Agora Parkway San Antonio, TX 78154 (210) 566-7604 shoptheforumsa.com Local Fashions & Jewelry The Twig Book Shop 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Shopping Center The Rim 17503 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 641-1777 www.therimsa.com Shopping Center
Red 307 East Main Street Frederickburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-0700 www.redinfred.com Unique Collection of items for the Home Traditions at the Depot 518 South Main Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 816-2795 traditionsatthedepot.com Women’s Fashions
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ATTRACTIONS ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// bat caves Railroad Tunnel 10619 Old San Antonio Rd Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (866) 978-2287 Dawn - Dusk Daily
bourbon distillery Garrison Brothers 1827 Hye-Albert Road Hye, TX 78635 (830) 392-0246 www.garrisonbros.com 8am-5pm M-F
caverns Cascade Caverns 226 cascade Caverns Road Boerne, TX 78015 (830) 755-8080 www.cascadecaverns.com 9am-4pm M-F, 9am-6pm Sa-Sun Cave Without a Name 325 Kreutzberg Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-4212 cavewithoutaname.com 9am-6pm Daily Natural Bridge Caverns 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd San Antonio, TX 78266 (210) 651-6101 9am-5pm daily naturalbridgecaverns.com
distillery Rebecca Creek Distillery 26606 Bulverde Road San Antonio, TX 78260 (830) 714-4581 12pm-5pm Sat rebeccacreekdistillery.com
entertainment Morganâ€™s Wonderland 5223 David Edwards Dr. San Antonio, TX 78233 (210) 495-5888 morganswonderland.com
glider rides San Antonio Soaring Society 400 Boerne Stage Airfield Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 981-2345 By Appointment
golf courses Cedar Creek Golf Course 8250 Vista Colina San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 695-5050 alamocitygolftrail.com
TPC Golf Course 23808 Resort Parkway San Antonio, TX 78261 (210) 558-2365 www.tpc.com/ tpc-san-antonio The Palmer Course 16641 La Cantera Parkway San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 558-2365 lacanteragolfclub.com
hiking Cibolo Nature Center 140 City Park Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-4616 8am-Dusk www.cibolo.org Enchanted Rock 16710 Ranch Road 965 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 685-3636 8am-10pm Daily Government Canyon 12861 Galm Road San Antonio, TX 78254 (210) 688-9055 F-M 7am-10pm Guadalupe River State Park 3350 Park Road 31 Spring Branch, TX 7 8070 (830) 438-2656 8am-10pm Daily
dance halls John T. Floores Country Store 14492 Old Bandera Road Helotes, TX 78023 (210) 695-8827 liveatfloores.com Gruene Hall 1281 Gruene Road New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 606-1281 www.gruenehall.com
live entertainment Luckenbach 412 Luckenbach Town Loop Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-3224 9am til close www.luckenbachtexas.com
horse racing Retama Racetrack 1 Retama Parkway Selma, TX 78154 (210) 651-7000 10:30am-11pm Daily retamapark.com
Tapatio Springs Resort & Golf Couse 1 Resort Way Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-4197 tapatio.com/golf
LBJ house 199 Park Road 52 Stonewall, TX 78671 (830) 868-7128 8am-5pm Daily
Canyon Springs 24400 Canyon Golf Road San Antonio, TX 78260 (210) 558-2365 lacanteragolfclub.com
National Museum of the Pacific War 340 East Main Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8600 9am-5pm Daily pacificwarmuseum.org
Agricultural Heritage Museum 102 City Park Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-5509 10am-4pm Sat agmuseum.us
OLD WEST VILLAGE Enchanted Springs Ranch 242 State Hwy 46 West Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-8222 10am-5pm Sat-Sun enchantedspringsranch.com
OLIVE OIL FARMS Bella Vista Ranch 3101 Mount Sharp Road Wimberley, TX 78676 (512) 847-6514 www.texasoliveoil.com Sandy Oak Olive Orchard 25195 Mathis Road Elmendorf, TX 78112 (210) 621-0044 9am-4pm Tu-Sat sandyoaks.com
Bass Pro Shops 17907 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 253-8800 9am-9pm Daily basspro.com
WILDFLOWER FARM Wildseed Farm 100 Legacy Drive Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (800) 848-0078 9:30am-5pm Daily www.wildseedfarms.com
Schlitterbahn 400 North Liberty Avenue New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 625-2351 www.schlitterbahn.com
WIILDLIFE RANCH Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch 26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd San Antonio, TX 78266 (830) 438-7400 wildliferanchtexas.com
Chisolm Trail Winery 2367 Usener Road Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-CORK chisolmtrailwinerycom Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 1741 Herbelin Road New Braunfels, TX 78132 (830) 885-4076 drycomalcreek.com Fawn Crest Vineyards 1370 Westside Circle Canyon Lake, TX 78133 (830) 935-2407 www.fawncrest.com Flat Creek Estate 24912 Singleton Bend 0Marble Falls, TX 78654 (512) 267-6310 flatcreekestate.com Fredericksburg Winery 247 West Main Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-8747 www.fbgwinery.com Grape Creek Vineyards 10587 East Highway 290 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 644-2710 www.grapecreek.com Kerrville Hills Winery 3600 Fredericksburg Rd Kerrville, TX 78028 (830) 895-4233 kerrivllehillswinery.com Pedernales Cellars 2916 Upper Albert Road Stonewall, TX 78761 (830) 644-2037 pedernalescellars.com
EVENTS music 10/3-4, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Randy Rogers Band John T. Floore Country Store 10/4, Sat @ 9pm Cody Canada & The Departed Gruene Hall 10/10, Fri @ 9pm John Slaughter John T. Floore Country Store 10/10, Fri @ 9:30pm Robert Earl Keen Gruene Hall 10/11, St @ 9pm Cory Morrow Gruene Hall 10/17, Fri @ 8pm Hal Ketchum Gruene Hall 10/17-18, Fri-Sat @ 9pm Willie Nelson & Family John T. Floore Country Store
10/23-24, Thu-Fri @ 8pm Kacey Musgraves Gruene Hall
miscellaneous 28th Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest 10/9-12 Gruene Historic District
Rancho Ponte Vineyard 315 Ranch Road 1376 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-8555 www.ranchoponte.com Singing Water Vineyards 316 Mill Dam Road Comfort, TX 78013 830) 995-2246 singingwatervineyards.com
Becker Vineyards 464 Becker Farms Road Stonewall, TX 78671 (830) 644-2681 beckervineyards.com Bell Mountain Vineyards 463 Bell Mountain Road Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 685-3297 10am-5pm Sat bellmountainwine.com Bending Branch Winery 142 Lindner Branch Trail Comfort, TX 78013 (830) 995-2948 bendingbranchwinery.com
215 1/2 Alamo Plaza (across from the Alamo)
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