Lisa’s guidebook

Lisa
Lisa’s guidebook

Neighborhoods

This is the neighborhood where you're staying! Monte Vista is an historic district where most homes (including ours) are a hundred years ago. You'll find a wide variation of home types, even varying by street, from cute cottages to giant mansions. (For the largest of these, go two blocks south from our house and stroll W. Kings Highway.) This is a very walkable neighborhood, with a cluster of shops and restaurants around Woodlawn and Main Avenues. Enjoy!
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Monte Vista
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This is the neighborhood where you're staying! Monte Vista is an historic district where most homes (including ours) are a hundred years ago. You'll find a wide variation of home types, even varying by street, from cute cottages to giant mansions. (For the largest of these, go two blocks south from our house and stroll W. Kings Highway.) This is a very walkable neighborhood, with a cluster of shops and restaurants around Woodlawn and Main Avenues. Enjoy!

Food scene

Great craft beers and specialty pizzas!
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Barbaro
2720 McCullough Avenue
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Great craft beers and specialty pizzas!
Delicious Italian food. And their baked salmon is excellent.
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Capparelli's On Main
2524 North Main Avenue
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Delicious Italian food. And their baked salmon is excellent.
A local icon, with excellent Mexican dishes. The patio is a lovely, relaxing place to dine!
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La Fonda On Main
2415 North Main Avenue
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A local icon, with excellent Mexican dishes. The patio is a lovely, relaxing place to dine!
Cute little local bakery!
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Scratch Kitchen
607 W Russell Pl
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Cute little local bakery!
One of our favorite restaurants. Located within the Hotel Emma, at the Pearl Brewery complex.
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Supper
136 E Grayson St
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One of our favorite restaurants. Located within the Hotel Emma, at the Pearl Brewery complex.
Our newest French restaurant, not an extensive menu but quite good. Within the Pearl Brewery complex.
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Brasserie Mon Chou Chou
312 Pearl Parkway
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Our newest French restaurant, not an extensive menu but quite good. Within the Pearl Brewery complex.
Known for "Mexican street food", different from the local Tex-Mex. At the Pearl Brewery complex, with nice outside seating on the Museum reach end of the Riverwalk.
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La Gloria
100 East Grayson Street
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Known for "Mexican street food", different from the local Tex-Mex. At the Pearl Brewery complex, with nice outside seating on the Museum reach end of the Riverwalk.

Sightseeing

Ignore the awful photo that populated here . . . this is the coolest place to eat, stroll, or shop! Fabulous dining, local shops, live music often heard either from street players or musicians in the bar at the Hotel Emma (worth seeing) or at La Gloria Mexican Restaurant. Farmer's market here on the weekends, not to be missed. You can also stroll the Riverwalk from here (this end of it is called the "Museum reach"), starting at La Gloria, then stroll along the San Antonio river for a mile, or more, or less. You'll pass the San Antonio Museum of Art and eventually come to downtown.
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Pearl Brewery
303 Pearl Parkway
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Ignore the awful photo that populated here . . . this is the coolest place to eat, stroll, or shop! Fabulous dining, local shops, live music often heard either from street players or musicians in the bar at the Hotel Emma (worth seeing) or at La Gloria Mexican Restaurant. Farmer's market here on the weekends, not to be missed. You can also stroll the Riverwalk from here (this end of it is called the "Museum reach"), starting at La Gloria, then stroll along the San Antonio river for a mile, or more, or less. You'll pass the San Antonio Museum of Art and eventually come to downtown.
The most-visited area in San Antonio, right downtown and blocks from the famous Alamo. Usually quite crowded, and can be "touristy", but the river runs through historic buildings on both sides, with lots of restaurants and river-side outdoor seating, so it's worth a stroll. The boat tours actually give you a nice little tour-by-river of the downtown area and its history!
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River Walk
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The most-visited area in San Antonio, right downtown and blocks from the famous Alamo. Usually quite crowded, and can be "touristy", but the river runs through historic buildings on both sides, with lots of restaurants and river-side outdoor seating, so it's worth a stroll. The boat tours actually give you a nice little tour-by-river of the downtown area and its history!
A cute little Texas town that is about 45 minutes from us, heading northwest on the IH-10. Quaint shops, cute restaurants. Would make a nice little day trip.
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Boerne
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A cute little Texas town that is about 45 minutes from us, heading northwest on the IH-10. Quaint shops, cute restaurants. Would make a nice little day trip.
Besides the lovely gardens, they've recently added a very cute kids' section! And stroll around to the authentic, historic cabins toward the back of the property. They also have a great restaurant on-site, Jardin.
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San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place
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Besides the lovely gardens, they've recently added a very cute kids' section! And stroll around to the authentic, historic cabins toward the back of the property. They also have a great restaurant on-site, Jardin.
The museum covers lots of natural history, Texas history, and has great traveling exhibits.
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Witte Museum
3801 Broadway Street
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The museum covers lots of natural history, Texas history, and has great traveling exhibits.
Nice art museum housed in a converted brewery. Also have events and kids' activities on the weekends.
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San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
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Nice art museum housed in a converted brewery. Also have events and kids' activities on the weekends.

Family Activities

A fabulous children's museum, one of the best I've been to! Enough fascinating activities to keep your family busy all afternoon (and you won't be bored, either!).
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The DoSeum
2800 Broadway Street
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A fabulous children's museum, one of the best I've been to! Enough fascinating activities to keep your family busy all afternoon (and you won't be bored, either!).
Good place to bring the kids for the day!
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San Antonio Zoo
3903 North Saint Mary's Street
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Good place to bring the kids for the day!