Guidebook for San Antonio

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Guidebook for San Antonio

Parks & Nature

Just five minutes from the house. Beautiful, well manicured trail, with lots of shady cedars and live-oak trees. Loops can range from one mile to 13 miles, depending on how ambitious one is! We go to this park almost every night after work just to get some quick exercise and fresh air.
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Friedrich Wilderness Park
21395 Milsa Drive
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Just five minutes from the house. Beautiful, well manicured trail, with lots of shady cedars and live-oak trees. Loops can range from one mile to 13 miles, depending on how ambitious one is! We go to this park almost every night after work just to get some quick exercise and fresh air.
Unique hike with beautiful 360 views from the top. During summertime, recommend getting there early to avoid the heat (as there is very little shade), then heading back to Fredericksburg (downtown) for lunch and browsing antique shops.
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road 965
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Unique hike with beautiful 360 views from the top. During summertime, recommend getting there early to avoid the heat (as there is very little shade), then heading back to Fredericksburg (downtown) for lunch and browsing antique shops.

Shopping

Probably the most high-end mall in the area: Nordstrom, Macy's, H&M, Abercrombie, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Microsoft, Tiffany, Tory Burch, Pottery Barn, Tumi, and much more. Great indoor/outdoor feel. Tons of great restaurants too.
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The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Pkwy
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Probably the most high-end mall in the area: Nordstrom, Macy's, H&M, Abercrombie, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Microsoft, Tiffany, Tory Burch, Pottery Barn, Tumi, and much more. Great indoor/outdoor feel. Tons of great restaurants too.
Just one hour away. Many high end designer shops.
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San Marcos Premium Outlets
3939 I-35
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Just one hour away. Many high end designer shops.

Getting Around

Rent your cruiser bike from these kiosks for about $10/day (unlimited) as long as you check your bike into a station every 30 minutes. We enjoy biking along the San Antonio Mission Trail, and checking out all the five missions by bike!
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San Antonio BCycle
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way
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Rent your cruiser bike from these kiosks for about $10/day (unlimited) as long as you check your bike into a station every 30 minutes. We enjoy biking along the San Antonio Mission Trail, and checking out all the five missions by bike!

Arts & Culture

Fantastic collection -- except for special exhibitions, the museum admission is only $10. Be sure to see the short film on founder Marion Koogler McNay while you're there.
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McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
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Fantastic collection -- except for special exhibitions, the museum admission is only $10. Be sure to see the short film on founder Marion Koogler McNay while you're there.

Sightseeing

Of course, right?! Be sure to see the information film tucked away in the left most room of the barrack building -- I didn't really "get" the Alamo history until I saw the movie :)
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Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
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Of course, right?! Be sure to see the information film tucked away in the left most room of the barrack building -- I didn't really "get" the Alamo history until I saw the movie :)
The farmers market (weekend mornings) is great fun. Great restaurants (Supper, Southerleigh, Cured, Bakery Lorraine, etc). Highly recommend the (free) walking tour (offered 2-3 times a day) of the Pearl Brewery. We've done it several times with out-of-town guests, and we still enjoy it!
The Pearl
1809 Pearl St
The farmers market (weekend mornings) is great fun. Great restaurants (Supper, Southerleigh, Cured, Bakery Lorraine, etc). Highly recommend the (free) walking tour (offered 2-3 times a day) of the Pearl Brewery. We've done it several times with out-of-town guests, and we still enjoy it!

Food Scene

Must try the Lobster Tail and Cannoli!
Carlo's Bake Shop
Must try the Lobster Tail and Cannoli!
It's as good as the one down at the Pearl, and MUCH closer to home.
Bakery Lorraine at the Rim
17503 La Cantera Pkwy
It's as good as the one down at the Pearl, and MUCH closer to home.
Nice spot on the River Walk, a little pricey, but worth it if you want one of the nicer places down there.
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Bella on Houston
204 River Walk Street
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Nice spot on the River Walk, a little pricey, but worth it if you want one of the nicer places down there.
Unique art-deco setting, small plates, casual, right on the River Walk.
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Ocho
1015 Navarro Street
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Unique art-deco setting, small plates, casual, right on the River Walk.
Very casual, right on the river, easy walk to/from the Pearl. We love the food here, the beer garden, and the overall atmosphere.
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The Luxury
103 East Jones Avenue
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Very casual, right on the river, easy walk to/from the Pearl. We love the food here, the beer garden, and the overall atmosphere.

Everything Else

If you're not staying there, at least check out the lobby, restaurants and shops connected to this fabulous hotel.
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Hotel Emma
136 E Grayson St
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If you're not staying there, at least check out the lobby, restaurants and shops connected to this fabulous hotel.