5 Things to do on the Riverwalk

Hello again,

Today I want to share some great information with everyone and some of the things to do in San Antonio & the Riverwalk.

San Antonio is one of the top tourist destinations in the country because of our rapid growth and our diverse culture. There are many exciting things to do while visiting the Riverwalk downtown from Entertainment to Fine Dining. The riverwalk offer a unique and fun prospective for all age groups.

Here is a list of top 5 things to do at the Riverwalk,

1.) Eat, Drink & Be Merry
Over fifty restaurants, bistros, cafes, clubs, bars — most with quaint outdoor patios — line the River Walk as it meanders its way through downtown San Antonio. There is everything from stellar Tex Mex to haute cuisine and locally-owned spots as well as popular international names like the Hard Rock Cafe. Find the right spot to eat.


2.) Land & Art Scapes
Few visitors venture beyond the downtown River Walk but it’s well worth it. Explore the Museum Reach, north of downtown, and watch for the  twelve art installations on the river banks. Stop along the way at  the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Southwest School of Art, then the boat ride ends at the 125-year-old Pearl Brewery complex, now home to restaurants, an outdoor amphitheater, a Saturday farmers market, eclectic shops and the Culinary Institute of America — San Antonio. If you go south from downtown, the south fork of the river meanders through the stately King William Historic District  all the way to the Blue Star arts complex, an eclectic enclave of creative souls, unusual shops and galleries, public art scattered about, and a brew pub.


3.) Sunset Cruise
Lots of folks take a tour of the River Walk aboard a river cruiser, but few know that you can take asunset taxi ride from downtown, along the Museum Reach, to the Pearl Brewery. Only in the dark will you be able to appreciate the full impact of  the art installations that line the banks, all of which use light in creative ways. They were created by some of the most interesting names in the art world. Museums, schools, residences and commercial buildings often are lit in startling and unusual ways.


4.) Secret Places To Shop
Don’t leave without a pink cowboy hat of course — pick one up at any of the River Walk curio shops. Less obvious but also right on the River Walk:  La Villita Historic Arts Village;  The Pearl BrewerySan Antonio Museum of Art Store and Southwest School of Art Gallery Shop. For major mall goers, the Rivercenter Mall— with over 60 stores — hugs the banks of the River Walk lagoon.


5.) Run, Walk, Hike, Bring Your Dog
The River Walk is a long linear park, beautifully landscaped, with great sidewalks. The less congested places are perfect for serious exercising or romantic strolls. The River Walk is eight miles long. In a few years, it will be a 15-mile masterpiece that weaves the city’s past and future together, starting north of the city at Brackenridge Park (San Antonio’s Central Park) and traveling south all the way to the four Spanish colonial missions south of downtown.

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Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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A Great Downtown San Antonio Museum and Restaurant

One of my co-workers recently told me about a Saturday that he and his wife spent downtown playing tourist, and he reminded me about a great museum I haven’t been to in several years, as well as one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I asked him to contribute a guest post to my Blog, and here it is:

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Submitted by Richard House (Guest Blogger)

My wife and I recently decided to spend a day downtown playing tourist, and we ended up spending half of it at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The museum was originally part of HemisFair ’68 as the Texas Pavilion, and is one of the few exhibits from the 1968 fair that has remained as a permanent fixture on the former fair grounds. When I think of Texan Cultures, I recall my middle school Texas history class and think of the six national flags that have flown over what is now the state of Texas, but this museum reminds me that there is a lot more cultural diversity in the state than just the familiar “Six Flags Over Texas”.

The main exhibits of the museum are all on one floor, which is divided into sections for the various cultures that have influenced the development of the state. Each area is filled with artifacts, photographs and narrative discussions of the history of the immigrations and contributions of the various cultures and individuals.

The first exhibit you encounter on entering covers prehistoric humans that are thought to have inhabited various parts of what is now Texas, followed by the several Native American tribes that were encountered by the first European settlers. Other exhibits describe the many cultures that have come together to make Texas what it is today, including: English, Irish, Scotch, Hungarian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, African-American, Jewish, Czech, German, Wendish, Italian, Swiss, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Belgian, Dutch, Greek, French, Lebanese and Tejano.

After several hours at the museum, it was time for lunch so we took a 10-minute walk to Schilo’s Delicatessen at the corner of Commerce and S. Alamo St. If you are a visitor to San Antonio and have had your fill of our famous Mexican Food and Bar-B-Que, give Schilo’s a try. I had a cup of split pea soup, wiener-schnitzel and German potato salad, and my wife had a pastrami sandwich. Shilo’s is also famous for its homemade root beer. Everything was freshly made and delicious, and a great example of the influence of German immigrants in Texas.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

A Great Bar-B-Q Find

One thing San Antonio is famous for is great Bar-B-Q. On a recommendation from a friend, my wife and I recently tried out a new place, and what a find! It is a small, family-owned restaurant just inside Loop 410 on the northeast side of town called The Big Bib. It is located at 2427 Austin Highway, and if you’ve never been there, drive slow or you’ll miss it. It is a tiny place, but it’s big on flavor at very reasonable prices. They only have about six tables, but also do a lot of catering and have a lot of take-out customers. Everything we ordered was terrific, and they kept bringing samples of things we didn’t order – I think they want us to come back and try the rest of the menu. Make sure you save room for dessert – the peach cobbler is some of the best I’ve ever had.

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

South Padre Island – A Great Weekend Get-Away

It is as far south from San Antonio as Dallas is to the north, but well worth the drive for its great restaurants, all within a mile of wherever you could possibly be staying. Add to that the clean beaches — free of seaweed and jelly fish most of the time — and South Padre Island makes for a great weekend get-away. My wife and I went for a long weekend recently and as always it was great.

 

One of our favorite restaurants is D’ Pizza Joint (it’s small so go early or be prepared to wait). They have a terrific pianist who can play nearly any request. For Mexican food you can’t beat The Big Donkey, and for a simple but really good breakfast, we like Ted’s. The crown jewel of South Padre restaurants in my opinion is the Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar. It has white table cloths, great seafood and steaks, and a really fun bar to hang out in while you wait for your table. They have great drink specials, and my wife and I each had Sangritas (half Sangria and half frozen Margarita) – for only $1.99 each! We always try to get a window seat at the Sea Ranch so we can watch the boats coming and going, most of them docking at the restaurant. After a day of fishing, you can bring your catch to the Sear Ranch, and they will cook it to your taste for a modest fee.

 

After your fun in the sun and great dining at the beach, and a leisurely drive back to San Antonio, give me a call and let me know your favorite things to do and places to eat on South Padre – maybe I’ve missed something. And if you have any questions about the San Antonio real estate market, you can probably get me to talk about that as well.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Hill Country Fun Near San Antonio

One great thing about living in San Antonio is that it’s on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, a scenic area encompassing several town and communities near San Antonio. Once of these is the town of New Braunfels, which is about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio, and where I celebrated Father’s Day this year. We met our son and his wife at the Huisache Grill, just off the historic town square. I had the mixed grill, which comes with a choice of soup or salad. I had fantastic tortilla soup. The plate comes with beef medallions, shrimp, quail and chicken tenders. Absolutely great!

After dinner, we went to the Uptown Piano Bar just north of the traffic circle on San Antonio Street. It is in the basement of the historic Prince Solms Inn, which is now a bed and breakfast. The pianist takes requests and can play nearly anything. Most of his songs are from the 50’s through the mid-90’s. The last two times I have been there, he has invited someone from the audience to come up and sing a favorite song while he plays it.

San Antonio Street south of the circle has a surprisingly jumping nightlife featuring the Phoenix Saloon (country western) and AJ’s Ale House, which is a mix of country western and rock.

San Antonio itself has plenty to do and lots of great places to eat. But for a change of pace, check out New Braunfels or one of the other communities in the Hill Country. You can find out more about the Texas Hill Country at www.texashillcountry.com.

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

e-Mail: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Great Breakfast in a Quaint Neighborhood

My wife Joan and I recently had a late breakfast at the Koffee Kup. Lindsey, one of our Saturday secretaries, lives near it and told me about it a year or so ago. Since then, Joan and I have been there several times. We always go on Sundays between 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm because before that, there is always quite a wait. The wait will probably be relieved in a couple of months because they are moving to a large space a few doors away from where they are now.

My wife and I both had an order of two scrambled eggs, bacon, and delicious apple cinnamon pancakes. The prices are extremely reasonable.

The place is located in a nostalgic area, Jefferson Village, just down the street from Jefferson High School. If you have never seen Jefferson high School, do yourself a favor and do so. The architecture is a real throwback in time. The surrounding area is called Monticello Heights, and all the street names are from the Jeffersonian era, such as Alexander Hamilton Drive.

This is a family business. The owner does the cooking and his two daughters comprise the entire wait staff. They look nearly exactly alike and both have delightful personalities. The Koffee Kup is located at 1025 Donaldson Ave., San Antonio TX 78228. Drop by for a great breakfast experience, and you too will likely become a regular.