SAN ANTONIO

Before the internet and the common application, there was the Peterson guide to choosing a college. In one volume, all the information deemed necessary to figure out where to pursue four years of academic study was printed on telephone book thin pages. On a shoestring budget, choosing where I might pursue my career dreams seemed a daunting task. During my sophomore year of high school, I earned the opportunity to compete in the National Forensic League Speech and Debate Tournament held on the Trinity University campus in San Antonio, Texas, and my fate was decided. Just approaching one million people in the mid 1980's, and with language, food, music, culture and traditions completely foreign to me, I felt as if I was going on a study abroad program. Looking back, I cherish the four years spent on the hill in the city's center. My roommate was a Houston native and kindly helped me maneuver Taco Cabana's Mexican menu. My first night in the Lonestar State, I tasted guacamole and sipped a frozen margarita at Tycoon Flats while a local band belted out who knows what. My gastronomic senses awakened and my passion for trying all things new exploded. With 80 percent of the people around me speaking Spanish, learning a new language became a priority, and years later, fluency afforded me an opportunity to work in South America.

San Antonio remains in the top ten most populated cities in America. Nonetheless, its tight knit community, verdant landscape, lack of cement and skyscrapers in the city center, and focus on family and fun make it feel as if it is a small hometown. Plenty to do in this south-central part of Texas:  mingle with the locals at a county fair, hoot and holler at a rodeo, ride horseback through hill country, and at least try on a pair of cowboy boots. In the springtime, miles of bluebells cover the hill country landscape. When the Riverwalk is exhausted by boat (a must!) and foot, and the Alamo thoroughly explored, escape to small town U.S.A. In under an hour, an inner tube can be cast into the Guadalupe River for an afternoon floating with others escaping the Texas heat. Wandering through 4H exhibits, or cheering on professional bull riders at the county fair while sampling the smorgasbord of foods no Texan could live without (think chicken fried steak, beanless chili, fajitas, pecan pie), inspire an old-fashioned photo-op family afternoon.  


DON'T MISS

John T. Floore's Country Store Line Dancing

JOHN T. FLOORE'S
COUNTRY STORE LINE DANCING

14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, TX 78023

Bracken Bat Flight
Gillespie Country Fair
Lucchese Boot Company
Dixie Dude Ranch Overnight Trail Ride
Fiesta San Antonio

BRACKEN BAT FLIGHT

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, 
Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

GILLESPIE COUNTRY FAIR

2000 S State Hwy 16, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY

Alamo Quarry Market, 255 E Basse Rd #800, San Antonio, TX 78209

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIXIE DUDE RANCH OVERNIGHT TRAIL RIDE

833 Dixie Dude Ranch Road, Bandera, TX 78003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIESTA SAN ANTONIO (April)


EAT

BLANCO CAFE -- 419 N. St. Mary's, San Antonio, TX 78205

GREY MOSS INN -- 19010 Scenic Loop Road, Helotes, TX 78023

LIBERTY BAR -- 1111 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78210

SEA ISLAND -- Various locations around San Antonio

TYCOON FLATS -- 2926 N. St Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX 78212

RUDY'S -- Various locations around San Antonio

PAESANOS -- 555 East Basse, San Antonio, TX 78209

LAS CANARIAS -- 112 College Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

RESTAURANT GWENDOLYN -- 152 E. Pecan, #100, San Antonio, TX 78205

THE GRISTMILL -- 1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130


STAY

Mokara Hotel & Spa
Dixie Dude Ranch
Hotel Havana

MOKARA HOTEL & SPA

212 W Crockett Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DIXIE DUDE RANCH

833 Dixie Dude Ranch Road, Bandera, Texas 78003

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

HOTEL HAVANA

1015 Navarro St, San Antonio, Texas 78205

 

 


READ

LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurty

TEXAS by James A. Michener 

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES by Cormac McCarthy 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS by H.G. Bissinger