San Antonio

Things to do in San Antonio

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A controversial enchilada-red design by Ricardo Legorreta. The library also holds a Botero sculpture and a mural by New Realist Jesse Treviño.

Why It’s Cool: This granddaddy of river walks charms with four miles of cypress-lined cobble- and-flagstone paths along both sides of the narrow San Antonio River.

Established in 1981 and housed in what was once the Lone Star Brewery Complex, the San Antonio Museum of Art boasts one of the largest collections of ancient Mediterranean art in the southern United States, as well as one of the nation’s finest Asian collections.

Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and Arlo Guthrie are a few of the names that have graced the stage of this annual Hill Country music festival. Rod Kennedy started it in 1972, and the 18-day festival brings in more than 30,000 fans yearly.

Cookbook author Melissa Guerra stocks hard-to-find housewares from Central and South America and Mexico. Molinillos, hand-carved milk frothers from Mexico, and Chilean clay earthenware pots make useful souvenirs.

A reverential tone is everywhere in the mission itself, from the trinkets in the gift shop to the admonitions on the wall asking visitors to keep their voices down, as though this were a church, which, in a sense, it is.

Despite its Spanish Colonial belfries and arches, the museum's strong suit is Impressionist and modern art (Van Gogh, Picasso, O'Keeffe, Pollock).

The front of this small, metal-roofed stone building is decorated with blue accents and a whimsical sign depicting two rows of yellow birds, creating a bright façade to this quirky antique shop.

Temple Wynne always had an affinity for pottery, decorations, art, and accessories so when she saw the need to restore an old building in Wimberley, the result was River House.

Owner Ulli Johnston is known as the boot whisperer. Of the Wild West Store's more than 500 pairs of vintage boots, she claims to be able (with a fairly high success rate) to predict what boot will fit a customer’s size and fashion by observation alone.

The Tuscan-influenced tasting room at this Hill Country winery feels more like Italy than Texas with its stone walls, high ceiling, and exposed beams. Stan and Lisa Duchman founded it in 2004 with the intention of wedding their favorite Italian grapes with Texan-grown varieties.