History and Culture Unite During this Trip to San Antonio
There are many cool destinations to head for when you visit San Antonio. The Alamo, the River Walk, Schlitterbahn, the list goes on and on of attractions in this city. More recently, there has been one neighborhood that’s climbing high on the list of areas the locals love. SouthTown is a combination of three San Antonio neighborhoods; King William Historic District, Lavaca and Blue Star Arts Complex, and is a mere few blocks from the most tourist influxed areas of the city.
Jordan Breal of Texas Monthly recently visited the area and f
ound the little hidden gems that make this neighborhood a worthy addition to your next trip to San Antonio.
The discovery of a new neighborhood always comes with the question, “Are there any good restaurants there?” This historic area of San Antonio has more great places to eat than you can shake a cowboy hat at. If you only have time to try one place, it has to be Bliss. Owner and chef Mark Bliss boasts contemporary American cuisine made with local and seasonal ingredients. Look for a varying menu and excellent service that compliments the high caliber of food.
What trip to San Antonio is complete without Tex-Mex? Rosario’s menu combines what they call “traditional south-of-the border dishes with authentic house specialties, all prepared with a contemporary twist.” Breal strongly suggests you have a prickly pear margarita while you’re there.
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King William Historic District
King William was settled by German immigrants and was named Texas’ first historic neighborhood in 1968. Because of its heritage, the area is noted for its distinct architectural style that still remains. The area spans over twenty-five beautiful blocks and includes the Steves Homestead Museum. Take a tour and go back in time to the San Antonio of the 1800’s.
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
This museum is the first and longest-running venue for contemporary art in San Antonio. A special event in 1986 led to the creation of the museum and what the museum’s website calls “an incubator for contemporary art in San Antonio.” The museum is the centerpiece for the Blue Star Arts Complex and showcases artists from around the state of Texas.
Stop by and rent a bike at the Blue Star Bike Shop and set out on a SouthTown shopping adventure. During this trip to San Antonio you’ll find all sorts of oddities and art to add to your collection. Stop by the San Angel Folk Art Gallery for a one-of-a-kind piece from a local artist or The Jewelry Box for contemporary and vintage jewelry.
San Antonio is filled with many neighborhoods and area attractions to make any trip to San Antonio a success. Mission Del Lago is the fastest growing neighborhood in Southside San Antonio; find out how you can make this vibrant area your new home.