San Antonio

San Antonio

San Antonio

San Antonio holds a special place in my heart, because it’s a city that forever changed the direction of my life. This sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Before Texas, my mom moved us city to city with many different schools and environments. I didn’t resonate with the earlier towns or people and it reflected in how I felt and my health. Moving to San Antonio I was presented with the opportunity to audition for a professional performing arts high school… think Fame. I was terrified when surrounded by the other teens waiting to be called in, shaking the entire time. But they must have seen something in me, because weeks later I got an acceptance letter for their musical theatre program.

Everyday I was able to live my art and passion. I was surrounded by like minds and grew strong friendships with a few I still hold dear to this day. I explored San Antonio and all the amazing things the city had to offer from the dazzling Riverwalk to remembering the Alamo to the savory breakfast tacos that started my day.

San Antonio is both rich in history and culture, with Spanish missions still standing from the infamous 1836 battle for independence from Mexico. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the popular city of Austin, located in South-Central Texas. Go from sipping margaritas downtown to impressive new developments like The Pearl to being engulfed by ranches, lakes, and stunning wineries scattered throughout the Texas Hill Country.


Hotel Emma is located in the hottest and coolest neighborhood of San Antonio called The Pearl. This historic site has transformed into an impressive 22 Acre mixed-use development, consisting of a year round Farmers Market, Culinary Institute of America, innovative dining, and unique boutiques. Hotel Emma was once the Pearl Brewery of 1883 and now hosts 146 rooms along the riverfront, with original architecture still in place.

Upon arrival you will be greeted with a genuine smile and fresh welcome drink, made to order in the Library Bar. Depending on the time of year you may not only get warm southern hospitality, but also intense Texas heat! Don’t worry, you can escape the temperature in their life saving rooftop pool or air conditioned speakeasy bar.

Their rooms retain an old industrial essence with modern day luxuries. Attention to detail shows from the bathroom tile and brass hardware to the mini bar including every ingredient needed to make their signature La Babia Margarita. I cannot rave enough about this gorgeous property and I’m anxious to return. I could visit San Antonio for this hotel alone!

TIP: Book the “Terrace” Room overlooking the river, equipped with a romantic fireplace (good in the winter only), ceiling fans to stay cool, and custom mesquite furnishings. View More

San Antoni Restaurants


Los Barrios – San Antonio is definitely a food lover’s city! The flavors of the region inspire your palate, and expand your waistline. Don’t be shocked when you come home 10 pounds heavier!

A beloved San Antonio staple is Los Barrios, which has been open four decades and is known for its savory Tex-Mex dishes. Chef Diana Barrios Treviño’s signature Puffy Tacos won Throwdown! with Bobby Flay and and even made its way to President Obama in the White House.

The family owned restaurant has several other eateries, including La Hacienda and Viola’s Ventanas, which is dedicated to their late mother. The recipes take pride in their Mexican heritage and family traditions. Even Emeril Lagase said, “Los Barrios is all about family.”

The restaurant not only satiates your cravings, but gives back with Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation. This San Antonio based organization awards scholarships and assistance to people in need…Showing their commitment not only to homestyle cuisine, but community. Just going to show love is the most important ingredient.
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TIP: You can’t leave town without eating some delicious breakfast tacos, not to be confused for breakfast burritos. A non-negotiable when in Texas! Try El Milagrito, trusted since 1969.

Valenites Dining


San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country cater to many interests from outdoor adventures to culinary indulgences.

SAVE: Go Rio offers cruises along the famous Riverwalk, where you have the option to hop and off and truly explore the area. Grab a margarita and stroll hand in hand with someone you love in this romantic destination.

SPLURGE: Pamper yourself at Loma De Vida Spa & Wellness located at La Cantera Resort & Spa. The resort grounds are absolutely breathtaking and serene, making it a challenge to leave.The seclusive infinity pool overlooks rolling hills and encourages mediation and tranquility. The perfect destination for lovers or simply self care, with its abundant amenities. Be sure to try the signature treatment, Absolute Texas, which uses locally crafted honey and lavender to scrub, wrap, and massage you into total bliss. It’s worth every penny! View More