Downtown, San Antonio
In 19th Century America it was not uncommon for people to use a building as both their home and their place of business. This building was built by Otto Bombach in 1856 as his home and as a headquarters for his carpentry business. After Bombach moved to Mexico, his wife lived here and ran the business. In 1869, Mrs. Bombach sold the building to author Victor Braebt. The building then was bought by Henry Bitter and served as a saloon, school, restaurant, grocery, antique shop, museum and finally a steak house.
The La Villita "area" is definitely convenient, as it is in the center of downtown SA within walking distance of the Convention Center, King William Historic District, The Riverwalk, El Mercado and The Alamo. La Villita is a small city block full of artisan shops. It also includes The Fig Tree, Little Rhein Steakhouse and Guadalajara Bar which are all recommended stops.
La Villita is a very clean and safe area and makes a good "base" while in San Antonio.
If you want to party, hit Fiesta downtown San Antonio the 20-29th in April
It's a10-day feeding, drinking, parade-going, fireworks-exploding, crowd-attracting, greatest-excuse-for-a-party frenzy that the Alamo City offers.
Check out the Taste of New Orleans, Oyster Bake, NIOSA, and the Carnival.
You will have a wonderful time. And check out a parade during the day.
Watch out for those cascarones!
I had a little time to kill one of our afternoons so I took a walk through the section of San Antonio just west of the Alamo and came across a bunch of cool old buildings including several old theaters like the Aztec and the Majestic.
This sculpture, I read on a plaque somewhere, was a gift of friendship from Mexico. It's not easy to get close and stand right next to it because it's in the middle of a 3 way street. However it's very distinguishable and not hard to find.
Downtown is a delight to walk around and take in the atmosphere. It is very walkable, and for the most part it is an open air museum of turn-of-the-century architecture.