La Villita, San Antonio

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    La Villita

    by Basaic Written Jul 18, 2013

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    La Villita (Little Village) is one of the original settlements in San Antonio. The restored village area hosts narrow streets, plazas, fountains, and authentic adobe buildings with souvenir shops, restaurants, art shops and down one level at the Riverwalk a theater.

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    by doug48 Written Mar 9, 2008

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    la villita is located at the intersection of alamo and nueva streets across from hemisfair park. la villita is san antonio's oldest neighborhood dating back to the mission days. in 1836 mexican general santa ana used la villita as his cannon line during the assault on the alamo. today la villita is home to craft shops and cafes. la villita has a more historic and cultural atmosphere than the river walk and market square. a interesting place to visit when in downtown san antonio.

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    Picturesque La Villita

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 10, 2008

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    La Villita was established by people arriving from the Canary Islands in 1731. In fact, it was the first private settlement of residences and retail shops in San Antonio. This part of the city owes its preservation to the advent of the l968 HemisFair. It was for that event that La Villita was spruced up and walled.

    When we spent the weekend in San Antonio a few days ago, we stopped by this pretty street twice. Once to shop at a very nice jewelry shop and another day when Mexican music attracted us to a fiesta in full swing (picture #4). Couples whirled around the square, laughing and stepping quickly to the music! It was so much fun to watch.

    The house where General Martin Perfecto de Cos surrendered all Mexican held lands north of the Rio Grande in 1835 is in La Vallita. This surrender angered General Santa Anna who vowed revenge, leading to the Battle of the Alamo. The home is not open for touring (picture #3).

    Last Christmas we attended a mass held at the Little Chapel at La Villita, a beautiful historic church nestled in the middle of the Villita street. It was constructed in 1879 in the Gothic Revival style. Nondenominational services are held here each Thursday and Sunday at 11 am. (picture#4)

    Following the service, we were permitted to take photos of the front altar. The stained glass window was stunning (picture #5)! A friendly congregant invited us to coffee hour, which was held in a gift shop behind the church.

    Update: Celebrating New Year's in San Antonio was a wonderful experience. La Villita was the site for some of the festivities, which featured games for the kids, mariachi music, a Mardi Gras atmosphere and plenty of food booths.

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    La Villita

    by Jefie Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    Located just off the Riverwalk, La Villita (the little village) is San Antonio's oldest neighborhood. Most of the houses have now been turned into galleries, restaurants and small shops in which you can find unique local arts and crafts, and on the Web site you will find all the information you need to go on a self-guided historical tour of La Villita.

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    La Villita Little Village

    by Stellaluna Updated Apr 20, 2006
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    La Villita (Little Village) is a nice shopping area close to the convention center and the Hilton. It is within walking distance to the Rivercenter. This is an old town area of art galleries, craft shops, old Texas homes and souvenir shops.

    Be sure to stop at Originals to design your own jewelry. Crystals, minerals and stone beads can be put together for you by professional jewelry makers. There is a $10.00 charge per piece in addition to your jewelry selection. It is well worth the time.
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    La Villita

    by seagoingJLW Written Apr 8, 2003
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    Merchants

    1. Villita Stained Glass
    2. Lone Star Mercantile
    3. Angelita's
    4. Glassblower
    5. Bonsai Arbor
    6. Casa Manos Alegres
    7. Originals
    8. Village Weavers
    9. La Villita Exhibit
    FOR LEASE (downstairs)
    10. Village Gallery
    11. Chamade Jewelers
    12.Starving Artist Gallery
    13. The Little Church
    14 River Art Group
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    15. Monte Wade Fine Arts
    16. Guadalajara Grill
    Mustang Grey's
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    18. Cos House
    19. Arneson River Theatre
    20. Galleria II
    21. Scentchips USA
    22. Nueva St. Gallery
    23. Little Studio Gallery
    24. The Sutler
    25. Artistic Endeavors

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    La Villetta

    by apbeaches Written Apr 26, 2014
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    Weekly themes with outdoor food, music and crafts were beautifully presented. A real happening along the Riverwalk. We were there for a Peruvian themed event.

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    by basstbn Written Jan 24, 2006

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    La Villita (The Little Village) is a charmingly restored older section of town with lots of little shops - especially those selling arts and crafts. Business was pretty slow the day we were there.

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    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 29, 2005
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    This is another great place in downtown San Antonio to shop, browse, or just watch the people. It is also a very old, historic area.

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    La Vallita

    by geeyook Written May 23, 2005

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    La Vallita

    Historic district and original settlement of Old San Antonio. It has many quaint shops, restaurants and buildings. It is on the National Register of Historic Areas.

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