From local artists, to locally owned bars, coffee shops, boutiques, museums and art galleries the Southtown Arts District is an array of small town charm.
If you’re looking for a change in scenery from the San Antonio Riverwalk, make your way south and enjoy the local arts, bites, and activities in Southtown. Part of this neighborhood, you’ll find a Victorian-inspired neighborhood filled with history and charm, King William- ranked the “most beautify historic neighborhood” in Texas by Thrillist.
Dating back to the 1790’s, the King William Historic District is filled with majestic homes, romantic restaurants, friendly watering hotels, and the Mission Reach. With the ground once being shared with the Alamo, Indian Reserves, German immigrants and more, the land has now transformed into he beautiful district it is today.
What to Eat
BBQ at B&D Ice House: From Texas craft beer and wine to Pit Barbeque, B&D Ice House is a locally owned must-try restaurant; and probably even one of San Antonio’s best kept secret. Our recommendations include the ribs, brisket and mac and cheese- but you can’t really go wrong with anything you pick!
Brunch at The Guenther: Known as one of the most stunning locations in San Antonio, the Guenther House offers views of King Williams District along with a great breakfast does not give you much of another option! Be prepared to wait, this place does not take reservations and is typically very busy from 10am-12pm on weekends.
What to Do
Enjoy Contemporary Art at Blue Star Contemporary: Established in 1986, Blue Star Contemporary is an exhibition space which presents artists from San Antonio and around the world, it is the first and longest-running nonprofit space for contemporary art in San Antonio. From now- September 8, 2019, visit the exhibit Fünf- Featuring the work of four San Antonio artists who participated in the fifth year of the BSC Berlin Residency Program in the renowned Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany. Something that we’re excited for includes the “Teardowns” exhibit launching in October that showcases San Antonio-based artist, Joey Fauerso, and his new work investigating themes of culture, gender, family, and humor as a method of response to our socio-political climate and the destructive and reconstructive natures of humanity.
Explore the “Villa Finale” and Steve Homestead Museum: Named in being the last home of Walter Matis, the Villa Finale Museum and Gardens offer a viewing of over 12,000 items in the unique setting of this finely restored 1876 Italianate home. The Edward Steves Homestead Museum is a sister museum of Villa Finale, located just a block away from each other.
Where to Stay
Hilton Palacio Del Rio: The Hilton Palacio Del Rio is located a mile away from the King Williams district and a short walk away with beautiful views of the Riverwalk as well as Southtown. With private balconies with downtown and Riverwalk views and near the King Williams district as well as the UNESCO World Heritage sites, you’re in a prime location for all your needs.
Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio-Downtown/Market Square: This downtown San Antonio hotel is located near Market Square, King Williams District, the Riverwalk, Convention Center, and the Alamo Trolley. With free breakfast and WIFI offered at the Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio-Downtown/Market Square, this is the perfect destination for those looking to explore San Antonio.
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Antonio-Riverwalk/Downtown: Perfect for families, this Riverwalk hotel offers suites equipped with a full kitchen and sleeper sofa. With complimentary breakfast, light dinner, and WIFI, you’re getting a great value for your action-packed getaway at the Homewood Suites San Antonio Riverwalk/ Downtown
For those staying at a Hilton property between October 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019, receive BOGO General Admission tickets at 15 local San Antonio Museums.