San Antonio, Texas


San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau

203 S. St. Mary's St.,

2nd floor

San Antonio, Texas 78205
Telephone: (210) 207-6700

Visit online at http://www.sanantoniovisit.com


San Antonio At Night
San Antonio at night!


San Antonio captures the spirit of Texas. Now the eighth largest city in the United States, the city has retained its sense of history and tradition, while carefully blending in cosmopolitan progress. The city has always been a crossroads and a meeting place. Sounds and flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, the Wild West, African-Americans and the Deep South mingle and merge. Close to twenty million visitors a year delight in the discovery of San Antonio's charms.


For history buffs, San Antonio is a Mecca. Native Americans first lived along the San Antonio River, calling the area "Yanaguana," which means "refreshing waters," or "clear waters." A band of Spanish explorers and missionaries came upon the river in 1691, and because it was the feast day of St. Anthony, they named the river "San Antonio."


The actual founding of the city came in 1718 by Father Antonio Olivares, when he established Mission San Antonio de Valero, which became permanently etched in the annals of history in 1836 as The Alamo where 189 defenders held the old mission against some 4,000 Mexican troops for 13 days. The cry "Remember the Alamo" became the rallying point of the Texan revolution against Mexico. Located in the heart of downtown, today The Alamo is a shrine and museum. A tour of downtown San Antonio will uncover centuries of history.


HOTEL


The RUSH Association 2007 Reunion Committee visited nine hotels during our site visits conducted from Tuesday, September 25, 2006 through Thursday, September 28, 2006. Each of the hotels presented features that were consistent with our strict selection requirements. The hotel that we thought provided the best features at the best price was the DOUBLE TREE SAN ANTONIO AIRPORT HOTEL

The room rates quoted below are for information purposes only and were established to be in effect only during the reunion.


ROOM RATE: Standard room: $91.00
ROOM RATE: Concierge Level: $111.00


Doubletree San Antonio Airport
37 NE Loop 410 (Near McCullough)
San Antonio, TX 78216

DoubletreeHotelSanAntonio.jpg Brief Description: The Doubletree San Antonio Airport hotel is a five story, Spanish colonial style, hotel with 290 very nicely appointed guest rooms which have been recently renovated. Standard rooms have either a king bed or two queen beds. The rooms feature cable TV, dual-line telephone, voicemail, highspeed internet, in room coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer. Small refrigerators are available for a small fee which is waived for medical requirements.

The fifth floor of the hotel is the concierge level which features additional amenities, upgraded furnishings and bath, plus access to the concierge lounge for complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails with light hors d'oeuvres. Rooms also feature bathrobes and complimentary bottled water.

The interior courtyard area of the hotel is a key feature. The hotel meeting rooms open out into this beautiful courtyard. The courtyard features a large swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, and plenty of lounging space for sunning or relaxation. There is even a beautiful fountain that can be used as a backdrop for that special photographic moment. Guests taking advantage of this area will generally receive about five hours of full sunlight!

The CASCABEL restaurant, well known for its continental cuisine with a Southwestern flavor, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6:30 AM until 10:00 PM. Room service is available from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM and then with a limited menu after 11:00 PM until 1:00 AM. The CASCABEL bar & lounge serves your favorite cocktail or beverage in a pleasing atmosphere that includes large screen televisions and comfortable seating.

The hotel has ample parking at no cost, a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, which is nearby, and shuttle service to the upscale North Star Mall (the largest mall in San Antonio).

The hotel participates in the Hilton Honors awards program.



Transportation


Map of San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO Map


Airport:


San Antonio International Airport is approximately 8 miles from downtown and the River Walk and is directly linked via US Hwy. 281. Find San Antonio International Airport flight information, transit services provided, flight time and mileage to help make your San Antonio vacation planning a breeze. For information call: 210-207-3411. To view online go to http://www.sanantonio.gov/AIRPORT.


Railroad:


AMTRAK, 224 Hoefgen, San Antonio, TX, provides Service Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from San Antonio to Miami and Los Angeles; going west via El Paso and Tucson, and east via Houston, Lafayette, New Orleans, Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from San Antonio to Chicago. For information call: 210-223-3226. To view AMTRAK information online go to http://www.amtrak.com.


Rental Cars:


Agencies for the following Rental Car companies are located in San Antonio: Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise and, National.


Highway Access:


San Antonio has major interstate freeways leading into it from every direction. The city is surrounded by an outer loop. All freeways lead into the central business district which is linked directly to the airport by expressway.


The following is a listing of federal highways going through San Antonio:


I-35: Laredo, TX - San Antonio - Duluth, MN
I-10: Jacksonville, FL - San Antonio - Los Angeles, CA
I-37: Corpus Christi, TX - San Antonio
US 281: Hansboro, ND - San Antonio - McAllen, TX
US 90: Jacksonville, FL - San Antonio - Van Horn, TX
US 87: Raton, NM - San Antonio - Port Lavaca, TX
US 181: Corpus Christi,TX - San Antonio
US 81: Nuevo Laredo, TX - San Antonio


Map of San Antonio, TX US



Attractions:


The Alamo


The Alamo


On the east side of Alamo Plaza is the most famous spot in Texas where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Annas army. Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) was established in 1718 as the citys first mission. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation, and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort. Long Barracks Museum and Library are near the chapel. The museum contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers narration on the fall of the Alamo. The Alamo is located in the heart of the city, inside beautifully landscaped grounds. Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed December 24 and 25. Admission Free: donations accepted. Call for more information (210) 225-1391 x34. To view online go to http://www.thealamo.org.


Buckhorn Saloon and Museum


Buckhorn Saloon


The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum is proud to have been voted "2002 Best Attraction" by the Downtown Alliance/San Antonio. Discover more than 120 years of history . . . Texas style. Marvel at two stories of the most exotic collections you've ever seen, from our unique horn collection, to cowboy memorabilia and fish from the Seven Seas. See a two-headed calf and a lamb with eight legs! Test your hand in our authentic shooting gallery and arcade. Don't miss the world's only Wax Museum of Texas History. And, don't forget to swing by the Buckhorn Curio Store, where you'll find extraordinary Texas collectibles and authentic Buckhorn souvenirs for the entire family. Located a short two blocks from the Alamo and 50 feet from the River Walk. For information call (210) 247-4000. To view online got to http://www.buckhornmuseum.com.


Casa Navarro State Historical Park


Casa Navarro


The home site of Jose Antonio Navarro (1795-1871), a Texas legislator under Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the U.S. The site of Navarro’s furnished house, first residence, and store. Navarro’s life illustrates Texas’ rich Mexican history and heritage. Conversational tours and exhibits are provided. For information call 210-226-4802. To view online go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/ park/jose.


King William Historic Area


A 25-block area near downtown on the south bank of the San Antonio River. In the late 1800's the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled the area. It was zoned as the state's first historic district, and has once again become a fashionable neighborhood.


Market Square (El Mercado)


Market Square


From early morning until late at night, Market Square is alive with activity. Visitors browse through the 32 shops at "El Mercado," an area patterned after an authentic Mexican market. In addition, there are 80 specialty shops in Farmers Market Plaza. Market Square is also the scene of many Hispanic festivals where food and beverage booths spring up alongside the Guadalajara lamps and the strains of mariachi music blend with the excitement of Mexican dances.


Mission San Jose


Mission San Jose


Founded in 1720 by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús, San José became the largest and best known of the Texas Missions and was viewed as the model among Texas missions. After early setbacks, 300 inhabitants were sustained by the vast fields and herds of livestock. A visitor in 1777 referred to the structure as the "Queen of the Missions." The carvings on the church are notable features. The famous "Rose Window" is considered one of the finest pieces of Spanish Colonial ornamentation in the country. Other features are the convento area and the stairway to the belfry and choir loft - each of the 25 risers was hand-hewn from a single live-oak log and constructed without nails or pegs. Also featured is a granary with flying buttresses, a gristmill, restored defensive walls, and quarters.


River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)


River Walk Tour Boat


Paseo Del Rio in the heart of downtown, is the pride of the city. Lush green foliage lines the banks of this peaceful, historic river. Cobblestone walkways lead visitors to the river-level restaurants and shops. The river bubbles to the surface on the grounds of the University of the Incarnate Word and flows to downtown, threading its way through the city one level below the hustle and bustle of city streets. First called Yanaguana by the Payaya Indians, meaning "place of refreshing waters." Along the horseshoe shaped river bend, the river is shaded by towering cypresses, oaks and willows and bordered by gardens of flowering ornamental plants. River cruisers travel the River Walk’s three miles past unique retail shops, restaurants and nightclubs.


Other attractions include:

 

Enchanted Springs Ranch                              Fiesta Farm

Guinness World Records                                Ripley’s Haunted Adventures

Davey Crockett’s Tall Tales Ride                 Guenther House

La Villita                                                       Mission Concepción

Mission San Francisco de la Espada               Mission San Juan Capistrano

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch                       Old Spanish Trail

River Cruises


Military Bases nearby:

 

Brooks City Base               Fort Sam Houston

Lackland Air Force Base   Randolph Air Force Base





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