Food, Culture, History Tour Of San Antonio
October 30 - November 1
Exclusively Created for AWA By Food Chick Tours
AWA Artists and Patrons, on your way to the November 1st reception of AWA’s exhibition at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, explore by foot and bus the things that make San Antonio so special and the foodie capital of Texas! This personalized tour will be led by food writer Julia Celeste Rosenfeld, owner of Food Chick Tours. Julia will take us to San Antonio’s historic and cultural icons, stopping to eat great food along the way. This is a tour for those with an adventurous spirit!
Tuesday, October 29
Arrive in San Antonio. Rent a car or Uber to your hotel, Homewood Suites by Hilton San Antonio-Riverwalk. Relax! Enjoy the Riverwalk!
Wednesday, October 30
9 am – 5 pm
Spend the day discovering the rich history of San Antonio and eating like a local! We’ll begin with breakfast tacos and aguas frescas before strolling through the grounds and structures of Mission San Jose (established in 1782), the “Queen” of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We’ll stop at an authentic fruteria for a short fresh fruit break before heading to Mission San Juan (established 1731) for another look at the area’s early Spanish Colonial life. Next up, we’ll head to lunch at one of the city’s fantastic BBQ spots to enjoy a range of smoked meats and plenty of kicked-up sides. We’ll walk it off as we meander through the State’s first historic district, King William, with block-after-block of ornate 19th Century estate homes and well-kept gardens. Before heading back to your hotel for the night, we’ll top off the day with an artisanal gelato or espresso drink. You’ll be on your own for the evening, aided by a list of the best nearby restaurants and bars, curated by The Food Chick.
Note: Vegetarian options are available at breakfast, limited to a large array of sides during lunch.
Thursday, October 31 (Halloween)
GARDENS & ART
9 am – 3 pm, Halloween costume optional!
We’ll start the day with pan dulce, coffee and breakfast sandwiches at a local bakery cafe, then a docent-led walk through the 33-acre San Antonio Botanical Garden. Next, we’ll head for an Italian lunch at the San Antonio Museum of Art’s cafe, Tre Trattoria, followed by a docent-led tour of the museum’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Latin American art wing, which includes an outstanding collection of folk art. If you want to break off and enjoy the exhibits on your own afterwards, the museum is also home to notable Texas and regional contemporary art, comprehensive collections of Greek, Roman and Egyptian art, and an outstanding Asian art wing with an important Chinese ceramics collection. You’ll have an opportunity to return to your hotel or remain at the museum for the rest of the afternoon. The evening’s activities begin at 5:00 pm with no-host happy hour at a jazz club, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm at a Peruvian restaurant featuring the Japanese and Chinese influences on that cuisine. After dinner, join an optional guided walking tour of the historic district and restored brewery, now the lauded Hotel Emma, with a stroll to see some of the public art along the beautifully lit Museum Reach of the famed Riverwalk.
Friday, November 1
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pack up, check out of your hotel and leave your bags with the front desk then join the group for a memorable hands-on experience celebrating Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. You’ll learn about the history, folklore and traditions of the day, and create your own unique sugar skull celebrating the memories of loved ones who are now gone. You’ll also enjoy your final Tex-Mex meal and have time to wander through the 100+ stalls, boutiques and galleries of Market Square, known as the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico. You’ll walk back to the Homewood Suites to pick up your luggage and say adios to San Antonio and depart (you are responsible for your own transportation) for the Texas Hill Country town of Fredericksburg and the AWA exhibition reception at the RS Hanna Gallery (estimated 1 ½ hour drive).
– Schedule is subject change because of unforeseen circumstances –
Price per person: $450.00, includes breakfast, lunch & snacks on Wednesday, breakfast, lunch & dinner on Thursday & lunch on Friday, all docent tours, round-trip chartered transportation each day, two entertaining certified tour guides throughout, and all the fun you can handle!
Comfortable urban walking required
27-person tour capacity (20 person minimum)
Requires refundable $100 reservation hold fee.
Balance due by July 1, 2019.
No refunds after September 15, 2019, unless we can replace you with someone on the waiting list.
Discounted hotel information provided; you are responsible for your own reservation
Contact Robin Knowlton: email@example.com (209) 747-0557