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San Antonio isn’t what it used to be. And while the River Walk will always shine as its signature tourist attraction, there’s a lot more going on in terms of fine food, lodging and posh playtime. Here’s your updated guide to San Antonio.

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Peruse the Pearl

Originally founded as a brewery in 1881, this sprawling downtown development has turned into the absolute hottest spot to eat, drink and shop. Enjoy the farmers market, live music and even a glass of ice-cold beer from Blue Box or Cured.

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Stay in Style

If you want the quintessential San Antonio experience, staying at the Hotel Emma is the only option. Think rooftop pool, complimentary Electra cruiser bikes and a culinary concierge to arrange dining. And whether you stay in one of the seven penthouse suites (four of which are two stories…#swoon) or a normal queen-sizedbedroom, remember that God is in the details. Think Malin + Goetz toiletries, Merit Roasting Co. coffee and Frette linens.

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Hit up a Historical Site or Two

Let’s face it: Chances are you’ve been to the Alamo. So try the less popular, although equally interesting, sites like Fort Sam Houston, Mission Concepción, the Spanish Governor’s Palace and the Tower of the Americas. See? History can happen anywhere.

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Enjoy a New Take On Classic Food

Tacos and tequila are yum yum yum, but for a different take on familiar flavors, try Supper. The chef is cooking up delicious dishes like grilled beef ‘Santa Maria’ with tomato, parsley and garlic chimichurri served with duck-fat potatoes (pictured). Those wanting barbecue should hit up Smoke before the mobs discover it.

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Shop for the Season

Don’t you dare leave without browsing the upscale stores at the Alamo Quarry Market and The Shops at La Cantera. If your plan is to stay central to downtown, you won’t be disappointed by the shoe selection at LeeLee Shoes.

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Wander the Wonderful Outdoors

The weather in San Antonio may be hot in the summer, but come fall is the perfect time to get outside. This Hill Country haven has bike trails, outdoor yoga, group fitness activities and plenty of picturesque picnic spots. We recommend the San Antonio Botanical Garden and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

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Frolick Along Ole Faithful

You've probably thought at one point or another that the River Walk was far too touristy for your elevated travel palate. But if you're like us, then you're a sucker for anything that involves a water taxi. So hop aboard and jump between food, drink, shopping and even some awesome culture (hello there, San Antonio Museum of Art).

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Grab a Late-Night (and Legendary) Bite

Iconic Mexican restaurant Mi Tierra Café y Panadería opened in 1941 and has basically been serving up authentic chiles rellenos, cabrito and pollo en mole poblano 24 hours a day ever since. (Tacos at 2 a.m., anyone?) Oh, and the margaritas don’t suck either.

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