La Villita, south of the River Walk in downtown San Antonio, was originally settled nearly 300 years ago as one of the city's first neighborhoods. In 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village was established and the neighborhood was adapted into a center for teaching regional arts and crafts and to serve as an artists market. Today, nearly 30 shops and galleries offer distinct handcrafted items by artists from San Antonio and surrounding areas. You'll find paintings, folk art, textiles, sculptures, copper wares, jewelry, and more. Plus, in the midst of these tree-lined walkways and plazas, enjoy a savory culinary experience at the area restaurants with options ranging from traditional Mexican flavors to steakhouse favorites. For individual shop listings go to http://lavillita.com/
Mokara Hotel & Spa
Located in the heart of San Antonio along the world-famous River Walk, Mokara Hotel & Spa offers guests a relaxed and sophisticated oasis of calm found nowhere else in the city. This serene property features 99 elegantly appointed guestrooms, fine dining at the signature AAA Four Diamond-rated seafood restaurant Ostra, as well as a full-service spa. Mokara offers first-class amenities such as a rooftop poolside concierge service, so that guests may enjoy cocktails and food amidst San Antonio’s beautiful downtown skyline.
Just steps from all the action yet worlds away, the Mokara Spa is the most highly acclaimed destination spa in the city, and has been honored as a top spa by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes. The 17,000 square-foot Spa has 18 treatment rooms, private men’s and women’s sanctuary lounges and separate men’s and women’s facilities. Mokara Spa offers a complete menu of treatments and services guaranteed to restore the body and mind. Services include massage therapy, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair care services.