The majority of Texas fans will venture to San Antonio before the Longhorns battle Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl Dec. 29, and will likely linger in the city days after the game. In case this is your first time visiting the Alamo City, check out the following list for places to visit outside of the Alamodome.

 WHERE TO STAY Hotel Valencia on the San Antonio River Walk
Escape from the norm and stay on San Antonio’s renowned Paseo del Rio at the Hotel Valencia, a hotel that blends the elements of a sophisticated old world palazzo with eye-catching details of modern design. http://www.hotelvalencia-riverwalk.com

WHERE TO EATYou can never go wrong with Mi Tierra or La Fogata — two of my favorite Mexican food eateries. If you’re downtown, Mi Tierra (www.mitierracafe.com) is a must — just make sure to arrive early to walk the market and save your appetite for the bakery. If you want to branch out, target La Fogata (www.lafogata.com), a place where locals bring visitors for traditional Mexican food and a lush setting.


WHERE TO PLAYWestin La Cantera San Antonio View from Golf Course

If you want to play a little golf, San Antonio offers several great options. But if you want to make memories, tee up at the Westin La Cantera Resort’s golf courses. The Resort course is famous for its plunging tee shots (one even ends up at the base of the new Iron Rattler roller coaster at the neighboring Six Flags Fiesta Texas) while the Palmer course commands some of the highest ground in the area and demands skilled play for success. http://www.lacanteragolfclub.com

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