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Shopping, eating and amusement in and around San Antonio

LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN | 4/28/2012, 10 p.m.
Shopping, eating and amusement in and around San Antonio

The immense park also encompasses several themed areas including Los Festivals, a Hispanic village; the '50s style Rockville; Crackaxle Canyon, an early Western town; and Fiesta Bay Boardwalk, among others.

A TOUCH OF EUROPE IN TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

By far my favorite side trip was to the quaint town of Boerne (pronounced "Bernie").

Located just 30 minutes north of the La Cantera Resort off Interstate 10, Boerne was settled by German immigrants in the 1840s. Today this delightful small town still exudes turn-of-the-century European architecture with striking, verdant greenbelts and inviting picturesque gardens gracefully lining the Hauptstrausse (Main Street), which spans about six blocks through the center of town.

Boerne's boutique size is one of the most enchanting aspects about it, allowing visitors and denizens alike to leisurely stroll anywhere they desire within a few minutes time. A delightful place for a day-long shopping trip or for a weekend getaway, Boerne's charming historic district, with more than 140 historic structures, features a bevy of one-of-a-kind retail shops offering handmade quilts, home accessories, books, clothing, shoes, arts and crafts, jewelry, unique gifts and more. To whet your whistle, stop in at their brewhaus or wine bar. Want a little nosh?The local coffee shop and bakery can satisfy your every need and desire.

The crowning touch in Boerne is the warmth and gracious hospitality bestowed upon everyone in town, with the residents and proprietors treating you like family members who drop by daily, stay a while or visit now and again. Boerne is very popular with overnight guests, who lodge here in some of the Hill Country's finest accommodations, including destination resorts, hotels and motels, B&B inns and conference centers.

"The perfect setting for relaxation of the body and restoration of the soul." I couldn't have said it any better than the denizens of Boerne who lovingly share their tiny treasure nestled in the magnificent setting of the Texas Hill Country.

DO YOU "LIVE TO EAT" OR "EAT TO LIVE?"

Those of you who follow my adventures pretty regularly know my answer to that question! And "live to eat" we did back at the La Cantera Resort. We'll delve into that with knife and fork coming up in our last adventure in the Texas Hill Country.

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Lysa Allman-Baldwin writes for numerous online and print publications, including as the cultural travel writer for www.Examiner.com and as a senior travel writer for SoulOfAmerica.com, an Afrocentric travel website. Lysa can be reached at lallmanbaldwin@kc.rr.com.