Author: San Antonio Woman Editor

Hill Country Guide: My Favorite Fredericksburg

WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO IN AND AROUND THIS MOST POPULAR HILL COUNTRY TOWN What is new to say about a place I’ve been to a thousand times? You might be surprised. With each new visit, there are more wonderful places to discover. As the author of several guidebooks and countless magazine features on Fredericksburg and the Hill Country, I am often asked for advice about what to see and do in Fredericksburg. So I’ve compiled a “favorite Fredericksburg” list for this fall. Restaurants Der Lindenbaum — The Linden Tree, located in a historic limestone building; this...

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Eat, Stay, Play in Santa Fe

YEAR-ROUND FUN IN “THE CITY DIFFERENT” BY JANIS TURK “The City Different” seems an odd official nickname for a city as pretty as Santa Fe, New Mexico. However, this popular vacation destination’s century-old moniker conveys the message that Santa Fe is a city like no other. Adobe-inspired architecture, markets filled with turquoise and silver jewelry, Native American textiles and art, Georgia O’Keeffe paintings, green-chile-pepper-enhanced cuisine, romantic hotels edging a central plaza: All these give this quintessentially Southwestern city an almost magical allure. Many say that the vibe in Santa Fe strikes them on a spiritual level, and some locals...

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Artbeat: Music for the Soul

Deborah Marshall MUSIC THANATOLOGIST PLAYS HARP FOR THE DYING The Abode Home is a unique place where terminally ill patients are embraced and taken care of. It’s not a hospice, says the brochure, “but rather a home with a simple, welcoming, peaceful ambience for guests entering the last three months of life.” The sprawling house is indeed peaceful, almost serene, as caregivers and volunteers go about their work with dedication and compassion. The reason I am visiting on this particular day is to witness a vigil by music thanatologist Deborah Marshall, the only such professional in the entire state...

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September is Photo Festival Month

Founded in 1995 as a “unique and eclectic forum for the exhibition and celebration of photography and photographically based art,” Fotoseptiembre USA has become an established and eagerly anticipated art festival in San Antonio and the surrounding cities. It attracts regional, national and international artists who this year will show their work in 30-plus exhibits in a variety of venues, large and small. The openings start in late August and continue throughout September. Where to start? I sought input from festival founder and director Michael Mehl, who is particularly excited about a wave of new and youthful energy among...

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