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  • Shamrocking It in San Antonio

    Shamrocking It in San Antonio

    March 06, 2017

    Join us from March 17th-19th for the Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade & Festival. The festivities begin at La Villita (418 Villita Street) when, with the help of some green dye, the River Walk will be transformed into the River Shannon. The parade and the Artisan River Walk Show will follow, along with live concerts and other festival events at the Arneson River Theatre. It’s going to be one epic party weekend, so scope out the dates and times below.


    March 17th at 1:00 p.m. and March 18th at 2:00 p.m.

    Dyeing of the River Walk


    March 17th – 19th, 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.

     The St. Patrick's Day Artisan River Walk Show, with booths along the River Walk extension near the Shops at Rivercenter


    March 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Murphy's River Parade, featuring 14 decorated floats filled with bagpipes and drummers, Irish step dancers, and music.


    March 17th – March 19th, 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Concerts at the Arneson River Theater, with entertainment provided by the Kelly Singers, Celtic Comfort, the Inishfree Irish Dancers, the Ledbetters, and O'Malarkey.

  • Sweetheart Packages at the Menger Hotel

    Sweetheart Packages at the Menger Hotel

    February 01, 2017

    This month, the Menger Hotel is featuring four sweet deals for your San Antonio staycation.

    Valentine's Package

    Deluxe accommodations for the two of you in our newly renovated Victorian section, along with free valet parking, a $75 dinner credit in the Colonial Restaurant, a bottle of chilled champagne with chocolate-covered strawberries and a late checkout.

    Remember the Menger

    This month is our 158th birthday party, and we’re inviting you to help us celebrate. Rates start at $158/night, and this special includes daily valet parking, a complimentary breakfast for two in the Colonial Restaurant, a commemorative Menger souvenir!

    Breakfast & Valet

    This package includes valet parking with in-and-out privileges, and a scrumptious breakfast for two in the Colonial Restaurant.

    Spa Time in the Heart of San Antonio

    Unwind with the Spa Package for two in the Alamo Plaza Spa. The Spa Package includes a one-hour, full-body, Swedish massage and an extra 15 minutes in the steam and sauna for two. Free WiFi is included, and upgraded accommodations and a late checkout of 2:00 p.m. are both based on availability,

    For reservations, visit: or call (210) 223-4361.

  • An Exciting Mix of Cocktails and Games

    An Exciting Mix of Cocktails and Games

    January 05, 2017

    This month, the City of San Antonio is hosting an interesting combination of events that cater to both gamers and cocktail enthusiasts.

    Through Sunday, January 15, the sixth annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference will once again mix together outstanding bartenders and cocktail aficionados, and the result is a dynamic blast. Named “the future of cocktails” by Paste Magazine, the festival is a celebration of craft cocktails. Guided tastings, educational seminars, and cocktail parties are on the agenda, and the conference will continue its tradition of donating 100 percent of the profits to children’s charities. For details, visit:

    From January 27-January 29, gamers of all levels will descend on the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center for PAX South, a festival devoted exclusively to the rapidly-growing gaming community and its culture. PAX South will feature a game industry expo hall, sneak peeks at unreleased software, latest gen-hardware, and free play areas, along with keynote speakers and nerdcore music with gamer-inspired concerts. For the awesome details, visit

  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Showing This Month at the Magik Children's Theatre

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Showing This Month at the Magik Children's Theatre

    December 02, 2016

    Treat the family to a holiday adventure with a trip to the Magik Children’s Theatre, and their live stage performance of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Located in historic Hemisfair Park, the theatre is presenting playwright Ken Ludwig’s charming story of an unhappy elf who is about to ruin Christmas by selling Santa’s naughty and nice lists - only a small mouse and a plucky young girl can save the day! This delightful holiday tribute is showing through December 30. Performance times vary, but morning, afternoon and evening shows are all available, along with sensory-friendly performances.

    HemisFair Park is less than a 10-minute drive from the Menger, and there is a fee for parking onsite. Depending on weather conditions and times of day, a walk to the park could be a fun activity for the kids, or catch the Alamo Trolley for a fun ride with a direct stop at Hemisfair Park. For more details about performance times and tickets, call (210) 227-2751, or visit:

  • Your Easiest Thanksgiving Ever: Park & Play at the Menger Hotel

    Your Easiest Thanksgiving Ever: Park & Play at the Menger Hotel

    November 07, 2016

    This Thanksgiving, save yourself from driving all over the city, and from wasting your holiday cash on parking. Check in with the Menger’s ‘Park & Play’ special, and you’ll be within walking distance of San Antonio’s most popular destinations, while enjoying valet parking with full in/out access.

    Sleep late on Thanksgiving morning and still enjoy a fabulous breakfast with our Colonial Dining Room’s Brunch Buffet from 11:00 am - 2:20 pm, and return for our famous Thanksgiving dinner from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Thanksgiving eats at the Colonial are a favorite with the locals, so be sure to make reservations for both meals.

    Friday evening features one of the city’s most famous events: the annual Ford Holiday River Parade. Tickets are required, so act fast to guarantee a fine meal and a comfortable ringside seat for parade-viewing by purchasing a package. Many restaurants along the parade route offer them, and you can get yours by visiting here:

  • This Year, Pick Your Pumpkins with a Purpose

    This Year, Pick Your Pumpkins with a Purpose

    October 03, 2016

    It’s October, and pumpkin-picking is fun, easy, and good for multiple good causes. This year, why not purchase your future Jack-O’-Lantern from a group that gives back to the community, and benefits the growers themselves, by visiting the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church’s 15-year-old pumpkin patch.

    In this family-friendly environment, you’ll find pumpkins grown in New Mexico on a farm owned and operated exclusively by the Navaho Nation. A portion of the proceeds from all pumpkin sales goes to Habitat for Humanity, and the remainder is divided equally between the four charitable groups whose volunteers actually work the patch. Any leftover pumpkins are donated to food banks or other non-profit organizations.

    This is an ideal way to create family memories - you can have your pumpkin, carve it, and feel good about it. Located at 825 E. Basse Rd., the AHUMC pumpkin patch runs October 13-31, and is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM.

  • Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at La Villita

    Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at La Villita

    September 15, 2016

    National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is a great time to explore La Villita. Situated on the banks of the San Antonio River only minutes away from the Menger Hotel, it began in the 1800s and was populated primarily by Mexicans, Germans, and Americans.

    Soon, the village was a thriving home to tradesmen and professionals, and the population grew. However, by the middle of the 1920s, La Villita was likened to “a slum” by the architect who was hired for the restoration of the town. It was during this revitalization that, in a spirit of Pan-American unity, the plazas, streets, and houses were renamed in honor of heroes such as Simon Bolivar and Benito.

    Since then, it has been placed in the National Register of Historic Places and undergone another redesign and renovation in 1981. The La Villita of today is a charming historical setting for a variety of art galleries, excellent restaurants, and singular shopping opportunities.

  • Spa Time in the Heart of the Alamo

    Spa Time in the Heart of the Alamo

    August 15, 2016

    Welcome - we’re happy you chose to stay with us here at the Menger Hotel. You’re right next door to the Alamo, and nearby are many of the city’s exciting attractions. We know you’re eager to begin your vacation, and we’re glad you want to see the local sites, sample our cuisine, and shop for authentic western wear, but let us persuade you to figure in a little extra time for relaxing.

    The Menger’s Alamo Plaza Spa offers the ultimate in pampering for the weary traveler, whether it’s a 60-minute massage, a half-day or even a full day of treatments. Choose from Swedish massages, herbal scrubs, sea algae wraps, and many more. The half-day and full-day treatments even include a healthy lunch in the Colonial Dining Room.

    So, be our guest– visit the Alamo, eat at a genuine cantina, and pick up a pair of hand-made western boots. Just be sure to carve out some spa time too!

    or call 210-223-5772 for more information.

  • Why Not Make Your Next Sweet Treat Epic?

    Why Not Make Your Next Sweet Treat Epic?

    July 18, 2016

    San Antonio summers call for more than the pat on the back you get from a slushy, so follow the locals’ lead and cool off with a sweet paleta treat from Paleteria San Antonio. Created by a husband-and-wife team who whip up cold, creamy goodness using real ingredient and responsible practices, their pops come in flavors that change regularly and with the seasons, so you never know what's on the menu. Their HemisFair location at 510 South Alamo Street is within walking distance of the Menger, making a delicious artisanal paleta an easy stopping point on your sightseeing itinerary. Plus, who can beat this brand promise: "a product that incites laughter and inspires people to come together time and time again."