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HOTELS

East meets the River Walk at the Hotel Valencia, where Asian-inspired spaces splashed with color make a statement. But the buzz goes beyond the lobby—the V Bar is where the young play. 150 E. Houston, 210-227-9700.

SPORTS

The San Antonio Missions, the Seattle Mariners' AA affiliate and last year's Texas League champion, take on the Wichita Wranglers. Ballapeño and Henry the Puffy Taco cheer on the crowds. (See San Antonio Events )

POINTS OF INTEREST

The Mission Trails start at the famous Alamo and head south to four more historic missions: the Concepción, the San José (noted for its beautiful Rose Window), the San Juan, and the Espada. (See San Antonio Events )

RESTAURANTS

By day, Southtown's El Mirador is pure Tex-Mex, but at night, interior Mexican dishes shine, such as the empanadas de huitlacoche . But truth be told, everyone really comes for the legendary sopa azteca . 722 S. St. Mary's, 210-225-9444.

MUSEUMS

The national premiere of "Tesoros Modernos: Latin American Masterpieces From the Monterrey FEMSA Collection" at the San Antonio Museum of Art features more than sixty paintings, works on paper, and sculptures by Latin America's most celebrated modern artists, such as Diego Rivera, Roberto Montenegro, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

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