In the 'hoodsBy Nikki Gloudeman

Getting neighborly with Austin and San Antonio

In the 'hoods

City dwellers often talk in neighborhood terms: "Let’s go shopping in SoMa." "Meet you in SoHo." "Have you been to that new Italian restaurant in the Warehouse District?"

That’s because in-the-know locals recognize that a city is the sum of its parts, and in the most dynamic metropolises, each individual neighborhood is proudly distinct. One may be the place to go for thrift-store shopping and trendy new restaurants, another to explore cultural attractions, and another for the well-heeled to run up their bill at ritzy boutiques.

In the Texas duo of Austin and San Antonio, local neighborhoods are particularly abundant in character and nuance, offering dining, attractions and hotels at turns upscale, funky, new and historic.

Don’t just meet in the city; meet in SoCo, Second Street, The Domain, Hill Country, the Riverwalk or any number of other communities. If they’re good enough for the locals to know and love, they’re good enough to bring your group to.

GETTING THERE

Austin-Bergstrom international Airport (AUS) is about 11 miles from downtown.
San Antonio international Airport (SAT) is about 10 miles from downtown San Antonio and 15 miles from Hill Country resorts. In late 2010, the debut of a new $108 million terminal capped off years of extensive airport renovations, including the addition of a new long-term parking garage. In 2015, another new terminal is slated to open.