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Antiques Roadshow - San Antonio or Corpus Christi?

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Antiques Roadshow - San Antonio or Corpus Christi?

I have two tickets to attend the Antiques Roadshow to be held in Corpus Christi on August 4. I will be traveling from Atlanta with my two teenagers. We have never been to Texas so would appreciate some advice as to where to stay.

Our options are to fly directly to San Antonio, stay a day or two there, then rent a car and drive to Corpus Christi for the Roadshow. We would then drive back to San Antonio to fly home.

Option Two - fly to Corpus Christi (via Houston,) and stay there (or in the vicinity of the city,) for a few days.

We plan to stay in one or both of these cities for about five days. We are wondering if it is worth the additional hassle of flying to San Antonio in order to see the Alamo, Riverwalk, etc., or is Corpus Christi interesting/beautiful enough to visit it's own?

I have been researching Corpus Christi on Tripadvisor and am confused/concerned about the apparent lack of nice hotels (other than the Omni) in the city. It seems the top reviews are for budget hotels. We would definitely want to stay somewhere with a water view. As we will have a car, it won't be difficult for us to drive to a beach/attraction. Also, I am getting conflicting information on the quality of the beaches in the area. We aren't big beach people so this isn't a huge concern but we still want to stay somewhere where that is scenic, but also has fun restaurants and shops nearby.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

San Antonio, TX
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1. Re: Antiques Roadshow - San Antonio or Corpus Christi?

I am a huge fan of SA so my vote is Visit SA then Corpus. Corpus/Port Aransas is often referred to as "The Redneck Rivera." It is the closest beach for a huge portion of Texas and is often a getaway for holiday's, long weekends, and summer vacations. Many folks go for fishing so accommodations that cater to those folks are very common and are often sought out.

My suggestion would be to look into the condos for rent just south of Corpus on Mustang Island. It will be high season and I would not be surprised if rates were in the $300 per night range. For that price you can stay at the most luxurious hotels in SA.

I don't like to spend that kind of money on lodging. With Hotwire or Priceline you should be able to get 4-star downtown SA for a little over $100 plus $20 per night for parking.

Antiques and Art Galleries are much more plentiful in SA. I assume that's at the top of your list so I'll list some of my favorites.

Antiques

Alamo Antique Mall - 125 Broadway www.AlamoAntiqueMall.com

Bussey's Flea Market - I-35 in Schertz (Sunday from !0 am to 2pm is the best time)

Back Alley Antiques - www.artisansalley.com

Antique Mall San Antonio - 13032 Nacogdoches

North Star Antiques and Interiors - located at 8507 North McCullough

Oz 20th Century Art - 207 E Hilderbrandhttp://oz-modern.com/

Mod Pad - 2615 Broadway http://www.mod-pad.com/

400 Pearl Antiques - 400 Pearl Parkway (Pearl Brewery area)

There are als several small shop on Hildebrand between San Pedro and Blanco

Art

Southwest School of Art & Craft http://www.swschool.org/index_flash.php

Monte Wade http://www.montewadefinearts.com/ (In La Villita - there are several others Including Found, and Artistic Endeavors)

San Angel Folk Art Gallery http://www.sanangelfolkart.com

Gallery Vetro http://www.galleryvetro.com/

Art Incorporated http://www.artincorporated.com/

Kersey Studios Ceramics Art Incorporated http://www.artincorporated.com/

New Braunfels and Nearby Greune (about 45 minutes north of SA) are also great spots for shopping if you need more.:)

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2. Re: Antiques Roadshow - San Antonio or Corpus Christi?

I remember the first time I visited the Alamo. Boy was I disappointed. It is very cool and great history but I would bet 95% of the folks envision it to something like TV. It is not. Most of it is gone and it sits smack in the middle of downtown SA. All of that being said, Riverwalk is a very cool area, lots of great shops and the park the Alamo is in is a great little park. CC is a coastal city and very much like any coastal city of similar size along the guld of even the eastern seaboard (NC's barrier islands) Very cool city to visit but it is a tourist city with all that goes along with it. But for fishing, the beach outdoor recreation you cant beat it. We lived in the mid 90s out that way would love to get back there one day.

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