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Will be in town first week of November for a Willie show at Floores country store. Where is a good, reasonable place to stay that is convenient to Helotes? Are there any areas I should avoid? Thanks!

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Search near the UTSA campus on 1604. I know there are some basic chain hotels there, just can't remember which ones.

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Check the Omni on I-10, or the Embassy Suites nearby. Both have larger-than-average rooms, and both often have good deals. I think the Omni is nicer than most places on the Riverwalk, and it often has a good band in the eve. Nice pool, too.

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The Omni looks nice to me but not to my budget. Know anything about the Hawthorn Suites at Riverwalk?

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Not familiar with that specific hotel, but Hawthorn Suites have typically been pretty good in other cities.

BTW, check Hotwire. They list the 4 star Med Center Hotel (the Omni) for 123$ on Nov. 2nd. That's pretty good for SA. I see other plces in that area for $37. I've never been screwed by Hotwire in SA.

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Hill Country towns will be virtually unaffected by Fiesta.

Downtown to Helotes is about a 20 minute drive. Airport area is a few minutes closer, you my get a good rate around there.

One of my favorite Mexican Restaurants is El Chaparral in Helotes.

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Strike that first line, an accidental copy from another post.

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Thanks for the restaurant tip...will have to check it out.

What's the area like around San Antonio and Helotes? Hilly, flat, busy, heavy traffic, or laid back? Never been except passing through in airports so I'm just curious to know what to expect. Also how's the weather the first of November?

I'm leaning towrds staying with Embassy Suites Northwest area. What's the area like there and why does everyone say it's hard to get to? Sorry for all the questions but if you don't ask you don't find out anything!

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Helotes is in the "Hill Country" so you guessed it, hilly. :) If your into music, I suggest you check out two other spots:

1. Quirky no frills, great soul, live music – Cassbeers. http://www.casbeers.com/ Don’t let the looks of this spot deter you voted several bests – live music, hamburgers, etc... over the years. Music’s free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, reasonable cover charge other nights.

2. Another Texas Dancehall - drive up I-35 just past New Braunfels to Gruene Hall, http://www.gruenehall.com/ Texas’ oldest dance hall. The Grist Mill is a great restaurant, shopping, and wine testing are also available.

As to things to do, you bassically have two choices:

1. In-town - Alamo, Other Missions, Riverwalk, El Mercado

2. Hill country trips - Small towns with shopping, Caves, Rivers, Winneries.

Again with your intrest in music, I'd suggest a visit to Fredericksburg and Luckenbach http://www.fredericksburg-texas.com/ and http://www.luckenbachtexas.com/

There's Great shopping, and other fun things.

Becker Vineyards www.beckervineyards.com/

Wild Seed Farm http://www.wildseedfarms.com/

Admiral Nimitiz Museum http://www.nimitz-museum.org/

Enchanted Rock State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/enchantd/,

Three of my favorite restaurants:

Fredericksburg Brew Pub http://www.yourbrewery.com/

Hilltop Café http://www.hilltopcafe.com/

Hondo’s On Main http://www.hondosonmain.com/Luckenbach

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The northwest sector of the city (IH 10, Bandera Rd and 281 areas outside of 1604) has some rolling hills. Most other areas of the city are fairly flat. Helotes is on Bandera Rd. outside of 1604. The IH 10/410 interchange, 410 between Bandera Rd. and Broadway, and the 281/1604 area, are probably the most congested areas of the city especially during rush (7:30-9:00 and 4:30-6:30), but isn't too bad outside of this time frame. The Embassy Suites is hard to get to because there is no direct exit to it. You can see the hotel from the highway, but by then it is too late to get to the right exit. From the airport you need to exit Vance Jackson Rd. and stay on the access road past Vance Jackson and Cherry Ridge. The hotel will be on the right hand side of the access road. You can get to Helotes from the Embassy by going IH 10 W to 1604 W and exit Bandera Rd. Helotes is just a couple of blocks west on Bandera Rd.

The weather in November should be pretty comfortable with lows around 50 and highs in the mid 70's. However, temperatures can vary widely during this time of the year and we can be in the low 80's or if a cold pushes it's way through South Texas we can have low temperatures near freezing. Check the weather forecast before your visit.

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I've never stayed at the Hawthorn suites, but I have been in the lobby and walked all the way around them. They seem like a nice place to stay for the money. They are on the quiet, north fork of the Riverwalk. The grounds are very beautiful with flowering bushes and trees. 1/2 of the rooms have balconies overlooking the river and downtown. There's a river taxi that you can take to the main part of the riverwalk where all the restaurants/bars/shops are. you can also walk the riverwalk around the "horseshoe" as well...or walk straight down Navarro during the day to the main section of the riverwalk. Returning to your hotel at night would merit a short taxi ride or water taxi ride just to be safe. ; )

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