The Westin La Cantera, not just for the tourists!

Let me let you in on a little secret... The Westin La Cantera loves locals.

Most San Antonians are fairly familiar with The Westin La Cantera; that gleaming white expanse of architecture, a beacon that sits atop the gateway to Texas hill country -- a modern day tourist's Parthenon -- but are completely unaware of the treasure that awaits inside (even for locals).

Did you know that many of the events that are held at the Westin La Cantera are open to the public (meaning, you don't have to be a guest at the resort)?

My favorite activity that's open to the public?

The Texas Wine Tasting.

Find out why Texas is among the top 5 of U.S. wine producing states. Sommelier Steven Krueger will wine you & dine you on the many outstanding Texas wines that are competing against the best in the world, paired with various cheeses, fruits & carbs. A couple of my favorites include the Viognier from the McPherson Cellars and "Cornelious", the Tempranillo from Inwood Estates. The tasting is hosted daily from 5-6pm  in the newly renovated Steinheimer's Lounge. As the story goes, the bar's namesake, Karl Steinheimer, started out as a pirate then became a miner and struck gold in Mexico. Legend has it that he buried his treasure right here in Texas Hill Country. There's even a map to the buried treasure painted on the ceiling.

Another fave?

Dining at Francesca's at Sunset.

Chef Ernie Estrada will treat your taste buds to a symphony of Texas flavor. The resort's fine dining experience redirected its cuisine to focus on South Texas creations with a Southwestern flair. The new "farm-to-table" menu features locally and naturally nurtured produce resulting in seasonal, fresh fare. More than 80% of its food are from South Texas farmers and ranchers. And as you know, the resort sommelier, Steven Krueger adds to the Texas supported dining experience by featuring eight Texas vintners on his wine list.

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This is part 1 of a 2-part series on The Westin La Cantera. I hope that you'll join me next Tuesdays in August for a glimpse of this true gem of an escape.



{Disclosure: As a Westin La Cantera Family Blogger, I received a complimentary 2-night stay, spa services, food & beverage. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. For my full disclosure policy, click here.}


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