LA CANTERA RESORT
By Michael Hepworth
La Cantera Resort in
is located about 15 miles from downtown
San Antonio, and this luxurious resort will pamper all your needs for a weekend or
longer getaway in real
style. Even though it is part of a large chain with 508 rooms, there
is still something of a unique feel to the property, thanks to the staff
who know how to roll out the hospitality,
style. Located adjacent to Six
Flags Fiesta, and also conveniently close to the Texas Hill Country and
the town of
Fredericksburg, La Cantera remains on of the hottest properties in this part of
Texas. The architecture and landscaping has a Texas Colonial feel with strong
Spanish influence, and much of the resort is influenced by the legendary
King Ranch, the largest working ranch in Texas
at one time.
There is a also a group of private villas away from
the main hotel called Casita Village, and these are the places to stay in
if you really appreciate luxurious living. There are 11 of these newly
decorated houses that have their own pool and hot tub in the village, and
are named after an authentic Texas
working ranch-Briscoe, La Escalera, JA, Kokernot, Long X, Matador,
Pitchfork, Swenson, Waggoner, XIT and Yturria. The décor is Texas
Colonial style with liberal uses of wood and beautiful polished tiles.
Each casita has an outside patio, and the interior art is of course
Western themed from artists Diane Lacy and Bob Moorehouse.
If golfing is your thing, then the par 72 championship Resort Golf
Course is available to guests. The
famous Valero Texas Open is held here annually.
An adjacent course known as the Palmer course is a par 71, and is a
couple of hundred yards less than the Resort Course at 6,926 yards.
If you are a beginner or want to brush up on your skills, then the Golf
at La Cantera will teach you all you need to know.
The resort has a shuttle service to the brand new
Shops at La Cantera, home to such shopping luminaries as Nieman Marcus and
Nordstrom, about 150 shops in 1.3 million square feet of indulgent
shopping. Try the spa treatment at Nieman Marcus where they use Sisley
products out of Paris for the gentleman’s facial. There
are a bunch of restaurants at the resort all under the watchful eye of
executive chef John Armstrong, but if you are into fine dining then the
place to go is Francesca’s, one of the top restaurants in San Antonio.
Serving gourmet southwestern cuisine, Chef de Cuisine Ernie Estrada has
the luxury of an extravagant wine list (180 vintages) at his disposal
overseen by Sommelier Steven Krueger. The restaurant has won the coveted
Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence for two consecutive years, and
is also rated a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant.
Celebrity chef Mark Miller of Coyote Café helped
create the menu, and the various chefs who have worked at Francesca’s
have brought their own style as well to the menu, which is constantly
changing. Some of the staples however that you should try include the Ceviche de Mariscos Veracruzano and the “Three Sisters” Tamales for appetizers. The ceviche for example
includes scallops, lobster, blue crab, sea bass and manzanilla olives in a
tomato-lime essence. Entrees
include Artic Char, Sweet Corn dusted Jumbo lump crab cakes, spicy grilled
duck legs and sweet paprika crusted sea bass. I think you get the picture,
that this is a class place and reservations are absolutely essential as it
is only a small place.
La Cantera Resort
16641 La Cantera Parkway