J.McLaughlin Local Guides: San Antonio

A South Texas gem, San Antonio is home to many historical American landmarks, such as the Alamo. It's the second most populated city in the Lone Star State as well as a destination where you can find sunshine 300 days out of the year. Suffice to say, you'll always find something to do. Our J.McLaughlin store (5930 Broadway Street) is located in the Upper Alamo Heights neighborhood. While it’s close to downtown San Antonio and the Pearl District, it captures that small town feeling of calm and charm. If you're looking for the best places for sightseeing, we compiled a travel guide for things to do in San Antonio — you'll need great places to go with your latest #jmclook!

McNay Art MuseumMcNay Art Museum

San Antonio has some of the best museums in the world. Art connoisseurs will enjoy the McNay Art Museum, which is home to over 22,000 European and American modern pieces. Another must-visit spot is the Witte, an interdisciplinary museum that incorporates exhibitions around science and culture. 


From the Witte, you'll be able to head on over to the San Antonio Botanical Garden for nature-inspired adventures. There, you'll find a lush plant paradise in the Texan desert. Throughout the year, the botanical garden offers events, exhibits, and classes — take advantage of the walks and workshops included with admission!


Unwind with a stroll alongside the lovely San Antonio River. The San Antonio River Walk features destinations for shopping, sightseeing, and eating. You can't leave San Antonio without absorbing the local history, and the River Walk is a great route for exploring the city, steps away from the Alamo and San Antonio missions. You can also take a cruise down the River Walk with Go Rio, which provides narrated tours about the city's history and culture. 

Hotel Emma San AntonioHotel Emma San Antonio

So, let's talk about food. There's no shortage of delicious Mexican cuisine around San Antonio. Near our location on Broadway, stop by So Luna's or Paloma Blanca's for the best dishes. According to Zagat, Paloma Blanca is the highest-rated Mexican restaurant in San Antonio. Its offerings include ceviche, grilled snapper, handmade flautas, and more. 


For a place to stay at the end of your San Antonio adventures, the historic Hotel Emma, a 19th-century brewhouse turned boutique hotel, is a local favorite known for its Southern hospitality. A few of the 146-room lodge's luxuries include a bar and club room as well as a restaurant that's part farm table and part bistro. 

Wherever you head on your Texan journey, you can't go wrong with a #jmclook. Elevate your cowboy boots with a warm-weather dress or keep it casual with jeans and an easy shirt — you'll find all your wardrobe needs from J.McLaughlin.