• Venue Spotlight: Hotel Emma

    Elevating the hotel experience with a stylish nod to the Pearl District’s past.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Venue Spotlight: Hotel Emma

    Elevating the hotel experience with a stylish nod to the Pearl District’s past.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     

Hotel Emma, in all its comfortable and unconventional glory, has come to life in the original Pearl Brewhouse in San Antonio’s Pearl District. The 146-room boutique hotel is named for Emma Koehler, the wife of brewery founder Otto Koehler. After her husband’s death, Emma successfully steered the Pearl Brewery through Prohibition.

Hotel Emma features lush details like custom-made Guayabera robes and complimentary Electra cruiser bikes for guests, who may find it difficult to part with the hotel’s carefully curated 3,700-volume library or rooftop pool. The venue also offers 6,160 square feet of event space.

When you want to escape the lingering Texas heat for a few days in the fall, but you don’t really want to head north to more blustery conditions, Sonoma or Monterey, located northeast and south of San Francisco respectively, are fabulous options for short retreats or group getaways. And, lucky for you, if you live in or near Dallas, both destinations have direct flights from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, making your trip stress-free.

Wine Country: Three Days in Sonoma County

 

Airport-friendly hotels’ proximity and amenities add up for extra convenience for planners.

 

Born and raised in Bryan, about 90 miles east of Village of Salado, Chadley Hollas, Village of Salado’s director of tourism, says he came to the town with one goal: to help Salado become Texas’ best small destination. His favorite thing about his adopted hometown is the people. “They are quirky, creative and hospitable—a neat combination that makes for many good conversations,” says Hollas.