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Del Rio

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Del Rio [1] is a city in the South Texas Plains, across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña in Mexico.

Get in

Although Del Rio has a small airport, the best way to come is by car by either US 277 from Sonora on I-10 (about 80 miles north) or via US 90 from San Antonio (about 200 miles east).

Get around

The best way is by personal car. There is at least one taxi company.

See

  • The Firehouse. is Del Rio's art center and offers changing exhibits in the city's former fire station.

Laughlin Air Force Base is located just outside Del Rio. [Image:F-22 Raptor (1867124283).jpg|thumb|right|F-22 Raptor]

Do

The major attraction in the Del Rio area is Amistad National Recreation Area, where camping, boating, and fishing are available (the Bassmasters Elite tournament was held here for four years in a row until 2008). At Lake Amistad, visitors can also find 4,000-year-old Indian pictographs, which are accessible only by boat at Panther Cave and at Parida Cave.

Val Verde Winery in the downtown area offers a wine-tasting of about a dozen of their wines for about $5 per person or a free tasting of only three. Their wines are excellent and range from sweet (notably the San Felipe del Rio red, their Texas Rose, and their Muscat Cannelli) to exceptionally dry (Cabernet Sauvignon), but their port has won awards. Most of their wines are blends with grapes from other vineyards, but one is made of only grapes grown at the winery.

Karaoke at Lorina's Cantina (see below) on Saturday nights.

Buy

Del Rio has one, relatively small, indoor mall with typical mall stores: Beall's, Penney's, etc. and the town cinema with several screens.

The Adrian Falcon Gallery offers contemporary art by Del Rio native Adrian Falcon.

Eat

La Hacienda is a Mexican restaurant downtown that offers an excellent buffet of Mexican food for a very reasonable price. One item not on the menu is "cabrito" (goat), which you have to ask for and it is excellent, succulent meat, beautifully roasted. Each day the restaurant roasts one goat in the morning and sells it until it runs out. Get there early! Their coffee is great and compares well to Starbuck's.

Lorina's Cantina, outside of town on US 90 toward the Lake, has steak night on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00. Call ahead to reserve a steak. The steaks are about 3/4 to 1 lb in size, thick cut, wonderful, beautifully seasoned, succulent, and come with a baked potato and salad (only lettuce and dressings) bar for only $13 per person. This is a real meal for meat-and-potato-kind-of-guys.

T&B (Todd and Bullet's) Bar and Grill next to the Day's Inn on US 90 has good food and a good bar. Anthony Bourdain of the Travel Channel once came here for their Corona Chicken, which is succulent pieces of chicken about the size of the neck of a Corona bottle filled with cheese and wrapped in bacon.

Chinto's on Sixth street has excellent Mexican food and generous portions in a comfortable atmosphere for very resonable prices. Hours about 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (per many traditional Mexican restaurants).

Standard fast food (Wendy's, Whataburger, etc.) and chains (Chili's, Luby's, etc.) are available.

There is one Thai restaurant, Jitra's, in town with good Thai food.

Drink

Lorina's Cantina and TB's are excellent places for relaxing evenings with a beer and friends. TB's also offers excellent food seven nights a week, while Lorina's offers steaks on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8.

For a glass of wine in a quiet, comfortable atmosphere, Casa de Vino on US 90 near Lake Amistad (not far from Lorina's) is the place to go. It offers about 300 different wines and a small appetizer menu in a comfortable, very clean setting. Casa de Vino also offers a small patio for watching the sun set on warm evenings.

Sleep

  • Best Western Inn of Del Rio, 810 Avenue F, +1 830 775-7511, Toll-free: +1 800 336-3537, Fax: +1 830 774-2194, [2].
  • Motel 6, 2115 Veterans Boulevard, +1 830 774-2115, Fax: +1 830 774-4878, [3].
  • Ramada Inn Del Rio, 2101 Veterans Blvd, 830-775-1511 (fax: 830-775-1476), [4]. Free high-speed wireless, heated outdoor pool, indoor fitness center.
  • Villa Del Rio, +1-800-995-1887 (), [5]. Bed and breakfast in a historic mansion dating to 1887 during the boomtown days in Del Rio. $95-$225.

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