Welcome back to our tour of San Antonio…today, is all about The Menger Hotel, Chico’s & me.
Yesterday, I showed you Alamo Plaza and today we go next door to The Menger Hotel, as their website site states, is known for legends and lore.
German immigrants, William and Mary Menger, opened the hotel in 1859 and it became known for its architecture, tunnels, gardens and stories of personalities who were taken with it.
The Mengers were loved by this community not only for a fabulous facility and entertainment, but also for their charitable spirits and generosity to the poor.
THE MENGER HOTEL
According to historians, these personalities were regulars at The Menger:
Oscar Wilde was a regular and the famous sculptor, Gutzon Borgium of Mt. Rushmore fame had a studio located there.
Captain Richard King of the famous King Ranch, was known for the cotillion he hosted at The Menger and later died at the hotel.
The well-known short story author, William Sidney Porter (O.Henry) wrote of the hotel in several of his works.
But, perhaps it is best known as a gathering place for President Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders.
They often frequented the bar in the hotel where you can find their stories and memorabilia.
The famous Chisholm Trail went through what now is the beautiful courtyard.
In 1864, the cattle drives would follow the trail from San Antonio up to Kansas.
Now, in modern day times, it was also the location where former President Bill Clinton discovered mango ice cream while campaigning.
He loved it so much, he had it shipped for his Inauguration Day festivities.
These days, The Menger is also known for its ghosts and is on the ghost tour for San Antonio. I guess all of these people love it so much that they have not really left it behind!
THE MENGER HOTEL & CHICO’S
Wearing Chico’s new color, Red Zinnia, was perfect for a visit to the Menger.
Of course in San Antonio, the more color the better and I am thrilled (as a Vibrant Autumn) to see this color hit the racks.
It is a vibrant combination of red and orange and depending on the light can sometimes look solely red or orange.
A great warm color to take into spring.
Today, I am wearing the Zenergy Relaxed Fit V-Neck Tunic…a perfect travel garment!
I paired it with the Zipper Hem Ankle Pants…a Chico’s necklace and bracelet…and taupe sneakers.
The pants are also perfect for travel and look so nice for a walking tour.
Here are more Chico’s garments in this amazing color, Red Zinnia:
THE MENGER HOTEL, CHICO’S & ME
Some of you may be wondering…if this is a post with The Menger Hotel, Chico’s & me…where is Leigh?
You can see the back of her hair on the other side of the gorgeous lobby. Of course, she was there.
After walking Alamo Plaza and the hotel, we needed comfy chairs and to find a glass of tea.
As a local, I love to go downtown and enjoy playing tourist for awhile.
Thanks to Chico’s for getting us out in travel ready clothing.
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By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: There were items within this post which were given to me for review. The words are my own.