Samantha Brown got a crash course in San Antonio food and culture on a trip featured on the latest season of her PBS show, “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love.”
Airing Feb. 19, the San Antonio episode highlights some well-known tourist stops, including Missions Concepción in San José, as well as hidden gems, like the Echo Bridge Appreciation Society concerts.
Brown begins his visit with a kayaking trip along the San Antonio River courtesy of Mission Kayak. She talks to company owner Sarah Neal, who retired from the Air Force after a debilitating accident and started kayaking as part of physical therapy. She now shares the sport with locals and tourists who seek views of the city from the water.
From there, viewers watch as Brown visits several locations along Mission Reach, including Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose, which she passes through with Epifanio and Gloria Hernandez. Epifanio Hernandez’s family lived in one of the missions about 200 years ago and she speaks with Brown about the history of the mission’s indigenous people at the site.
A trip to San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without the local food, so Brown hangs out with Alejandro Paredes of Carnitas Longja as well as Elizabeth Johnson of Pharm Table, who chats with Brown about the city’s designation as a Creative City. of UNESCO gastronomy.
Back on the river, Brown met musician Tejano Santiago Jimenez Jr. before enjoying his performance under the Mrs. Frank W. Sorrell Bridge as part of the Echo Bridge Appreciation Society.
Before leaving town, Brown heads just outside San Antonio to Bracken Cave to watch some 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the cave at dusk.
“San Antonio is a town that feels like a small town,” Brown said in a statement. “People are all connected by the river which is at the heart of its history and its main source of inspiration for creativity. San Antonio looks like a welcoming, tight-knit town, filled with the hospitality that Texans are known for.
Brown’s show is focused on domestic destinations this season. Besides San Antonio, the season includes cities like Houston, Louisville, Kentucky and Colorado Springs, Colorado.