“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
The elegant King William neighborhood lies just southwest of HemisFair Park, an easy walk from the major downtown hotels. Initially settled in the 1860s by well-heeled German immigrants, it's stuffed full of well-maintained, grandiose Victorian homes. After deteriorating somewhat in the early 1900s, it was revitalized in the 1950s before becoming the city's first official historical district in 1968. Many of the homes have been refurbished as art studios, galleries, antique shops and B&Bs, and it's worth passing through just to gawk at the architecture. There are coffee shops and theaters aplenty, too. Grab a casual bite at La Tuna Grill, a local favorite that describes itself as "a hop, skip, and stagger from the Blue Star Art Gallery."