Do You Know Lily & Roland Lopez?

Lily & Roland LopezLily and Roland bought the Brackenridge House Bed & Breakfast in the King William neighborhood in January of 2011, and have been living there since.

A San Antonio native, Roland is a self-employed locksmith with 27 years of experience. He was born and raised in San Antonio and has lived here his entire life. Like so many San Antonio natives, he has been a die-hard Spurs fan since childhood. His other interests include fishing, walking and bird-watching (in fact, every room in the Brackenridge House is named after a bird!). When he is not doing handy-work in the B&B (or locksmith work), you’ll often find him walking along the San Antonio river, watching the Spurs, or feeding the birds.

Lily was born and raised in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and attended the Universitat Autónoma there. She had family in San Antonio, so when she finished school in the early 1990’s, she moved here to live with them and improve her English language skills. Initally, her plans were to live in the US for a short time, but she met Roland, and her plans changed. She began working for multiple Bed & Breakfasts in the area. She did housecleaning, cooking, and was an “Inn Sitter” for B&B owners when they vacationed or needed a break. One of those B&Bs was the Brackenridge House. Over time, she spent more and more time working there, and less and less time working at other establishments. Eventually, that turned into a full-time position.

Outside of work, Lily enjoys making jewelry, gardening and cooking. She is passionate about trying new recipes and preparing dishes that are as attractive as they are delicious.

Roland and Lily were married in 2003 and bought the Brackenridge House In 2011 when the prior owners retired. They love the Bed & Breakfast business because they have guests from all over the world. The quaint setting and relaxing atmosphere encourage a friendly environment in which they can really get to know their guests and learn about different parts of the world.

Roland and Lily come to the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour when they can, so say hello the next time you see them. Or feel free to get in touch with them if you’d like to see the Brackenridge House (info@brackenridgehouse.com). It may be a good place for out-of-town family and friends to stay when they visit!

Originally published January 25, 2012 in the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour update.

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