Weekend Getaways: San Antonio, Texas
Its been a couple of years since I’ve been to San Antonio, Texas and I had forgotten how beautiful the place is to visit. If you’ve never been, then put it on your bucket list of cities to visit, if you’ve been before its time to visit again. This itinerary contains tips on what to do, where to eat and most importantly where to stay.
Where to stay
When you visit San Antonio staying on the River Walk is a must, this is the crown jewel of San Antonio and is what it is most well known for. I would highly recommend staying at the Hyatt Regency, it is located directly on the River Walk and is in the heart of the action with many bars and restaurants at your door step. The hotel also has the benefit of overlooking the Alamo which is another must see destination in San Antonio. The Riverwalk actually passes through the Atrium creating a spectacular entrance and a pedestrian connection between the River Walk and the Alamo tourist areas.
The Hyatt Regency doesn’t only boast a great location it also offers wonderful amenities including the highest roof top pool in San Antonio.
If you are looking for somewhere to relax after a long day of exploring stop by the Q Bar for a perfectly mixed cocktail and some delicious bar snacks.
Event Space at the Hyatt Regency
Thinking of hosting an event in San Antonio and want a truly memorable space for the occasion? You need to check out the best kept secret in San Antonio, La Vista Terrace. Directly overlooking the historic Alamo, the 2400-square-foot venue is adorned with contemporary Texas flair. Its perfect for any type of occasion, and the views, well they speak for themselves.
Places to visit
The San Antonio Riverwalk
A trip to San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without exploring the Riverwalk. The heart of the River Walk is the original bend in river which as an abundance of restaurants, bars and other shops. To really make the most of it, allow almost a full day to walk around and do some exploring.
Anyone familiar with US history, and in particular Texas history will have heard about The Alamo. It is well know for the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 which was pivotal in the Texas Revolution. In short, Texian troops endured a 13 day siege by the Mexican Army that resulted in the deaths of all the Texians. News of the defeat and cruelty at the hands of the Mexican Army sparked a rush to join the Texian Army. Several months later with additional troops and a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the the Mexican Army at the battle of San Jacinto. Today The Alamo is a reminder of the past, however given its history it is a very popular attraction and to get photos without lots of people standing in your way I would suggest going very early.
If you are looking for a great place to spend the Day head out to The Pearl which his located 10 minutes North of Downtown by car. Originally a brewery it had been converted into a mixed use center with a range of bars and shops, combined with a mixed use open areas that includes sculptures and fountains, it is an easy way to spend the day here exploring.
The Pearl is now the northern most point of the River Walk, if you are feeling very energetic the walk is around 2 miles and follows the San Antonio river the entire way.
Essex Modern City
A new development located about a 10 minute drive south of the Riverwalk, its a fun and vibrant place with a lot of really amazing street art. The plan for this space is to create an urban infill project which much like The Pearl will consist of bars, restaurants and mixed use space. Until construction starts and the plans are approved by the City the area is being used for pop up art installations and concerts, I would highly recommend checking it out.
More information see the website: https://essexmoderncity.com/
If you are looking for something a little more cultured, it is worth visiting The Witte museum. It was established in 1926 to tell the story of Texas, from prehistoric to present, however in the last several years the museum has undergone some significant renovations and expansions and now boasts an array of items related to Texas. If you are as excited about Natural History as I am this is an absolute must.
Places to eat & drink
Lunch at Gourdough’s Public House
In the mood for something different? Then you have to try Gourdough’s Public House which is an Austin based restaurant specializing in everything doughnut!
Brunch at Down On Grayson
Looking for the perfect brunch spot? Look no further than Down On Grayson, located next to The Pearl its the perfect place to start you day!
Boozy Nights at SoHo Wine & Martini Bar
If you are looking for craft cocktails, I would recommend getting off the Riverwalk which caters for tourists and can be quite busy and head to SoHo Wine & Martini Bar. They have a very limited menu and would rather you tell them what drinks you love so they can whip up something special for you. If you are an Espresso Martini fan I have to say its one of the best I have ever had.
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