One of the many reasons Rach and I decided to pick Austin as our first travel assignment is because we both have family in the area. That being said, a few weeks ago we saw an opportunity for a weekend outing in San Antonio with our cousins John and Alex. We used Hotwire.com to find a reasonably priced hotel only a mile away from the downtown river walk.
Travel Tip: When booking a hotel in San Antonio (or any other city for that matter) ask if they have a shuttle service from the hotel. The Holiday Inn had a free shuttle service that dropped us off right by the river walk, and a driver who was always willing to give us suggestions of places to eat!
Here are some highlights from this trip:
FOOD: We ate out for every meal while in San Antonio and a few restaurants offered such a unique experience which incredible cuisine. Two of our favorites in San Antonio that we would try again are Gunther House, and Mi Tierra. Gunther House is a beautiful historical home along the river front. There are large trees in the front yard and flourishing gardens in the back. The family that used to live in this home owned the flour mill that sits a block behind the house. Many of the items on the menu are actually made with the flour produced at the mill so you can imagine that the biscuits and waffles were pretty darn delicious. One downfall to this restaurant is that they don’t take reservations. We showed up at 9:30 and had about a 45 minute wait which seemed like a long time until we realized we could tour a few rooms of the house and check out a small gift shop. Complimentary coffee was also offered to us while we waited. We also saw this as a great opportunity to Facetime Grandma Beulah and catch up with her! The other restaurant we really enjoyed was Mi Tierra. Mi Tierra is a Mexican café near the marketplace in San Antonio. This place is open 24/7 and had such a good brunch! We showed up at Mi Tierra at 9:30 on Sunday morning and I’m glad we didn’t show up a moment later. Almost as soon as we sat down people started pouring in the restaurant and thus a long line and wait formed. This place is great if you’re looking for some live music, Christmas décor, and the best homemade flour tortillas we’ve ever had.
DRINK: There are margaritas everywhere along the Riverwalk, but if you are looking a unique drink experience be sure to check out the oldest and longest bar in Texas at The Esquire Tavern. While it started as a barber shop, this bar opened up the day after prohibition ended, and has an authentic vintage feel, especially the “Downstairs.”
We spent a large majority of our time just wandering around the river walk. There’s so much to see and hear on the river walk that you really could plan a trip to San Antonio and only sit on the riverwalk and be completely entertained. While some of the shops and restaurants in this area feel a little touristy it’s still a beautiful area that’s worth checking out. We also did a river cruise while we were on the river walk which was definitely worth it. We were able to sit down and learn a little more about the history of the river walk. We also enjoyed the Alamo. Rach and John had been before and new a decent amount of the history of this place. Alex and I, however, were very disappointed to learn that we did in fact lose the Alamo. One of the last activities we did while in San Antonio was the mission trail. This is a drivable trail that starts at the Alamo and passes by 4 other missions in the region. It was really interesting to learn more about the history of the area.
San Antonio was such a cool experience for us and we can’t wait to go back to see how they decorate the riverwalk during the holidays!