Save the Alamo!

6 05 2008

In honor of Cinco de Mayo yesterday, I made Mexican lasagna and planned a trip to San Antonio! My family and I went on a trip when I was in high school, but that’s been at least 10 years ago. My husband (who is half Spanish—on his mother’s side), and I have been wanting to go there for years, so I put together a hopeful agenda for what I’d like to do in a day in San Antonio. But you can borrow it.

Here’s what we would do with a day (or more!) in the city:




Take a stroll on the River Walk. Then stop for breakfast at Guenther House.

The River Walk is a beautiful haven of water surrounded by trees, flowers, music, and restaurants, winding for more than 2 miles. And neat! It’s 20 feet below street level.

Guenther House features breakfast tacos, waffles, pancakes, and biscuits in the historic King William district. Enjoy your treats on an outdoor terrace right on the River Walk.


 Later that morning…


See some of the sights! There’s lots to choose from. If you’ve never done the Alamo, you simply must see this historic landmark.

Or swing by the San Antonio Museum of Art. This building was once the Lone Star Brewery connected and redone to form an amazing space housing incredible works of art. There’s also the free (with a requested $5 donation) McNay Art Museum. These buildings were once Spanish-Colonial style mansions, but now house European and American art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

If you’re a golfer, head on over to the La Cantera Golf Club, where the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open is held each September. For us mini-golf-only out there, there is a golf school where you can improve your game with a lesson.

I plan on heading to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, where you can drive from downtown to each of four historic missions. This trail stretches 9 miles from the Alamo along the San Antonio River. The park is opened daily, but I can’t wait to attend mass, conducted in English, at the active Mission San Jose, held on Sundays at noon. Guitar and trumpet players perform Spanish songs.




If you’re tired of all the Tex-Mex flavor by this time, you might want to dine at Sushi Zushi. It’s near to the River Walk, but highlights traditional Japanese dishes. Or… if you’re still wanting more chiles, guacamole, and enchiladas there’s still plenty to choose from. Try out Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia, Iron Cactus, or Eyes Over Texas for traditional local specialties.




You might want to drop the men off at the hotel, but if you still have some strength left in you, head on over for some shopping at the Garden Room, San Angel Folk Art, or Paris Hatters.

The Garden Room sits on an old Indian site, and offers custom decorations. So when you get home, you can throw a good, Southern Texas style party in honor of your trip! San Angel Folk Art displays artists work from all over the world, but most of the pieces have a Latin flair highlighting religious themes including Alfredo Rodriquez carvings of saints. Paris Hatters will make you a custom “sombrero” or any other hat that fits your fancy. And you’ll be in good company. They’ve covered the tops of celebrities such as Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Paul McCartney, Prince Charles, B. B. King,  Kid Rock and Pope John Paul II.




After a fun-filled and busy day, you’ll want to kick back, perhaps visit a good sing-along piano bar, such as Howl at the Moon or a concert at Sunset Station. Perhaps a 40-minute cruise down the River Walk on Rio San Antonio Cruises is more your style. Then you could step out to Aztec on the River for a sound and light show or catch the evening show at the Fiesta Noche del Rio.

And for something really special, the Miller Outdoor Theatre is playing Sleeping Beauty right now, but they always have brilliant performances. Make sure to check their calendar before making the trip.




There’s plenty to do at nights, but don’t forget to enjoy the cuisine one more time with a nice dinner at Biga on the Banks. Their award-winning chef Bruce Auden changes the menu often, but you are sure to enjoy one of his imaginative dishes.


Nighty-Night Time


It depends on your budget, but there are plenty of nice rooms to stay in while your in San Antonio. Here are just a few for different price-points, ranging from modest to extravagant.

The Emily Morgan Hotel is in the very center of downtown, within walking distance of major landmarks, including the River Walk (can you tell this is the central scene of our journey?).

The Menger Hotel is a historic landmark, with a swimming pool, fitness room, restaurant, and spa.

And for a real treat, stay at the Watermark Hotel and Spa. This is a newer hotel that will pamper you and make you never want to leave. Be sure to visit the spa, filled with aromas of boiled herbs and serenity, as a respite from your lively time at the River Walk experience. 


{It’s important for you folks to remember that we don’t get a dime endorsing these fine establishments. They are just our opinions and the things we’ve enjoyed, would like to enjoy in the near future, or just think you should know about! Eat every experience up, and be sure to let us know what you think, or if you have a place of interest you’d like Becky and me to check out!} 





One response

7 05 2008

When I hear anything about the Alamo, I always think about that ridiculous scene from PeeWee’s Playhouse and Tina (a.k.a Carlene, old character from Designing Women) asks the group to pernounce the word, Adobe. Altogether now, ADOBE!

Silly Pee Wee, there is no basement at the Alamo!

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