San Antonio is the perfect blend of historical meets modern and the city is celebrating its 300th year—making it summer 2018’s ideal Texas getaway. Get ready to fiesta!
Located just off the River Walk and minutes from downtown and The Alamo is the luxurious Hotel Emma. Once a 19th century brew house, it offers rooms with two-story terraces, original artwork and vaulted ceilings that highlight the exciting culture of San Antonio. Catch a river taxi at the hotel and enjoy a boat ride into downtown (where The Alamo is!).
Of course you can’t go wrong with the Omni La Mansion del Rio. In addition to its prime location, the attached restaurant, Las Canarias, is rumored to have the best hand-made margaritas on the River Walk.
If you’re bringing the kids (or pets) with you this summer, the Staybridge Suites NW is minutes from Six Flags Fiesta Texas Amusement and Water Park. The hotel features kitchenettes, bedrooms, an outdoor pool and complimentary laundry facilities.
To celebrate San Antonio’s 300 years, be sure to head on over to San Antonio’s cultural mixed-use space, The Pearl, and check out Olé, San Antonio, a program happening all summer through September 16th. Olé will feature Spanish menus with collaborations from local chefs, Spanish goods from surrounding retailers, music, dancing and much more. While visiting The Pearl, be sure to check out LeeLee Shoes, because who doesn’t love getting new shoes? In addition to all the lust-worthy shoes, they also boast a nice collection of womenswear and accessories. The Pearl has some of our other faves to shop too, like Pearl Farmers Market, The Tiny Finch, and Adelante Boutique. Be sure to cool down at Lick Honest Ice Creams (cause Texas is hot and shopping is cardio).
Continuing on Pearl Street, Dos Carolinas is a great spot to pick up a gift for your favorite guy. This unique store specializes in guayaberas—a men’s shirt that is 100% cotton, usually with some embroidery and contrasting borders (Cuban wedding shirts). It’s hard to find a 100% cotton men’s shirt these days that is nicer than your average t-shirt, so you better capitalize on this opportunity while you’ve got it.
Don’t go hungry in a city known for its great food. For brunch, we recommend NOLA Brunch & Beignets. The beignets and coffee are delicious, but you haven’t lived until you’ve had their praline bacon. You’re welcome.
Other tasty brunch options include:
- The Fruiteria Botanero – whether you’re looking for light brunch, a full meal, or just cocktails, this menu has authentic Mexican flare and so does the ambiance.
- Magnolia Pancake Haus – because who doesn’t love pancakes and waffles?
When it comes to lunch stops or dinner dining, check out La Fonda on Main, the perfect Tex-Mex stop. If you’re looking for something other than Mexican food, then Bliss is the spot for you. This American restaurant has an ever-changing menu to utilize and emphasize the best of the season and creativity of the chefs. The intimate dining area only has 52 seats, so a reservation is recommended. San Antonio has some amazing noodle places too! Be sure to check out Tenko Ramen or Ming’s Noodle Bar, both local favorites.
Is there a better way to end a trip to San Antonio than by sipping cocktails on the patio of the River Walk? We didn’t think so either. Biga on the Banks is the place to do just that. With a innovative menu to match the great beer and wine lists, we know this is the best way to spend any evening.
If you find some spare time while in San Antonio, take a tour of the Alamo and other historic missions, spend an afternoon at Fiesta Texas, check out the latest art exhibits at Blue Star or take the kiddos to Sea World and catch a show. Lastly, you won’t want to miss out on a cultural song and dance performance along the River Walk at Fiesta Noche del Rio.