San Antonio, TX
We made it to San Antonio! We left from South Padre Island at checkout time from the Airbnb, 10am, and drove straight here. It took right around 4 hours even with stopping for potty breaks for the kiddos.
I’m excited because I haven’t been to San Antonio in many, many years. The last time was for a conference I had to attend and didn’t get to see much of the Riverwalk or anything else.
We’re just spending the next two nights here, so still not much time to explore this time either, but it was the perfect half-way point to home and a good place to stop for a couple nights.
It’s actually supposed to rain the whole time we’re here, so we’ll just take the kids along the Riverwalk and possibly a river boat tour if the rain lets up enough. However, it’s not currently raining so the hubby found a German style biergarten so we’re headed there first for some food and drinks!
Where We Stayed
Hotel Contessa306 W Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205
This is the cutest boutique hotel right on the Riverwalk. We walk right out the back to the river and can get to everything we need to. The room is large enough for our whole family in one room, which is always a big plus. The only “con” for me is the size of the beds – I would rather have queen sized beds than doubles when in a suite but since it’s just two nights, I can manage. Any longer and we would for sure have had to get a different hotel.
What We Ate
Bier Garten126 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Stefan found this place while I was driving and said we had to go. We got the sausage and meat tower that came with a huge pretzel and of course two liters of beer! Ha! It was all so delicious, would highly recommend coming here again.
River's Edge Café & Patio Bar200 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205
This place was inside the Hilton hotel right along the Riverwalk. It was your typical breakfast food place and nothing too special. It was lightly raining so we chose to sit inside instead of along the river as their patio was not covered.
Casa Rio430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
I remembered this place from when I was here before and had to take Stefan and the kiddos back. I do not remember what I had, and didn’t take a picture of it – I know, bad food blogger – but it was delicious. Will for sure come back here the next time we come back.
Budro'sOn The Riverwalk Level, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Another find of Stefan’s and he was so excited to get a good steak to eat. I ordered scallops and they were amazing – cooked perfectly. This was honestly more of a linner reservation and not a true dinner.
Café Ole521 River Walk, San Antonio, TX 78205
We had an early dinner reservation so we came here after walking around a bit more and grabbed some apps and for a nighttime snack. We were lucky enough to get a table on the covered patio just as the sun was coming out again after it drizzling all day. We had a coupled margaritas then headed back to the room for the night.
What We Did
Walk the Riverwalk
The Riverwalk is gorgeous and just walking around and seeing all the giant trees, restaurants, and things along the path is fun. It rained on and off during our walk so we stopped and had drinks and apps and food throughout the day to get in and out of the rain.
Shopping at Rivercenter
It started raining pretty hard at one point during the day so we stopped in the Rivercenter Mall to get dry and do a little window shopping. It just a typical mall but it was nice to get out of the rain for a while. Right outside this mall is the Alamo so we would have had to go here anyway.
I feel like you can’t visit San Antonio without visiting The Alamo. It’s just a short walk from most of the hotels along the river and you can get a tour of it for free. You had to have made a reservation in advance for this, that we didn’t know about, so we just walked around the outside grounds a bit before heading to dinner.
Go Rio Boat Tour
The riverboat was closed for the day before and the full day we were there due to the rain. However, it cleared up gorgeously the day we were leaving so we grabbed tickets and took the riverboat tour after checking out of the hotel. It was the prefect little cap to the couple days. Our tour guide was amazing, personable, and very knowledgeable about all the history surrounding San Antonio and the River.