What’s a better way to get a taste of local San Antonio culture and cooking than to stay in a bed and breakfast? San Antonio has countless huge old homes built in the Spanish-colonial, French, and German style from the 18th and 19th century, and many are still single family-owned. Many owners have converted these homes into bed and breakfasts as a means of living, and there’s so many of them in the area that it’s hard to decide on just one. A few, though, rise above the rest.
1. Best breakfast in town is at Inn at Craig Place, which is also one of the most romantic B&Bs – perfect spot for a wedding or couple’s getaway weekend.
2. The King William neighborhood is the most beautiful and well-preserved historical neighborhoods in SA, and King William Manor is a perfect example of the area. The owners have managed to keep the home and yards in pristine condition, but also make a stay there cozy and comfortable.
3. Greek revival is one of the more interesting architectural styles in the area, and the Brackenridge House is a lovely example. The picturesque white columns outside form a counterpoint with the comfort of the quilts and wicker that await inside.
4. The 1908 Ayres inn is a bit more modern in design than other B&Bs in the area, and also has a more hotel-like feel. While not as historical in feel than older and larger homes, the Ayres owners more than make up for it in hospitality — rooms come complete with cell phones that can be used to get in contact with the hosts, in case you can’t remember the way to that great restaurant they told you about the day before.
5. For a more private stay, try A Yellow Rose, an inn on a quiet residential street near the King William neighborhood. The inn itself is close to but outside of the touristy areas, and rooms have their own private outdoor entrances.
6. For a little German flavor, the Ruckman Haus is the place to stay. The rooms each have a theme based on a European style (the Luxembourg, the French, etc), and the porch and gardens are stunning.
7. Great for kids, Prince Solms is located right near the best spot for innertubing on the river just outside of town. The piano bar in the basement provides fun for adults, too.
8. The Gardenia Inn is another lovely Greek revival home in the King William district, just two blocks away from the river and within short walking distance of lots of other sights. Rooms are tastefully decorated in a more traditional southern style.
9. Stay in true luxury just outside of town at the Mosheim Mansion. Fireplaces, antiques, jacuzzis – now this is the life.
10. You’ll feel transported back to an older area at the Oge House Inn, situated right on the riverwalk. With the beautifully restored Victorian architecture and decor, and the gazebo in the lovely gardens in back, this is also another great spot for a wedding.
[photo courtesy of AndYaDontStop]