San Antonio Romantic Getaway



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You don't even need a rental car for this romantic weekend. Stay downtown at The Westin on the River Walk and enjoy the city and all the history it has to offer, while dining at the best romantic restaurants.

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Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood

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219 East Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Contact:

tel: 210 472-2600


Church Bistro and Theatre

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Location:

1150 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78210

Contact:

tel: 210 271 7791
fax: 210 653 3759


San Antonio Botanical Garden

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Location:

555 Funston
(at N New Braunfels Ave)
San Antonio, TX 78209

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tel: (210) 207 3250 / (210) 207 3097


Day 1 - San Antonio


Assuming you arrive in San Antonio in the afternoon of Day One, you can grab a taxi from the airport and head directly to The Westin Hotel for afternoon check-in. Enjoy the traditional Mexican pastries, flavored coffees, and chocolate, offered daily from 3:30-5:30pm in the lobby, as a classical guitarist plays live. Once you have settled in, head down to River level to the River Walk. If you would rather float than walk, take a 45 minute narrated tour of the San Antonio River aboard a Rio San Antonio cruise. Board the river barge across from the Hilton Palacio Del Rio Hotel and learn all about the San Antonio River and it's rich history. After your little tour, indulge in a fabulous dinner at The Fig Tree restaurant. The Fig Tree has been awarded the "Distinguished Restaurants of North America" every year since 1998 and has also been awarded Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. After dinner, you can walk right next door to the Arneson River Theater to watch a performance of "Fiesta Noche Del Rio", a Mexican folkloric dance and music extravaganza. The show is every Fri and Sat from May through Mid-August at 8:30pm. Later on, if you want to head somewhere for cocktails, the Swig Martini Bar always has a good crowd and is pretty laid back. If you prefer something a little less crowded and more cozy, Club Cohiba (at the Havana Riverwalk Inn) is a great option. It is a little bit of a walk , so you may want to take a cab. Get your rest, tomorrow is a busy day!


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River Walk

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454 Losoya
(runs through downtown)
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: (210) 227 4262
fax: +1 210 212 7602


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Fig Tree Restaurant

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Location:

515 Villita Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: +1 210 224 1976
fax: +1 210 271 9180


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Arneson River Theatre

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Location:

418 Villita
La Villita
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: 210 212 6771 / 210 207 8610


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Swig Martini Bar

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Location:

111 West Crockett Street #205
(between Presa and Navarro streets)
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: +1 210 476 0005
fax: 210 476 0243


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Westin River Walk (The)

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420 W Market St
At Navarro
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: +1 210 224 6500
fax: +1 210 444 6000


Day 2 - San Antonio


Day Two starts around 10 am at San Antonio's star attraction, The Alamo. You can spend anywhere from 30-90 minutes at the Alamo depending on what you want to see. I would highly recommend watching the 20 minute video on the history of the Battle of the Alamo, at a minimum, just so you get the full history of this special place. After the Alamo, head down to the Riverwalk for a nice Italian lunch al fresco at Paesano's. Sit outside and watch the boats go by. After lunch, it's back up to street level. Head south on Alamo Street now to to La Villita Historic Arts Village. Visit the galleries and the quaint Little Church of La Villita. It is a nice area to get some pretty pictures too . Cross Alamo Street to Hemisfair Park , home of the Tower of the Americas. This urban park is nice with waterfalls and photo spots. If you want to get a bird's eye view of the city, go up to the observation deck at the top of the Tower and see all of San Antonio. This is an especially nice view if you catch it as the sun begins to set! Hopefully you worked up a great appetite for some of the best food in San Antonio. Take the River Walk again to Biga on the Banks and enjoy a nice long dinner. Biga received the highest Zagat rating of any Riverwalk restaurant in San Antonio. If you still have the energy after dinner, go for drinks at the VBar (inside the Hotel Valencia) or Zinc Champagne and Wine Bar. Tomorrow is another big day!


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Alamo (The)

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Location:

300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: (210) 225 1391
fax: +1 210 229 1343


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Paesano's River Walk

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Location:

111 W Crocket St
(Suite 101)
San Antonio, TX 78205

Contact:

tel: 210 227 2782
fax: +1 210 212 5346


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Villita Historic Arts Village (La)

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Location:

South Alamo at Nueva
Nueva
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: 210-207-8610
fax: 210-207-4390


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Little Church (The)

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Location:

418 Villita Street
La Villita Historic Arts Village
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: (210) 226 3593


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HemisFair Urban Park

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Location:

200 South Alamo St
Bounded by Alamo, Bowie, Market, and Durango Sts
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: (210) 207 8572


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Tower of the Americas

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600 Hemisfair Park
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: 210-207-8615


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Biga on the Banks

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Location:

203 S. St. Mary's St.
River Walk, International Center
San Antonio, TX 78205

Contact:

tel: 210 225-0722


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Zinc Champagne & Wine Bar

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Location:

207 North Presa Street
(between Commerce & Market Streets)
San Antonio, TX 78205

Contact:

tel: 210 224 2900 / 210 224 1313


Day 3 - San Antonio


Today is "History Day". We will see the King William Historic District, Mission San Jose, San Fernando Cathedral and Market Square. Start the day by stepping outside your hotel and heading east on Market to Alamo Street . Take the Blue Route South on the charming Via Transit Downtown Streetcars to get to the King William Historic District. A one day pass on the downtown streetcar is $3.75 or individual one-way rides are only $1. Read more at http://www.viainfo.net/BusService/Streetcar.aspx. You can get a Streetcar map from your hotel concierge. You can also print out a walking map of the King William Historic District by visiting http://www.saconservation.org/tours/sitevisits_kingwilliam.htm . You can disembark at the King William stop at Sheridan and Alamo and walk through the neighborhood, looking at the houses, then go to breakfast at the Guenther House, or you may want to get off at the streetcar stop immediately after the Sheridan stop and walk to the Guenther House from there, touring the historic district after breakfast. Either way is nice. You will need to take a taxi to get to Mission San Jose from the King William District. It is approximately 5 miles south of downtown. You can easily spend anywhere from 30-90 minutes at the Mission, the largest (and most beautiful) of the San Antonio Missions . There is a lot of walking involved there as well, so bring a water bottle and a camera because the architecture is beautiful. Call a taxi to pick you up at the Mission and take you to the San Fernando Cathedral. After seeing the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the U.S. walk two blocks further west to the Market Square. Have a look (maybe a taste) at the Mexican pastries inside the famous bakery at Mi Tierra, then tour the handicrafts from Mexico in the air-conditioned mall. After you are finished at the Market, walk east on Market Street and follow the signs to the River Walk. Head back to the hotel to get ready for one last night in SA! For dinner, I would recommend Boudro's Texas Bistro on the River Walk. To end this romantic weekend, what could be better than a carriage ride downtown? You can catch a carriage ride in Alamo Plaza. Don't forget to take a picture in front of The Alamo at night. It is all lit up and makes for a beautiful backdrop for a photo memento of the weekend. Hope you enjoyed the trip!


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Guenther House (The)

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Location:

205 East Guenther
(enter on South Alamo St)
San Antonio, TX 78204

Contact:

tel: 210 227 1061
fax: +1 210 351 6372


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King William Historic District

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Location:

1032 South Alamo Street
East bank of the river, just south of downtown
San Antonio, TX 78210

Contact:

tel: 210-227-8786
fax: +1 210 227 8030


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Mission San Jose & Visitor Center

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Location:

6701 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, TX 78214

Contact:

tel: 210-932-1001 / 210-534-8833 (Visitor Center)
fax: 210-534-1106 (Visitor Center)


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San Fernando Cathedral

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Location:

115 Main Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: 210-227-1297
fax: 210-271-0149


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Mi Tierra Cafe

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Location:

218 Produce Row
(In Market Square)
San Antonio, TX 78207

Contact:

tel: 210 225 1262
fax: +1 210 222 8566


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Market Square

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Location:

514 West Commerce St.
(at South Flores)
San Antonio, TX 78207

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tel: 210-207-8600
fax: 210-207-4287


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Boudro's on the Riverwalk

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Location:

421 East Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Contact:

tel: +1 210 224 8484


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Lone Star Carriage Co

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Location:

302 Iowa St
San Antonio, TX 78210-1746

Contact:

tel: (210) 533-3977


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