The San Antonio Experience



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Fantastic live music, a fun bar scene and the energetic vibe of San Antonio made this a great weekend. This wasn't a see-all-the-historical-sites kind of trip - we were all just out to have a good time. And boy, did we. From the bars on Sixth street to tubing down the Guadalupe River to a night of two-stepping at Gruene Hall, there wasn't a dull moment.

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Day 1 - San Antonio


If you visit San Antonio, you have to visit the Alamo. It's the rule. It is also the symbol of Texas independence, and you'll get an idea of why Texans are so fiercely proud of their state after you visit this humble little building. It is touristy, complete with volunteers in period costumes and cheap souvenirs, but some of the rugged spirit of the place still comes through. Boudro's is a solid little restaurant on the riverwalk (the other must-visit in San Antonio) and a great place to chat with friends over amazing guacamole and fantastic steaks. Continue the party at Durty Nelly's.There is nothing like an Irish pub to inspire feelings of camaraderie, and over the course of the night, Durty Nelly's will somehow make you better friends with your friends.


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Alamo (The)

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300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: (210) 225 1391
fax: +1 210 229 1343
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Boudro's on the Riverwalk

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Location:

421 East Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: +1 210 224 8484
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Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

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Location:

715 River Road
San Antonio, TX 78212

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tel: 210 222 1400


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Historic Crockett Hotel (The)

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Location:

320 Bonham
At Crockett St
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: +1 210 225 6500
fax: +1 210 225 6251(Sales) / +1 210 225 7418 (Guest)
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Day 2 - San Antonio, Spring Branch


The Twin Sisters is a charming little cafe that serves excellent omelettes. Pictures of twins adorn the walls in a surprisingly non-creepy way. Bring your twin, if you have one. After an early-ish breakfast with your friends, drive over to the Guadalupe river, rent some tubes and have a leisurely float down the river. If you're there on a summer weekend, chances are it will be crowded, but the locals are fantastically friendly. Bring sunblock. After the Guadalupe, head over to Rudy's for the genuine Texas barbecue experience. This isn't a place that stands on ceremony, and chances are there will be some live country music performed during your meal. Bring your appetite.


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Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe

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Location:

6322 North New Braunfels Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78209

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tel: 210 822 2265
fax: +1 210 829 0159
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Guadalupe River State Park

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3350 Park Rd 31
Spring Branch, TX 78070

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tel: (830) 438 2656
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Rudy's Country Store and BBQ

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Location:

24152 W IH-10
San Antonio, TX 78257

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tel: 210-698-2141
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Day 3 - San Antonio


Crumpets is a little pricier than the Twin Sisters, but totally worth it. You'll need some quality fuel for a day of walking and shopping the riverwalk. After breakfast, go and see the sights that the riverwalk has to offer. Shopping, people watching, restaurants...you'll find plenty with which to amuse yourself. Don't leave without some souvenirs for the people that didn't get to come on the trip: a longhorn shirt, stuffed armadillo or something that says "don't mess with Texas" are all good choices for loved ones back home. Head over to Rosario's, a Texas institution, for a dinner of fantastic Tex Mex dining. Next, wander the nighttime flea market that begins just down the street. Shop for souvenirs, listen to live music, buy some dessert or just people-watch. At the end of the street fair you'll find yourself at a rowdy collection of bars full of locals. Have a drink. You earned it.


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Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery

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3920 Harry Wurzbach Rd
(off Loop 410 near Oakwell Farms)
San Antonio, TX 78209

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tel: 210 821 5600
fax: +1 210 821 5624
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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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Rosario's

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Location:

910 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: 210 223 1806
fax: +1 210 223 9924
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Day 4 - San Antonio


After a night on Sixth street, chances are you'll want to sleep in. Have lunch at Casa Rio, another fantastic Mexican establishment on the riverwalk, then make your way over to Gruene Hall for some live music. Texas is known for its live music scene, and it would be a shame to miss out. Make sure to stop at some little hole-in-the-wall on the way there for dinner. How better to get an idea of the real San Antonio?


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Casa Rio Mexican Foods Restaurant

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Location:

430 East Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205

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tel: 210 226 6718
fax: +1 210 225 2216
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