I hope you all have had a great week. This post has taken me forever to finish, but I’m excited to share it. This past weekend my husband, our 13 month-old son, Jimpy, and I took a trip to San Antonio for two nights. We had such a great time. I can’t remember how many times I kept saying: “This is such a fun trip!” Our anniversary is coming up August 10th so we took it as an opportunity to kick of our “anniversary week,” since I will have to work the next few weekends.
By car, the drive to San Antonio was a little over three hours away. This was the first road trip that we were taking with the little one, so we wanted to keep it fairly short. We timed it so that the drive there and back were during nap times, which worked out well for us! Two nights was a great amount of time to enjoy a lot of the local sights and not get burnt out traveling with a little one.
We stayed at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, which was beautiful. I would definitely stay there again. In fact, I don’t know if I’d want to stay anywhere else again. It’s an historical land mark and is the original location of St. Mary’s College, which they turned into a hotel in the 60’s. It’s also right on the Riverwalk so we took advantage of (and really enjoyed) not having to drive much during the weekend. We got a Groupon to stay there, but if you didn’t want to splurge but still stay on the Riverwalk, I’m pretty sure there was a Holiday Inn and Drury Inn there too, along with lots of other hotels nearby. The only time we drove was to the nearby Historic Pearl Brewery for the Farmers Market. We went there Saturday and Sunday for lunch, besides those, we ate all our meals on the River Walk. This ended up being so convenient because we could keep Jimpy on his nap schedule, which gave us time to relax too.
I wish I took more pictures of the hotel myself (particularly the courtyard and pool, which was so nice!) but here is Jimpy enjoying the luxurious bed and pillows:
Here are a few highlights of the weekend:
Saturday Dinner at Rita’s, across from our hotel. This place was very popular, but the service was pretty quick and we got another prime spot right on the River. We ate all our meals outside, which sounds crazy in late July/early August in Texas, but the Riverwalk has lots of shade so being in the heat wasn’t too bad and it was great to enjoy the view and people-watch. Sadly, this is the only family shot we have–a selfie.
As I mentioned, we had lunch both days at the Pearl Brewery Farmers Market. The Pearl is the site of an historic brewery and now houses boutiques, restaurants, a cooking school and a weekly Farmers Market. It was definitely a highlight of our trip and we will be coming back the next time we are in San Antonio.
Hanging out outside La Gloria at Pearl. We considered eating here for lunch our last day, but decided against it since we weren’t up for a huge meal. We’ll have to add it to our list for next time!
We ate at Ming’s Thing instead, a little food stand. We actually ate there both days. I got the “Sloopy” both times, which is an Asian take on a pulled pork sandwich on a steamed bun with veggies.
I’m hoping they open a Lick in Houston! Some of the best ice cream in Texas, I’d have to say (besides Dolce Neve in Austin). We went here both days, as well. Lick is an ice cream establishment from Austin and all ingredients are locally sourced and minimally processed. Yum! They have such unique flavor combinations such as Goat Cheese, Thyme and Honey and Cilantro Lime, along with more classic flavors like Hill Country Honey and Vanilla Bean and Caramel Salt Lick.
A San Antonio trip is incomplete without a trip to the Alamo. We sadly didn’t get to go inside (long lines and heat sadly don’t go over well with Jimp), but just hung out and checked out the grounds.
The mornings were so calm and quiet on the Riverwalk (one of the few perks of a baby getting you up early on vacation). The evenings/afternoons were very crowded with tourists (and the heat didn’t help) so it was nice to enjoy it when there weren’t many people around.
The husband hanging outside our hotel.
Overall, the city is pretty family/kid friendly. There were lots of people out with small kids and babies. If you plan on taking a little one, I would recommend a good carrier and a stroller. We took both with us and there were a couple times that we went for walks with just the Ergobaby because we didn’t want to have to find alternate routes on the Riverwalk where we could maneuver the stroller. Overall though, the Riverwalk is stroller-friendly, you just have to go out of your way a little bit at times.
It was great to have a quick family trip before work starts getting crazy at the church this fall. I already can’t wait to go back. One thing that I really wanted to do was take a ride on a riverboat, but we didn’t plan well enough for it and every time that we considered it nap time was approaching and we didn’t want to risk getting stuck on a boat with a cranky and hot baby.
Have you ever been to San Antonio? Is there anything else that you’d recommend? Also, any other destinations that you would recommend for a quick weekend getaway?