If you’re wondering why I’ve been MIA for the last month and not posting it’s because I started a new job recently and I had quite a few events going on! At the beginning of June I started at HomeAway as their Employer Brand and Digital Media Specialist. It’s been awesome so far and I’m learning a lot about the company. I also flew back home to watch my little sister graduate high school and then flew to St. Pete last week for my cousin’s wedding. I’ve been a little busy over here, but I’m excited to get this blog post up because San Antonio is a great little day trip for anyone living in the area.
San Antonio is a charming city and it’s the perfect destination for a day trip from Austin or Houston. My friend from college came to visit me a couple weeks ago and we planned to spend one day in San Antonio.
The first stop we made on the drive was Buccee’s. You can’t just drive past a Buccee’s and not stop — it’s unAmerican. She couldn’t believe that a gas station could also be a BBQ restaurant/bakery/home store/outdoor supplier. After filling up on sweet tea and snapping a pic with Buccee, we got back on the road.
We decided to book a riverboat tour so we could learn more about the history of the city. Our tour guide made it very interesting and for $10 I would say it was money well spent. The architecture is amazing and the city definitely has a Mexico vibe.
After the 30-minute tour, we walked the River Walk and browsed different vendors along the way. We noticed The Esquire Tavern right away because it looked so cool from the outside so we stopped in for lunch.
It’s a historic bar and restaurant with amazing architecture and patio that overlooks the River Walk. They opened in 1933 to celebrate the end of prohibition and it’s exactly what I envisioned a place from the 30s would look like. The appetizer and drink menu was pretty impressive. I ordered a Pimm’s Cup and my friend Nicola had a Moscow mule.
Next stop was a quick one. We snapped a few pictures of the Alamo and walked around for a few minutes, but it was extremely crowded with tourists because of the holiday weekend. If you feel so inclined, you can pay for a guided tour.
The spots we hit in San Antonio are really the main points of interest in the city. We didn’t spend much time walking downtown or anything. I’m interested in visiting again in the fall when it’s not as hot. We did manage to see quite of San Antonio in one day though.
In all honesty San Antonio wasn’t one of the coolest cities I’ve been to, but I’m very partial to Austin because of all the fun things to do. It’s a great place to check out for the day simply because of the history and the River Walk. If you have an afternoon to spare, stick to our itinerary and you’ll have a great time!