Four hours flight time or a twenty-one hours road trip, a romantic paradise where tequila flows more freely than water. Lovers strolling under the glow of the Riverwalk as they walk hand in hand. The romantic ambiance while dining in the Tower of Americas. Relaxing with hand-crafted cocktails at the Brooklynite and expand our palate at The Pearl. Let the Parental Escape began, welcome to San Antonio.
Last year we took Leo and made it a road trip, visiting many states and sites along the way, but this year was for Mommy and Daddy. After securing a babysitter, tickets, and reservations, we were on our way.
Check out our, “Road Trip 2016: Memphis, San Antonio, Pensacola, and Gatlinburg.“
Road Trip 2016, the trip that inspired our Parental Escape: San Antonio!
San Antonio is host to many fantastic hotels. We prefer to stay on or near Riverwalk, conveniently located downtown which is the epicenter of entertainment, food, shopping, and history. Starting our evening with food and margaritas at Maria Mia, we followed up with a night viewing of the Alamo. Returning to the Riverwalk, we walked along the San Antonio River to see if any new establishments opened or if any of our favorites were no longer in business. One of our favorite places were being remodeled, but the rest of our old favorites were there ready to serve.
The next day we headed over to Margaritaville for brunch and more Riverwalk exploring. While on our adventures we discovered that Lone Star Cafe had a second story section overlooking the Riverwalk. We have now found our place for dinner. Dining on the second story level of the Lone Star was excellent. Sitting above the hustle and bustle of the Riverwalk brought calmness and privacy while we enjoyed our meal. A few margaritas in, a live Mariachi Band playing music upon request, the golden glow of the sun reflecting off the river was an ending to a perfect day.
Tower of Americas
While visiting anywhere near San Antonio, it is impossible to miss the Tower of the Americas. On one of our previous visits, we toured the Observation Deck giving us breathtaking views of the city below. This year we made evening dinner reservations at the Chart House, a 360-degree revolving restaurant atop the tower. With the backdrop of the sun setting behind the city and downtown 550 feet below made for a private and romantic ambiance for us to enjoy our meal.
The Brooklynite is a craft cocktail parlour located between downtown and The Pearl. With award-winning cocktails, mixes, bitters, and beers the taste of their drinks was by far some of the best we have ever tasted. Decored in antique furniture with a splash of sophistication, the venue entices its visitors to dress up and relive the days of the speakeasy. Walls covered in prohibition posters and newspaper clippings helped of course.
The Pearl is a neighborhood in and surrounding the old Pearl Brewing Company. With the area being covered in old, vacant, and unique buildings, it made sense to have them remodeled and revitalized into an impressive location full of restaurants and bakeries. With the Culinary Institute of America on the campus, there are plenty of fantastic chiefs for all the diverse restaurants. We enjoyed our dinner at the Boiler House which was honestly the best meal we had on our trip. Sadly, we learned of The Pearl the day before we left preventing us from exploring all of its culinary experiences.
Mommy and Daddy’s date week was fantastic. From exploring the cities extensive history, drinking from our favorite watering holes, discovering and exploring new places, and having private and romantic dinners, San Antonio, you will always be one of our favorite getaways.