A Couple of Days in San Antonio

We arrived in San Antonio late afternoon, it was very humid but the heavy rain the weather app predicted had moved north before our arrival.  It was our first of three nights at the Indigo Hotel, located between the Pearl and downtown.  The walk downtown was a 15-minute peaceful stroll along the water which turned out to be one of our favorite aspects of our trip.

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We walked along the river to get to the downtown area

Mosaics adorned the many bridges we passed by.

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The River Taxi makes stops at the hotels along the river.

We could have taken the River Taxi, but it only runs every 35 minutes, and we enjoyed the walk instead.

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The Riverwalk downtown

Mexican restaurants decorate the Riverwalk downtown.

A great place for a Margarita.

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Arneson Amphitheater

The “Torch of Friendship” sculpture by Sebastián The was given to San Antonio by the Mexican Consulate as a sign of friendship and to represent the roots many Texans share with Mexico.

#5IMG_1178San Antonio is rich in American history, the most famous being The Alamo, which is a short walk from the river.

We discovered San Fernando Cathedral while attempting to get back to the river via the Commerce Street bridge. The cathedral was built in 1731 by settlers from the Canary Islands.  On our way to Rosario’s for dinner we passed it by again at dusk.

#4IMG_7782Rosario’s was my favorite dinner spot with the best margarita of the trip.  The shrimp tacos were the finest I’ve ever eaten and the bread pudding was as delicious as they advertise it to be.  The chili rellenos were another outstanding choice.

The Bexar County Courthouse, built of red sandstone, is located on the Main Plaza across from the Catherdral.

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Mural on the Children’s hospital across from Market Square.

The following day we walked over to Market Square.

Market Square has the largest Mexican market in the U.S.

#6IMG_1249We ate dinner at Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery, a popular restaurant open 24 hours.

It’s lively and festive, decorated with metallic pinatas hanging from the ceiling and colored lights everywhere.  As you enter, there is a bakery with a very large selection of pastries to go.  The place was already packed when we arrived at 5:30 Saturday night.  We had a short wait for a table but we were told that later it would be 2 hours.  Families were celebrating birthdays with plenty of Mariachi trios serenading throughout the enormous place.  The food was traditional and reasonably priced.

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Liberty Bar restaurant

On our final day we decided to walk to the Guenther House for breakfast since it was highly recommended by a friend.  It was a 40 minute walk from our hotel, located in the King William Historic District, so we set off early before catching an afternoon flight.  When we arrived at the Guenther House groups of people were standing around outside and we were told it was well over an hour wait for a table.  It was Sunday after all and probably a favorite place for locals as well as tourists.  Already famished from our walk we decided to explore the area for another place to eat.  Fortunately only a few minutes away on South Alamo Street we discovered Liberty Bar.  When it had shown up on Google we had assumed it was a bar and even as we walked by there wasn’t a sign except for a handwritten chalkboard sign on the sidewalk.  If we hadn’t seen people through the window sitting inside we would have walked right by it.  Instead we stepped inside and were greeted with a lovely, sunny dining room where people were enjoying brunch.  It was such a wonderful surprise.

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Liberty Bar brunch menu

The food was delicious and fresh, served in a quaint and sweet place.  We would definitely go back if we returned to San Antonio.

On our way back to our hotel we passed through the King William Area, rich with historic homes.

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Anton Wulff House

If we had another day we would have taken the walking tour and seen more of the homes. In front of the Anton Wulff House (107 King William) you will find A Walking Tour map and guide of the homes in the King William Area.

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