Last Friday the hubs and I headed out on a little two night getaway to San Antonio. He won a trip through his job whereby he was awarded two free domestic airline tickets and a two night stay at any Hyatt hotel. Valentine’s Day weekend seemed like a great time to take advantage of his trip award, and so we chose San Antonio based on two things. 1. We could easily fly there from Charleston, SC without too much time spent in traveling and 2. Neither of us had ever been there. Oh and I also requested a warm destination. I didn’t want to risk getting caught in a snow storm somewhere, and I’m just not a huge fan of freezing temperatures.
San Antonio did not disappoint. What a cool city! I really loved it and would love to go back with the kids sometime.
What we did?
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt which has a nice bar area and rooftop pool, plus is right in the middle of everything which makes it easy to get around on foot. We opted not to rent a car and instead used Uber to taxi around when needed. Mostly we just walked. The weather was perfect! Nice and warm during the day and slightly cooler at night. We spent quite a bit of time at the River Walk and did a boat tour.
I love that my hub doesn’t even think twice when I stop to take a picture of a staircase. He’s like of course she wants to wait until there is no one near so she grab a shot. I mean, that picture would make a great addition to a gallery wall. This is clearly what he’s thinking when he stands around waiting ever so patiently. 😉
But really, how beautiful is that staircase?!
We stopped in the historic arts village just off the River Walk and did a little shopping.
I really loved this little area. There are so many cool shops with mostly handmade goods. I especially loved B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds. Every thing they sell is handmade and most jewelry pieces are made on site. I brought home a really cool leather cuff for my mom as Valentine gift and thank you for taking such great care of the kiddos. The cuff was made from vintage leather and hand painted.
We visited the Alamo. What an experience that was.
We also popped over to the Imax theater and watched the 50 minute Alamo movie. The hubs had never been to an Imax theater, so late that night we went back to see a 10 o’clock showing of Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds on that large of a screen? The answer is yes. every. time. 😉
Where we ate?
Crazy thing is we didn’t eat any Mexican food at all! Crazy! I know! We did try. Many of you on Instagram recommended Mi Tierra’s, and we had planned to eat there one night; but they don’t take reservations and when we arrived it was an hour and 45 minute wait! For Mexican food?! Must be some seriously good food! But we just couldn’t wait that long……….Ryan Reynolds was waiting for me. 😉 So we walked around the area for a bit then moved on to something else.
The hubs and I both LOVED Biga on the Banks, on the River Walk. The menu changes daily. They had no problem at all catering to gluten free concerns, and everything we ordered was ridiculously good.
We sat outside overlooking the river and enjoyed a nice, quite view with our meal.
I realize this dessert may not look that great in this night time photo, but this here is a mojito souffle; and it was so different from anything I’ve ever had before and really, really good. The hubs and I shared one, but I kind of wished I had ordered one of my own. 😉 It’s not too often that a restaurant offers anything gluten free on their dessert menu, so this was really a treat.
I could have drank that mojito sauce. For realz.
We did a little google search for gluten free food in San Antonio and Max’s Wine Dive came up as offering gluten free fried chicken. So duh, we had to try it right?! They have a fantastic brunch menu!
And the gluten free fried chicken did not disappoint……and neither did that chipotle honey. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
We also big time loved Ocho at Hotel Havana which had a Cuban flair. The restaurant itself is just gorgeous and the food was really good!
I’ll tried to fit that table and chairs in my suitcase. #hearteyes
We basically loved everything about this place so much that the hubs and I have decided if we make a return trip we want to stay at Hotel Havana. It’s gorgeous and designed so, so beautifully! You really need to go check it out online. My photos hardly do this place justice.
All in all we had a great little two night stay in this beautiful city! But really spending one on one time with this guy is always special no matter what city we’re in, and I hope I never take our time together for granted.
Happy Weekend friends. I’m excited for a weekend at home. And I foresee an all day pajama day in my near future. Do you have any big plans for the weekend?