Thursday, July 13, 2017

San Antonio, Texas

When you do decide to make your trip to San Antonio, you’ll want to stay downtown. If you seek a more historical experience, go with The Fairmount Hotel. The Fairmount Hotel San Antonio is a historic, Victorian style hotel featuring 37 individually decorated rooms and suites, exquisite banquet, reception and meeting space, a jeweled granite and marbled courtyard and a chic, family-style Tuscan Italian restaurant. We were there for a pageant I was competing in and the room was stunning, when you first walked in was a room with an vanity to get ready and rustic Victorian couch, down the hallway was the bathroom with marble floors and vintage tub, and a large bedroom with a king size bed. We had a view of the river walk and door to a patio around back. I had salmon Caesar salad every day in the café for lunch, and I still think about the pan seared, tender, flaky salmon.

From the hotel, a walk to the famed River Walk is a breeze. You’ll see locals sitting, jogging and cycling along the three-mile downtown stretch. I would definitely recommend hoping one of the river boats to see more of the area and to get a better look at the shops and brilliant Spanish-colonial-inspired architecture. Also within walking distance of the hotel is San Antonio’s other famous landmark, the Alamo.

For dinner you have to stop by Casa Rio and try and get a table on the patio, you will be able to wave at all the people taking river cruises. One way to know you are at the right place is all the colorful umbrellas on the patio. This is some of the best Tex Mex food I've ever had. We had to go back a second night before we headed out.

For your last supper in San Antonio, reserve a spot at The Chart House located at the top of the Tower of the Americas, ride an elevator up 750 feet to the observation deck for a jaw-dropping view of the city. If the restaurant is not your thing you can also just take the elevator up and see the view. Dinner was delicious but my favorite part was the rich chocolate cake with molten center, made with  Godiva liqueur.  Served warm, topped with chocolate sauce,  Heath bar crunch and vanilla ice cream. Melts in you mouth, perfect combination of ingredients. In a way San Antonio appears to be a plain town of cowboy hats and sombreros until you come in for a better look.

Have you been to San Antonio? What would you add to our route?

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