So, our first few days in San Antonio were focused on the rodeo, but the rest of the week was just as full and exciting! In a nutshell, here’s the fun we experienced…
Every morning we walked at least 3-4 miles on the Riverwalk extension that runs right by the RV resort – had to get our exercise in! One afternoon we drove up to Gruene (pronounced “green”) to stroll through the shops and stop at the oldest dance hall in Texas – Gruene Hall. Quite rustic and unique, there is music every night and the dance hall has been visited by many of the greats – too many to enumerate!
Another afternoon we revisited The Pearl, an area of San Antonio developed around the original Pearl Brewing Company. USA Today calls this location “one of San Antonio’s premiere destinations.” Restaurants and boutiques abound, and it is also the home to the Culinary Institute of America. The original brewery has been transformed into a very high-scale hotel – Hotel Emma!
Golf! Golf was an objective and we achieved and exceeded our goal! We played Monday, February 14 at Riverside Golf Course which is right next door to Travelers World, where we were staying. The course was in pretty good condition and it was nice to get back to that “Texas roll” where your ball goes those extra yards on the ground when it lands!
Wednesday we participated in the weekly golf scramble sponsored by the RV resort. It is a best ball format and Bill was on the winning team! I was partnered with three men, only one of whom I knew, so I was a tad nervous – until my drive was used on multiple holes! This was played at Mission Del Lago Golf Course, which was really in pretty bad shape, but a good time was had by all!
Thursday, Bill and I played the most unique golf course I have ever played – The Quarry. If you recall, we were in San Antonio when Covid hit and actually had to stay an extra month or longer. That same year we had received a gift card to The Quarry as a Christmas gift from Bill’s daughters and unfortunately were unable to use it. Never discard gift cards! Thanks to the kids we had an awesome day playing this course that is actually built into a former quarry. Course challenges abound, but we handled them! Again, pictures don’t do the golf course justice – it truly is amazing!
Dining! San Antonio is a mecca for foodies such as ourselves, but we would have had to stay much longer to revisit all of our favorite restaurants! We did, however, get to go to the following eateries…
Tito’s – An authentic Mexican restaurant located in the ever-improving King William section of the city. Great food and lots of tequila to choose from!
Bliss – Here, again, a gift card from 2020 from my son, Matt, enabled us to have a lovely Valentine dinner only one day late! Scallops, halibut, delicious wine, and we even did dessert! All in all, a wonderful night!
The Guenther House – Our last morning in San Antonio we shared breakfast with Terry and Brenda Vaupel at this San Antonio landmark – the former home of the owner of Pioneer Flour Mills. Delicious choices and the most wonderful pastries you can imagine! We passed on the sweets but then Terry bought some to go for our road trip home – much appreciated!
Cafe Ole’ – Really not a favorite but we grabbed dinner here on the Riverwalk before seeing a show at the Majestic Theater on Friday night.
Speaking of a show on Friday night…while we were making plans for this trip, Bill noticed that Sebastian Maniscalco was going to be in town at the Majestic. The theater is absolutely magnificent, built in 1929 and recognized as one of the most ornate facilities in the country, inspired by Spanish and Mediterranean architecture. Within this setting, place one of the funniest men I have ever heard and you can’t go wrong! He’s been in several movies – Green Book and The Irishman – but his stand-up routine is hilarious! He spent an hour and a half talking about things that everyone can relate to and had the audience rolling in laughter – ourselves included! It was a great ending to a fantastic week in San Antonio! Try to see him if you can!
So, that about does it for our week as a cowboy and cowgirl. San Antonio remains one of our favorite places and this time around, as always, it did not disappoint!
Stay Calm and Travel On…