Texas is pretty much the bomb. It’s just an awesome place to be. I’ve only been a few times, but each time is better than the next. If you’ve never been, it’s time to get up and go. Get off yer behind and experience one of the most unique places that our great nation has to offer.
One city I’ve never been to was San Antonio. The flavor of the city is very unique in that it seems to be equal parts Texas and Mexico, given it’s proximity to the border. The downtown is historic and lined with fantastic places to see and hang out. The River Walk is the probably most famous part of downtown, along with The Alamo. Both places are truly amazing and perhaps worth a trip all alone.
Downtown San Antonio had a ton of historic and beautiful buildings. It was a real pleasure to walk around town, taking note of one site more picturesque than the next. Even the locals were colorful…it was Mardi Gras after all. The Old West was everywhere and even the Chihuahuas had cowboy hats. Line dancing and lassos anyone? Dope.
While we were in downtown, we had to check out The Alamo. A national historic site, it was a must-see. While it wasn’t as large as you would expect, it did not disappoint. Very serene and very respectful. No pics allowed inside, sorry. I loved it. I also really enjoyed all the old-world charm out in the courtyard. Check out these old rifles. Davy Crockett anyone? Sweet.
After we took our time and to respect The Alamo properly, we were off to get some eats and see the sights at the uber impressive River Walk. I knew it’s famous and I knew it was supposed to be a good time, but I didn’t expect it to be quite a nice as it was. It, literally, is one of the best downtown eating/shopping areas I’ve ever experienced. Hands down and flat out tremendous. It has all the elements of a great “Main St” including the nice buildings, loads of restaurants and bars, and tons of people walking around. The topper…hello, it’s on a river. A river literally runs through it…right down the middle. Instead of cars speeding by, you have boats meandering through. It’s amazing. I really liked it a lot. Really.
Beer garden. Check.
Cool statues. Check.
Sweet arches. Check.
Cowboy hat cart. Check.
Texas flag umbrellas. Check.
Our favorite place, by a pretty good long shot, to have a meal was not, however, on the River Walk. It was a nondescript, “hole in the wall” type of place kind of off the beaten path. Did you ever hit a local place that just felt right. Comfortable, packed place. No pretension. Local charm throughout. Cheap food…really cheap…but super tasty. Life-long servers? The National Beer Of Texas, Lone Star? Ring a bell at all? Josephine Street is that place. Hands down fantastic. Each of us couldn’t stop raving about that place. A must whenever you hit San Antonio. 35 Years and Still Rammin…for sure.
San Antonio even has a hipstery converted warehouse super cool guy area. The Hotel Emma was a very industrial chic converted hotel in the heart of a really nice brewery redevelopment called The Pearl. The developers really stylized the industrial nature of the building…really, really impressive. I liked it a lot. Cool but not stuffy…it is Texas after all. This wouldn’t be out of place in NYC (that’s a good thing). We enjoyed some ‘cue at The Granary Cue & Brew, which is famous for some innovative takes on the classics. Craft beer growlers and brisket anyone?
The next day, after all that downtown freshness, we used left the gorgeous JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa, and used our Toyota power for an al fresco Texas-tailgate style. The Del Rio Tortilla Factory is pretty much just that, with a take out area. It was great. The real deal. We rocked some phenomenal steaming hot, “mini San Antonio” tamales, Big Red soda (first time ya’ll), and some chicharrones. It was a great spot for sure. Really all San Antonio, man. It was messy, but it was ideal.
San Antonio was really cool. I liked it a lot. It would be a great spot for a couples weekend, family trip, and men’s weekend. Perfect mix of Texas, urban, and Mexican. The uniqueness of the place really did it for me. Me thinks this won’t be the last time I hit up San Antonio.
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Guy and the Blog was provided complimentary travel, lodging, and meals/entertainment during this #MenWhoBlogTX Mancation weekend. All accolades and opinions are my own.