At the beginning of December I headed to San Antonio for the Rock N Roll Marathon Series race weekend. Originally I had planned to do the 10k race on Saturday and the 1/2 marathon on Sunday, but the promise of a rain filled weekend convinced me to just do the 10k on Saturday (great call by the way). Only running on Saturday morning also meant that we had more time to explore San Antonio.
With just two days to explore a city we’d never been to, we tried to do a little bit of planning ahead of time and made full use of apps like Yelp and Lyft. So today I am sharing the highlights of our weekend and what I believe are some “can’t miss” stops in San Antonio.
Ever since my first stay at a SpringHill Suites in DC a year ago, I can’t seem to stay away. This was my third stay at a SpringHill Suites in the last year and probably my favorite. The location was great! We were within walking distance to the race expo and the race start & finish lines, which was great with the crappy weather. They have just about anything that you need in their suites, plus a pretty kick butt FREE breakfast in the morning.
This was one of our Yelp finds and a place that was recommended by a few friends. Being the oldest bar in San Antonio we had to check it out. We fell in love the minute we walked in the door! This place may be on the Riverwalk, but it is definitely a spot you cannot miss! They had amazing craft cocktails, the coolest bar you’ve ever seen, and one heck of a booze selection. It was so great in fact that we came back the next night for dinner. The food was just as amazing as the drinks!
I joked around before our trip that I was going to eat nothing but tacos in San Antonio. If you followed my Yelp checks ins over the first 24 hours or so after I left Orlando you probably would have thought that was the case, but I promise I ate other things. We decided that Pete’s Tako House would be our post race meal on Saturday. I was pretty excited when we actually ran by it during the race. As soon as we walked it we knew we had found a “locals” spot. We got one of the last available tables and enjoyed some tasty tacos (they were pretty big) and a couple beers. I tasty and perfect post race meal.
All of the rain meant that we had to look for some indoor activities to occupy our time. We found out about the San Antonio Museum of Art the night before and put it on the agenda for our post-race activity. There was a local craft fair going on in the lobby which was super cool addition to our outing. I was shocked at how big the museum was – FOUR FLOORS PEOPLE!
Need a mid-afternoon snack but also want some booze? Then head to The House Boozy Ice Cream & Brews. They have alcohol infused ice cream that is just to die for. Great flavors to choose from and if you don’t find one you like, you can pick one of their normal flavors and top it with a shot of your favorite booze. They really need to open one on of these in Orlando!
Our last stop of the weekend was the Pearl Brunch Tour given by San Antonio Detours. Even with the awful weather (it rained ALL weekend), the tour was amazing. Our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable about the Pearl Brewery area and all the places we stopped. We went to Local Coffee, Southerleigh Brewing, Nao, and Lick.
The tour included so much amazing food – you will not leave hungry. San Antonio Detours offers other public tours weekly and I will definitely be checking those out the next time I’m in town. If you want a way to try out some amazing food and get a taste (ha ha) of REAL San Antonio, definitely check them out!
So there ya have it, some of our favorite stop on our trip to San Antonio!
*Disclosure: I did receive one complimentary night at SpringHill Suites on this trip thanks to a previous partnership earlier in the year. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.