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A Couples Getaway Guide

Updated: Sep 13, 2019

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Escape your weekend routine and pack your bags for a romantic getaway in historic San Antonio. The city’s rich culture, winding river front walkways, and innovative culinary scene are just a few reasons couples love to visit, again and again. Explore what’s old – think the Alamo, The Majestic Theater, and San Fernando Cathedral – and discover what’s new – the Museum Reach, Pearl, and more – for a well-rounded romantic rendezvous. For inspiration in planning, consider our suggestions on things to do, see, and explore below.

Begin your day with a steaming espresso and house made, grab-and-go specialty food items at everyone’s favorite local (and somewhat secret!) food store and café, Larder at Hotel Emma. Visitors are invited to stay awhile, enjoy the morning newspaper, and savor up on life’s culinary luxuries on their intimate patio, or simply grab a perfect cup of coffee and pastry to-go! Immerse yourself in history in the city’s welcoming downtown district. Begin with a visit to San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza. Founded on March 9, 1731, the cathedral is the oldest, continuously functioning religious community in the State of Texas. If you’re visiting on the weekend, join the parish for mass, where nearly 5,000 people participate each week of the year.Continue your adventure down the Museum Reach of the River Walk to explore a 1.33-mile stretch of local attractions like the San Antonio Zoo, the Japanese Tea Gardens, Brackenridge Park, Pearl, and a handful of museums including The Witte and the San Antonio Museum of Art. If your feet need a rest, consider visiting each of the spots on GO RIO’s river taxi service.When hunger strikes, stroll down historic Houston Street for a variety of fine dining options. If you’re catching a live show before or after your meal, just let the hostess know and most kitchens can accommodate a quickened experience. For European fare, consider Bella on Houston, a proud multi-year recipient of the San Antonio Express-News Critics’ Choice for The Best River Walk Dining. For prime steaks, whole lobster, Italian specialties and award-winning wines in a comfortable setting, check out The Palm San Antonio. Dorrego’s at Hotel Valencia boasts Argentinian fare and fine wines; and, Acenar Mexican Restaurant offers a variety of contemporary Mexican classics with upscale, Spanish-style drinks.Just a few steps from your dinner date on Houston St. lives the historic Majestic Theatre, which takes center stage as one of the country’s most ornate performing arts facilities. A National Historic Landmark, the theater seats 2,311 guests and hosts more than 200 live events a year, including the Broadway in San Antonio series and a wide variety of concerts and performing arts attractions. Make sure and purchase your tickets ahead of time – you won’t want to miss a live performance here!

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