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  • Writer's pictureMarcy Lytle

San Antonio Revisited

We live just an hour and a half from San Antonio and have been there multiple times to visit the River Walk, take the kids to Fiesta and SeaWorld, tour the Alamo and all the things. But we hadn't been there in years just the two of us, and it's been a while since we visited the markets.

So we found an airbnb in the Alamo Heights area, a guest house right next to a three story home which we found out is owned by the Goldbeck family (they invented the camera four generations back that takes those school class pictures - panoramic style!). It was the best airbnb we've stayed in, because it had a pool, an outdoor fireplace and a grill - and we had it all to ourselves - in the most beautiful setting!

The airbnb host let us check in early, and we arrived around noon and enjoyed the house so much. That afternoon we visited La Villita, a shopping/eatery area with the old stucco homes of a Mexican village from long ago. Ate a late lunch at Guadalajara - can't beat the Mexican flavors found in San Antonio! Loved the feel of the village as we strolled.

The next day we opted for Pearl Market District - where vendors were set up among the shopping area in the Pearl Brewing area. So many good food choices, Jon found a cool coffee shop, lots of people watching and we even happened upon a HUGE clearance at Ten Thousand Villages - an amazing store.

On to the Historic Village Market - with two huge buildings, booths, music, food - of all things authentic Mexico. We stayed there a long while and found all sorts of fun things for the kids and ourselves! We enjoyed the best street tacos! It was so fun being immersed in the culture, and the prices were great - Mexican blankets for $11

The last day we opted for breakfast out at an amazing diner, called Mama's. Will definitely return to try more things! We had heard about a couple of parks. Confluence Park had huge sculptures and water features, and was pretty by the river... The other was a new bridge in another park, that was built over a highway and included a cool trail to walk. Tobin Bridge. We loved it all!

The last thing we did was go to the river walk and ride the boat, which we hadn't done in years. I was surprised how clean and nice the river walk has remained, and our tour guide was from Australia - fun and delightful. It was a perfect last thing to do before we headed home.

We both said this was a weekend we loved so much...every single thing...a perfect summer getaway for a long weekend for two.

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