Honeymoon Spotlight: San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is home to the Alamo, Riverwalk, and a really big pair of cowboy boots. Those things are great, but they're not all this south Texas city has to offer. If you're looking for a lively city with a hometown feel for your honeymoon, look no further.

Where To Stay

Arbor House Suites - An historic bed & breakfast with Victorian charm. Offers a honeymoon suite (Jacuzzi suite), private balconies, and a garden space to enjoy each morning's continental breakfast. Conveniently located near restaurants and San Antonio's most popular sites: Alamo, Majestic Theatre (sitting in a private box is a real treat!), riverboat tours, and the King William District (gorgeous historic mansions, some available for viewing).

Menger Hotel

Menger Hotel - If you want to stay in style, consider the Menger Hotel, the "oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi." Historic icons like Teddy Roosevelt and Babe Ruth hung their boots at the Menger, and it served as a meeting place for Texas titans in oil and politics. At the Menger you'll find luxurious and exquisitely designed rooms, a heated pool, hot tub, fitness center, an in-house restaurant and bar, and a spa offering couples' massage.

P.S. the hotel is considered haunted. You can learn more about its history and ghost stories over dinner when you reserve a space with The Sister's Grimm Ghost Tour.

What To Do

Market Square Dancers via CNN

I could on for days about all the things to do and explore in San Antonio. There are the major attractions like the Alamo Mission, Hemisfair Park (which houses the Tower of the Americas), and the Riverwalk (a downtown mecca of restaurants, bars, arts & crafts, and shopping).

But if you're looking for something a little more off the beaten path consider:

Market Square - Okay, so it's not completely off the beaten path, but it's worth mentioning. Immerse yourself in San Antonio's rich culture throughout the plazas of Market Square. It's the oldest Mexican market in the U.S. and features working artists, musicians, dancers, and shops selling artisan goods. You might even catch an Hispanic festival and dance to the music of a mariachi band.

Japanese Tea Garden - Take a stroll through exotic flowers, watch colorful koi, and marvel under the waterfall. Afterward, enjoy a delicious Asian dish at the Jingu House Cafe.

Helicopter Tour - see the Alamo city from the sky.

Arts & Culture - Explore the city's art scene at one of the many museums and galleries. Even the library is a work of art!

Where to Eat

The Guenther House by Kupdegra via Trip Advisor

The Cove - I have to mention The Cove because it's so unique and the food is amazing. Everything they serve, from the fish tacos to the beef burgers, is sustainable, organic, and local. What makes The Cove unique is that it's not only a restaurant, but a beer garden (with over 50 Texas beers), live music venue, laundromat, and car wash. They offer 3rd Thursday wine tastings and 4th Thursday beer tastings.

Candlelight Coffee House - If you're looking for a romantic setting, Candlelight has it. Plush seats, low lighting, and candles set the scene. Sip wine over dinner (over 60 to choose from) or enjoy a specialty coffee with brunch.

The Guenther House - Wake up early and head to The Guenther House for sweet cream waffles and seasonal fruits. Then stroll through the Guenther museum, Victorian parlor, roof garden, and arbor & grounds.

Rio San Antonio Cruises - If you prefer your meal on water, sign up for a dinner cruise and float by boat down the Riverwalk.

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