Travel Guide: San Antonio, Texas

In celebration of our anniversary last week {see our anniversary post here}, Brian and I took a long weekend trip to San Antonio. It’s been quite a while since I have visited SA and was excited to get out of Dallas for a bit. We stayed Downtown at the Doubletree and we enjoyed every minute of it.

He loves to plan out our whole trip and pack as many exciting things in as possible. Fun fact: he has never visited the Alamo, so that was a must see on our list. He loves history, so we made sure to hit all the historical landmarks that we could.


1. El Bucanero – We chose this place on recommendation from a friend of mine. She said they have the best Mexican Seafood and it DID NOT disappoint. You have to try the fish ceviche. It is large enough to have as your meal. I probably didn’t even need to order the fish tacos! And after dinner stop by the churro truck outside.

2. The Magnolia Pancake Haus – This was another favorite meal from the weekend. The Magnolia Pancake Haus was on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, so we made sure to arrive early just in case there was a line. I went for the pancakes and they were some of the best I have ever had! Brian chose the Apfel Pfannekuchen which is a traditional German Apple pancake. I would definitely recommend this place for breakfast!

Hari Mari Flip Flops

3. Schilo’s– I chose this little German restaurant for lunch on Saturday. I am a huge fan of Kuby’s in Dallas and wanted to see if this compared. I would say it did! I went for my favorite…turkey sandwich with German potato salad. Brian tried the Ruben and was really happy with it! This is such a cute little place for a quick meal.

4. Mr. Ice Cream – What’s a vacation without a little sweet treat?! We tried Mr. Ice Cream after dinner on Saturday night. It was really good! Be aware that they only accept cash here.


We stayed downtown at the Doubletree. We wanted to be closest to the Riverwalk and all the activities down there. We didn’t stay right next to the Riverwalk, but on the other side of the highway actually. Next time, I think we would prefer to stay right in the heart of downtown. It is relatively easy to walk everywhere from the hotel. If you decide to stay somewhere else, be aware that they charge for parking anywhere near downtown. We paid $10 for parking for the whole day.

Air BNB and VRBO are always good options too if you have a larger party to accommodate or just want your own private place to stay.


1. San Marcos Outlets – On the way down to San Antonio I made it my mission to stop at the outlets. San Marcos has the nicest ones and I wanted to make the most out of it. They have everything from high end to low end shops. They even have a Lululemon Outlet. Which was a total surprise!

2. Alamo – This was a must-do on our list. It had been such a long time since I had seen the Alamo and Brian had never been. It is a lot smaller than I remember. But, none-the-less it is still exciting to see and learn all the history.

3. San Antonio Riverwalk – We hung out on the Riverwalk the majority of Saturday morning, afternoon and evening. There is a lot to see, shop and eat. If you are big into souvenirs then there are a ton of options in this area. Side note: I collect magnets from all the places we visit when we travel for our fridge. It is a fun way to keep all the memories from your trips in one spot.

Brian really wanted to go to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. I indulged him and it was actually kind of fun! I have never been to anything like that before and was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn’t recommend the wax museum. It didn’t get very good reviews online.

There is also a Riverboat tour that you can go on. We were going to do this, but ended up changing our minds at the last minute. I wish we would have done it. It looked like so much fun!

On our way back home we decided to drive through Fredricksburg. We wanted to stop there for lunch and do a little shopping. It was only a 45 minute drive from San Antonio through the Hill Country. I am really glad we decided to make the extra drive to visit. We stopped and ate at another German Restaurant in town called Auslander Biergarten Restaurant. The highlight of our meal here were the fried mushrooms. Yum!

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