We arrived in San Antonio late in the day on Friday, December 30. Our hotel was a few blocks off the River Walk, and we set out to see the sights.
We hadn’t anticipated how heavily crowded the River Walk would be. Apparently it’s a pretty popular place to visit around New Years. In the restaurant district, we shuffled along through the thick crowd. The trees sure were lovely, all lit up and magical! After a few failed attempts at finding a restaurant, we left the River Walk and got ourselves dinner at Texas de Brazil. The drinks were good, and the salad bar (and the cheese bread!!!) was so good that I filled up before the meat course. We were entertained by a crazy aerial “wine angel” who flipped and spun and retrieved wine bottles for lucky patrons (see here for a video I found on YouTube).
On New Year’s Eve morning, we had breakfast at a wonderful place called The Gunther House. So glad that Bryan’s mom suggested it for us!
Our wait for a table was really pleasant as we sipped our coffee in the sunny courtyard and then browsed the restored home and the cute gift shop, full of Texas cookbooks and baking goods.
I seriously could not get enough of these trees. They are so beautiful it makes my heart ache.
After breakfast, we wound our way through the King William Historic District. So many pretty homes!
The Riverwalk extends through most of San Antonio, and it seems like it’s become a wonderful way to connect the city and to help people get outdoors.
One of my main goals for our time in San Antonio was to eat at a restaurant where we’d have guacamole made at our table. We did this when we visited San Antonio back in 2001 (photos here!), and it made quite an impression. After a little walking, we stopped at Boudros for some drinks and guac with chips.
There’s our waiter making me happy with avocados!
Oh, what a day!
We wandered down the Riverwalk until we came to a little park where we sat and read for a couple hours.
Ahh, a day spent walking and eating and reading. Pretty fun stuff! Now back to the hotel to change for New Year’s Eve!