The Perfect Weekend in San Antonio
By: Brittany Anas
August 7, 2021
Deep in the heart of Texas, San Antonio is enticing visitors with a buzzy culinary and arts scene that juxtaposes nicely with the historical attractions that remain a draw in this colonial city. That’s to say you can take a guided tour of Texas’ most revered battle site the Alamo in the morning and then immerse yourself in a supremely cool interactive art museum,, later in the day.
Where to Stay:
Book a stay in the city’s art district at the, a handsome 162-room hotel with dark teal rooms, wood floors and rich leather accents. The hotel made its debut in February 2021 along a quieter stretch of the River Walk.
For an extra dose of luxury, reserve one of the 33 suites that are outfitted with deep soaking tubs and be sure to make a spa appointment. In addition to the many massage options, the Thompson spa specializes in facials, running the gamut from ancient gua sha enhancements to the brand-new Hydrafacial medical technologies that saturate your skin with antioxidants and peptides.
Thompson San Antonio is within walking distance of the bustling restaurants and bars that line the River Walk, a few blocks from The Alamo and a short Uber ride to the hip Pearl District, where a brewery complex has been converted into a pedestrian-friendly hot spot. After a morning of exploring, head to the fourth floor Cenote pool deck where you can cool off in the 2,000 square foot pool with an infinity edge or reserve a shaded cabana for lounging.
At some point during your stay, head to, a buzzy spot with a moody purple mural created by a local artist and cocktails that are as elevated as this 20-story bar. In addition to DJ sets, the rooftop suspended over San Antonio hosts pop-up events like a Super Full Moon party and tarot card readings.
Where to Eat:
For a splurge-worthy French comfort meal, make your way to, a restaurant founded by three Frenchmen who forged an epicurean friendship in San Antonio and together curated a menu influenced by their grandmother’s recipes and their own travels. Start with the lobster bisque that’s encased in a fluffy, buttery puff pastry or the charcuterie du jour.
While on the River Walk, nab an outdoor table at, a Texas bistro. The iconic restaurant has the best prickly pear margaritas in all of Texas, according to the tour guides you’ll overhear that pass the restaurant in their boats full of tourists. Order the tableside guacamole to go with that famous marg.
Another idea? Stroll through the, a 38-acre living museum filled with plants and flowers. The Frida Kahlo Oasis exhibit is on view through Nov. 2, 2021, and includes native Mexican plants and a replica of the artist’s iconic blue home. Afterwards, enjoy an al fresco meal at where you can sip a frozen peach bellini and sample regions of the Mediterranean with mezze plates.
Steak lovers should sidle up to the chef’s counter atand order your filet with toppings like brulee bleu cheese or blistered shishito peppers.
What to Do:
needs no introduction. You can explore this historical site on your own, or book a tour which ends inside “The Alamo: A Story Bigger Than Texas” exhibit that has rare artifacts and an overview of the 300-year history of the site.
For a modern, immersive art experience,is a 20,000 square-foot gallery with 14 wild and interactive exhibits from around the world including a laser graffiti wall, infinity boxes, and booths where you can record your secrets.
The San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in the United States. Its facade also hosts a colorful video art projection that depicts the history of San Antonio and Texas. Theprojection splashes the cathedral with lights and color for the 24-minute show. Shows are at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Known as “the thrill capital of the South,”has more than 60 rides and a waterpark. New in 2021 is the Dare Devil Dive Flying Machines which takes riders to stratospheric heights in a retro four-seater steampunk flying machine that twists them upside down.