Tuesday, May 24, 2011

San Antonio - Hotel Havana

What: Hotel Havana
Where: San Antonio
Driving time from my house: 5 hours

Today, I'm continuing my "back yard vacation" series with a trip to San Antonio, Texas.  We'll drive for most of the day from Dallas, and check into the beautiful old Hotel Havana.  Once we're settled in and refreshed from the drive, we'll visit the Ocho Lounge at the Hotel for drinks and appetizers. Then we'll ask the concierge for dinner recommendations.  Since Hotel Havana is on the River Walk, there are countless dining options just a short walk away.  That's how my husband and I usually kick off our stay in a new city.  My number one travel tip is always "ask the locals."

After breakfast in bed, we'll head down to the San Antonio River Walk Park.  While we're there, we'll do some shopping at the La Villita Historic Arts Village.  For lunch, we'll eat at The Cove, which the New York Times describes as "burgers with a conscience".  We'll walk off the calories with a stroll through Brackenridge Park and spend a contemplative moment in the Japanese Tea Garden.  In the evening we'll visit the shops at Pearl Brewery.  Dinner?  My first choice is Il Sogno Osteria.  But if the lines are too long (they don't take reservations) we'll head over to the Sandbar Fish House and Market. After dinner, we'll head back to our sweet Hotel Havana for a good night's sleep!

Tomorrow?  Marfa, Texas!  I can hear you saying, "Marfa?  What is there to do in Marfa?"  We'll, hang on to your hats - cowboy hats if you have them - and stay tuned. 


Suze said...

These photographs are a balm. Thank you for taking the time to post them.

Villa Bisono said...

The hotel looks beautiful...enjoy!!


Jacki said...

This is my fav place to stay in SA, but I've never taken the boys b/c they're so noisy! I love this hotel! What a surprise to see it here! Beautiful pics of it, too.

Connie said...

I'm loving this!!

Jay said...

This series is so lovely.
The posts allow me to drift away and spend one or two days in my dreams at these gorgious places.
Also I adore the furniture in this one. The combination of the colours and styles is just stunning.
Keep em coming.
Love, Jay.

Callie Grayson said...

I have been all over Texas but have never been to San Antonio. So, now it's on my list!
great series!!

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

oh my gosh this place is amazing!!! so incredibly charming - i have to check out the rest of your little series! ox

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Pete and I are having a little staycation here in a few weeks! I will report on the loveliness