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NO! Don’t Forget the Alamo!!

Riverwalk, San Antonio TX
Hangin’ on the Riverwalk in 2011


I may have told you to forget the Alamo last Monday, but I was only talking about the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, not THE Alamo.  I’d never tell you to forget THE Alamo…or anything else in my favorite travel destination.

Vacation Envy

I love San Antonio and apparently other people do too, because an earlier post about the city is still one of my most frequently read blog posts.  It doesn’t matter that I’ve been there numerous times over the years, I’m always ready for another visit.  In fact, visiting the Riverwalk, all lit up for Christmas, has been on my wish list for quite a while now.

I’d been discussing the possibility of a girl’s trip with my bestie for some time and during the latest discussion my husband stuck his lip far out beyond its usual position.  I warned him that this was no quick trip.  I also wanted to drive down to Galveston for Dickens on the Strand.  “You wouldn’t be interested in doing that would you?” Well, come to find out he would.

Still, I only half believed him.  I made sure the luminaries and the Dickens festival were actually occurring simultaneously.  Check!  Then I went for the whole banana.  I hit expedia to see what kind of hotel deals I could find.  Staying riverside was part of my luminary fantasy. Lo and behold, I discovered the Omni La Mansion del Rio, the hotel of my dreams, had a special going on and I could stay there for less than $200 a night.  I put on my puppy dog eyes and went up the stairs to discuss the possibility with Bill.  When he said, “book it,” I didn’t wait around to allow any second thoughts.

So now my travel toes are happy.  We have paid reservations for three nights on the Riverwalk in San Antonio during the month of December.  Why three nights?  Well, why not!  Last time I was down there, The Pearl and it’s access to the Riverwalk were brand new, but we didn’t have time to visit.  And in just a few weeks The Briscoe Museum of Western Art will be opening, so I’ll need to see that.

But that’s not all.  One night there will be boats of carolers on the river, on another Santa will arrive and then the luminaries officially kickoff.  How can I not want to be there?  Besides, all my favorite places to visit are just waiting for me to return.

All this and Dickens on the Strand, too?  I’m still giddy and anticipate remaining in that state until the car heads south on I-35.  But what’s supposed to happen in the meantime?  Will Travel There disappear for a while?  Come back next week and find out.

5 thoughts on “NO! Don’t Forget the Alamo!!”

  1. Jane – I’m convinced you can’t go wrong with the San Antonio River Walk. It’s been one of my favorites for years and of course a hotel along the walk is an absolute must. I was fortunate and my work in DC sent me to San Antonio 3 or 4 times a year and I always tacked on a extra couple days or so just to relax and enjoy myself. I know you’ll have a wonderful time in December.


        1. Yes, I know the work part was tough, but I do love an excuse to go down there. If I were a single girl, I’d probably be down there a lot more frequently. Bill is not big on repeat visits anywhere. He’s the been there-done that type.


          1. It’s been wonderful to return to San Antonio since I retired. Tom and I have made it a destination vacation several times. Thankfully Tom loves destination type travel as much as I do. We find a delightful place to call home and branch out from there. I think because our careers required so much travel and we were able to experience so many marvelous adventures, we are on a bit slower pace than many travelers. Keep on with the blogging – I love reading your adventures.


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