48 Hours in San Antonio

Greetings from the Lone Star State! This Memorial Day Weekend, Matthew and I decided to do a mini vacation in Texas. First up...San Antonio! I had never visited this fun and vibrant city before, so I was excited to see all of the beautiful spots. 48 hours was truly the perfect amount of time to embrace it all. Here are a few of our trip highlights!


A classic. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio which was right on the water! Both mornings, we woke up and took a stroll along the riverwalk. It was so fun to see the boat rides strolling through and everyone celebrating the long weekend with margaritas and guac! I felt like we were walking through an all day fiesta. The nice part about the riverwalk is that it connects the city. You can keep on walking and arrive at popular destinations like the Alamo or the historic Pearl District. 

If you walk around during the evening, you can even hear mariachi bands serenading dinner guests! Extra tip: try and do happy hour (or dinner!) on the second level of a restaurant - you get such a neat view of all the action on the river while feeling removed from the craziness!

pearl district / hotel emma 

This was hands down my favorite part about San Antonio! This historic part of the city was recently transformed into an amazing, community-friendly outdoor space. It's home to the Culinary Institute of America which only means one thing: amazing food! There are so many different restaurants to try. Personally, we ate at the Food Hall for something quick and then ventured downstairs to Jazz TX for an eventful jazz concert! You can make reservations in advance to eat dinner while watching the show or stop on by and pay a cover to watch while standing (or if you're lucky, you can snag a seat at the bar). 

The Hotel Emma is one of the most charming, exquisite hotels I've ever seen! While we didn't stay here, we ventured through all of the public areas (like this sun room pictured on the right). The first level has a wondrous lobby and a few gourmet food options like Supper and Larder

One of the things I love most about Hotel Emma is how well they integrate the space with the riverwalk and the surrounding Pearl district. There are so many fun activities to take part in (like the weekend Farmer's Market) that are only a few steps away. If you are a content creator, you will swoon over the various photo-taking spots. The warm tones, vibrant greenery, and historic charm make for a memorable stay or visit. 

It's needless to say, I'll definitely be back!

the alamo

A trip to San Antonio is never complete without a trip to the famous Alamo site. One of the things I love about this city is how well they preserve history and tradition. While the surroundings of the Alamo are modern, this section of the city remains just as it was many, many years ago. 


gruene, texas

I can't write this post without mentioning our trip to Gruene, Texas which is located just outside of San Antonio. We actually ventured out to this charming town on our way to Austin. The two highlights from this small trip were eating at The Gristmill and dancing at Gruene Hall. Fun fact: The Bachelorette filmed a 1-on-1 date for Kaitlyn Bristowe and Ben Higgins in Gruene! Now that I've visited, I can see why it was such a great pick for a romantic date. I can't wait until I can visit again!


It's crazy to think how fast 48 hours in this city flew by. We had so much fun and can't wait to be back soon. What is your favorite part about San Antonio? Share below in the comments!

Stamped on 5/31/2018 by The Letter Bea