Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mommy and Daddy San Antonio getaway!

Because we are not sure what the next few months to 2 years holds for me as I wait for acceptance into nursing school, the hubs and I wanted to get away for a little adult time. My parents graciously kept our children this weekend so Josh and I could head to San Antonio. 

San Antonio is only about a 3 and a half hour drive from our town and really has a lot to offer. We took the back roads so that we could just randomly stop at scenic places along the way. I love that about Josh. If I wanted to stop somewhere, he was all for it. It wasn't about a time schedule, it was about spending time with each other and sharing experiences. 

He wanted to stop in Shiner to see the brewery where they brew Shiner beer. They have a free tour...and thank goodness it was free. It wouldn't have been worth it if we had paid for it. 

The area was beautiful and the tour lasted all of 5 minutes. 

They showed us the large copper vats where the beer is stored...

and showed us the lab where they randomly test each batch...

and that was it. Here are our faces after the tour...

Josh wasn't all that impressed, but I was glad to just say we saw something new. 

Then we headed for San Antonio. We checked into our hotel, which was the Holiday Inn Riverwalk...right on the Riverwalk. The scenery was beautiful. 

We dropped off our luggage in the room and started walking the riverwalk. We went to the River Center Mall at the end of the river and sat outside at Tony Roma's to eat dinner and enjoy the live music. Then we just walked around the mall, shopping for ourselves and the kids, and then went to see a comedy show. Um, yeah....it was really sad. There were very few people there, which is embarrassing for the the performers, and in general, they were just not funny. We tried to laugh...but it was really rough.

After coming back to the hotel, we slept until 8am the next morning and headed down for our free buffet breakfast. It was awesome to sit by the river in peace and quiet just enjoying coffee and breakfast, planning the day. 

We decided to walk to the Alamo again, because really, it never gets old. 

Then we went across the street to experience the wax museum. I loved it!

It included a 4D movie experience, which was pretty cool, and also included admission to Ripley's Believe It Or Not. That was CRAZY!!!

Then we headed back to the Riverwalk to eat lunch at Casa Rio. After lunch, we hopped in a cab to head over to the old Pearl Brewery, which they are renovating into the coolest living and shopping area. It also includes the Culinary Institute of America on site, which Jansen really wanted to go into. Too bad he wasn't with us, and that the CIA was closed on weekends. 

There was a farmer's market going on so we did a bit of shopping there. 

After that, we came back to the hotel to take a nap and get ready for our fancy dinner at The Palm. 

We got dressed up, and walked over to The Palm, which was maybe two blocks from our hotel. The Palm is known for having 3, 4, 5, and 6 pound lobsters!! WHAT?!

So Josh ordered a 4 pound lobster and a 14 ounce filet....


I got veal parmesan and it was delicious, but way too big!

After spending way too much money there, we left to go to Howl at the Moon. Once we got there, it was standing room only and we are not 22 anymore. We were looking for a jazz club to sit, and have drinks, and just relax. Not happening that night. We walked around looking and looking and couldn't find anything, so we went back to our hotel bar. I stayed for a while, and then left Josh there to go back to the room. There was a big fight on TV that night and he stayed to bet on it with a guy he met in the lobby. 

We were excited to get home the next day. If we hadn't stayed on the river, we could have gotten into the car and headed to a million other places in San Antonio. The reason we didn't is because our hotel charged $28 each time to park. RIDICULOUS! So we left the car in the garage and stayed within walking distance. 

We were very glad to get away and happy to get back home. Now we wait for a little family trip next week to Bandera to go visit my in-laws and stay a day in San Marcus to visit Wonder World. 

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