Friday, December 6, 2013

The wonderful San Antonio, right on my doorstep

It turns out that I do, after all, wish to share my meanderings with you...starting with just a quick overnighter in San Antonio.

It's nearly Christmas, and all the lights are up. There are few cities that light up like this one, especially along the River Walk. My husband and I checked into the Hotel Indigo -- a wonderful value. We paid $114 (plus $25 for parking) for a large room with a great bed with a view overlooking the Alamo. Good staff, too. What I love most, though, is that this hotel is created from a 1909 office building. The hotel folks kept the old elevators and created the new ones -- because new ones work better; hello -- in a hallway behind them. This is true on every floor. Watch those River Walk drinks, or you'll wind up standing and standing next to an elevator that retired years ago. It's a clever architectural element. The rooms still have the old wood floors and transoms, too.

For dinner, we headed for Paesano's up on Basse Road off Broadway. Yes, we DO love all the newer restaurants at Pearl Brewery, but Paesano's is an old favorite. We've been going there since it was in that rambling old house downtown. Shrimp Paesano is a world-class app.

A quick run around the River Walk to see the lights found us finally parked at Hotel Mokara's bar for a quick nightcap.

Next morning: the excellent McNay Museum. Yes, it now charges $15 (just $10 for us oldies), but it's worth every penny. Super and wide-ranging permanent collection, plus a costumes exhibit (from period films you've probably seen). Go here.