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Four Adventurous Days in San Antonio

Posted on Dec 01, 2015

Experience rich history at The Alamo, walk along the water’s edge at the Riverwalk or explore the natural caverns that only the Hill Country offers during four adventurous days in San Antonio.

Day One: You hit the ground mid-day at San Antonio International Airport, grab your bags and pick up a rental car, and are soon on your way to your home base for the next several days: the spectacular JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. You drop the luggage in your spacious room, change into swimsuits, and head down to check out the resort’s pretty amazing pool area. You make a relaxing lap around the lazy river, then take a dip in the infinity-edged Overlook Pool and enjoy views of the championship golf course and the sprawling Hill Country landscape that spreads out before you. And later, as you dig into smoked barbecue with pit beans for dinner at the resort’s Cibolo Moon restaurant, your adventure deep in the heart of Texas is well underway.

Day Two: Today you’ve decided to visit San Antonio’s downtown area and check out a variety of attractions. Your first stop is The Alamo, a small fort founded in 1718, where 189 Texians and Tejanos fought against Santa Anna's larger army in a memorable battle that inspired the cry "Remember the Alamo." Next is Mission San Jose, which enables you to learn about how the missions formed the foundation of the city and the role they played in Texas' unique history and colorful culture. Then it’s time to board a River Walk boat cruise for a short trip that covers about one and a half miles of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. You’ve worked up an appetite and head over to Casa Rio for some of the best Tex-Mex cuisine along the River Walk. Outstanding!

Day Three: This morning you’re off to explore the Natural Bridge Caverns on a guided, 75-minute walking tour. Your guide leads a small group to a depth of 180 feet (55 m) below the ground and into the atmospheric caves for a fun journey that’s packed with history, exploration, and an intriguing explanation of the science behind the caverns' curious rock formations. Next, you take a drive through the tall, rugged hills that gave this region its name and into the charming German town of Fredericksburg for lunch. From there it’s a short jaunt to two different wineries, where you sample a number of fine wines and learn about the wine-making process. Texas-style wine created with several grape varietals, including sangiovese, viognier, tempranillo and syrah? Who knew?

Day Four: You’ll be headed back to the airport later today, but you’ve been eyeing the waterslides at the resort’s River Bluff Water Park and you can’t resist. After all, who said that the thrill of a waterslide should just be for kids? You take the drop three times on a trio of different slides, and then retreat to the Lantana Spa for some serious relaxation. You opt for the Signature Massage of the Curanderos, which combines the effects of unique, organic herbs, aromatherapy and heat, to create an experience that relaxes the body and the mind. A nice, refreshing sense of well-being has been achieved; one that will make the trip home that much easier. You reluctantly check out of the resort, and reflect on a few days very well spent in San Antonio.