Omni La Mansión del Rio
112 COLLEGE STREET
San Antonio, Texas 78205

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48 Hours in San Antonio

The Alamo
Nestled along San Antonio’s historic River Walk (or Paseo del Rio), Omni La Mansión del Rio is the ideal base for exploring the city’s greatest attractions. Although the first business along this urban walkway opened in 1946, the San Antonio River has been a central part of the city’s development since the 1500s, providing guests with the opportunity to step back in time during their stay at the romantic Spanish-style hacienda. Those looking to explore San Antonio’s history, as well as its modern charm, will find inspiration in our two-day itinerary highlighting the city’s best cuisine, entertainment and more.

Day One

Morning

Start your morning off with a walk to Ocho, a restaurant that features stunning views of the River Walk from a glass-encased dining room. The vibrant blue and turquoise décor is perfectly complemented by bold pan-Latin dishes like sweet plantain griddle cakes, broiled grapefruit and breakfast tortas. If you’re looking to venture out a little further, consider CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery. With lighter fare, diners can enjoy omelets, French pastries or croissant breakfast sandwiches while sipping classic coffee beverages.

After you’ve finished breakfast, head over to the San Antonio Museum of Art. The riverfront building that houses this museum was formerly a brewery, giving it a unique aesthetic in which to view European, Asian, Oceanic, Latin American and American ancient and contemporary art.

San Antonio Museum of Art

Afternoon

When afternoon rolls around, continue your tour of local museums with a trip to the McNay Art Museum, the oldest modern art museum in Texas. Housed in a Spanish Colonial Revival abode, the museum’s collection consists of 20,000 pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures and art glass from the from the 19th century on.

On the northern end of the River Walk, stop by the Pearl for lunch. After a long day of museum hopping, this bustling complex—which also used to be a brewery—is home to various restaurants and retail shops. Pay a visit to Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery, a two-year old brewhouse that crafts their own beers in the old Pearl Brewery that closed down in 2001.

Though it’s a little further away, B&D Ice House is another ideal lunch spot—especially for those who enjoy craft beers and barbecue. The restaurant also sells smoked meats by the half-pound.

Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery

Evening

In the evening, kick back at the hotel with an elegant dinner at Las Canarias. Enjoy scenic river views as you dine on a Mediterranean salad, smoked sweet corn soup, a New York strip steak or herb and garlic grilled prawns. Those looking to spend a night out should try Biga on the Banks, whose standout dishes include Angus beef ribeye, a mustard-crusted lamb rack and, for dessert, blackberry buttermilk panna cotta.

After dinner, watch the sunset during an evening trip down the river. Rio San Antonio Cruises has five stations throughout the River Walk for visitors to purchase tickets. The open-air barges last for more than half an hour, covering the history of the river and the adjacent walkway throughout a mile-and-a-half trip.

Once back on solid land, return to the heart of the city, Main Plaza. Here, a dazzling artistic display lights up the San Fernando Cathedral four nights a week, displaying a video projection called “San Antonio | The Saga.” The free show, created by French artist Xavier de Richemont, combines custom music and video that showcases San Antonio’s discovery, settlement and development to produce 24 minutes of breathtaking artwork.

River Walk at night

Day Two

Morning

If it’s a luxurious breakfast you seek, the Guenther House can’t be beat. A blend of art nouveau and Victorian, the house has been operating as a restaurant and museum since 1988. The solid copper light fixtures, ceramic tile flooring and stained glass panels featuring an ivy design make for a quaint setting in which to dine on buttermilk biscuits, sweet cream waffles, country sausage or breakfast tacos.

For a more casual spot, try the Madhatters Tea House & Café in the King William District. The eclectic decor—inspired by Alice in Wonderland—will have you smiling as you enjoy things like French toast, egg scrambles, granola bowls, breakfast burritos and toasted bagels.

While in the city’s King William District, explore this historic part of town where homes from the 19th-century have been repurposed and converted into things like shops, museums and art galleries. These fashionable structures are just as enchanting to walk past as they are to enter. Two to note are Villa Finale and the Edward Steves Homestead, both of which you can tour.

Edward Steves Homestead

Afternoon

You can’t miss touring the San Antonio Missions. This UNESCO site houses four missions—Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada—that provide the perfect glimpse into the city’s history. The ancient structures are beautifully constructed and full of information. Don’t forget to also visit The Alamo downtown, which serves as the city’s fifth mission.

A trip to San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without some Mexican food. For a lively eatery that puts a creative spin on their tacos, enchiladas and cocktails, try Rosario's Mexican Cafe Y Cantina.

If a relaxing afternoon is what you’re after, opt to head back to the hotel instead. Morsel’s, an off-the-lobby breakfast and lunch spot, offers casual sandwiches and other snacks for a light meal. Follow it up with a trip to Mokara Spa for a facial or body treatment. Located across the river at Omni La Mansión del Rio’s companion property, Mokara Hotel & Spa, Mokara Spa is the only Forbes Four Star spa in the city and features 17 private treatment rooms.

Rosario's Mexican Cafe y Cantina

Evening


For dinner, there are two stellar spots within walking distance of the hotel. First, Bella on the River is an intimate option with a unique menu of Mediterranean fare like chilled asparagus soup, oven roasted pork loin and open-faced lobster and scallop ravioli.

Another option is Boudro’s, one of the most treasured eateries on the River Walk. With an outdoor patio that sits above the water and an extensive wine cellar with which to pair meals, guests will savor plates like duck and sausage gumbo, yellowfin tuna, mesquite grilled quail and an extensive shellfish platter. 

Once you’ve eaten, enjoy a few more nighttime activities. San Antonio is known for its haunted spaces so consider experiencing the Ghost Walk or even the Haunted Pub Crawl with Bad Wolf Ghost Tours. Whether you see any spirits or not, it’s all in good fun—and you’ll learn even more about the town’s history.

Boudros Restaurant

If you have more time...

Not far outside of San Antonio, two sets of caverns give visitors the chance to explore Texas’ underground. The Natural Bridge Caverns is one of the largest cave networks in Texas, offering a chance to explore by day or by lantern light at night. This area also has a 60-foot adventure course. About an hour from there, guests can visit the Cascade Caverns, another set of limestone caves that offer underground tours.

Or, if you’re looking to head further out, day trips to the hip city of Austin, Fredericksburg’s hill country or Mustang Island State Park are all ideal choices.

The Omni La Mansión del Rio concierge team contributed to this article.

Natural Bridge Caverns