ABC’s The Bachelorette found San Antonio to be an extremely romantic destination – from the River Walk and San Antonio Botanical Garden to Market Square and Enchanted Springs Ranch. Follow the Bachelorette and her suitors’ lead with these muy romantica trip ideas inspired by experiences they had on the show. And get a glimpse of the romantic wonders awaiting you by watching The Bachelorette Travel Guide.
Stay in Lavish Luxury
Treat your beau or belle like royalty at The St. Anthony, San Antonio’s first luxury hotel. Opened in 1909, this elegant property has attracted elite clientele, with guests including Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, General Douglas MacArthur, Eleanor Roosevelt and Princess Grace. Hollywood royalty, from Lucille Ball and Judy Garland to George Clooney, have attended events in the hotel’s beautiful ballrooms. Steeped in the living history of San Antonio, the hotel is a continuance of a fine tradition, where the grandeur and grace of the past exist in harmony with the conveniences of the present – all delivered with the renowned charm of Texas hospitality.
Stop and Smell the Roses
Thirty-eight acres of gorgeous gardens welcome you at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Explore the futuristic Lucile Halsell Conservatory or walk hand-in-hand along the Texas Native Trail for a close-up encounter with the beautiful world of plants. Seasonal floral display beds complement formal garden settings that include a rose garden, old-fashioned garden, sensory garden and Kumamoto En Japanese garden. Have a lovely lunch with your loved one at Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro located in the historic Sullivan Carriage House at the entrance of the garden. You can even watch the Botanical Garden grow, thanks to an expansion currently underway that will
add an additional eight acres of lush beauty.
Swoon to a Mariachi Serenade
Immerse yourself in the rich culture of San Antonio at Market Square, a three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants and shops near San Antonio’s city center. Browse more than 90 shops for that perfect handcrafted souvenir to remember your romantic getaway. Enjoy the vibrant music of mariachis and other performers in and around the market. Ignite your love and taste buds with authentic Tex-Mex food (and margaritas) at Mi Tierra Café and its Mariachi Bar.
Travel Back in Time at the Alamo
Take your number one to the number one attraction in Texas, the Alamo. For more than 300 years, the Alamo has been a crossroads for Texas history. Here the Spanish colonization first took hold, Mexico armed its independence, the Confederacy stood its ground and, most famously, a small band of Texans held out for 13 days against the Mexican army in the Battle of the Alamo.
The Alamo is also a Spanish Colonial mission by the name of Mission San Antonio de Valero. It is joined by four additional missions just south of downtown San Antonio: Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission San Francisco de la Espada. These five historic gems of San Antonio represent the largest collection of Spanish colonial architecture in North America and have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). You and your loved one can explore centuries of history
and culture with a visit to these magnificent structures.
Embrace the Outdoors
Along the meandering San Antonio River, the River Walk’s stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels and museums with a blend of historic and modern architecture. While strolling side-by-side with your loved one, take in the sights and sounds of the heart and soul of San Antonio. Among these walkways, commerce meets culture with the sounds of mariachis serenading diners and river taxis carrying guests across the spring-fed river that has attracted people to this region for centuries.
Want to add a little adventure to the mix? The Mission Reach portion of the River Walk is a perfect place for a journey on bike or kayak. Miles of trails and waterways take you past aquatic life, wildlife and plant life; picnic and seating areas; pedestrian bridges and pavilions; and portals to four Spanish colonial missions – Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada.
Meet on the Dance Floor
Swing your partner round and round at Gruene Hall, the oldest continually running dance hall in Texas. Built in 1878, this historic venue is Central Texas’ birthplace for great songwriters and musicians, including George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl King and many more. It’s only a short trip north of San Antonio – just don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Cultivate the Art of Romance
Located on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk, the Southwest School of Art is one of the nation’s largest community-based art schools, offering classes to established artists as well as to beginning and intermediate students of all ages. Stroll the tranquil gardens, arching trees and historic buildings of this former convent, which is now home to contemporary art exhibitions, a small history museum and a lunch café. The site is a true urban oasis that exudes a sense of grace, tranquility and history.