Explored: San Antonio Missions by Bike

A few weekends ago we had a wedding party to attend in San Antonio so we packed up the car and headed out on Friday for a quick getaway. San Antonio is only a 1 1/2 hour drive away from Austin, making it perfect for a weekend trip. 

We scored a last minute hotel on Hotwire.com right by the Alamo, which worked because it was a central location and we could easily walk around.  Last year we snagged a room at Hotel Havana at the friends and family rate for our anniversary and turned it into a full on vacation. Exploring the river walk by foot, stopping in for a drink at the oldest bar in San Antonio, The Esquire Tavern

If you haven't been to Hotel Havana, I recommend checking it out. It is one of four of Liz Lambert's character-filled hotels in Texas (Austin based Hotel St. Cecilia, Hotel San Jose and the Marfa teepee and trailer compound, El Cosmico). They serve a great brunch at Ocho, the hotel's Cuban inspired restaurant and it is worth stopping in just to check out the awesome decor. The entire place is an indoor/outdoor sunroom lined with lush green trees and filled with blue and gold velvet couches, red oriental rugs, turquoise fiesta ware and a whole lot of charm. 

On Saturday before the wedding party we stopped at Ocho for breakfast and a strong cup of coffee before setting off to explore the old missions of San Antonio by bike. We started at the Blue Star brewing company and followed the long and hilly mission bike trail all the way down to the oldest and most preserved one of the lot, Mission Concepcion.  

It was fun to get on a bike (I don't think I've ridden one in at least a year!) and just ride. And, it gave us the freedom to explore the muggy city with a little bit of wind in our hair.  

We had dinner one night at La Fonda on Main which didn't disappoint (LOVED the spanish style courtyard with colorful tiles and trees).  We are saving the Japanese Gardens and Pearl Brewery area for our next trip down there.  

Where are your favorite places to visit in San Antonio? 

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