San Antonio, Texas

 

This is Katherine Satrom for Travel Explorations. Today we’re going to San Antonio! If you’re from the Dakotas, you may know that Theodore Roosevelt spent time in San Antonio recruiting his famous Roughriders for service in Cuba during the Spanish American War.

I was recently part of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation group that visited San Antonio. We stayed at the historic Hotel Menger where TR recruited his roughriders. We were delighted that Theodore Roosevelt was able to greet us there:

Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson portrayed Theodore Roosevelt.

The Menger Hotel dates from 1859 and has hosted many famous guests in addition to the 26th President of the United States including authors and artists such as Oscar Wilde and Gutzon Borglum, designer of Mount Rushmore. The hotel even has an interesting story about a ghost!

The very graceful and charming architecture results in lovely public rooms with a Victorian and classic flavor.

The Menger Hotel is in the heart of San Antonio just a few steps from the famous River Walk. The River Walk meanders through the downtown area and is lined with shops, bars and restaurants. You may hear the sound of folkloric and flamenco music as you walk along the river or enjoy a boat ride.

The Alamo is right across the street from the Hotel Menger. Originally a Mission built in 1724, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their native converts for nearly 70 years. The Mission was secularized by the Spanish. The Alamo played a critical role in the Texas Revolution against the Mexican troops quartered in the city. Later the Texans held out for 13 days against Santa Anna’s army. Among the Alamo’s garrison were Jim Bowie and Davie Crockett.

The nearby Imax Theatre shows the film, “The Price of Freedom,” which tells the story of the Alamo.

One of the fun things about San Antonio is the relaxed and western atmosphere. You can wear jeans to most any restaurant and fit right in. And plan to sample the city’s famous and delicious Tex-Mex cuisine at the many fine restaurants throughout the city. I was surprised to learn San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States.

Seaworld is located 16 miles west of downtown. Here you can get close up with Beluga whales, penguins and sea lions, and have a dolphin encounter. I’ve enjoyed a swim with the dolphins and recommend the experience of interacting with a dolphin!

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is another very popular attraction. San Antonio has a number of art museums. It is of interest to visit a mission church and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

San Antonio is a delightful long weekend getaway with western-style history, entertainment and excellent dining readily available. Ya’ll come!

This is Katherine Satrom for Travel Explorations.

 



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