When I started Adventure Alchemy, one of my main motivators was to have an outlet for my personal travel goals. That was going really well until 2020...we all know what happened. I had SO many trips scheduled and ultimately cancelled last year and my heart broke a little more each time an airline ticket was cancelled- Santa Fe (cancelled TWICE!), Big Bend, Montana, Maine, Costa Rica, Tanzania, France, Singapore, and on and on.
This year is looking a little better, thankfully, and as I type I'm cozied up in a fluffy King-sized bed, in a corner room on the 6th floor of The Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio and I'm feeling more like myself than I have in a minute.
Why San Antonio?
With our viral success on TikTok, there has been an exponential increase in the number of trips we are creating for travelers under 25 years old (the age at which you can rent a car without an additional surcharge). As a result, I want to try out some more walkable cities, or those with other options, like bike share and hop on/hop off busses or trolleys.
Our family vacations have had a little bit of a theme the last couple years (Tombstone in 2019 and Deadwood in 2021) and San Antonio has been on my "next up" list for the last year. This Texas city's greatest claim to fame is, of course, The Alamo; but, there is so much more here that begs to be explored and I finally made it!
FUN FACT: San Antonio is the7th largest city in the United States.
Getting Started in The City of San Antonio
A couple weeks before my trip, I hopped on a call with one of our new City Ambassadors, Anissa, who has lived in San Antonio her whole life. After just one day here, let me tell you - Anissa KNOWS. Her. Stuff!
Anyone can find Tower of the Americas or The Alamo in San Antonio and other attractions are plentiful and easy to stumble upon even if you aren't looking. One of the trickiest, and most important, parts of planning a great trip is knowing where to go for important things like TACOS and COFFEE! Anissa wins the Grand, Grand Champion Award in the food recommendations category and I haven't even been here 24 hours!
When I asked Anissa about the best of the best food in town, her immediate answer was "Mi Tierra" and "Cafe Blanco." The euphoria from last night's dinner at the always open Mi Tierra Cafe has me looking that much more forward to the Cafe Blanco breakfast tacos that are in my very near future!
The minute you arrive at Mi Tierra, you immediately feel a sense of happiness coming from inside - bright colors, roving mariachi band - you know you're in for something special. The place is huge and I had a short 10 minute wait for my table. I headed to the bar to wait and even though I rarely drink, the occasion definitely deserved a cold Corona! For dinner, I ordered the Enchilada Mole and tipped the Mariachi to serenade me (I'm a sucker for good mariachi). My food came out quickly and it is hands down the BEST mole I've had in my life - I'm ruined now and not even mad about it. The service was great, the vibe was perfect, and I have absolutely zero complaints - definitely 27 stars!
SIDEBAR: We have clients leaving on Sunday for their Mystery Honeymoon and even though the tracking number said their envelope was delivered yesterday, they didn't receive it, so I got to Facetime with them to reveal their destination. They're going to San Antonio's neighbor city, Austin, and Mi Tierra could not have been a more perfect backdrop for a Mystery Reveal Video Call!
How Walkable Is San Antonio?
I realize that I skipped straight to dinner; but, when it's that good, you really have no choice! I promise I did more than just each enchiladas! My flight landed just after lunchtime and I grabbed an Uber to my hotel. The Emma Morgan Hotel is just across the street from The Alamo and is lovely. When I arrived, I wasn't too sure about the location; but, after a day here I can firmly say it is an amazing location! So easy to get to the River Walk, obviously The Alamo, and many other fun things to do. The hotel itself is clean and full of charm, and the bed slept beautifully! It doesn't hurt that they give you a fresh-baked Chocolate Chip Pecan cookie