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San Antonio in the Off-Season


I grew up in Houston, TX, an easy three-hour drive to San Antonio for a family of five looking to have a quick, same-state vacation. All my memories of our visits are fond but tinged with the heat of the summer weather and the bustle of summer crowds. When my husband brought me to San Antonio for a conference in November, the week before Thanksgiving, I was willing to try it. As I enter middle age, I’m growing to love tourist cities in their off-season, and San Antonio was no exception!


On our first evening, we walked downtown and stopped to admire the huge scarlet sculpture “La Antorcha de la Amistad,” well-lit in the evening darkness.


A few days later, when we visited the San Antonio Riverwalk (always crowded in the summer), it was pleasantly busy but not crowded, and we got quick access to a table at 7 p.m. We easily navigated a walk up one side of the river and down the other and stopped for an ice cream after our Tex-Mex meal. Since the sunset hours before, we enjoy seeing the riverboats lit up with lights and the lovely “Stargazer” statue on full display.


Our last morning features our best eating: brunch at Box Street All Day Brunch! I don’t usually take pictures of food, but my husband’s French toast was so lovely and delicious that I had to capture it! A delightful way to end our trip!


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"I need to go somewhere." -Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

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