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San Antonio Weekend Getaway: A Local Guide to a Good Time

  • February 26, 2023
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It’s been a LONG year and you deserve a little R&R. So, why not come for a San Antonio Weekend Getaway? Enjoy the eclectic bars of Southtown, explore the local markets, and relax from the comfort of a boutique hotel bed. There’s so much stuff to do and explore in our diverse city so pack your bags and get on the road!

Here is UNATION San Antonio’s local guide to a San Antonio Weekend Getaway. Let’s have fun.

Pulling Out All The Stops

Need a bite or a place to stretch your legs? Pause at one of these pits stops to enjoy a quick and delicious meal or explore some fun attractions!

Are we missing something? A must-see spot that all road-trippers need to check out? Let us know in our Facebook Group!

Gristmill Photo

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar

📸: Gristmill

Need some comfort food and a great view? Visit the Gristmill in historic Gruene right off of the Guadalupe River. Established in 1977, this historic establishment will have you driving through again and again!

Where to Stay After Your Drive

You’ve made it to San Antonio! Woo! Now, after a long day of adventure and fun, it’s time to relax. Jump into a fluffy hotel bed or enjoy the views from your private rental home. Here are some of the best hotels around San Antonio as well as weekend rentals you’re sure to love.

Hotel Emma

Hotel Emma

📸: Hotel Emma

The lavish and beautiful Hotel Emma is your place to go for a 5-star experience with views of the River Walk, access to some of the best culinary spots, and local shops. If you want to be downtown but not right at the heart, this is the perfect spot. This location is in the Pearl District and has history, Saturday farmer’s markets, and everything else you need within a short walk from the hotel.

Home Away From Home

Want a bit more privacy or just want to feel more at home? Check out these rentals to have a place just for you this weekend!


Bright Bungalow Blocks from Riverwalk

This Airbnb bungalow called “La Viva Rische” is the perfect spot for privacy and cozy vibes! Located in the King Williams District, this home is the perfect location for exploring all the local community favs!

Where to Find Great Food & Drinks

We love some good Texas cuisine. In our diverse city, there are so many places to choose from, and no matter where you stop you will probably have a great experience! But, we do have a few favorites that any visitor or locals will LOVE!

For the Insta! ( and the flavor)

Hot Joy

Hot Joy

Are you photo-ready? Let’s make the most of a Weekend Getaway to San Antonio by checking out some of the most insta-worthy spots while also enjoying fun drinks and food. Be immersed into a ramen-filled oasis with fresh drinks at Hot Joy or chill out in a relaxed backyard setting at Elsewhere.

Free Spots to Check Out on Your Getaway

Alamo at night
📸: The Alamo

The Alamo

An obvious stop in downtown San Antonio, the Alamo is a beautiful place to check out the historic architecture and view the gorgeous gardens inside. Located in the heart of SA, there are also plenty of places to stop by only a few minutes away as well.


Historic Market Square
📸: Historic Market Square

Historic Market Square

Fiesta! Be immersed in the Mexican culture of San Antonio! Enjoy authentic food and shop local market businesses. On the weekends you can enjoy live music, dancing, and a whole lot of colorful fun. Explore the many businesses nearby as well!

Hemisfair Park
📸: Hemisfair

Hemisfair Park: Yanaguana Garden

Get outside! Head over to the beautiful park downtown! This location is filled with outdoor art installations, fun activities for adults like ping pong or cornhole, and of course a whole lot of fun for kiddos with a playground, sand play area, or splash pad. Since it’s in the city, there are also tons of yummy places nearby.


Pearl Photo
📸: The Pearl

The Historic Pearl

Looking for something a little bit away from downtown? The Historic Pearl is located on the edge of the River Walk and is perfect for those who want a more chill experience. Enjoy the weekly farmer’s market, stop for some delicious coffee, or check out some stores like the local bookshop or some artisan-made pottery.

Before You Go...

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