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Miles To Go Before We Sleep. Part 1 San Antonio

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A May 2006 trip to San Antonio by hagnel2

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum Photo, More Photos
Quote: It's a big world out there. This was one destination on a 3-week road trip. Loved this city.

Miles To Go Before We Sleep. Part 1 San Antonio

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Overview

River walk at Dusk Photo,
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This trip was one of the destinations on our 6,000-mile journey through the central and southwestern states. We made the 6-hour drive from El- Paso stopping only for refreshments by remaining on the I 10 east for most of the trip; traversing semi arid flatlands, past the Butterfield stage stop, and Fort Stockton. Neil has two rules; never check a map unless you are totally lost, and if you don’t know where your going get there fast. We took the wrong turn off the "Monte Carlo rally loop" around San Antonio and ended up in an industrial area and so we had to check the map. With stress level in the high range we finally arrived at our lodgings, found our room, dumped our stuff and walked to the d...Read More

Inn On The Riverwalk

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Hotel

Inn On The Riverwalk Photo,
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We arrived here late to find a welcoming note attached to the mailbox along with a key and directions to our room on the second floor. We had prebooked from the CAA, book and this Inn was our last hope, we phoned numerous hotels from the road but being a weekend the hotels were fully booked, we were considering skipping the city then hit pay dirt with this one.It proved a great location. The historic King William district is a short walk, as is Hemisphere Park. It is only a 20-minute walk to the famous Alamo and downtown. The hub of the River walk is less than a mile and a section of the San Antonio River is easily reached by a short set of stairs adjacent to the house, a scenic locale for...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Inn On The Riverwalk
129 Woodward Place
San Antonio, Texas 78204
210 225 6333

Menger Bar

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Attraction

Menger Bar Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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Walking into the dark Smokey bar of this historic hotel is like entering a time warp. The bar dates from 1859, the oldest in Texas and is built on the site of Mengers Brewery. The Mahogany bar is an exact replica of the House of Lords bar in London. Its walls are adorned with photographs and proclamations of one of its most famous clients Theodore Roosevelt. Outside the bar a small plaque proclaims that in this bar Theodore Roosevelt recruited his famous Roughriders. Following Spain’s declaration of war on the U S in 1898 Roosevelt recruited anyone who could ride or shoot attracting cowboys, Indians, and college men, thus the first Volunteer Cavalry assembled in San Antonio in May...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Menger Bar
204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio. Texas

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero)

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Attraction | "Alamo"

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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I am sure much has been written regarding the history of this battle therefore I will attempt to describe only highlights of our visit to this popular Texas shrine. The old missions location downtown is no surprise but loudspeakers from Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum can be heard from across the street, surely planners erred on that location.Prior to wandering the shrine I recommend that you take the time to watch a 20-minute film shown in the Daughters of the Republic Theatre in the Long Barracks. The film shows footage of the mission before restoration and the story of the battle. It took 13 days for the Mexican General Santa Anna to defeat the 200 defenders of the Garrison and he had...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero)
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 225-1391

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

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Attraction | "Buckhorn Saloon & Museum."

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum Photo,
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One good thing about this museum are the Margaritas, they are served ice cold in a frosted pint mug, just the thing to quench the thirst especially when temperatures are hitting the high '90s.The first Buckhorn Saloon opened in 1881 the owners Albert and Emile Friedrich traded deer and Antler horns for drinks. Over the years the collection grew and in 1956 the Lone Star brewing company purchased the collection and moved it to their brewery where they ran brewery tours. When the brewery closed in the nineties a granddaughter of the Friedrich’s re- purchased the huge collection and placed it in its present saloon, just a few yards from the original. In fact many of the original furnishings a...Read More

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Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
318 East Houston St
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 270-9400

Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub & Eatery

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Attraction | "Waxy O Conner's Irish Pub/ Restaurant"

Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub & Eatery Photo,
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This Irish pub located on the river walk offers a bit of a change from the plethora of Mexican eating establishments. We wandered in on a Saturday night, the patio on the river was full, but there are two more areas to the restaurant. The front part is themed as an Irish street. Hand built imported store fronts sport the names of McGrath & Doyle and instantly transport you to another world.The rear of the restaurant is a cozy traditional pub area and it is there that live Irish music is performed. The whole restaurant melds together in dark woods; furniture, bars, and floors (the bars were constructed in Ireland).Of course no self-respecting Irish pub would be complete with...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub & Eatery
243 Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
(210) 229-9299

Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Story/Tip

Traditional Transport Photo,
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We left our Inn at 8:30am and returned at 10:30pm. Tired slightly inebriated and in love with this city.We started our walk along the river beside our Inn, a tree-shaded area alive with joggers and walkers. We soon discovered the waterfall that lulled us last night was a weir that was around three feet in height, later we discovered quite a few along the waterway. The stairway to street level was just beyond the weir and so we exited and turned right toward Hemisphere Park. Two large pillars supported an arched decorative iron scroll boasting the parks name. Beyond the entrance we could see the Tower of the Americas symbol of San Antonio’s 1968 worlds fair and the cities two hundred and f...Read More