How to spend 36 hours in San Antonio, with Hotel Contessa as your base camp.
5 p.m. | Dinner at Las Ramblas
Located inside Hotel Contessa, this restaurant offers views of the Riverwalk from the limestone patio. Inside, enjoy eclectic art installations over creative cuisine.
6 p.m. | Listen to Joe Posada at Landry’s
Landry’s Seafood House is home to three-time Grammy Award–winning local musician Joe Posada. Every Friday and Saturday night, he serenades guests with his soulful jazz and Tejano, a mix of Mexican music with classic German and Czech folk tunes that you won’t find anywhere outside of Southern Texas. To make the night even sweeter, the Hotel Contessa front desk always has free appetizer and dessert cards for Landry’s on hand.
10 a.m. | Farmers Market at the Pearl
With over 45 vendors each weekend, the Farmers Market at the Pearl focuses completely on local, producer-only merchants and is a great way to learn about South Texas’s growing, ranching and artisanal food community.
12 p.m. | Lunch at Down on Grayson
Just a skip away from The Pearl, this casual, modern-American restaurant features a menu with something for everyone whether it’s a variety of salads and handhelds or a juicy signature house dish. If that doesn’t sell you, the airy, natural light-filled dining room will. Enormous arched windows and one of the largest patios in San Antonio make a mid-day meal a thing of pure beauty.
2 p.m. | Go Rio Riverboat Tour
During a 35-minute narrated tour, you’ll learn about the city’s famous downtown Riverwalk that lines the banks of the San Antonio River thanks to comical guides full of unique information. Buy your ticket at any booth or online, and enjoy the history.
6 p.m. | Dinner at Zinc Bistro & Bar
Across the street from Hotel Contessa, this downtown San Antonio favorite wine bar marries an elegant European bistro with a casual Texas flare. Their menu offers plates that pair well with their extensive wine list and some favorites from the neighboring Boudro’s restaurant.
9 p.m. | San Antonio: The Saga
This free-and-open-to-the-public captivating video shown on the façade of San Fernando Cathedral takes you on a 24-minute journey of the historic discovery, settlement, and development of San Antonio. The breathtaking colors and imagery showcase just how beautiful the Alamo City is. Show times are every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9, 9:30 and 10 p.m.
10 a.m. | Weekend Brunch in Las Ramblas
Brunch is a well-known Sunday hobby, and a weekend without crafted food and tasty mimosas isn’t complete. Hotel Contessa’s signature restaurant rolled out their new brunch menu last spring and have been improving it every day since. We recommend the Gulf Coast Benedict and the SOB Biscuit & Gravy.
12 p.m. | Viva Tour
To finish off your perfect weekend, hop onto a bus with Viva Tours, and explore an authentic take on the history of San Antonio. The owner, Luis Avellana, has been a tour guide in San Antonio for the past 15 years and is known for his insider guide to the city. His tour takes you to three of the five missions, the King William District, San Fernando Cathedral, and the Market Square.