My wife and I are two seniors who will soon be celebrating our 50th anniversary and my wife’s 70th birthday. We plan on celebrating these “BIG ONES” with a visit to the Riverwalk for 3 nights (2 -1/2 days) in mid-to-late September. This will be our first, and probably our last visit to San Antonio, and we’d like to make it “special”. Cost will not be an issue on this trip. I’m looking for suggestions and tips on improving the following plan.
Hotel: An Ambassador Riverview room at Omni La Mansion del Rio, and hopefully with a private balcony, and not too high up. We signed up for the “Rio package” which includes daily breakfast at Las Canarias, a 35-40 minute Rio San Antonio River Cruise, and free valet parking. We also signed up for the Omni Select Guest program that provides a few more amenities, like a daily newspaper and ‘complementary morning beverage delivery’ (hope that means coffee).
Transportation: We probably won’t need a rental car, but we’ll get one anyway. This will allow us to stop on our way to the hotel (from the airport) for lunch, to stock up on “goodies” and drinks for our stay, plus give us some flexibility in case we decide to venture out and away from the Riverwalk area. Around the Riverwalk we plan on short walking strolls or use the river taxi. (Can’t walk too far at a time due to COPD)
Arrival Day: Our early am departure, 5 hour flight gets us to SA in late morning. Plan is to stop for lunch somewhere between airport and hotel (??); stop for “goodies” and drinks, and do an “early arrival” around 1 pm at the hotel. Then plan on taking the river cruise to get oriented. Later, if the room is available, may have to take a short siesta to prepare for the evening activities :>). The evening will begin with some wine and cheese on our balcony, followed by a nice dinner somewhere. (Suggestions?). We’ll probably be ready to retire shortly after “Florida midnight” – around 9 pm.
First Full Day: After breakfast at Las Canarias, we’ll head over to the IMAX theater for the movie "Price of Freedom", followed by a ‘must see’ visit to the Alamo. The rest of the day will be strolling around the Riverwalk, some shopping where my wife will surely find some things to buy. Lunch is TBD, depending where we end up around noon. Late afternoon will find us back at the hotel for some R&R and our wine and cheese ritual, followed by a great Texas steak at Bohanan's. The evening may conclude with some ‘people watching’ from our balcony, sipping on some wine, discussing what-to-do on day three.
Second Full Day: Wide open TBD – Perhaps today will include the Alamo Trolley Tour and/or maybe we’ll take our rental car out for a spin, especially if we are low on wine. Dinner may be as simple as dropping down from our room to Las Canarias, unless we’ve discovered some other interesting place to try. The day will probably end sometime after ‘Florida midnight’ - much like the previous day.
Last Day: Having a mid-morning flight home, we’ll linger and enjoy our last breakfast at Las Canarias before packing up and heading for the airport.
What changes would you make to our plan?-