New Braunfels and San Antonio

Howdy gang!

This weekend the hubs and I went to the hill country for a quick weekend of fun with our friends.  The San Antonio/New Braunfels region is always a great spot to experience a ton of Texas culture condensed in one spot.  You can do a lot in a short period of time!

Remember the Alamo!  The Alamo closes early so if you want to see it I highly suggest going first thing in the morning before the crowds arrive!

The Alamo 2015If you visit these regions make sure to set aside Guadalupe River 2015some time to either play at Schlitterbahn Water Park or tube the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers.  Tubing is the cheaper option and is a great way to relax in nature.  For this trip we chose to tube down part of the Guadalupe starting in Canyon Lake, TX.  We used TubeHaus rentals.  It cost $17 a person for a tube and shuttle service and sometimes they have $2 off coupons on the website.  Be sure to brush up on the River Laws to see what is allowed.

If you choose to do Schlitterbahn Water Park, parking is free and you can bring your own lunches!

After tubing for 4 hours, we showered and headed over to San Antonio for an evening of history and fun!

First stop was La Tienda for Old Timey Photos!  This store is located across the street from the famous Menger Hotel which is at the Alamo Plaza.  I always make a stop here!  It’s way too much fun to pass up and is a great souvenir!

You can also buy any hat imaginable in this store! 😀

Big Tex Hats

San Antonio 2015

Next, we stopped at the Menger Hotel Bar where Teddy Roosevelt recruited some of his Rough Riders.  We grabbed and old fashioned and looked around to kill time before a ghost tour.  This is a great stop if you want a refreshing drink and some history.  The bar is connected to the hotel and houses many artifacts and information plaques.  Who knows maybe you’ll run into the ghost of Teddy?  🙂

Looking for Teddy Roosevelt

An Old Fashioned

Menger Bar

The ghost tour that we took is offered by The Sisters Grimm.  I have done this tour twice and have enjoyed it both times.  On this trip I learned that The Sisters Grimm now offer a dinner/tour package!  You have dinner/tour at the famously haunted Menger Hotel before embarking on a walking tour on the streets of San Antonio.

What makes this tour so special is the staff and history behind the stories.  It’s crazy to think how old some of the places are!  The tour guides dress in period clothing and are filled with energy and lots of knowledge about both the factual history of the area as well as the rumored tales that have been passed down through the years.

The tour lasts 1 and 1/2 hours and costs $15 a person.  I highly suggest wearing comfortable shoes for this outing!  Don’t pass this up!

Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours

Sister Grimm- Lauren

Overall it was a great weekend.  If you are looking to spend time in both San Antonio and the New Braunfels area I suggest staying in a town called Selma.  It is directly in between both cities and makes it easy to visit both without driving too far.  The availability is better as well in Selma.  We didn’t really go to the river walk in San Antonio this trip but if you do, I suggest you eat a Boudro’s!  Get a prickly pear margarita!

Links to fun things in the region:

San Antonio:

The Alamo

The Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour

The Menger Hotel and Bar

Bourdro’s Texas Bistro

La Tienda- Old Timey Photos

Rita’s on the River

Rio San Antonio- River Walk Boat Tour

New Braunfels/Gruene:

The Gristmill- Food on the River


Rockin R

Gruene Hall- Oldest Dance Hall in Texas


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