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Pecan Fest Heritage Days in Seguin, TX

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Pecan Fest Heritage DaysAre you nuts about nuts? We like to share with all of our road-tripping, traveling, bed and breakfast loving readers the great stuff happening around Texas, and coming up October 23-25, 2015 is the Pecan Fest Heritage Days in Seguin, TX.

If you aren’t familiar with Seguin, TX it is about 40 minutes east of San Antonio and 20 minutes south of New Braunfels, TX. It is a charming, quaint town with boatloads of history as it is one of the oldest towns in Texas, founded shortly after the Texas Revolution in 1836. The friendly community lets loose and “goes nuts” for Pecan Fest Heritage Days every year. It is a fun event for the whole family that celebrates the rural heritage of the community and honors the local pecan growers.

Some of the event highlights include:

October 23rd, 2015 – Ghost Tours at the Magnolia Hotel and Mosheim Mansion on

October 24th, 2015 – Live bands from 9am to midnight, Beer & Wine Garden, dancing, food booths, Trade Days Market with over 80 arts and crafts vendors, and free tours of Sebastopol House and Wilson Pottery Museum. If that wasn’t enough, this jam-packed day will also include a quilt show, classic car show, a TON of pecan goodies to eat, pecan pie contest, Tour de Pecan bike ride, tubing on the Guadalupe River, and street dance.

October 25th, 2015 – Riverside Cemetery Tours with re-enactments of prominent Seguin citizens and an open house at the Magnolia Hotel.

There is a free shuttle stop between the various event locations throughout the weekend. For a full list of scheduled events, visit the festival website. When it comes to accommodations for the weekend we have you covered! Nearby in New Braunfels you have no less than five wonderful bed and breakfast properties to choose from. Each one has our stamp of approval and offers warm Texas hospitality.

Strolling the San Antonio River Walk

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

San Antonio River WalkMany of the great cities in Texas have a “claim to fame.” Austin is the live music capital of the world, Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco, and the world’s first ever rodeo was held in Pecos. For the great city of San Antonio, we have to mention the one and only and very popular River Walk!

San Antonio is the second most populated city in Texas and truly boasts a huge variety of things to do, places to see, restaurants to try, and shops to explore. The downtown River Walk though is a must-visit destination and has actually become the number one tourist attraction in Texas. In essence, it is a beautiful network of walkways one story beneath the streets of downtown, along the banks of the serene San Antonio River.

It is truly a hub for the locals and a draw for visitors as the walkways are lined with hotels, boutiques, art and gift shops, restaurants, bars, and entertaining live music. You can access the River Walk from various locations and if you are in the mood to relax, you can take advantage of a scenic riverboat cruise. Upcoming events at the River Walk include the Ford Canoe Challenge on August 1, 2015 and the Fourth of July Arts & Crafts Show from July 2-5, 2015. It is open 365 days a year so anytime you go, there will be plenty of fun at your fingertips!

During the busier seasons, we suggest skipping out on the hustle and bustle downtown and choosing a more private, luxurious bed and breakfast. Our association has no less than eight in the area and a stay at one of these properties will give you a vacation you will remember!

 

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch – San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Zebra standing in tall grassMost of us have seen footage from an African safari on TV—it looks like an incredible experience and most often one that is unattainable for the average person. It is not easy or cheap to just hop a plane to Africa! If getting up close and personal to incredible wildlife is something that is right up your alley, we have found the perfect place for you to visit this summer! The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is located in San Antonio, TX and offers visitors the chance to experience an African safari Texas-style.

From the comfort of your own car you can view and feed species of animals from all over the world. There are 400 acres of lush landscape where 500 animals call home. There are actually 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species at this ranch and you get to see it all. The Drive-Thru takes you down a paved path all over the grounds where you may be greeted by antelope, peacocks, bison, elk, zebras, rhinos, and more. You can also choose to take the Walk-A-Bout where you can visit the Giraffe barn, see the parrots and macaws, and experience Lemur Island. The African Pygmy Goats and the Llamas are always welcoming to visitors in the Petting Barnyard as well. You can find some wonderful safari-style treasures in the Trading Post and the Safari Camp Grill offers a great variety of food options and beverages.

Close by to this incredible ranch are no less than eight of the most wonderful bed and breakfasts you could call home on a vacation. The Texas Bed and Breakfast Association only shares the best of the best and a summer retreat at one of these relaxing, private properties will make your time in Texas one to write home about.

Join the Celebration at Fiesta 2015 in San Antonio, TX

Friday, March 6th, 2015

When you hear the word, “fiesta” you likely picture a lively party. Every year in San Antonio, TX, you can attend a fiesta but the one we are talking about is no ordinary backyard party. Fiesta San Antonio just happens to be one of the highlight events in the area every year, drawing thousands who gather together for an 11-day vibrant, colorful, lively, and downright fun citywide party. This year the Fiesta will take place April 16-26, 2015.

This community celebration actually has roots that date back to 1891 when a group of people decided to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto with a “Battle of Flowers” parade. It kept going year after year and has since become not only the largest parade during the Fiesta but is the second largest in the country after the Tournament of Roses Parade! This beloved celebration has taken place each and every year since its humble beginnings except for 1918 and a short break between 1942 and 1945.

The events going on during Fiesta are too many too name—there is something for everyone so every member of your family, young or old, will find something to enjoy. Pageants, masquerade party, fashion show, carnival, sports tournaments, parades, car show, 5K, arts fair, chili cook-off, mariachi festival, flower show, children’s activities, and so much more.

Don’t miss out on this amazing party in San Antonio—it is a perfect reason for a family road trip or spring getaway. You can also skip the busy hotels and choose to stay in gorgeous bed and breakfast. The Texas Bed and Breakfast Association has several incredible properties in the area, all of which offer all of the amenities you need for the perfect home away from home.

The Best Way to Tour San Antonio, TX: Carriage Style

Monday, December 15th, 2014

The city of San Antonio, TX has so much to offer. In fact, the readers of Texas Highways magazine have expressed that it grabs the top spot as the best place to visit in Texas. It is full of amazing natural beauty, rich culture, great shops and restaurants, and an endless amount of things to do and places to see.

One unique way to see all that San Antonio has to offer is by taking a carriage ride through the city. A relaxing ride on a horse-drawn carriage offers a change of scenery outside of the windows of your car and it takes a load off your feet! Carriage Tours are offered every day of the year and below are three to choose from:

Travis Park Tour – On this 20-minute ride you will travel through the natural beauty of Travis Park, a landmark in the city that was part of the Alamo.

San Fernando Tour – This is a 40-minute carriage ride that can either be quiet and romantic or you can choose a narrated ride. You will explore the historical San Fernando area and the beautiful Cathedral that has been restored over the years.

King William Tour – This tour takes an hour as it winds around the gorgeous King William Historic District. Glimpse the impressive, restored Victorian homes and the beauty of the area on this peaceful tour.

The guides on these carriage rides are very knowledgeable about the area and are great hosts as you tour the city. Whether you are looking for a quiet change of pace or a chance to learn more about San Antonio, these carriage rides are perfect for one individual, couple, or a whole family.

If you will be in the area this holiday season, make it extra special by staying at one of the fantastic bed and breakfasts part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association. Why choose a cramped, standard hotel room when you can relax and unwind in your own private bed and breakfast that comes with all of the amenities you love at home, plus individualized service that can’t be found elsewhere? Whether you would love a romantic inn or a historic mansion, there is something to suit your style and your needs. Happy traveling!

SegCity Segway Spooky Tours – San Antonio, TX

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Did you know that the first vehicle to move under its own power came on the scene in 1770, weighed 8000 pounds and had a whopping top speed of 2 miles an hour? The first gasoline-powered car in America was built in 1893 and the rest is history…literally! We have come a long way since getting around on horseback and who would have thought a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle would become a popular way to get around. We are talking about the Segway, a fun, single-person electric vehicle that can go up to 12.5 miles an hour.

SegCity in San Antonio, TX offers some great tours around the city on these fun personal vehicles and there are two that are perfect for the Halloween season that you won’t want to miss. Whether you live here, passing through on a day trip, or have an extended vacation planned, this is a fun way to spend the evening.

Haunted Legends Tour – Listen to spooky happenings, accounts of scary crimes, urban myths and haunted legends as you tour San Antonio after dark. This is a 1-½ hour tour that costs $69 and departs daily 4pm and 7pm.

Ghost Tour – This fun tour has grown over the years to be a very popular choice during this season. Learn about San Antonio’s spooky history, hear first hand accounts of people who have worked at notoriously haunted locations, and maybe even check out a few places…if you are brave enough! This is a 2-hour tour that costs $75 and departs daily at 6pm and 6:30pm.

SegCity provides all the training you need to get you on your way and reservations are recommended an hour in advance. The fall season in this area is simply beautiful and there is a host of great places to see, restaurants to try, and things to do. We encourage you to make yourself at home at one of our amazing bed and breakfasts that are part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association. Whether you would like a mansion by the Riverwalk, a luxurious Victorian inn, or an intimate, romantic retreat, there is a place for you.

Celebrate San Antonio 2014

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Celebrate San Antonio 2014It’s hard to believe that we’ve already made it all of the way around the sun once again but it’s true: 2013 is almost over and a bright, shiny 2014 is arriving to take its place … and Celebrate San Antonio 2014 is ready!

Celebrate San Antonio is one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the US with more than a quarter of a million people in attendance each year – but hey, this *is* Texas and San Antonio is the 7th largest city in America, so who’s surprised?

Celebrate San Antonio 2014 takes place in central HemisFair Park and the surrounding area – South Alamo Street between Market and Durango Streets and also in La Villita. This includes, of course, the lush and inviting Riverwalk, with its many eateries, bars and shopping. plethora of bars, restaurants hotels and many other attractions.

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Natural Bridge Caverns – The Texas Underground Scene

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The limestone bridge over the entrance to Natural Bridge Caverns

The limestone bridge over the entrance to Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns may be a little too far south to be in the *heart* of Texas, but it certainly is deep! Just a mosey down the road from San Antonio, this incredible geological formation is one of the most treasured, natural attractions in the state.

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Take a “Fit-cation” to San Antonio

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Are you committed to your workout regimen? Getting ready for summer beach time in your bathing suit? If so, you might want to explore the newest trend in vacations: a fit-cation. Vacations don’t have to be an excuse to eat poorly and laze around. Stay sporty and active during your vacation. Enjoy a new place while making your body feel and look great.

The newest, active way to see downtown San Antonio is the River City Run, a 5-K running tour of downtown San Antonio that takes place every Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The course is a group oriented jog with 15 stops along the way where guides Tina and Tommy will share interesting and historical information about numerous landmarks with the runners. They run at a pace that´s comfortable for all participants (usually 9-10 miles per hour) and since there are frequent stops, runners of all abilities are encouraged to join! A scenic and healthy way to learn more about this historic Texas city.

And in addition to the run, couple Tina and Tommy are more than happy to provide you with the “local scoop” on the best of San Antonio from restaurants to honky-tonks.

San Antonio Sites Visited on the Tour

  • The Alamo
  • The Emily Morgan Hotel
  •  The Menger Hotel
  •  The Torch of Friendship (Antorcha de Amistad) Statue / Palacio del Rio
  •  Tower of the Americas
  •  La Villita, Arneson River Theatre
  •  Bexar County Court House
  • El Mercado
  •  Spanish Governor’s Palace / City Hall

    The Spanish Governor’s Palace in San Antonio

  •  San Fernando Cathedral
  •  The River Walk
  •  Southwest School of Arts and Crafts / San Antonio Library
  •  The Majestic Theatre
  •  Buckhorn Saloon

Every tour comes with a light weight running t-shirt, online photos from the run, and a bottle water at the end! The public tours are $30 per runner, contact us for private run and group rates. Buy tickets at http://www.rivercityrunsa.com

San Antonio Lodging

If you want to spend some time in the great Texas city of San Antonio, please consider lodging at a Texas bed and breakfast during your stay.

 

 

Culinary Events in San Antonio

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Over the last decade, much of the country has become enamored with the foodie movement. This can mean anything from local ingredients to artisanal products to fine international cuisine styles. San Antonio is no different. If you think a foodie vacation in Texas is all about BBQ, think again! Here are some of the delicious culinary events taking place in San Antonio in December.

Cook it Yourself: Rackspace Farmer’s Market

Every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. explore several local vendors as well as varying entertainment. Live music, cook offs and cooking demonstrations are often taking place. Come out and support local farmers; most accept cash only. Located at the parking lot of Rackspace Hosting, formerly Windsor Park Mall, is located at I-35 and Walzem Rd in Northeast San Antonio.

Dinner Specials: Aphrodite Art on the Table

Aphrodite Art on the Table
The Aphrodite and Gods of Love exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art is inspiring some of San Antonio’s best chefs to create special dishes around the themes of love, beauty, passion and the Mediterranean.

Now through the end of December, drop Aphrodite’s name at any of these restaurants and enjoy a delicious dish that’s tastly enough for the gods!

  • Biga on the Banks (Chef Bruce Auden)
  • Bistro Vatel (Chef Damien Watel)
  • Café des Artistes at SAMA (Chef Luis Najera)
  • Citrus and V Bar at Hotel Valencia
  • Dough (Chef Doug Horn)
  • Il Sogno (Chef Andrew Weissman)
  • Luke (Chef John Russ)

 

 Looking for San Antonio Lodging?

Did you know we have eight different bed and breakfasts in San Antonio? Each inn has a unique personality and decor. Plus, when staying at a bed and breakfast, you are guaranteed a great meal to start each day. Please consider one of our member inns for your next trip to San Antonio.

 

 

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