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San Antonio

Get the Lay of the Land by Boat in San Antonio

Sometimes when you land in a new place, you want to get an overview and then go in for a deeper dive. Interestingly, one way to do this in San Antonio is by boat, more specifically, a River Walk boat tour. Float, shop, eat, and repeat, down approximately 5 miles of pristine waters along the River Walk, lined with boutiques and bites. Take your pick of River Walk boat tours and taxis that can take you on a laid-back adventure or, for those on a mission, transport you quickly to your destination.

Make a Detour at Pearl Brewery

If we were to suggest that destination, it would be Pearl Brewery. This historic building houses a cool collection of restaurants and shops, along with an active farmers’ market every Saturday, situated along the picturesque banks of the San Antonio River. This area of San Antonio is perfect for history buffs who may be geeked to learn about the machinery and man-made structures that prevent potential floods in San Antonio.

After you geek out you’ll want to get your grub on. Here are a few go-to spots for good eats inside “The Pearl.”

  • Il Sogno: For some Italian food that’ll make your taste buds sing, make a reservation at this five-star San Antonio café with a stellar reputation. Do antipasta, polenta or the signature margherita pizza.
  • Bakery Lorrain: Grab a sweet treat at Bakery Lorrain, a quaint, San Antonio pastry shop with every dessert you can image. Treat yourself to a cheesy croque madame with ham and a poached egg before diving into a creamy tart topped with the fresh raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
  • Lick Honest Ice Creams: To cool down on a hot day, discover Lick Honest Ice Creams, an organic, locally sourced ice cream shop that locals of the area flock to on nice afternoons. Offering exotic flavors such as goat cheese, thyme and honey as well as roasted beets and fresh mint, Lick Honest Ice Creams also has traditional flavors like fresh mint and chocolate chip. The flavors change with the seasons and the waffle cones are hand-made and always fresh.
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