Memorial Day weekend means BBQs, pool parties, and a quick little getaway to a Texas Town. This year, we opted for a stay on the Riverwalk in San Antonio thanks to Austin Tidbits #frontrow.
Our one-night getaway started at Hotel Valencia, a boutique hotel on the Riverwalk. We absolutely loved the decor - simple yet chic with a bit of a Southern flair. We definitely didn't feel like we were in Texas anymore! After checking in, we made our way to Hotel Havana for pre-dinner drinks.
Pre-dinner drinks are a MUST on vacation and Ocho at Hotel Havana is the most magical spot for the occasion. Behind the cutest pink hotel (part of the Bunkhouse group, of course) is this Cuban inspired bar with an ivy covered outdoor patio, an inviting interior, and the best tiki cocktails. We ordered a painkiller (#always) and a Montserrat cocktail, both were incredible! The appetizers and entrees looked delectable from our table, but we had to save room for dinner at one of San Antonio's hottest new spots.
Batallion. One word, so many feels. Y'all this Italian tapas restaurant lies within an old firehouse outside of Downtown San Antonio. It's club like interior was incredibly inviting and made for a perfect spot for our night out. Wine is always the best option at an Italian spot, as we started with an Italian Chianti. Our appetizers were honestly one of the best parts of the entire meal - fresh made ricotta with pear and a roasted eggplant dip, both served with fresh ciabatta bread. Y'all, I have no words for the eggplant dip, it was that incredible. Next up, the roasted octopus + chickpeas and the warm spinach salad with chunks of pancetta. Batallion makes all of their pasta in house, so we obviously had to try out three from the menu (bikini bod, here we come) - the Carbonara, the Buckwheat Parpadelle and Mushroom Ragu, and the Ricotta Gnudi (little ricotta dumplings that literally melt in your mouth). Every single thing was delicious and the service made all the difference. Make a reservation while you can for your night out in San Antonio!
Our last stop before hitting the road was the famous Market Square. It is the largest Mexican Market in the United States and it really offers anything you could hope to find on a trip to Mexico. I picked up the cutest embroidered top from one of the vendors, but wish I would have come home with more goodies. The food vendors had it all - aguas frescas, tacos, fresh fruit, micheladas, tortas, the list goes on. Stop by the Market Square on your next trip to SA for authentic cuisine and loads of fun!!