Fourth of July Fireworks!

San Antonio has announced that fireworks will be allowed this year!  The Chamber of Commerce is bringing San Antonio’s largest and longest fireworks spectacular to the skies over downtown for the first annual Stars & Stripes over San Antonio, an Independence Day celebration. Twenty minutes of eye-popping sky explosions will light up the night at our beloved HemisFair Park and will be visible for miles. There will be live music, food, drinks and activities.

The Inn is in a position to be surrounded by fireworks, as Woodlawn Park will also have fireworks and if Ft. Sam has them, these are also visible from the Inn. Combine the holiday with a romantic getaway and you will be seeing fireworks all night. :-) We still have availability, so come on in and make this a memorable Fourth of July!

Fiesta 2012 begins!

If you are familiar with San Antonio, then you probably know about Fiesta. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s the biggest, longest party of the year. Events have already begun and there are many more to come. The River Parade was Monday night. The Battle of the Flowers parade on Friday, April 27 means the kids get a day off of school. NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio) began on Tuesday and will continue throughout the week. And the Fiesta Flambeau Parade is the largest illuminated parade in the nation. But you don’t have to take my word for it, check out a partial schedule of events at  and the link below has even more.

Event Summary:
Fiesta San Antonio is an 11-day celebration with parades, festivals, art shows, musical performances, games, parties, sports tournaments, and kid-friendly events. What started as a one-day parade in 1891 to commemorate the history of Texas has evolved to over 100 events.


Fiesta and a Taste of New Orleans

Only one mile from the Inn at the Japanese Sunken Garden Theater, you can experience the Taste of New Orleans! Come on down!

April 20, 21, 22, 2012
Come celebrate with us the 27th annual “A Taste of New Orleans”. Over the years, “A Taste of New Orleans” has become one of San Antonio’s most popular Fiesta events. If you’re looking for fun with a focus on family, the “Taste” is the place to be. Pack up the kiddies, and bring Mom and Pop too; and enjoy a San Antonio Zulu Association event designed for all ages. Stroll about the grounds and enjoy New Orleans-style food and music. The “Taste” menu includes assorted gumbos, red beans and rice, shrimp creole, etouffee, shrimp kabob, jambalaya, cajun catfish, soft shell crab, crab au gratin, crab rolls, fresh crawfish boil, boudin, alligator, beignets and a host of other tasty treats. A wide assortment of beverages is also available.


Additional charges apply for all food and beverage items.
Must be 21 years or older to purchase alcoholic beverages.
Band line-up and schedule subject to change and /or cancel without notice.


3875 N. St. Mary St.
San Antonio, TX 78212

Spring Break Anniversary

Whew! Spring break week is over – filled with weddings and booked up every night. On top of that, Gregg and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this weekend. I guess if we would have known we were going to own a bed and breakfast, we might have chosen another date for our wedding other than spring break week. However, as a former professor, I could either get married over spring break, or wait until the summer, and we didn’t want to wait. :-) This year we managed to squeeze in a nice, romantic dinner out.

The biggest surprise was a beautiful flower arrangement and card from one of our couples, who happened to be celebrating their anniversary at the Inn this weekend! Thanks to everyone who stayed with us this year. Have a wonderful spring!

Finally, the amenity everyone has been asking for…drum roll please….

The new 2-person whirlpool spa tub in the Happily Ever After room! It’s been a long time coming, and we’ve received so many requests for it, that we’re glad to say that the project is complete. And we think it looks pretty good, considering it is an addition to an existing room. We decided to continue with the Victorian garden/cottage theme and surround it in real wood bead board, baskets and plants, and the flameless candles add to the romance. We also went the extra mile and bought an ultra-quiet, pipeless Sanijet tub, which is the kind used in hospitals for therapy. What that means is that it is the most sanitary whirlpool tub on the market. Since there are no pipes for water to sit in, there is never any fear of residue. It’s a pretty cool concept. Gregg and I tried one out at a B&B in north Texas and loved it. We know you will too!

Happily Ever After now boasts a beautiful new tub for relaxation.

Spring has sprung in San Antonio (for weddings, anyway)!

February showers bring March flowers and weddings (or something like that here in San Antonio – by May it will already be 100 degrees :-) ).

Gregg just informed me yesterday that we have done over 500 weddings since we purchased the Inn (562, to be exact). Wow! That’s incredible. And March is already booked up for weddings since it’s such a beautiful month here with all the flowers in bloom and the trees budding and blooming. Brides are thinking spring also, as seen in this assortment of gerbera daisies.

Daisies in various colors