Wow — this weekend was crazy busy around San Antonio and at the inn. We had weddings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and then the Rock and Roll Marathon on Sunday, which goes down Main Ave, right at our corner. Congratulations to those who participated in the event — we got tired just watching you run!
There is a restaurant on McCullough that was constructed just after we bought the inn, a beautiful building with a lovely patio/ bar as well as fashionably decorated dining areas. It started out as an Italian restaurant, but has changed hands and decor several times since then, sporting different names and menus, and at one time was even a French bistro. But now the restaurant is considered to be New American, with strong French and Italian influences, a match made in heaven for my Italian husband and for me, the former French professor and Francophile.
The new name? Tribeca di Olmos. A delightful place to relax, have a glass of wine in the lounge or enjoy a delicious dinner. And Jean-Francois is the most gracious French host you will ever find. The best part for us is that the kitchen is open later than most places and happy hour begins at 9:00 with half price pizza and a fabulous Caesar salad that is actually lightly grilled, adding a surprising new flavor to an old American staple. To add to the enticement, we can get a reasonably-priced glass of French wine, which is not easy to find in Texas. We suggest you check it out and tell them Gregg and Kelly sent you (if you don’t see us there)! http://www.tribecadiolmos.com/
San Antonio has become a culinary mecca. We’ll start you off right in the morning at the Inn, and then you can finish your day at one of the many fabulous restaurants in our area. In this section I’ll share some of those places with you as well as talk about things we’re “cooking up” at the Inn.
Fast approaching the Battle of the Flowers parade on Friday. We’re booked up that night but we do have a room available on Saturday night and the Hildebrand Room is available for Saturday and Sunday. So come on down for some Fiesta fun and activities.
Hopefully everyone has had a good summer and fall brings you many blessings! With fall comes the opportunity to participate in more outdoor activities in San Antonio. Check out the Botanical Gardens, the many new walking trailss in our city parks, the Japanese Sunken Gardens, the zoo, new restaurants/shops at the Pearl Brewery, and the new exhibit at the Witte Museum, just to name a few right around our area.
Come relax at the Inn and the enjoy fall weather!
For some people, it’s Fiesta, others it’s Fourth of July or New Year’s, but for me, my favorite time of year in San Antonio is Restaurant Week! This is when some of the biggest (and most expensive) restaurants in San Antonio offer up a menu for a greatly reduced price. It’s worth the trip to San Antonio to sample some of the best cuisine available, and perhaps celebrate an anniversary or birthday or just get away for a little romance.
Restaurant Week (now called Culinaria, it seems) used to be over my birthday, but this year it’s a week earlier, Aug. 18 – 25th. Darn. That means I will have to eat out all week before my birthday AND on my birthday. Here’s a list of some of the participating restaurants: http://culinariasa.org/wine-festival/main/restaurants.php
Just wanted to post up a pic of the celebration cake for a UTSA student. Isn’t it cute? Our daughter-in-law does a great job with the cakes!
This coming weekend (May 30-June 2) come and enjoy Othello at the Botanical Gardens. These innovative productions are always a treat, especially in such beautiful surroundings. The Botanical Garden is only a couple of miles north of us!
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 http://www.fiesta-sa.org/events/all-events/ and the link below has even more.
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. http://saevents.com/Events/Events.asp?CatFiestaSA=y