Weekend Itinerary: San Antonio

Cool off with a welcome escape, and fall in love with a city that was made for walking.

Les Thomas
Salsa Through San Antonio
A stroll to the treasures of downtown San Antonio feels as nice as a walk in a garden.
Art Meripol

A breeze rustles through the lush garden of the River Walk and cools you like a flamenco dancer's fan. Mariachis break into song in front of a sidewalk restaurant, and two women walking past start to dance. Not many cities inspire pedestrians to sway to the music on the spur of the moment, but this is San Antonio. Here's our guide for a weekend that'll make you want to kick up your heels.

Stay Awhile
If it's just the two of you and you want to start your visit with a performance at the Majestic Theatre, check in to the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel. Rates start at $169; www.gunterhotel.com or (210) 227-3241. Just stroll across the street for a show; www.majesticempire.com or (210) 226-3333.

Good choices for families include the new Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk. Rates for a two-room suite with breakfast start at $159; www.druryhotels.com or (210) 270-7799. The stylish Hotel Contessa also offers family-size spaces. Rates from $199; www.thehotelcontessa.com or 1-866-435-0900. For a splurge, book a room overlooking the river at the Watermark Hotel & Spa, with 99 rooms and the city's most luxurious spa. Rates start at $399; www.watermarkhotel.com or 1-866-605-1212.

Toast a beautiful getaway with a prickly pear margarita at Zuni Grill or Boudro's, or try a flight of aged tequilas at Pesca on the River. Slip away from the crowd at Zinc Champagne, Wine, & Spirits, a quaint wine bar with a romantic courtyard, or drop by The Westin Riverwalk Hotel for "Tapas and Tequila" served 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.