Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And if you’re still recovering from the winter holiday chaos, a relaxing getaway in San Antonio – voted one of the most romantic cities in the country – might be just what you need.
Whether it’s a brief weekend escape or a staycation, this city blends the kind of comfort, charm, and leisure that’s sure to bring out the hopeless romantic in you and your significant other.
Let San Antonio be your playground with these romance-inspiring activities.
Wander the Japanese Tea Garden
On the grounds of Brackenridge Park just north of downtown, the Japanese Tea Garden is a serene nook of the city, with a lovely waterfall, koi pond, Japanese pagoda structure and stone arch bridges to linger over as you hold hands. If there’s a proposal planned, this little oasis could be the perfect place to pop the question. The garden also hosts small weddings, in case you really fall in love with the space. End your visit with a hot cup of green tea, a plate of sushi, or a bento box at the charming Jingu House cafe.
Go on a Wine Tour
The lush green Hill Country provides Texas with 50 wineries, several of which are less than an hour’s drive from downtown San Antonio. Enjoy a classic tasting at Dry Comal Creek in New Braunfels, explore the breathtaking, six-acre site of Singing Water Vineyards (live music on weekends) in the tiny town of Comfort, or get hands-on making your own wine and bottle labels together (in addition to tasting, of course) at Winery on the Gruene in the adorable village of Gruene.
If you’d rather stick around in the city, not to worry – you can design your very own wine tour at a couple of the city’s finest wine bars. Try Copa Wine Bar, 20nine Restaurant and Wine Bar, or Zinc Bistro and Bar for a luxe atmosphere, fantastic finger foods, and some of the best wine selections in the city.
Stroll the River Walk
Obviously, a night stroll among the glowing lights of the River Walk is a perfect way to enjoy San Antonio, but for a calmer, more romantic experience, make sure you walk in the direction away from the restaurants and bars.
Explore Mission San Jose
The Alamo may be the most famous of the five missions built along the San Antonio River in the early 1700s, but Mission San Jose is one of the largest missions in Texas and remains a stunning, well-preserved relic of Spanish colonial history. (Take the free guided tour for a more informed visit.) Not far from Mission San Jose is the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Brooks Hotel & Spa, where you can pamper yourself and feel gloriously rejuvenated after a halotherapy session in a European-style salt cave — the only one of its kind in San Antonio.
Dine at a Top Restaurant
Overlooking the quieter end of the River Walk, Tre Trattoria is where to go for that white-tablecloth-and-candles ambiance, plus a menu full of Italian classics and an excellent wine list. Battalion opened in 2017 in a restored firehouse and has been a local favorite ever since for its intimate vibe and creative take on Italian fare. And for some top-notch steak and seafood, book a table at Jason Dady’s Range.
Make the Most of Your Vacation/Staycation
For a staycation that truly feels like a getaway, the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown (where Range is located) puts you in the best vacation location in town. You can score some extra time together, and bonus goodies, by taking advantage of the Save and Stay Late package, which includes late checkout, on-property credit, and dining discounts around the city.
Get started on your romantic getaway research by heading to Travel.Hilton.com/San-Antonio to explore hotel options and read our city guide.