San Antonio Style
Special to NHOME
If you’re wanting to do something a little different this holiday season but don’t have the time or budget to plan a family getaway, San Antonio offers several Staycation opportunities you’ll want to explore.
La Cantera Hill Country Resort is a perfect retreat to recharge and reconnect. Poised at the pinnacle of 550-acres, it offers a pristine oasis with stunning views of the Texas Hill Country and two world-class golf courses. New restaurants offer culinary discoveries for every palate. At SweetFire Kitchen enjoy a twist on regional home-style cuisine along with signature dishes from its fire-roasted oven. Primero Cantina offers innovative Tex-Flex cuisine in a vibrant environment anchored by an indoor/outdoor bar. Sire is the perfect place to sip a hand-crafted cocktail and snack on small bites, gourmet cheeses and cured and smoked meats from the charcuterie Bocado. Topaz and Vista Grille at the adult and resort pools offer healthy cuisine and inventive drinks. All pools are equipped with private cabañas for up to eight, each with a flat-screen TV, refrigerator and optional bottle service. The journey to relaxation begins on the scenic drive to the resort. Upon check-in, enjoy The Cantera Tortuga, a slightly decadent mix of Texas pecan, honey, caramel and dried peaches enclosed in a layer of dark chocolate. La Cantera Hill Country Resort is an all-new adventure. The getaway is waiting, reserve online at www.lacanteraresort.com or call (855) 499.2960.
Just 30 minutes northwest of San Antonio and five minutes from the center of the historic town of Boerne rests Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort & Spa. The upscale resort is the perfect place for a vacation—whether planning a romantic getaway, a golf weekend or a family vacation. Guests may enjoy 18-holes on the resort course, which has recently undergone a $2M Tripp Davis restoration. The golf course restoration includes new bunkers and tee boxes, restored Greens and a practice Putting Green. Guests may also soak up some sun on the new $1M resort pool deck, which is complete with a heated pool, hot tub, curved-tube water slide, fire pits, cabanas, shuffleboard courts and an outdoor bar with flat-screen televisions. In the evening, guests and locals are invited to wind down with pure Texas fare and carefully crafted cocktails at La Cascada Table & Bar. On Friday and Saturday evenings on the La Cascada patio, visitors enjoy the Songwriters & Storytellers Live Music Series, which is complimentary and open to the public with food and drink specials. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Situated on the tranquil River Walk in downtown San Antonio, the historic Omni La Mansión del Rio marries Spanish Colonial architecture and old-world charm with modern comforts. Hallmarks of this authentic experience included 338 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, the award-winning Las Canarias restaurant, flexible meeting and event space as well as unparalleled service standards.
Culinary: Running until the end of the year is “Flavors of the World – ¡Destinación Chile!” – a culinary promotion in which La Mansion’s restaurant will be serving up Chilean inspired dishes, as well as a wide variety of Chilean wines. Additionally, acclaimed Executive Chef Benjamin Knack of Las Canarias, also serves as Executive Chef at Ostra – located right across the River Walk at sister property Mokara Hotel & Spa. Ostra is renowned as the finest seafood dining experience in the city. Either way – guests at La Mansion will be eating well during their staycation.
Spa: What better way to start off a staycation than the Forbes Four Star-rated Mokara Spa? Located directly across the River Walk at ultra-luxe sister property Mokara Hotel & Spa – the acclaimed 17,000-square-foot Mokara Spa houses 18 treatment rooms, a couples’ treatment room, private sanctuary lounges, whirlpool, steam and sauna, Vichy showers, plus an outdoor poolside café with rooftop views of the city. Black-diamond dust exfoliation facials, aromatherapy treatments, reflexology treatments – the list goes on an on.
Value: When it comes to value offerings at La Mansion del Rio, travelers taking a San Antonio staycation needn’t worry. This iconic San Antonio property offers several holiday packages which will put travelers’ minds at ease, allowing them to unwind and truly enjoy their staycation.
Holiday River of Lights Package
Enjoy the breathtaking lights illuminating the city’s famed River Walk on which this historic, Spanish Colonial property resides with the “Holiday River of Lights Package.” Families will receive hot cocoa served at the acclaimed riverfront restaurant Las Canarias, and a warm, handcrafted serape (traditional Latin American blanket). The package also includes luxurious accommodations and one ticket per registered guest to the Rio San Antonio River Cruise, a 35-minute narrated history of the famed San Antonio Riverwalk. From November 26 – January 4, as guests enjoy their riverboat cruise, thousands of lights draped on trees along the River Walk create a festive holiday wonderland that is enjoyed by both children and the young at heart. Children also receive amenities including an Omni Sensational Kids’ backpack and an evening with a Kids’ Sweet Treat turndown consisting of cookies and milk. Rates for the River of Lights Package start at $279.00 per night for a family of four, based on availability.
Seasons of Savings Package
Omni Hotels & Resorts’ “Seasons of Savings” package gives shoppers a head start before Black Friday and Cyber Monday to book rooms at iconic resorts and urban city center properties across North America ranging from $89 to $219, varying by location. Omni’s Select Guest loyalty members can start booking as early as Friday, Nov. 13, and all travelers may book beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17. Those who want to get in on the savings early can join the Select Guest loyalty program at no charge.
Stocking Stuff Package
While making winter vacation plans, travelers also have an opportunity to give back during the holidays through Omni’s “Stocking Stuffer” package. Omni will provide guests who book the package a token at check-in to designate toward select charities that support fighting hunger, offering shelter or distributing toys to children. In addition to giving back to one of three charities, guests will enjoy up to 15 percent off a two-night stay, a $10 Omni gift card, and a festive turndown treat on the first night of arrival.
The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is a magical destination for holiday staycations. The resort is transformed into a captivating holiday wonderland where elves abound and an abundance of holiday activities take place daily. Take a nightly stroll through the JW Holiday Illumination light show featuring thousands of twinkling lights set to holiday music before enjoying peppermint s’mores at the fire pit under the Texas Hill Country sky. The JW San Antonio elves will teach the resort’s youngest guests how to become a certified elf at the resort’s elf school before they meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for breakfast at 18 Oaks. The hand-crafted gingerbread village will welcome guests with a tour of an old European town. Those looking for a thrill can take the Polar Plunge, a brisk trip down one of the resort’s water slides before plunging into a chilly pool. Those looking for an unforgettable holiday experience will delight with the memories and traditions made at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Reservations can be made by visiting www.jwsanantonio.com or 210-276-2500.