This summer, San Antonio, Texas, one of the nation’s most historic cities, is offering over-the-top vacation packages during its 300th birthday celebration. Once a Spanish colonial outpost established in the 1700s, San Antonio has grown into the nation’s seventh-largest city. Its story is woven through epic battles, bold artisans and bigger-than-life characters. During 2018, the city’s brilliant culture is on display with events and activities for travelers to explore.
“Ultimate San Antonio Tricentennial Getaway” packages are available May through December 2018, when Tricentennial celebrations culminate in educational, artistic and entertainment events that incarnate San Antonio's diversity and unparalleled history.
The hotel of choice for the ultimate Tricentennial getaway is the city’s first luxury hotel, the elegant and historic St. Anthony Hotel. Built in 1909, this lavish property overlooks Travis Park where travelers find themselves in the heart of historic downtown and within walking distance to the Alamo, River Walk and Tricentennial events. For over a century, its elegant grandeur has hosted political leaders, princesses and movie stars. A recent multi-million-dollar restoration has reinvigorated the style and service of a bygone era.
As part of the “Ultimate San Antonio Tricentennial Getaway” package, the St. Anthony Hotel will curate a custom guest experience highlighting the sites and stories that have made San Antonio one of America’s most iconic cities. Additionally, a year-long calendar of Tricentennial events makes this package an incredible option for summer getaways and cultural excursions for the rest of 2018.
“Ultimate San Antonio Tricentennial Getaway” package guests can enjoy:
- A three-night stay in The St. Anthony Hotel’s John Wayne Suite. This almost 1,200-square-foot retreat pays homage to the Duke himself who stayed at The St. Anthony Hotel in 1960 while filming, The Alamo. The elegant sitting area and dining room offer inspiring furnishings and views of Travis Park, while artwork showcases the grand Texas landscape and a black and white rendering of John Wayne. After an exciting day celebrating in San Antonio, guests will retire to the stately bedroom with a plush, signature Luxury Collection pillow top bed dressed in 300-thread-count Fili D'oro linens. A Bose stereo, 42" flat screen LCD television, and high-speed wireless internet access keep guests connected. When it’s time to unwind, travelers can escape to the mini bar or the spacious spa-like bathroom
- Daily breakfast for two overlooking Travis Park at the St. Anthony Hotel’s restaurant. Travelers will experience the best of Texas farms and ranchlands at Loggia. In this stunning atrium with floor to ceiling windows overlooking historic Travis Park, Chef John Zaner has curated a memorable culinary experience that mirrors the hotel itself—traditional with a twist.
- River Walk barge dinner catered by Boudro’s Texas Bistro. Texas-centric cuisine is best served under a canopy of stars while floating in a private barge along the River Walk- a stunning destination built in the 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration. Today, the River Walk is lined with colorful umbrellas, restaurants, theaters, shops and public works of art.
- Dinner for two at Rebelle, by Chef Stefan Bowers, located within the St. Anthony Hotel. While in Texas, one should dine on coastal seafood and farm-fresh produce served in Rebelle’s unique sharing style and personal plate experience.
- Private chocolate-making class for two at Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Make delectable chocolates using a three-generation, European-style family recipe. Enthusiasts will even be able to make chocolate-dipped peaches. A perfect treat as The St. Anthony Hotel was built on a peach orchard.
- Two drinks at The St. Anthony Club – Celebratory drinks are in order at the intriguing St. Anthony Club, the first place in San Antonio where liquor could be purchased by the glass. Once an exclusive member’s only club, the interior was designed by Dorothy Draper and an expansive list of libations, including their signature drink, the Triple S, make this a San Antonio must-experience.
- Luxury Car Service. Guests will be picked up from and dropped off at The San Antonio International Airport in a luxury vehicle. Once at The St. Anthony Hotel, the rest of the experience is walkable, making the journey scenic and convenient.
- Horse-drawn carriage ride through King William Historic District, the state's first historic district, comprised of elegant homes built by German merchants in the 1800s. Today, King William sidles up to Southtown, a local arts district where historic homes are seeing new life as shops, galleries and restaurants.
- Valet Parking. Should guests opt to drive in, complimentary valet service will be provided.
Culture & Attractions
- VIP Alamo Reality experience with all the add-ons. For the first time in almost 200 years, visitors will experience the Alamo as it was during its epic battle. This new augmented reality experience revives the historic setting and its people with a photo-real overlay of the site, restoring it to the way it looked in the 1800s. Guests will also receive an Alamo Reality Board set to take a piece of the experience home. This set includes 17 augmented reality experiences, allowing them to virtually revisit the Alamo whenever they like.
- Two tickets to a show at the nearby Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, a stunning entertainment center on the banks of the River Walk that is home to the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio, and contemporary concerts and acts. Exact tickets will depend on travel dates. Ticket offer dependent on travel timing and ticket availability.
- Two tickets to the nearby Majestic Theatre, San Antonio's oldest and largest atmospheric theatre which is home to traveling Broadway shows as well as contemporary concerts and acts. Exact tickets will depend on travel dates. Majestic Theatre ticket offer dependent on travel timing and ticket availability. Limited tickets and performances
- Tour the Witte Museum’s exhibit, “Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History.” This immersive and multi-faceted exhibit reveals the legendary and complex history of San Antonio with over 6,000 square feet of artifacts, paintings and documents, as well as interactive media that bring the story to life.
- Xavier de Richemont’s video art installation, “San Antonio|The Saga,” projected upon the magnificent façade of San Fernando Cathedral which is the official heart of San Antonio and the oldest operating sanctuary in North America.
- Custom boot fitting at Little’s Boot Shop. No trip to Texas is complete without a pair of custom boots. Established in 1915, Little's Boot Company is one of the most exclusive boot makers in America.
- Shopping at La Villita Historic Arts Village. Originally established by soldiers stationed at The Alamo, La Villita was San Antonio’s first neighborhood. Today, it has been reincarnated into a charming riverside district where historic homes see new life as art galleries and specialty shops. Guests will receive an ACEQUIA body care gift set from La Villita’s Capistrano Soap Company with locally crafted luxe body wash, skin nourishing lotion and an exfoliating sponge.
This once-in-a-lifetime package that has been 300 years in the making, is offered for $7,500. Restrictions with modifications apply. More information about the luxurious St. Anthony Hotel can be found at http://www.thestanthonyhotel.com, while details on San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebration are available at www.SanAntonio300.org.