San Antonio short getaway day two, morning
Visit two Spanish missions, beginning with Mission San José. The largest, the Queen of the Missions, San José, hosts a vibrant Sunday mariachi mass. The reconstructed barracks and parish church, guided tours and visitor center exhibits explain how the missions changed the American Southwest. Mission Concepción, the oldest unrestored San Antonio mission, looks much as it did 200 years ago, its golden adobe walls painted with the faint remains of colorful geometric designs.
Start: Mission San José.
Nearest trolley stop Mission San José
Travel up the San Antonio River to the 1894 Pearl Brewery for lunch. Rooms that once fermented vats of City Pearl beer are now condominiums, shops and restaurants, including the Farm to Table Café known for using Texan meats, cheeses and produce in its salads and made-to-order sandwiches.Walk along the river or travel via the Sightseer Special bus to the San Antonio Museum of Art, another reclaimed brewery. View Latin American stone carvings and religious paintings from pre-Columbus to Spanish colonial and contemporary eras in rooms that once brewed Lone Star beer.
Start: Pearl Brewery.
Nearest River Taxi stop Grayson St.
Finish a San Antonio short getaway with a visit to Market Square, El Mercado. Home to a farmer’s market, artisans’ booths and craft shops, Market Square also houses Mi Tierra, a favorite Tex-Mex restaurant. Sit beneath strings of Christmas lights year round and listen to strolling mariachi musicians over generous plates of home-made enchiladas, beans and rice. Afterward, look for live music in bars throughout Market Square.
Start: Mi Tierra.
Nearest trolley stop El Mercado