Texas Travels #godblesstexas (Part I)

I have never been to Texas, so when we found out our favorite Charlestonians were tying the knot in the great state of Texas I was over the moon! I couldn’t wait for all the #bighairdontcare, cowboy boots, and wide-brimmed hats I would lay my eyes on and for all the Tex-mex, brisket, and beer I would #getinmybelly. They got hitched in the lovely town of New Braunfels (which I never quite figured out how to say properly) which is situated just between Austin and San Antonio in South Texas. We planned to fly into San Antonio and stay one night and leave from Austin so I could get a well-rounded yehaw Texas experience.

Our flight to San Antonio last Thursday was a little delayed, but we still managed to get in a filling meal of Tex-mex (and margs) and take a stroll on the River Walk before crashing for the night.

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Our hotel was also really cool, with stunning architecture and lighting on the lobby ceilings. #Funfact for all my USAA’ers out there: The first meeting to found USAA was held in this very hotel. Who knew?!

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On Friday morning, we headed over to the Alamo bright and early to take it in for all its glory. We thought we were going to have to drive out to see it, but it was a short walk from our hotel. The Alamo is located right in the heart of downtown San Antonio. The incredibly historic building mirrors a Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Museum across the street. I’ll stick to the historical sites thankyouverymuch.

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Brian had to do some work from the hotel, so I went to pick up our friends The Toners at the airport. After visit #2 to the Alamo with them, we walked along the River Walk and found a nice little Tex-mex joint for lunch. As cute at the outside tables were with the brightly colored umbrellas, it was too darn hot for these kids, so we enjoyed a table inside with A/C blasting and a mariachi band playing. The slogan, “Everything’s bigger in Texas” sure does live up to its name as far as food goes!

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The Toners

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After lunch, we headed into New Braunfels to check-in to our charming cottages located right on the Comal River. We enjoyed a quick splash in the very clean river before heading to the Phoenix Saloon for dinner. Chili was the main attraction on the menu here, but I opted for a burger. Not before devouring some Frito pie as an app though! Chili isn’t really my thing, but Brian LOVED his! The extra topping of jalapenos on top was probably not necessary given how spicy the chili itself was.

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After dinner, we were all invited to a Welcome Party back at the river cottages for some drinks and dessert. Brian and Joe really got into the Texas-spirit of the weekend and sported their newly-purchased bolo ties to the party. We stayed up fairly late catching up with everyone at the after-party at our river cottage. And that is where I will leave you for now – Part II of our trip (and #thebullocksyall wedding day!) coming soon!

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