Monday, January 26, 2015

Downtown San Antonio is anchored by it's 2.5 mile riverwalk also known as the Paseo del Rio.  It's a network of walkways and bridges easily accessible via the back doors of the hotel, and resides one story beneath the streets of the city.

The riverwalk is a pedestrian street whose beginnings can be traced back to 1921 when an area flood claimed the lives of 50 people.  Considered to be a "dangerous area" at one point, declared off limits to military personnel, the area underwent an evolution to control the area's flooding which resulted in the construction of a flood gate, a dam, a trainer gate and the riverwalk.

Today, shops, restaurants, and bars line both sides. 

We stroll most of the way down the walk and come upon the (1859) Guenther House, the private residence of master millwright and Pioneer Flour founder Carl Guenther.   Now a restaurant, museum and store, we walk the gardens and partake in the complimentary offered coffee.
Original grindstone used
for grinding wheat

Rio San Antonio CruisesOn the way back we've just gotta get on the river and so we pay the $8pp for a riverboat ride, a deal compared to the $500 fine for jumping in.

Then it's back to the hotel for 5:30 "kickback", a complementary happy hour complete with dinner items such as mac & cheese, chili dogs, soup & salad, build ur own stuffed baked potato, meat balls & pasta, etc.  Way more than I've ever seen any hotel offer and a perfect way to end the day.

5:30 Kickback - Free Hot Food & Cold Beverages5:30 Kickback - Free Hot Food & Cold Beverages
Now Serving! Drury will let no guest go hungry... at least every evening from 5:30 to 7:00. All Drury hotels now offer free hot food & cold beverages for guests.*
Our rotating menu features a variety of hot food including macaroni & cheese, hot dogs, baked potatoes, soup and more! Plus, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks are served every day. There’s something for everyone at Drury’s 5:30 Kickback. It's a snack for some, meal for others and free for all. Please note, the menu varies by location and dates.

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