One of the best parts about temporarily living in a new place is playing tourist. But after you’ve done the “must see” things on the list, it’s time to explore some of the local favorites. There’s plenty of these things to keep you busy in the San Antonio area, especially if you’re up for a little adventure.
If you’re looking for a great bakery, there are two great options in New Braunfels, and you’ll want to try them both. Start with a cream puff or strudel from Naegelin’s – the oldest bakery in Texas. Since 1868 it’s been baking up German and Czech pastries. If you’re looking for a special occasion cake or a place to study while enjoying great coffee and breakfast pastries, head to 2tarts Bakery, right in downtown New Braunfels.
This area of Texas has over 40 options for wine tasting, which can be overwhelming. Take a Saturday break from life and head out to Fredericksburg, Texas and visit Four Point 0 Cellars. It’s just about an hour away and it’s open all week long. They serve Texas cheese and local chocolate with some wine tastings as well.
Another great option is Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, just up the road in New Braunfels. Tastings are one the schedule all week long and tours are available on the weekends. If you’re there in August, grab some tickets to the annual Grape Stomp as well.
If wine isn’t your thing – or you like both – make some time to visit the local breweries in San Antonio. Freetail Brewing has some great seasonal and reserve beers like the Freetail Original, Bat Outta Helles, and San Antonio Pale Ale. They also serve pizza and some great scenic views. Don’t let the bat-themed atmosphere throw you, the brewery gets its name from the Mexican free-tailed bat.
In what was originally Pearl’s Brewhouse, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery serves up Texas cuisine in this San Antonio landmark. The microbrewery also has over 20 different beers on tap, including their lightly sour THOT, the sake style Short Round, and brewed with mint Texas Uncommon Ale. Reservations are suggested if you’re going for more than just a drink.
Local Restaurant Recommendations
Finding a good place to eat, without the crowds of tourists can be tricky – especially when you are one yourself. But there are some good options. Like Cured, located in the Pearl, which is famous for its charcuterie, the pork cheese poutine, chicken and waffles, and an award-winning Blue Ribbon Burger.
The Riverwalk is definitely a great place to visit, and if you are there for a meal, you’ll want to avoid the long lines and tourist-traps. Try Restaurant Gwendolyn, a throwback to the mid1800s where meals were made from what was available. This American menu is comprised of ingredients found within a 150mile radius and prepared without motorized machines. Menus rotate monthly and can include things like pan-roasted quail and boudin po’boys.
Spend some time getting to know the San Antonio area while you’re here for TDY. You never know, you may be back one day.
Written by: Rebecca Alwine