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A Warm Day and Cool Night in San Antonio

Many of the guests at our San Antonio locations are in town for business, but like to get out and explore the pleasures of the city when they get the chance. While you could easily spend weeks checking out all the city has to offer, you can get a great taste of San Antonio in a day. Follow our guide and you’ll have a great day and night in San Antonio, Texas.

8:00am – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so treat yourself to an indulgent pancake breakfast at the Magnolia Pancake Haus. This San Antonio favorite makes its pancakes from scratch daily, and they have all kinds to choose from! We love the silver dollar pancakes most!

10:00am – Walk off breakfast with a tour of the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden. This garden had a multimillion dollar renovation in the late 2000′s. The gardens are filled with beautiful and relaxing ponds and pagodas.

12:00pm – Head to one of the most popular places in San Antonio and take a stroll along the incredible River Walk. Take your time and pop into the different shops and art galleries that catch your eye. Check out the menus from different restaurants along the walk and stop for a late lunch at the one you find most appealing.

4:00pm – Have a blast while exploring downtown San Antonio on a Segway Tour! Everyday at 4:00pm the company offers the Executive Downtown Tour. Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll get a safety lesson and then enjoy the thrill of seeing the sights like the Tower of The Americas by Segway.

7:00pm – Visiting San Antonio during game season? You won’t want to miss a Spurs home game! The San Antonio Spurts play basketball at the AT&T Center. The crowds are likely to be in great spirits as the Spurs are the current NBA Champions! If you’re visiting in the off season, we recommend taking in a movie at the Alamo Draft House. It’s for serious move goers only though, they will ask you to leave if they catch you on your phone or talking. Drinks and food are served during the showtimes.

10:00pm – Finish off your incredible day in San Antonio with a late dinner (or snacks) and a couple of drinks at the Zinc Bistro and Wine Bar. The bar serves food until 2am. When you’ve had your fill, your bed will be calling your name.

Exploring Newport News

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Newport News, Virginia, you are in for a world of fun! The city sits on the banks of the beautiful James River, and offers lots of outdoor and nature related adventures, along with all the urban charm you could want from a small city. If you’ll be staying in Newport News with us, here are some sights and attractions we recommend checking out.

  1. The Mariner’s Museum
    Civil War buffs will want to visit the Mariner’s Museum for their exhibit on the USS Monitor, an ironclad ship used in battle during the War. The Museum houses many artifacts from the ship, along with replicas of the sailor’s living quarters and more. After visiting the USS Monitor Center, tour the rest of the museum including the important Defending the Seas exhibit.
  2. Newport News Park
    Spend a warm and sunny day exploring the large Newport News Park. No matter what type of outdoor activity you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it here. Challenge yourself with vigorous biking and hiking trails, or slow it down and enjoy a lakeside picnic. Get out on the water and try your luck at fishing (licensed required) or rent a boat for a few hours of pleasure crafting. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars, the park is home to many species of birds.
  3. Busch Gardens
    In nearby Williamsburg (only minutes away) you can have a day of thrilling adventures at the Busch Gardens amusement park. The theme park is divided into various European themed lands, in Scotland you’ll find the Loch Ness Monster roller-coaster and in New France, there is the Le Scoot flume ride!
  4. Endview Plantation
    Get a taste of the old, Old South with a visit to the Endview Plantation. This plantation was built in 1769 and throughout the eras, it has taken on a number of different roles, from private home, to hospital, to the museum it is today. If you are lucky, there may be a Civil War Reenactment during your visit!
  5. Hilton Village
    Explore the charming streets of Newport New’s Hilton Village. This is the place to come if you’re looking to dine at a local restaurant (we recommend seafood from the nearby waterways) or to do some souvenir shopping.  The people watching is excellent as well!

Have you already been to Newport News? What other attractions do you think are worth visiting?