If you're looking for a really great vacation spot and either live in Texas or would love to visit the Lone Star State, then consider San Antonio for your next destination. My family and I have visited San Antonio several times as the city has so much to offer that even one visit won't be enough to see and do everything.
The very first thing to consider is a great hotel and my preference is The Emily Morgan Hotel - A DoubleTree by Hilton. The entire experience, from the time you drive up to valet, check-in to the luxurious guest rooms and check-out has always been one that leaves me wanting to stay at this particular hotel again and again. The staff is exceptional with each and every member going above and beyond for the guests. Although I've not experienced any problems with my stays, when inquiring about anything or speaking to the staff, my needs are always the first priority. My family and I feel very much at home at the Emily Morgan Hotel.
I was recently in San Antonio for Fantom Fest and was able to secure accommodations at the Emily Morgan Hotel with very short notice. The manager and her staff made sure that I was provided with an elegant room that featured a spectacular view of the Alamo and the city of San Antonio. I'm apparently not the only one who prefers this hotel when in San Antonio ~ The Real Housewives of Orange County have spent time at this fabulous hotel as well.
One of my favorite things to do at the Emily Morgan Hotel is to simply take in the view from above the Alamo and the rest of the city. The view during the day is amazing but the view at night is one that leaves me breathless, amazed and without the word worthy of describing what I'm seeing...it is gorgeous! I can't express enough how wonderful this hotel really is...it's so rich with history yet decorated in luxury and modern elegance. I must say that The Emily Morgan Hotel is my first preference for my next trip and any trip to the San Antonio area.
As I stated above, I was in town to cover Fantom Fest, which is a convention for horror, paranormal and all things scary enthusiasts. My daughter and I had such a great time at this event and were honored to meet a few of the talent from The Walking Dead, authors, radio hosts, a psychic and even a couple of ghost hunters! The Walking Dead fans will recognize Xavion Shelton who played Noah's brother last season and also Tristan Johnson, who was the "Barn Walker." We actually were able to meet The Walking Dead celebrities at dinner the night before the event and take a few pictures too. Xavion and his mother were so friendly and down to earth, it was certainly a pleasure meeting both of them.
Horror fans were able to take a special photo with "Leatherface", played by Bob Elmore in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, visit with other celebrities from the movie and stroll around seeing what all of the amazing artists and vendors were offering. For science fiction lovers, Adam Berry from the SyFy Channel's Ghost Hunter was on hand (got a photo with him!), Chief Scientist, Bill Murphy from SyFy Channel's Fact or Faked and Wes Forsyth, radio host for Paranormal Filler were available as well. Ghost Hunter and psychic medium, Paul Coffey, authors, Martha Hazard Decker and Jeffrey Daugherty were on the guest list and hosted mini-seminars. I was able to attend a few and was especially interested in what Jeffrey Daugherty had to say and fully plan to purchase his new book. We also had the amazing opportunity to experience a gallery reading with Austin psychic, Ricardo Gonzales ~ it was amazing! There was a special surprise for attendees as Sea World was there with Scarlett, the host of Howl-o-Scream. They showed their new commercial that featured the Halloween event at the park and also gave out prizes. There was so much to do and see and we can't wait until next year!
So, what is there to do in San Antonio? The question is what to do first? There is so much to keep every member of the family occupied, busy and entertained and one weekend is definitely not enough time to take in everything San Antonio has to offer. Some of the highlights to our trips were The Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, The Riverwalk, including the Riverboat Ride, The Alamo, shopping at the Market Place and of course the City Sight Seeing Tours aboard a double decker bus! One of the coolest things about taking the tour was that the buses covered such a large area and riders are able to stop and re board throughout the day. This was an ideal way to see several key sites in San Antonio and also travel back and forth to different venues. Plus, the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful which is always a bonus! Just outside of San Antonio in the city of New Braunfels, those wanting to experience extreme water slides will love Schlitterbahn Water Park. This water park is unlike any other I've ever visited and well worth the trip.
Visitors may not realize that San Antonio is loaded with countless sites, events, history and things to do and see, so contacting the San Antonio Visitor's Bureau is always a great idea. The helpful staff can give recommendations and point visitors in the right direction according to their needs and desires.