Ability to walk up to two miles on downtown streets. Ability to get on and off public transportation with minimal assistance and climb stairs.
At the hotel, we will have a buffet featuring a variety of items including scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, yogurt, bagels, toast, oatmeal, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, juices, milk, water.
We’ll be joined by a local professor from St. Philip’s College who will explain why Texas stands out as one of America’s most recognizable states. Learn the sweeping events and fascinating characters that make Texas the amazing place it is; what John Steinbeck described as “a state of mind… a mystique closely approximating a religion… the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.”
Head out on foot to a local restaurant for a sumptuous buffet featuring salads, soups, made-to-order pasta, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
Led by a local expert, we’ll embark on a walking field trip to explore some of San Antonio’s most iconic sites. The Spanish colonial mission we known as the Alamo was established in 1718, and moved to its current location in 1724. Its history is fascinating and complex. After the fallen defense by 182 Texans against General Santa Anna’s army in 1836, “Remember the Alamo!” became a rallying cry for Texan independence. We’ll hear the story of the Alamo, and then get some time to go inside to visit the Shrine, view artifacts, and watch a short movie. The Menger, the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi, was established in 1859 and set the standard of luxury for its day. Among the historic events that took place here, Teddy Roosevelt recruited his “Rough Riders” cavalry brigade. Our local expert will bring us inside for a peek at the elaborately appointed lobbies and the Menger bar, to see the memorabilia from Roosevelt’s time. We’ll return to the hotel at the end of our field trip for some time to relax or enjoy the kickback reception.
We'll walk to a nearby restaurant which offers a variety of entree choices. Your meal includes coffee, tea and water, with other beverages available for purchase.
After dinner, we'll hear a native of San Antonio regale us with stories about the city's interesting past and colorful characters..