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Jan 14, 2014 04:41 PM

4 night getaway and looking at San Antonio for a foodie getaway

My spouse and I are looking mid april to go on our first trip without the kids.
As a family we go to many Chowhound recomendations and asking for advice on where would be the best foodie place to visit as a couple.

We looked at downtown austin but seems more college crowd on weekends and was directed to SA River Walk.
We want walkable chow worthy restaurants , happy hours, patios, places a band might be playing on the patio, not fancy high end restaurants ,people watching and a location that is not gone to bed by 11pm. We like almost all cuisnes.

We are considering Savannah Georgia as well
We have been to California 3 times and Arizona so Texas would be a new state to try out.

Any advice would be great on whether SA would be the right foodie choice for us.

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  1. I'd definitely suggest that you get yourself a nice hotel on the Riverwalk. Lots of strolling, happy hours, patios, bands playing and folks are still strolling and happy at 11pm.

    However, San Antonio is also a great town for trips with the kids. I'd probably direct you to New Orleans without the kids. And to San Antonio the next time your whole family wants a long weekend getaway.

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    1. re: Jaymes

      We thought abut NO but many say its fun but gritty. Maybe too wild for what we are looking for in a first time away couples trip. As want some romance too.

      We like to walk around browse shops and feel safe in an area.
      Rent a car for a day to sightsee.

      1. re: palmtree38

        San Antonio is a great place to visit. There's no doubt about it. But not sure it's worth two visits and, since it's so much fun with kids and, frankly, pretty affordable for a group, I'd sure wait for a family vacation if I were you.

        Honestly, if I wanted a romantic getaway with just my hubby, I'd go to the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe. Get a lovely room with a fireplace. Lots and lots of excellent restaurants, shops, art galleries, etc., within easy strolling distance. April weather in Santa Fe usually offers high 60's in the afternoons - perfect for strolling. And cool evenings - perfect for wine in front of your fireplace.

        I know you said you didn't want to rent a car, and you wanted to do a lot of strolling, and it doesn't exactly fit those requests, but for a perfect couple's getaway, there are some wonderful B&B's in Napa.

        1. re: Jaymes

          We were just in California in october did the whole hwy 1 trip La to SF.
          So want to pass on California.

      2. re: Jaymes

        Hope you stick with your plans to visit New Orleans. Can't help but be a wee bit pleased, as it's what I suggested way back in my very first post.

        And here's one more tip:

        Don't know if you watch Top Chef, or even if you get it in Canada, but the current season was filmed in New Orleans. They visit some of the best culinary destinations in the city - the docks, markets, restaurants, etc. And they talk about many of the most iconic dishes. Watching it sure has made me in a hurry to get back there and hit some of the places I've missed on previous visits. I think viewing it would add a great deal of interest regarding your upcoming trip. If you cannot get it through your television station, you might find it online at

        Laissez les bon temps roulez!

        1. re: Jaymes

          Thank you! We booked New Orleans and very excited to try some Po Boys, gumbo's seafood and list goes on :)

      3. I'm from Houston, and have lived in SA. I'm going to disagree with Jaymes. You can defnitely do better for a foodie getaway. Not that many chow worthy restaurants are on the river, and parts of it definitely get creepy late at night. You'll need a car to get to some of the better restaurants. Depending on your exact date in April, you'll be going during Fiesta. Fiesta can be fun and has lots of cultural events, but it can also involve plenty of drunk college kids (been there, done that).

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        1. re: arashall

          It looks very appealing area but many say 2 nights. We could rent a car to sightsee and use this as a base and drive to restaurants

          Researching Savannah Georgia as its rated in USA high up for foodie location
          Also key west has lots of happy hours restaurants night life but don't really like the motels or for hotels $280-500 a night over our budget.
          Ny and Chicago too cool for april

          Any place you can think of that may suit us better for a foodie destination that has nice walks.??? Also sitting by a pool for a drink to read a book a hour to chill.

          1. re: palmtree38

            Yeah, it's hard to find more than about 2 days worth of tourist stuff in SA without kids. Except for the patio thing, I'd recommend downtown Denver. Very walkable downtown pedestrian mall, lots of great restaurants in the area, and good public transportation in general. However, you'd be pushing your luck on patio dining in April. You don't say where you're from? I'm guessing Florida, based on your name. Have you considered Charleston, SC?

            1. re: arashall

              We are from Toronto area so looking for a location with at least 70f or higher
              Yes looked at Charleston and many comparisons with that and Savannah on trip Advisor.

              1. re: palmtree38

                Well then, hey, come on. San Antonio IS fun. Y'all.

        2. I live in Austin & San Antonio is fun for about 2 days. It is not known as a foodie town. I've also lived in New Orleans (prior to Katrina). If you really want a foodie experience and a romantic experience plus good weather in April, it's the place to go. There are great, safe walks in Uptown New Orleans with great old architecture and really wonderful patios for drinks and snacks. Sure, there are gritty places, but compared to before Katrina, it is spotless! It's at least as clean as Savannah and easier to fly into their airport.
          Santa Fe is a good walkable city also, but the food in New Orleans is light years better than Santa Fe. Have a really good time, wherever you travel!

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          1. re: topeater

            Savannah Georgia is looking appealing. Anyones thoughts on this area for foodies ? Walkable to restaurants and bars.

          2. I moved from New Orleans to San Antonio and there is no comparison food-wise. If you haven't been to New Orleans that has to be No. 1. San Antonio isn't bad but it's amateur hour after New Orleans. Savannah is gorgeous, there aren't tons of restaurants but the atmosphere is fantastic and it's a great drinking city like New Orleans.

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            1. re: bronwen

              You have been very helpfull :)). Was looking at hotels in NO.
              NO, Savannah and key west are our three were deciding on.

              We want good food not all high end , ie happy hours, non touristy local food, chowhound suggestions, also romantic to walk around, shop. Sight see, safe that we can take a tour. enough for 4 days in april with at least 70F weather.

              1. re: palmtree38

                New Orleans would be good. SA really doesn't meet your criteria, not much of a romantic walking around town. More about getting in your car and going somewhere specific.

                1. re: saeyedoc

                  Savannah downtown historic area is suppose to be leave car back and walk to everything..

                  And is food in NO mostly high end or many options to fit budget for seafood and local fare?
                  Debating NO, savannah and keywest
                  san antonio out!

                  1. re: palmtree38

                    I'm going to second NOLA. If you haven't been, it's absolutely.. I don't know how to describe it other than "It's like leaving the US without leaving the US."

                    There are TONS (and I mean TONS) of casual food options that will blow away just about anything any other city has to offer - it's food heaven.

                    Head over to the NOLA board, you won't be disappointed with recs. (Also, I HIGHLY recommend the Royal Sonesta. You won't be disappointed.)

                    1. re: shanagain

                      Shanagain.. Great to hear!!
                      Looking at going during their french quarter music and food festival.
                      Glad to hear food for everyones budget
                      I worried about safety issues but so many go and never a problem.

                      Key west and NOLO are not places we would go on a family holiday more couples so for this trip we might as well take advantage of it.
                      Savannah could be a place to take our children on a family trip.
                      I will check out NOLO board and book flights soon

                      Thank you everyone happy chowing :)

                      1. re: palmtree38

                        Just want to reconfirm your choice of New Orleans. Here's the thing...New Orleans is on everybody's list of top five best food towns in North America, and a very great many people consider it to be the single best one. So, if you're at all interested in good food, sooner or later, you're going to have to go.

                        I'd bet that every single person that is on the Texas food boards has probably visited New Orleans, and would go back in a heartbeat. I know I would.

                        Your timing is good. It's more a great destination for adults, rather than kids. It's brutally hot and humid in the summer, but wonderful now. And, depending upon when in April you go, you might be there during my personal very favorite time to visit - the week BEFORE Mardi Gras week. During the week before, there are no crowds, but all of the decorations are up, and the whole city is in a festive, anticipatory mood.

                        Unpleasant things always get more publicity, but I've traveled the world over, and have learned that there are unsafe areas in practically every region. The trick is to simply travel smart. Do that, and you'll be fine.

                        Sure hope you come back here to let us know how you fared!

                        1. re: Jaymes

                          Flights are booked!! We will be there 2 days while Quarter Fest is going on so lots of music and food!

                          Thanks everyone as we too decided this be a great couples weekend.

                          1. re: palmtree38

                            Is there a word for jealous + "happy for you" (I'm sure the Germans have such a word)? Because that's what I am.

                            If you haven't booked your hotel yet, seriously, don't let the Bourbon St location scare you off, the Sonesta is wonderful.

                            Two days will definitely be enough to convince you to visit again and again!

                            1. re: shanagain

                              4 nights ::)))
                              Happy with our decision let the chowing begin

            2. I have been on foodie/girls weekends to NOLA and SA in past couple years and would definitely recommend NOLA for a couples getaway, cannot wait to go back there w my husband. Great food, drink and music at all price points, plenty to do and see. SA is fine, but better to take the kids and hit it when the rodeo is in town. Just my .02.

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                1. re: palmtree38

                  Not sure the mods would encourage a "trip review" of New Orleans in this thread, but I know I'm not alone when I say there are folks here that would love to hear how your NOLA visit turns out.

                  So I sure hope you post something, if not here, then over on the New Orleans board. I'm going to be watching that board to see if your visit goes as well as we all hope!

                  1. re: Jaymes

                    Jaymes is right that we would prefer to see that information in a different spot. The best thing to do would be to post the trip report on the NOLA board (so it's in the place people will look when they're planning their own trips later), but then add a link here so the people who are interested will know it's been posted and get a chance to see it.