San Antonio or Austin - New Years

Old Dec 24th, 2004, 09:43 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,041
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
San Antonio or Austin - New Years

I have a business trip next week to Austin and will be finished on Thursday, Dec 30th. I'm not leaving until January 1st so I have a couple of days to enjoy myself and do some sightseeing. I had originally planned on staying in Austin and doing a day trip on the 31st to San Antonio. However, the more I read up on San Antonio the more I think I'd enjoy the history of this city than Austin. I know Austin is also supposed to be a wonderful city to visit.

I'd love some feedback on if I should stick with my original idea and visit San Antonio as a daytrip on New Year's eve or should I stay the night on the 31st and have more time to visit the historical sites of San Antonio?

If I were to stay in San Antonio for New Year's can someone recommend a hotel centrally located in the $100-$150 range?

Thanks, in advance for your help. Happy Holidays to everyone.

CathyM is offline  
Old Dec 24th, 2004, 11:06 AM
  #2  
dcespedes
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
If it were me I would zip down to San Antonio for a few days. It's an easy drive and well worth the visit--especially this time of year when the River Walk is lit up for Christmas--the River Walk is beautiful during the day but especially so at night. There's a large party downtown New Years Eve complete with fireworks. Previous posters have had good luck with Drurys Inn and Amerisuites which are both within walking distance of the River. The Alamo Bowl (football) is scheduled next week (12/29?) so if you have trouble with availability that may be why. Of course, you can always do a day trip to San Antonio--we live in S.A. and enjoy day trips to Austin. I hope this helps and you enjoy a safe trip
 
Old Dec 24th, 2004, 07:56 PM
  #3  
P_M
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23,065
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I think you will have a fine time in either city. SA has the riverwalk, Austin has 6th Street and the Warehouse District for evening entertainment. I live in Austin, but I'm tempted to recommend SA for reasons already mentioned. I can't help you with hotels as I only visit SA on day trips, but I hope you can find one on such short notice.
P_M is online now  
Old Dec 25th, 2004, 08:44 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 882
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I hate to be the dissinting voter but I'd go w/ Austin. I like San Antonio but love Austin. If you're looking for a place to party / celebrate, Austin is the better of the two (warehouse or 6th St. areas). Enjoy!
Pumpy is offline  
Old Dec 25th, 2004, 08:52 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 69
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There will be 30,000 or so Oklahoma State fans (I'm one of them) in town for the 12/29 Alamo Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Join us.....Dick's Last Resort on the Riverwalk is the spot to be for New Year's Eve......
zaneyjaney is offline  
Old Dec 25th, 2004, 09:17 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 5,869
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
San Antonio is a one time must do, but you'll enjoy both.
M
mikemo is offline  
Old Dec 25th, 2004, 05:25 PM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,041
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks to all!

I (think) it will be San Antonio after all for New Years. I'll be in Austin for 3 nights and should be able to experience a little of the scene there before I go to San Antonio. I'll be by myself so the focus will be more on history versus the nightlife scene and I think San Antonio offers more in this sense. Called around to several hotels and they are somewhat booked, but the Menger Hotel has a couple of rooms still vacant and it seems like the ultimate in the historical experience. I'll also be able to change my flight to leave from SA versus Austin so I don't have to head back on New Years day.

Thanks also for the tip on New years eve zaneyjaney - maybe I'll pop in for a bit at Dick's Last Resort.



CathyM is offline  
Old Jan 3rd, 2005, 07:36 PM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,041
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Just returned from my trip to Austin and San Antonio and thought I'd thank everyone again and let them know how it turned out.

First of all, I loved Austin. What a wonderful town. Great restaurants, liberal, funky feel - and the people were so friendly. I loved the way they have restored some of the buildings downtown into lofts and people can just stroll around at night and be safe. The live music scene was unbelievable.

San Antonio was equally wonderful. A larger city but with alot of history. My passion is Spain and with all of the spanish colonial architecture I was in heaven. The larger city didn't make the people less friendly either. Riverwalk was beautifully decorated for the holidays. There was a huge New Years eve bash downtown with thoursands of people in the streets and numerous bandstands set up with a different type of music to suit all needs. The weather was incredible - 70's and 80's all day and very comfortable in the evenings. It was drizzly on Sunday but not raining hard.

I was totally surprised and shocked at how much I loved this part of Texas! There are few places in the US that I would consider moving to and this is definately one of them. My friends think I've gone crazy.

I'm already planning on another business trip to Austin in the next quarter and will definately stay a long weekend again.

Thanks again to everyone!
CathyM is offline  
Old Jan 4th, 2005, 05:13 AM
  #9  
P_M
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23,065
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for the report, CathyM. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay here in Central Texas. Next time bring one of your friends who thinks your're crazy for liking Texas so much.

P_M is online now  
Old Jan 4th, 2005, 06:43 AM
  #10  
dcespedes
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Nice report, CathyM. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip! Hard to believe that one week earlier, Christmas Eve, we were on snow flake patrol. Did the Menger Hotel work out for you?
 
Old Jan 4th, 2005, 07:13 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 7,114
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I posted on this thread earlier, but now it's gone. Hmm.

Glad you enjoyed your time in Texas Cathy, and we'll look forward to hearing about your next adventure there.
Statia is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
ahynot
United States
22
Sep 10th, 2014 12:27 PM
bouchet
United States
15
Jul 29th, 2009 11:32 AM
dmlove
United States
9
Feb 21st, 2008 04:15 PM
LN
United States
10
Sep 3rd, 2005 05:41 AM
beaux
United States
17
Oct 25th, 2004 02:26 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:04 PM.