Adventures in San Antonio

Our Bandera resort is a perfect place to escape for a relaxing getaway… but it’s also an easy drive to San Antonio! If you love the cowboy life, and want to cement your cowboy status, head on over to Paris Hatters. The name may sound haute couture, but this world famous business has been making custom cowboy hats since 1917.  It’s located right around the corner from the Alamo, and is the oldest business in the downtown area. The cash register is from the 1930s, and you’ll likely be met by the 3rd generation owners. As they like to say: “If it ain’t from Paris Hatters, you ain’t a real cowboy!”

Or perhaps you’d prefer a trip to the theater… San Antonio’s Majestic & Empire Theaters are located downtown and have a rich history. The Majestic was built in 1929 in a Spanish Mediterranean style. The Empire was built in 1913 in the style of a European plaza. Both venues feature Broadway shows, concerts, comedians and other live events.

And don’t forget, Tuesdays are a wonderful time for some budget-friendly San Antonio fun! You can find our previous post about it here.

What are your favorite things to do in San Antonio?


Heavenly Village Lake Tahoe

Base Camp Pizza Co.

Visiting Tahoe? Don’t miss the Shops at Heavenly Village! Located at the base of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola (and a close walk to the casinos), this area offers great dining, live music, an 8-plex movie theater, over 40 shops (including both local and national brands), a lift up the mountain and even ice skating or mini golf! Some of our favorite choices? Driftwood Cafe, Azul Latin Kitchen and Base Camp Pizza Co.!

*The parking garage behind the shops is free for guests of the cinema! It’s also $5 after 5pm during non-holidays, and $10 after 5pm on holidays.

Daytona 500!

Daytona Beach Shores

It’s almost time for the Daytona 500! If you’ll be visiting us during the next month or two, check out these events:

  • Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway (January 26th-27th): This endurance sports car classic has attracted racing legends since 1962. From sunrise to sunset to sunrise again, this twice-around-the-clock marathon is intense!
  • Historic North Turn Legends Beach Parade (February 9th): This free event is held in honor of Daytona’s historic beach racing days. Vintage race cars from 1948-1958 will parade down the beach beginning at 10:30 a.m.
  • And the big one… Daytona 500! (February 17th): This year, the Daytona 500 celebrates its 61st running! This event usually sells out, so make your plans now.

Another popular choice? Hanging at our beachside pool while grilling on the BBQs and then catching some shade under our beautiful tiki huts… enjoy!

San Antonio Rodeo!

Starting making your plans for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo! This huge event was established in 1949 and draws over 2 million visitors each year. Between February 7th and 24th, you can enjoy rodeos, horse and livestock shows, live music, a carnival, a petting zoo, a craft beer tap room and many other events.

If you’ll be visiting in January, check out some of the pre-rodeo events:

  • Let’s Rodeo Ball (January 19th)
  • The Cowgirls Live Forever Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show (January 22nd)
  • Bar-B-Que Kick-Off and Festival (January 25th)

Find all the information and buy your tickets here!