Victorian-Style B&B Located in Historic District near Downtown
Just south of downtown San Antonio, the King William Historic District is a 25-block area that was settled by prosperous German merchants in the 19th century. They displayed their wealth in their houses and mansions, many of them with elaborate Greek Revival and French Renaissance architecture still on showcase today. Among them, A Beckmann Inn and Carriage House exhibits Victorian-style architecture with a large wraparound porch and common rooms replete with ornate wood trimming, shuttered windows, and oriental carpets. The bed and breakfast also has one of the best settings in the King William District, situated right across the street from the lush landscapes, pools, and waterfalls of the scenic River Walk. Fodor’s commented on the inn’s location, writing “you couldn't find a more relaxing spot so close to downtown.”
Between the main house and the turn-of-the-century carriage house, guest rooms channel the inn’s 19th-century history with ornately carved, high-back beds and other period pieces. Both houses have plenty of common areas to relax in, from the carriage house’s balcony and patio to the main house’s sunroom, where you can lounge on white wicker chairs. Head to the formal dining room in the morning for a gourmet breakfast. Served on elegant china and crystal, this two-course affair might includes entrees such as cranberry-stuffed french toast followed by sherbet with fresh fruit or an equally decadent breakfast dessert.
A Beckmann Inn’s innkeepers also function as concierges and can arrange several local activities, from downtown dinner cruises to golf tee times. Catch a trolley or a horse-drawn carriage through the district to visit the famous Alamo, located only minutes away from the bed and breakfast.
San Antonio, Texas: Historic Missions near Picturesque River Walk
In the late 1920s, architect Robert H. H. Hugman designed an urban park around the San Antonio River—a space he envisioned as an American version of Venice where people could shop and dine along the waterfront. Completed in 1941, the 2.5-mile River Walk still serves as a vital artery in the heart of San Antonio as it wends its way past cafés, hotels, bars, and shops.
Located one story below street level, the waterway is flanked on either side by stone pathways, quiet waterfalls, and towering cypress trees. The winding River Walk path reveals little surprises along the way, such as picturesque restaurants, public art installations, and cardboard cutouts of Davy Crockett. A new extension connects the River Walk to the four-story San Antonio Museum of Art, where you'll find more than 25,000 sculptures and paintings that range from Roman antiquities to contemporary art.
Also neighboring the River Walk is the Alamo. Thanks to the 1836 battle that made it a symbol of Texas independence, the Alamo has become the most visited tourist site in the state. It's actually one of five historic Spanish missions clustered around the San Antonio River. The largest, Mission San José, lies just 5 miles south of downtown. Its famed rose window is once again on display following an extensive renovation.
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