First off - thanks to the various experts and other posters here for the info I acquired before we left. It made quite a difference. This was my husband and my first child-free trip in 22 years and San Antonio was a good choice.
We travelled from Calgary to San Antonio via Denver on United Express. The planes were comfortable and the staff fine but UE is a TOTALLY non-frills airline so feed yourself before you go or prepare to starve. SA airport is small and easy to navigate - no problems and we got the shuttle to car hire.
I do recommend a good map or GPS to navigate your way around SA - I have a great sense of direction but found SA to be quite confusing - not sure why, but I did. The roads are busy but traffic is not terrifying.
We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott "Downtown" Situated at the corner of Santa Rosa and Durango it is in walking distance if you feel energetic and served by the excellent Via Trolley Yellow Route. This stops right outside the hotel, costs $1.10 and within minutes will have you at the Riverwalk. It also circles past the Market on the way back. I'll post a separate review of the hotel. I chose the C By M because I wanted to be close to downtown but not pay Riverwalk prices, I also wanted a 2 roomed suite with some sort of kitchen.
Where we ate.
The first night was a bit of a hassle as it was Saturday and busy. We ended up at some mediocre steakhouse (?Lonestar) on the Riverwalk. We didn't eat out every night as we often had a big lunch.
Boudros - very good. Liked the food and the ambience.
Chart House - Tower of Americas - great service, food good, enjoyed the view. Nothing fabulous but worth a visit. Expensive.
Hard Rock Cafe - eh, typical
Water Street Seafood company in Corpus Christi - fine.
What we did
Sunday - Walked around downtown, saw the Imax film of the Alamo (worth it to get an understanding of what its all about especially if you have no clue:), then the actual Alamo itself. Went to the Mexican market and had Margaritas and a plate of appetizers. There is a lot of junk in the shops there but I did get a couple of quality leather things.
Monday - some shopping at Quarry Marketplace and then the afternoon at The San Antonio Botanical garden. Very, very beautiful and well cared for. Worth a visit.
Wednesday - drove to San Marcos for lunch with friends and then to the Outlet Malls which if you like shopping are worth a visit. In the early evening we went to Howl at The Moon which we both enjoyed a lot....
Thursday - Sea World. Pricey but fun. I have been to all 3 SWs and I think this one of my favourite. It was VERY hot though so quite draining.
Friday - more shopping (sorry) at the Shops of La Canterra and then we went to the Missions. Again it was VERY hot and pretty humid and we had limited time but we went to the visitor centre at Mission San Jose and Mission Concepcion. The missions are well worth a visit.
Flew home on Saturday via Chicago.
I liked San Antonio very much and would return for a visit, it seems to have something for everyone and thats great if you are there for more than a few days. I found the heat a bit much but my husband loved it (we had quite a few arguments about the AC:) there seemed to be quite a few tourists but it wasn't too busy which was nice.