Within 10 minutes after arriving at La Cantera Resort, which is perched on the top of one of the tallest hills in North San Antonio offering spectacular views, we were sitting in the hot tub with a couple margaritas overlooking the beautiful rolling heavily treed hills of north San Antonio and several of the golf course holes. We enjoyed a second round of margaritas and a beautiful sunset. Wow, what a great start to a long overdue romantic getaway. After an hour of so in the hot tub with occasional dips in the infinity pool, we drug our wrinkled water logged bodies back to our room, quickly changed clothes, and headed to SweetFire Kitchen for dinner.
Before we left we couldn't help but notice the bottle of house wine and house made charcuterie board. Delicious and much appreciated. Some of the other amenities included as part of the Romance Package are: late check out, $50 dining credit, and complimentary transportation to the Shops at La Cantera, The Rim and Top Golf.
We both love sitting at the bar for dinner and drinks - not quite as romantic as a candlelit table for two with a stunning view, but its lively and fun particularly with some of the March Madness games playing. Dinner was outstanding - Corn Chowder (wow!), Caesar Salad, a perfectly cooked bone in pork chop and a delicious short rib.
In addition to keeping our drinks refreshed the friendly bartender and manager insisted that we try a couple of the desserts - wow again, I can't remember what mine was but it consisted of chocolate, peanut butter, carmel, whipped cream, and probably thousands of calories, but it was well worth every one of them. The bartender also makes an excellent margarita of which I may of had one too many!
Now we are not only semi intoxicated but we're waterlogged and stuffed to the brim as we waddled back to our room and within minutes we were both asleep on one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in. I hope my snoring didn't wake up the neighbors next door! Halfway thru the night I smelled something sweet and felt something pricking my ear - it was the rose from the rose petal turn down service that I didn't notice when I jumped in bed. The rooms at La Cantera are excellent - large and spacious bathroom, flat screen TV, desk, sofa chair, and an excellent bed. And the views are stunning - the rolling hills and several of the golf course holes or views of the San Antonio area.
The next morning we enjoyed breakfast in bed before heading off to our morning tee time at the Resort Course at La Cantera. The Resort Course at La Cantera is one of our Best Resort Courses in Texas and Best of the Best Courses in Texas. As usual the course was in very good condition and it's a blast to play with plenty of elevation changes, uphill and downhill shots, tree lined fairways, scenic views, and some excellent holes. One of our favorite holes is number 7 - a dramatic elevated tee box with a view of Fiesta Texas and it's rides and the surrounding countryside including downtown San Antonio, a fairway littered with 3 bunkers waiting for your drive (one of which is smack dab in the middle of the fairway), a pond on the right of the fairway plus a huge bunker with 3 grass islands, and a small guarded green with the Fiesta Texas Roller Coaster as a backdrop. At first I thought all the screaming and yelling was when my 2nd shot landed in the middle of a bunker and that was followed by a shot into the pond - but I think it was really from some the terrifying rides at Fiesta Texas. Can I blame the margaritas for my poor play? Here is a link to our review of the Resort Course at La Cantera Resort.
After a good lunch at La Cantera Grill at the Resort Course Clubhouse we rushed to Helotes Hill Country Zipline which is 10 minutes from the Resort. We have flown through the air on several zip lines from Texas to Colorado to Costa Rica and we had a blast riding the 10 different ziplines at Helotes Hill Country Zipline. They range from 360 feet to 1000 feet long and 45 to 100 feet above the ground and they can take you zooming down the line at up to 35 miles an hour - scenic, fun, fast, and exciting. To learn more, click on our adventure with Helotes Hill Country Zipline.
By 4:00 I'm not only stuffed from a huge dinner, breakfast in bed, a Bloody Mary and big lunch but I'm also a tad hung over, sunburned, sandy from being in so many bunkers, and sore and tired from golf and the zip lines. So it was a no brainier to head to the spa at La Cantera Resort where I got a delightful 50 minute massage and Mrs Texas Outside got a facial and manicure. I emerged from the spa smelling good and rejuvenated because I most likely slept through most of the massage. Thinking back on it we should have gotten a couples massage for our romantic getaway like the beautiful couple shown here - I would like to claim that's us but it's not, I stole it from the spa's website, as I did with most of the other pictures on this page.
There were still a few hours of sun light so we sat on the patio of Primero Cantina which is the restaurant and bar with a large outside patio over looking the fantastic pool complex, rolling hills, and golf course. We enjoyed some drinks and appetizers - a delicious guacamole and some excellent queso with flour tortillas. Primero Cantina has some intriguing dinner choices but I couldn't get my mind off having the SweetFire margarita and Rib Eye.
So after appetizers, drinks, and a beautiful sunset we were back at the bar at SweetFire. We enjoyed oysters on the half shell, a tomato bisque, a perfectly cooked Salmon, and a very tender and juicy Rib Eye. This time we were smart and passed on the dessert, primarily because I was looking forward to the breakfast buffet the next morning.
Before golf at the Palmer Course at La Cantera I overdid it on a small sample of scrambled eggs and Mexican eggs plus an excellent omelet, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, and fruit. I was proud of myself and my will power to resist the pancakes, waffles, and sweet rolls - the real reason may have been that my belt didn't have any more notches and I was stretching my golf shirt to the limit!
The wind was howling but we enjoyed a round of golf on what we consider one of the best courses in Texas. The Palmer Course is a five minute ride from the Resort and it has a little bit of everything that makes golf fun, frustrating, expensive, and addictive. It's got lots of elevation changes, fast greens, water on 5 holes and 52 bunkers most of which I landed in, scenic views, blind shots, near perfect conditions, heavily contoured fairways, and a lot more. The Palmer Course is also home to what may be my favorite golf hole in Texas (see our list of the most Beautiful Golf Holes in Texas) - #18 is an uphill blind shot off the tee box which leads to severe downhill three tiered fairway and a green with big bunkers on the left and a pond and cascading stream on the right. The stunning clubhouse over looks the 18th and the 9th green and I think I heard several fellow golfers enjoying lunch on the outside patio laughing as my ball sank in the pond and the next shot went over the green and into a bunker, followed by a shot back into the pond - at which time I decided to quit and go have lunch and couple drinks, and watch and heckle other golfers as they tried to par this great hole. Here is a link to our review of the Palmer Course at La Cantera.
A fun couple days which we both hated to see end.