A Fun Time In San Antonio and Spring Branch
We just got back from a fun weekend adventure in San Antonio and Spring Branch golfing, listening to music, camping in a couple good RV parks, exploring a very cool entertainment district, swimming in the Guadalupe River, and eating and drinking way too much!
The Pearl District and Golf in San Antonio
We started this trip by parking the RV in Admiralty RV Resort just a little south west of downtown San Antonio and heading to the their pool to cool off - it was 100 degrees with no wind! Admiralty RV Resort is a very nice park with long sites and lots of amenities. Plus it's a couple minutes to Sea World, close to some good restaurants, and has easy access to anywhere you want to go in San Antonio. Here is a link to our review of Admiralty RV Resort.
Cool and refreshed we headed out to The Pearl Entertainment District close to downtown San Antonio - wow, were we impressed! The Pearl is a 22 acre development that encompasses what used to be the Pearl Brewery which operated from 1883 to 2001. The original brewery has been re-purposed and the complex is now home to 15 independent retailers and 19 chef owned and operated restaurants, some really cool and unique bars, a basement music venue called the Jazz, a food court, the upscale Hotel Emma which is an architecturally stunning 180-room boutique with a very unique and cool bar, and a splash pad and large outdoor park which is where music and other events are held.
A lot of the history of the Pearl Brewery and the original buildings have been preserved. The brewery buildings were re-purposed as well as some of the brewery's industrial machinery like ammonia tanks are now herb gardens, and brewery tanks are rainwater collectors, and a large brewing tank has been opened up for sitting with friends and enjoying some drinks and appetizers. The Pearl is also home to a 1.33-mile extension of the River Walk, featuring public art, native plants, pedestrian bridges, and an amphitheater and park where local events are held. Take a riverboat, kayak, bike, or walk and explore this gem – you won’t believe it’s part of the River Walk! Very impressive and fun area.
The next day we headed 20 minutes west to play the recently renovated Golf Club of Texas. The course is friendly for all skill levels (not sure it fit my lack of golf skills) and it has wide sweeping fairways and huge greens, is in excellent condition, and it's a good value. The Golf Club of Texas is also the only golf course in the US with tee to green Zoysia grass - one of the advantages of which is that the ball sits up in the fairway like it was on a tee, however not quite tall enough for me. I don't know how I was able to miss the wide fairway or big greens but I did - the bunkers and water were much easier for me to find. For me this a fun course but requires 4 Advil and 5 extra balls. Read our review of The Golf Club of Texas to lean more.
I was really hot after playing golf in 98 degree weather and even hotter after losing those golf balls - I almost jumped in one of the ponds which was home to three of my golf balls. Just like Tin Cup I kept at it until I needed to borrow some old balls from my wife. I stayed out of the pond but did rush back to the RV to cool off in the pool with a cold beer. After such a bad round I figured it was time to treat my self to some queso and a couple margarita at a nearby Mexican restaurant. and a couple margaritas! Went home feeling much better thinking tomorrow will be a better golf day.
Spring Branch, River Crossing Golf Club, and the Guadalupe River
Early the next morning, we heading 45 minutes north of San Antonio to Spring Branch, which is located in part of the San Antonio–New Braunfels metropolitan area and has approximately 250 residents. Spring Branch is named after a spring feed creek that feeds into the Guadalupe River.
We stayed in Texas 281 RV Park which is in a great location if you want to explore Gruene, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Boerne, or Canyon Lake - all are within 20 minutes or so and have lots of fun things to see and do ranging from breweries to caves to tubing the river or zipping through the trees. And the RV park is less than 5 minutes to live music, good food, the Guadalupe River as well as HEB, Walmart, and Home Depo - what more can you ask for? And equally cool is that Texas 281 RV Park utilizes some old limestone ranch building as a club house, showers, game room, and chapel! Read our review of Texas 281 RV Park to lean more.
I needed another day away from golf so I figured a few hours enjoying the Guadalupe River was in order - it fit the bill. We went to a day use area that's a part of a mile of riverfront owned by Guadalupe River Canoe Livery. We were going to rent a tube but the water was low and slow and I didn't feel like rubbing my bottom across the rocks. Instead we set up the lawn chairs and enjoyed the river and people watching.
Refreshed, relaxed, and with my cowboy boots on we headed to Shade Tree for cold beer and a pretty good trio of country singers. On the way home, I couldn't stop the Jeep from pulling into Max's Roadhouse for a nightcap and another set of country music. Prior to Shade Tree we had a very good chicken fried steak the was big enough for the two of us plus some leftovers.
After a fun night, on the first tee of River Crossing Golf Club my head was a littlefuzzy and I couldn't determine which of the two golf balls on a single tee I should hit. So I swung, did a 180, missed both balls, and almost fell over. The foursome behind us had their heads down and were trying unsuccessful to suppress a laugh - so I let them tee off before us. The rest of round didn't get much better - I downed about as many Advil as golf lost. But what a fantastic golf course - excellent layout (from what I can remember), challenging but fair (to some!), and near perfect conditions. Read our review of River Crossing Golf Club. After a round like I had at River Crossing Golf Club, Ay Chiwawa Mexican Cafe (love that name) and a couple margaritas turned sour grapes into roses! Then it was off to bed with some Advil and a heating pad for a sore back and a great night's sleep.
The next day we planned to go on a tour at Cascade Caverns but when we got there and found out that there are a lot of steps to go up and down and some low spots that required stooping, I decided I better not go thanks to a bad back, probably brought on from taking too many swings on the golf courses. So instead of caving we headed to Dodging Duck Brewhaus for craft beer and a couple excellent sandwiches.
With a full tummy and a sore back we reluctantly headed home to Georgetown after a very fun and busy few days.