San Antonio. Any time of year, the city oozes romance.
A stroll along the moonlit River Walk under a canopy of cypress trees, a glass of wine at a waterside table, the serenade of a mariachi band, the beautiful 18th-century Spanish colonial architecture -- it's all the perfect backdrop for an amorous getaway with the one you love. The city is a hotspot for marriage proposals and a huge wedding destination. No wonder, then, that Travel + Leisure, Amazon and Open Table all have named San Antonio as one of the most romantic cities in the U.S.
And San Antonio certainly knows how to flaunt its strengths. In February, the destination transforms into the “City of Yellow Roses
” and amps up the romance factor. Huge yellow rose decorations adorn the sights and landmarks around the city.
Barges on the River Walk are specially decorated while marimba and mariachi musicians serenade with live music. Horse-drawn carriages bring you and your love through the historic downtown, passing the Alamo and other romantic missions.
Romance specials and Valentines packages are available this weekend from many participating locations.
Hotels are offering added amenities such as complimentary champagne and chocolates, breakfast in bed and of course, long-stemmed yellow roses. Here's a list of participating hotels
Restaurants are also conjuring up romantic dishes, unique drinks and Valentine's menus. Whether your idea of romance is white linens and fine wine or barbecue and beer, you're sure to fall in love with these dining deals
And, because San Antonio has become the guru on all things "romance", they've opted to give us guys a little help. Check out their "Gentlemen's Guide to Valentine's Day
." For a whimsical look at Dating, Etiquette and Style, get some pointers, take the quiz and dial up your style a notch.