Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Christmas Getaway for Two

Jarrod and I decided not to buy each other Christmas gifts this year.
(Even though I’ve spied a small jewelry box under the tree.)

Last year after Jarrod came home from deployment, he and I spent a night in Richmond at The Jefferson Hotel. (*Sidenote – The cast from Lincoln was staying at the hotel too for filming in town.  We got to meet Joseph Cross who played Secretary of State John Hay.)

We had such a great time on our getaway last year, that we decided to try another one this year!

Thanks to my parents, Jarrod and I were able to drive up to San Antonio for an overnight stay.

We stayed at the Oge House Inn, a bed and breakfast in the Historic King William District.  Our room had a beautiful view of the San Antonio River.  The house was built in 1857 and was once owned by Texas Ranger, cattle rancher, and businessman Louis Oge.

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After checking in to our room, Jarrod and I wandered downtown.  We visited the Alamo, Louis Taussad’s Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium before eating dinner on the River Walk.  The River Walk was beautifully lit for Christmas, and I would have loved to take a river trolley ride, but if you know me, you know that I’m a wimp when it comes to cold weather.  And Thursday night’s low was 28 degrees.  Instead, Jarrod and I walked back to Oge House and checked out The Alamo (Billy Bob Thornton version) from the DVD collection, and went up to our room to watch it.  Yeah, we’re a couple of party animals!

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Jarrod and Johnny

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Jarrod and Sandra Bullock

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World’s largest tire

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Jarrod with Robert Wadlow, the tallest person ever.

River Walk

Friday morning we woke up and were treated to a wonderful two course breakfast in the Oge House dining room.

Jarrod and I wanted to do a walking tour of the King William Historic District, but once again, I’m a wimp when it comes to cold weather.  The B&B manager gave us a pamphlet for a cell phone tour, so we hopped in the car, turned our bluetooth on, and learned about some of the historic homes in the district.  After our cell phone tour, we headed back downtown to check out the Buckhorn Museum and Saloon and the Texas Ranger Museum.  I had been to the Buckhorn about 10 years ago with my family, and there were some new exhibits and animals since my last visit, including the addition of the Texas Ranger Museum.

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I hope Santa has something a little smaller in mind if he’s bringing Charlotte a giraffe!

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After eating lunch at the Buckhorn café and sitting down at their bar (the oldest saloon in Texas), we were worn out and ready to get back to my parents’ house.  We had a great time on our trip, and may make it a Christmas tradition to have a little getaway every December.  Thanks again to Mimi and Pops for keeping the kids!

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