Mondays are for dreaming: Win a family vacation in San Antonio

When Matt and I spent three months in Austin with Tommy we talked about making a weekend trip to San Antonio, only an hour and a half away (which in Texas terms is next door). Unfortunately, we were having such a good time in Austin, and had spent so much of the previous six months on the road, that we never got up the energy to make the trip. I say unfortunately, because I’ve regretted missing the easy opportunity to visit San Antonio ever since. This Monday I’m dreaming of that missed trip and some of the things we would have seen and done, including:

Strolling along the River Walk and enjoying its myriad small paths and public art, as well as the various neighborhoods it passes through;

San Antonio River Walk at night

Biking the twelve-mile Mission Trail and seeing the five Spanish missions that started the city, including The Alamo;

Front of The Alamo

Attending a Mariachi Mass at the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest church in Texas;

San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio Texas

To say nothing of practicing paleontology skills (always important to Teddy) at the Witte Museum; visiting the San Antonio Zoo; and picnicking in the adjacent Brackenridge Park.

Sound enticing? Well, I’ve got some good news for all of you: Thanks to the San Antonio Visitor’s Bureau, one lucky reader will win a weekend family vacation package in San Antonio. And it’s a great one that includes some of the fun stuff I just mentioned! Here’s what I’m giving away:

Two nights at the Emily Morgan Hotel. This gorgeous hotel is right downtown across the street from The Alamo, has rooms with feather-top beds, and is named after the woman who reputedly was the inspiration for the song “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” It just doesn’t get any better than that folks.

But that’s not all – you’ll also get passes for four to the following attractions:

  • Buckhorn Saloon & Museum/Texas Rangers Museum
  • Enchanted Springs  Ranch
  • Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit at the Witte Museum (good until  September 6, 2010)
  • Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
  • Tomb Rider 3D
  • San Antonio  Zoo
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas

How to enter:

I’m making it super easy to enter. Simply go to and take a look around. Then come back here and leave a comment on this post sharing your Monday Dream of what you’d most like to see in San Antonio. I will choose the winner at random on May 23rd and will announce the results here. Winners will be notified by e-mail (so make sure the address you leave with your comments is valid) and will have three days to accept.

And if you’d like one extra chance to win…

Please subscribe to The Mother of All Trips using either RSS or e-mail and leave a comment on this post indicating that you’ve done so.

Please, one comment per person (unless you’re also letting me know you’ve subscribed). Anonymous and duplicate comments will not be included in the drawing. You also can’t enter if you’re related to me. See here for full contest rules.

Thanks so much to the San Antonio Vacation Experience (S.A.V.E.)

S.A.V.E. is a cooperative effort of the SACVB and local business partners to provide discounts on 28 attractions and almost 40 hotels to help visitors save money while in town. Register for access to great deals and coupon codes for popular hotels, theme parks such as Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Sea World, shopping destinations, and historic sites around the city. Sign up to receive special offers and the latest updates on San Antonio events and happenings. Or, request a SAVE brochure here, including coupons.

A list of all SAVE partners and offers can be found here.

And be sure to visit and enter on all 12 sites participating in the S.A.V.E. Summer Sweepstakes for the best chance of winning! You can see a full list of all the giveaways here. And here are the other 11 participating sites:

May 10th The Lost Girls

May 11th NY City Mama

May 12th Traveling Mom

May 13th Mom in the City

May 14th Delicious Baby

May 15th Traveling Mamas

May 16th Jet With Kids

May 18th The Q Family Adventures

May 19th Have Baby Will Travel

May 20th Travelogged

May 21st Theme Park Mom

Good luck everyone – and happy Monday Dreaming!

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  1. Jake says

    I think I’d also include SeaWorld to my MondayDream, but with a prize pack like this, I think I can shell out for SeaWorld myself.

  2. Jake says

    I just subscribed to your e-mail…….wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance more giveaways like this.

  3. Chip says

    I think my daughter would like the Dinosaur exhibit. She enjoyed learning about them in school this year.

  4. says

    we was married 45 years love to win vacation we never had the money to go becouse of me being sick my wife has work hard to take care of us my dream is give her a vacation honey someday we was married dec 24 thank you

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