Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

IRF Conference: San Antonio, TX

Scott and I jetted to San Antonio last Wednesday for a five-day excursion in the heart of Texas. He was there for the IRF’s Annual Invitational and I was the lucky person that was able to tag along and experience the Hill Country for the first time.

San Antonio, TX

Our resort was pretty incredible with over 1000 rooms, a golf course, pools, waterslides, a lazy river… the list goes on. If this is any reflection of the rest of Texas, the old adage, ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’, definitely rings true. We were posted up at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country, and while it was quite a ways outside of the city center (think 30+ minutes by bus), the location was stunning. Am I the only one that didn’t realize that Texas could look like this?

San Antonio, TX

 By the time we arrived and checked in on Wednesday, we had just enough time to clean up and board the bus to the Hyatt Hill Country. If ever there was a perfect place to say ‘Welcome to San Antonio!’, I think this is probably it. Granted, this was still outside of the city center, but the property was stellar. Kind of old school, gorgeous, and very Texan (apparently it used to be a working ranch). Plus, with this being my first time to the conference, I wasn’t quite expecting everything to be so top-notch. Food stations were set up everywhere: an amazing paella station, a German station (too meaty for my liking), a cheese station, salads, and a number of open bars.

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Thursday brought something similar. While Scott was in a conference during the day, I attempted to sit by the pool and read (a bit too overcast, sadly). That evening brought us to another night out to explore San Antonio. This time, though, we headed to the Convention Center in the city center. Their convention center is much cooler than most — less institutional.

San Antonio, TX

They had live music and another night of great food. And this time, we were in the city center, so we were able to check out the River Walk. Who knew San Antonio was such a cute town?

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Stay tuned – I’m going to recap our little corporate social responsibility-focused adventure, the auctions, and our last night in San Antonio.

xoxo from SF,

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Additionally, Shannon is the founder of Compass & Vine, a luxury boutique travel design firm, and is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits.