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Michael and I recently enjoyed an amazing weekend getaway at San Antonio’s La Cantera Resort & Spa. Whether you’re a local who’s looking for a fabulous staycation getaway…or you're planning a San Antonio vacation...La Cantera Resort & Spa is truly a fantastic choice! We literally dropped our car off with the valet on Friday evening and never left the property until we checked out on Sunday. That's because La Cantera quite literally had everything we needed for a relaxing getaway: great restaurants, the luxurious Loma de Vida Spa, and gorgeous grounds. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our stay! The food at the resort's restaurants was delicious, the spa was ultra pampering, and our room overlooked the resort’s lovely landscaped courtyard. We arrived at the resort Friday evening, where we were warmly greeted and quickly shown to our room.
Our spacious room featured a King bed, large flat-screen television, a balcony overlooking the hotel's courtyard, and a roomy marble bathroom. We had a dinner reservation at Chef Andrew Weissman’s new Signature restaurant, so we quickly cleaned up and headed down to the lobby to catch La Cantera's convenient shuttle bus -- which dropped us off at Signature’s front door. Signature is located on the grounds of the resort, and it’s quickly making a name for itself in San Antonio’s dining scene! The décor is simply gorgeous – it’s like dining in a French farmhouse. We were shown to our table, which was near the restaurants open-concept kitchen.
From the moment we were seated, we were very impressed with all of the special little touches Signature offers its diners. We were brought glasses of ice water – along with a silver platter of thinly sliced citrus, cucumber, and herbs to flavor our water. When our iced tea came to our table a short while later, we had multiple sweeteners to choose from via a silver platter. We opted for the house-made vanilla bean-infused sugar -- such a fun change of pace!
While we looked over the menu to make our selections, a gorgeous display of House Made Charcuterie was brought to our table – it was stylishly presented and paired with freshly baked baguette. This charcuterie was bursting with lots of robust flavors.
We shared the 5 Spiced Quail appetizer – what a combination of flavors and textures! The quail was deboned, flavored with Chinese five-spice powder, and cooked under a brick. It was topped with a fried quail egg and drizzled with honey-lime balsamic. What truly took this dish over the top was a squeeze of smoky charred lime – the smoky-tart flavor it imparted really made this dish sing!
We also opted to split a Bibb Lettuce Salad. This creative salad featured mild Bibb lettuce, chilled shrimp, slices of creamy avocado, poached egg, mushrooms, microgreens, and a vibrant Green Goddess dressing. The flavors and textures in this salad were phenomenal...our meal was off to a fabulous start! Then, it was time for our showstopper entrees. Michael opted for the 15-Day Aged Tenderloin, served with bone marrow and potatoes mousseline. Since he went with beef, I opted for the Diver Scallops. They were perfectly seared and served with carrot and sunchoke purees, roasted cauliflower, and a sherry-caper emulsion – which was artfully displayed on my plate.
We were getting pretty stuffed, but we simply couldn’t pass up the amazing desserts. I opted for the French-style Paris Brest, which included fried choux filled with Chantilly cream and praline mousse. It was served with a decadent hazelnut spread and vanilla bean gelato – heaven! Michael loves lemon, so he selected the Lemon Tart. With that, our meal at Signature was finished. I highly recommend Signature for an amazing fine-dining experience in San Antonio. When we were finished eating, the hostess arranged for the shuttle bus to pick us up. We were back at the main resort building in less than 5 minutes.
After taking a few minutes to explore La Cantera's common areas, we made our way back to our room, where we found a tray of tea and cookies waiting for us courtesy of the resort's management. We were still stuffed from our dinner at Signature, so we decided to save these goodies for the next morning. We quickly fell into our comfy King bed and were asleep in minutes. The next morning, we woke up rested and decided to have breakfast at La Cantera’s SweetFire Kitchen, which was a quick 5-minute walk to the other side of the resort. SweetFire offers a standard breakfast menu. However, we opted to try the restaurant's Signature Buffet, which offers a wide range of hot and cold items for just $24/person.
This breakfast buffet truly offers something for everyone: cold cereal, oatmeal and an extensive topping bar, toast and jam, freshly baked pastries, fruit, a cheese display, yogurt parfaits, French toast and waffles, customized omelets, breakfast meats, and an assortment of main dish options. The morning that we visited SweetFire grill, the buffet had a definite Tex-Mex flavor. We enjoyed freshly prepared barbacoa, egg-based chilaquiles with pico de gallo, and thinly sliced fried potatoes. After some fresh-squeezed juice, a plate of cold items, and a plate of warm items, we were both feeling nourished and ready to take on the rest of our Saturday!
Michael and I were full and ready to take on the day…which for us meant an afternoon of pampering at La Cantera’s secluded on-site Loma de Vida Spa. Not into spa treatments? No worries! La Cantera offers tons of other activities, including world-class golf! La Cantera offers 36 holes of championship golf. Both courses offer some of the most scenic vistas in the Texas Hill Country. a PGA Tour stop for 15 years. The Palmer Course at La Cantera, opened in 20o1, was voted the #8 golf course in Texas by Golf Magazine last year.