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San Antonio Mission Trail

  • October 18, 2018
  • October 20, 2018
  • San Antonio, TX

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Destination: San Antonio, TX

Dates:  October 18-20 2018


Remembering the Alamo

(and other Missions)


This October we travel to a favorite place of plein air painters in south-central Texas. The San Antonio Mission Trail, a World Heritage Site, is our painting destination for October 2018.  The missions within the National Park include 1) Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísma Concepción de Acuña, 2) Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, 3) Mission San Juan Capistrano, and 4) Mission San Francisco de la Espada.  In downtown SAT we find the Alamo (San Antonio de Valero Mission).

Getting to San Antonio: 

Driving from Dallas/Ft. Worth south on I35—approximately 270 miles (4 hours).

From Houston, TX, west on I10—200 miles (3 hours);

From Austin, TX, south on I35—80 miles (1.5 hours);

From Shreveport, LA, I49 to I35 south– 415 miles (6+hours)


There are many, many hotels, motels, B&Bs in the San Antonio area.  You may want to stay somewhere along the Riverwalk (expect higher prices and crowds), or share a rental in the historic district through AirB&B.com, for example.  The choices are many.

Suggestions for painting locations each day.

We start our adventure on Thursday at 7:30am with a breakfast meet and greet at the historic Guenther House, 205 E. Guenther.  First one there, ask for a table for 6 and we will grow as needed from there.  After breakfast, we will start the painting “mission” at Mission Espada, 10040 Espada Rd. (site 101 on the online map).


With only three days to paint, we suggest you focus on the Mission Trail; however, there are many other historic buildings in the area that may interest you.  Visit the website  https://qagis.sanantonio.gov/ohp/MissionTrails/  and plan your painting locations in advance.  This website provides an excellent online map with photos of all the best spots on the Mission Trail and the historic districts.  Alternatively,  the official itinerary will provide more specific plans and information about evening get-togethers.

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