If your idea of Texas is dominated by images of the rugged realms of lonesome cowboys, dusty ranches, and flat plains stretching to the horizon, then consider hotels near Floresville as the base for your Lone Star State ramblings. For it's this small and humble city on the southern outskirts of San Antonio that can quite reasonably claim to be the birthplace of ranching in Texas. The 18th-century Spanish mission-owned ranch that once yielded life from an otherwise untouched landscape is long gone, but has left in its shadow a historic city with some glorious old buildings that will stop you in your tracks and leave you pondering the legacy of this storied outpost. After all, what is wandering for you without a little wondering too?
Find Floresville hotels in the historic downtown area and behold the elaborate Italianate design of the circa-1887 Wilson County Courthouse and Jail, the city's signature monument and centerpiece. Open as a museum, you can tour the building and hear the stories of its heyday, from darkly intriguing tales of hangings thwarted by a malfunctioning trap door, to the placement of a giant peanut statue out front in honor of an early local pioneer of peanut farming in Texas. Steps from the courthouse is Floresville City Hall. Its squat brick arches and dirt-brown hue, somewhat reminiscent of the world-famous Alamo not far away, remind you it's time to keep traveling. Arrange rental cars in Floresville and you'll soon reach the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, the "Shrine of Texas Liberty." A visit to this dusty, battle-pocked barracks where Texian soldiers made history with their martyrdom will add another key element to your Texas experience—a grasp of one of the strongest roots of that famously, fiercely independent Lone Star spirit. From ranches to battlegrounds to the humble peanut farm, Floresville and San Antonio together show you the icons of the state's southern reaches. Book cheap hotels in San Antonio and stay to see even more.
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