We love it when businesses get together to make Austin an even happier place. Now when you stay at the Hyatt Regency Austin, which is downtown on Lady Bird Lake and right next to views of the famous bats, you will get a very Austin-y bonus: the VIP treatment at YETI’s flagship store. Guests at the hotel can visit the brand’s retail store (right next door) and get a bunch of amazing loot. If you’re a fan of serious insulation, cold beers, and hot coffee—this is the thing for you.
Book “The Ultimate YETI Experience” package and you’ll take home a 20oz YETI Rambler stainless steel tumbler, a YETI Colster insulator for canned beverages, as well as a YETI hat, decal, and keychain bottle opener. You’ll also get two drink vouchers for the store’s BARRR, which is located just steps away from the hotel. This sweet deal will be available throughout 2018—just make sure you book the package at least 48 hours in advance of your stay and use the promotion code YETIPK.
It’s hard to fathom why anyone would ever want to leave the great city of Austin, but every blue moon, even we get a wild-hair, and set out to explore outside the city limits.
Our Escape from Austin series will provide guides for easy trips from Austin throughout the Lone Star State, and beyond. “What defines easy?” you may ask. For the purposes of this series, we’ll be exploring destinations that are a relatively easy drive from Austin (think cities like Fredericksburg and Port Aransas, as well as destinations like the JW Marriott Resort in San Antonio, and the BBQ Trail in Lockhart), OR destinations that Southwest Airlines flies to non-stop from Austin (think cities like Nashville, Denver, New York, and Portland).
In each post we’ll tell you why the destination made our list and provide insight on how to make the most of your trip. Happy travelin’ y’all.
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*Disclaimer: We receive compensation from some of the places we’ll visit, most often in the form of a free night’s stay. Just want to be up front with y’all and extend the guarantee that we will NEVER include a recommendation that we don’t fully stand behind. It’s just that we’re modest bloggers and in no financial position to turn our nose up at a free room!
If you’re looking for an affordable stay-cation in downtown Austin, it’s hard to beat the price and location of Embassy Suites’ Downtown Austin location. Just a short walk south of the Congress Bridge, their convenient location provides easy-access to the Ladybird Lake Trails, sunset bat-watching, a plethora of local dining and bar options, and more.
We’re giving away a free night of your choosing (up to $300 value, blackout dates do apply) to getaway to Downtown Austin!
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*Winner will be chosen on Monday July, 24th
One of the newer neighborhoods in Austin, Barton Creek is nonetheless one of the most picturesque in Central Texas. Located just eight miles southwest of Downtown Austin, the neighborhood has been a popular destination for golfers, tennis players, and those who otherwise enjoy a slice of the good life since 1974. Here’s a perfect day in Barton Creek.
Stay at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, and wake up early for a stack of butter pecan pancakes and a glass of grapefruit juice. The carbs will give you the energy you need to play 18 holes at one of four golf courses onsite, including two designed by Tom Fazio, one from Arnold Palmer, and one from local legend Ben Crenshaw.
Don’t care much for hitting the links? There’s a ton of other things to do on the expansive Hill Country property. You can go for a run on the indoor track, chill in the hot tub, swim laps in one of the pools, take a private tennis lesson, or get a facial in the spa.
After your strenuous but enjoyable morning, relax poolside at the resort’s pool cabana. Grab a snack to recharge and sip a margarita on the rocks from a lounge chair as you take in the wonderful Hill Country scenery.
After you’ve recharged, head east to The Grove on Bee Cave road, West Austin’s premier wine bar. Try one of ten wine flights, for example, a sampling of three whites from Spain or a trio of California pinot noirs. Grab a good table for dinner.
Start with the crab cakes and Reed’s Salad, which comes with caramelized pecans and feta. Try the porcini-crusted tenderloin filet, an 8-oz. cut that comes with tri-color fingerling potatoes. The pizzas are great, too—go for the Popeye and Olive Oil, with fresh spinach, roasted peppers, garlic-roasted bacon crumbles, EVOO, and goat cheese and mozzarella.
Head over to The Pavillion for a complimentary (if you’re a guest at Barton Creek Resort & Spa) outdoor concert under the stars beginning at 9 p.m. Grab a cocktail made with delicious Basil Hayden’s bourbon and sway in the breeze to the country stylings of artists like Lee Ann Womack and Mark Chestnutt, both playing the Pavillion this summer.
Here is one of our favorite listings in the neighborhood.
For more information on Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties
SpringFest, the annual event put on by the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce, is always a blast—and now, with the lake full for the first time in ages, there is really something to celebrate! The 9th-annual festival, presented by St. David’s Emergency Center, will take place on Saturday, April 30 at the Hill Country Galleria. As they like to say in Lake Travis: “It’s the biggest time in the smallest town!”
Stroll and shop unique artisan vendors, let the kids run wild in the KidZone, and check out kid-friendly performances and live music all day in the amphitheater. With all of that water in Lake Travis, be sure to stop by the BoatExpo to see the latest and greatest in watercraft. And check out the popular Craft BrewHaus and WineStomp where you can sip local and regional craft beers and wines.
When: April 30, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave
Cost: Admission and parking are totally free!
And here’s our advice: Make the most of the fest and stay for the weekend. Visit LakeTravisSpringFest.com for overnight accommodations more information.
For updates about the event, like and follow the fest on Facebook at facebook.com/LakeTravisSpringFest.
Every bride-to-be fantasizes about her big day. That special moment when you’ll adorn yourself with a lace veil, stand sash-clad in front of your dearest loved ones and solemnly vow to stay out past midnight with twelve of your best friends.
That’s right; it’s your bachelorette weekend. And while you’ve been bedazzling oversized chalices, we’ve done the legwork on digging up Austin’s hottest hotels. So cue up Expedia.com and let’s get to prenuptial party planning:
We’ll start just south of the river. South Congress Hotel may have very well coined the tag #weekendvibes. If you’re the unapologetically chic type looking for a weekend filled with mimosas and window-shopping, SoCo is the spot for you. Contemporary by design, the unassuming brick framework is tucked between the staples of South Congress.
Think cafés, costumes, shops, music, margaritas and ice cream. But why leave the hotel when you’ve got sushi, juice and drink bars to tend to? If that’s not posh enough, park it poolside on the hotel’s rooftop with cocktails. In any case, start or end your day at the hotel restaurant, Café No Se, unless you’re allergic to adorable rustic-modern design and delicious food.
Our second south-of-the-river gem puts the mod in Travis Heights Modern. This isn’t so much a hotel as it is a vacation home that Pinterest had its way with. If you’re the quality-time type looking to hide out with your gal pals, these boho rentals are for you.
Stock up the fridge and enjoy cooking dinner in. This place is aching to be filled with kindred catch-ups. Bring a swimsuit, some chilled wine and single-days gossip, because you and your girlfriends aren’t going anywhere for a while. But when you do, cross over I-35 to discover the eclectic side of East Austin’s restaurant and bar scene.
Calling all cowgirls. Just north of the river lives the JW Marriot, Austin’s largest hotel that pays tribute to Texas topographies. You’ll find nods to Austin treasures sprinkled throughout the lobby, from limestone pillars and cactus-inspired glasswork to an ornate fireplace sculpture that captures the city’s artful bat-flight from the Congress Avenue Bridge (just a short stroll from the hotel).
JW is great if you’re looking for a mix of walk-able casual and fine-dining restaurants. Like the walk-up Burger Bar that borders the hotel and makes for a great pre- or post-drink pit stop. Speaking of, you’ve found yourself midway between the Warehouse District and the Sixth Street bar scenes. Flip a coin and grab some pedicabs because shots are screaming your maiden name.
Music lovers unite! This jazzy joint was made for you. Conceptualized after historic “muse,” Isaac Van Zandt and notable Texas artist, Townes Van Zandt, music lives and breathes here—along Austin’s Rainey Street District, that is. Refined yet swanky, you’ll find yourself inspired by the pulsing ambiance.
Start by sipping cocktails on the velvety and worn-leather sofas while admiring the musical detail thread throughout the lobby (particularly, the chandeliers composed of deconstructed trombone parts). Then shuffle up to the Fourth floor for a cozy dinner and live music at Geraldine’s, or a cabana by the pool. When you’re ready to venture out, a neighborhood of bustling bars and restaurants eagerly awaits.
Perched just along the outskirts of UT’s campus is a quaint little house; and by little house, I mean a grand classical mansion. Fit for the formal type, this historic hideout is a premiere example of turn-of-the-century Texas style. Sure, Ella may be over a century old, but she’s far from cranky.
With regal columns and stonework, this distinguished estate is ready for any sized soiree. Cozy up on the wrap-around porch with a round of rosé from Parlor Bar, and then grab some comfort food at Goodall’s. Explore the sites and sounds of UT’s campus during the day; then when the sun sets, hit up East Sixth in your naughty accouterments when it’s time to get dirty.
Oh, you fancy, huh? Good, because we’ve got another oldie-but-goodie. This elegant hotel is ironically just stumbling distance from the bars of not-so-elegant Dirty Sixth Street. Legendary for its rich history and impeccable service, this place is timelessly charming.
You must mimosa at 1886 Café & Bakery and martini at the award-winning Driskill Grill & Bar. And that’s “Sixth Street” dirty on the martini front. After said boxes are checked, make your way across the street for some more old-world charm at the Firehouse Lounge & Hostel—the city’s oldest fire-station-turned-cocktail-lounge.
Prefer the scenic route? Our final stop is not only in the heart of downtown but also offers one of the best views of it. With the highest rooftop pool in the city, you’ll tower between skyline views. Azul offers full pool service with no shortage of Southwestern snacks and handcrafted cocktails.
If bottle service hasn’t gotten the best of the bunch, make your way 20 flights down to the lobby and enjoy the Southern menu that Stella San Jac has to offer. And that’s San Jac, as in San Jacinto Blvd, where the hotel dwells and conveniently pours right into, you guessed it, Dirty Sixth Street.
If you haven’t gotten the hint by now, Dirty Sixth is a bachelorette-weekend-mandatory. It doesn’t matter how respectable you are. If you haven’t taken shots out of the tip jar at Chuggin’ Monkey, then you haven’t properly put your single days to rest.
If you’re planning a vacation or staycation in Austin, it’s not easy to find an budget-friendly hotel. As more and more people figure out just how fun and beautiful this city is, inventory is being squeezed and prices are skyrocketing.
Thankfully, companies like HomeAway have come along to flood the market with stylish and affordable places to stay in the most sought-after neighborhoods. Why spend $55 on room service for one when your homemade omelettes are so much better? Plus, you’ll have room to unpack, unwind, and enjoy Central Texas like a local. Here’s a list of eight great rentals for under $200 a night.
Starting at $170 per night
Sleeps 5 / Bedrooms 3
Starting at $198 per night
Sleeps 5 / Bedrooms 2
Starting at $190 per night
Sleeps 6 / Bedrooms 3
Starting at $197 per night
Sleeps 4 / Bedrooms 2
Starting at $163 per night
Sleeps 4 / Bedrooms 1
Starting at $100 per night
Sleeps 2 / Bedrooms 1
Starting at $188 per night
Sleeps 2 / Bedrooms 1
Starting at $132 per night
Sleeps 4 / Bedrooms 2