Weekend Getaway in Austin
Lately I’ve been reminiscing about one of our favorite places to visit, Austin, Texas. So when I woke up this morning and saw that the temperature was 34 degrees in early October, I started daydreaming of warm weather and wanted to share one of our favorite warm weather spots with you! We’ve been there several times, but our last time visiting was a 4 day 3 night weekend trip that was short and sweet and an absolute blast! Technically it was a “work” trip, but the entire trip was fun and involved meeting new friends, seeing new sites and lots of time in the beautiful and sunny Texas weather.
Here are a few of our favorite places to visit and eat in the Austin area, as well as a sample itinerary. Previously we have stayed at the Sage Creek Inn and Spa in Kyle, Texas (just outside of Austin) and that was an amazing experience. We relaxed in our own posh cabin, visited several wineries in the area and of course The Salt Lick in Driftwood, but this last trip that I’m going to share with you, we stayed in Downtown Austin in an Air B&B and it was the perfect location for an urban getaway. We were close to EVERYTHING – a short mile walk to shopping, great restaurants, and scenic walks along the river. For reference, we went in March which ended up being St. Patrick’s Day weekend and during SXSW, but we were not there for either of those reasons. The events definitely added to the fun Austin vibe and made it a great getaway weekend!
We arrived in Austin mid-morning (I love direct flights) so we took a cab from the airport to downtown.
We walked from the historic Driskill Hotel to Voodoo Donuts for the breakfast of champions…delicious donuts and hot coffee! We walked around downtown, past the Moody Theater and to a shopping area.
We stopped at Anthropologie on our walk and I have to give a huge shout-out to the wonderful staff who promptly asked if we wanted to store our luggage behind the counter and offered my husband a beer straight away (plus showed him to an area to sit down and relax while I shopped). Needless to say, they won over his heart and he encouraged me to do lots of shopping there. Our next stop was the Bonobos guide shop where (once again) they offered us a local craft beer while we shopped. Now that is definitely our type of shopping! Plus they have amazing men’s clothes for my tall slender husband.
On the walk to our Air B&B, we stopped at a great wine bar called The Grove Wine Bar for a glass of wine and the BEST Brussels sprouts appetizer I’ve ever had. Finally we got to our B&B which was a short walk west of downtown on 6th Street and a block north. (Literally the BEST location!)
That evening, we had a business dinner at Jeffrey’s which was an upscale intimate restaurant and the food was AMAZING! And they kindly accomodated my vegetarian needs with a custom made lemon and porcini mushroom risotto that wasn’t even on the menu. Delish!!
We walked to the 24 Diner on 6th Street for a delicious breakfast before heading out to explore downtown. We walked the hiking trails along Ladybird Lake, stopped at a few shops here and there and headed back to 6th Street for lunch. Because it was SXSW and St. Patrick’s Day, the streets were blocked off all day and there were huge crowds everywhere! We decided to stay off 6th Street so we headed south and ended up at the Westin for brunch (who says you can’t have two breakfasts in one day?!).
During brunch, we were chatting with our server and he suggested we check out the rooftop party hosted by The Chive. Since we had no plans, we headed up to the rooftop pool and relaxed in the Austin sunshine for the afternoon. After that we made our way back to our B&B and ended the evening with a fun collaborative work meeting.
We woke up early and walked to a nearby bakery called Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe for coffee and pastries. After that, we had another fun meeting – I know I said it was a work trip, but the entire trip was fun, even the meetings! We ended the afternoon with a late lunch at the Hula Hut, the Original Chuy’s restaurant and had the best shrimp tacos and drinks plus a great atmosphere and view!
We wrapped up the trip with a work “shopping trip” to a few local shops. Then we headed southeast of our B&B a short walk to have drinks at the Mean Eyed Cat (look up the Johnny Cash song for reference) and dinner at a sushi restaurant called Sushi Zushi.
We packed and headed back to the airport for our flight home. On our way, we made a pitstop at The Driskill Hotel for dessert – what better way to end a trip than on a sweet note!
If you are planning a trip to Austin, a few other highlights for us are the capital building in downtown. I thought it was really impressive and my husband loves the historical aspect of it. Franklin’s BBQ – voted #1 for barbecue in the entire country, but be prepared to wait. Other barbeque favorites for me are Trudy’s BBQ and Stubb’s BBQ (also located near downtown). The Oasis on Lake Travis is a great place to have drinks and see amazing view of Lake Travis. If you have time, I suggest renting a boat on Lake Travis. You can drive around the lake, wakeboard, tube or swim. It is so much fun and a great warm weather activity. And as I mentioned earlier, there are tons of great things to see and do in the areas surrounding Austin.
I hope you enjoyed our travel guide for Austin – we can’t wait to go back!!