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Ramona Flume
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Austin for Art & Design Lovers

Featured Guide

Austin’s music scene tends to steal the national spotlight, but the local art community is wildly diverse, with creative makers and design hotbeds that continue to keep the city on the cutting edge. No visit to the Texas capital would be complete without live music, but intrepid art lovers should make time to discover innovative indoor and outdoor art galleries, shop at thriving local art collectives and boutiques and unwind at chic, design-centric hotels. 

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Contigo

New restaurants and bars seem to appear every week in town, but Contigo (modeled after the Contigo Ranch in South Texas) captures the best of Austin's unique design and culinary sensibilities. The East Austin eatery (dinner and brunch) is an open-aired establishment that likes to keep things...

The Driskill

A combination of all things Austin, The Driskill is one of downtown's crowned jewels, not only for its historic architecture, but its refined atmosphere and renowned culinary and hospitality services. Rooms and common areas are glamorous and outfitted with antiques and other assorted Texas...

Travaasa Austin

Despite only being a quick 30-minute drive from downtown, Travaasa Austin provides the opportunity, not only to relax, but to completely shed the inhibitions of daily city life. The resort and spa, nestled on a sprawling 210-acre nature preserve in the heart of the Hill Country, is a place where you...

Austin Museum of Art: Laguna Gloria

Laguna Gloria is a simply obligatory stop for passionate art and nature lovers and yet the West Austin art museum (operated by The Contemporary Austin, formerly known as the Austin Museum of Art) has managed to stay slightly under the radar for the city's growing number of visitors. Rotating...

Heywood Hotel

This original 1920s Austin home turned boutique hotel is the best place to stay in and experience the city's lively east side. The design is fresh, casual and sleek, with modern and historical style, like the original long-leaf pine floors found in the lobby and downstairs guestrooms. Each of the...

Rosewood Collective

Rosewood Collective, an East Austin bungalow of three retail operations, is easily the best new place to shop local designs. Find excellent vintage clothing, locally designed jewelry and accessories (Olive Vintage) or browse a lovely collection of home and outdoor goods and rotating selection...

Castle Hill graffiti

Art can seem unavoidable in Austin, popping up in every nook and cranny of the city. Case in point: the Castle Hill graffiti lot in Old West Austin. The undeveloped lot, located on Baylor Street, between 11th and 12th streets, features a unique open-aired display of graffiti and stencil art that...

Nannie Inez

Nannie Inez, a recent addition to Austin's local design scene, has generated a lot of buzz since opening its debut South First Street location last year. Maybe because it doesn't take long to fall in love with the boutique's modern charms, from bold Scandinavian home furnishings to whimsical...

Kimber Modern

Walking up the stairs of this chic boutique hotel, located just one block away from bustling South Congress Avenue, is like being swallowed up by the structure itself. Or more like slipping on an invisibility cloak. And that’s what Kimber Modern’s innovative concept of invisible service allows...

Hotel San Jose

Hotel San Jose is a quintessential Austin hotel with a soul. The chic modern oasis, located in the heart of the bustling South Congress neighborhood, San Jose offers intimate, artfully designed hotel rooms, as well as a picturesque courtyard that is open to the general public. Fabulous retail and...