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- ContigoAnchor Lane, Austin, TexasNew 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 ... read moreEast Austin eatery (dinner and brunch) is an open-aired establishment that likes to keep things simple. From the rustic, refined design aesthetic, complete with hardwood picnic tables and leather-backed chairs to the elevated "bar food"-- exquisite small plates, like ox tail sliders, grilled kale and confit chicken wings. The delicious dishes paired with an equally tempting list of local beers and specialty cocktails, make it the perfect place for a date, family gathering or any other kind of friendly gathering.
- The Driskill604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701A 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. ... read moreRooms and common areas are glamorous and outfitted with antiques and other assorted Texas decor, but the clientele isn't necessary stuffy. The location is only a block away from Sixth Street and the famed nightlife vibe can easily spill into the hotel on busy weekends and annual festivals, like SXSW. The Driskill Grill serves up to-die-for breakfasts and the bar is always a chic place for a pre-dinner cocktail.
- Travaasa Austin13500 Farm to Market Road 2769, Austin, TX 78726Despite 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, ... read morenestled on a sprawling 210-acre nature preserve in the heart of the Hill Country, is a place where you can experience things you’ve heard about, but never had the chance to try, like slack lining, mechanical bull riding and even horse whispering, through a full itinerary of complementary cultural experiences.
- Austin Museum of Art: Laguna Gloria3809 W. 35th StLaguna 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 ... read moremanaged to stay slightly under the radar for the city's growing number of visitors. Rotating exhibits are found within the property's stunning 1916 Italianate villa (once the home of historic Austin philanthropist Clara Driscoll) and outdoor installations and seasonal art series are scattered throughout 12 beautiful acres of cultivated gardens, trails and wild Lake Austin shoreline. Be sure and make time for a lakeside stroll and picnic lunch.
- Heywood Hotel1609 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TexasThis 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, ... read morelike the original long-leaf pine floors found in the lobby and downstairs guestrooms. Each of the seven rooms is slightly different in layout and decor, but they are all incredibly spacious and feature local artwork accessories and mini-bar offerings, including Austin brews, like Fireman's #4. Rooms on the second-floor are accessed via a lovely, open-aired courtyard--a perfect place for an early evening cocktail. Guests can also explore the area's surrounding boutiques, restaurants and farmers' markets thanks to custom Heywood bikes.
- Rosewood Collective1223 Rosewood AvenueRosewood 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 ... read more(Olive Vintage) or browse a lovely collection of home and outdoor goods and rotating selection of plants (Sound & True.) And don't forget to stop by Rosewood's third partner, Sister Coffee, a coffee trailer in between Rosewood's parking lot and entrance.
- Castle Hill graffitiAustin, TexasArt 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, ... read morebetween 11th and 12th streets, features a unique open-aired display of graffiti and stencil art that covers three levels of abandoned concrete foundations. It’s a colorful mix of local and visiting artists, cheeky signatures and seasonal events, like live stenciling from famous street artists and the top tier of the “gallery” offers up a panoramic view of the downtown skyline. The very nature of the outdoor gallery is transience, with new designs and paint jobs springing up every day. The lot’s future, however, is just as impermanent, with a continually stalled plan for condo and mixed-use retail construction slated sometime in the next few years. So, travelers should take advantage of it while they can.
- Nannie Inez2210 South 1st Street, Austin, TXNannie 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 ... read morelove with the boutique's modern charms, from bold Scandinavian home furnishings to whimsical interior accents like hanging macrame succulent planters. It's a mix bag of wares, from local artists like Alyson Fox to world renowned Japanese designers, that rotates depending on the owners' current inspirations and obsessions, but the curated collection will never disappoint the traveling design lover.
- Kimber Modern110 The Circle, Austin, TX 78704Walking 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 ... read moreinvisibility cloak. And that’s what Kimber Modern’s innovative concept of invisible service allows guests to feel like throughout their entire stay—like they are completely cloaked from the inner city stresses that lie outside. Guests pull into what feels like their own driveway, type in a preset pass code and throw their things down in a room with every luxury known to modern man. All without speaking to or seeing a single person. Everthing is simply taken of already. Including a full range of luxury personal amenities—or what owners Kimber Cavendish and Vicki Faust consider “necessities”—like complimentary wifi throughout the entire hotel, Malin and Goetz bath products, Happy D freestanding bathtubs in the suites, a virtual concierge (complete with desktop, printer, copier and scanner) and a “super automated” coffee system by Franke Flair in the common area, featuring specialty coffee drinks with the press of a button at any time of day.
- Hotel San Jose1316 S Congress, Austin, TX 78704Hotel 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 ... read morerooms, as well as a picturesque courtyard that is open to the general public. Fabulous retail and dining options are all just a short walk away.
- Blanton Museum of Art200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Austin, TX, United StatesThe Blanton Museum of Art, located on the south side of the University of Texas campus, is a notable leader of the local art community, with striking collections of contemporary and traditional ... read moreexhibits. But make sure and visit on a Thursday, when admission is free and special tours and events, like free yoga classes are offered. The museum's cafe, located just across the courtyard from the museum's main entrance, also has a small menu of affordable food and drinks, including beer and wine.
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