Less than one week until we’re officially into Spring. It was just a month ago when we were dressed in layers from head to toe and thawing out our cars covered in ice.
With #SXSW going on this week it was perfect timing to share a quick weekend getaway to cure the winter blues by escaping to Austin, Texas, last month.
Whether you’re going for one night, extended weekend, business trip, or to visit your college friends, this city won’t let you down. The amazing food, live music and Austin’s unique, weird culture, left a little piece of Texas love in our hearts.
Eat & Drink
» Jo’s Coffee
A cup of Jo’s and a photo with the iconic “I love you so much” is a must for every Austin tourist. I opted for the Belgian Bomber, a combination of their Turbo + ice coffee.
» Torchy’s Tacos
Two words: Breakfast tacos. Two emotions: excitement (when you see your food) and sadness (when you’re finished). Torchy’s Tacos menu will make you feel overwhelmed with all of their damn good options. I narrowed down my order to The Trailer Park (left) and The Wrangler (right).
» Perla’s Seafood and Oyster
Sunshine + beautiful outdoor patio + heaters (if needed) = the perfect brunch/lunch. Perla’s calming atmosphere, great wait staff and delicious food left us with clean plates and empty drinks. Whether you’re an oyster lover or not, Perla’s is a must. Try and get a table outside, too!
» San Jose Hotel
You’ll spot San Jose Hotel right in the heart of SoCo. We snagged a table at their courtyard bar, tucked away from the hustle and bustle. Don’t worry, it’s open to anyone – even dogs. Their Afternoon Delight menu consists of small snacks & libations that’ll pass the time away.
» Iron Cactus Start your day or night on Sixth Street at Iron Cactus. You won’t be disappointed by their chips, dip & shakers.
» Sixth Street West Sixth & East Sixth – add both to your list. Whether you’re looking for a night to remember, can’t remember, or somewhere in between, you’ll find a bar/restaurant that meets your needs. Don’t forget to find the photographer bopping around with his polaroid camera. You’ll get to take the souvenir back home.
» Rainey Street Is there a street in your city that is filled with quaint, charming houses? Now, imagine those homes serve your favorite libations from craft beer to mixed drinks. Hello, Rainey Street.
Rainey Street offers the perfect spot for brunch with friends, Sunday Funday or drinks while cheering your favorite team. We spent the morning of Super Bowl 50 Sunday at Bar 96 outside patio, hence the Broncos shirt!
» Texas State Capitol Free tours every 30 minutes! Capitol Segway tours are available, too.
» The Oasis on Lake Travis After 25 minute drive from our downtown hotel we were whisked away to The Oasis, a restaurant on Lake Travis. We enjoyed a beautiful view that was quite oasis like, as their name intends. There is plenty of seating both inside and outside – I think we counted 5 levels.
» uncommon OBJECTS For all you thrift store lovers out there, visit uncommon OBJECTS. You’ll get lost here for hours.
» The Gypsy Wagon
Surprisingly our first stop in Austin was our only stop to shop – we got distracted with all the live music and restaurants. During our walk on the Historic South Congress we spotted The Gypsy Wagon. This bohemian inspired boutique was filled with apparel, jewelry, gifts & knick knacks you want to buy for all of your friends just because. I snagged myself a Texas inspired dress that I can’t wait to wear when Iowa decides to get above 65 degrees – maybe this weekend!
» Royal Blue Grocery Across the street from our hotel (can you guess where we stayed?) was the cutest urban corner store. The RBG was filled with wine, snacks, coffee, sweets, & convenience items.
Austin, thanks for being weird. Love you so much and can’t wait to go back!
Also, thanks for my very first In-N-Out experience. Excited is an understatement.