Weekend in Austin


Two weeks ago we took a little weekend trip to Blair’s home city, so I thought this week I should pay homage to my own birthplace and the city I called home up until 7 years ago.  We are actually going to be spending a week at Christmas back in Austin and I can hardly wait!  It’s been a few years since I’ve been a local, but these are still my favorite spots around this charming town…

Weekend Itinerary

Friday //

Aaron and I stayed at Hotel San Jose the night of our wedding and wished we could have stayed longer.  The minimalist interiors and handmade furniture make this hotel the best place to unwind and get rid of life’s clutter for a few days!  Plus, the location on South Congress is walking distance to great shops, bars, and restaurants.



After checking in, you’ll probably want to grab a bite before calling it a night.  If you’re in the mood for delicious seafood, take a stroll down Congress to Perla’s.  If it’s after-hours, but you’re still starving, walk on over to Magnolia Cafe, open 24 hours a day.  (Aaron and I had pancakes and chile con queso at 3am the night we got married!)


Saturday //

Rise and Shine! Walk right out your door and start your day off with some morning coffee + breakfast at Jo’s on Congress. You will need plenty of caffeine for your upcoming adventures!


Next, head over to Town Lake for a little stand up paddle boarding.  (Whatever you do, don’t fall in! The water is not very enticing!) If paddle boardings not really your thing, perhaps a little cruise on a swan boat will do the trick. Either way, you will get a good little work out in while enjoying the beautiful scenic views!

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Work up an appetite?  It’s time for a little tex-mex!  Head over to El Arroyo for their sour cream chicken enchiladas… they’re my personal fave! Don’t forget the chile con queso– after all, you just burned off all of those calories at the lake!


Since there are probably calories left to burn, head over to the capitol building for a stroll of the grounds and a possible tour.  Still in the mood for a little Texas culture?  Pop into the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.  (Fun fact: this  is where my senior prom was held!)

Hopefully you didn’t eat too many chips at lunch, because you’re definitely going to want to save room for dinner at 2nd Bar + Kitchen.

Cap the night off with a show at Stubb’s BBQ…. maybe grab a late night snack if you’re still hungry (I won’t tell!)

Sunday //


Wake up in the morning for coffee at Summer Moon where the half moon latte is my favorite! Work up an appetite with a quick run or walk around the lake and then head over to brunch at La Condesa for their Huevos Rancheros… fuel for your upcoming shopping spree.


Check out the 2nd Street Shopping District including Eliza Page and Luxe Apothetique. Don’t forget to stop in for a mani/pedi at Milk + Honey Day Spa. That is what vacations are for, right?


For an adventure that’s a little more off the beaten path, end your day with an Austin duck tour before heading out of town. Your trip to Austin wouldn’t be complete with a few quacks!

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  1. People have a hard time believing me when I tell them how different Austin is from the rest of Texas. Its quirky and artistic atmosphere are amazing. I have been to Stubbs several times and the best for a group or family is their “family all you can eat BBQ”. Choose the brisket, it is darn good, and they have the best service. But, really, you get great service all over Texas. And, you can get a good steak just about anywhere.

    Great post. Happy New Year.

  2. Shannon


    A trip to Austin is on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days! I’ve always wanted to visit. Such a great post with lovely recommendations and personal touches 🙂


  3. Looks like SOOO much fun- I can’t wait to visit Austin, definitely taking these recs with me!

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