Our travel spotlight shines on the capital of Texas, the hip city of Austin, which should be on every traveler’s list of go-tos. Susan and her husband Eric know Austin as the home of their alma mater, the University of Texas, and the place where they met! In addition to being home of the UT Longhorns (hook ‘em horns!) Austin is known for its music scene, hipster culture, and some big Texas history. Check out some of our best ideas on where to stay and what to do in Austin- and don’t worry we won’t forget to mention where you can find our jewelry too!First things first, where to stay? Austin has some incredible options no matter what you are looking for. For the unique and charming, try the Hotel San Jose, a 1930s motel turned upscale and hip hotel. The South Congress area where it is located is a fun and walkable area full of shops and restaurants.
For an upscale Texas vibe, the Driskill Hotel in the heart of downtown is a wonderful option. Longhorn heads, brass and leather accents make this hotel unique while their amenities dazzle. Now for the luxury escape, the Four Seasons on Ladybird Lake is the place to be. The restaurant serves a brunch worth the stay alone and the quiet spot on the lake provides a restful retreat for guests.
The best part of a trip to Austin is the endless activities you can enjoy. Austin is a very active city so much of these involve being outdoors. You can join these active Austinites for a walk, bike ride, or even kayak on Lady Bird Lake. The city of Austin created this reservoir of the Colorado river in 1960. It is located right in the center of town and is used mainly for recreation and flood control. The 10 mile trail around the lake is perfect way to start your day.
At dusk, this same area becomes an attraction for an entirely different reason. 1.5 million bats live under and around the Congress street bridge (part of the trail), making it the largest bat colony in the world. If you come in late summer you’ll have the best chance of seeing the bats fly. At dusk they go to collect their food all at once, making it a spectacle worth seeing.The only way to combat the heat of Texas is to take a plunge in the cold water at Barton Springs. Austin’s hip version of a public pool, these natural springs feed a 3 acre pool and keep it at about 68 degrees. The pool is surrounded by lots of grassy areas so bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the people watching as much as you enjoy the-cool off.
Now you can’t forget about the music scene in Austin. There are many places to see live music, including the oldest continuously running club in the city, the Continental Club. They have been open since 1955 and have housed bands over the year like Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, Robert Plant, and so many more.
With all this Austin fun, you are sure to work up an appetite and the food options here will not disappoint. Austin is known for some of the best barbecue in the country and Franklin’s is definitely the most popular spot. You’ll have to wait in the line that almost always extends down the block, but if you find yourself without that kind of patience, ditch the line for a food truck barbecue option that is equally tasty. Micklethwait Craft Meats is just a few blocks away near downtown Austin and serves up delicious BBQ on picnic tables at their cozy outdoor spot.
Very few will argue that Uchi is among the best restaurants in Austin. When you need a break from barbecue, come try the upscale and inventive Japanese cuisine. The combination of flavors in every dish is surprising and balanced and worth the high price tag. Want something beyond sushi? Uchiko is their sister restaurant with a few more options and just as delightful.
Launderette is another place that is constantly making the top lists. Offering more casual café dining, this former laundromat serves up Mediterranean fare that will make you clean your plate!
Now we promised to tell you where to find our jewelry in Austin so we’ve listed a couple spots below you won’t want to miss.
Embellish nail salon was opened in 2008 by two University of Texas graduates who decided Austin was in need of an upscale nail salon without the spa price tag and with a fun twist- a boutique inside as well. We love having our jewelry in this wonderful establishment so if you need a refresher on your mani/pedi or just want to peak at all the fun accessories and clothing they have to offer- pop in to one of their 3 locations around Austin!
3010 W. Anderson Ln, Austin, TX, 78757 • 512-452-7465
3663 Bee Cave Rd., Ste 3, Austin, TX, 78746 • 512-328-9898
EMBELLISH BEE CAVE
12101 Bee Cave Rd., Ste 5D, Austin, TX, 78738 • 512-640-0940
After your mani/pedi stop by Back Home for some beautiful French-inspired home furnishings. They house endless fabric choices and can help you create something perfect for your home. Stop in and see what wonderful things they have to offer including gifts and -of course- Susan Shaw jewelry! And if you end up with something bigger than your luggage- don’t fret- they ship!
4477 South Lamar Blvd • Suite 730 • Austin, Texas 78745
(512) 327 7753 • http://www.backhomeliving.com
Safe Travels and Hook ‘em Horns!
Susan Shaw Jewelry