Destination Inspiration ~ Anne’s Anniversary in Austin, Texas

December 6, 2011

This is my first attempt at blogging and with all of Christi’s and Bri’s awesome entries I am a little nervous but here goes……..

My sweet hubby and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and I was in desperate need to “ get outta dodge”. I did NOT want to drive somewhere close by I wanted a little more adventure, to actually get on a plane and be some distance away from reality but close enough to get home in case our teenage children decided to have a crazy party while we were gone.  Somewhere fun, outdoorsy, a little quirky but with good food and culture.  Our final destination:  Austin,Tx!  It was everything and more than we expected.

I had read in several of my favorite design magazines about the Hotel San Jose created by the visionary Liz Lambert.  Located in the bohemian, hippest part of the heart of Austin on South Congress—that’s SoCo to locals- the urban boutique hotel was the perfect place to escape.  An old 1939 motor lodge that has been re-invented into a lush, urban boutique hotel.

The grounds and landscaping were phenomenal!

I warned hubby that the rooms were minimalistic once we were on our doorstep but we didn’t realize how much we would enjoy the lack of “stuff” and it gave us the chance to appreciate the simple things like a super comfy bed and luscious bath products.

And okay, it was like I was a little kid that had never stayed in a hotel before but the honor bar items were awesome—and have you ever had a bottle of rainwater?  It was delish!

The patio bar was the perfect place to hang out and enjoy a cocktail.

But, enough about the fab hotel it was time to explore Austin!  We LOVE tex-mex so our first stop was La Condessa for dinner.  It was unbelievable, especially the marg’s and the street corn.  Although it was hard to eat when all I wanted to do was take pictures of the cool interiors!

These photos were taken from the La Condessa website – click here to view their site.

Then it was off to do one of my very favorite things-listening to live music!  There were so many venues it was hard to choose but our favorite was the Continental Club.

The next morning coffee was a necessity after the margarita’s (and if that didn’t help, the honor bar had Emergen C –how great is that! The greatest hangover medicine known to man- kind.)  The Hotel San Jose shares a parking lot with the BEST coffee shop in town:  Jo’s.   But get there early because a line forms fast and stays there all day!

The shopping in Austin was great we spent time checking out crazy costume shops, next to custom cowboy boot shops, next to fine clothiers , next to wacky vintage stores, next to authentic Mexican stores.

All of the shops line South Congress as well as “food carts” serving awesome gourmet dishes and “beer gardens” where you can take a break from shopping and listen to some live music and sip on a micro brew outside at picnic table.

On a beautiful fall day it doesn’t get much better than that!  After a few days in Austin I truly understand and appreciate their motto: “ Keep Austin Weird” and in this case weird is wonderful!

Where else but Austin would you find a scarf on a planter……………….



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