Last weekend was my birthday week, which I’m sure you all remember! We had a huge giveaway to celebrate all Geminis (woot-woot), while Matt & I even decided to take a last minute trip to Austin, to visit my brother.
We snapchat ‘vlogged’ the whole thing, which was a lot of fun! I’d still love your feedback on the snapchat ‘vlogs’, so far it’s been positive but we’d love to know how to improve. Anyway once in Austin, I got soooo many recommendations from all of you, THANK YOU for that!
So I decided to throw together a 72 Hours in Austin Guide! I thought it would be a smart way to put all of your recommendations in one place. Anyway, let’s get to it!
Where to Stay:
+ The Westin – Austin Downtown – Whenever I visit Austin, I personally want to be downtown. My brother’s home is exactly an 8-minute uber drive away, and it’s just so convenient. We’re able to discover all the best parts of Austin on foot. & did I mention it’s extremely close to sixth street!
So if you’re one for a good time, or planning a bachelorette party this hotel is perfect!!! You can discover the best of 6th street’s nightlife, hang by the newly renovated pool bar and be just a short Uber ride away from The Domain (aka best shopping in Austin!).
WHERE TO EAT BRUNCH:
+ Stella San Jac, – located in The Westin. You guys have to go here and try the biscuits, I visit every time just for the biscuits, #noshame
+ Voodoo Donuts – If we have a busy schedule I’ll usually send Matt out to grab breakfast while I get ready. So on Saturday Matt ran out and grabbed us some Voodoo Donuts, he was only supposed to get two but he came back with 12 (he would!) Anyway you really can’t go wrong with Voodoo Donuts.
+ 1886 Cafe & Bakery – I have just two words to say about this place: cinnamon bun
What To See:
+ Sixth Street – The street is basically deserted during the day but come 7 pm the street takes on a life of its own. Completely blocked off from cars, it basically is one big bar crawl for the entire city, I’m not a huge drinker, but it’s 100% something to see.
+ Congress Avenue Bridge Bats – with over 1,500,000 bats sleeping under the bridge, arrive at sunset to see them take off from the bridge and fly into the night! I thought this was so cool and something you should see.
+ LBJ Presidential Library – if you like history/Mad Men you’d love this library. It’s filled to the brim with history and artifacts from Johnson’s time. You’ll see some interesting videos, clothes, and advertisements from his administration, it takes about 2.5 hours to cover the whole thing.
+ Texas State Capital – it’s a beauty!
What To Do At Night:
+ Peter Pan Mini Golf – The only mini golf I’ve been to that’s BYOB!
+ Azul Rooftop Bar & Lounge – Watch the sunset and the city light up, come sunset, from the heart of downtown, cocktails in hand.
+ Visit Rainey Street – This was my first time visiting Rainy Street & it was by far my favorite part of Austin. Rainey Street is a row of old craftsman styled homes turned into delicious restaurants. It’s really a fun place to walk around, get some food and explore the tastes of Austin.
Where To Road Trip:
+ San Antonio – Take a road trip to visit the Alamo and taste the best Mexican Food around, while overlooking the world famous San Antonio Riverwalk! It’s just a 90 min drive south of Austin, read about our time in San Antonio here!
+ Magnolia Farms (Waco, TX) – About a 95-minute drive (depending on traffic) North of Austin, if you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper show, make sure to check out the cute town of Waco TX.
That’s all I got for you guys!
I had the best time in Austin and I was lucky to celebrate my birthday with Matt and my brother at The Westin – Austin Downtown!
Please, Please, PLEASE; leave any additional Austin recommendations below, and for even more recommendations check out my last post about Austin here! xx Aubrey
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