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Austin has seen a dramatic surge in popularity over the past several years. For good reason—the city is bursting at the seams with great food, shopping, site-seeing, and an ever-growing entertainment scene for visitors and locals alike. The booming business may send you this way, but really you should jump at any excuse (see: Surf Air’s regular flights here) to pass through town.

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Keep Austin Exclusive

Austin has seen a dramatic surge in popularity over the past several years. For good reason—the city is bursting at the seams with great food, shopping, site-seeing, and an ever-growing entertainment scene for visitors and locals alike. The booming business may send you this way, but really you should jump at any excuse (see: Surf Air’s regular flights here) to pass through town.

STAY

Tucked away behind stucco walls lies the Hotel San Jose, a 40-room bungalow-style respite originally built in 1936. Once inside, guests can unwind amidst minimalist design: concrete floors, handmade furniture, Malin + Goetz amenities. The location is also ideal, just a stone’s throw from downtown and Lady Bird Johnson Lake. And bonus: they allow dogs!

Another of Bunker Group’s luxury spaces in Austin, the Hotel Saint Cecilia (named for the patron saint of music and poetry) takes its design cues and general vibes from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Each of the hotel’s suites, studios, and poolside bungalows “embody an equal love for the elegance of old world luxury and the irreverence of our muses—The Stones, Bill Burroughs, Anne Sexton, Hunter S. Thompson…” We promise, it’s absolutely as cool as it sounds.

Images courtesy of Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia

EAT

Once known as a BBQ-lover’s dream come true, Austin has expanded its culinary purview into new and exciting territories (while still being a BBQ-lover’s dream come true). We reco Epicerie, Sarah McIntosh’s neighborhoody cafe and grocery featuring food with a New Orleans/French spin. And if it is BBQ you crave, get in line at Franklin’s. Once a trailer, now a town treasure, this establishment acquired much-deserved national fame. You’ll see it in the crowds and taste it in the brisket.

Images courtesy of Epicerie and Franklin's

DRINK

Tucked away inside the parking garage on Colorado between W 5th and 6th Street (a turquoise neon is its only indication) is Garage. If you find it, you’re in for a treat. Despite its industrial surroundings, the joint is pretty snazzy inside—and has incredibly flavorful cocktails and bar food to boot.

Images courtesy of Garage

DO

Music, drinks, food, historical sites, hiking, fishing, shopping—all activities stake some claim to Austin’s mass appeal. But for narrowing it down purposes, here are a few favorites: take a dip in Barton Springs Pool (it stays 70 degrees year-round), sift through eclectic antiques at Uncommon Objects, or check out some boot scootin’ in Broken Spoke’s dusty dancehall.

Images courtesy of Uncommon Objects and Broken Spoke's