There is that one person in everyone’s lives that never seems to get the credit for all the wonderful things they do, and oftentimes that one person is usually our spouse! He or she is in charge of remembering doctor’s appointments, the passwords on all the accounts, even the birthday of Aunt Ethel on your father’s side, being sure to remember that she loves the drugstore box of chocolate turtles that is sent every year. After the train wreck that was known as 2020, doesn’t your partner deserve a Valentine’s Day that outshines all the others that went before? This guide to the most romantic activities in Austin you can participate in during your unforgettable Austin getaway will only get better when you choose Austin Vacation Rentals for your luxury love nest!
Drive-in Movies Are Making a Comeback!
For many of the younger generation, the drive-in is something only seen in the movies, but they were popular once. For those of us who have personal memories of nights at the drive-in, their comeback is a great thing! The Blue Starlite Drive-in is an Austin example that we can’t get enough of, and we think it’s perfect for a night of romance, snacks, and fantasy. Offering three locations throughout Austin, the Blue Starlite bills itself as boutique drive-ins and only accepts from 15 to 40 cars a night, but if you are one of the lucky ones, you’ll fall in love all over again as you snack on popcorn and sodas, fiddle with the dials on your radio to ensure you have the optimum viewing experience, and perhaps take a step back into your history and steam up the windows more than a little!
Laughing in Love
New couples may not appreciate this bit of advice, but those who have been each other’s Valentines for more than a few months get it. If you can laugh together, you will stay together forever, so why not laugh in love together with a visit to the Capitol City Comedy Club! Located at 8120 Research Boulevard #100, this spot will have you laughing until your jaws ache and your ribs hurt as you take in the performances of comedians from all over the nation! Featuring local funny men and even funnier women, as well as some of your favorite big-time stars, their open mic nights are always a blast and if the love of your life considers himself a funny guy himself, this is the perfect opportunity to prove it to the world!
A Romance That Lasts With These Activities in Austin
After the final credits roll and the last laugh has been laughed, coming home to your Austin Vacation Rentals Valentine’s abode will help the romance last even longer. Reserve yours today!
There are so many reasons we think that Austin is the best place in the world in which to live, from the weirdly fun people who are neighbors to the shopping opportunities found on every street to winters that rarely drop below cool, even as we move deeper into the season. With temperatures that range from lows in the 40s to highs in the 60s, winter is often considered our reward for surviving the sultry heat of summer! After living here for more than a few minutes, however, our blood has thinned, and on the coldest days we find ourselves seeking out hot winter meals to warm us from the inside out. If you feel the same, this guide to the best spots serving our favorite comfort foods will warm you as well!
Austin Dining at Fixe Southern House, 500 W 5th Street
Nobody knows the way to our hearts better than our Southern grandmas, and although your grandmother may be far away, a visit to Fixe Southern House may have you wanting to take a peek in the kitchen to ensure she is not there. Open for dining in, curbside pickup, and delivery (if you are staying within their delivery area), the comfort foods they serve are authentically delicious! Try their updated version of the classic fried chicken dish, created with buttermilk, kale, green apple, and spicy honey, or nosh your way through the Heritage Pork Chop made with smoked & grilled braised collards, bacon jam, and Fixe barrel-aged old-fashioned sauce and feel the warmth spread from your stomach to your toes!
The Heel of the Boot, 610 N Interstate Highway 35 C
Comfort food has different meanings to different people, and to say that we Americans are the only ones who know how to create it would be both egotistical and wrong. The Heel of the Boot, for example, open for Austin dining in and taking out, features the good old-fashioned classic Italian dishes we have all grown to love, especially during the coldest days of winter! Offering house made meatballs the size of your fist, and pasta topped with a sweetly spicy marinara sauce, every bite brings you back to your youth as you chow down on the classics you have loved your entire life, including sweet cannoli for dessert.
Make It Yourself!
Our Austin Vacation Rentals winter escapes offer fully equipped kitchens that are the heart of the home. Pick up the ingredients needed for your great grandmother’s meatloaf and spend a few hours creating the hot dinners that make winter nights feel like home. Reserve yours today!
As we flip through the calendar pages, it may come as a surprise to realize that after a long and trying year, winter has finally arrived. The cooler days and longer nights offer a cozy punctuation point to our lives, and if you are seeking a winter escape that isn’t too crazy cold, a visit to Austin may be in your future! When you choose Austin Vacation Rentals for your accommodations, this guide to some of our favorite winter adventures will ensure a getaway filled with fun, laughter, and excitement.
Romance and Family Fun With These Winter Activities in Austin
There aren’t a lot of activities that can check off two boxes on your winter activity bucket list, especially the romantic time and family fun time ones, but ice skating happens to be the one activity that can! Grab your partners hand for a romantic whirl around the rink at the Chapparal Ice Center, and when your little ones want to join in, grab their hands and make it a family affair! Offering two locations—one in Northcross Austin (open from 8 AM until 6 PM) and one in Cedar Park that stays open until 10 PM—this winter activity is a favorite for people of all ages!
Hiking Trails That Will Make You Happy
The natural landscape of Austin is a beautiful one and because our winter weather never really gets too cold, you can enjoy the trails and walking paths all year round! Visit the Barton Creek Greenbelt and explore over 13 miles of trails or enjoy a simple walk around Mueller Lake with an expedition to Mueller Lake Park. Whichever hike you try is sure to be the one you will remember for a long time to come and if you happen to take a photo break, your pictures of these Winter activities in Austin will definitely be frame worthy!
The Hunt for Hot Cocoa
Not all adventures have to be grand undertakings, sometimes the simplest moments will be the ones that touch you the most! The hunt for hot cocoa has become serious business in the winter as we all seek the perfect combination of creamy and delicious! We at Austin Vacation Rentals have put a lot of research into the hunt and although it’s nearly impossible to find a bad cup of hot chocolate in our state, one of our favorite cups can be found at Fluff Meringues & More! Located at 48 Burnett Road #450, their incredible Mexican hot chocolate is a work of art, featuring a spiky meringue topper of vanilla and cocoa and a drizzle of ginger-caramel!
Austin Makes Us Happy During All Seasons
We are even happier when you choose us for your winter getaway! Reserve your stay in Austin today for a comfortable, cozy, and stylish winter escape!
Let’s see a show of hands from all who are totally over the year of 2020! For all those who took staying home to a new level—working from home, ordering takeout to eat at home, even ordering their groceries and necessities to be delivered to their home—the past 12 months might have felt like a long nightmare. If staying home is not how you want to spend your New Year’s Eve, especially if you believe the old superstition that whatever you are doing on New Year’s is what you will be doing the entire next year, how does a trip to Austin for your 2021 celebration sound? This guide to a weirdly wonderful New Year’s Eve and a stay in one of our Austin Vacation Rentals sensational sanctuaries will help celebrate the way you have always dreamed!
A Touch of Elegance in the Roosevelt Room, 307 W 5th Avenue
As you sit sipping something from their signature indulgences menu, dressed in your holiday finest, you and your traveling partner may be discussing the differences this New Year’s in Austin celebration is bringing to your lives. The quiet elegance of your surroundings, the sweet simplicity of their charcuterie board, and the refreshing taste of the Poet’s Muse, a delicious beverage that combines Bombay Sapphire gin, Poet’s Cordial, citrus blend, and umami tincture. These elements combine blend together to ensure your 2021 is cultured and divine!
Russian House, 307 East 5th Street
The words that signify the dining scene of 2020 would definitely have to be take-out and delivery, so having the option of dining out while trying something new is a treat you’re sure to appreciate, and Your New Year’s Eve in Austin wouldn’t be as special without a visit to the Russian House. Offering authentic Russian and Ukrainian dishes and vodka drinks that will make the night cheerful, they also have an online store that allows you to order your new favorite Russian treats!
Staying in Is an Option This New Years in Austin
Although you may be thoroughly sick of staying in, it is not the same if the space you are staying in is entirely new to you, like our Austin Vacation Rentals escapes will be! Spend the last night of the old year getting comfortable as the clock ticks down to the promises offered by the new one. Toss together a meal in our fully equipped kitchens, watch the ball drop on state-of-the-art televisions, and greet the new year with a kiss for your sweetest. Reserve your New Year’s nest with Austin Vacation Rentals today!
Call us corny or weird, but we can’t help it, Christmas is our favorite time of year, and our inner Santa loves to come out and play! The town of Austin is decorated in its holiday finest and our Austin Vacation Rentals holiday hideaways seem to shine brighter, even without adding any Christmas décor. Perhaps it is our imagination or maybe it is the warmth and happiness that exudes from the faces of our happy guests, but if your journey has you turned to our favorite place on earth, this guide will ensure that your 2020 Christmas in Austin will be one you never forget!
Gifts for the Generations This Christmas in Austin
Shopping at Christmas can be tiresome, but the gorgeous gifts you will find at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar will soothe your frazzled nerves. Open from 10 AM until 10 PM every day of the week from November 11 through December 24th (they do close at 6 PM on Christmas Eve) reservations for tickets must be made to keep the crowds from destroying all the progress we have made fighting against COVID-19, but they also offer online shopping, private shopping experiences, and personal shoppers to make it even easier for you to get your Santa on!
There is nothing more festive than going for a drive to check out all the Christmas lights, and the Peppermint Parkway is one of our favorite ways of doing so! This mile-long drive takes you on a magical adventure to Christmas town and costs as little as $35 per vehicle. Located at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, the lights are synchronized to the most popular carols, giving the event an extra boost! If you somehow miss out before Christmas, the show continues through December 27th, so don’t give up too easily.
Merrymaking Comes Easy in These Spaces
Of course, you don’t have to leave our holiday escapes to have a magical and memorable Christmas. Our properties are designed to comfort and soothe, offering fully equipped kitchens where you can bake a batch of Christmas cookies, living areas with state of the art televisions to watch your favorite Christmas shows, and bedrooms with beds so comfortable, your eager children will be unable to stay awake long enough to catch Santa at the tree! Reserve your stay with us today and have the merriest Christmas you have ever enjoyed!
In spite of the turmoil and uncertainty that has hit the world in 2020, the holidays arrived far quicker than we deemed possible! Halloween is just a few short days away and then with another blink, Thanksgiving will have come and gone. There’s still time, however, to make plans for a fabulous getaway to the great city of Austin and a stay in one of our comfortable and stylish holiday hideaways. This guide will give you all the pointers you need to have an unforgettable Thanksgiving in Austin, filled with fun, happiness, and excitement!
Joyful and Serene Thanksgiving in Austin
Although joyful tends to be a word we use to describe that “other” holiday, there is no better way to describe the celebration you will have with your family in our happy homes. 2020 has been a year we will all be happy to put behind us, but as you create your annual turkey feast in the cheerful and fully equipped kitchen of your rental, you won’t be able to stop the smile from blooming on your face! Perhaps this is the year your son will take a turn at making the sweet potato dish he loves so much or your teenage daughter will ask to carve the turkey as you gather round the farmer’s table to eat, laugh, and talk about the good things that have happened this year! After the meal is done, whether you are playing board games in the living area as the parade plays on the state of the art smart television, soaking in a hot tub under the night sky, or simply planning your “strategy” for Black Friday shopping, the comfortable and stylish surroundings will enhance the vacation you almost forgot to plan!
Family Cooks Deserve a Break!
Of course, you may not want to slave over a hot stove for hours only to have the meal you worked so hard on be devoured in mere minutes. This is your vacation too, and you deserve a break; you deserve to have someone else prepare the meal while you sit back and do your own devouring! When you really aren’t ready to get out of your comfy pants, but still want a delicious homemade meal, Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club, located at 2406 Manor Road, offers the perfect solution! Taking Thanksgiving pre-orders right now, they offer choices for your feast that include not just turkey, but turducken sausage, brined quail, smoked ham, and all the fixings. Simply call (512) 524-0688 during business hours and make your selections for Thanksgiving in Austin!
Thankful for You
As we near the end of a really bad year, we would like to thank you, our loyal guests, for sticking by us as we all navigate the new normal. Reserve your Austin Vacation Rentals holiday home today!
In a world of absolutes, the gray areas tend to get lost as we seek the opposite of what we already have, especially in the winter months. We either seek out places that are cold and snowy or go to the extreme in the opposite direction, seeking warmth and beaches on which we work hard on our tans to impress those we left behind at home! But what about the areas that have neither snow nor balmy temperatures? Does our tendency for extremes mean that we should ignore the average temperatures and lack of a beaches and ski slopes of the perfectly wonderful city of Austin? Of course not! Our guide to all the fun you can have during a winter weekend getaway to Austin and a stay in one of our vacation escapes offers all the proof you need!
Mild and Beautiful
With highs reaching the mid-60s and lows dropping to the low 40s, the weather in Austin is actually quite nice in the winter months, making it the perfect time to head outside for a hike to some of the most beautiful spots in town. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of our favorite hiking spots, featuring 13 miles of trails and the opportunity to take a photo for your annual Christmas card at a beautiful waterfall. Bikers may appreciate the views of Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Hike-and-Bike Trail, and even though it may feel a bit cool at first, by the time you reach the end of the 10-mile trail, we can practically guarantee you will feel nice and toasty!
Rainy Days on a Getaway to Austin
Rainy days are often looked upon with disappointment, but during your weekend of winter wonders in Austin, a little rain allows you to explore all there is to do indoors! The Blanton Museum of Art, located at 200 E Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, is open again after a brief closure due to the pandemic, and we are grateful! Filled with some of the most beautiful artwork you’ve ever seen, you could spend an entire year inside its walls and never see it all, and although you need to make reservations in advance and wear masks while you’re there, it’s definitely a site you will never forget.
Come Home to Austin Vacation Rentals
However you choose to spend your winter weekend in Austin, coming home each evening to the quiet luxury and comfort of one of our magical hideaways is guaranteed to be the highlight of your entire trip. Reserve your stay today!
If you recently found yourself back in the classroom, only this time the classroom was your dining room table and instead of being the student you were the teacher, chances are the pandemic changed your world as much as ours. Even if your child is still participating in school virtually, it’s just one more way your world has changed in 2020, but there is a silver lining! Homeschooling doesn’t have to be done from home; online schooling can be done from anywhere in the world! When your educational journey brings you to the town that is proud to be weird, Austin, Texas, this Austin activities guide we’ve prepared will ensure this getaway is also entertaining.
Love Your Curriculum
Homeschool teachers know they can take almost any topic and turn it into school curriculum, and your Austin journey is yet another fascinating example. Teaching math via budgeting for your trip, enjoying recess out by the private pool of your luxury Austin Vacation Rentals temporary schoolhouse, and discussing the Keep Austin Weird campaign as part of your social studies assignments is just a small part. The history of Austin is long and rich, giving parents the perfect opportunity to make history class a meaty one! Starting with the original name of Austin—Waterloo—and leading to the successful metropolis it has become today, there is no shortage of information to build a module with!
Field trips are popular in the real classrooms, and it is no difference for your virtual one as you take your child (or children) to history museums all over the city. The Bullock Texas State Historical Museum, located at 1800 Congress Avenue, tells the stories of our town, our state, and the people who have sacrificed so much to make our state the great place it is today. Adding a bit of science class to your history field trip, their IMAX documentary titled “Into America’s Wild” offers the perfect introduction to an Earth science module, should you be so inclined!
Austin Activities for When the Lunch Bell Rings
When hunger pangs strike, the close location of our fully equipped kitchens eliminate the need for brown bags, but why cook when there are a host of delicious lunch spots that allow you to get out for a while and enjoy a taste of the town? Forthright at 35 Brazos Street serves made from scratch meals that are healthy and delicious and features a cocktail menu for the teacher!
The Joy of Home Schooling
Education is important, and our vacation retreats allow those currently learning online to seamlessly continue their education as you re-discover the joys of vacationing! Contact us today to book your educational getaway and to learn more about Austin activities.
Not all vacations need to be dedicated to swimming, playing golf, or simply relaxing by the pool on hot summer days. Sometimes your inner history buff demands to be let out to explore and learn! We’re not always satisfied with simply admiring the architecture of that beautiful building; we want to know when it was built and what purposes it served over the years! If this describes you and you find yourself turned in the direction of our favorite city on earth, Austin, Texas, our guide to a historical journey to Austin will ensure that you get all your questions answered!
Battle of the Bars
Yes, barhopping can be considered a part of your historical journey when you learn that there are two local bars claiming the title of oldest drinking spots in town. Well, it’s time to order a ride share and test out both places! Start with the Historic Scoot Inn, located at 1308 E 4th Street. This local hot spot has been in business since 1871 and has been hosting live music for years. Our second choice, Scholz Garten, bills itself as Austin’s oldest drinking establishment as well as the oldest operating business in all of the great state of Texas! Located at 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard, this bar has been in business since 1866, and if you are a University of Texas, the gardens are the only place in town for celebrations of U of T wins! The two bars are filled to the brim with all your favorite beverages, but the drink of choice has always been a frosty beer; nothing goes better with the live music performed on a cozy stage inside and a much larger one outside!
Remembering the Alamo
Although the Alamo can be found just under 100 miles away in San Antonio, the Messenger of the Alamo, Susanna Dickinson, once lived here, and her modest home located at 411 E Fifth Street is now a museum. Open from noon until 5:00 Pm Wednesdays through Sundays, the museum provides a fascinating look into the lives of early Texans and is also a monument to the historic women of our frontier who sacrificed so much to be able to enjoy life in the greatest state of the nation!
A Night at the Theater
The Paramount Theater at 713 Congress Avenue has been an integral part of Austin history since opening day in 1915. Originally built to be a vaudeville house, this beautiful revival style building features a grand stage in its auditorium and is where many films have premiered over the years. Today it’s a live performance venue and is worth a visit during your stay in Austin!
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As you start planning your fun-filled getaway to the city of weird, Austin, chances are you will want to spend lots of time outside, enjoying the natural beauty of our Texas home. 2020 has been a time of uncertainty and restrictions, so getting out of our homes and under the blue skies will more than likely be at the top of your vacation itinerary, and because we want guests to enjoy every minute of their Texas escape, we’ve created this guide to natural Austin attractions. Beautiful, scenic, and impressive, these attractions are a joy to behold!
Barton Springs Pool
For most of our guests, when they think about a pool, they imagine a highly chlorinated, concrete-clad pool of sparkling blue waters, but when you visit Austin, Barton Springs Pool will immediately dispel that image! Created from crystal-clear spring waters that feed into the limestone base, this popular swimming hole is unlike any you have ever seen before. Surrounded by grass and trees, there’s no chlorine sting when you dive under the waters, and the tiny fish you see swimming by keep it exceptionally clean. Located at 2131 William Barton Drive, the springs get too chilly to swim in during parts of the year but are still worth a visit to explore their unusual beauty.
McKinney Falls State Park
Tucked away between Onion and Williamson Creeks, McKinney Falls State Park is a natural attraction you will never want to leave. Offering trails that lead alongside bodies of water and through wooded areas, it can stay cool in the sweltering months of summer as the trees provide shade, and preservation efforts make it a safe refuge for wildlife. Hikers often come across a variety of bird species doing their walks, and during the spring you may even spot a shy doe and her sweet fawn. Fishing is a popular activity in the park and reflecting pools offer photo opportunities, but it’s the falls that will take your breath away and use up most of your camera battery. Offering an upper and lower fall area, the turquoise waters falling over the stones are a serene and tranquil sight to behold. Swimming is allowed when the weather is warm enough.
Sometimes the history surrounding a natural attraction can be even more fascinating than the attraction itself, but with Enchanted Rock, the history and the beauty of the site are equally magnetic! It’s a bit of a drive from Austin to Fredericksburg where Enchanted Rock is located, but the pink granite hilly outcroppings that make up the attraction make it worth the trek. Offering incredible views of the Texas Hill Country and the perfect spots for watching the sun set over the valley, early Native Americans have spun quite a few tales about the noises that emit from the Enchanted Rock and the flashes of light often spotted at the summit.
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Offering natural beauty and comfort and style that embraces all guests, your stay in Texas will be one you will never want to end. Call us today to book one of our vacation rentals!