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In many areas of the world, summer may seem as if it is a thousand years away, especially as we all sit in our homes waiting for quarantines to lift and life to get back to normal. The calendar, however, tells a different story. April is over, May is in progress, and Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner, making it the perfect time to start planning your unforgettable visit with plenty of Austin activities to enjoy! And as many future Texas visitors have spent their time doing virtual tours of potential vacation properties, it shouldn’t be of any surprise to you that our Austin Vacation Rentals summer escapes will add an extra touch of perfect to your Texas-sized adventure!

Learn a Little Something About Our Great State

Museums can be boring, but not in Texas, as the Bullock Texas State History Museum easily proves! Located at 1800 Congress Avenue, the exhibits, exhibitions, and artifacts found here offer a beautiful picture of our fair state over the centuries and its air conditioned halls can be quite welcoming during the sultry days of summer!

Explore the Beauty of Nature With These Austin Activities

The stunning landscape of Austin is even more breathtaking when viewed from a kayak on the Lady Bird Lake. This body of water is actually a man made reservoir once designed to be used as a cooling pond for the local power plant but is today used as a recreational spot to be enjoyed by water babies from all walks of nature! The view of the Austin skyline is absolutely stunning from the vantage point of the reservoir; boat rentals are available on the banks of this beautiful body of water.

Discover Where the Legend Had Her Start

There’s only one Janis Joplin, and Austin is her old stomping grounds. Threadgill’s at 6416 N Lamar Boulevard is the spot she developed the style she would be known for in her short time on earth. Offering delicious comfort food and an eclectic musical style since the 60s, visitors can’t help but feel they are a part of history from the first moments they step inside!

Keeping Austin Weird

We are a weird little town and we definitely won’t be offended if you point it out. As a matter of fact, we are proud of our weirdness, and travelers who enjoy stopping at roadside attractions such as the biggest ball of twine or largest frying pan are going to get a real treat out of this next adventure! The Cathedral of Junk, located at 4422-4424 Lareina Drive, is one of our favorite novelties, being a structure created from junk the builder has collected over the years. Construction started in 1988 and continues today, and includes a Zen garden of televisions, a throne room, and a variety of rooms, stairwells, and an observation platform. Seeing the inside can be done by appointment only (call 512-299-7413) but there’s nothing that stops you from driving by to take a peek from the outside if no appointments are available!

Austin Vacation Rentals for the Win

At the end of every day of Austin activities during your Austin stay, coming home to the comfort and style of our summer escapes will be a treat of which you will never tire. Reserve yours today!

Austin, Texas has a way with fun, exploration, and entertainment that brings visitors flocking to the city in impressive numbers year after year. In 2020, it’s no secret that things look a bit different. With the COVID-19 lockdown firmly in place, residents and visitors alike are working hard to maintain social distancing standards and adhere to restrictions in the name of health. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the city is off-limits to virtual tourists. There are a wide variety of online resources that have been designed to keep people close to the city’s many landmarks while also providing some much-needed entertainment. Here are a few to explore!

Live Curator Chats and Yoga

A trip to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum is often a highlight of a journey to Austin. As of March 13, 2020, the doors have been shut to the public in the name of safety; however, the museum has worked hard to create an online presence that keeps everyone connected. Live curator chats are regularly being held on the museum’s Facebook page while live yoga in the garden videos are keeping fans of the museum connected through health and wellness online. Virtual tours of the museum and garden area also available through this site.

Tour the South Austin Popular Culture Center

For those that are craving a dose of artistic inspiration that they would normally find at the South Austin Popular Culture Center, Google Arts and Culture has you covered. Log onto this creative-based site to take a virtual tour of those works of cultural inspiration and art that are bound to keep you motivated to look forward to brighter days. Additionally, current restrictions on outdoor activity can be particularly tricky for those who are naturally inclined to spend time getting out and getting into nature. Those same individuals who make their way to Austin, Texas are likely to be drawn to the beauty and open appeal of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park. Enjoy the history, beauty, and intrigue of this state park using the same Google Arts and Culture access portal that lets you tour so many other city-specific cultural hot spots from the comfort of your own home!

Movies for All

While Amazon Prime and Netflix are in the business these days of streaming new releases early, those interested in streaming Austin-specific films will want to check out the Alamo at Home service currently being utilized by Alamo Drafthouse. This portal provides the public access to indie films while they’re safely cozied up indoors.

Austin Awaits

At Austin Vacation Rentals, we’re committed to staying safe and make the safety of our clients a top priority. While now isn’t the time to travel, we’re positive that the future holds plenty of options for making your way to Austin and enjoying an unforgettable stay. In the meantime, feel free to reach out with questions concerning specific properties or future travel plans. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Texas soon!

As the COVID-19 in Austin crisis continues to spread and affect more areas, many are growing more and more concerned every day. If you are looking to book a future trip, you may be wondering what measures are being taken to contain the outbreak and care for the sick in that area. We’re here to help address some of those concerns, as well as to share tips on what you can do personally to prevent sickness.

Official Responses

Austin, Texas is a tourist hotspot for fans of all things funky and foodie. How are officials in Texas responding to this pandemic? According to information from their website, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in responding to the new COVID-19 in Austin virus that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide.

On March 19th, 2020, the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services declared a public health disaster in the state. Then on March 26th, 2020, Texas Gov. Abbot issued a self-quarantine edict that requires air travelers from the New York tri-state area and both air and road travelers from New Orleans to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Texas, following specific CDC direction for self-quarantine behavior. This direction includes social distancing, being alert for symptoms, and taking one’s temperature twice a day. The Governor also announced that while less than 200 Texans were currently hospitalized, a makeshift hospital is being set up in Dallas in preparation, bringing the state’s hospital bed count to 17,400.

In addition, Texas officials are working in accordance with guidelines from the President and the CDC. This includes avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people, avoiding eating or drinking at bars and restaurants, and no visits to gyms, massage parlors or retirement homes. Schools are also closed, and religious services are providing online resources or meeting in small groups. Several specific counties, including Travis County, where Austin is located, have issued an official stay-at-home order for everything except essential activities.

The Stay Home – Work Safe Order issued by the Mayor of the City of Austin states, “Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following ‘Essential Activities.’” Essential activities include:

• Caring for the health and safety of yourself or members of your household.
• Obtaining necessary services or supplies for yourself or members of your household, such as groceries.
• Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, running, and hiking, while maintaining social distance.
• Engaging in essential types of work, such as healthcare, grocery and supply store employees, farmers, social services, news, gas stations, financial institutions, hardware stores, critical trades, mail service, and restaurants providing takeout, among others.

Officials are also asking for the public’s cooperation in taking measures to prevent the spread of disease. Such measures include:

• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Staying home when you are sick.
• Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

We’ll Get Through This Together

We here in Austin and at Austin Vacation Rentals are doing all we can to cooperate with local and federal guidelines, and it is our sincere hope for all local residents and future guests to stay safe and healthy as we navigate this pandemic. We look forward to strengthening our community and coming out of this stronger than ever, and we will be here to serve you as soon as we can! Click here today to browse through our amazing vacation rentals.

If you’re looking for a fun springtime vacation or getaway that’s a little different than the norm, check out all that Austin, Texas has to offer! With spring temperatures that are much warmer than a lot of northern states, you can get a taste of summer early on in the year. This also makes Austin a great place to explore the outdoors. But don’t worry about that Texas heat, up until June it stays well below 90 degrees, so you’ll be comfortable and not melting like a snowman in July! Continue reading to learn all about the enjoyable spring activities in Austin!

Get Outside

Austin is picture-perfect in the spring, so bring your camera along and get out on an adventure to find the perfect shots. If you want a good view of a sunset, head to Pennybacker Bridge on 360. Check out the peacocks at Mayfield Park, or hike up the gentle hill of Mount Bonnell for a beautiful view of the lake. At Lady Bird Lake you can hike or bike the 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler trail and enjoy peeks of the Austen skyline through the leafy green trail. For mountain biking, check out the Barton Creek Greenbelt; the trail features a variety of terrains and is set in the beautiful landscape of cliffs along Barton Creek. While you’re in the area, see if you can find our hidden falls! Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls are both in the Barton Creek Greenbelt area and require some hiking to reach, but we think they’re worth the challenge! For an adrenaline spike, try the Lake Travis Zipline Adventure, where you can ride the longest zipline in Texas! This is one of the best spring activities in Austin to explore.

Texas Hill Country

This is a great area to head to if you’d like to see Texas in bloom. The meadows explode into a colorful painting of bluebonnets every spring. In Fredericksburg, you can visit Wildseed Farms, a wildflower farm full of blooming fields. And if you’re in Burnet in April, you can attend the annual Bluebonnet Festival! After a day of exploring the blooming fields, make your way back to Austin though Dripping Springs’ Distillery District and get a whiff of the spirits, or head to the Driftwood Wine Trail and sample award winning local wines.

Authentic Austin

Spring is festival season in Austin, and no one does festivals quite like we do. For instance, come for the Moontower Comedy Festival and enjoy shows from the funniest, and maybe weirdest, comedians out there. Or there’s the Fusebox Festival, which is a hybrid mash up of creativity celebrating visual arts, theatre, film, music and dance. And let’s not forget the food around here! The Austen Food and Wine Festival is not one to be missed – although, you can enjoy fare from an abundance of amazing restaurants and food trucks in Austin any time of year! At The Picnic, grab a table, and make the rounds at this foodie paradise – a food truck trailer park! From authentic Italian pastas and organic grain bowls to vegan breakfast tacos or cheesy Detroit style pizza, you might have a hard time not staying here all day!

Whatever you want to do this spring on your vacation, Austin has you covered. Call now or browse our rental listings online for yourself to check out our Austin vacation rentals today!

Are you searching for the perfect time of year to visit Austin? What about spending your Easter in Austin? Spring is beautiful in Austin – the weather is perfect and it’s still off season, so you might get cheaper flights and you won’t have to battle crowds of other tourists!

 

Find the Service First

Easter is an important religious holiday for many, and if your traditional Easter Sunday includes an early morning service, Austin has many local establishments that host a special Easter Service. We are home to a wide variety of religious preferences, so you will easily be able to find your perfect fit.

 

Not Your Traditional Egg Hunt

While we do offer plenty of Easter egg hunts for children, Austin features one unique egg hunt you won’t find just anywhere – an adult Easter egg hunt! Hosted by a local Austin bar, the Jackalope South Shore Annual Easter Egg Hunt boasts an exciting adults-only event with great drink specials and a scavenger style egg hunt that is sure to keep you busy for hours!

 

Easter Egg Hunting Festival

If you are coming to Austin with kids, though, nothing beats the Easter Egg Festival that takes place at Capitol Lawn every Easter Sunday. This free event is said to be the biggest Easter egg hunt in town and includes so many more fun activities that the day will feel more like a festival! The kids will have a blast getting their faces painted, competing in egg roll races and more. They even divide the egg hunts by ages so it’s fair and fun for everyone.

 

Must Have: Easter Brunch

Brunch is a popular one in Austin, so once you’ve done some research, book a reservation in advance to make sure you get your table! One popular bunch destination is the Eastside Cafe, features made from scratch entrees like huevos Mexicanos, smoked salmon eggs Benedict, and a picture-worthy apple almond waffle. Other favorite spots for locals include Driskill’s traditional Easter brunch and Threadgill’s, where you can go big and order the unlimited menu and enjoy omelets, pancakes, biscuits and more to your heart’s content.

 

Plan for Your Austin Easter Now

Time flies once spring kicks in, so Easter will be here before you know it! Plan now for your 100% uniquely Austin travel experience. Let us help you book the perfect vacation home and maximize your time off. All our rentals feature amazing amenities and all the features you need to be comfortable away from home. Book your rental online now or contact us and we’ll happily help you find the perfect property!

Naturally, when traveling anywhere, whether it’s down the street to grandma’s house or traveling across the globe to visit grandpa, preparedness is essential for any trip. A visit to Austin, TX is no exception. While you may think you need to pack a ton of extra stuff, the abundance of attractions invites travelers to eschew the heavy bags and see the city more through the eyes of a local. Here are a few Austin travel tips to help you pack light for your journey.

Tip #1 – The Carry-on

Before you even reserve your vacation rental in this popular capital city, begin by thinking of packing everything you need into a small carry-on bag. It not only saves time when boarding the plane, but also makes things easier if you need to lug it around town; even if you are driving, packing a small bag is a huge benefit! However, as many avid travelers know, it can be difficult to fit everything into one carry-on bag, especially if we prepare to stay for more than just a weekend.

Tip #2 – Find a Washer and Dryer!

One of the simplest ways to avoid the packing dilemma is to search for a vacation rental that provides a washer and dryer. With this essential home element, traveling light has never been easier. If you are traveling with kids in tow and need extra gear, do not worry about bringing it since you can launder their clothes at a moment’s notice. Furthermore, most vacation rentals in Austin provide kitchenettes and full-sized kitchens, so you never have to forego eating a quick bowl of cereal before you explore the exhilarating city of Austin. If you happen to find yourself here in the summer, the temperatures can get quite high; you can save plenty of room in your bags by packing light clothing and leaving heavy coats and pants at home.

Tip #3 – Leavy Bulky Entertainment Items at Home

When traveling as a couple or within a small group of friends, you may be tempted to bring extra things to keep you entertained. Austin has the self-proclaimed moniker of “Live Music Capital of the World”. On any given night, throughout downtown, visitors can hear jazz, bluegrass, zydeco, pop, rock, the list goes on and on. In fact, when you wander through town, it seems that almost on every corner you can hear and feel live tunes reverberate through the streets. For more educational excursions, travel to one of the many museums also located in downtown Austin. Bring the kids and visit the Mexic-Arte Museum, The Contemporary Austin art center, or the quirky Museum of the Weird, where you can not only see some truly bizarre artifacts, but also take a ghost tour around 6th Street and the historic district.

Austin Vacation Rentals is dedicated to providing a complete vacation experience, and that includes offering all the amenities you need to stay comfortable during your trip to Austin. Contact us today to find the perfect rental home in the city!

The big city is the place to be when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. The city of Austin is gearing up to celebrate one of our favorite holidays, and you’re so wise to join us! Get ready for music and drinks and laughter and more and we head into St Patrick’s Day in Austin in 2020. (Don’t forget to pack a green shirt!)

Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl – Austin

Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Parlor and Yard

Tickets: $15

This $15 ticket includes some complimentary drinks, food and drink specials, waived cover charges at the participating bars, professional photographers, and custom lanyards. There’s even a costume contest with a $500 prize. This is a nice way to get out and see the city at night when it’s all aglow and beautiful, and to get acquainted with the nightlife of Austin.

St. Patrick’s Day Austin

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

Tickets: $12

Come to a family friendly St. Patrick’s Day event on Sunday! This is great if you have kids to entertain, or if you just want to have a good time. Here you’ll get a crash course on Irish culture, song, and dance, with live Celtic music, Irish food and drink, horse drawn carriage rides, and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Party!

Tue, Mar 17, 11 AM CDT

Latchkey

Latchkey is one of our favorite Austin bars, and it’s the place to be on a night like this. They’re open until 2:00 AM on St. Patrick’s Day, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy this event held at this classy, upscale bar.

St. Patrick’s Day Bagpipe in the Park

Wed, Mar 18, 12 – 1 AM CDT

Katherine Fleischer Park

If you don’t like the bagpipes, you’ve probably never heard them played the right way. Bagpipes are meant to be heard in the wide-open outdoors, like the way they are in the rolling green hills of Ireland, and it’s just your luck for this holiday that there’s a bagpipe event happening in the park! It’s seriously worth it to head down and check this event out, which will include a complete marching pipe band and drummers. It’s the most Irish thing happening in all of Austin for St. Patrick’s Day 2020.

Spend Your Stay with Austin Vacation Rentals

With Austin Vacation Rentals you’ll find everything you could ever want and need of a vacation rental home. Head over to our catalog now to take the first step toward your 2020 St. Patrick’s Day getaway.

In Austin, there’s always something to do, and that includes fun-filled Austin activities for the restless solo traveler. Big cities are great destinations for those traveling alone, so you’ll find Austin a vibrant place to be, ripe with adventure. Take a few of our Austin activities recommendations for solo travelers like you:

Take a Kayak or Paddleboard Tour

Take an unconventional tour through Live Love Paddle, and head out onto the water with an expert tour guide to see Austin in a new light. They offer a wide variety of tours, including: Bat Watching Tour, Urban Kayak Tour, Full Moon Music Paddle, and even a July 4th Fireworks Tour. You can also rent equipment from them if you’d like to go off and explore the waters on your own, free of the constraints of a tour.

Visit the Blanton Museum of Art

Museums are a great solo destination since you’ll be able to explore the exhibits at your own pace. The Blanton Museum of Art’s hours vary slightly day to day, but they’re open every day except Monday, making them a great midday activity. Make sure to catch the current featured exhibits, such as The Artist at Work, Wael Shawky, and SoundSpace.

Explore the Museum of the Weird

This started as a mom and pop shop and evolved into the locally beloved museum of oddities that it is today. This is one of the last old-school, dime museums of eras gone by. If you love sideshows, strange sights, and weird artifacts, this is the place to be. The museum is $12 for adults and is open every day from 10:00am – midnight. Find them on Sixth Street!

Relax at the Zilker Botanical Gardens

This is a wonderful way to spend a day in Austin. The garden is open 9:00am – 5:00 pm, and admission is only $8.00 for adults, which means you can stop by almost any time during the day and spend pennies for hours of enjoyment. When you arrive, you’ll see why Zilker Botanical Gardens is often referred to as “the jewel in the heart of Austin.” Explore the different themed gardens all interconnected with streams, waterfalls, and ponds housing gorgeous Koi fish. We could sit and watch them for hours. This is one of the best Austin activities.

Spend Your Stay with Austin Vacation Rentals & Austin Activities

Spend your stay in Austin in luxury and comfort, in a vacation rental designed with you in mind. We have a wide array of rentals perfectly suited for the solo traveler. Head over to our catalog now to get started on finding yours!

Spring Break in Austin means a lot more than fun at the park and some outdoor entertainment. The whole city gears up for the coming of the spring and celebrates it in style. Whether you’re traveling with your family or seeking a romantic escapade with someone special, Austin has a lot of fun and adventures lined up for you to enjoy.

Fun for the Whole Family & Amazing Spring Break Things to Do in Austin

Celebrating the Spring Break in Austin with your family couldn’t be any more fun, especially if you make your way to Zilker Park. This popular attraction has loads of Spring Break things to do in Austin for everyone. Children, in particular, will love the Zephyr miniature train and canoeing on Lady Bird Lake. Adults will have their share of the fun too, exploring the many hiking trails that the park has. Another attraction not to be missed is the Barton Springs Pool. It’s an all-year-round attraction but draws quite a crowd in the spring. If you prefer the outdoors, then a visit to McKinney Falls will keep you entertained with the miles of trails, picnic areas, astonishing waterfalls, and campgrounds.

Adventure in Austin

We all love a dash of adventure on our vacation. But some people choose their vacation destination mainly because of the number of exciting Spring Break things to do in Austin it offers, and Austin has no shortage of such exciting attractions as zip lines, kayaking, canoeing, and rowing. And since you’re in the Live Music Capital of the World, you would want to enjoy some live performances at the Continental Club or the Moody Theater. Whatever your adventure, Austin is sure to have it. So free your schedule this Spring Break and buckle up for a great adventure in this great city.

Austin Vacation Homes with Something Extra

Of course, your adventure won’t be complete without a vacation rental that blends style, amenities, and luxury all into one. This is something we here at Austin Vacation Rentals are good at. We understand that having the right vacation home is the first step toward making your vacation a memorable one. This is why we put a lot of emphasis into matching you with the right rental that appeals to you. And since your comfort means so much to us, we will go out of our way to answer all your questions and make sure your vacation is hassle-free. Call us today to learn more about offers and promotions.

When you come to Austin, you’d better bring a big appetite with you. Not just for the famous BBQ and food in general, but also for the number of adventures this city is famous for.

Outdoor Activities in Austin – Beer Garden

Get your vacation to a roaring start with a visit to one of the outdoor patios where the beer flows and the live music never stops. Bangers is famous for their polka music on Saturdays. ABGB is another watering hole that stand out with their home-brewed beer and pizza. Scholz Garten serves German beer in their famous garden.

Graffiti Park

Downtown Austin is famous for its street artists. There’s even a park dedicated for those amateur graffiti artists called Graffiti Park. You’ll find it at Castle Hills. The three-story building covered with graffiti has become a public gallery dedicated to this form of street art. The murals change as more artists add their art to the walls which makes every visit to the place a whole new experience. This is definitely one of the best outdoor activities in Austin!

Visit a Brewery

Austin is also known for the number of breweries that operate in and around the city. One of the most famous breweries to include in your visit Jester King. It’s only a half-hour west of Austin but the sour beer they brew there is well worth the trip. You can stop for a pizza at Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza nearby and enjoy a lovely afternoon out.

Hike the Trails

If you love to hit the trails in your hiking shoes, Austin has miles and miles of scenic trails to keep you entertained throughout your vacation. Make sure to head over to Barton Creek Greenbelt with its 13 miles of trails of different levels of difficulty. You can also enjoy a swim in one of the creeks in the area. If you love nature, this will be one of your favorite outdoor activities in Austin!

Have a BBQ

Since you’re in Austin, then BBQ should be on your mind. Many places around town are famous for their mouthwatering BBQ. These include Franklin’s, La BBQ, and Micklethwait Craft Meats. Keep in mind that many of these places have a long waiting time that can go up for hours, so make sure you go there early in the morning.

Spacious and Well-Furnished Austin Vacation Rentals

There are many ways to enjoy Austin and all the city has to offer. But when it comes to vacation rentals, you need one that offers you lots of space, stylish decor, great furniture, and has all the amenities that you need for your vacation. At Austin Vacation Rentals, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer you top quality rentals at a great rate. Call us today to ask about our offers.

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