This past Fourth of July weekend was a good one because we spent it in Austin, TX! Austin is a measly 2 1/2 hours from Houston and yet I rarely think to go there for vacation. Well that has now changed since our little stay at South Congress Hotel! Thought I’d put together a little Austin Weekend Guide from the time we spent on SoCo! I (and the rest of the world I’m sure) have an affinity for boutique hotels. South Congress was almost too big to consider it a boutique hotel, but it definitely had the feel with great customer service, hipster rooms, and tons of amenities. We arrived with a pup and though there was a pet fee, Mitch got a complimentary dog bed, a free toy, and a lot of poop bags (concierge also can arrange pet sitting & grooming)!
Our first afternoon in Austin was spent wandering the hotel, settling in, and grabbing a drink from the South Congress Hotel’s bar. K got the Paloma cocktail (and enjoyed it enough to get a 2nd) and I got a glass of red wine and the Hibiscus margarita! All good options & the bar is a great spot for people watching. Sometimes they bring a DJ in (we narrowly missed it) and the parties look pretty fun. After drinks we hopped in the hotel’s BMW and were dropped off at Irene‘s for a quick drink and then continued on to my fav Austin restaurant, Bufalina. The pizza there is delicious and I’ve gotten the cheese plate both times I’ve been there & it has yet to disappoint.
Our 2nd day in Austin was spent relaxing in bed (in our cool, hipster robes) and watching my new favorite netflix show, Glow. After dragging ourselves up and out of the hotel, we wandered down South Congress to grab some food and a juice from Juice Austin. The best part about staying on South Congress is that you really don’t need to drive anywhere. There are tons of restaurants and shopping in walking distance. We were starving after stopping in Gypsy Wagon, Warby Parker, By George, Uncommon Objects, Service Menswear, South Congress Books (and basically all the shops on SoCo). We ended up just grabbing some quick mexican food (hello margaritas & queso) from guero’s across the street from our hotel.
Our afternoon consisted of getting a drink by the gorgeous hotel pool and then wandering down to the Greenbelt. We grabbed some water (& i got goldfish – if you know me you won’t be surprised) and took our towels to the rocks to enjoy the water & hot, austin sun. It was actually perfect weather and hill country water is my fav so we ended up having a really nice time.
Our last meal (okay, besides In-n-Out) was at June’s All Day! This is a block down from the hotel and has a really cool, retro feel. I got some wine and the fried chicken sandwich and even though it had hot sauce sprinkled on top I ate the whole thing! That’s really impressive for me. The boy got salmon & a cocktail that both got good ratings as well. The monster cookie for dessert sounded amazing too, but we’ll have to get it next time because I was way too full!
Our last morning we shopped around some more and hung by the pool a bit. Then we loaded up and got goin’ to In-n-Out for lunch and ate it by the capitol because it was the Fourth of July and where else do you enjoy In-n-Out??
Hope you enjoyed our little South Congress Austin Weekend Guide!