a one weekend guide to austin, texas
I'll cut to the chase. Austin lives up to the hype. We took a quick weekend trip for (my cousin) Taylor's birthday, and it left us all wanting to stay longer! So much so, we actually pushed back our flight home 5 hours!!
It was a fast trip, but we made sure to fill every minute.
We flew into town and headed straight for our hotel. We stayed at the Fairmont, which ended up being a great location for us! From there, we took our talents to their poolside bar, which had an amazing view of the city. After a quick happy hour, we headed out to grab dinner with Taylor's family, who were also in town! We ate at Sophia's, an Italian restaurant located on West 6th Street. We chowed down on some amazing appetizers, and I followed them with some baked spaghetti. Sooo good.
That night, after many recommendations, we headed to Rainey Street to begin Taylor's birthday celebrations. The area lived up to our expectations, and also its name. It quite literally rained (poured) on us! I honestly know zero names of the places we went to, but we made sure to stop in on 3 or 4 places, and each one was full of fun, kind, and happy people.
And of course, we ended the night with Tacos. When in Austin!
The next morning we woke up to straight up freezing weather. Not only was it cold, there was a damp, strong wind that hit you like a brick wall any time you walked outside. We didn't let the weather dampen our moods though! We had planned on going to this breakfast place, that we found out (once we got there) only had seating outdoors. Rather than risk hypothermia, we headed out in search of something else. We found a juice place, where we stuffed our faces with coffee, juice, and avocado toast.
From there, we had been recommended a wine bar called Cru. We had wanted to walk the city this day, but a warm, darkened wine bar sounded much more appealing. And we were so glad we went. We befriended the girl working there, whose name was Sarah, and ended up having the best time. She created personalized wine tasting flights for each of us, based on our preferences and each one was amazing. We sat there easily for three hours, just talking and enjoying our wine. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the whole trip! I may or may not have taken my favorite bottle of wine home with me...
For dinner that night, we ate at Wu Chow in Downtown Austin. The food is served family style, and dishes come out as they are finished in the kitchen. We got a variety of things, as Taylor, Amanda and I aren't eating meat, most were vegan/vegetarian. All were great, I especially loved the stir fry noodles/veggies and tofu.
That night after dinner we went to try out "Dirty 6th" as some call it, AKA the bar scene geared towards the younger, UT crowd. Suddenly, just 1 year out of college felt like 10. We were happy we gave it a try, but as it wasn't our cup of tea - we headed to West 6th Street for the remainder of the evening. From what I could tell, West 6th and Rainey Street were geared more towards mid-late twenties and older. We consider ourselves grandmas for our age, so this environment was much more appealing lol.
We definitely didn't feel ready to go on Sunday morning, so we pushed our flight back from 3 to 7:00pm. And we were so happy that we did. We ended up walking to South Congress, where a bunch of cute shops are, then had a picnic lunch by the river before heading to the airport.
We arrived back in Phoenix tired, slightly hungover, and full of tacos - so needless to say, it was a successful birthday weekend.
Have you been to Austin before? Any recommendations for where to go next time (cause there will be a next time)?