Aspen & Beyond
MAY 2021 – AUSTIN, TEXAS
We’ve been on the road again. This time for a quick trip to Austin, Texas! This fabulous city checks all of the boxes. Why have we not been here before??? The overall vibe is authentically cool. Texan hospitality in spades, and Austin style, in particular, is that effortless vogue with no pretentiousness. The restaurants are absolutely delectable and diverse in ethnicity. The hotels are chic and hip. There is no shortage of shopping. As a matter of fact, our favorite store, By George, has 2 locations in the city. The running trails are endless, and the beautiful lakes and rivers are easily accessible for kayaking and paddle boarding. Not to mention the music scene, which we didn’t even have a chance to experience. What more could you ask for?
Here are a few of our favorite spots (unfortunately, we didn’t even scratch the surface)
Hotel San Jose– a minimalist boutique hotel in the middle of groovy South Congress. This hotel is nothing fancy but is the definition of hip hotel. Make sure to order one of the hotel’s famous froses poolside, and enjoy live music on the weekends. www.sanjosehotel.com
Jo’s Coffee– right next door to Hotel San Jose. We walked over in our PJ’s every morning for the best coffee ever. Nobody looked twice, so that’s an added bonus!
Elizabeth Street Cafe– probably safe to say one of our favorite restaurants in Austin and anywhere. A delicious neighborhood Vietnamese cafe and French bakery walking distance from South Congress. Make sure to order the steamed rice rolls. www.elizabethstreetcafe.com
Aba– a new addition to Austin that has taken off in popularity. Reservations are hard to come by, and you will know why when you dine at this Mediterranean gem. www.abarestaurants.com
Vamonos Texmex– what a find off the beaten track! This restaurant was stumbled upon by accident but will be at the top of our list next time we visit Austin. We had no idea how important TexMex and queso dip was to our lives! www.vamonostexmex.com
Swedish Hill Bakery- Where do we start? How about the Nutella-filled eclairs? 1120 West Sixth Street www.swedishhillaustin.com
No girls’ trip is complete without an impromptu ear piercing after one too many froses, right? Visit the South Congress location of www.studs.com where stylists make recommendations based on your taste and ear anatomy!
By George– Our advice is to save up in advance for an undisciplined shopping spree at this incredible store. We discovered super cool new designers and were tempted by better known favorites. The store is gorgeous and the sales team is awesome! Oh, and make sure to check out Capricho’s bags while you are there! www.bygeorgeaustin.com
Austin- we will be back! xx Laura and Nicole