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GOT AUSTIN: Enjoy An Austin Staycation

Austin Staycation: Lodging

From boutique hotels in eclectic neighborhoods to swanky downtown properties, here are a few of our favorite hotels that offer more than just a comfy bed.

Austin Proper Hotel

Austin Proper Hotel  |  Situated in Downtown’s Second Street District, Austin Proper is a luxury lifestyle hotel that features Lady Bird Lake and City Views.

600 W 2nd St | 512.628.1500

ATX lights on the Fairmont building

Fairmont Austin  |  The towering icon brings exclusive luxury to Austin and is located within the vibrant Central Business District. They are also currently offering a complimentary second night during the same stay.

101 Red River St | 512.600.2000

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort  |  A picture of refined simplicity, all-inclusive Lake Austin Spa Resort in the Texas Hill Country marries waterside luxury with welcoming comfort. Opening on July 1st.

1705 S Quinlan Park Rd | 512.372.7300

The LINE Austin

The LINE Austin  |  At the crossroads where Lady Bird Lake meets downtown, the LINE Austin draws influence from both the surrounding natural beauty and the creative energy that fuels the city.

111 E Cesar Chavez St | 512.478.9611

Bar at South Congress Hotel

South Congress Hotel  |  Modern boutique hotel located in the heart of Austin’s iconic South Congress shopping, dining, and entertainment district.

1603 S Congress Ave | 512.920.6405

Hotel pool

W Austin  |  Change up your everyday regular and stay at W Austin, a hip luxury hotel located in Downtown Austin, offering a rooftop pool and amazing views.

200 Lavaca St | 512.542.3600

Austin Staycation: Day Trips

The fun continues outside of the city limits. Here are some quick day adventure ideas located in nearby towns.


Fredericksburg  |  The 75-minute drive to the quaint German settlement is worth the trip. Visit the charming houseware and gift shops on Main Street and stay the night in one of the town’s many bed and breakfasts.

Slick Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay  |  This is a resort and retirement community on Lake LBJ, only about 50 minutes northwest of Austin.  It is famous for its golf courses and watersports on the lake.

Brisket being cut

Lockhart  |  This tiny, historic town 20 minutes south of Austin is the self-proclaimed barbecue capital of Texas and has the meat to prove it. Be sure to visit the four famous BBQ joints: Black’s, Chisholm Trail, Kreuz Market, and Smitty’s Market.

Little boy holding baskets full of strawberries in a field

Marble Falls  |  Only a 45-minute drive northwest of Austin, this town is on Lake Marble Falls. While there, you will want to stop at the “World Famous” Blue Bonnet Cafe for Pie Happy Hour. Then visit Sweet Berry Farms for some berry picking.

Someone floating in an inflatable tube

New Braunfels  |  Located about halfway between Austin and San Antonio, New Braunfels boasts plenty of outdoor water activities like floating the Comal River, a town square, and the Natural Bridge Caverns.

Zip lining in Austin

Wimberley  |  A quick 30-minute drive south of Austin, this town is perfect for shopping at the quaint boutiques, floating the Blanco River, Zipline Adventures, and don’t miss the Wimberley Pie Company.

Austin Staycation: Foodie Hot Spots

Austin is a nationally-recognized foodie town. Be sure to try a few of these foodie hot spots that offer either patio dining, curbside pickup, or delivery.

Clark's Oyster Bar

Clark’s Oyster Bar  |  A chic West Austin neighborhood spot with a great raw bar, lobster rolls, and more. Available via dine-in and curbside pickup.

1200 W Sixth St | 512.297.2525

Elizabeth Street restaurant

Elizabeth Street Café  |  A neighborhood Vietnamese cafe and French bakery in South Austin known for: great croissants, bánh mì served on house-baked baguettes, steaming bowls of pho, and tropical macarons. Available via curbside pickup.

1501 S 1st St | 512.291.2881


Jeffrey’s  |  A Clarksville fine dining icon featuring dry-aged prime beef, French American classics, seasonal favorites, and a full bar. Available via dine-in.

1204 W Lynn St | 512.477.5584


Launderette  |  Gourmet New American fare served in a polished East Austin cafe space that was once a laundromat. Available via dine-in and pickup.

2115 Holly St | 512.382.1599


Loro  |  An Asian smokehouse and bar brought to you by James Beard Award winners, Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. Available via dine-in, curbside pickup, and delivery.

2115 S Lamar Blvd | 512.916.4858

Perla's restaurant

Perla’s  |  Fish, oysters and surf ‘n’ turf are dished at this laid-back spot with an open kitchen and large shaded patio. Available via dine-in.

1400 S Congress Ave | 512.291.7300

Austin Staycation: Favorite Local Shops

Here in Austin, we love embracing our local businesses. Check out these shops for some unique Austin finds.

Childrens bedroom

Alexa James Baby  |  This family-owned carefully curated children’s boutique offers specialty baby gifts, toys, and high-end children’s clothing.

908 W 12th St | 512.909.4330

Good Company

Good Company  |  Thoughtfully curated items from an array of designers in clothing, jewelry, vintage pieces, and home goods.

918 W 12th St | 512.520.4402
Stag men's shop interior

Stag Provisions  |  Trendy men’s boutique stocking designer labels in classic and modern styles, plus books, and accessories

1423 S Congress Ave | 512.373.7824
Shop on South Congress

Sunroom  |  Indie-focused boutique showcasing women’s apparel, accessories, and jewelry.

1603 S Congress | 512.524.2197
Tecovas store

Tecovas  |  A premium western brand, producing quality handmade men’s and women’s cowboy boots and western goods.

1333 S Congress Ave | 512.675.4343
Valentines store interior

Valentines  |  Contemporary women’s boutique offering a curated selection of clothing, accessories, and home goods

3801 N Capital of Tx Hwy | 512.347.9488

Austin Staycation: Local Fun

Austin is home to so many one-of-a-kind activities and beautiful outdoor spaces. We’ve picked a few favorites that are perfect for social distancing.

Barton Creek water

Barton Creek Greenbelt  |  Located in south-central Austin, The Greenbelt contains 12.68 miles of gorgeous trails, with the main trail spanning about 7 miles.

Various Access Locations

Blue Starlight drive-in theater

Blue Starlite Mini Drive-In  |  Authentic drive-in slots with window speaker set ups and great movie programming all year long!

2103 E M. Franklin Ave | 512.850.6127

Indoor karting

K1 Speed – Indoor Kart Racing  |  Indoor racing center featuring electric go-karting for all ages and skill levels.

2500 Mc Hale Ct | 512.271.5475

LBJ Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center  |  Eat a picnic lunch and learn more about the conservation of native plants at this internationally recognized botanic garden. For all of your Austin picnic essentials, click here.

4801 La Crosse Ave | 512.232.0100

Peter Pan mini golf

Peter Pan Mini-Golf  |  Operating since 1946, this cash-only family attraction feature a variety of characters, obstacles, and surprises on two 18-hole courses.

2500 Mc Hale Ct | 512.271.5475

People getting ready to go paddle boarding

Texas Rowing Center  |  Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake. No reservations necessary, just show up!

1541 W Cesar Chavez St | 512.467.7799

Austin Staycation: Treat Yourself

Head to one of Austin’s best bakeries or ice cream parlors to enjoy all the baked goods, desserts, and sweet treats. The perfect addition to any staycation!

Macarons and coffee

Bakery Lorraine  |  Nationally recognized pastry shop famous for its colorful macarons, croissants, and homemade pop-tarts. Available via curbside pickup.

11600 Rock Rose Ave #100 | 512.300.0300

Red velvet ice cream

Lick Honest Ice Creams  |  Visit hip ice creamery, Lick, who churns out offbeat flavors made from local, natural, and sustainable ingredients. Available via curbside pickup and delivery.

Various Locations

Mini donuts

Little Lucy’s  |  For sweet tooths, Little Lucy’s, is the answer! Dishing out mini-donuts with creative flavors, toppings, and dipping sauces. Available via pickup and delivery.

75 1/2 Rainey St | 424.235.8297

Sugar Mama's cupcakes

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop  |  One of Austin’s sweetest bakeries! A Southern bakeshop with a flair for the old fashioned offering anything from cupcakes to wedding cakes. Available via pickup and delivery.

1905 S 1st St | 512.448.3727

Upper Crust Bakery

Upper Crust Bakery  |  This well-known European-style bakery is family-owned and operated, offering award-winning pastries, breads, and specialty cakes for over fifteen years. Available via curbside pickup.

4508 Burnet Rd | 512.467.0102

The Yard

The Yard Milkshake Bar  |  Known for their indulgent ice cream creations, The Yard offers customizable milkshakes in a wide range of ice cream flavors and toppings. Available via pickup.

3400 Esperanza Crossing | 512.551.9542