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We all like to look forward to our next vacation getaway. Any upcoming vacation can be just what you need to take away the stress of work and school. However, inflation is at an all-time high, and the cost of traveling is higher than ever. Don’t let the increasing cost of goods and services turn you away from an exciting vacation getaway to Austin. You will find that the city offers plenty of free and low-cost activities that will offer an exciting time for you and your family. Take a look at how to vacation in Austin without breaking the bank:

Take a Historic Tour of the City

When you visit Austin you will find that the city has a deep and rich history that is waiting to be explored. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Capitol Building for free during your visit. These self-guided walking tours start at Preservation Austin and take you throughout the state capitol building. Additional buildings that are available to tour include various iconic music venues and historic African American sites too. All you have to do is stop by the Austin Visitor Center and sign up for the downtown walking tours. Additional tours can also be enjoyed with Six Square Historic Tours.

Visit Zilker Park

Austin is home to various lakes right here in the city including the one found at Zilker Park. This is no standard park and is instead a 360-acre lot of land that includes Barton Springs Pool and the Zilker Botanical Garden. The natural springs pool is always a joy to splash around in during the summer. The botanical garden features a variety of beautiful flora that is native to the region. Tickets can be reserved online and to ensure a spot at either attraction at Zilker Park.

Hike Up Mount Bonnell

When one thinks of Texas they typically do not think of mountains to climb up. It is true that Texas is a pretty flat state but Austin is surrounded by Hill Country and has Mount Bonnell as part of it. While Mount Bonnell is not your standard mountain but is still an enjoyable mountain. The trail is easy enough to navigate for the whole family. Best of all, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the entire Austin area afterwards. This is a great spot to catch the sunset but make sure you head back down before it is dark! Mount Bonnell has been a staple in the Austin community since the 1850s and is absolutely free to hike.

Watch the Famous Austin Bats

One of the worst kept secrets in Austin is now a top tourist attraction here in the city. We are of course talking about the bats that live underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge for most of the year from spring through the fall. During this time of year 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats call the underside of the bridge home. Like other animals need to get out and eat at some point of the day. Since bats are nocturnal you can see them take flight for the night at dusk for a mesmerizing experience. Grab a viewing area near the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the bats take to the sky for free. Don’t worry, the bats will not come anywhere near you but it’s never a bad idea to wear a hat to cover up any bald heads in case the bats fly over and have to relieve themselves.

Grab a Pint from a Local Brewery

Austin is a beer paradise for Texas and features dozens of craft breweries in the city. Head over to one of the many taprooms including Austin Beer Garden Brewing that features a happy hour during the week. Enjoy a variety of savings on pints of beer and appetizers to have a low cost time out for the day. Most breweries in the city are also family friendly so the whole gang can go play games and enjoy some delicious food.

Honky Tonk at Little Longhorn Saloon

If you are in the mood for a little country music dancing, head on over to Little Longhorn Saloon. This local country bar is known for the six days a week happy hour where you can get Lone Star beers for cheap. This is a great spot to take your partner for country dancing and enjoy a romantic night out for just the two of you.

More to Do on Your Vacation in Austin

As you can see, there are quite a few different ways to save on your wallet on your vacation in Austin. Book one of our Austin vacation rentals here in the city to experience the best of Austin!

The temperature is rising here in the Southwest so you know that summer will be here before you know it. Get ready for an exciting summer getaway to nowhere else but Austin. Our Texas capital has everything you could want for an exciting getaway for the family. You will find exciting attractions in the area and events that take place in the summer. Take a look at how you can plan for the best vacation this summer in Austin:

Kayak Lady Bird Lake

When you visit Austin you may be surprised that the city has small lakes right within the city limits. Cooling off over at Lady Bird Lake is a popular pastime for locals in the area. Join everyone else out on the water by grabbing the nearest kayak or standup paddle board to explore the lake. Visitors will find plenty of rental shops right by the water including Greenbelt Outdoors and Rowing Dock. If you want to take a guided tour Austin Kayak Tours has you covered. Lady Bird Lake is also big enough to enjoy a sightseeing cruise where you can relax from the comfort of a huge boat with either Capital Cruises or Lone Star Riverboat. Visitors will also find a hiking and biking trail that surrounds the lake and offers great views. Stop by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop or Barton Springs Bike Rental to grab a rental bike for the day to explore on. The trail is found at Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and is approximately 10 miles in length. Plenty of fun right here on Lady Bird Lake!

Find the Austin Murals

Austin is a city full of vibrant art all around you. Head out and find the iconic Austin murals during your summer stay. There is nothing more Instagram worthy than taking a pic with your friends or family in front of the ‘I love you so much’ mural found by Jo’s Coffee off South Congress Avenue. Another popular mural is the ‘Hi, How Are You’ mural that is close by the University of Texas Austin campus. Don’t forget about the ‘Greetings from Austin’ postcard mural that is another local favorite and perfect for a fun family picture to send to your extended family in South Austin.

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Grab Some Craft Ice Cream

The heat can be real in Austin but you can always cool off a bit by grabbing a post-meal treat with ice cream. Austin is home to a variety of craft ice creamers who offer delicious treats made fresh in-house. Lick Honest Ice Creams features artisanal flavors with seasonal options too that can served by the bowl or in a waffle cone. Amy’s Ice Creams lets you top off your ice cream with creative options like ginger snaps and more. The kids are sure to love a little ice cream on a warm summer day!

Enjoy the Local Craft Breweries

Austin is home to a variety of craft breweries that offer a great way for the adults to unwind during their vacation. If you want to make the short drive to South Austin visitors can enjoy a pint over at Jester King Brewery. This is no small brewery though and is instead a massive 165-acre farm and brewery that produces farmhouse ales and unique beers to try out. The property features a huge outdoor patio area with several bars to order from. For those who prefer to stay close to Downtown Austin you can always hit up Austin Beerworks and Live Oak Brewing Company. Each brewery produces handcrafted beers and in your favorite styles too.

Head Over to Lake Travis

Lady Bird Lake is not the only lake found right here in Austin. Visitors will also find Lake Travis a short drive away where different activities are available and is the largest lake in the city. This includes Lake Travis Zip Line Adventures that features the longest zip line in the entire state of Texas. Head over to Pace Bend Park nearby where you will find limestone cliffs to explore. Visiting Lake Travis is perfect for those thrill seekers here in the summer.

Events This Summer in Austin

There are also plenty of events taking place this summer here in Austin. The Sips and Sounds Summer Festival put on by Coca-Cola takes place June 29-30 with a lineup of country all stars. Austin is the music capital of the country and various concerts of big-name artists are always taking place at local venues. There are always fireworks for the Fourth of July here in the city at Zilker Park and Deep Eddy Park to celebrate with. Don’t miss out on these incredible events!

More Summer Fun

You can have all the summer fun when you book a stay here with our Austin vacation rentals for summer.

We hope you arrive hungry when you finally make your way to Austin, Texas. Our vacation destination has plenty of delicious food all around the city for you to try out. You have probably heard that Texas offers the best BBQ in the country, but you will also be pleasantly surprised at how many options Austin has. This includes a variety of incredible food trucks found around the city. Food trucks are a great way to try something unique and delicious and typically at a fraction of the cost at eating at a formal restaurant. Take a look at the top food trucks in Austin you can find during your trip.

Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster

One of the types of cuisine you do not expect to find in a place landlocked like Austin is fresh seafood, especially lobster at that. However, Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster has done the impossible and has brought fresh and delicious lobster right here to the folks in Austin. Garbo’s has been serving the Austin community since 2015 when Heidi Garbo decided to bring her home-style cuisine of the East Coast to the sunny skyline of Austin. What started as a brick-and-mortar restaurant has now included their food truck that provides their tasty lobster rolls at many events in Austin. You can find their food truck at a variety of breweries, special events, and just hanging out in Downtown Austin. Browse their website to see where they will be at next!

Dee Dee Thai

Come experience the country-style northeastern Thai cuisine that you didn’t know you needed to try. Dee Dee Thai is the local Thai food truck has become a staple here in the Austin community. This food truck has been selected as a top 10 restaurant in the city and typically sells out of their delicious selection wherever they are housed at for the day. Owners Lakana and Justin bring authentic northeastern countryside Thai cuisine to Austin for a delicious selection. Their main menu includes a tasty selection of stir fry, spicy minced pork, BBQ skewers, salads, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. Their Thai iced tea is always a treat to sip on during your meal too. Check out their seasonal special that rotates throughout the seasons. Check out their online menu where you can order in advance to make sure you grab a meal from them before they sell out for the evening!

Veracruz All Natural

Don’t miss out on the chance to try one of the top 5 tacos in the country by stopping by Veracruz All Natural. This local food truck is stationed at Radio Coffee & Beer where you can find authentic and fresh tacos. The selection of tacos is no joke and includes local favorites such as the breakfast taco, the traditional taco, the grilled fish taco, grilled steak taco, and much more. You will find plenty of vegan and vegetarian options too that is usually rare for taco joints. Once you grab your food you can enjoy an adult beverage at Radio for quite the meal. Veracruz All Natural needs to be on your itinerary for Austin!

Churro Co

Not all food trucks serve up meals for lunch or dinner. When you are in the mood for a sweet treat head over to Churro Co. They offer two locations including their food truck where you can find rich and decadent churro treats. Try out local favorites such as their Campfire which includes two churros with graham sugar, Mexican chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallow, and whipped cream. Each item on their menu will leave your sweet tooth satisfied. You can stop by the food truck to try something out or even book the truck for a private event. Churro Co. has your dessert needs covered!

Spicy Boys

Looking for a little spice during your visit to Austin? Head over to St Elmo Brewing Company to find the Spicy Boys food truck on hand. This local food company has four locations including the food truck that has become a staple at Elmo’s. You will find Pan Asian-inspired cuisine that includes delicious options such as fried chicken, sandwiches, wings, roti and curry, and plenty of sides. The food truck is open daily for lunch and dinner and since it is located at St Elmo Brewing Company you will always be able to pair your meal with a cold beer. Add a little spice to your life at Spicy Boys.

Start Planning for Your Stay in Austin

The countdown is on right here in Austin for your vacation getaway. Book one of our vacation rentals for a relaxing stay like no other. Our vacation rentals are private homes that can be found near these wonderful food trucks in Austin. Take a look to see what Austin will be like for you.

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Try something new this year for Valentine’s Day by booking you and your loved one an excursion to Austin. You will find that Austin has plenty of romantic activities and events that will make the most of your trip. Take a look at the most romantic events and activities you find can find here exclusively in Austin, TX for Valentine’s Day:

Hit the Spa

Treat your loved one to a relaxing first day for your Austin, TX Valentine’s Day trip by hitting up the spa. Austin features many wonderful spas in the city that offer a variety of services. Viva Day Spa offers their Delicious Duet Couples Spa Package that includes services such as massages and body treatments. Additional spa locations in Austin also include Spavia Day Spa and Hiatus Spa + Retreat. Take a look to see what kind of Valentine’s Day specials they offer exclusively for the holiday.

Go to the Drive-In

There is nothing more romantic than a date at the drive-in, especially when you visit Austin. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is the ideal spot for a drive-in date in the city. This local drive-in typically features cult classics and indie films so there is something that is sure to catch your eye for your date. If you are looking for more bigger studio tent pole movies head over to Doc’s Drive-In Theatre so the biggest hits on the big screen.

Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance 2024

Come support the Texas Military Forces Historical Foundation by attending their annual Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance again this year. The event features the Sentimental Journey Orchestra led by Ted Connerly along with the Memphis Belles singers. Enjoy a meal provided by Austin Catering before you hit the dance floor at this World War II themed dance. A bazaar will be on hand where you can purchase items to help with proceeds for the museum. Don’t miss out on this fun event here at the Texas Military Forces Museum. The party starts at 6:30 PM with tickets on sale now!

Fine Dining for Austin TX Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day celebrations always go hand in hand with a nice meal with your loved one. You can continue this traditional Valentine’s Day experience by visiting one of the many romantic restaurants here in the city. J. Carver’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse is known as a refined experience thanks to their incredible seafood, wood-fired steaks, and a lengthy wine list. Book a private dining room for a whole new experience like nothing else.

Emmer & Rye is a local favorite that has been named one of the top restaurants in the country. Their menu features cuisine with seasonal ingredients which always have an inventive appearance. You won’t find the same menu each day at the restaurant, but their nightly dim sum specials are a treat. The covered patio is a great spot to enjoy a meal under the heaters as you look out at Downtown Austin.

You can’t stop by Austin without picking up some delicious Mexican food. Enjoy a meal with your loved one at Suerte where you will find high end Mexican cuisine that can be paired with their rose sangria. The options are near endless here in Austin. Valentine’s Day is always a busy night in the restaurant industry, so reservations are highly recommended.

Grab a Drink

Make sure to take your loved one out to a night on the town here in Austin. You will find that Downtown Austin is thriving with speakeasies that offer handcrafted cocktails in intimate settings. Garage is a hidden cocktail lounge located inside an actual parking garage; you will find “Cocktails” on the wall letting you know you found the right spot with an imaginative space inside. Midnight Cowboy is located inside a former massage parlor where you can reserve a table for inventive libations; if the vacancy light is turned on out front you can head inside without a reservation! Buenos Aires Café takes you back to 1950s Argentina where you can enjoy tasty cocktails and empanadas. Make sure to have a reservation for Valentine’s Day night at any of these cocktail lounges!

Explore the Urban Trail

Austin has plenty of hiking to enjoy too when you head over to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This area features 13 miles of highly rated hikes such as Twin Falls along with Sculpture Falls. Or grab a bike from a rental shop and bike around Lady Bird Lake where you will have plenty of incredible views.

Austin Is Waiting

Romance never quits here in Austin so make sure to start planning your own romantic getaway for two. Book one of our Austin area vacation rentals to enjoy fine amenities and luxurious features. Austin is a city not quite like anything else out there.

There is nothing better than starting off a brand-new year with a visit to somewhere you have always been wanting to see. Come check out the jewel of the southwest, Austin! Our Texas capital is the ideal destination for those wanting to enjoy some thrilling holiday activities along with winter-based fun. Best of all, our vacation rentals are some of the finest homes in the city and are available to be reserved for your stay. Take a look at how you can kick off your new year with a trip to Austin, Texas.

New Year’s Eve 2024 Extravaganza at The Belmont

There is no better party to start your new year off with than the New Year’s Eve 2024 Extravaganza at The Belmont. This annual event continues to be the hottest party in town and is sure to be the highlight of your trip. This 21 and up party features over 500 attendees who are looking to dance the night away. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. where the live DJ will kick off the dance floor with the hits. Starting at 10:00 p.m. the party becomes a Silent Disco Experience where LED wireless headphones will provide three different live DJs to listen to as you dance around the dance floor. Make sure you document the evening by snapping some pictures in the photo booth. Of course, the party really kicks it up a notch once the New Year’s Eve countdown results with the balloon drop. Make your experience at Extravaganza the best it can be with a VIP pass that will allow you access to a private rooftop deck and complimentary beverages and hors-d’oeuvres. Purchase your tickets today to the New Year’s Eve 2024 Extravaganza only at The Belmont!

Austin’s New Year at Auditorium Shores

For those traveling with family or children, you will want to participate in an all-ages event for New Year’s. This New Year’s head over to Auditorium Shores for an experience that everyone in the family can enjoy. The party takes place at the venue where you can enjoy live music and refreshments. You will be able to ring in the new year once the clock strikes midnight and a dazzling fireworks display lights up the night sky.

Additional New Year’s Eve Parties

Extravaganza and Austin’s New Year are not the only celebrations happening in town. Make sure to explore all the other options that will be available such as New Year’s Eve at Lone Star Court, Midnight Cowboy New Year’s Eve Party, Y2K Your NYE, and many more. The options are nearly endless here in Austin for New Year’s Eve!

Hit Up the Local Breweries and Distilleries

When you visit Austin for the new year make sure you find time to stop by one of the many breweries or distilleries in the area. Jester King Brewery is a local favorite found on a 165-acre ranch just outside of the Austin city limits. They specialize in wild and farmhouse ales using local grains. Still Austin Whiskey Co. and Treaty Oak Distillery are nearby distilleries that produce their very own spirits to sip on. The Austin Winery features classic local favorites such as the Texas High Plains Rose. Adults can purchase a bottle or pack of their favorite beverage to go at either location to celebrate New Year’s at their vacation rental.

Find Your Favorite Comfort Food

Austin is a culinary combination of many delicious restaurants right here in the city. Make sure to warm up with your favorite comfort food when you visit for New Year’s Eve. Dive into a bowl of hot ramen at Ramen TatsuYa or head over to The Soup Peddler for something lighter. Emmer & Rye features tasty dim sum specials or stick to something classic such as Texas Chili Parlor and their delicious chili. Visitors may find that many restaurants in the area will be busier with the New Year’s Eve holiday, so reservations are always highly encouraged when available.

Enjoy Your Vacation Rental

The best part of visiting Austin at the turn of the new year is to enjoy one of our vacation rentals. Each of our properties is privately owned and features a unique set of décor and amenities. These properties can be found in all the desirable neighborhoods around town and keep you close to the New Year’s Eve activities you want to stick close too. Enjoy gourmet kitchens will full-size appliances, spacious living rooms with fireplaces and huge smart TVs, along with bedrooms and bathrooms to offer plenty of privacy. The fun starts here when you find your favorite property to host you and your family. Take a look today and get ready for Austin!

The holiday season is already almost here and with it comes our favorite time of year in Austin: Christmas! You will not find a more cherished holiday to celebrate with family. For this year’s festivities, come join us here in Austin for a new and exciting family tradition. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable during every day of your stay. There are plenty of exciting holiday events and activities taking place in the city too. Here are the top reasons to spend your Christmas in Austin this year:

Austin Trail of Lights

One of the longest traditions here in Austin for Christmas is the annual Austin Trail of Lights. This is not your run-of-the-mill Christmas light sightseeing but instead, a wonderful adventure that brings out the spirit of the holidays. The Trail of Lights takes over Zilker Park for a holiday experience like no other. The park will be decorated with over two million Christmas lights that will light up the park. Additional displays include 90 lighted Christmas trees with other holiday displays and lighted tunnels. The 2023 Austin Trail of Lights will be the 59th year for it to take place making it a tradition for all generations. This year’s Trail of Lights will be open December 8 through the 23rd and tickets are on sale now. Come experience the holiday magic for yourself this year!

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

We all have plenty of holiday shopping to do when it comes to Christmas. You can still get all of your shopping done when you are visiting Austin for the holidays especially when you stop by the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. This is not your typical shopping experience as the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an immersive and vibrant music and fine art festival that lets you enjoy a bit of shopping too. This event has grown year to year and is the top destination in the city for those looking for high-quality artwork. Live music and artisan gifts will also be available with the bazaar. The event will once again be held at the Palmer Events Center in Austin and is open December 15th through the 23rd from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM each day. Come check out this Austin-exclusive event just before Christmas!

Peppermint Parkway

Austin is also the home of the Circuit of the Americas, a premier racing circuit that hosts some of the biggest racing events in the world. This year the Circuit of the Americas will be bringing back Peppermint Parkway for another festive event. Peppermint Parkway is a drive-thru holiday experience where you drive by a mile full of holiday displays lights and dancing characters. Austin Monthly has rated the event as the top holiday event in the city in past years. Tickets will be on sale soon for this immersive event so don’t miss out on Peppermint Parkway!

Shop at Kwanzaa Ujamaa Marketplace

For those celebrating Kwanzaa during the holiday season, you will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the Kwanzaa Ujamaa Marketplace located at the George Washington Carver Museum. A variety of family-friendly and educational activities will be on hand. This year’s details have yet to be announced but expect the opportunity to shop with small business owners and local artists to find the perfect holiday gift for a loved one.

Ventana Ballet’s The Watchmaker’s Song

One of the most timeless traditions for the holidays is seeing ballet at the local theatre for a holiday performance. Austin is home to the Neill-Cochran House Museum which will be featuring the Ventana Ballet’s The Watchmaker’s Song this holiday season. This unique performance is a jazz-centric rendition of The Nutcracker, one of the most popular Christmas performances. The Watchmaker’s Song will be an immersive experience that you will want a seat for. The performances are scheduled for December 7th through the 10th and the 14th through the 16th. Tickets are on sale now so make sure to purchase yours before this event sells out!

The Very Best Vacation Rentals for Christmas in Austin

Of course, no holiday stay would ever be complete with feeling like royalty and our vacation rentals will do just that. You will find some of the finest Christmas rentals in Austin that include resort-like amenities such as gourmet kitchens, private hot tubs, fire pits, and much more. Each of our homes is absolutely unique from one another so you can find something perfect for you. These properties will even keep you close to the exciting attractions in the area. If this sounds like something that you and your family will enjoy make sure to reserve your favorite property today before it is taken. Come see why Christmas in Austin is an incredible experience for all.

We all have our preferences about what our favorite season in the year is best to travel. Some prefer to escape off in the winter to enjoy some winter sports. Others enjoy a tropical getaway right by the beach in the middle of summer. Regardless of which season is your personal favorite, it is often the best time to travel to Austin in the fall. This time of year sees fewer crowds, cooler temps, and more fun and activities in the area. Take a look at why the fall season is the perfect time to visit Austin this year:

Better Weather and Time Off

Weather is always an important factor when planning for a vacation getaway. Luckily the fall season is the perfect time to visit Austin, as the daily temps usually sit in the 70s and low 80s. This means you and your family get to explore the outdoors endlessly without having to worry about the high temps and humidity of the summer season. Speaking of the summer, you will also find that the fall season also has plenty of opportunities to visit that line up with school breaks. Make a visit for your kids’ fall break or visit on an extended weekend such as Labor Day. The Thanksgiving holiday is at the tail end of fall giving you several days to enjoy a visit!

Austin City Limits

If you are a music lover, the fall season is the perfect time to visit Austin again and again. During the month of October, Austin City Limits Music Festival will hit the stage at Zilker Metropolitan Park. This three-day music festival brings in top name acts from across the world for an incredible experience. Over 100 performances can be seen across nine stages throughout the three-day week. The lineup is always diverse, making sure there is an artist you are excited to see. Recent years have seen Austin City Limits add in a second weekend due to high demand. Tickets typically must be purchased in advance before selling out, but you can still find single-day and official resale tickets available. Don’t miss out on Austin City Limits when you visit Austin in the fall. The 2023 festival will take place over two weekends, so check out Austin from October 6th – 8th & 13th – 15th!

Unique Fall Activities

Making sure to find exciting activities to enjoy is always a necessary part of planning for any vacation getaway. The fall season sees an endless number of activities become available for those traveling to the area. Spend an evening over by Congress Avenue Bridge to check out the local bat community. The Mexican free tailed bats spend their days sleeping underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge and then take flight at dusk. The bats take to the skies every night—a must-see experience. They typically nest in Austin from March through early November, making it a perfect early fall activity. If you are in the mood for a pumpkin patch head over to Sweet Berry Farm. You will find enjoyable fall activities including exploring a pumpkin patch, hayride, corn mazes, scarecrow stuffing, and much more. This is the perfect activity for little ones who want a unique fall experience.

Go Leaf Peeping

It may come as a surprise to those who have not experienced Austin before, but the city does see a change in tree color during the fall. Another great reason that the fall season is best is the changing of the leaves that takes place each year. Many of the local foliage and trees change colors between mid-October to mid-November for a stunning display of color. You will get to see vibrant colors including bright reds, yellows, and oranges show up in the treetops decorating the landscape. Going out to see the changing colors of leaves is also called leaf peeping and is a popular fall activity.

More Time at the Lake

One of the most popular activities in the summer in Austin is spending time at one of the any lakes in the area. This includes Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis. However, the summer season is known for these lakes to be at their busiest providing visitors little privacy when hanging out by the shore. You will notice that the weather in Austin during the fall is still warm allowing you to continue enjoying time at the lake. There will be less crowds and more space around you to enjoy the beautiful shoreline and water. Grab a kayak or canoe rental to explore the lake or try your hand at fishing. The lakes offer a multitude of ways to enjoy them.

Get Ready for Austin in the Fall

It is never too early to plan for your fall destination. Book one of our vacation rentals today and come experience Austin!

Are you already being asked what you are doing for your mother this Mother’s Day? If so, you need to step up your plan and provide her with a celebration like no other. Skip out on the basic flowers and card combination and instead gift her with a vacation getaway to Austin. Our southwest home is the perfect spot for your mother to have the wonderful vacation getaway she has been wishing for. The city offers a variety of exciting activities and attractions that are sure to help her remember this trip for years to come. Take a look at what she can expect to do for Mother’s Day in Austin, TX:

Spa Day for Your Mother

There is no better way to help your mother feel completely relaxed than providing her with a spa day here in Austin. There are near endless options to choose from allowing her to find something close to her vacation rental. Viva Day Spa + Med Spa is a local chain that continues to open up more locations around town. Their Lamar Blvd location has been open for over 10 years near downtown Austin. She can enjoy a variety of massages including deep tissue and Swedish. If you are treating your expecting wife to a Mother’s Day trip, they even offer pregnancy massages. Facial services at Viva Day Spa include hydro facials and more. Additional spa options in town also include milk + honey spa located on 2nd street. This trendy spa has won plenty of awards for their services that include massages, pedicures, manicures, fillers, and more. Talk about plenty of ways to help your mother feel completed relaxed!

Mother’s Day Meal

When visiting a new city, you need to check out the local restaurants to see what the locals enjoy. Treat your mother to a meal like no other at one of the many local favorite restaurants that Austin has to offer. Hestia is one great option that features an industrial-style restaurant with a menu featuring creative wood fire dishes. You will find a variety of tapas-style plates that make it easy to share with a loved one. The curated wine list makes sure that each dish has something to be paired with. Odd Duck may have a funny name, but the menu is anything but. This upscale eatery offers New American cuisine and cocktails in an exciting contemporary setting. Some of the popular dishes on the menu include capellini pasta, lamb merguez, and sunchoke cacao e pepe. Or have your mother try something new at Buenos Aires Café, a local Argentinian café that offers both lunch and dinner. The relaxed bohemian setting allows you to comfortably enjoy your meal. There are plenty of options to choose from!

See a Local Show

Austin is known for its live music and Mother’s Day week will not disappoint. There is typically something for everyone playing live here in Austin. Around Mother’s Day, you can find a variety of concerts taking place including Chelsea Grin, The Cure, Classixx, Eladio Carrion, and many more. If she is not a big concertgoer, she will have a great time seeing a ballet rendition of Cinderella on Mother’s Day at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. This is one of the top ballet performances in the city and is sure to be an exciting event. Check out what is being played during her upcoming stay in Austin!

Visit Lake Travis

Austin is home to a variety of smaller lakes, but Lake Travis is always a top attraction. Visitors can find Lake Travis on the western outskirts of Austin. While it may be a little drive from downtown Austin, Lake Travis offers its own set of activities. If the family is traveling with your mother, you can throw your own Mother’s Day party on the lake by renting out a pontoon boat; party barges are even bigger and can add on additional amenities such as slides! Lake Travis Zipline is perfect for mothers out there looking to add a little adventure during their stay.

Enjoy Your Vacation Rental for Mother’s Day in Austin TX

The best part of any vacation getaway for Mother’s Day in Austin, TX is the option to stay in one of our vacation properties. Each home is privately owned and can be found in the most desirable areas of Austin. Each property will also feature various amenities to ensure your mother feels completely relaxed. This can include bathrooms that offer a mini spa experience with soaking tubs and huge walk-in showers. You can also find cozy living rooms with sectional sofas, gas fireplaces, and huge Smart TVs to unwind with during the event. Spacious patio decks allow you to enjoy a meal al fresco. There are so many ways to enjoy your time in Austin in our Mother’s Day vacation rentals!

The spring season is full of a few different special occasions that are worthy of getting out and seeing something new. Easter can be one of those reasons for you to see Austin for a wonderful spring getaway. Easter can be an important holiday for some encouraging time with family to celebrate their faith. Many school districts also provide a day off from regular classes to celebrate this holiday. Regardless of how you spend your Easter holiday, you can have the most fun here in Austin. Here are a few different activities and attractions you can expect during Easter in Austin:

ABC Kite Fest

If you happen to visit Austin just before Easter Weekend you can find yourself in town around the time of the ABC Kite Fest. This unique event will take place on April 1st at Zilker Park for a memorable time for all ages. ABC Kite Fest is an all-ages event that has been a family tradition for years. You will find all-day-long activities during this event such as a kite flying contest and Mossfest, a unique children’s music concert. Thousands of Austinites will be at Zilker Park for this free event where you can make a kite and gaze at it flying in the sky. Local sponsors allow this community event to continue year to year. Don’t miss out on the ABC Kite Fest if you are in Austin early for Easter!

Easter Egg Hunts

It will not be a typical Easter holiday without a thrilling egg hunt for you and your family to participate in. Luckily, Austin has quite a few different Easter egg hunts that occur throughout the holiday. Many of the Easter egg hunts occur at local churches in the area. These churches have included Bethany Lutheran, First United Methodist Church Austin, and Riverbend Church. Other organizations that also host Easter egg hunts in the city have included Oak Hill Fire Department and Huston Tillotson Community Center. Each of these egg hunts occurs the Saturday or Sunday of Easter Weekend so you can find an egg hunt that works out for your schedule. Expect these free events to be welcoming and offer your children an exciting way to spend their holiday together. Perhaps the biggest and most exciting Easter egg hunt that happens each year is the one held at the Austin Zoo. Nothing is more exciting than hunting for Easter egg eggs as your family searches around the Austin Zoo with exciting animal exhibits nearby. This event will take place on Saturday April 8th with check-in at 8:30 AM. This Easter egg hunt requires registration beforehand to participate in the fun. All you need to do is to bring your Easter basket so your children can find all the eggs they can muster. There is a Little Hunters area that is designed for children ages 3 and younger. Registration for this year’s event will open soon; call the Austin Zoo for any questions by dialing 512-288-1490.

Easter Brunch

Another great way to enjoy your Easter weekend is by finding an Easter brunch nearby. We admit this is an activity the adults will look forward to the most as Easter brunches around Austin serve up tasty food and delicious drinks. For those looking for a more luxurious meal look no further than Goodall’s. This fine dining establishment has a prix fixe meal for Easter brunch that often includes salmon, steak, deviled eggs, and so much more. Don’t forget the desserts too such as lemon bars and more. Jeffrey’s is another fine dining establishment in Clarksville that features seafood towers and lamb porchetta. For a more family-friendly meal, check out Fareground, which comes with a variety of food vendors and more. Make sure to place a reservation for your Easter brunch, as they are all sure to fill up quickly.

Fusebox Festival

For those sticking around Austin for a few days after Easter, they can check out the Fusebox Festival, a hybrid arts festival that combines theatre, film, dance, music, and visual arts for a unique experience. Hundreds of artists from all over the world will descend upon Austin for this five-day event. Each performance is an intimate affair at local theatres or clubs. Large-scale projects will also be on hand in local parks and warehouses. Many of the artists who participate in the Fusebox Festival are Grammy Award winners. The festival lineup will be revealed soon so you can see what incredible artists you might be able to see in person!

Spend Your Easter in Austin

Get ready for an Easter getaway like no other when you book your stay in Austin. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable for the entire duration of your Easter getaway. Make sure to book your favorite rental with us today.

Each year everyone across the country waits for the fall season to begin. Sure, we all look forward to the cooler temperatures and finding any reason to put pumpkins in our coffees. But the real reason so many people get excited about the fall is to celebrate Halloween again. Halloween is the perfect all-ages holiday to celebrate something spooky with fun activities and events. This year’s Halloween is the perfect excuse to come see Austin for the first or tenth time. Take a look at the many ways you will not regret spending your Halloween in Austin with us:

Infamous Truck or Treat Halloween Party

Austin is home to a multitude of craft breweries that offer lively tasting rooms and restaurants. One such is Infamous Brewing Company which has become a staple among the Austin community. Each year, Infamous Brewing hosts its annual Truck or Treat Party which shows off all kinds of Halloween fun. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 10/29 starting at 2:00 PM. The Truck or Treat Halloween Party kicks off with the Trunk or Treat from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM allowing kids to get in plenty of time to snag all of the candy. Next up is the Kids Costume Contest starting at 4:00 PM with prizes for the best dressed. There will be the annual Electric Hot Dog Eating Contest at 5:00 PM for those who showed up with an appetite. Live music with Mudlark will hit the stage from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM with an adult costume contest bringing things to a close at 8:30 PM. The event is sure to have plenty of candy to give away, prizes, free giveaways, and plenty of fun. This is an all-ages event and is absolutely free to attend. Make sure to grab one of their handcrafted brews between activities!

Take a Haunted Tour with Austin Ghosts

Austin is a historic city that has experienced its fair share of hauntings over the years. Austin and Texas as a whole experienced plenty of conflicts early in its founding and this is the backstory to many of the hauntings experienced here in the downtown neighborhood. You can learn all about these incredible stories by booking a haunted tour with Austin Ghosts. This travel tour company has been featured in a variety of news publications and tv shows highlighting their in-depth tours offered throughout the year. Halloween is the perfect time of year to experience their tours for the first time. Each haunted tour offered by them is approximately 70 minutes in length and will have you explore one mile of Downtown Austin at night. You will make between 8 to 13 different stops along the way where your tour guide will explain all of the spooky histories of each building. These tours start at 8:00 PM and occur through all weather. Make sure to book your tours in advance around Halloween as this is a very popular activity. Tickets start at $19 for adults and $12 for children.

Boo at the Zoo

Just when you thought a stop by the Austin Zoo could not be any more exciting you find out that Boo at the Zoo returns this year! Boo at the Zoo is Austin Zoo’s Halloween spectacular and takes place the three weekends leading up to Halloween. Guests of the Austin Zoo can join in on the Halloween festivities for an additional charge whenever they purchase a ticket to visit the zoo. Boo at the Zoo allows children to show up in their best Halloween dresses. Explore the Haunted House where you can see animals that glow in the dark with their special flashlights. The Haunted Train will take you around the zoo and show off the animal exhibits from new heights. The Picnic Grove has been decorated for a family-friendly spooky time. Access to Boo at the Zoo allows you unlimited rides on the Haunted Train and Haunted House. The event will be taking place on the 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th of October from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM on those dates. Adults are also allowed to be dressed up but please for adult masks. Make sure to stop by the Austin Zoo a little early to catch all of the amazing animals in their spacious habitats. The Austin Zoo has always been a local favorite and Boo at the Zoo makes it even better.

Book Today & Spend Your Halloween in Austin

Start planning for your fall getaway and celebrate Halloween with us here in Austin. Our vacation rentals will keep you close to each of these exciting Halloween activities. Book today and find the perfect vacation rental for you and your family for the spookiest of Halloween times. See our exclusive list of Austin cabin rentals here.