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Franklin Barbecue

Photo courtesy of Franklin Barbecue

There's more than one way to discover Austin.


RUGGED WESTERNER

       
Broken Spoke photo by Winker Withaneye.        

Where to Stay // Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa
Just outside of Austin, this resort offers 18 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, rafting and kayaking on the lovely Colorado River.

Afternoon // Allens Boots
From colorful, embroidered “steppin’” out styles to traditional work boots, Allens will get you ready for the ranch in no time.

Dinner // Contigo
Ben Edgerton opened his mostly al fresco restaurant to honor the food of his parents’ South Texas hunting ranch. The menu includes killer cocktails and rustic, refined fare such as ox tongue sliders.

Evening // Broken Spoke
This remains a definitive, toe-tapping honky tonk and beloved Austin institution. Its well-scuffed dance floor, cheap beer and burgers, and calendar of local troubadours still do its history proud.


MODERN TEXAN

       
Hotel Saint Cecilia photo by Casey Dunn.        

Where to Stay // Hotel Saint Cecilia
Named for the patron saint of music and poetry, this luxurious property is tucked just off South Congress. Don't miss the pool, with its illuminated pink neon “soul” sign.

Morning // Stag
A one-stop shop for any modern dude, with a quirky mix of modern and traditional clothing, antiques, gifts and body care.

Afternoon // Helm Boots
Helm offers cool urban styles designed in Austin since 2009—and popular with rock stars and chefs such as Paul Qui.

Dinner // Lenoir
At this stylish boîte, the menu features seasonal plates with local ingredients—think roasted antelope with turnip cake. Start with bubbly in the pretty garden.


ARTS ENTHUSIAST

       
Latte photo courtesy of Houndstooth Coffee.        

Where to Stay // Four Seasons Hotel Austin
The luxurious Four Seasons is perched on the banks of Lady Bird Lake. Sip a fresh Mexican martini in the lobby lounge before dinner at Trio.

Breakfast // Houndstooth Coffee
Calling all coffee geeks: Houndstooth knows its beans. This hipster spot serves the world's finest coffee in a mod setting.

Morning // The Contemporary at the Jones Center
In addition to its contemporary art, the museum's Roof Deck at 
The Jones is the perfect spot to watch the sun set over Austin.

Afternoon // Blanton Museum
Tucked inside the leafy campus of the University of Texas at Austin, the collection here includes European masters, Latin American art and paintings of the American West.


FOODIE

       
Photo courtesy of Jeffery's.        

Where to Stay // Lone Star Court
Austin’s new boutique hotel offers rooms gussied up in a retro ranch style (metal headboards and deer horn lamps) and featuring vintage soda crates stocked with regional snacks.

Morning // Easy Tiger
With loaves of miche and rye, crusty baguettes, chewy pretzels and flaky croissants, baker David Norman has created a bread culture in tortilla town. 

Lunch // Franklin Barbecue
Many consider Aaron Franklin’s slow-cooked smoked brisket to be the best in Texas—hence the long lines. 

Dinner // Jeffrey’s
Austin native Larry McGuire amassed a mini restaurant empire before transforming this neighborhood institution into an award-winnning bistro.


MUSIC LOVER

       
Lucy's Fried Chicken photo by Kelly Rucker.        

Where to Stay // W Austin
The swanky hotel is an ideal home base for a music binge, as several clubs are nearby on Sixth Street. The hotel offers its own live music series and a “Records Room” that showcases vintage LPs.

Brunch // Lucy’s Fried Chicken
James Holmes is one of a wave of top chefs devoted to perfectly fried bird. The laid-back vibe is perfect for buckets of chicken served with pickled vegetables, grilled oysters and Southern sides.

Evening // ACL Live
ACL Live at The Moody Theater is a state-of-the-art venue that doubles as home for the Austin City Limits TV show. The 2,750-seat, three-level venue hosts megastars ranging from Willie Nelson to Coldplay.

Late Night // Continental Club
In the middle of hopping South Congress, this club has been rocking South Austin since 1957. Icy longnecks and nightly live music make it an essential, time-honored venue.

 

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