October 1, 2019
Ah, Austin, how we love thee. With every visit to this hip hangout, there’s something new or noteworthy to discover. After recently making our rounds and researching what’s tried and trending, here’s our picks to lasso the ultimate Texas escape.
It may not be open quite yet, but set your sites on the launch of Austin Proper Hotel & Residences, which makes its debut January 15th, 2020. Kickstart the new year at this haute hotel, designed by Kelly Wearstler and inspired by the city’s Craftsman-style homes. Located at the bustling downtown Second Street District, the boutique property is near Lady Bird Lake, the iconic Austin City Limits Live music venue, and South Congress hot spots. The property will house 244 rooms and suites, and a stylish spa and rooftop pool and lounge.
Stay & Spa
The new Miraval Austin hugs the Texas Hillside Country and is reason enough to jet to Texas. With an emphasis on sense of place, farm-to-spa programming is anchored in the property’s Cypress Creek Farm. With farm tours, chicken-keeping classes, bee-keeping programs, and mushroom education, Cypress Creek Farm informs Miraval Austin’s unique programming. Here, your skin, senses, and muscles are treated to a barrage of farm-sourced ingredients: honey, pecans, peaches, and more. In fact, Miraval’s signature Petal Pecan Facial is so decadent that when the all-organic, plant-derived Laurel Skin products are applied to your face, they may just make you hungry, too.
Sip & Savor
Odd Duck. As with many culinary success stories in Austin, this sumptuous restaurant started as a food truck in 2009 and rapidly evolved into a local favorite with staying power. Helmed by brothers Bryce and Dylan Gilmore, Odd Duck retains its original passion for Chef Bryce’s snout-to-tail pork dishes sourced by local farms in addition to oh-so-tempting, only-in-Texas tequila and mezcal cocktails.
Comedor. This recently opened downtown restaurant has a sultry design as notable as its modern Mexican fare. Designed by Olson Kundig, Comedor features a lively outdoor patio opened by hand cranks on huge glass doors. The interior décor is stripped-back and industrial, with exposed black steel details and concrete, while Olson Kundig created a series of custom furniture, including Hickory-wood tables and dark leather chairs. And the food? Expect an incredible mix of small plates by Chefs Gabe Erales and Philip Speer. Standouts include Chicken Liver Mousse served with Churro, Beets, and Peach; Yellowfin Tuna with Chile Costeno-Watermelon Aguachile, and Charred Cucumber; and the Texas Mushroom Quesadilla.
Continental Club. Considered the granddaddy of Austin’s music scene, this South Congress landmark is a must, whether you’re a newbie or have repeatedly watched veteran Austin musicians grace its famous stage. For 60 years and running, this legendary live music venue as hosted the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Plant, and Junior Brown. This fall, upcoming shows include The Blues Specialists and 4th Annual Reverend Horton Heat’s Continental Hayride.
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