The first time I went to Austin was last year and it did not disappoint. Its eclectic scenery and laid back vibe is just my style. My penchant for bright colors and love for colonial chic design makes me want to just melt into the background of the city. Thus when the opportunity came up to go back this April you can imagine how excited I was. Yet, although I did plan on re-visiting many of the places I discovered on my first trip, like Joe's in South Congress and Half Step on Rainey Street, I also wanted to see some new parts of the city. Deciding to explore more north/east of downtown I found charming boutique hotel, The Highlander Austin. True to quality boutique design, the hotel had all sorts of darling details that made the stay so much fun. Lets just say their #pinksheep brigade "had me at hello" and was smitten when one was standing next to my hotel room door to welcome me. The end to a work trip, I did have to spend the my first day of my stay catching up on computer work. But surrounded by five large fluffy pillows, working from bed was never so luxurious. Spending a more relaxing day with the boy, we ventured out to the nearby East Cesar Chavez and Holly neighborhoods. An adorable coffee shop, Cenote's mocha hit just the spot. We also dinned at the most retro chic restaurant, Laundrette. Its Buratta with cashew, brown butter, black mission fig, grilled focaccia was to-die-for. Of course no trip of mine would be complete without a thrifting adventure. Located just across a stone's throw from hotel is a Texas Thrift, which I closed down looking through its amazing and affordable vintage selection.
The friendly staff at The Highlander Austin made it such an easy and relaxing end to a long trip. I cannot wait to come back to this special city that has a piece of my heart!
6200 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, TX 78752
Austin, TX 78752