Staycation Spots and Weekend Getaways
Kick back and relax or get out and explore at one of these local favorites
by Avery Tanner
Looking to get away without going away? Or to spend time in the great outdoors? We all deserve a little break from the real world. Check out these Austin spots – plus a few destinations just miles outside of the city – to enjoy a quick trip this summer.
112 Academy Drive Austin, TX
Tucked away in the center of Austin, Hotel Saint Cecilia is an ideal spot get some rest from your busy schedule. For the full getaway experience, relax under one of the hotel’s vintage-inspired poolside bungalows.
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd. Lost Pines, TX
Retreat to Lost Pines for a weekend nestled in the Hill Country. Guest can relax at the spa or hit the golf course. And if you’re really looking to treat yourself, reserve the Governor’s Suite for its 20-foot vaulted ceilings, library, and much more.
1705 S. Quinlan Rd. Austin, TX
If you’re hoping to pamper yourself with a trip to the spa, look no further than Lake Austin Spa Resort. Located about 30 miles from downtown Austin, the spa offers all of the classic treatments they are known for, along with not-so-classic offerings like their newly introduced Forest Bathing and Floating Meditation. And don’t forget to hop on one of their boat cruises on picturesque Lake Austin.
434 North Blanco, Lockhart, TX
Built in the 1860s, the recently-renovated Ellison House has plenty of old Texas charm. The boutique boarding house is located within walking distance of downtown Lockhart where you can find boutiques, vintage shops, and some of the best barbecue in the state.
For A Night on the Town
1123 E. 11th St. Austin, TX
With prime location on the Eastside, Hotel Eleven gives you a look into all that’s happening in East Austin. The hotel is run by husband-and-wife duo Mark Vornberg and Shelly Leibham, who have dreamed of being hoteliers for years. The world-famous Franklin Barbecue and new favorite bar Nickel City are both located within a very short walking distance.
111 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX
The LINE serves as the newest addition to downtown Austin, and it’s living up to expectations with its modern design and city views. The hotel’s restaurant, Arlo Grey, features food from Top Chef winner Kristen Kish and its coffee shop, Alfred, is the brand’s first location in Texas.
1220 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX
Located on South Congress, Austin Motel is the quintessential place to stay in ATX. Enjoy a coffee from Jo’s around the corner in the morning, relax by the pool in the afternoon, and walk over to the famous bat bridge to wrap up the day. The modern and bright vibe of the hotel carries into the hotel’s store, where you can purchase all kinds of Liz Lambert curated favorites.
For the Outdoors
Glamping has become one of the biggest trends in travel – and Walden Retreats is the ideal spot for your glamping getaway. Just a few miles outside of Johnson City, the “camp” is home to two safari-style tents where you can feel like you’re outside, without sacrificing any of the typical perks of a hotel.
200 Hi Cir. N. Horseshoe Bay, TX
Overlooking Lake LBJ, Horseshoe Bay Resort boasts amenities galore, including multiple pools, sunset cruises, and even a Kid’s Club for your little ones. Known as one of America’s best golf resorts, you can also tee off at one of their courses for a day in the sun.
5401 W. Fitzhugh Rd. Dripping Springs, TX
Escape from the busy city of Austin with a romantic weekend trip to the Hill Country in Dripping Springs. The Liney Moon features a number of cottages where guests are encouraged to unplug and unwind.