Notice how I did not title this blog post – “Is Everything Bigger & Better in Austin, TX?”. That was on purpose. Simply because this isn’t something that is up for debate. It is a fact (according to me), that yes. Everything is absolutely bigger and better in Austin. From the music scene, to the food scene, and everything in between, Austin is weird ya’ll. And for that, I love it.
I got the wonderful opportunity to spend 8 weeks in Austin for a travel nursing assignment. And while I got to spend 8 weeks there, I am telling you… it was not enough time! I am convinced that the best way to explore Austin would have to be by living there full time. But if you must, you can also settle for a quick weekend.
Below you will find how to best spend a weekend exploring Austin. So pull up your cowboy boots, put on your cowboy hat, and welcome to Austin ya’ll!
Get started early – head to Lady Bird Lake to rent paddleboards and/or kayaks. Paddle along the Austin skyline while watching the sunrise. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Biscuits and Groovy. A groovy little food truck serving delicious – you guessed it – biscuits and gravy! With full stomachs head to South Congress Street. Here you can find many photo ops, hello Jo’s Coffee and the iconic Austin Motel. Along South Congress you will find boutiques, restaurants, and more. Stay for a while and take your time moseying in and out of shops. Stop for some shade and lunch at Perla’s and enjoy your time on their outdoor patio. Once you’re cleaned up and ready for dinner start your night early by grabbing happy hour at Weather Up. An old house transformed into a restaurant. From there head less than a mile down the road for dinner at Kemuri Tatsu-Ya where you can share small plates of Texas, Japanese fusion. Still full of energy? Head out to Rainey Street where houses are transformed into bars, and there is no shortage of food trucks. My personal fave is Bungalow.
Start with a filling brunch at Josephine House, begins at 1000. Depending what you’re in the mood for, there are a couple of ways to spend “day two”. Option one: Drive North 1.5 hrs to Magnolia Market. If you so choose to spend your day this way, check out my blog post here on how to do so. If you are in the mood for some fun in the sun, you might opt for option two: Grab your sunscreen and hats to float the river. There are lots of different options, but I personally would recommend San Marcos River. Once your day is complete, clean up and stop for a quick drink at Eberly before dinner. One of the most gorgeous restaurants in Austin, plop down in the bar area on a comfy couch, sit back, and relax. Once you’ve finished your drink head up the street to Uchi. Uchi has been voted one of the best sushi restaurants in the US. And it does not disappoint. I strongly recommend making reservations as slots fill up fast. Still not tired? Wow, you must be 21 (ha, ha). Head to Dirty Sixth Street – where anything goes.
Now that you’ve spent a weekend in Austin, you tell me… do you need more time?!