Hi! Hayley here. I design everything Nellie Taft and recently traveled down to Austin, Texas for a Nellie Taft pop-up with Tom's. I wanted to give you the run-down on everything we did, ate, and saw while we were in town. Austin is kind of spread out, but these spots are mostly walkable or at least a quick $7 Uber away.
Where to Stay:
Okay, here's the deal. Austin has gotten very popular with tourists. That means that hotels have gotten very expensive. We found a great option with a few locations within the city. We stayed at The Guild East 6th Indie. The locations are within apartment buildings, so it's almost like a conglomerate of AirBNB's, but they have a 24 hour concierge that is SUPER helpful. It also felt slightly more "hotel-y" than an AirBNB, which I appreciated. We paid about $150 per night for a 2 bedroom space. WORTH IT.
Hillside Farmacy - the $5 house punch is the perfect dinner cocktail
El Chilito - a little taco stand right around the corner from our hotel pick. Make sure you try to puffy taco and the $2 happy hour frozen sangria. You will NOT regret it and you may make more than one trip. ;)
Easy Tiger (Lexi is in Oh My Gosh)
Easy Tiger - a cafe and beergarden with an outdoor hangout on the canal
1886 Bakery & Cafe
The Driskill 1886 Bakery & Cafe - a vibey bakery and cafe in a historic hotel
The Blanton and Ellsworth Kelly's Austin
You'll definitely want to spend a few hours at the Blanton at University of Texas-Austin. Make sure you get a ticket to the newly opened Ellsworth Kelly installation "Austin". Admission is $12 for non-members, but you can get in on Thursdays for FREE.
You can take a 20 minute walk from The Guild East 6th Indie and reach these don't miss spot. Take Heart is located right next door to the super popular and super chic Miranda Bennett Studio...which also happens to be located next door to Hillside Farmacy. Make sure to hit all 3.
Barton Springs for a natural spring pool.
S. Congress for an all-around walkable good time.
Broken Spoke for a real-life honky tonk.
Chip and Jo's Magnolia Silos is only 90 minutes away.
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