1, 2, 3: Austin, Texas Destination Guide

Austin is the Live Music Capital Of The World, but there’s much more to do. Today, HAP’s Community Manager Megan Shelton (@megannshelton) tours us around her favorite spots in Texas’s capital.

To Stay:

Carpenter Hotel (@carpenterhotel)

Outdoor lovers should book a stay at the Carpenter Hotel for an off-the-beaten-track experience. This renovated union hall offers 93 rooms with individual terraces. Spend the day lounging by the pool sipping a Lady Bird Latte from Hot L Coffee, the hotel’s cafe. Later, dine on the patio at Carpenters Hall and watch the sunset at Zilker Park.

To Eat:

(📷: @andrewreiner)

Suerte (@suerteatx)

Famous for their masa, Suerte’s menu is rooted in traditional Mexican cooking techniques. The team partners with neighborhood farms to bring the best produce and meat right to your table. Each Monday, the team highlights select agave at a special price.

(📷: @atasteofkoko)

Ah Sing Den (@ah_sing_den)

Named after the owner of East London’s most famous opium dens where writers such as Charles Dickens sought inspiration, this East Austin lounge serves craft cocktails and Asian fusion bites. Allow the host to walk you from a nostalgic bar room to the secret garden, then order any of the mouthwatering shared morsels.

To Do:

Rainey Street Historic District (@raineystreetatx)

Made up of renovated houses turned into bars, Rainey Street is one of Austin’s hottest spots. There, you’ll find string-light-laced patios, food trucks, drinks, and of course, live music. Sip Icenhauer’s sangria in a jar, snap a pic at Bungalow’s neon wall, and take a ride down the colorful slide at Unbarlievable.

Lone Star Riverboat Friday Night Moonlight Cruise (@lone_star_riverboat)

After bat watching, a moonlight cruise along Lady Bird Lake is a beautiful way to see the city. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine, some snacks, and a friend (or two), then board the Lone Star Riverboat for scenic views of the Downtown skyline.

SoCo District (@southcongressatx)

South Congress has some of Austin’s hippest boutiques, hotels, and homegrown eateries. Here, you’ll find Allen’s Boots (Picture #1) and some of the most iconic street art the city has to offer, like the “Willie For President” and Jo’s Coffee “I Love You So Much” (Picture #2) murals.

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