I didn't know what to expect out of Austin. I had heard mixed reviews from "this is my favorite city in the world" to "I just don't get it-am I missing something here." I can tell you one thing it is decidedly very different from anywhere else I have been in Texas-the vibe and surrounding scenery left me disoriented-am I still in Texas? Am I still in the United States?
|The Colorado River Runs Through the City|
After checking in to the historic Driskill Hotel right in the midst of Sixth Street, we set out to South Congress Avenue for brunch at South Congress Cafe:
|Endless Boots at Allens on South Congress Ave.|
Wildflower. Then, off to Second Avenue, for what else? More shopping...
Here we are walking down Second Avenue to find that the street behind is surrounded and barricaded. Come to find out, Obama is here to make a speech at the W Hotel for his upcoming campaign.
Uchi on South Lamar. We had heard rave reviews of this dining spot all throughout the day. Uchi serves uniquely flavored sushi and dishes that are a delight to the senses. The restaurant is packed full every night, and deservedly so: the chef just won the James Beard award for best chef in the Southwest.
bars he owns in Austin. We stopped in at The Chuggin' Monkey and Dizzy Rooster among other bars that lined the street.
Luckily or unluckily (as those who are fans of ghost hunting) might say, our overnight stay in the Driskill Hotel, which is said to be haunted was serene and comfortable thanks to their plush beds. This landmark hotel was built in 1886 and although it has been renovated, the true character of the original interiors were maintained. The location can't be beat right in the heart of 6th street.
|Image via Driskill Hotel|
The next day we managed to walk by the Congress Building and drive around the University of Texas campus before heading back to Dallas. After an overnight trip, do I get Austin? I think I will have to go back and let you know. But do I like Austin? That's a resounding yes.
|Image via Travelmoon|