An Austin, Texas Getaway with Hotel Indigo

When we decide where to have a weekend getaway, Cameron and I consider 3 things: where we can get the best food, where we can get the best deals, and where we can pet the most dogs.

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This summer, I decided I wanted to try to plan a roadtrip for us all on my own, and just surprise Cam when the time came to plug in our destination to the GPS. There was no doubt in my mind that the city of Austin would be perfect for us to have a fun weekend full of food, fun, and good scenery.

This post is lengthy, but only because I got so many awesome shots of Austin life! I’ll be sharing about our hotel stay first and then I’m breaking down what we did throughout the weekend!

The hotel

Being downtown and in the heart of all the action is so great for a weekend getaway. Hotel Indigo Downtown Austin-University was so nice to have Cameron and I and really give us a home away from home for our stay!

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We stayed in a suite with a king bed and pool view. (And a great view of downtown Austin!) The room was super home-y and I loved the decor! It was the perfect place to refuel before heading out to face the heat as we wandered around town.

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austin texas getaway at hotel indigo downtown austin

 

austin texas getaway at hotel indigo downtown austin

The rooms are spacious so you have plenty of space to spread out if you’re bringing in plenty of outfit changes and snacks (like me), but there’s not a ton of unnecessary space that can make you feel overwhelmed or distract from the home-y feel. Cam and I just enjoyed going about our regular routine of watching HGTV!

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austin texas getaway at hotel indigo downtown austin

austin texas getaway at hotel indigo downtown austin

The amenities

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austin texas getaway at hotel indigo downtown austin

It may seem silly, but I love when hotels carry Aveda as the in-room toiletries! The rosemary mint will open up your sinuses and make you feel clean and fresh!

 

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austin texas getaway at hotel indigo downtown austin

austin texas getaway at hotel indigo downtown austin

I loved that our room had a living space complete with a desk! When we travel, we both bring our laptops, cameras, and at least 6 different chargers! Having a space to set all of that stuff aside is great. I’d totally come back for another business trip with this setup!

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One of my favorite things about Hotel Indigo was that it provided us with so much information on what was around us in downtown Austin! I flipped through advertisements of restaurants and different sources of entertainment to get a little inspiration for what we wanted to do over the weekend. The staff also offered their recommendations for things to do which we really appreciated!

I loved that our room had a living space complete with a desk! When we travel, we both bring our laptops, cameras, and at least 6 different chargers! Having a space to set all of that stuff aside is great. I'd totally come back for another business trip with this setup! 

This was my favorite little corner of the room. Seriously, when it comes to a Texas summer vacation, you’re going to need a spot to cool off and plan your next sight-seeing venture in some AC!

I loved that our room had a living space complete with a desk! When we travel, we both bring our laptops, cameras, and at least 6 different chargers! Having a space to set all of that stuff aside is great. I'd totally come back for another business trip with this setup! 

I loved that our room had a living space complete with a desk! When we travel, we both bring our laptops, cameras, and at least 6 different chargers! Having a space to set all of that stuff aside is great. I'd totally come back for another business trip with this setup! 

 

The neighborhood

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Hotel Indigo is in the heart of downtown, two blocks from 6th street. This allowed us to walk to food and live music and provided a great view! Driving to any of our picks for food and shopping was never over 10 minutes, so it was so easy to hop from place to place and then head home when we needed to get out of the heat for a rest.

 Nearby food and drink

Pelon’s Tex Mex – 802 Red River St. 

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best food in downtown austin texas

Priorities, ya’ll. This was our first meal in Austin as it was right next door to Hotel Indigo! I had the best spinach enchilada of my life and it was the cutest place ever. Sit outside on the deck if you can!

6th Street – 

We walked along sixth street to walk off our meal the first night and check out the restaraunts. Cameron is 21, but I’m not, so we didn’t go in, but definitely decided we’d come back after my birthday in January! It is an experience just to walk along the street and see all the action. It’s one of those places you can’t not go to if you’re in town.

B.D. Riley’s – 204 E 6th St

B.D. Riley’s is an authentic Irish pub on 6th street. It was actually designed and built in Ireland and transported right to downtown Austin! I knew I wanted to go here because Cam studied abroad in Dublin last summer and has been craving Irish stew. (Again – so good, I forgot to take pictures!)

Our Trip Details

When Cam and I travel, we like to branch out and try new things while at the same time sticking to some of the things we always love to do together. Austin was the perfect city for us to try new food and discover new spots, but spend time doing our favorite hobbies and weekend activities!

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The most important meal of the day – Tacodeli, 4200 N. Lamar Blvd.

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Have we told you before how much we love Tacodeli? We’ve only ever been to the location in Dallas, but we knew it started here in Austin and that they had a couple. That was our first stop Saturday morning for coffee and breakfast! We each always get the freakin’ vegan (the best combo of black beans, avocado, and pico de gallo you’ll ever taste) and a taco blanco (egg whites and whatever else you want!) So good, I’ve just written a whole paragraph about tacos.

Austin Farmer’s Market – 422 Guadalupe St.

When I was planning our trip, I came across info on the Sustainable Food Center farmer’s market. If you’ve been following for a while, you know a trip to the farmer’s market on Saturday morning is Cam and I’s ritual. We had to keep the tradition alive! (Note: was too distracted by cute dogs and free samples to take pictures.)

BookPeople – 603 N. Lamar Blvd

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I love mornings when I can slowly wander through a bookstore with a cup of coffee. When we were driving to go see the Graffiti Park on N. Lamar, we passed BookPeople. We circled back and spent a good chunk of time looking through all the books and goodies! Highly recommend for all you bookworms out there!

Shopping on South Congress – South Congress Avenue

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south congress shopping austin tx

I’ve walked these shops before on my last trip and it’s another can’t-miss-thing-to-do in Austin! We popped in and out of antique stores, candy shops, and cute boutiques and had a blast.

Lunch – Hopdoddy Burger Bar, 1400 S Congress Ave

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I read great recommendations on Yelp and the food sounded really good! (It was.) The staff was so friendly and we really enjoyed our meal. Save room for a milkshake!

What I wore – 

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It was hot and I knew I needed to dress for it! Josephine Resort sent me their Liz Romper cover-up for my trip to Florida next weekend, but I brought it along as something that would be lightweight and cool.

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Exploring 

We really enjoyed the 2nd street district and the Barton Springs area. Cam and I enjoy just driving around until we see something cool, so on trips, this is something we make time for. I definitely recommend blocking off time in any itinerary for just driving or walking around the place you’re visiting!

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Resting Up

I said it on an Instagram post, and I’ll say it again: never had I appreciated a nice, homey, air-conditioned hotel more than on this trip! At any time, it was really easy to make a short drive or walk back to Hotel Indigo and get a shower or just put our feet up. (I’m that girl who always insists on wearing sandals despite the amount of walking, so I always end up needing to rest, haha!)

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Big Sunday Breakfast – Austin Java, Suite 100, 2nd Street District, 301 W 2nd St

There’s plenty of spots to grab a cup of coffee or something sweet, but come Sunday, Cam and I were ready for a big, hearty breakfast. Austin Java did not disappoint!

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A Stroll in Zilker Park – 2100 Barton Springs Rd

Cam and I had this place on our wish list ever since we followed the Instagram account, “Zilker Bark”, and saw all the cute dogs that hung out there! We walked a ways down the trails and watched people kayak and paddle board. It was a great way to walk off breakfast before our drive home, and, yes, we saw lots of cute dogs!

I’m having total Austin withdrawals and I can’t wait till we can go back! Definitely the perfect spot to spend a weekend filled with good food and good company!

Have you ever been to Austin? What spots do you like to hit when you’re there?

X,

Cristina

  • Austin looks like a great place with lots to do! I’d love to check out all of the shops and restaurants you mentioned – especially the book shop!

    • cristina

      I could have spent hours in that bookshop! It was such a fun visit 🙂

  • It looks like you guys had an AWESOME time in Austin! I’ve never stayed at Hotel Indigo, but we pass by it all the time, it seriously has the best location!
    I freaking love Hopdoddy! We have them in Dallas too, and their burgers are quite tasty! We’re heading to Austin over Labor Day weekend and my mouth is already watering thinking about grabbing breakfast at Austin Java!

    • cristina

      I’ll have to go to Hopdoddy when I visit Dallas again! It was so delicious and the prices weren’t bad at all. You’re going to have such a fun Labor Day weekend in Austin!

  • I’m the kind of person who always wears sandals too! I just always want to look cute, even if it means my feet will hurt from hours of walking and standing.

  • Looks like a good trip! The hotel rooms look so cute and homie!

  • I’ve never been to Austin before, or even Texas! Your pictures of the hotel were great, I especially loved the one with the Kate Spade bag on the chair–super chic. The food all looked delicious and your outfit is super cute! Glad you had such a fun time 🙂

    Michelle | http://www.landofstyleandsass.blogspot.com

    • cristina

      You should definitely visit the Lone Star State sometime 🙂 I’ve lived here almost my whole life and cities like Houston, Austin, and San Antonio are so fun to spend time in 🙂 Thanks for reading, girl!

  • Austin looks like such a fun city, definitely somewhere I want to visit in the future! Will definitely be saving this post for when I go! 🙂

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

    • cristina

      You should definitely visit!! And come to Houston while you’re at it 🙂

  • How cool! We were in Austin the weekend before last! Such a fun time 🙂

    xoxo, Jenny

  • That hotel is seriously so cute! Glad you had a great time!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • If I’m in Austin I’ll have to stay at this hotel – so fun!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Looks like you had a great time, I have always wanted to go to Texas!! All that food looks so yummy!

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  • What an awesome hotel!! I love when hotels give you info about the area. It is SO helpful!

  • Ah! I’ve only been to Austin once but I loved it. The hotel looks great!

  • I would love to visit Austin! It looks incredible in these pictures.
    xo, Laura

  • Tamara

    Lovely hotel! Austin is definitely a city I’d like to visit soon. Your pictures are gorgeous Cristina!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  • Amy

    Sounds like had such a wonderful time! This makes me want to visit Austin so bad an the hotel you stayed at looks so lovely! I hope to plan a surprise trip with my boyfriend like this some time soon!
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • cristina

      You should totally do it, it’s so fun!

  • Elana

    What a gorgeous hotel and it looks like such a fun trip.

  • What a fun trip! Austin looks amazing! Did we find a girls weekend destination for the future???

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

  • Madeline

    Great post! I went to Austin with my boyfriend in May and we fell in LOVE. I can’t wait to go back and eat at the places you mentioned.

  • I’ve never been to Texas but have always wanted to go! I think Austin will be my first stop now, thanks for the tips!

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

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