It’s been 3 weeks since my last flight and I’ve just booked another one.
Wanderlust is calling and though the countdown has begun – (see where I’m headed next on the ‘gram!) I’m using the blog to share and relive some of my favorite destinations – particularly the warmer ones. It’s like that first taste of champagne after a week of sobriety… it’s just so good!
I try and make it back to Texas at least three times a year, once to Dallas and then once or twice to Austin. This past Memorial Day I headed back to the Lone Star State and checked into the Westin Austin Downtown for a one night stay before heading out to the hill country.
Now before I share details of my amazing overnight, you should know that I’m a Starwood loyalist. Between the points, their portfolio of properties and locations – when I think big city travel it’s Starwood all the way, More importantly Westin’s are at the top of my list.
The Westin Austin Downtown is no exception to the rule as its blocks from 6th street, restaurants, nightlife and the outdoor culture of Lady Bird Lake. The property also features some of the most stunning (and instagrammable views) of the city skyline especially during a not to miss Texas sunset from the Azul rooftop bar. Be sure to also order one of their elevated cocktails – a personal favorite is the Prickly Pear Mosa.
To say I was spoiled was an understatement. I had a top floor room with a view of Austin to my right and a southwest facing view with sprawling Texas skies. After being away for so long – sprawling landscapes are welcome after staring at buildings in the concrete jungle.The rooms are always so fresh and bespoke for the modern traveler, like myself, with USB’s by the bed, rain showers and the most comfortable bedding.
What I also love about Westin’s is their commitment to making sure your vacation is as restorative as possible. Whether it’s a guided run along the lake with the run concierge or visiting their fitness studio, there’s always options to get a workout in.
Recently, The Westin Austin just added Peloton bikes to their fitness studio! For a cycling evangelist like me – having access to more than 5,000 on-demand classes is a great way to get a good workout in. All that is needed is to head downstairs, workout, back up to shower then you’re out the door to explore. It saves SO much time.
Three words. Stella. San. Jac. Stella – on San Jacinto (clever!) is the Westin Austin’s southern style restaurant with lots of charm and flavor. From the sleek Danish deco décor, to its cocktail menu and to die for deviled eggs we had brunch (droolworthy – menu here) before heading out.
The meal started with their signature biscuits with whipped butter (hello southern goodness), we ordered the delicious deviled eggs and I took a deep dive into the blueberry french toast. All three was a nice entrée into a food coma for our pending ride out to the hill country.
What I love about this place is that it’s the perfect intersection of southern flair, convenience and a little bit away from the heart of Sixth Street – no sense in being reminded of my sins from the night before. The staff couldn’t be friendlier and their revitalizing juices are on point for both Westin’s rejuvenation thematic and recovery from the night before.
Even if you aren’t staying at the hotel, it’s a great place to get brunch and perfect for a girls group, visiting parents or a day date when you may need a little more ambiance and ability to actually hear people – (a huge pet peeve of mine at other spots!)
Here’s more info on the restaurant.
Thanks to The Westin Austin Downtown for collaborating on this post!