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The Best of Austin

Javelina Bar on Rainey Street in Austin

There is a lot to love about Austin. The people, the attitude, the winter weather, the music, and more. So, what do locals do when entertaining friends and family from out of town? I posed this question to Top Trip Rentals’ staff members and here’s some of our favorite places. Happy Travels!

Rebecca’s Top 5 favorite Austin spots:

  1. Walking the Greenbelt and stopping for swims in Barton Creek along the way!
  2. Margaritas and “Texas Radio Live” at Guero’s Oak Garden on Wednesday nights.
  3. Shopping the monthly specials at Room Service Vintage.
  4. Brunch at Counter Cafe. I recommend the mango mimosas and counter benedict.
  5. Walking the Butler Trail in the evening with a stop at Alta’s Cafe for a drink.
Sandra’s Top 5:
  1. Exploring the Greenbelt with my dog (with snacks and water).
  2. Drinks at Javelina on Rainey St.
  3. Biking on the Walnut Creek Trail.
  4. Barbacoa tacos from La Esperanza on S. Congress across from St. Edwards.
  5. Dancing the night away at Highland Lounge.
Outdoor patio at Javelina Austin on Rainey Street. Photo from www.Javelinabar.com
Outdoor patio at Javelina Austin on Rainey Street. Photo from www.Javelinabar.com

Brenda’s Top 5:

  1. Hike up Mt. Bonnell
  2. Angie’s Mexican Food on East 7th Street
  3. State Capitol – Both the grounds and the building.
  4. The Grove Wine Bar
  5. Esther’s Follies

Rene’s Top 5:

  1. A trip to Mayfield Park to see the peacocks.
  2. Touring the outdoor exhibit at AMOA’s Laguna Gloria location.
  3. The dining room of Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
  4. ACL!
  5. October weather

Whether you’re here for a few days or for one of Austin’s big music or film festivals like ACL or SXSW, check out some of our staff’s favorite locales in Austin and live like a local.

September 30, 2016

Hill Country Day Trip

Dripping Springs was once a sleepy ranch town 25 miles west of Austin on the way to the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. As with all things near Austin, it has changed. Today, it’s a thriving town in it’s own right with a blossoming wine community brought on by a new string of vineyards dotting the landscape. As Dripping Springs is only about 30 minutes from downtown, it makes an easy spot for a close-by day trip. If you are looking for an excuse to explore Dripping Springs, this weekend provides you with the perfect opportunity.

This Saturday, September 10, the city is hosting the 9th Annual “Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival” to tempt you out of downtown Austin. The Food and Wine Festival showcases more than 75 food, wine and spirit vendors that are made or produced nearby Dripping Springs.

This year the festival takes place at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park & Event Center, out on Ranch Road (RR) 12. A map is found on this website link for the Event Center. 

Happy Trails!

September 9, 2016

The 410–A House Cocktail for the Graeber Home

The 410 drink created by Mixologist JR Mocanu.

When it came time to create a house cocktail for our historic Graeber Home located in the heart of Austin’s famed 6th Street, we chose Barmadillo partner Mixologist JR Mocanu. His mission–to merge both traditional and modern elements to accurately reflect the building’s historic significance and modern updates.

With this in mind, we present–“The 410”–a mix of all locally-sourced spirits that looks sweet but tastes substantial (it’s the bitters). All ingredients used in “The 410” were available to barkeeps in the 19th century in keeping with the historic provenance of the building and yet combine in a modern way to celebrate the home’s remodel and renovations in the mid-20th century.

So, the next time you stay with us at the Graeber, request a batch of “The 410” to greet you for your stay. Cheers.

The 410 drink created by Mixologist JR Macanu.
“The 410” cocktail, created by Mixologist JR Mocanu.

September 2, 2016

Brunch is a Must

Long bar with chairs in Isla Restaurant in Austin

In the “blink and you missed it” category, none is changing more rapidly in Austin’s food scene than the offerings for brunch. Every good restaurant in town now has some kind of option for this Sunday meal that is better than breakfast and more important than lunch. It’s a verb. It’s brunch.

For the best lineup of brunch locales in Central Austin, check out this “Eater” article that provides several locations close to our Littlefield Lofts vacation rentals on 6th and Brazos Street. Three are within an easy stroll of our lofts: Italic (#2), Isla (#7) and Wu Chow (#8) are all recommended. Enjoy!

Isla Restaurant Interiors Photo credit: Andrea Calo
Isla Restaurant Interiors
Photo credit: Andrea Calo

 

April 11, 2016

Downtown Austin Farmer’s Market Held Every Saturday

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Every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., you can buy yummy, healthy and local food brought to you by local farmers and one of Austin’s best non-profits the Sustainable Food Center. The SFC/Downtown’s Farmer’s Market is at Republic Square at 4th and Guadalupe.

If you’re staying with us at our Downtown Properties like Littlefield Quarters or 410 E. 6th Street, you’re within easy walking distance. Enjoy!

Photo from Sustainable Food Center’s FB page. Thanks SFC!

January 8, 2016