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4 Reasons to Rent a House on College Football Game Day

University of Texas mascot Bevo on the sidelines with Silver Spurs
No matter how hot it is, college football means fall has officially arrived. Fans all over are celebrating Saturday game day and getting into following their teams.
Whether your team is at home or away, college game gets better with a stay at a local vacation rental. How? Here are four good ways that booking a unique home-away-from-home experience can improve game day.

1. Create a Fan Oasis

University of Texas mascot Bevo on the sidelines with Silver Spurs
Bevo and handlers, the Texas Silver Spurs, enjoy the sidelines on Texas Longhorn college game day. Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

Games are better when shared with friends. For traveling fans, away trips can feel lonely. So bring buddies! Vacation home rentals sleep more people than standard, cookie-cutter hotel rooms. Plus, they have that wonderful “at home” feel for stretching out.

Entrance to 410 E. 6th Street in Austin

Top Trip Rentals suggests: Our 410 E. 6th Street location, also known as the Graeber House, has a 65-inch TV and sleeps as many as 12 people. This unique venue is nestled right in the middle of Austin’s famous nightlife and live music scene. And there’s even an indoor pool, so you can refresh after a day spent outdoors at Darryl K Royal Memorial Stadium.

Book your stay at 410 E. 6th Street 

2. Pre- and Post-Game It

Jumbotron showing sunset at University of Texas football game
There’s the sunset, and then there’s a UT football game sunset. Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

 

Fans do football right. We pre-game it with tailgate parties. We show up for the game. Afterward, there’s  always another game to watch or post-party to attend. The right vacation rental home can create a truly memorable game day experience. To make the most of college game day in Austin, you’ll want to be near the LBJ School and Texas State Capitol complex for official tailgate fun. There’s Scholt’z Bier Garten for a cold one, and catch The Horn 104.9’s game day show at the stadium.

Littlefield Lofts view from balcony overlooking Austin's 6th StreetTop Trip Rentals suggests: Our Littlefield Lofts are located in the heart of downtown Austin. As you walk to DKR Memorial Stadium, you’ll pass Scholtz’s on San Jacinto and travel through tailgate alley.
When you head home, 6th Street’s famous bars are there to keep the game-day buzz alive. And perhaps you can get a glimpse that burnt-orange UT Tower glowing after a Longhorn win.
Book one of our 24 Littlefield Loft vacation rental homes

3. Get to the Field

The world's largest Texas flag at the UT Longhorn football game
At Longhorn games, Alpha Phi Omega (Texas APO) manages the world’s largest Texas flag, 100×150 feet. Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

 

Why ruin a great Saturday by messing with traffic? Make every game-day minute count by removing unnecessary travel time from the weekend agenda. Or, at the very least, make that car time more fun. Choosing a vacation rental home after some savvy thought about game day routes skips the hassle and leads to happier football fans.

outdoor seating on deck at Top Trip Rentals' University Hills vacation rental homeTop Trip Rentals suggests: Sadly, #ATXtraffic is a thing–even without 100,000 rabid football fans taking to the street. On home game days, I35 and MoPac (Austin’s main thoroughfares) can become parking lots.
Let someone else do the driving–Ryde Austin’s cute electric carts can shuttle you around the downtown area cheaply ($5!). For a high-end experience, Ross Elite Chauffeur Service–owned by Texas Longhorn legendary athletes Aaron Ross and Sanya-Richards Ross–will transport you in stylish luxury. Some public transportation options do exist: Tarrytown’s Norwalk Square Condo is right on the UT shuttle bus route. And when you’re conveniently located, driving isn’t a pain. Our four-bedroom University Hills vacation rental home is a short, pleasant drive (just 4 miles to stadium, and you can avoid I35!).

4. Live a Football Weekend

University of Texas seal with orange roses in wall on campus
Staying like a local means you get to see the real Austin. Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

You don’t have to actually go to the game to have a spectacular football Saturday. Why not do your home viewing up right with a weekend getaway? Booking a vacation rental home with fabulous amenities can make fans, friends, and family happy on college game day.

Top Trip Rentals suggests: Though football signals fall, Austin-area temperatures often say “summer.”
Don’t fight those warm fall Saturdays. How about watching the big game out at the lake? Why not spend the day outside, on the patio, grilling some good food, while watching college game day TV coverage?
Our Rainbow Cove and Sunset Shores vacation rental homes, situated on the shores of beautiful constant-level Lake LBJ, accommodate groups who want to relax–and when the ‘Horns score, you can hear the entire lake roar!
And that close-to-stadium University Hills vacation rental home we mentioned earlier is patio-perfect for game day grilling.
So whether you’re visiting Austin to support an away team or a bleeding-orange Hook’em Horns Texas hometown fan, treating yourself to that game-day getaway may be the key to a perfect football Saturday.
 
 
 University of Texas tower against a bright blue sky

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September 8, 2017

How to Get Around Austin Without a Car

In Texas, we love to drive. Cars rule the road. So how do you get around Austin if you’re not driving?

At one point in time, Uber and Lyft suspended operations in Austin after voters weighed in on Proposition 1. As a result, the Austin City Council proceeded with more stringent security requirements. (This Texas Monthly article provides excellent coverage about the debate. Welcome to Austin, folks; we have lots of civic engagement!)

What Are My Ride Options in Austin?

Car2Go waiting at Austin's Convention Center during SXSW
There’s always a bank of Car2Go at the ready, across from Austin’s Convention Center. Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

If you’re navigating Austin without a car, what are the transportation options?

  • Austin has public transportation (take Capital Metro for both bus and light rail)
  • Try a ride hailing service (like GetMe and RideFare;  Wingz goes to and from the airport only)
  • Car2Go is a convenient carsharing service  (and dedicated parking places).
  • Pedicabs work well in the general downtown area (there are several companies)
  • Austin’s primary cab services are Yellow Cab and Austin Cab (note that Austin’s cab companies gets less than stellar reviews on Yelp. From the complaints, cab services seem to take a long time, so allow plenty of lead time when requesting a pick-up)
  • Austin B-cycle, a cycling ride share, is a great way to have some fun and get a bit of exercise. And there’s a station conveniently located directly in front of our Littlefield Lofts on 6th Street!
Austin B-cycle station near the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
Go from station to station; this Austin B-cycle rack is near the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

TIP: Top Trip Rentals hasn’t tried it yet, but Shire Cab Company gets great reviews. The driver, Al, is a local musician (and, we hear, a character), so try Shire Cab Company for that uniquely Austin experience.

June 30, 2016

Seaholm Development Brings New Shops, Restaurants to Downtown Austin

View of the decommissioned Seaholm Power Plant

It’s been a long time coming, but one of Austin’s newest transformations is the Seaholm EcoDistrict near West Avenue and 3rd Street. (Sure; the district’s bigger, but if you want to tell a driver where to drop you off, that’s a good corner.) Commissioned in 1948, the Seaholm Power Plant produced power until 1989. It closed in 1996 and became a Texas Historic Landmark and National Historic Place. Now, it’s becoming a downtown destination.

View of the decommissioned Seaholm Power PlantEstablished highlights of this downtown area already exist: salons (Jackson Ruiz has a location in this development), grocery stores like Trader Joe’s, and restaurants, including True Foods Kitchen. You can enjoy a lovely outdoor dining experience with a view of the decommissioned power plant steam pipes. The Seaholm Power Plant sign is still there. Commissioned in 1948, Seaholm produced power until 1989. The plant closed in 1996 and became a Texas Historic Landmark and National Historic Place.

A quick trip these days reveals an ongoing construction site. The new Austin Central Library is in final stages (that completion date keeps changing); the entire area, once completed, will be a pretty cool spot and interesting mixture of iconic and cutting-edge Austin architecture.

Austin Central Library sign lit up in early morning.
Austin’s new Central Library waits behind construction fences for new patrons. Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

Once the dust has settled, the Seaholm District will be an amazing gem of a destination for locals and travelers alike.

 

April 28, 2016

SXSW 2016 Review

Interior of chairs at Graeber House in Austin set for SXSW Interactive
Lounge at Graeber House during Spark Capitol One's Small Business House for SXSW Interactive.
Lounge at our Graeber Home during Capitol One’s Spark Small Business House for SXSW Interactive.
Getting ready to host Anthony Bourdain at the Spark Small Business panel during SXSW Interactive.
Getting ready to host Anthony Bourdain at the Capitol One Spark Small Business House panel during SXSW Interactive.

 

We had a great week with the folks from Capitol One Spark Small Business program who held their VIP reception with author, chef, raconteur, Anthony Bourdain at our historic Graeber Home on Austin’s famed 6th Street. Here are a few pics from the Capitol One Spark Small Business House they set up for SXSW Interactive 2016. Hope to see everyone again next year!

March 18, 2016

SXSW is here!

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In 10 days, our city is going to be bursting at the seams with musicians, techies, film buffs, actors, travelers, fans, geeks, and more. All will converge on our humble city and turn it into the place to be in the universe for 10 days in March.

There are so many amazing people in town for this extended week’s programming. Two panels that I would love to see are Daniel Pink on Friday, March 13 and the Bill Gurley and Malcolm Gladwell’s featured session on Sunday, March 15. For all other offerings, here is a panel summary for SXSW 2016. Get planning!

 

March 1, 2016

Downtown Austin Farmer’s Market Held Every Saturday

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