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Top Trip Rentals Shout-Out: KEY Concierge

Top Trip Rentals cards with profile of KEY Concierge founder and CEO Kim Shrum

 

You’re on a dream get-away to Austin. Quick: What’s your plan for an epic night out?

Can you figure out the hottest new restaurants in town? Need fresh flowers? Want a side trip somewhere fun?

Sure, it’s possible to wade through Google search results, Yelp reviews, and random “best of” articles. But don’t you have better things to do?

At the touch of a button, KEY Concierge’s team of local hospitality experts takes the nightmare planning out of your ATX destination agenda.

Why Top Trip Rentals Works with KEY Concierge

Top Trip Rentals bedroom view at 119 E. 6th Street Austin, TX
Would you really rather get up and go out than eat in at your Top Trip Rentals home-away-from-home? And with this view? #breakfastinbed Photo Credit: Twist Tours

Top Trip Rentals has your vacation rental home just like you’d like it, and KEY Concierge further enhances that stay. Technology helps their tea of hospitality experts develop and deliver customized itineraries in advance for out-of-towners.

Founder and CEO Kim Shrum created the app-based service to provide “next level” services for discerning travelers and staycationers.

“We’re in a rewarding business,” explains Shrum. “We’re creating memories for our clients through unique experiences you can’t buy out of a box.”

These special itineraries involve tapping into the local community to identify unique adventures (arranging day trips to Marfa or catering intimate dinner parties) as well as satisfying everyday needs.

Our Top Trip guests find that KEY Concierge is a big help with services such as pre-arrival grocery delivery, bar stocking, and airport transportation. No matter what’s on the agenda, KEY Concierge infuses its services with personable and thoughtful attention to detail.

Check This Out

Enhance your Top Trip Rental stay by booking one of KEY Concierge’s popular tours in Austin. Try the Brewery + BBQ Excursion. Outdoor lovers won’t want to miss KEY’s private Hill Country Ride or A Day on the Lake (so many ATX adventures to arrange!).

Tell Us About Your Experience

How has KEY Concierge enhanced your Austin stay with Top Trip Rentals? Add your comment here or show us on Instagram (@toptriprentals, #toptripping). Did you get the complimentary breakfast?

Top Trip Rentals special offer through KEY Concierge for complimentary breakfast

 

 

June 13, 2017

Make Dripping Springs Your Hill Country Day Trip

Postcard that says "Go Play Stay" and #toptripping for Top Trip Rentals

Dripping Springs was once a sleepy ranch town. Located 25 miles west of Austin, the town is on the way to the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. But as with all things near Austin, Dripping Springs has changed.

Today, it’s thriving town in it’s own right. With a new string of vineyards dotting the landscape, a thriving wine community exits. Only a short drive from downtown, Dripping Springs is an easy spot for a day trip getaway.

Local Wine and Food Festival

If you are looking for an excuse to explore Dripping Springs, this weekend provides the perfect opportunity. This Saturday, September 10, 2016, the city is hosting the 9th Annual “Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival”. The Food and Wine Festival showcases more than 75 food, wine, and spirits vendors made or produced in nearby Dripping Springs.

The festival takes place at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park & Event Center, located on Ranch Road (RR) 12 (see the map on this website link for the Event Center). 

Happy trails and #toptripping to you!

September 9, 2016

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

Dear First-Time Austin Guests

Welcome to our weird and wonderful town! We’re excited that, the first time you’re coming to Austin, you’re staying with us.

To get you started on enjoying your time here, we have oodles of ideas for all kinds of interests.

Street art-style map of Austin painted on building
You’re not lost; you’re with us. Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

Finding Fun in Austin

Cyclist Danny MacAskill rides at Austin's Castle Hill Graffiti wall to promote Epecuen.
Danny MacAskill at Austin’s Castle Hill Graffiti Wall. Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

The best way to get a quick idea on the kinds of fun you can get into in Austin is through our social media sites.

Top Trip Rentals social media team posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest (tons of ideas tagged!), and Instagram.

My personal favorite account? Pinterest. Why? Choose any Austin  experience you want, scroll through those images, and see what catches your eye.

Also, the Top Trip Rentals website blog has a ton of information. You can wander through the posts  to discover whether anything we’ve written about strikes your fancy. The blog is where you’ll also find good-to-know updates on everyday (but important) items, like where to park in downtown Austin, festival tips, and all kinds of local “insider” information.

 

Top Trip Recommends

Top Trip Rentals card listing Top 5 favorites for BBQ in Austin

We regularly compile lists of our favorite things: these are written on our “Top 5″ cards.

These bright yellow bits of Austin love are archived on Pinterest (Austin’s Top 5). Each list has a simple yet descriptive title that organizes our recommendations: the best beer, BBQ (shown left), breakfast spots, coffee houses, local pools, and so on.

You’ll definitely want to try, visit, or experience these while you’re in ATX.

And you know what? We’d love for you to share YOUR “Top 5” with us once your visit is complete. Tag your post with #goplaystay on any of our Top Trip Rentals social media sites.

Need More Info?

So, once you’ve taken a look at these resources, do you still want more ideas or need to know something about Austin? Post your questions to our Facebook page. We’re happy to investigate and find an answer for you.

Other ideas and areas for experiencing Austin include music, culture, visiting the Capitol, UT sports, loud events, off the beaten trail places, and the weird.

Patrons seated at Austin's Eastside Showroom Bar
Photo taken at Austin’s Eastside Showroom bar

There really is something for almost everyone here.

Make it a Top Trip Day!

Welcome, y’all! Photo Credit: Leah Nyfeler

January 8, 2016