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White Reaper Returns to ATX for ACL 2017

Cover of latest White Reaper Album

White Reaper returns to ACL Festival 2017 for a Sunday, Oct. 15, show on the BMI stage. Top Trip Rentals is stoked that the Louisville-based band booked yet another Austin stay with us.

We took this opportunity to ask White Reaper a few questions, and frontman Tony Esposito was kind enough to oblige. Naturally, we started out with the shameless plug:

Q:  You’re staying with Top Trip Rentals for another year. What brought you back to us, and what in particular did you enjoy about previous visits?

You guys are really friendly! There are some truly wonderful people at Top Trip. This will actually be our third stay at Littlefield Lofts, and you even allowed us to stay at a house that Top Trip has as well.

New Music from White Reaper

Cover of latest White Reaper AlbumQ:  You’ve got a new album out. What can ACL attendees look forward to from your set? What are your favorites? Any surprises in store?

We’re actually working on a new set at the moment, so I don’t really know what to tell you! We’re adding some songs we’ve never played before, and some songs we haven’t played in a long time. That’s all I can say for now.

Q: Watching your “Judy French” video, I find myself flashing to a bunch of different references, from Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” flag motif to that punk bandana (I went down the rabbit hole looking for some ancient MTV video with a car…). What were your influences in making the “Judy French” video? And it’s very different from the clean black and white of “Little Silver Cross.” Where do you get inspiration? 

Our buddy, Brandon Dermer, directed the video and he just knocked it out of the park. We try to go as big or as strange as we can when it comes to videos just because there’s so much fun to be had in that department. We love movies, so inspiration is kind of hard to pin down since it comes from every which way.

Q:  Gotta ask: How are you feeling about playing a big festival in light of the Las Vegas shooting? Has this horrible tragedy changed anything about the way you feel about festival venues and ACL, specifically?

The tragedy in Las Vegas is devastating and terrible. Gun laws need to be reformed, without a doubt. However, this doesn’t change the way we feel about playing shows like ACL or Lollapalooza in the slightest. If it happens, it happens, but we don’t have time to live in fear. 

 

White Reaper on the ATX Experience

Poster of White Reaper show at Austin's Scoot Inn by Austin Linkinhoker.
Poster, White Reaper  show at Austin’s Scoot Inn 2017. Artwork by Austin Linkinhoker (used with artist permission)

Q:  In a recent review of your second album, Pitchfork’s Ian Cohen said “the Dazed and Confused comparisons are inevitable.” Do you agree? How do you feel “The World’s Best American Band” style meshes with our iconic Austin vibe?

Dazed and Confused is one of our favorite movies, and Linklater is one of our favorite directors. We take that as a giant compliment. We definitely agree, too. We were raised on that soundtrack. 

Q:  Will you have any extra time around your ACL appearance here in Austin? If so, what are some things you’re looking forward to doing while here?

We’ve got some extra time. Our guitarist, Hunter [Thompson] is actually from Austin, so we know our way around pretty well. We’ve got a lot of friends in town that we’d love to catch up with and hang out with.

Band Travel Tips

Q: If Texas music fans were heading to Louisville, what would you tell them to see and do there?

Go to eat and drink at the Back Door. Check out Morris’ Deli [2228 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY]; there’s a drive in theater right the across the river in Georgetown, Indiana. Louisville has a pretty chill old-school kind of vibe. I love it there. 

Q:  You’re traveling a lot with this tour. What’s one “must pack” item that helps you feel at home wherever you go? Any travel tips you care to offer?

Gotta have some headphones. Sometimes, in the van, putting headphones on is the only way to get a moment to yourself. Also Tide PODS (for rare, but easy laundry)

Q: Any shout-outs y’all want to give?

Shout out to Top Trip Rentals! Shout out to Do512! Shouts out C3! Shout out to Salvatore Cassato; shout out to all our Austin friends.

Have a great day!

Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival skyline 2017
Top Trip Rentals looks forward to catching White Reapers’ 2017 ACL performance, along with our other guests. Photo Credit: Top Trip Rentals Staff

Want More?

Our Littlefield Lofts guests should check out the new Lounge at Littlefield (no promises, but White Reaper mentioned bringing some merch that winds up there….)

Are you a band? Looking for someplace that likes musicians and doesn’t break the bank? Try Top Trip Rentals for your next Austin stay.

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October 11, 2017

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

At Home with Art: Cornelius Carter at the Graeber House

Artwork by Cornelius Carter of musician Prince at Austin's Grabber Mansion

At our 6th Street vacation rental home, the Graeber House, Top Trip Rentals has displayed works from artist Cornelius Carter’s “Faces Series.” The Graeber House, also known as 410 E. 6th Street, is a 4,800-square foot 19th century mansion located in the heart of downtown Austin. Carter’s work graced its historic walls with unique artistry, including this iconic portrait of the late musical genius Prince.

Who is Cornelius Carter?

Artwork by Cornelius Carter of musician Prince at Austin's Grabber MansionCornelius Carter is an Austin-based, classically-trained artist. He was born and raised in 1970s Memphis but left the South to attend the prestigious Minneapolis College of Art and Design on a partial scholarship. After a stint in New York selling paintings as a street artist in Greenwich Village, Carter returned to Memphis before eventually settling in Austin to raise his son.

In 2015, Carter and two other Austin artists were chosen from some 1,250 entries submitted by more than 300 local artists and art organizations to featured at Austin City Hall.

At the opening press event, he unveiled “The Death of the King,” a large-scale portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, part of the “People’s Art Gallery.” For the duration of the year, “The Death of a King” was displayed at the Austin City Hall.

 

Cornelius Carter’s work, though rooted in the traditional portraiture paintings of European masters, often depicts societal struggles involving race and class. People and their relationships are one of his central themes. According to his website, Carter “weaves together imagery from history, mythology, childhood, and life experience to create images that are thought provoking, captivating, and beautiful….”

 

Bringing Art to Austin’s Vacation Rental Homes

Through the Graeber House’s partnership with IEI Austin, Carter’s gallery, our guests have enjoyed a rotating inventory of artwork. Top Trip Rentals values Austin’s creative community; it’s part of what makes our city great, and we’re proud to showcase local artists whenever possible.

Canvases by William Stidham and Larry Graeber and Jim Waltrip’s lush plant-inspired photographs have brought beauty to many an overnight stay. And art lovers have perused Graeber House-hosted pop-up shows during Austin’s WEST (West Austin Studio Tours) and  IEI Austin gallery openings.

“Guests to the historic mansion can see Carter’s works of musical icons while staying in the heart of the entertainment district in a section of Austin that glorifies musicians,” says Chereen Fisher, Top Trip Rentals owner and Graeber property manager.

Loving Austin’s Local Art

Carter’s rock star paintings are available for purchase through IEI Austin (Rhonda Rougeau gallery owner)

Jim Waltrip’s botanical photographs can be viewed at Pecan Street Gallery

Book your stay at 410 E. 6th, the Graeber House, in Austin

Schedule your own art event at downtown’s spectacular Graeber House

 

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August 4, 2016

Parking Options Near Littlefield Lofts

Screenshot of map with downtown Austin parking noted

 

Parking in downtown Austin can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be!

If you’re looking to take the hassle out of downtown Austin parking, we have two solutions.

Easy Parking in Downtown Austin

Parking at Top Trip Rentals is available for purchase with your Littlefield Lofts stay. Arrange for this handy amenity when you book your downtown vacation rental home in the Littlefield Lofts building.

Map of parking availability in downtown Austin

Use a Handy Parking App

Find elusive Austin parking  through Best Parking. Visit the website or download the Best Parking app to discover those rare parking spaces. Simply choose “Austin” and then select your area from the neighborhood map. When you click on the link provided, we’ve shown the area of Austin near Littlefield Lofts. (You’re welcome!). Voila! Wherever you are, nearby parking rates and locations are listed.

Book Your Top Trip Rentals Stay at Littlefield Lofts

(You may come for the parking, but you’ll return because you love our lofts!)

 

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March 23, 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