Southwest Airlines offers nonstop flights from Reagan National to Austin; United offers nonstop flights from Washington Dulles.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel San Jose
1316 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Guests can check out a manual Remington typewriter or a Polaroid camera. Weekday rates start at $100 for shared bath or $195 for standard queen.
Full Moon Inn Bed & Breakfast
3234 Luckenbach Rd., Fredericksburg
Just around the bend from Luckenbach. Full country breakfast included. Rooms and suites from $150.
WHERE TO EAT
3005 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin
Next to the Broken Spoke. On the taco menu: The Democrat/shredded beef $4; the Republican/grilled jalapeno sausage $3.25; the Independent/fried portobello strips $3.50.
303 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels
Three and a half miles from Gruene Hall. Grilled salmon burger $9.95, blackened farm-raised catfish $13.95, fried oysters $9.50.
Twisted Root Burger Co.
2615 Commerce St., Dallas
In the Deep Ellum neighborhood, near Sons of Hermann Hall. Burgers made from beef, buffalo, turkey, elk, emu, boar, alligator and black bean start at $5.99.
WHERE TO DANCE
The Broken Spoke
3201 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin
Austin’s best-known dance venue, with live music Tuesday-Saturday. Two-step classes Wednesday–Saturday, $8 plus the night’s cover charge.
1281 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels
Live music daily. Shows are free Monday through Thursday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Two Ton Tuesdays (swing lessons with the band Two Tons of Steel) run June to mid-August.
412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg
Ten miles southeast of Fredericksburg. Live music daily and free Friday night dances every month starting in March.
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St., Dallas
Western Swing Sundays with the band Shoot Low Sheriff every third Sunday of the month; $10 at the door with barbecue available for purchase, beginner swing lesson at 6:30. Lessons also every Wednesday at 8 p.m., $5.
Day-Long Dance Hall Tour
Texas Dance Hall Preservation co-founder Stephen Dean takes small groups to visit historic dance halls, leaving from Austin. Offered March 23 and monthly thereafter through the summer. $60; barbecue lunch extra. For reservations, call or e-mail email@example.com.