Details: Traveling to Austin

January 14, 2011
Getting There

United Airlines and US Airways fly nonstop from Washington Dulles to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, with flights starting at $415 in upcoming weeks.

Where to stay

Park Lane Guest House

221 Park Lane

512-447-7460, 800-492-8827

www.parklaneguesthouse.com

In Travis Heights, walking distance to the South Congress strip. One room in the main house and three cottages, including Vicky, a one-of-a-kind tiny house made from reclaimed materials. Rooms start at about $150, cottages at about $200.

Hotel San Jose

1316 S. Congress Ave.

512-444-7322, 800-574-8897

www.sanjosehotel.com

A 1939 motor court transformed into the hippest lodging in town. Shared-bath rooms from $95, private bath from $160.

Where to eat and drink

Nau's Enfield Drug

1115 W. Lynn St.

512-476-1221

Burgers, shakes, grilled-cheese sandwiches and the like. Burgers go for $4.

G'raj Mahal Cafe

91 Red River St.

512-480-2255

Expertly made Indian food served from a trailer in an outdoor setting. BYOB. Entrees start at $8.

La Boite Cafe

1700 S. Lamar Blvd.

512-377-6198

laboitecafe.com

Classic French pastries (including macarons in inventive flavors such as strawberry and black pepper) and excellent espresso drinks, served from a converted shipping container.

Uchi

801 S. Lamar Blvd.

512-916-4808

www.uchiaustin.com

Creative takes on sushi and other Japanese food that live up to the hype. The six-course signature tasting is a steal at $91 for two people.

East Side Show Room

1100 E. Sixth St.

512-467-4280

eastsideshowroom.com

Art-packed spot with delicious cocktails, decent food, and live music nightly. Entrees start at $9.

Lala's Little Nugget

2207 Justin Lane

512-453-2521

Christmas decor, a vintage jukebox and cheap drinks.

What to see

"As Above So Below"

402 El Paso St.

Stefanie Distefano's stunning mosaic bridge.

Cathedral of Junk

4422 Lareina Dr.

512-299-7413

Call before visiting.

Enchanted Forest

1412 W. Oltorf St.

512-743-9031

www.austinenchantedforest.com

"Moments"

Lamar Bridge Railroad Underpass

300 N. Lamar Blvd.

Joe Yonan is the Food and Dining editor of The Washington Post and the author of "Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook." He writes the Food section's Weeknight Vegetarian column.
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