United Airlines and US Airways fly nonstop from Washington Dulles to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, with flights starting at $415 in upcoming weeks.
Park Lane Guest House
221 Park Lane
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.
A 1939 motor court transformed into the hippest lodging in town. Shared-bath rooms from $95, private bath from $160.
Nau's Enfield Drug
1115 W. Lynn St.
Burgers, shakes, grilled-cheese sandwiches and the like. Burgers go for $4.
G'raj Mahal Cafe
91 Red River St.
Expertly made Indian food served from a trailer in an outdoor setting. BYOB. Entrees start at $8.
La Boite Cafe
1700 S. Lamar Blvd.
Classic French pastries (including macarons in inventive flavors such as strawberry and black pepper) and excellent espresso drinks, served from a converted shipping container.
801 S. Lamar Blvd.
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.
Art-packed spot with delicious cocktails, decent food, and live music nightly. Entrees start at $9.
Lala's Little Nugget
2207 Justin Lane
Christmas decor, a vintage jukebox and cheap drinks.
"As Above So Below"
402 El Paso St.
Stefanie Distefano's stunning mosaic bridge.
Cathedral of Junk
4422 Lareina Dr.
Call before visiting.
1412 W. Oltorf St.
Lamar Bridge Railroad Underpass
300 N. Lamar Blvd.