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

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

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.


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.

What to see

"As Above So Below"

402 El Paso St.

Stefanie Distefano's stunning mosaic bridge.

Cathedral of Junk

4422 Lareina Dr.


Call before visiting.

Enchanted Forest

1412 W. Oltorf St.



Lamar Bridge Railroad Underpass

300 N. Lamar Blvd.