National at Marquis Tree Tops
Travel Blogs from Austin
... for a nightcap and then headed back to the park.
My cousin Ryan and his wife Christina, who I have not seen in years, offered us their spare bedroom on the north side of Austin for our last two nights in town and we quickly accepted. We packed up the Scamp, headed to the opposite end of the city and arrived at their place in the late morning. Christina works from home so she welcomed us and got us set up. We made plans to meet for dinner and some ...
... I used the day to get a feel for a few to see where I wanted to be for the race. Watched the F1 qualifying from 3 different vantage points, session 1 from the pit straight just before turn 1, session 2 from turns 2 & 3, then headed over the bridges to turn 16. As soon as the session ended I headed straight for the autograph session line thinking I'd be there early, but no, the lines, one for each team were already substantial. I was on a mission ...
... the air, fresh from the park next door! How very considerate of them!
On our walk back past the Blues, we passed many of the little food stalls Austin is also known for. Little food trucks and street side food vans converted into eateries. Its really quite a funky city. Being radical seems to be the cities motto!
Our Taxi ride home, took us past a great little neighbourhood of old houses which have been converted into restaurants. All of the houses you ...
... checked out the Texas Uni Campus which is insanely nice.. Think I may need more education.. guess I'll have to go back to university in Texas. Student loan extension here I come! Also had an authentic Mexican meal with John and the SXSW crew. Poor guys - they'd already started working and were having to do 7.30am meetings most days! On a side note: Some proper characters around the hostel too. I mean hostels attract some weird types ...
... business and requires that you have a natural beard to get certified. I discovered that being Santa professionally is lucrative, too. Rookie Santas can earn $10,000 their first season, and experienced vets can make 15 to 20 grand. So Google and YouTube, here I come, and a few searches later I was taking an impromptu crash course in becoming St. Nick. I found some helpful videos, like the ones in this series:
Other places to stay in Austin
Bouldin, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $182
- Nice but needs room makeover
- Not too good
- Terrific staff! Great location.
University of Texas - Austin, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $179
South River City, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $377
- Terrific Hotel
- Just okay....
- Consistent top rated hotel in town
Bouldin, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $180
- Embassy Suites...Average Hotel, Ideal location
- Free beer!!
- Good hotel, careless housekeeping
Bouldin, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $179
- Radisson Austin Great
- Great Location and price
- Fine and dandy
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $187
- It's a decent hotel for a decent price--staff great!
- Dreamy beds, gracious staff
- Nice Hotel, but a terrible stay
St. Johns, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $134
South River City, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $152
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $232
- Great Hotel
- Great Stay, Very Comfortable
- Hilton Austin Convention Center
St. Johns, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $136
Southeast Austin, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $130
- Some quirks, great food
- Uncomfortable Stay
- Nice stay - see our photos !
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $191
- Great downtown location
- A Fabulous Hotel in my opinion
- Convenient downtown location
St. Johns, Austin | 2 star hotelfrom $61
University Hills and Windsor Park, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $146
9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $202
- Beautiful place, fantastic location
- Perfect weekend getaway
9515 Hotel Drive, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $102
East Cesar Chavez, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $164
- Ok room, but Crowne needs to work on Cleanliness
- Great Place at a Great Price
- Loved the Crown!
Downtown, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $226
St. Johns, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $125
East Riverside - Oltorf, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $120
North Crossing, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $114
Downtown, Austin | 2 star hotelfrom $202
- Gliding Revolution-Downtown Segway Glide
- Excellent choice for downtown Austin!
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $197
- Great if you get a deal..
- Cozy and classy
- The lowdown
7800 N Interstate Highway 35, Austin | Hotelfrom $65
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $202
- Overrated - This is really a bad choice
- The Beautiful Driskill
- Beautiful, historic, fantastic service
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $211
- My favorite Austin hotel
- Rooms are fine, but service is lacking
- Nice rooms -- shame about the road noise!