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Austin Texas...where to stay, eat ? Is it too HOT to go???Ha !

Austin Texas...where to stay, eat ? Is it too HOT to go???Ha !

Old Jun 30th, 2001, 06:31 PM
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Austin Texas...where to stay, eat ? Is it too HOT to go???Ha !

Going to Austin in July on business. Would like to make it fun as I am going with my adult daughter. Where is a good place to stay etc... Thank you in advance. If you need info on San Francisco and wine country I would be glad to help...
Old Jul 1st, 2001, 04:38 AM
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I was just in Austin a couple months ago. I can't recommend a place to stay, but if you're looking for a really interesting place to eat, try the Old San Francisco Steak House off of I-35. It has a lot of character and great food. We actually took pictures of the place!
Old Jul 1st, 2001, 04:45 AM
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My brother lives in Austin and I visit every year...two places I never miss to eat at are Amy's Ice Cream (the best ice cream I've ever had!) and Chuy's (the best tex-mex there is and fun atmosphere...also where the Bush girls got into trouble!). It is a fun city with lots of great shopping, too! Enjoy
Old Jul 1st, 2001, 05:32 AM
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Hey, going to Austin? There are some great restaurants in Austin.If you are looking for some great BBQ may I recommend The Salt Lick. It is very Authentic and Very Texan, with an old BBq pit in side. For Tex-Mex Geurro's Mexican Restaurant.And for a nice evening out, try Zoot Modern American Cuisine. The food there is incredible and it is in a quaint little neighborhood.As far as places to stay, The Hyatt overlooks th cith and has great view. The Driskill hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel with all the Texas furnishings and is located in the heart of downtown.
Old Jul 1st, 2001, 09:14 AM
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We stayed at the Four Seasons--very comfortable (as expected), nice outdoor terrace for dining, and great view of the bats leaving from under the bridge (sounds weird but is very interesting to watch and draws crowds).
Will you have a car? If you like gardening, check out the Wildflower Center outside of town. Outstanding center and worth the trip.
Old Jul 2nd, 2001, 07:49 AM
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Nope, not too hot. Just dress light, find shade and you'll be comfortable.
The above restaurants are good, but also add The Oasis for a great view of the lake. Good place to watch the sunset.
And another vote for the Four Seasons.
Enjoy your trip!!
Old Jul 5th, 2001, 07:34 PM
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Do be prepared for hot weather. Austin is fairly spread out, so it all depends on where your business takes you. On the Northwest end of town, I like the Renaissance Hotel. If you prefer outdoors activities (early in the AM when it's only 70) somewhere along Town Lake such as the Hyatt, Four Seasons (which used to provide bikes at one time). Your daughter may prefer downtown instead of the suburbs where us old folks all live.
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I need information on the wine country and San Fran! I am going in a few weeks. Can you reccomend some things to do and what is the weather going to be like. We are going to Sonoma and staying at the Sebastopol Inn in Sebatstopol. Also, where is a good place to have a romantic picnic?
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Will you have a car? If so, the Renaissance Arboretum is very nice; if not the Driskill (historical hotel) downtown or new Hilton (near convention center) downtown would be good choices. Your daughter might like 6th St. (entertainment district) or enjoy some live music at the many clubs in Austin. There is a Nordstroms or Saks for upscale shopping. For eating there are tons of great Tex-Mex restaurants (Chuy's, Maudies, El Arroyo, El Rancho, Guero's) or for interior Mexican food there's Las Palomas or San Miguel. For steak there's Sullivan's or Ruth Chris', Jeffrey's for excellent gourmet, Castle Hill, Z Tejas, or Chez Zee for gourmet southwestern...I could go on. Austin has had a fairly mild summer so far-lots of rain. It is hot though, but everything is air conditioned. Go to Lake Austin (Hula Hut) or Lake Travis (Oasis at sunset is fun) if you have time. South Congress for unusual shopping. I'm sure I'm leaving something out, but it's a very laid back, friendly, wonderful town-unlike most of the other cities in Texas. Hope you have a good visit!
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Kittykat - Suggest you re-do your post under it's own heading about wine country and San Fran. For some reason you posted inside a 3 year old post about Austin!

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I like Jeffrey's and Vespaio on S. Congress for dinner. Hudson's on the Bend is a good wild game place, but pricey and a bit much in warm weather.
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Please DO NOT eat at the Old San Francisco Steak House in Austin. There are so many other places to eat that are unique and delicious.
Places to stay:
Luxury--Four Seasons and Mansion on Judges Hill
Eclectic--Hotel San Jose, Austin Motel
New and Trendy--Hilton Austin Convention Center
Maudies, Eddie V's, Wink, Mars, Kenichi, 7, Trudy's, Fonda San Miguels.
If you want to dine by the water, try these places, but the food ain't so great:
Hula Hut, Oasis, Lucy's Boatyard.
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Yea, Fonda San Miguel. I forgot that - great, but not inexpensive.
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