Fresh off our recent expansion into San Antonio, Stay Alfred is setting its sights 80 miles to the northeast. That’s right folks, the Austin vacation rentals you’ve been clamoring for are finally on the horizon! There’s so much to love about this city, we’re just as excited as you are to be part of the unique weirdness that is Austin, Texas. And we’re not the only ones. Austin is the fastest growing of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the US. It’s easy to see why; over the past ten years, Austin has not only landed on numerous “best of” lists, it frequently finds itself in the top spot. The city has been picked for “best place to see live music” (Travel+Leisure), “best city for golf” (Golf Digest), “best shopping” (Lucky Magazine), “best top chef” (Bravo), “best bar” (Esquire), and more. Austin and it’s inhabitants have always been on the cutting edge, and now the rest of the country is catching on.
Officially adopting the slogan “Live Music Capital of the World” in 1991, Austin boasts the most music venues per capita in America with over 250 and counting. Any visitor to Austin would be seriously remiss if they didn’t sample some of the great live music the city has to offer. Along Red River Street and the surrounding area, you’ll find the iconic Stubb’s BBQ, Mohawk, and Holy Mountain. The area is also home to the wildly popular SXSW music festival. Head over to the University of Texas campus to experience the landmark venues Hole in the Wall and Cactus Cafe, which have played host to such famous acts as Lucinda Williams and hometown hero Stevie Ray Vaughan. Of course, we couldn’t talk about music without mentioning Austin City Limits, the main focal point of the Austin live music scene. Tickets to tapings are distributed by a drawing, but you can buy tickets to other performances that are held at the Moody Theater almost nightly.
Before it was the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin was (and continues to be) the capital of Texas, with all the history and culture befitting a city of such stature. In the heart of downtown you will find three major attractions within five blocks of each other. First there’s the Texas State Capitol with a dome that is larger than the US Capitol (of course) and 22 acres of monuments and beautifully landscaped lawns. Just up the street is the Bullock Texas State History Museum which tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits, including a special effects show and Austin’s only IMAX Theatre. Across the street is the Blanton Museum of Art, the largest university art museum in the country and home to the largest private collection of master works in the United States. A must-see for any art enthusiast.
With an average of 228 sunny days a year, Austinites love their outdoor activities. When the summer days reach 90+ degrees, the locals head to their favorite natural swimming holes like the Barton Springs Pool, fed by a natural spring that keeps the water temperature a constant 68 degrees year-round, or the Hamilton Pool Preserve in its natural limestone grotto with a 50 foot waterfall. Lady Bird Lake flows through the center of town and with the restrictions on motor boats, the lake is a haven for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Hike up Mount Bonnell, Austin’s highest point at 775, for the best views of the city, Lake Austin, and the surrounding hills.
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