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Austin, TX - travel advice?(5 posts)

Austin, TX - travel advice?gmc
Nov 22, 2003 3:45 PM
Might head down from Dallas with my wife and two kids to Austin for a couple days after Thanksgiving. I'm a new Texan - howdy - and I figure with the Ride for the Roses, lots of folks on this board have opinions about good places to stay (thinking kinda upscale, but not Four Seasons), things to do, places to eat, etc.

Might have time for a 30-40 mile ride if we do head down - suggestions?
re: Austin, TX - travel advice?teoteoteo
Nov 22, 2003 4:54 PM
Head down and get a room at Hotel San Jose--owner is cyclist and very cool. It's located in trendy South Congress area with lots of eclectic/Autinesque shops, restaurants, and the like. It's nice and kind of a hip place but not pretentious.

It's close enough to downtown to enjoy but has the flavor Austin is famous for. Come by the bike shop I work at bicycle sport shop( and ask for Ted. I'll hook you up with some good maps of rides and such. We also rent road bikes--Trek 5200's if you'd like.

The famous Chuy's of Lance Armstrong book fame is 2 blocks from my shop and a month a ago the waiters were talking some noise to me about him playing footsies with Sheryl Crow--a week later it was all over this board via the NY

For breakfast try Las Manitas on South Congress a few miles south of the Hotel--good coffee and cheap eats with a central american/mexican flare.
re: Austin, TX - travel advice?Bill B
Nov 23, 2003 9:23 AM
Does La Zona Rosa still serve up some great Mexican food and can you still hear great acoustic music at The Icehouse?
Nov 23, 2003 6:50 PM
Teoteoteo knows true Austin flavor.
Enchanted RockMJ
Nov 24, 2003 1:49 AM
Pedernales Fallas, Willow City Loop

but there's plenty actualy in Austin too

make sure you go up to Mt Bonnell on the other side of Mopac - the kids will love it - and it's Lance's neighbourhood to boot