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Austin — Driskill Hotel + more

Just hanging out at Driskill Hotel in Austin, on a pre-trip before heading back to Houston for the SATW convention. Arrived yesterday by 3-hour chartered bus from Houston (wouldn’t suggest it!!).

From Driskill’s web site: “Built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill, The Driskill remains a landmark of Texas hospitality. As a member of The Historic Hotels of America and Associated Luxury Hotels International, The Driskill offers an elite level of luxury and service to rank as one the world’s finest hotels.  Located in downtown Austin, the legendary, historic hotel is convenient to all the city has to offer, including the Texas State Capitol, Austin Convention Center, opera, symphony, fine dining and shopping. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,®” Austin is home to almost 200 music venues, many within walking distance of The Driskill. ”

First stop was Austin City Limits, the longest running music show on television. Since 1974, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Dolly Parton, Lyrnyrd Skynyrd, Robert Plant and more have performed on this stage.

Explored South Congress Avenue, called the “hip strip” lined funky vintage-cool boutiques, live music at the Continental Club, and drank a margarita at Guero’s and stopped by the hugest costume shop I’ve ever been in.

Dinner was at Ranch 616, local favorite themed after a South Texas ice house, serving upscale Southwestern cuisine. Yes, I did sample “Fire in the Hole” the newly-named “official drink of Austin”…

Today, i’m off to Fredericksburg for Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, lunch at Fredericksburg Brewing Company, and to visit three wineries.

until soon, diana is all about a 40-something,quasi-traveled chica exploring the world with shoes that fit the destination and adventure. : heels, flip-flops, golf shoes, biker boots, and sometimes barefeet. Come take the journey. Come find your shoes. Come travel with me. Diana Rowe, Denver-based travel writer,