photos by Jared Smith
Do you all ever have those places that you see online (okay fine, mostly just Instagram and Pinterest) that you instantly put on your bucket list for when the stars perfectly align? Well that’s what Hotel Saint Cecilia was for us, so I was over moon excited about getting to stay there during our last trip to Austin! Not to mention I had planned a little surprise for Jared’s birthday that week, and they totally helped a girl out with making it happen. Yes, I’m still proud (#humblebrag).
No, but seriously, it was worthy of sharing the photos from our experience and we would totally recommend you stay for at least one night if you’re ever in Austin!…
It pretty much never fails that when we visit a new place, we almost always seek out restaurants, shops, and photo-ops based on our tried and true aesthetic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about venturing to a hole in the wall, must-try place, local favorites, and even Yelp recommendation or two, but we’re also in this for that token Instagram image, too (you know you all do it, too… I hope)! All of this to say that we’re starting a new travel series that’s based all around Instagram-ability, with everything from the cutest HomeAway houses to the perfect background wall, in all of the new places we visit. First up, we’re revisiting one of our favorite cities in driving distance with 48 hours for photos in Austin, Texas!
While we’re letting the locals do what they do best for staple recommendations, we’re starting off our photo-op tour with a modern (and super budget friendly) place to stay, that’s perfect for online sharing. Our most recent trip was for a wedding with Jared’s family, so having a place where we could stay together with family was ideal, so we chose a mid century HomeAway near South Congress…
Last weekend we made a quick drive to Austin for a friend’s wedding and decided to go a day early so we could visit a few places we’ve been wanting to go. It seems like every time I actually get a chance to break away long enough to make it to Austin, it’s always for work or just for passing through in a hurry, so we were determined to cram in as many cute places as we could with 24 hours in Austin, Texas this trip.
We stayed at W Austin and it was the perfect central location for getting to and from lots of different places to shop and eat in town. If it’s at all an option for you to get a city view suite there, I totally recommend it! I almost passed out from happiness when I saw the oversized tub that looks out on the city. I swear it was closest thing I’ll ever get to having my own personal infinite bathtub…