New nonstop flight connects Austin to popular winter wonderland


Dreaming of a winter getaway? ViaAir has announced a new nonstop flight from Austin to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, one of the state’s top ski destinations, starting this December. The seasonal service will launch on December 13, 2017, and run through April 1, 2018. Introductory fares start as low as $109 each way. Service on the 50-seat jet will be available Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Additional service…

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An Austinite’s guide to the ultimate South Congress staycation


With all of Austin’s hot restaurants and cool hotels, do you ever wish you were a tourist in your own town? We’ve created a guide to the ultimate South Congress staycation, featuring old standbys and new favorites in Austin’s quintessential quirky neighborhood. Where to stay Austin Motel This funky Austin landmark received an upscale renovation earlier this year by SoCo hotelier Liz Lambert. The outdoor pool has a new rooftop deck, the lobby has a…

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Sparkling spring-fed pool makes for an ideal day trip from Austin


Recently, I managed to sneak in an expedition that included swimming at a landmark pool and dining at a four-star resort. The price wasn’t bad, and the best part is that I was able to do it all in a day. The pool was Hancock Springs Pool, a mere 69 miles from Austin. It’s in Lampasas, which is also convenient to San Antonio (121 miles), Fort Worth (146 miles), and Dallas (180 miles). Hancock Springs…

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6 incredible Texas campgrounds worth the drive


Traveling in Texas by RV? Don’t make the mistake of thinking Texas campgrounds are all alike. From underground caverns to wandering reptiles, RV campgrounds in the Lone Star State have plenty to entice jaded travelers. Here’s a half- dozen campgrounds you won’t want to miss when you camp in Texas. Visit these campgrounds to discover unusual, luxurious, and unforgettable attractions. On the beach The Texas Coastal Bend is a region all beach-loving RVers should visit….

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Austin lands 8 new nonstop flights with cheap fares


Getting out of town on the cheap just got easier, as Frontier Airlines is introducing eight new nonstop flights to its Austin roster. The low-cost airline will launch nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to New Orleans; Ontario, California; Phoenix; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, in October 2017. Introductory fares for one- way tickets went on sale Tuesday, July 18, and they start as low as $34. New flights to Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio;…

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New nonstop flight connects Austin with Amsterdam — for limited time


Austin’s newest nonstop flight connects us to a top international destination — but there’s a catch. Delta Air Lines is launching nonstop service from Amsterdam to Austin during SXSW 2018 only. Four nonstop, round-trip flights are scheduled for March 8, 9, 14, and 18, 2018, between Amsterdam’s Airport Schiphol and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Passengers will be traveling on a Boeing 767-300 with 225 seats. Each Amsterdam flight will connect to other European flights operated by…

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New nonstop flight makes Austin-to-Seattle getaway a breeze


As people pour into Austin for hot fun in the summertime, locals are looking to get the heck out, and one new nonstop flight is making that easier. Delta launched nonstop service from ABIA to Seattle Tacoma International Airport on June 12. The flight departs Austin at 7 am daily (arriving early enough to grab your first mimosa by 10 am PST), and the return flight is wings up at 5:05 pm. I grabbed a…

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Take a detour to this town on your next trip from Austin to Houston


If you’re looking for a laid-back Texas weekend with or without the kids, head to the Lost Pines region and Bastrop County. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how it easily and authentically exudes Texas roots from A to Z. Located about 30 miles outside of Austin on the way to Houston, Bastrop is one of the most majestic spots off Highway 71. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa I’ve always been tempted by the small…

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