This breathtaking West Texas road trip takes the road less traveled


I wanted to go on a road trip. I had a three- to four-day window right before Thanksgiving where my family was going to be out of town, and a friend from Brooklyn was coming to visit. Marfa was the official destination, but this was about taking a road trip, and about showing my friend the beauty of Texas. Like a lot of people outside Texas, he had this impression that Texas is all a…

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Southwest adds 3 nonstop flights from Austin — including San Francisco


Southwest is adding to its roster of nonstop flights from Austin in 2018. On Monday, August 28, the airline announced new daily nonstop service to San Francisco and Sacramento, California, as well as Sunday-only nonstop service to Indianapolis. Service starts April 8, 2018. Flights to San Francisco will depart Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 3:30 pm, arriving at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) at 5:25 pm. Return flights depart SFO at 5:55 am and arrive in…

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New low-cost nonstop flight takes off from Austin to Midwest hot spot


Arriving in Austin: a new affordable, nonstop flight to the Midwest. Allegiant Air has announced new direct service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Columbus, Ohio, beginning in February 2018. The twice-weekly flights will run on Mondays and Fridays between ABIA and Rickenbacker International Airport. One-way fares start as low as $55. “We’re very excited to continue our growth in Austin,” says Lukas Johnson, senior vice president of commercial at Allegiant, in a release. “The demand…

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Explore the magic of Mexico City, an easy nonstop flight from Austin


Interested in exploring a city with a rich history, world-class museums, and a vibrant culture? Say “hola” to Mexico City, an easy direct flight from Austin via Aeromexico. The Mexican capital is a colorful tapestry of art, food, modern architecture, clogged roadways, and citizens with a passion for life. Visiting an unfamiliar city can be a little intimidating, but you might want to begin in the Centro Historico district, which encompasses the historic downtown. There,…

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Popular nonstop flight from Austin to Germany expands service for 2018


Austin has landed more flight options for one popular international route. Condor has announced that its nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Frankfurt, Germany will increase to three times a week for the 2018 season. The seasonal nonstop service will run May 28, 2018, through September 27, 2018. In addition to the existing Monday and Thursday flights, a new Wednesday flight will take off June 27, 2018. “We are happy to increase our frequency…

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Downtown Austin luxury hotel unveils multimillion-dollar makeover


Perched on the banks of Lady Bird Lake, the Four Seasons has long been regarded as one of Austin’s treasures. Recently, the cherished hotel got a $17 million makeover, and we have a peek at the unveiling. The two-year, multi-phase enhancement has already revitalized the hotel’s spa and fitness center, entry, and meeting spaces; all guestrooms are expected to be complete in September. The goal for the redesign was a homey feel reminiscent of the…

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Forget Marfa: 5 quirky weekend getaways just an hour from Austin


Whether you’re not about that six-and-a-half-hour drive out west or you’ve had it up to here with all the hype, Marfa is far from your only option when you’re looking for a unique weekend getaway from Austin. There’s plenty of quirk hiding closer to the city that make for one-of-a-kind escapes. Here are five spots we recommend adding to your travel bucket list: Rancho Pillow Halfway between Austin and Houston in Round Top is Rancho…

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New Braunfels is the ultimate Texas escape — and so close to Austin


Founded in the 1840s by German settlers, New Braunfels is still packed with small-town charm. And since this Hill Country destination is a short drive from Austin, a weekend provides plenty for outdoorsy types, foodies, and all- around Texas enthusiasts. It’s situated on both the Guadalupe and Comal rivers, so you might say that spending any significant time here without exploring the great outdoors is a Texas sin. Floating the river in an inner tube…

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2 new hotels open downtown — with 3 hot spots for dining and drinking


Austin nabs new lodging and dining options this month with the dual-branded Aloft Austin Downtown and Element Austin Downtown officially opening its doors. The hotel (two unique concepts under one roof) brings with it a restaurant, Caroline; open-concept bar, Upstairs at Caroline; and the Coffeehouse at Caroline. Aloft Austin Downtown offers a tech-forward, modern experience, while the Element Austin Downtown appeals to guests looking for more of a zen vibe. In both properties, a streamlined…

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