9 Hill Country road trips to celebrate the holiday season


It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us. Sure, there are a number of festive events popping up across Austin, but you can really go all in on the season by visiting some of the celebrations in our neighboring cities and towns. Eat, drink and be merry outside the city limits with a day trip to these popular Hill Country holiday events. Johnson City’s Lights Spectacular This year marks the 28th annual…

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7 things you can only do in Galveston this holiday season


Step back in time to Victorian-era London, explore a spectacular rainforest made of ice, and celebrate the holidays at the “official opera house of Texas.” This is just a taste of all the things you can do over the holidays in Galveston. From November through January, Galveston is transformed from a vibrant beachside getaway into the “winter wonder island” of Texas. With more than 50 days of special holiday events, the island is filled with…

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Low-cost airline launches 2 nonstop Austin routes with $99 fares


Pack your bags, you’re going to the Sooner State! Thanks to ViaAir, flying to Oklahoma just got a whole lot easier. And, if there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s finding a faster way to get to Oklahoma. On November 15, low-cost airline ViaAir announced the addition of two new routes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Beginning on January 18, 2018, passengers can fly nonstop from Austin to Oklahoma City and Tucson, Arizona….

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Popular nonstop flight from Austin to Toronto poised for upgrade


Nonstop service from Austin to Toronto will get bigger and better in 2018. On November 7, Air Canada announced plans to introduce a larger aircraft and more seats to the popular daily service. An upgrade to the Embraer EMB-190 means 21 more seats per flight, starting May 1, 2018. There will be nine business class seats and 88 main cabin seats for the route, which has proved popular with business and leisure travelers alike. Daily…

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Road trip: Where to eat in Houston before cheering on the Astros


Since the Super Bowl, downtown Houston has seen almost unprecedented growth in both the number and quality of its dining options. With local baseball fans heading to H-Town this weekend to watch the Astros take on the Dodgers in game three of the World Series, we’re highlighting some of the best restaurants around the stadium, from buzzy new spots to classic haunts. Consider the first four restaurants on this list to be downtown’s best new…

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Posh Hill Country retreat announces $150 million makeover


In mid-November, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa will begin a massive, two-year long renovation on its 493-room resort. Included in the project is construction of a 10-story tower with 180 luxury guest rooms, new restaurants, a new conference center and event pavilion, as well as a new spa, golf clubhouse, and tennis complex with 10 new courts and a pro shop. The renovation, spearheaded by the Austin-based Beck Group, will also include upgrades…

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3 restaurants on tap for downtown hotel undergoing luxury makeover


Work is underway on a massive transformation of the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown — which occupies a prime location along Lady Bird Lake — into a luxury property with three restaurants. New York City-based hotel developer and owner the Sydell Group is revamping the hotel, built in 1965, as the Line ATX. The property will feature 428 “reimagined” guestrooms. Southern California designer Sean Knibb and Austin architect Michael Hsu are spearheading the hotel’s…

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6 spooky day trips less than 2 hours from Austin


With Halloween approaching, it’s time for a spooky day trip outside of Austin. In general, day trips are a fantastic way to break up the monotony of daily life and simply escape. Add a little seasonal spooky to that, and you’re in for a real treat. The following destinations come with history and lots of lore, they are creepy and interactive, and — best of all — they are all within a two-hour drive of…

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New nonstop international flight launches from Austin for limited time


A new international nonstop flight will take off from Austin next spring — for a limited time. Scandinavian Airlines SAS has announced the addition of nonstop service from ABIA to Stockholm, Sweden’s Arlanda Airport, aligning with SXSW 2018. SAS will operate two nonstop, round-trip flights on the route in March 2018. Flights will be operated using Airbus 330 aircraft, with 262 seats total, including Business Class, Plus Class, and Economy Class. A one-way ticket from…

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Galveston hosts free beach weekend to support Harvey relief efforts


The Galveston tourism community is pitching in to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with a number of free events on the island this weekend. Galveston Cares, on September 30 and October 1, includes free admission to all beach parks, plus free parking along the Galveston Seawall and free trolley service throughout the island. Voluntary donations will be taken at the beach park gates to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on the mainland. Free events include…

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