High gas prices, the summer Covid surge, and looming inflation all add up to a summer spent at home. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your summer vacation. Opt for a staycation and experience Austin like a visitor (without the travel time or hefty bill) at one of these unique, convenient, and contemporary hotels.

In the City

The sprawling, 10-acre estate that is the Commodore Perry is nestled in the city but makes you feel as if you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle. The historic mansion was reimagined by renowned designer, Ken Fulk, and embodies contemporary elegance with old Hollywood glamour. Wake up in a one-of-a-kind room complete with vintage and custom furniture before spending the day relaxing by the circle pool and roaming the whimsical gardens throughout the grounds. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of a luxury hotel with the nostalgia of yesteryear.

In the Hills

Escape the city for some quiet time and fresh air at The Wayback. Located just 15 minutes west of downtown Austin, this boutique hotel is the antidote to a busy, on-the-go life. There are eight classic cottages amongst the sprawling grounds with a pool and cabana centered in the middle. Grab a bite to eat at The Wayback Cafe which offers a seasonal menu of dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. The hotel pays tribute to its natural surroundings, inviting guests to slow down and do the same.

In Wine Country

Sneak away to Hoffman Haus, a luxury bed and breakfast located just off of Main St. in Fredericksburg, and enjoy the historic charm of the five-acre grounds and authentic hospitality that you can only get from a family-run business. Spend the weekend sipping wine, beating the heat with coffee and breakfast in bed, or exploring the quaint town of Fredericksburg.

On The Lake

Overlooking Lake Travis is the beautiful and elegant Lakeway Resort & Spa. Bring the whole family to enjoy everything from the grounds’ kid-friendly pools and splash pad to outdoor movies and evening s’mores. Spend one day at the marina and the next relaxing at the spa. There is tons of fun to be had at the Lakeway Resort & Spa!  

Blog photo credit: Commodore Perry Estate