Having to cancel all my planned trips this year was such a bummer (understandably so) but still a bummer. So having this sister trip the week of my birthday was so fun and needed. Austin probably wouldn’t have been top of the list in a normal year but we chose it because of it’s proximity to Waco, Texas where Chip and Jo from Fixer Upper have their Magnolia Market.
Before I go on with this blog as well, I will note all traveling was done safely, socially distanced, with masks, and proper testing for both my sister and I. Anyways enough with the 2020 disclaimers…onto the trip!
I flew in on Monday morning to meet up with my sister! She was already there as she was visiting with a friend who lives in Austin. As soon as I landed I picked up the rental car. It was the smallest car I have ever driven lol. This was a budget trip for sure. I went to pick her up and immediately headed to In-N-Out to grab lunch and we headed to the hotel.
Lone Star Court – what a hidden/not-so hidden gem! This hotel was about 15-20 minute drive from downtown Austin. It felt secluded (even though it is located in the middle of a shopping mall) and authentically Texas. Plus we couldn’t beat the deal we got for our 3 night stay. We spent the rest of the day just driving around exploring and grabbing dinner downtown at Moonshine Grill. It was so good.
The next day was the highlight and reason for the trip – Magnolia! Full blog on that is linked here. It pretty much lives up to everything I expected. Breakfast at Magnolia Table was one of the best breakfasts I have ever had and the Market and Silos area was just so peaceful and quaint. There was construction going on in front of the Silos but it didn’t really take away from the experience at all.
We started day 3 with a morning coffee and looking for a breakfast place. We got a little lost and ended up at a hole in the wall place for breakfast tacos…so overall it worked out lol! After that we took a walk along Lady Bird Lake, did some shopping and eating on South Congress, and went to the 360 lookout. At night we just picked up something small for dinner at CAVA. A Greek food chain? Yes please. The south really does have the north beat on food chains. We finished the night off with a drink from the hotel bar with my sister friend and it was a great way to end the trip.