Austin/Lake Travis, Texas

Explore Austin’s lively entertainment scene with a stay at the Archer Austin. Offering rooms and suites within walking distance of shopping, dining, and more, the Archer is equal parts rustic and refined retreat.

At the historic Commodore Perry Estate, European elegance meets oversized Texas hospitality. The 10-acre property is just 10 minutes from downtown and features restored English gardens and a retro pool area, while rooms have a European villa feel and period antiques.

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The Crown Jewel of Texas Hill Country

A funky, larger-than-life city in the heart of Texas, Austin is the artistic hub of the Southwest. Here, neighborhoods buzz with activity, thanks to dozens of live music venues, renowned restaurants, and a vibrant arts scene—plus a heaping dose of lush, natural beauty that’s on full display near spots like Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis. The city is infused with a laid-back college town feel as the home of the University of Texas, but it’s also an important tech hub and the state capital. Just beyond the city, flat plains give way to wooded canyons, spring-fed rivers, and the occasional cave, welcoming visitors to Texas Hill Country.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Average High Temperature
    80°F in summer; 48°F in winter
  • Peak season
    Spring and fall
  • Car recommended?
    Yes
  • Population
    1 million

Destination Highlights


  • Barton Springs Pool

    Nestled in Zilker Park, this 3-acre pool is fed from underground natural spring water heated to 68–70 degrees. It’s surrounded by grassy hills that are perfect for basking in the sun and picnicking after a swim.

  • Fredericksburg

    Take a quick day trip to the charming and historic German settlement of Fredericksburg. Considered the gateway to Texas wine country, you can sniff, swirl, and sip in more than 30 area wineries that dot the rolling landscape.

  • Lake Travis

    Set along the Colorado River just 20 miles outside Austin, this freshwater lake is the perfect place to cool off from the Texas heat. Rent a boat, go for a swim, or relax at the waterfront restaurant to watch the sunset.

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Featured Activity


  • Wining in the Hills

    Newcomers to Texas Hill Country don't always know about the wineries, but there are more than 30 dotting the lovely hills, prompting Southern Living to speculate whether the fast-growing wine region might become the next Napa Valley. We recommend taking a rolling drive through the area's famous bluebonnets to discover eclectic wineries housed in a 100-year-old barn, a stone chateau, an Italian villa and other unique spaces that add personality to the beautiful surroundings. Here are a few of our favorites:

    Becker Vineyards. With a host of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at wine festivals from San Antonio to San Francisco, and recognition from Food & Wine, Becker Vineyards is one of the top producers in the region, and they create a variety of wines. We recommend a visit in May or June, when the three-acre lavender field behind the winery is in bloom.

    Fall Creek Vineyards. Fall Creek is the oldest winery in the area, and it has won a number of its own awards as well as praise from Wine Spectator. We particularly recommend sampling the Meritus. As a bonus, the winery is located near the edge of Lake Buchanan, where you can launch a boat cruise to gorgeous Fall Creek Falls Lake.

    Flat Creek Estate. In addition to great handcrafted wines, Flat Creek offers space - 20 acres of vines on 80 acres of land, and a stunning tasting room with a soaring ceiling. This is a place to stay a while, enjoy a good meal and let the staff recommend pairings. They offer rustic, wood-fired Tuscan cuisine six days a week, and special brunch and three-course menus on weekends.

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Austin/Lake Travis Travel Tips

Weather


  • Forecasting Your Austin / Lake Travis Vacation

    Austin experiences more than 300 days of sunny skies annually, so no matter when you visit, expect pleasant weather and mostly dry conditions. Much of the year is pleasantly warm, but in the heart of summer, temperatures can hover near 100 degrees. Out in Texas Hill Country, refreshing lakes and cool breezes offer a respite from the heat.

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Map of Texas Hill Country, Texas

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