Austin touted as travel destination

“From scruffy honky-tonks to slick boutique hotels, Austin walks the line between old school and new” is the subtitle for the three-page article in yesterday’s NYT Sunday style magazine focusing on travel (“Texas Two-Step,” byline Jim Lewis). There are more on-line pix than there were in the print version.

As with other pieces of this type, the Austin depicted is not everyone’s Austin, but this article does focus on what’s close in and seems to say “NoCo” to the “SoCo” term, preferring “South Congress” instead.

Coming in for a mention I count four lodging establishments (including my old home, the Austin Motel), eight dining establishments, and four clubs and watering holes. Would you recommend the same ones? It’s easy to disagree, but not always easy to come up with a handy list for all those visitors soon to descend upon us.

2 Comments so far

  1. triman on September 28th, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

    I read the online version, some useful comments but overall I thought it was pretty much run of the mill description of the old and new Austin, not withstanding the authors drinking at the Continental Club and then getting a free ride home…

  2. odoublegood on September 28th, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

    I agree. There’s a statement in the article to the effect that, at the time of the author’s first acquaintance with Austin, Jeffrey’s was the only fine dining. Yunnan Dynasty was a pioneer, and Fonda San Miguel drew national attention in those days. There’s really no accounting for taste. The article is a good conversation-starter, though, I think. Every visitor that we entertain has such strong favorites after even one visit that it’s difficulty to try new places. And then there’s the outfit that would eat three times a day plus snack at Katz’s if permitted.

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