If the urban hubbub is too much, go west. With its rolling hills, gorgeous views, scenic drives, elegant resorts, waterfront restaurants and multiple lakes, you’ll see an entirely different side of the city. Take a break and make it a lake day in West Austin.
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Find everything from Indian and Nepalese fusion dishes at Saffron to locally roasted coffee in a waterfront setting at Mozart’s in West Austin. Plus, find the original location of local legend, Tacodeli, on Barton Skyway. The restaurant caters to the local breakfast taco craze that Austinites can’t resist, serving up favorites like The Otto (Organic refried black beans, bacon, avocado and Monterrey Jack cheese in a flour, corn or wheat tortilla) until 3 p.m. everyday.
The Grove & Lola Savannah: Relax with a glass of wine on the tree-shaded patio or pop next door for a quick coffee.
Hula Hut: Say aloha to Mexican-Hawaiian fusion at this family-friendly lakeside eatery.
County Line Bar-B-Que: Relish waterfront Texas-style barbecue and an all-you-can-eat option for you hungry folks.
Biderman's Deli: Head to Far West Blvd. for Jewish-style favorites like bagels and lox, matzo ball soup, latkes and corned beef sandwiches.
Hippie Hollow Park.
Austin is pretty as a picture, and you’ll likely want to take a few. Head to Pennybacker Bridge out on 360 to get a perfect sunset snap, hike Mt. Bonnell’s 100+ steps for a bird's-eye view of the Hill Country and Lake Austin, or drop in at Mayfield Park and Preserve for photos of their famous peacocks.
Lake Austin: one of our most beautiful and accessible water features. Locals bring their boats here to ski, fish and sun during the day, and dine on the water at night.
Hippie Hollow: Go au naturale and explore Hippie Hollow, a clothing-optional park.
Bee Cave Sculpture Park: Take in seven acres of rotating sculptures situated amongst towering oak trees and a spring-fed pond.
Red Bud Isle: Take the trail or kayak down to this haven for happy off-leash dogs.
Bee Cave Sculpture Park. Credit Photobright.
The Hill Country music spectrum offers the likes of old school Austin relics like Nutty Brown Amphitheatre– Merle Haggard graced the stage once upon a time – that offer a country music fix, and jazz shows with dinner service at One World Theatre.
Austin Tour Company: Enjoy transportation to the Deep Eddy Distillery in Dripping Springs every Sunday, departing from downtown at 1 p.m. Expect three hours of touring and sipping at this local vodka producer’s digs.
Clarksville Historic District: Sprinkled throughout the Clarksville Historic District, among quaint cafes and small boutiques, are a host of state-of-the art galleries that would impress that most knowledgeable of art aficionados.
Jester King Brewery: If you have a hankering for an ale, head out to the tasting room at Jester King Brewery. This local legend is known for its spontaneously fermented beers and ever-rotating tap list.
The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria: Take in some culture al fresco with a trip to this contemporary art museum and outdoor sculpture garden offering exhibitions and permanent installations on a lush 14-acre site along Lake Austin.
Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort.
Enjoy luxury spa treatments, lovely accommodations and a variety of family-friendly activities at Lake Austin Spa Resort, the newly renovated Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Lakeway Resort and Spa and the new Miraval Austin.
Looking for more lodging in West Austin? Learn more about our nearby hotels and resorts here.