One of the best parts about visiting Austin is the opportunity to escape to the Texas Hill Country. You can easily enjoy the best parts of city life and Hill Country relaxation at The Wayback, a casual boutique hotel just 15 minutes west of downtown. Surrounded by hills and a big Texas sky, The Wayback is a place to feel the breeze, be carefree and linger.


Eight classic board-and-batten cottages sit peacefully under the live oaks. Interiors are outfitted with a laid-back luxury, combining organic textiles, a bit of vintage, and lots of comfort. Speaking of comfort, they just added plush cotton robes to each cottage—the perfect addition for guests to have morning coffee on their private patio.


The onsite Cafe serves the best of local, incorporating the freshest ingredients on a seasonal menu that balances southern staples with newfound favorites. Also, the recent upgrade in comfy outdoor furniture is a contender for the best patio in Austin. Grab a friend and head out west to try a couple of our favorite dishes, like the crema tartine with Oro Bianco buffalo milk crema, roasted strawberry and balsamic vinegar or the ​Greener Pastures roasted citrus chicken with mixed greens, toasted pecans, pickled onions and citrus dressing. Looking for for something that tastes like Texas? The shrimp bucatini served with roasted poblano cream sauce, sautéed shrimp, Texas corn, bell pepper and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is filling and rich.

Image of the busy cafe with a waiter walking through with motion blur.


Lounge poolside and cool off in the heat of a Texas summer, or warm-up on a cool night while making s'mores around the fire. The Wayback recently launched pool passes on Resort Pass. Pool passes are $40/person and are offered Wednesday -Sunday.


Whether for a corporate retreat or an intimate wedding, The Wayback is one of Austin's most unique event venues. The flexible layout includes The Cafe, patio, cabana, lawn areas, oak grove and Pool, making for an entirely bespoke experience.  Rent the entire property and invite your guests to stay onsite at the eight boutique cottages or host your event on our patio for one night. Every Wayback event is catered by the kitchen and craft bar, sourcing the best of local.

The Wayback mingles with nature, inviting travelers to do the same. It's better out here.

Article and images courtesy of The Wayback.