Saturday, December 15, 2012

Travis Heights























Bordering South Congress, Travis Heights is a fun, vibrant, historic neighborhood located just south of Lady Bird Lake, West of I-35, East of Congress Avenue, and North of Oltorf Street.  Within walking distance of the block of shops, restaurants and music venues known as SoCo (south Congress), houses and apartments in this adorable enclave are highly desired and tend to be priced at the higher end of Austin rental prices.  Rents range from $1500-$2600 monthly for apartments in the middle of the action on Congress Avenue.
 



















If you like eating, Travis Heights will be a great destination for you.  South Congress is home to loads of tasty eateries, many of which have been written up in national publications.
 

The Mighty Cone Trailer serves food in, you guessed it, cones.  The unique food combination grew out of a concept that was originally created by Hudson's on the Bend as an easy to eat food to serve at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2002.  
 
Vespaio is a tasty little Italian restaurant that has been delighting local and visiting diners alike for over 14 years.  Vespaio isn't afraid to evolve with the times, though.  They now offer gluten-free pasta and added a Trattoria next door a few years ago that provides food to go and a more casual dining experience.
 
South Congress Cafe is a delicious spot for nouveau American food from the owners of Austin's beloved Mexican Restaurant, Trudy's.  They're famous for their brunch (and brunch cocktails), and accordingly usually have a wait, but it's well worth it.
 
After you've filled your belly full of food, go shopping!  Or maybe before, if you're concerned about the clothes you're trying on fitting;)  South Congress is full of locally grown boutiques featuring clothes you can wear without fear of running into someone else dressed in the same exact outfit.  You'll also find lots of knick knacks for your home that are out of this world.
 
Parts and Labour is about as Austin as they come.  Exclusively featuring the work of artisans and crafters who reside in Texas, you can pick up an ironic t-shirt, handmade jewelry, or a baby gift that will blow the minds of everyone else at the shower.
 
Uncommon Objects is the mega-store of Antique stores, and soooo Austin!  Spend an afternoon in here scrounging for anything from an antique quilt to some extremely old medical instruments to aging taxidermy.  Definitely one not to miss on any trip.  Or any Saturday for that matter, as their inventory is constantly changing!
 
Want to get fancy?  Check out Maya Star for amazing designer dresses and accessories, as well as more reasonably priced girly couture.  Get a special frock to don for an evening out on South Congress at The Continental Club listening to music with a Texas flair in a Texas institution.
 
You're exhausted and need somewhere to lay your head?  If you haven't found the perfect Travis Heights Address yet, hit the pillows at Hotel San Jose, the amazing boutique hotel located in the heart of the action.  But before you close your eyes, make time for a cocktail in their secluded courtyard; you might just find yourself sipping your juice across from a celebrity!