SXSW packs every single hotel room in Austin these days so many of you are probably staying in places you found on HomeAway, AirBnB or some other vacation rental site. Here are my recommendations for places to check out in five of the best neighborhoods for vacation rentals:


  1. Travis Heights

    Travis Heights includes the popular South Congress area. Have you heard that Austin is eclectic? A music city? The worst dressed? But known for being pet friendly, having more food trailers…

  2. Barton Hills

    South Lamar is in the Barton Hills area and finding a home to rent for the weekend may be your best bet in this area. Bikes and foot are doable, but you may want a car or cab. You NEED Tex…

  3. Downtown

    Downtown - Do you seek night life? Is the purpose of your trip to party, wine, dine, stumble back to your hotel. Tons of hotel options. In the day: The capitol is nice to walk and tour.…

  4. Eastside

    Eastside - This quickly gentrifying part of Austin where you can still find a good deal comes with an interesting vibe. Do tattoos adorn your arm like a sleeve and street art tickle your…

  5. The Domain - North Austin

    The Domain - Need something a little more mainstream? Or perhaps your “vacation” is work with an extra day in the city or two? If you must stay North, but need things to do, here’s where…