Week-end in Austin, Texas

As we moved to the United States a few weeks before, we took advantage of a conference my wife was attending in the Texan city to spend a few days there.

Texas Museum, closed when we were visiting

General organization

While my wife’s conference starts on Tuesday, we chose to leave on Friday evening and spend a long weekend there, Monday being Easter Monday.

Flights

As far as flights are concerned, my wife is flying on Delta, so I will follow her for the outbound trip by booking Economy Comfort one-way.

Pitch is decent in domestic Economy Comfort on Delta

For the return trip, it will be United First with a connection at Chicago O’Hare.

Good memories flying again with United in First!

Hotel

For the hotel, I obviously prefer Marriott Bonvoy, and the choice is extensive. I will choose the Otis Hotel, an Autograph Collection which has good reviews.

The Otis hotel will fit perfectly our needs

Restaurants

As for the restaurants, I followed both my intuition and their evaluation on OpenTable. However, I will make some changes on the spot related to our evolving activities.

On our first night, I will cancel the reservation for us to have dinner at the hotel, and will modify the second night’s reservation to accommodate our desire for a Barbecue.

We were a little disappointed by this Texan Barbecue

Activities

The city of Austin is quite small. Also, our program will be light enough to allow us to rest as well.

Day 1

For this first day, we will walk around downtown Austin from our hotel.

We will start the day with the Texas Capitol, the state parliament of which Austin is the capital. The building is impressive, and we learnt a lot… Did you know that Texas was a French colony? Not me!

We go on with the Museum of Modern Art, at least the part located in downtown of this institution. Very interesting exhibition of the artist Eamon Ore-Giron and of all the periods of his life. Very interesting.

The rest of Downtown Austin is a bit deserted, the center of Austin has not yet benefited from the gentrification of the American cities downtowns.

We will finally stop in front of The Driskill Hotel unfortunately in a bad neighborhood in spite of its beautiful historical facade and from now on affiliated with Hyatt.

Day 2

We will start the morning with a visit of the University of Texas at Austin campus. The campus is large and its discovery under a very temporary sun will be pleasant.

We will then visit the LBG Presidential Library, a sort of museum that traces the life of former President Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy after his assassination in the streets of Dallas. Very interesting!

We will finish the day sipping cocktails before going to dinner at a Barbecue restaurant.

Day 3

Day 3 will be dedicated to rest, my wife having to work remotely in the morning.

We will go for a walk in the late morning before going to the movies in the early afternoon.

We will finish the day with a dinner in a Southern Food restaurant.

Final itinerary

Here is the final itinerary of this trip:

#TypeReview
1DiaryWeek-end in Austin, Texas
2LoungeDelta SkyClub, Boston Logan
3FlightDelta Economy Comfort, Boston Logan – Austin Bergstrom, Airbus A220-100
4HotelThe Otis Hotel Austin, Autograph Collection
5RestaurantLamberts Downtown Barbecue
6LoungeUnited Club, Austin
7FlightUnited Domestic First, Austin Bergstrom – Chicago O’Hare, Boeing 737-900
8LoungeUnited Club, Chicago O’Hare
9FlightUnited Domestic First, Chicago O’Hare – Boston Logan, Boeing 737-900
Today’s itinerary
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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