Gateway Guesthouse  - Austin, TX

From start to finish, a stay at Gateway Guesthouse is peppered with a multitude of culinary delights. Design your own onsite cooking classes with gourmet chef and co-owner Bess Giannakakis. Feast on epic breakfasts (the apple, walnut, brie flappers are every bit as sinfully delicious as they sound), sip wine by the pool, and dine on five course dinners. The six-room inn is housed in a historic Travis Heights property overlooking the nearby Colorado River. Relax in the hot tub before a night out at one of the city’s best restaurants. Lenoir, Barley Swine, and Odd Duck are a short drive away.
 

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Kimber Modern - Austin, TX

Recently named one of the 10 Best-Designed Hotels in America by Dwell Magazine, Kimber Modern is a visual delight for design enthusiasts. From Arne Jacobsen egg chairs to Euroluce Italian lighting, there’s plenty of designer name-dropping to be had. Those looking for the refined tastes of a big city hotel will feel right at home in the sleek modern interiors. Between events check out the in-house collection of artwork by locals like Martha Gannon, Margo Sawyer, and Valerie Fowler, and squeeze in a visit to the galleries on nearby South Congress Avenue.


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The Deep Eddy House Austin, TX

Like to travel in a pack? The Deep Eddy House is for you. With space for up to 22 people, these three renovated townhouses are ideal for larger groups (but they work for individuals and smaller ones too). Modern amenities like flat panel LED televisions, stainless steel appliances, and free Wi-Fi mean ease and comfort for the whole crew. Blow off steam at nearby Lady Bird Johnson Creek Hike and Bike Trail or plan a post-conference happy hour at Clark’s Oyster Bar. Shucks are 50 cents off from 3 - 6 pm.


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Park Lane Guest House - Austin, TX

Recharge at an urban eco-oasis hidden away in the historic SoCo district. Private solar powered cottages with organic mattresses surround a turquoise mosaic swimming pool hand-tiled by the owner. Enjoy a made-to-order vegetarian breakfast using vegetables and herbs from the onsite garden and fresh eggs from the roaming hens. Free electric vehicle parking is available, as are bikes for rent. A stay in Austin wouldn’t be complete without live music and Tex-Mex. Walk over to Guero’s Taco Bar for hand-shaken margaritas and celeb-sightings, and then hit up Austin’s ultimate live music venue, the Continental Club.


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Fairview - Austin, TX

Find your home away from home at Austin’s newest bed and breakfast. Jimi and Vivian Ballard upgraded their historic Travis Heights mansion into a modern retreat with the charm of a Southern home. Dog-friendly rooms, high-speed Internet, and private bathrooms make it an ideal base for the whole family. Rent out the entire house or a single room. Personal touches like to-go breakfasts and special diet accommodations will have you plotting your return. Take a short trip across the river to sample the city’s best eats at Southbites Trailer Park, a food truck playground. This year’s vendors include Chi’lantro (the kimchi fries are to die for), East Side King (a local addiction from Top Chef winner Paul Qui), and don’t forget to squeeze in your greens at Juice Austin.


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