With South By Southwest going on this week, I thought I’d share my experiences at an amazing Austin property. Lone Star Court is quite possibly Austin’s hippest hotel. Now the cool factor in Austin runs pretty high, so you know you’ve got to be quite something to snag this status.
This remodeled motel (yes, motel!) is located in The Domain, a swish enclave of trendy restaurants, luxury condos and a high-end shopping mall in the city’s North-end tech quarter.
Greeting guests when they arrive is a 1954 Buick Roadmaster, ready to take you out for a spin.
Sporting aqua doors, orange rocking chairs and cedar sided walls, this ain’t your typical no-tell-motel, but it’s got the 70s vibe down pat.
And it’s very, very authentically Austin. Meaning: you’ll find live music here Wednesday through Saturday, plus they’ve got their own food truck! That’s right, pony up to the window for fried chicken and waffles for breakfast or crab cakes and po’ boys for lunch or dinner.
I can confirm everything really is bigger in Texas (well, I maybe not everything…). Instead of a minibar, guest rooms are decked out with Smeg fridges stocked with Texan wine (this is a thing) and local craft beer. The best part? Their mini-bar prices are equivalent to regular retail prices in Canada. Score!
I adored the retro couch and the braided rug.
One bummer was that the pool was freezing in February. This is my beef with all of Texas, really. Because the weather is typically great from April to December, they don’t heat their outdoor pools. Americans realize this, desperate Canadians do not. So if you’re visiting in winter (with kids) as I did, don’t expect to get a swim in.
Can Austin get any cooler? With the recent refurbishment of this retro property, it just did.
Have you ever visited Austin? What did you think of it?
Thank you to Lone Star Court for supporting my visit. As always, my opinions are my own and this story was neither reviewed nor approved before publication (as is evident by my shitty grammar).
It’s true. I fell in love with the Lone Star State. It was the little things that really captured my heart. Here’s a look at a few of them.
Naturally, JodyR is a fan of stars.
No shortage of stars here…
Any place that puts cows into their carpet is pretty awesome, in my books.
Or on their pool tables. Moo!
Back to carpet – how cute is this? I love how proud they are of being Texan!
And that country music theme of being jilted by your lover is ever present.
Have you ever been to Texas? Did you find it was as adorable as I did?
Thank you Texas Tourism for sponsoring my trip to Texas. As always, my opinions are my own.
This my friends, was the week from hell. I’m off on a working holiday this weekend and a wise friend once told me, “You pay for your vacation the week prior and two weeks after.” To be honest, I’m most looking forward to the plane ride – all by myself! Here’s a few fun articles and ideas I found around the web that I thought you’d enjoy. Have a good one!
How cute is this confetti made of vintage maps? Why don’t we have bon voyage parties anymore?
Trust me, women who eat salad aren’t this happy. Women laughing alone with salad.
Do you think this organization that represents the squeeze felt by Gen Xers has a point or are they just a bunch of whiners?
So funny (and remarkably accurate)! Japanese travel tips when visiting the US.
Ever wonder if you’re right brained or left? (I’m annoyingly 50/50). Find out with this 30-second test.
This article on recalibrating marriages totally depressed me. Are those who settle really happiest?
Forget about finding the perfect partner, the best relationships evolve when couples are willing to….
I was surprised when my hippy/Martha Stewart friend sent this along: An Insane New App That Allows You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes (I actually tried it and thought it worked.)
The way this guy (with the sexiest accent ever) interacts with lions is so incredible.
Have a fantastic weekend!
March is by far, my favourite month for skiing. Most of the fair weather skiers and crowds are gone, the temperatures are pleasant and we always get serious dumps of snow. This weekend I was able to suss out the new yoga and ski options at Sunshine Village and stay on the hill, which is one of my favourite ways to while away a wintery weekend.
It was cold, I won’t lie, but Sunshine frequently gets inversions, as it did this past weekend. While folks were hunkered indoors in Calgary, Canmore and Banff, we skied in -8°C on Sunday.
The massive outdoor hot tub at Sunshine Mountain Lodge is always a treat.
And I’m also a big fan of warming up with mulled wine (especially when it’s flaming!). Mind you, I was quite disciplined. I didn’t après until after yoga.
Yes, yoga! It’s a really a perfect combo, as yoga is an ideal way to stretch out after a heavy, leg burner day. Every Saturday at 5 p.m., certified yoga and ski instructor, Christine Davidson puts yogis through the postures in a lovely, casual environment. You know how in class they always say annoying things like “your practice,” “earth” and “you’re not in competition with anyone else in the room.” But here, I really felt it. Or rather didn’t feel it – that competitive streak.
Maybe it’s because the participants aren’t decked out in hundreds of dollars of Lulu. They’re just regular folks (and staff), who come in, peel off their snow gear and downward dog in their long johns. It was awesome! Mats and all the yoga props you could wish for are provided ($20 per drop-in). And Christine really knows which poses are best to lengthen those ski and boarding muscles. I left “my practice” (insert snicker), with my legs feeling loose, not balls of lead.
Curious to try it out for yourself? Sunshine is putting together yoga and ski retreats for this upcoming weekend, March 7 to 9, April 11 to13 and May 2 to 4. If you’re a fan of both activities, I can highly recommend it (and the mulled wine).
Have you ever been on either a yoga or ski retreat?
Say what you will about Sheryl Sandberg, her organization Lean In, is working with Getty images to add thousands of pictures to their database that better represent the changing face of women in the workplace (and men’s stepped up roles at home).
According to the New York Times, the three most-searched terms in Getty’s image database are “women,” “business” and “family.” Yet, images of women climbing up a ladder, briefcase in hand in are hopelessly out of date. (And I’m not just talking about the shoulder padded navy suit.) I’m quite excited to see these images being put into use in magazine articles and advertisements. Here’s a few of them below.
What do you think? Do these images accurately reflect how the roles of women and men have evolved? Did they go far enough?