I had never been to Texas before this trip so I thought the best place to start would be Austin and then I rented a car and drove down south to Mustang Island, along the Texan Gulf Coast for some rest and relaxation after spending time in the city.

Austin

Where to Eat and Drink

  • La Condesa
  • Le Politique
  • Hillside Pharmacy
  • Launderette
  • Hideout House: coffee shop and improv theater
  • Jo’s Coffee: an Austin classic
  • The LINE Austin: great rooftop for drink

    Jo’s Coffee

    The LINE Austin

Hideout House

Where to Stay

  • Proper Hotel Austin Texas – Downtown Austin Hotel

    If you haven’t been able to tell by now, I’m a huge fan of the Proper Hotel Group. Although they may not have many locations, the ones they do have are incredibly designed and gorgeous. This is a must if you want to stay downtown.

  • Hotel Granduca Austin

    For those who’d rather stay a bit outside of downtown, Hotel Granduca Austin is an absolute Oasis in Texas Hill Country, just a 20 min drive to downtown. It truly feels like an Italian villa, surrounded by lush greenery and trees. The pool is gorgeous and their restaurant Visconti offers delicious dishes. I loved my stay here.

What to Do

Cinnamon Shore

I stayed in the most charming beach cottage at Cinnamon Shore in in Port Aransas, TX, a pedestrian-friendly beach community and seaside village with a wide array of amenities, luxury villas and vibrant town centers.

Just a few hours from urban hubs like San Antonio and Austin, it’s also a quick trip from Houston, and people in Dallas don’t mind the 6.5-hour drive when compared to the much longer trek to Florida. Cinnamon Shore also makes a great alternative beach spot when flying from Dallas, Lubbock, or places in between, as Port A is close to the Corpus Christi airport.

Cinnamon Shore North 
From Kiera’s Pool, the gorgeous infinity-edge pool on Lake Gavin, to the community Dune Pool, located in the shadow of a natural dune landscape, the beach isn’t the only place to lounge by the water as they also offer the quiet Stillwater Pool for relaxed lounging.

Guests can choose from a wide array of seaside villas or beach cottages that can accommodate anywhere from 2 guests to 7+

BEACH CRUISER BIKES:
Rent their charming bikes right on site so you can cruise the beach and the charming streets of Cinnamon Shore.

BEACH CARTS: You and your guests can take a quick drive down the boardwalk to the beach with your own personal Cinnamon Shore beach buggy!

BEACH CHAIRS AND UMBRELLAS:
Enjoy a private piece of the beach with a pair of beach lounge chairs and an umbrella, designated with your name. Rent more a set of two or more to accommodate your group!

ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS:
The community has public charging stations available to homeowners and guests. Four of those are Tesla chargers, which you won’t find anywhere else in Port Aransas.

TOWN CENTER:
A spacious green, encircled by Social Circle, this popular common area features built-in games and a stage called Terry’s Place for entertainment that includes live music, movies under the stars.

GREAT LAWN:
An open space that helps the community breathe, this area offers a fire pit for S’mores Nights and plenty of room for games, special events, concerts, or weddings.

SHOPPING AND RESTAURANTS:
Cinnamon Shore offers fun ways to dine out or stay in―all right here within the community.

  Lisabella’s Bistro:
home to fine, Mediterranean, coastal cuisine served by award-winning Chef Spencer Cox, patio dining and cozy indoor seating, wine-pairing dinners, and a seasonal menu of the region’s best

Dylan’s Coal Oven Pizzeria:
offering a great selection of authentic pies, along with pastas, sandwiches, salads, and more

Coffee Waves:
a satellite location of a Port Aransas favorite offering favorite coffee drinks and light breakfast fare, plus a selection of gelato for an afternoon treat

The Market,:
providing a quick, one-stop shop for select, cheeses, frozen meat, sundries, and more

C Bar:
Located at Kiera’s Pool and offering shrimp salad, PB&J sandwiches, other light bites, and bar services

C Treats:
Open on the Town Center during outdoor movie nights and other special events, housed in an Airstream® trailer, and offering snacks and ice cream

 

Nastasia, originally a Labor & Delivery nurse turned travel blogger, has leveraged her passion for travel, photography and has founded Dame Traveler, a curated women’s travel blog where solo female travelers can inspire, and connect with, one another. Her eye for stunning travel visuals has helped build a large Instagram following, with over 600,000 followers on @dametraveler and 100,000 on her personal account, @nastasiaspassport, in addition to a large network of travel bloggers. Her hard work has led her to be featured in publications such as Travel & Leisure, Fodor’s, Vogue and more.

55+ countries into her journey, her passion for the world has led her to create a sizeable community of female travelers where her mission is to empower them to travel more, do more and be more. Whether sipping on chai in Istanbul or volunteering abroad in South Africa, Nastasia continues to find and share the beauty of this world, thus inspiring people to change the way they see and experience life.





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