Weekend Girls Trip || Austin + Chicago

AUSTIN

Where: Austin
By: Taylor Lopez and Jacob Ishimoto

Stay:
Kimber Modern Boutique Hotel
Driskill Hotel
San Jose Hotel
Hotel St. Cecilia

Eateries:
Patio Dinner: Jacoby’s
Restaurant with a view: Oasis
Amys ice cream is always a must in austin (6th and lamar)
Tapas –Malaga
Laid-back lunch: South Austin Trailor Park and Eatery on south 1st
Yellow Jacket Social Club
Rainey Street
Qui
Franklin BBQ – Declared by Bon Appétit as best barbecue restaurant in America

Shopping:
The Domain for designer goods
South Congress for locally made goods
By George
Allens Boots – you’re in Texas,  you need a pair of boots

Get Your Drink On:
Downtown : Second Bar + Kitchen or Péché
Wineries: Driftwood Estates or The Duchman
Whislers
Rainy Street
East Side Showroom

Things To Do:
Violet crown cinema is an awesome theater downtown or the very famous Alamo Drafthouse
Outdoors: Hamilton pool (little outside austin) Barton Springs, Zilker park, run or bike around town lake, kayak on town lake, Mount Bonnell viewing platform or usually a little less crowded place to view lake austin: doesn’t have a name, From mopac south go 360 and past 360 bridge and it’s on the left..park and climb, boating on lake austin

 chicago
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Where: Chicago
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Stay:
Public — boutique hotel feel but less-than-boutique-hotel prices. Also has a great cozy bar/lounge, The Library, and their restaurant, The Pump Room, is one of my favorites in the city (there’s really something for everyone there and the atmosphere is lovely)
Thompson — you can’t go wrong with a Thompson hotel, plus ours is very new so there’s always something exciting going on
Radisson Blu — ideal if you’re coming in the summer…their roof deck / pool is unbelievable. I don’t even know of another hotel in Chicago that has an outdoor pool so to have one as nice as this is pretty awesome. Plus their restaurant, Filini, has some of the most delicious Italian food.  Everything is imported and authentic — they even have a wheel of parmesan in the middle of the restaurant that they slice fresh and serve with bread before your meal.
Eateries:
Tanta  — I go out to eat a lot and I always have great food, but it’s rare where I literally freak out over something…and one of those freak outs was at Tanta. I’ve never had Peruvian food before (and that’s what this restaurant is all about) — everything is super fresh, really flavorful (also…great cocktails) and it’s just a good balance of a fun atmosphere with unbelievable food.
Momotaro  — another freak-out place (I actually just tried it for the first time a few weeks ago). It’s brand new from the Boka Group (one of the most well known restaurant groups here in Chicago) and their first venture into Asian food. You can get sushi, hot dishes from the grill, fresh seafood…all sorts of stuff, and it’s all SO DAMN TASTY.
Farmhouse  — I don’t go out to eat in large groups all that often, mostly because it’s a pain in the ass, but I’ve eaten at Farmhouse a few times in the last month with some larger groups, as they were super accommodating. Everything they serve is local and seasonal…and of course, delicious. Their servers are super friendly and attentive…and don’t you dare leave there without trying the cheese curds.
I feel like girls always want sushi so if you’re looking to get the best but with a no-fuss atmosphere, my favorites are Arami, Tanoshii (now with two locations!) and Kai Zan (it’s BYOB…don’t forget).
Get Your Drink On:
The Aviary  — if you and your friends are adventurous and looking for something new when it comes to cocktails, you have to go to The Aviary. The drinks are like nothing you’ve ever seen…really a science experiment with everything you order.
Bar Deville — if you want the complete opposite of The Aviary, head to Bar Deville. Personally, I’m not all that into clubs and going out just to get wasted, but Bar Deville has beer in cans, they play great music and overall it’s just a really good time.
Three Dots and a Dash — I was skeptical to try this place at first because I wasn’t sure how an underground tiki bar would work in Chicago…but it’s really an experience. The drinks make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation (although you’re technically in a basement) which is nice when it’s cold 9 months out of the year.
RM Champange Salon — this place is just super cozy and relaxing. I love their atmosphere. It’s pretty small on the inside but they have the perfect balance of comforting interior for the cold months and amazing backyard patio for the summer. You can chill here with a glass of champagne before or after dinner or you can stay here all night and enjoy a nice meal.
Scofflaw — some of the best cocktails I’ve ever had have been here. It’s in the Logan Square neighborhood which isn’t exactly where any of the hotels are, but it’s worth a trip if you’re looking for some ridiculously delicious drinks.
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Things To Do:
SpaBliss — if I ever want to treat myself to a spa day, I always go to Bliss. I just like how it’s more of a fun and playful feel, which is not something you find often with a spa. Plus their amenities are amazing — you get to use all of the awesome Bliss products, there’s a eucalyptus steam shower and my favorite…two-bite brownies in the waiting room 🙂
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images via hotel cecilia + ecesubasi

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