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Two Days in Austin: A Chef Discovers Downtown

By December 22, 2016 No Comments
Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown University

How You Glow’s Tara relaxes at Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown-University after a day of discovery. Photo credit: How You Glow


Large but laid-back, creative but outdoorsy, Austin lends itself to many glowing descriptions — but this may be the first time we’ve heard “very glowy” as one of them.

It’s just one of the ways natural foods chef and holistic nutritionist Tara Sowlaty of How You Glow describes her recent trip, curated by Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown – University. “Magical” and “awesome” made the list too.

Hotel Indigo’s itinerary included favorite local discoveries, from barbecue to music, with other stops selected especially for yoga-practicing, vintage-loving How You Glow. For a true local taste of Austin, follow the enticing scents and sounds emanating from the spots How You Glow loved:

Where to Eat

Irene’s, 506 West Ave
Near Hotel Indigo, Irene’s bar and restaurant is the perfect stop at 7am (for cinnamon buns) or 2am (for hot toddies). It was Tara’s first “super cute” detour in Austin, for sangria, pigs in a blanket and coffee — a perfect Austin trinity.

Irene's Austin Hotel Indigo

Coffee with a side of design at Irene’s. Photo credit: How You Glow


Where to Drink

Launderette, 2115 Holly St
Tara enjoyed beet labneh at this lovely indoor-outdoor restaurant that’s also great for cocktails like the Eastside Cup, which pairs Austin Eastciders’ craft cider with Pimm’s and gin.

Launderette Austin Hotel Indigo

It’s cocktail city at Launderette. Photo credit: How You Glow


Where to Hear Live Music

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, 801 Red River St
Head across the street from Hotel Indigo for some of Austin’s best live music with a side of down-home ribs or brisket.

Stubb's Bar-B-Q Austin Hotel Indigo

Get your barbecue and live-music fixes at Stubb’s. Photo credit: How You Glow


Where to Shop

Uncommon Objects1512 South Congress Ave
Per Tara, this shop “is like the BEST version of a flea market,” with sections full of antiques, art, jewelry and curios organized by color.

Uncommon Objects Austin Hotel Indigo

Uncommon Objects brings antiquing to new levels. Photo credit: How You Glow


Where to Stay

Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown – University, 810 Red River St
Highlights of this new Hotel Indigo include its locally inspired design, its location (“close to tons of fun nightlife,” says Tara), its rooftop pool and its ground-floor café.

Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown-University Pool

Rooftop pool + cabanas = relaxation at Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown-University.