After exploring the San Antonio Riverwalk and the Alamo, my mom and I headed out for Austin, Texas. On our way up we made a slight detour to the small town of Gruene. Gruene (pronounced "green") was once a cotton producing town before becoming a Ghost town, before finally becoming an historic town frequented by tourists.
It's the kind of town that reminds you that you're actually in the South. It has wrap around porches with rocking chairs, vintage coca cola machines, and strangers who are eager to make small talk about the weather.
We only spent a few hours in Gruene before we had to continue onto Austin. We stayed at the Kipton hotel along the river and I highly recommend it!! When you arrive they ask you if you would like a beverage, if you forget ANYTHING they will get it for you (and let you keep it! I have a new cellphone charger thanks to them!), and they have amazing amenities as well.
That night we went out to dinner with some good college friends of mine before watching the bats fly out from under Congress bridge.
We then found refuge from the heat at the container bar on Rainey street. The bar is made up entirely of shipping containers and allows guests to have a more private group setting than one big open room. Our hotel was also only one block away, so we were able to walk home right after!
The next day we borrowed bikes from the hotel and rode into West Austin where we enjoyed carrot cake french toast, street music, and colorful murals (including the "Willy Nelson for President" mural at the start of this post). Our ride took up most of the day but we were still able to catch a few hours by the pool before heading out to our last state: Louisiana!!