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June 15th, 2009

Wonderfully Weird

The next time you head out of town for an Austin weekend, make sure you experience some of our favorite gems.

The next time you head out of town for an Austin weekend, make sure you experience some of our favorite gems.

EAT

Airstream meets restaurant at Flip Happy Crepes, where a short menu of delish specialties, like smoked salmon with lemon pepper cream cheese, draw a crowd. As an encore, cater to your sweet tooth with a fab dessert crepe - no beret required.

The quaint Blue Dahlia Bistro gives the feeling of rustic Provence. Picture long picnic tables and brie sandwiches served on wooden cutting boards. Or, waste away hours on the back patio amongst the vegetation and comfy pillows.

Branch out and try The Woodland, more like a trendy tree house than a restaurant. Soothing shades of green climb the walls, and a tree growing in the middle of the restaurant provides the perfect ambiance for enjoying a Morning Wood brunch special.

SHOP

Put away those sky-high heels and buy something sensible. This is Austin, after all. Channel your inner La Lohan and get ACL-ready with this cooler than thou straw fedora from The Hat Box on East Sixth.

It is undeniable that a foreign accent coming from a stranger's lips is sexy. Thanks to Angelica DeBiase, vintage pieces from your favorite foreigners - Versace, Prada, Hermes - are available to rent for just one night. Wear, impress, return. It's that easy.

STAY

Fan the flames of your inner hipster and hit the Hotel Saint Cecilia. With a nod to the patron saint of music and poetry, each private bungalow offers a unique vibe and comes equipped with a turntable. Rent some vinyl from the in-house collection and lounge about in splendor circa 1960, snack from a mini-bar of local goodies and take a lap in the private pool.

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