The next time you find yourself in Austin, Texas consider taking a day off from sightseeing or business and unwind courtesy of some Texas style Southern hospitality. Start your day off by driving outside of central Austin and heading toward the hills dotted with Texas wildflowers that comprise the Hill Country.
milk + honey spa
Your first stop is Bee Cave, Texas where you can treat your body at the milk + honey spa located at the Hill Country Galleria. Voted best day spa in Texas by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques, this spa will pamper you in a modern atmosphere that still maintains a low-tech and friendly welcome. In particular, their Swedish-style Lux Massage can be customized to treat your particular needs. During this massage, you will sink into a warm neck pillow with hot steamy towels as you luxuriate in therapeutic hot or cold packs depending on your body needs.
A Lux Massage can range from 60 to 120 minutes and includes a choice of aromatherapy or hydrating body butter. Other treatments include facials, waxing, body treatments and natural nail therapy. Afterward, you can stroll along the galleria’s stores for some high-end suburban shopping.
Salt Lick BBQ
Following your spa and shopping excursion, continue your tour of Texas’s Hill Country by taking a 30 minute drive over to Driftwood for lunch at the Salt Lick BBQ. Be sure to sample their pork ribs plate served with potato salad, cole slaw and beans. Bring along some cash as this down home establishment doesn’t take credit cards.
Wine Tasting on the Texas Wine Trail
Afterward, stop by Salt Lick Cellars winery located right next to the restaurant and sample some Hill Country wines in their tasting room. Then pick up a map of the Texas Wine Trail wineries at Salt Lick Cellars and continue touring some of the local wineries located in the Hill Country. Those who want to continue shopping can take the 40 minute drive back into Austin and check out the eclectic shops along South Congress Avenue.
The Kimber Modern
After 3pm, check into the Kimber Modern, a hotel with a feel of a guest house. Personalized keyless entry means you can avoid standing in line waiting to check-in and out. As you walk up the stairs and into the hotel, you will notice you’re entering a playhouse for grownups. The multi-deck courtyard features a secluded haven where you can take a nap on a hammock; sit with a few friends next to their 25-foot all glass water feature or simply wander around and sample the art on display from local Texas artists Martha Gannon, Margo Sawyer and Valerie Fowler.
Be sure to stop by the Common Area for happy hour. Sink yourself into one of the egg chairs as place your glass of wine or beer bottle on the Eames surfboard coffee table. If you must stay connected, the Virtual Concierge located in the common are contains a computer, printer, copier and scanner. If you must plug in to your laptop or smartphone, complimentary wifi can be found throughout the hotel.
South Congress Avenue
Start the night off by strolling up along South Congress Avenue and check out the range of restaurants geared to satisfy a range of tastes. After dinner stop by the Continental Club (1315 South Congress Avenue) located a few doors down from the Kimber Modern and check out some of Austin’s local music talent.
Then return to your room for a relaxing bath. Treat yourself with the Malin and Goetz bath products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion) and then slip into a Kimber Modern Robe. For the ultimate in luxury, consider upgrading to the White Suite where you will be treated with a Maple king bed, a Kaldwei bathtub that can fit two, a fully stocked complimentary mini bar and a 400 sq. ft. private deck.
Wake up to a self-serve gourmet breakfast in the common room. Then relax in the courtyard or your private deck with a cup of coffee or a gourmet tea until you check out at noon.
What & Where:
milk+honey spa (Hill Country Galleria; 12700 Hill Country Blvd D1-110; Bee Cave; 512-236-1115)
Salt Lick BBQ (18300 FM 1826; 512-858-4959)
Kimber Modern (110 The Circle; Austin; 512-912-1046