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Issue 2: Austin

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      Built in 1886, the Driskill is a downtown landmark as welcoming as it is stunning. Splurge for a night or two—décor touches are rustic without being cloying, like wrought-iron bed frames and plush cow-print pillows—or simply stop into the bar. Order something classic like an Old Fashioned, check out the live music, look for the impressive taxidermied bull head, and chat with the barkeeps. They’re very friendly here (this is Texas, after all).

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        Named after the patron saint of music and poetry, the Saint Cecilia is where you can expect to bump into visiting rock stars when you’re in town—or just live like one. Rooms take inspiration from the Rolling Stones and Hunter S. Thompson, William Burroughs and Bob Dylan, and yours might contain an original artwork, an upright piano or a record player (the library is stocked with vintage vinyl). Stay in the main house or ask for a poolside bungalow, and take advantage of the free bicycle borrowing while you’re here. (Austin is super-bikeable.) 

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          Don’t let the concrete floors and minimalist design aesthetic at the San José fool you: this slickly designed boutique hotel has a soft touch. Expect kimono bathrobes, handmade furniture, southwestern charm, a 1960s soul night every Wednesday, and luxe Malin & Goetz products. The minibar here is specially curated, including delicious local Topo Chico fizzy water and TCHO chocolate. Don’t leave without trying the Michelada; it’s renowned for good reason!

        • A lounge at the W Hotel. Photograph by Pableaux Johnson
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          The courtyard of the Kimber. Photographs by Pableaux Johnson
           
          M&Ms in the kitchen.
           
          Each room features work by local artists.
           
          A modern tea set.