BITS + PIECES OF OUR TEXAS TRIP

07/11/2016

22aI am finally getting around to posting more photos from our trip to Texas—warning: there are a lot of them. Aubrey and I had an amazing time and really felt reconnected after all of these years. Marriage is a lot of work, especially once you throw in a handful of kids and a few small businesses—it’s easy to start to feel like you’re running on a hamster wheel day in and day out. We definitely see how important it is to get away, just by ourselves from time to time.

We had an early flight to Texas and arrived in Austin around 9:30 a.m. We picked up our rental car and headed to Launderette for a nice, relaxing brunch. We got to our hotel The Saint Cecilia early and had a couple of margaritas while we were waiting for our room. We stayed in suite 4, which had a private entrance and yard. The suite was breathtaking and the hospitality we received was unlike any other we’ve experienced. I never wanted to leave.

61012The mini-bar was impressive and full of really good local artisan snacks and drinks. We immediately dove in. There is also an amazing record collection in the hotel lobby that you can borrow from and play music back in your room. We listened to Neil Young on repeat.

13We are suckers for a good robe and had to bring two of these ones home with us.

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We stayed here for two days and two nights, and while we ventured out a bit to do a little shopping and eating at some our favorite Austin restaurants old and new (Uchi, Justine’s Brasserie, Clarke’s Oyster Bar, and Bomb Tacos), we spend most of our time in our suite or by the pool.

Pool11I had to have these funky, Moroccan-style, leather house slippers from the Saint Cecilia gift shop.

14We also stopped by The San Jose around the corner for a sake margarita and picked up this pretty blanket and took it back to our room to play card games.

31We walked to get iced coffee and bagel dogs from Jo’s. (Dress by Rachel Craven, earrings by Salihah Moore, shoes by Laura Schoorl, and bandana Bag by Rene Holquin.)

227The most incredible lobster roll I’ve ever had from Clark’s Oyster Bar. I highly recommend this spot!

284The coolest bench!

8243029202679This first part of our trip was so relaxing, I didn’t want it to end, but I was excited for what was next—a road-trip to Marfa, TX to spend a couple of days in the desert. Some of our friends recently bought a house there, so it was great getting to see some familiar faces in this cool and artsy town that’s in the middle of nowhere. We stayed at El Cosmico—a unique campground hotel made up of refurbished trailers, yurts, teepees, and tents. A totally different experience from the Saint Cecilia, but equally as fun.

4245We did a lot of holding hands and exploring. We visited the galleries and tiny shops, made many a Paloma, ate good food, and just enjoyed the quiet. I highly recommend getting dinner and drinks from Saint George if you’re ever in town, it’s excellent!

51We fired up a Dutch Tub one night and had a romantic evening under the stars and tried to remember where all the constellations are. We failed. HA!

5331Inside our cool trailer

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37These boob mugs!!!

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4355We didn’t stay in a yurt, but we peeked inside. How beautiful is this painted ceiling?

The El Cosmico gift shop is what dreams are made of. We picked up some fun things for the kids and I had to get that beautiful stained glass number on the left, hanging in the window.

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46We had the best time. This trip was so needed. From start to finish, it was perfect. We are already planning another visit to Marfa, this time with the kids in tow.

Big thanks to Bunkhouse for the hospitality. We will be back soon. Texas has our heart!

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