GET THERE: The Lone Star State's hipster capital is about 165 miles northwest of Houston and 200 miles south of Dallas.
STAY: Located in the East Austin arts district, the new seven-room retro Heywood Hotel is a quick walk downtown and to sixth street and Lady Bird Lake. (From $179; heywoodhotel.com)
CHEAP THRILL: Listen to live music. Mix the old and new: The Continental Club (continentalclub.com), which has been around since 1957, is the citys most famous music venue, while The White Horse Honky Tonk (thewhitehorseaustin.com) opened two years ago and has live music seven days a week, along with Pac-Man, pool, and whiskey on tap.