For our first trip to Austin, we couldn’t resist the lure of Hotel San Jose, but this vacation we went a different route and chose a b&b in a quiet neighborhood a few blocks off South Congress. I loved the peacefulness of the Park Lane Guest House, especially with the 40,000 motorcycles roaring into town for the ROT Rally.  My parents settled into largest accommodations, The Garden Cottage. It is spacious with a kitchen, living room, separate bedroom, and lovely little patio.

 We opted for more adventure with The Vicky. This tiny Texas house required negotiating a ladder to access the sleeping loft every night. For a handful of evenings up in the air, The Vicky has its charm… but it’s probably better suited for 2 kids than 2 adults!  The Vicky is made of reclaimed building materials. Your host at Park Lane whips up a lovely breakfast AND is a master carpenter!Here’s the exterior of our tiny Texas house!If you decide to stay at Park Lane: breakfast is included, there’s a beautiful pool out back and trust me, snag the Garden Cottage and you’ll have plenty of room to spread out!