• September 8, 2023
  • Lauren Critzer
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Love Blooms in the Lone Star State: Your Ultimate Guide to Romantic Getaways in Austin

Prepare to fall in love all over again as you explore Austin’s charming retreats, steeped in romance and unforgettable experiences. Our city offers more than fantastic live music and mouthwatering BBQ joints. With a meticulously crafted web of romantic threads, Austin is an oasis of love for couples looking for that heart-fluttering getaway. Pulling back the curtain on these treasures, let’s dive into the very best of heart-pounding, soul-touching Austin getaways designed exclusively for lovebirds.

A Tale of Two Sunsets

There’s an ageless romance about watching the setting sun, a fiery ball dipping beneath the horizon, as the world bathes in its red-orange hue. Austin, in its enchanting glory, offers a couple of divine spots to indulge in this classic romantic pastime.

Mount Bonnell Perched as the highest point in Austin city, Mount Bonnell offers an escape into the sky, with a panoramic view of Lake Austin glittering under the western sky and the city skyline adorning the opposite side. Mount Bonnell is the perfect setting to see the world through a gorgeous gradient of sunset colors.

  • Plan a small picnic with your favorite goodies. As the sky dons its evening colors, the setting is ripe for intimate conversations and shared silence.
  • Despite being the city’s highest point, the climb is easy-peasy, just 102 steps to find your place between the earth and sky.
  • The locals’ advice is to be there early, as this heavenly spot fills up fast at sunset hours.

The Oasis on Lake Travis Perched on a cliff some 450 feet high above Lake Travis’s surface, The Oasis is nothing short of a magical vista for a romantic evening out. Here, the sunset gets a new charisma as it drops into the depths of the tranquil lake waters.

  • Enjoy a delightful mix of Tex-Mex flavors as you gaze over the spread of the serene lake hemmed by the picturesque Texas hill country.
  • Don’t forget to visit their onsite brewery, Oasis Texas Brewing Company, to check out the exceptional variety of locally brewed artisanal beverages that add an extra sparkle to your evening.

The Music of Love: Serenading Your Sweetheart

They say music feeds the soul, and in Austin, it’s the lifeblood of love. If the symphony of love strums the chords of your heart, Austin’s treasure trove of musical venues promises an unforgettable date night.

Antone’s Nightclub A stomping ground of music legends and a lifeline to Austin’s vibrant blues scene since 1975, Antone’s Nightclub makes for an exciting evening of tuneful romance.

  • Antone’s has seen the likes of B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and other music greats lighten up its stage, earning the label of a legendary establishment.
  • The intimate, electrifying set up facilitates easy mingling and even stealing a soulful dance or two. It’s music that speaks to your heart!

Elephant Room If jazz is the rhythm of your hearts, Elephant Room unravels an evening steeped in music down its cozy underground set up.

  • Live performances every day of the week works as a charm for music-loving couples.
  • Complementing the jazzy evening is a versatile drink menu, offering an array of heady cocktails and choices for every taste.

Wine and Dine: Austin’s Aphrodisiac

Austin sparks up the romance with a culinary scene that brims with cozy, intimate spots offering an unforgettable gastronomic journey for lovebirds.

Justine’s Brasserie An epitome of a Parisian charm graced with Texas stars, Justine’s is the perfect destination for a romantic dinner date.

  • For a taste of their culinary expertise, try their legendary Steak Frites and Crème Brûlée.
  • Justine’s stays open until 2 a.m., providing ample space for those long, intimate conversations under the moonlit sky.

Café Josie Casual yet intimate, Café Josie impresses with its innovative ‘Experience’ menu. Here, you indulge in a dining venture with a dining style offering unlimited small plates.

  • Relish the delights from their ever-evolving menu featuring cold-smoked duck, baby back ribs, crispy Gulf snapper, and a lot more exciting options.

Eco-Lovin’: Romantic Adventure in the Wild

For couples who adore the outdoors, Austin unfolds a breathtaking canvas vivified with the beauty of diverse ecologies.

Zilker Botanical Garden This 26-acre wonderland of green, the Zilker Botanical Garden, is a delightful stroll through dedicated sections, such as the fragrant Rose Garden, the tranquil Japanese Garden, and the intriguing Cactus and Succulent Garden.

  • A leisurely mosey through this lush sprawl offers calming green vistas and a lovely spot for a romantic escapade amidst nature.

Rowing Dock For the adventure-inclined, the Rowing Dock provides an exhilarating experience of gliding through the placid waters of the Colorado River via kayaks or stand-up paddleboards.

  • Try their unforgettable Full Moon Bat Paddle tours for a unique rendezvous with Austin’s famous bat colony at the Congress Avenue Bridge.

More than “I Love You”: Art-Inspired Romance

Indulge in some art therapy as you tour Austin’s revered art houses, allowing your love to resonate with the timeless charm of creative masterpieces.

Blanton Museum of Art Housing more than 19,000 works of art within its space, Blanton Museum of Art lends a creative touch to your romantic day out.

  • Explore their impressive collection, including European paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art pieces.
  • Do not miss the stunning Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’, an impressive 2,715-square-foot stone building adorned with colored glass windows, filling the space with mesmerizing spectra of light.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum A harmonious blend of art, pristine nature, and romance resides at Austin’s heart – Umlauf Sculpture Garden.

  • Traverse the diverse and rich collection of famed American sculptor Charles Umlauf as you walk hand-in-hand through the scenic trail and let art inspire your love.

As this completes the traverse through Austin’s romantic getaways, it’s evident that Austin is brimming with myriad experiences that make hearts skip a beat. The city pulls you in with its irresistible romantic charm, from awe-striking sunsets, melodious notes to culinary delights and wonders of nature, making your journey of love a memorable one. Explore these unique facets of Austin and let love billow in the Lone Star State.

Lauren Critzer

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and after college, I moved to San Francisco to explore new opportunities and broaden my horizons. I fell in love with the city's vibrant culture and unique atmosphere, but eventually, I moved again, this time to Austin, Texas.

As much as I loved living in different parts of the country, having a baby boy brought me back to my hometown in Charlottesville, where I now live with my husband, our little one, and two furry friends. I enjoy going to wineries, taking my pups everywhere, and spending quality time with my family.

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