There are three things that Austin just does better: Music. Football. Food.

So, what brings you to Austin, TX? Did the Longhorns’ recent win against Notre Dame spark your interest? Maybe you’ve always wanted to come and check out the “Live Music Capital of the World” for yourself? Or are you drawn to the wonders of Texas BBQ?

Regardless of your excuse to come down and visit, here is Vaystays’ official destination guide to enjoying this wonderful city.

The Music Scene

Austin City Limits Festival (photo credit: Jack Edinger)

Austin is home to some of the world’s most renown and numerous (more than 250!) live music venues. Whether your musical genre of choice is country, rock, rap, or anything and everything in between, Austin has it all.

We were going to list all of the top venues in Austin, then soon realized it would take up this entire post. Instead, here are just a handful of the most notable ones: The Broken Spoke, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, The Mohawk, and of course Austin City Limits Festival (9/30–10/2 & 10/7–10/9) in Zilker Park.

You can see our closest properties to Zilker Park here!

The Football

Buechele and D. Foreman break the huddle and get set against Notre Dame — 9/4/16 (photo credit:

Charlie Strong and the University of Texas Longhorn football program have officially arrived. This legendary program has gone through it’s fair share of ups — claiming 4 national titles, 32 conference titles, and boasting 56 All-Americans that have been through the program — and it’s downs. When talking about college football it’s not just the team that is legendary, but the stadium as well. Darrell K. Royal — Texas Memorial Stadium has been home for the Longhorns since the 1924 season and has a seating capacity of over 100,000, making it the ninth largest stadium in the world! Whenever you’re in town be sure to check out the schedule and go experience one of the best overall atmosphere’s in college football.

You can check out the Longhorns schedule and ticket information here!

The Food


When it comes to food, Austin is a top contender amongst NYC, LA, and Chicago, but when it comes to BBQ specifically, there is no competition. There are three BBQ spots you cannot miss:

Stubbs — Yes this is the “mopping sauce” you can buy in stores but the brick and mortar is your go-to for the real Austin experience. Live music makes this the perfect Sunday Funday hangout!

Iron Works— Convenient and fast high quality BBQ located just a few blocks from the heart of 6th Street, making it the perfect spot before a night out.

Franklin’s (photo credit: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt)

Franklins— Featured in countless food shows and movies, Franklins may seem like a tourist trap but it’s 100% worth the hype. Get here by 9AM to make sure you don’t miss out on the days supply.

If BBQ isn’t your thing, Austin still has plenty to offer. Here are some fan-favorites:

Magnolia Cafe — Great for brunch in SoCo.

The Roaring Fork — Another great spot in downtown with happy hour and creative bites.

Truluck’s— For the Texas steak you came here for.

Special Events

FORMULA 1 Grand Prix is in Austin  this October. Check out our guide to staying in Austin during the Grand Prix!


Where to stay in Austin

Vaystays has hundreds of top-notch vacation rentals in Austin. Here’s a handful of our favorites.



This chic, resort-style home is tucked away in West Austin. It’s just minutes from the heart of bustling West 6th Street, where you’ll find Austin’s best shopping and dining. A multi-level outdoor living space includes a private cabana in the sun, and a sprawling backyard is home to a stunning stone patio with inlaid heated pool and hot tub. See it here


Experience Austin from a secluded, luxe home that’s close to it all. That said, though, why would you ever want to leave this house? Mix a drink poolside, make a full meal in the gorgeous and rustic outdoor kitchen, and take a dip in the expansive pool while dinner sizzles on the grill. Then, gather your group around the large table lit by an exquisite chandelier and warmed by a fire in the stone fireplace. See it here.


This modern, 2-bed, 2.5-bath home is located just 9 minutes from the heart of downtown, where there’s plenty to do no matter what your vacation style. You will be thoroughly content while enjoying this fully loaded modern home that offers an outsider art collection featuring many original works, design books and magazines and collectibles. Want to loaf around on the couch a bit? This home’s also got AppleTV, FireTV, and an Xbox 360.

Check out more Austin vacation rentals here.