Thursday, September 10, 2015

I Left My Heart In Texas

 All pictures taken at the JW Marriott Austin

Crystal and I planned this trip to Austin spontaneously one day while on a road trip to Ojai. Her and I live for our adventures, and this one was the best one yet! Our itinerary (yes, we made one!) included searching for art walls to take copious amounts of pictures, Barton Springs, tubing down the San Marcos River, paddle boarding and watching a million bats fly out of the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset. Of course, we also devoured BBQ, Tex-Mex and hunted for the best coffee shops. By the time the trip was done, I was heat stroked, too full to eat another bite, had over 200 pictures to sort through and twelve large and in charge mosquito bites. It was a great trip, indeed.

We did find time to squeeze in a little r&r at the JW Marriott Austin. We love to have a good time but we also love to relax. The hotel was exactly as I pictured, modern and chic with comfy beds and awesome amenities. They welcomed us warmly with make your own margaritas and a delicious cheese plate (they know the way to my heart!) My favorite part was the pool area, with the shape of Texas etched at the bottom and city skyline views. The hotel offers three restaurants, two bars, a Starbucks and a fitness center. The options are endless!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from the trip that were captured on my Instagram. You can follow me HERE or you can also check out hashtags #jetsetmelanee and #melcrys2015 for all the fun adventures we've been on this year. 

Great reminder spotted near Hey Cupcake!
Paddle Boarding at Rowing Dock was one of the hardest things I've ever done.
A wall behind Bennu Coffee 

 Tubing at San Marcos River
 Missing my better half- located across from Bennu Coffee
  Taxidermy store filled with skulls, horns, rugs etc...not suitable for all
 Seventh Flag Coffee makes a pretty good iced latte with soy
 This was pretty scary but definitely worth the bruises I got to take this shot
 Endless art walls that you can't help but stop at. This one was located next to a chili food truck
 Yes! Located on Congress Ave. near Jo's Coffee
 Barton Springs
 Infamous Austin wall
 Best tacos and sweet corn at Torchy's Tacos
 Sunset on the Congress Avenue Bridge after watching the bats fly out
 Lick Ice Cream- a must try! The line was worth the wait
 The first wall we hunted. Hello, Austin! 

A huge thank you to the JW Marriott for the stay and to the staff for making us feel extremely welcome. We hope to be back very soon!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Looks like such a fun trip. The hotel is beautiful and so are your pictures! xx Annette

  2. I hope your butter half has time to see these fun shots of your trip! I Love Marriott and will definitely stay here while in Austin!

  3. Amazing photos! I've never been to Texas but I'd love to visit.

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