Weekend Wanderer: Portland, Oregon to Austin, Texas

Living in the Rose City, Kari Young has a taste for adventure and delicious foods. From close ups of her favorite happy hour snack to the best burger you’ll ever eat, she knows how to show off drool-worthy content to our feed. She just returned from an Instagram takeover in Austin, Texas. as part of Alaska’s Weekend Wanderer series. For more Weekend Wanderer posts, be sure to follow Alaska Airlines on Instagram.

1.Leaving rainy PDX to eat, drink and shop around Austin, TX for my #weekendwanderer trip and I cannot wait to land in Austin and start on this incredible and delicious weekend.

Leaving rainy PDX to eat, drink and shop around Austin, TX for my #weekendwanderer trip and I cannot wait to land in Austin and start on this incredible and delicious weekend.

Getting this #weekendwanderer with @alaskaair started with a cocktail in the sky - we can't wait to share our AUSTIN, TX visit of food, drinks and culture.

Getting this #weekendwanderer with @alaskaair started with a cocktail in the sky – we can’t wait to share our AUSTIN, TX visit of food, drinks and culture.

As we landed in Austin, Texas, we were immediately greeted by sunny, blue skies and the warm hospitality so unique to the South. Our Weekend Wanderer getaway took us straight to SoCo, one of the liveliest and diverse parts of Austin – a neighborhood that reminded us fondly of our hometown of Portland, Oregon, but had a charm and vibrancy of its own. We shopped and people watched on Congress Avenue, then ventured to nearby Weather Up to relax with cocktails and snacks set in a vintage house. We sat in the gorgeous yet simple outdoor garden area, allowing us to experience Austin in the best way possible.

There's no question the gateway dish in Austin is their TACOS - our #weekendwanderer trip took us straight to Congress Avenue and it did not disappoint. Austin you know the way to my heart .

There’s no question the gateway dish in Austin is their TACOS – our #weekendwanderer trip took us straight to Congress Avenue and it did not disappoint. Austin you know the way to my heart.

The vibrant and lively music scene is just one part of what gives Austin its energy and style. We spotted these two musicians as we walked among the cultural district on our way to more food!

The vibrant and lively music scene is just one part of what gives Austin its energy and style. We spotted these two musicians as we walked among the cultural district on our way to more food!

One of the highlights of our weekend were the bar scenes along the infamous West 6th Street aka “Dirty Sixth” and the Rainey Street Historic District. We grabbed drinks and enjoyed the young and festive crowds at Half Step and were totally charmed by the tableside cocktail cart service at Midnight Cowboy – a bar that celebrates and embraces the old-fashioned and classic approach to cocktails. The diversity in nightlife, from The Firehouse with hip-hop-spinning DJs to Small Victory, a sophisticated, vintage modern cocktail bar that takes the art of cocktails to a new level, Austin bars do not disappoint.

A must stop that we couldn't wait to try was Clark's Oyster Bar on West 6th - this place is so dreamy and easily serves some of the best oysters in Austin (that oyster liqueur!) Thank you Clark's for being everything and more for our #weekendwanderer trip!

A must stop that we couldn’t wait to try was Clark’s Oyster Bar on West 6th – this place is so dreamy and easily serves some of the best oysters in Austin (that oyster liqueur!) Thank you Clark’s for being everything and more for our #weekendwanderer trip!

Austin’s kitchens are also some of the best in the South. We treated ourselves to some of the briniest and most delicious oysters from Clark’s Oyster Bar and some of the most finger-licking good barbecue from the “gotta wait in line” La Barbecue. At the heart of the food and drink scene are the people. From sushi to tacos each experience was greeted with a smile and the Southern hospitality that has taken on a completely new meaning to us. Austin, Texas is truly a city worth visiting time and time again.

An amazing brunch of Crab Louie, Pork & Grits and a Bloody Mary that was out of this world delicious @launderetteatx on Holly Street. So nice to sit outside on their patio and soak in the beautiful AUSTIN weather - we even had a little taste of home with our coffee

An amazing brunch of Crab Louie, Pork & Grits and a Bloody Mary that was out of this world delicious @launderetteatx on Holly Street. So nice to sit outside on their patio and soak in the beautiful AUSTIN weather – we even had a little taste of home with our coffee.

As we were greeted @uchiaustin with a Maki sample we knew this dinner would be beyond expectation. Seated at the lively sushi bar (highly recommend) we dined on some of the best sushi paired with sake and topped off with the infectious hospitality of our own sushi Chef. A magical experience.

As we were greeted @uchiaustin with a Maki sample we knew this dinner would be beyond expectation. Seated at the lively sushi bar (highly recommend) we dined on some of the best sushi paired with sake and topped off with the infectious hospitality of our own sushi Chef. A magical experience.

While food was our top agenda on our #weekendwanderer trip a tour of the LBJ LIBRARY AND MUSEUM definitely was a highlight to learning more about and experiencing the great city of Austin - this stunning library houses so much history and is a must stop.

While food was our top agenda on our #weekendwanderer trip a tour of the LBJ LIBRARY AND MUSEUM definitely was a highlight to learning more about and experiencing the great city of Austin – this stunning library houses so much history and is a must stop.

It's not a trip to Austin without a stop at BARBECUE - the perfect end to our #weekendwanderer trip was lunch at LA BARBECUE and the wait is totally worth it - thanks Rachel for the tip - we had an amazing time in this incredibly colorful and culinary exciting city and can't wait to fly back!

It’s not a trip to Austin without a stop at BARBECUE – the perfect end to our #weekendwanderer trip was lunch at LA BARBECUE and the wait is totally worth it – thanks Rachel for the tip – we had an amazing time in this incredibly colorful and culinary exciting city and can’t wait to fly back!

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