An Austin vacation home rental can be a very economical alternative to hotels, especially for family vacations. Austin vacation rentals can help you to save money on dining out as you have your own kitchen, have complete privacy, and provide children with a place to play (and make noise) where you don’t have to worry about disturbing other guests. You often also have much more space, sometimes even a yard.
Within the city limits, Lake Austin rentals are undoubtedly the most popular for visitors. These provide all the dollar savings for your budget and privacy you might desire, plus place you in a resort setting where you can enjoy water activities such as swimming, boating, and fishing. There are a number of Lake Austin rentals in private, fully furnished lakeside homes that can be quite deluxe, with hot tubs, large decks and boat docks on the water, swimming pools, and other amenities.
You may want to look for an Austin vacation home rental right in the city, including condominiums and apartments right in the Sixth Street Entertainment District and charming homes in the downtown area. Staying at these properties means you can walk to all the main city attractions, including music bars, the famous Bat Bridge on Congress Street, State Capitol, and the parks along Lady Bird Lake and Lake Austin.
You can also find Lake Austin rentals that are rustic cabins and cottages, although most of these will be found around Lake Travis, which is very popular for fishing and hunting. Some camping areas have sites for recreational vehicles and tents as well as small cabins available for rent. If a rustic cabin isn’t for you, you can find an Austin vacation home rental in this area that is very luxurious. There are a number of beautiful modern villas, and some of the golf resorts have planned communities
Some Austin vacation rentals can actually be boats. These are available primarily on Lake Travis, which is quite a large lake, and generally are houseboats. Some can sleep as many as ten people, and provide floating luxury hotels that can travel from place to place on the lake. Many have water slides, ample sun decks, and elegant salons with wet bars. They boast fully equipped galley kitchens, full-sized bedrooms, and are completely self-contained. You can anchor out in the lake for a peaceful night on the water, and cruise into marinas for some shopping or a night out. If you want to get off the water and do some hiking, the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife has lake frontage where you can put in and explore miles of trails.
Austin vacation rentals out in the Hill Country are available for those who want a taste of taste of the Texas ranch lifestyle. You can find entire ranch houses for rent, like the 1940s traditional stone ranch house of Los Madrones in Dripping Springs, about ten miles west of Lake Travis. This simple but beautiful “casita” is set on 400 acres featuring limestone bluffs, creeks and springs, open pastures and meadows. There are also guest cottages on family ranches, some of which double as charming country bed and breakfast inns.