With the retro-inspired Lone Star Court as your starting point, we’ve detailed four ways, one in each compass direction, to spend a classic day full of top things to do in Austin, Texas.

The capital of Texas may be known for its thriving live music venues and adored “keep Austin weird” motto, but just 25 minutes from the bustling downtown area sits Northwest Austin. A quieter part of the city, home to grassy parks, The Domain, eateries, and the fun-meets-funky Lone Star Court – our new-age motor court with a decidedly modern and high-design twist. Here’s our quick take on things to do in each compass direction that will fill your days with new and authentic Austin adventures.

NSEW Austin


The Domain
 [11-minute walk]

To find the perfect keepsake from your Austin visit, head to The Domain, where you can select from over 70 nationally known shops like Tiffany and Co. and Louis Vuitton to local boutiques. When you need a break from the shopping, stop in to one of the many restaurants, bars, and coffee shops lining the park-like setting for some much needed fuel, from sushi to homemade Italian.

11410 Century Oaks Terrace, 512-873-8099 


NSEW Austin


Franklin BBQ
 [25-minute drive]

You know a place has good food when their hours are listed as “11 a.m. – sold out,” often not even reaching late afternoon before the day’s stock of brisket, ribs, and coleslaw have been devoured. Just nine years old, Franklin BBQ has already won dozens of culinary awards for their classically honed Southern menu. Get a pulled pork sandwich and ribs in-house, and a bourbon pecan pie to go.

900 E 11th Street, 512-653-1187


NSEW Austin


Circle Brewing Co.
[3-minute drive]

There is no denying that Austin’s craft beer scene is thriving; the number of breweries in the city has more than doubled since 2010. So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed about which of the 30 to check out, start near your home base. Circle Brewing Co., less than a mile from Lone Star Court, offers all you’d want out of a brewery: outside seating, a cozy bar, a knowledgeable staff, fun crowds, and of course, a copious selection of beer.

2340 W Braker Lane, Suite B


NSEW Austin


[24-minute drive]

Owned by two brothers who also happen to be the veteran chefs, this authentic restaurant serves up a cuisine different than any other in the area – German-inspired pub fare with a Texas spin. Stop in for their brunch for a taste of their popular Shakshuka (eggs poached in spiced tomato ragout), or later on for a decadent dessert, like their seasonal crumble with a candy store’s – worth of optional toppings, like bananas, brown sugar, and toasted pecans.

8300 N FM 620 E, 737-222-5779