Post # 1
So Fiance and I are planning my favorite part of the wedding process – THE HONEYMOON!! So for a number of reasons we have decided that we want to remain in the US, we decided we would rather stay in really nice hotels and do nice things in the US rather than spend the money on traveling. We both travel quite a bit anyway so we just want to relax after the wedding. I am not really a beach resort person so we have been thinking about going to Boulder Co for a few days and then to Austin Tx for a few days. We like hiking and being outdoors and music so I thought that these might places be good options for us. Does anyone have any honeymoon suggestions for these places? Hotels or things to do? Also do any bees knowwhat the weather is like in these places in late April? Any info would be great!!
Post # 3
I can only comment on Austin, but you will love it! It’s probably my favorite city in the state.
Wikitravel has some great ideas (http://wikitravel.org/en/Austin). There are parks and hiking trails all over, and you have to check out Barton Springs. I’ve only ever stayed in a hotel downtown, but the Omni is beautiful if you’re looking for a fancier place. Otherwise there are B&B’s ALL over the city that are very charming.
Also, find one of Amy’s Ice Cream’s locations – you won’t regret it. Try one of the flavors that’s made with alcohol!
ETA: I forgot weather! April is a great month. It won’t be hot enough to knock you out quite yet, but there might be some occasional rain and chilly nights.
Post # 4
Austin at the end of April will probably be pretty warm. I know we hit 90 before April ended last year. But that just makes it perfect weather for Barton Springs, which is a great fed natural pool. The water is about 68 degrees year round. Fantastic way to spend an Austin afternoon: lie in the sun until you’re so hot you can’t stand it, go jump in the springs and paddle around until you’re chilled. Repeat as needed 🙂
Also take a look at hiking the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It’s a really cool hike right in the middle of the city. There are swimming holes at different places along the Greenbelt, so it can get busy if the weather’s warm and we actually have had some rain (the Greenbelt was mostly dry this year, what with the drought and all). Also, make sure to take a spin around Town Lake (recently renamed Lady Bird Lake). It’s a trail around Town Lake in central Austin that can be anywhere between 2-10 miles, depending on how far you want to go. It’s incredibly popular with Austinites, and the no leash area by Auditorium Shores can provide some cute/hilarious dog watching – just look out for the wet ones.
I recommend staying in the W or the Four Seasons if you’re looking for super fancy. The W’s location is marginally better for getting to the popular nightspots around town, but the Four Seasons isn’t far either. I havent’ been on the W’s pool deck, but the pool at the Four Seasons is great – it over looks Town Lake and has beautiful views.
The music scene here is, obviously, fantastic. Check the schedules and see who’s playing at Antone’s or Stubb’s. Or you can walk in just about any bar and find live music as some point.
Finally, do make sure you eat some great TexMex. My favorites are Chuy’s (ask for the jalapeno ranch to dip chips in — so very good) and Polvo’s. We also have a pretty great trailer food scene. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, Gordough’s Donuts are amazing. Honey butter iced donut with a piece of excellent fried chicken? Yes, please. http://www.gourdoughs.com/doughnuts/mother-clucker/
And welcome to our fine city!
Post # 5
I agree that Austin will be a lot of fun, ya’ll should think about taking a day trip (or two days) if you can swing it to check out Fredericksburg… if you like wine and music it’s another great little town to visit for some small town atmosphere. There are tons of great little b&b’s in Fredericksburg. You can also check out Luckenbach Texas and Gruene Texas… Great little hideaways away from the city if you wanted something a bit quieter. But Austin is the place to be for live music.
The weather in april is pretty moderate usually… 70-80’s with the occational hot days or cooler days… Chances for rain are slim with the drought (and i’m hoping april is rather dry since that’s when my wedding is and I live in this area!)
As for Boulder Colorado, I’m so jealous, I’ve always wanted to go there!!
Post # 6
I live in Boulder and it is definitely gorgeous. That being said, April in Boulder could have a blizzard or be 90 degrees and sunny. Or, it could have both in a period of 24 hours. 🙂 Chances are you’ll be hiking in/on snow/ice if you go into Rocky Mountain National Park. If you stay in the foothills, it just depends on our winter. We’ve had about 3-4 feet of snow already (with another snow storm tonight) but I have no idea how that’ll play out into Spring.
Boulder has a great foodie scene and is well known for its farm-to-table food approach. But you won’t come away from dinner for much less than $75.00 for two people (and can easily go up to 300-400 depending on the restaurant, wine, etc). Boulder is also famous for its myraid of microbreweries. Check out last October’s Bon Apetit (2010) for a whole run down on Boulder’s foodie scene.
Outside of food and the outdoors, there isn’t a ton to DO in Boulder. It’s a college town, through and through. There is a theater/music scene here; but I’m not sure much about it. Pearl St Mall is a pedestrian mall that has street performers on the weekends, but strolling the mall will depend on the weather. There’s the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factroy, there’s a big telescope for star gazing, a few museums, and that’s about it. It’s honestly a very small town except for the gigantic population of university students.
In all honesty, I would wait to come to Boulder until the summer to guarantee good weather. You might luck out with a beautiful 70 degree, sunny, cloudless day and you might have 4 feet of snow dropped on you. At least during the summer, your hiking options are endless (unless you like to ice climb/snow hike). During the summer you can rock climb, float down the Boulder creek, find a place to go white water rafting up in the mountains, rent bikes and do long bike rides, have a picnic in our central park, etc. For example, we had a 65* and sunny/cloudless day on Sunday and had a few inches of snow by Monday afternoon. There’s just not guarantee in the mountains. 🙂
I’ve never stayed in a hotel here, but check out the St. Julien and the Boulderado if you’re going for “nice” hotel. And if you decide to come to Boulder, PM me and I can give you a whole host of restuarant suggestions. 🙂
Post # 7
So I was going to give you a nice run-down of Boulder info, but since longdistanceco_ca did such a great job, I will just add one piece (which sort of echos waiting until summer to visit Boulder): in late April, you will probably experience tons of students getting in their last minute partying before finals (I graduated from CU in May, so I was one of them). CU is pretty well-known as a party school, and like PP said, there are tons of students, but a lot will leave for the summer (longdistanceco_ca might be able to give more info since she currently lives there). If a bunch of wild students doesn’t bother you, go for it– if they will ruin your romantic/relaxing getaway, I would think about waiting a month or so.
One other thing thats great about Boulder is it’s proximity to Estes Park (home to the Stanley Hotel (made famous by the Shining)) (and Rocky Mountain National Park as said before). You could always spend a few nights in Estes and still come down to Boulder for dinner or a concert.
Post # 8
Thanks so much!! I am so excited about Austin now! I have been to Boulder before and it is just so beautiful I really want to go back and my Fiance hasn’t been there but I am a bit worried about the weather so I will talk to Fiance about that before we book anything. @Longdistanceco ca I will def PM you for suggestions if we decide to go for it anyway, wild students would bother us! LOL so that could be a factor too 🙁 We will have a think about it!! Thanks for all your input ladies!