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7 quirky Austin rentals for the perfect vacation (or staycation) within city limits

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Nowadays, people want more from their lodging than just a room to lay down for the night, a continental breakfast and good customer service—they want a memory.


This city has an abundance of well known hotels, but with all of Austin's wonderfully wacky residents why not stay in one of their homes? Whether it's a vacation, staycation or get-together, here are seven local rentals you won't soon forget.

Sculptor's Guest House, $121 per night

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Located a short distance from Downtown, UT and the airport, this guest house sits on two acres of art studios so you can truly get into character while you walk the sculpture garden. The house itself is decked out in unique architecture and creative interpretations of ordinary objects, like the onyx stone bathroom, natural wood headboard with matching end tables, and cozy kitchen. The guest house accommodates a maximum of four guests with one bedroom, one bathroom and plenty of couches to crash on for an authentic artist experience.

1940s East Austin Bungalow, $164 per night

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Though this spacious bungalow was built in the 1940s, you would never know when you walk inside. The wooded, solemn interior paired with black finishes give the rental a clean, rustic look. Though you'll be staying in a home that is nearly 100 years old, the unit comes complete with all the technology of the modern era. The Bungalow comfortably allows four guests with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Mid-century modern home, $202 per night

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Nicknamed "The Peach Door" after its fruit-hued front entry, this Downtown-adjacent house is packed with texture, natural light and a comfortable interior that will make anyone feel right at home. Located in the coveted Travis Heights neighborhood, guests are just a short walk away from Austin's picturesque arts and culture strip, South Congress. The stay accommodates up to four guests with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

The Bloomhouse by Lodgewell, $822 per night

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Don't look for any straight lines in this house—you won't find any. Designed by two University of Texas architects, this lodge is designed to make you feel like you're stepping into a fairytale with its cave-like interior and secluded location in the West Lake Hills woods. You'll know you've arrived at this one bedroom, one bathroom home for four when you see its fantastical head peeking through the trees.

Colorful Clarksville estate, $847 per night

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Each room in this massive 3,200 square foot home is cloaked in its own unique personality, from its two-story graffitied living room to its colorful countertops to the industrial wash basin sinks. Less than a mile from downtown, this space is perfect for entertaining or simply soaking in city living. With six bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms and two kitchens in the main house and one bedroom, one bathroom and a full kitchen in the guesthouse, there is room to sprawl out.

Downtown Guest House, $250 per night

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This picturesque hippie hideaway sits just two blocks away from South Congress but comes with the privacy of the Hill Country. Built in 1928, the European cottage has exposed ceiling beams, a pebble shower and lush garden filled with large trees on-site. The guest house may be small but with a downstairs bed and loft upstairs, it can still fit four guests without getting crowded.

Historic Casa Cartel, $2,648 per night

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Integrating Mexican architecture and art throughout this bespoke villa, the tastefully vibrant interior makes it impossible not to be in a good mood. With natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, custom murals painted all over the house, a basement theater and a private pool fit for a full summer of lounging, this opulent house is the vacation. The house sits on a corner lot "very close to downtown" and sleeps up to 17 people with nine bedrooms and five bathrooms, so bring the whole crew.

Your perfect stay awaits you!

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Rainbow on the creek, Rupi Kaur and motor rallies: What to do in Austin this weekend

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Friday

🎸 Camp Nowhere 2022

Calling all Porter Robinson fans–now is the time to see the electronic artist in Austin alongside six additional up-and-coming artists in the genre. The mini-fest moves to Dallas the next day and you can get tickets starting at $25.

4:30 p.m. Friday | Germania Insurance Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

💰 Coindesk Consensus

Held for the first time in Austin, Coindesk Consensus promises to be the “SXSW of crypto,” with more than 300 speakers slated to talk about Web3, blockchain and the Metaverse. Fidelity Investments CEO Abby Johnson, Edward Snowden and Binance CEO Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao will speak. Tickets start at $99 for a virtual pass or $1,299 for general admission.

Times vary Friday-Sunday | The Fairmont & Austin Convention Center, 101 Red River St.

🏍 Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally

Embrace your inner biker for an extended weekend at the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally, which is being held in Bastrop for the first time. Live music, rides and motorcycle acrobats will keep you entertained! Tickets start at $25.

Times vary Thursday-Sunday | Mere’s Reserve, 1141 FM 969 Farm-To-Market Rd.

🖼 Summer Strut

Link & Pin has invited some of its favorite local artists to display their work during the 2022 Summer Strut, which runs all weekend through Aug. 28, to give them some exposure.

1-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday | Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E. 6th St. #102.

Saturday

🗿 Do Not Post exhibit

This exclusive three-week show kicks off on Saturday, running through June 26, featuring never-before-seen large-scale work from owner Lisa Russell’s private collection. The works will all have limited exposure, and be displayed together for the first time—pictures will not be allowed. Free private walkthroughs can be scheduled at sales@wcc.art.

1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday | West Chelsea Contemporary, 1009 W. 6th St #120.

🌳 Poetry in the Park

Poetry in the Park is returning for a second time under the shady trees at Republic Square. As a platform for local poets and spoken word artists, this weekend's theme will focus on Pride Month and Juneteenth.

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.

🎙 Rupi Kaur World Tour

Catch Canadian poet, illustrator and mind behind the poetry book “Milk and Honey,” Rupi Kaur, in Austin. Get tickets for the famous “Instapoet” starting at $39.

8 p.m. Saturday | Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr.

🌈 Rainbow on the Creek

Celebrate Pride Month during a day in the sun with your fellow Austinites at Moody Amphitheater. The free daylong festival will feature Pride-themed activities and LBGTQIA performances.

12-9 p.m. Saturday | Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park, 500 E. 12th St.

🎶 The Sounds of The 60’s Tour

Reminisce in the music of the ‘60s at the Cedar Park H-E-B Center, featuring tunes from The Drifters, The Platters + Cornell Gunter’s Coasters.

7:30 p.m. Saturday | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Ave of the Stars.

Sunday

💃 Salsa & Heritage Festival 25th anniversary

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to learn about the shared African roots of Puerto Rico and Mexico at the Salsa & Heritage Festival. Tickets are $30 the day of the festival, $24 for early birds.

3-8 p.m. Sunday | JCC Austin Ballroom, 7300 Hart Ln.

🚗 Realty Texas 2022 Car Show

Help benefit the Williamson County Food Bank while you enjoy a day full of cars, live music, bouncy houses and food. Plus, you can enter your car for a chance to win a trophy. Tickets start at $10.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday | Realty Texas, 2000 S I-35 Frontage Rd Suite P.


College World Series: Texas softball's historic run hindered by six home runs in 16-1 Oklahoma loss

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The unseeded Texas softball team couldn’t hold ‘em as they lost 16-1 to No. 1 Oklahoma in the first game of the College World Series championship Wednesday night.

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