When you step into the Geodome, officially named the “coolest Airbnb” in the state by Condé Nast Traveler, all is symmetrical and organic forms fade into oblivion.
Located in Leander, The “Black Beauty” is situated on a hill for 360-degree picturesque views of the lake and treetops. The media company named the home earlier this month as one of the most inspired rentals in the U.S., along with 51 other picks.
While the exterior was built in the 1970s, the inside of the home was remodeled in 2020 and updated with shiny new amenities. This three-floor rental sleeps up to 14 guests with four full bedrooms, a private sleeping area and three sleeping sofas, three full bathrooms and a full observation deck to survey the kingdom.
The open-plan living room and kitchen will greet you on the main floor, split up by an enormous contrasting fireplace for those colder winter months. The living room is cozy with a 55-inch smart TV and so close to the kitchen, you won’t even have to pause Netflix for a drink. With enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, the natural lighting bathes the room during the day.
The sliding doors will lead you to the tree-top deck, nestling you among the greenery with the wraparound patio. Stairs on the far end of the deck lead you down to the garage, for easy access.
Back inside and heading downstairs, the fun gets started with a private speakeasy with a private living area and pop art gallery with something for everyone to peruse. Games and blackout curtains await in the living room, perfect for a stay-in movie or game night.
Upstairs, you’ll find the master suite with the Instagram-worthy walk-in shower and soaking tub to complete your relaxing vacay. Starkly contrasting rich black and pearl white fixtures give the bathrooms an elevated look.
One more spiral staircase will take you up to the observation deck and library, with cinematic views of the sprawling Hill Country. With a reading nook at the top, the observation deck is a cozy place to get away for a good book.
Keep an eye out for special Easter eggs hidden throughout the house, the hosts promise they’ll bring a smile to your face.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."