The February 2009 issue of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel has a feature article entitled 25 Reasons We Love Austin; The quirky Texas capital sways to the strum of its own guitar. Click here to read it online. Austinites will disagree on some of the specific choices, but you'll have to come check it out for yourself to decide, including the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, a week-long celebration of film, music, and interactive art running from March 13-22.
When it comes to finding a place to stay, start with BedandBreakfast.com member inns in Austin and surrounding area. The variety of styles and locations is amazing, from the recently opened Kimber Modern in hip SoCo (South Congress); to a selection of inns in the University of Texas area (Carrington's Bluff, Mansion at Judges Hill, Star of Texas, and more); to the recently opened Austin Hyde Park Inn, one of several B&Bs in the charming, historic Hyde Park neighborhood just north of downtown; to such wonderful country inns as the Inn above Onion Creek in Kyle, and many more in Wimberley.
P.S. Bet you don't know the 26th reason why we love Austin? Because that's where BedandBreakfast.com is based, right in the heart of town!