Girlfriend Getaways: The Forties Itinerary
Rally your forever friends and get ready to recharge. With Archer Hotel Austin’s Girlfriend Getaways, you can easily capture the essence of living well — hair down, hearts open and wine glasses filled to the top.
In your 40s, you discover that the best life story is your own. The people, places and moments that define you — they’re yours to choose. Quiet reflections. Wild laughter. A deeper purpose and greater sense of self. A stronger resolve to be present and live fully. Somehow it’s more real sharing with the spirited, courageous women who touch your life.
Get centered. Get celebrated. Get going!
Choose your adventure, ladies.
Red-curtained patios, seasonal French comfort food and bustling staff with wine openers in hand will charm you awake. French, continentally inspired and other worldly brunch flavors, plus an expertly curated list of wine and creative cocktails, will have you reaching for your passport.
High ceilings, exposed brick and cascading Edison bulbs make for a warm backdrop to chef Alonso Lopez’s locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. A simple, varied but satisfying brunch menu includes $2 orange, pomegranate or grapefruit mimosas.
Delicious, healthy, balanced and guiltless. With a fresh, chef-driven menu from the restaurateur behind True Food Kitchen, its organic produce is guided by the wisdom of the Environmental Working Group and its proteins are naturally raised. Fresh and fast without cutting corners — and you can taste it. Organic, gluten-free and vegetarian-driven items.
Fresh, flavorful Indian food that’s also fast and affordable. The name is derived from the technique of adding whole spices and fresh ingredients to a hot pan, releasing intense flavors and aromas. This casual, modern space serves up the right balance of curries, kabobs, biryanis and fresh-baked flatbreads. Pair these with mango lemonade, fresh fruit lassis or select wine and beer.
A unique menu of Thai-inspired small plates, a communal atmosphere and attentive service make Sway a must-try eatery while in Domain NORTHSIDE. Order coconut cream to temper the spicy heat, or fuel the fire with a curry dish. The outdoor courtyard is a more subdued alternative, with overhead heaters in the cooler months.
Modern, from-scratch Italian and a menu of culinary delights for lunch, happy hour or dinner. The indoor-outdoor space is reminiscent of a neighborhood side street and a great place for catching up over cocktails and delicious apps. We love the grilled artichokes and funghi pizza.
Just off the intersection of Rock Rose and Palm Way, Chocolaterie Tessa’s second Austin locale offers signature artisan chocolates that are perfect for a sweet nibble, as well as a welcome gift. Truffles, caramels, chocolate moulds, chocolate-covered snacks — all free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives — are decadently delicious.
Delicious, gourmet sweets, treats and premium candies made with the finest ingredients, sourced directly from artisan candymakers around the globe. We love the gummy bears, princess pearl chocolates and martini almond olives in packaging as pretty as their provisions. Inquire about private events or book a brand ambassador to bring a gourmet candy tasting directly to you at Archer!
Kelly’s signature printed suede and leather bags are known for their texture and color, timelessness and femininity. This homegrown designer was named “Austin’s Rising Fashion Star” during the 2014 Austin Fashion Week. Yes, you need that bag.
This contemporary store curates the latest trends and products and partners with leading designers to deliver clothing and accessories to make women (moms, especially) look hot and wholesome (if that’s your thing).
For those who still love the smell of paper or the promise of a beautiful new notebook. Get inspired with a “build your own life planner” complete with customized quotes, colors and images.
A four-story showroom featuring the luxury brand’s chic, timeless furniture, lighting, textiles, décor, outdoor and garden. Each floor is dedicated to a different concept to get your design wheels turning.
Happy Hour and Beyond
This stylish lounge and patron saint of good times promises divine dishes for the devout drinker. Pair globally influenced small plates with an “I Dream of Genevieve”— gin, rose water and elder flower liqueur topped with rose petals. Don’t miss $5 happy hour specials, including beer, wine and champagne.
Where the Colorado River meets Barton Creek, Austin comes to play. This 350-acre epicenter of recreation is the perfect place to take in sculpture gardens, swimming holes and nature preserves. Explore trails on foot or by bike or cool down on kayaks or paddle boards.
Soak up some history and live music at this legendary venue with a reputation the size of Texas. Since 1955, it’s entertained and hosted some of the Texas greats. Rock, country, jazz and blues acts, national and local, are found at this fabled South Congress club.
The largest outdoor restaurant in Texas is also the Sunset Capital of Texas. Located on a cliff 450 feet above Lake Travis, it serves up Tex-Mex, salads and cocktails while the sun trails across the sky and dips into the lake each evening. Have your cameras on the ready. These are keepers.
Modern, farm-fresh interpretations of Southern classics in an elegantly restored home. With an eye to seasonality and locality, co-executive chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas have topped national lists since opening. Try the Carolina Gold Rice Hush Puppies (Benton’s country ham vinaigrette, tarragon, catsup). Ask for the less-than-secret, off-menu biscuits. Near the Texas State Capitol.