Vacation rentals in Lake Austin

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Cottage in Austin
“Hill Country” Retreat Near Lake Austin on 2 Acres
Unwind on the deck and take in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country in this west Austin retreat. This guesthouse is surrounded by nature and wildlife with easy lake access and great hiking trails nearby. Enjoy the roll-up door to bring the outside in and extend the living room onto the deck. If you're looking for a relaxing 5-star experience, this is your place! If you love the outdoors, you will love this place. We built it in an effort to bring the outdoors in. You can raise the glass "garage door" to have a beautiful view of nature and hear the wet weather creek running. You may even spot a deer or fox. It has a cozy king bed and we can also provide a luxury blow up mattress. This is a standalone guest house completely separate from the main house with it's own private driveway. You will have full access to explore the entire property and nearby hiking trails My wife and I are happy to hang out and provide advice on the best places to explore in Austin. However, if you want privacy you will never have to see us. There is a keypad on the front door, so you will have easy access with a key code and the entire transaction can occur through AirBNB. The home is in a very private neighborhood with lots between two and ten acres. The area is secluded and private, yet only 12 miles to downtown, two miles to Lake Austin, 8 miles to Lake Travis, and less than 10 minutes from a range of restaurants. Most people bring their car, but Uber is another great ways to explore Austin from this property. You can also ride your bike to Lake Austin (but you better be in shape to ride back up the hills) The home is in a very private neighborhood with lots between two and 10 acres. The area is secluded and private, yet only 12 miles to downtown, two miles to Lake Austin, 10 miles to Lake Travis, and less than 10 minutes from a range of restaurants.
Jan 10 – 17
$158 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 333 reviews
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Cabin in Austin
Magical Cabin ✷ Lake View ✷ Walk to Hippie Hollow
Welcome to the 1970's cabin of your dreams! This charming handmade home is conveniently located thirty minutes from downtown Austin and just a short walk to Hippie Hollow and Lake Travis. The kitchen comes fully stocked with organic coffee, a selection of herbal teas, and everything you’ll need to cook nourishing meals during your stay. The house features lake views, gorgeous custom woodwork, all-natural linens, high-speed WiFi, and a BlueTooth speaker, ready to pair with all your devices.
Oct 8 – 15
$938 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 182 reviews
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Condo in Lago Vista
Lake View, Private Patio @ Island on Lake Travis
GORGEOUS, TOP FLOOR Lakeside Villa featuring: ***deep LAKE VIEWS from every window of the Villa ***spacious, comfortable KING bedroom w/ adjoining bathroom ***PRIVATE patio overlooking the Lake/ Observation areas of the 'The Island' The Island features resort-like grounds and amenities just steps from your Villa door. Relax and take in the amazing Lake and Hill country views and nature from our retreat. You will feel a million miles away, but be only 55 mins from downtown Austin!
Jun 25 – Jul 2
$123 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 253 reviews

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Bridge to Happiness
Jan 27 – Feb 3
$308 per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 208 reviews
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Close to Lake Austin and 30 minutes from downtown.
May 3 – 10
$96 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 110 reviews
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Mission Amore ❤️ Island @ Lake Travis
Sep 8 – 15
$144 per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 316 reviews
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Home in Austin
Unbelievable 3 story *Modern Cabin * w/ Lake View
Jun 27 – Jul 4
$327 per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 112 reviews
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Architectural Glass House on Greenbelt Cliff
Mar 23 – 30
$466 per night
4.91 out of 5 average rating, 169 reviews
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Secret Garden on Barton Creek
Mar 24 – 31
$161 per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 114 reviews
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New, modern casita in Austin hills with views
Oct 25 – Nov 1
$77 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 227 reviews
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Dome in Spicewood
Hill Country Glamping in Dome + Hot Tub + Gym
Jun 22 – 29
$311 per night
4.87 out of 5 average rating, 108 reviews
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Secluded Sky Cabin at White Branch near Austin
Oct 17 – 24
$161 per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 390 reviews
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MOVIE Setting & HGTV-Glasshouse
Jan 31 – Feb 7
$291 per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 34 reviews
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Home in Austin
Gorgeous Lakehouse ~Private Boat Slip~ Lake Austin
Nov 6 – 13
$578 per night
4.88 out of 5 average rating, 8 reviews
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Home in Austin
Waterfront on Lake Austin, Private Beach, Dock
Jan 31 – Feb 7
$650 per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 15 reviews

Your guide to Lake Austin

All About Lake Austin

There is so much fun to be had in Austin — live music, delicious barbecue, outdoor bars, chicken-poop-fueled bingo games, and kinetic festivals like South by Southwest — that it’s a good idea to take a breather before you fling yourself back in the fray. Enter Lake Austin. Located a little over ten miles from downtown, this reservoir along the Colorado River invites you to chill out and relax for a while. Swimming isn’t the thing here — you aren’t allowed to swim or float more than 50 feet from the shore. Instead, hop on the watercraft of your choice — canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and motorized vessels are all available to rent nearby — and make your way through the winding waters, gliding under an award-winning bridge as you pass the stately mansions that dot the shore. After a day on the lake, head to one of the waterfront restaurants, where you can dine under a palapa.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Austin

Austin runs warm to very hot just about year round. June through August are the hottest months, with temperatures in the 90s and sometimes in the triple digits Fahrenheit. October cools down with temperatures in the 80s, and November through March bring temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees. March and April spike back up into the 80s. If you’re visiting during the summer, you should pack for very hot weather, and in winter expect cool nights and bring layers. You may experience thunderstorms any time of year, especially during spring, so always bring an umbrella and raincoat just in case.


Top things to do in Lake Austin

Mount Bonnell

Head to Covert Park to get a whole new perspective of the lake. This hillside park is home to the 775-feet Mount Bonnell, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors have been coming here since the 1850s to enjoy panoramic views of the water, city, and surrounding hills. To get to the top, you’ll have to climb 102 stairs. Once there you’ll find a small stone pavilion, so settle in for a picnic with a spectacular view before making the trek back down.

Pennybacker Bridge

Also known as the 360 Bridge, the Pennybacker Bridge’s two stately arches span Austin Lake without touching the water — all the better to accommodate the many boats that float beneath it. Designed to blend into its surroundings, its weathered, rust-colored exterior has received awards for its innovative design. The bridge has become such a recognizable part of the Austin landscape, you can find it on many souvenir posters, keychains, and mugs. For an incredible view of the real thing, park in a small lot off the western road of the north span, then complete a short but steep hike to an overlook that offers incomparable views of the bridge, Austin, and — if you time it right — the sunset.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

If you truly feel the need to jump into the cool waters of Lake Austin, this is an excellent (and legal) place to do it. This 1,142-acre park features waterfront barbecues and picnic tables, docks, piers, and a designated swimming area with a small sandy beach — where you’re likely to jostle with little ones wearing water wings. There is also a network of hiking trails, including the popular Turkey Creek, a tree-lined 2.8-mile path that winds alongside, and at several points crosses, a babbling creek.

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