Austin Shopping

If you didn't check The Weather Channel before leaving to come to your Austin B&B, no worries. There are plenty of places in this city to go shopping at. Whether you prefer malls or trendy boutiques, Austin has something that will make you happy. And maybe, you just want to "shop until you drop," regardless. Well, here are a few suggestions to get you on the right path.

The Domain

11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 795-4230
http://www.simon.com/findamall/

You are on your last day of vacation at your Austin bed and breakfast, and you don't have any souvenirs. Don't panic--just rush over to The Domain Mall. This huge mall has some of the hottest stores around to find those special gifts. This mall is in a class all by itself with its upscale, modern setting that features such high-end places like Neiman Marcus, Burberry, Louis Vitton, Cole Haan, and Michael Kors. After shopping, have a nice, cozy dinner at McCormick & Schmick's or Joe DiMaggio's Italian Chophouse. Before you venture out to Domain, visit their website to see what stores and restaurants have sales and bargains.

Barton Creek Square Home

2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 327-7040
http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=223

Located along the Barton Creek greenbelt, this is another upscale mall to consider shopping at when staying at an Austin inn. With more than 175 stores, you are sure to find something you'll like. Shop 'til you drop at Nordstrom, Armani Exchange, Coach, Men's Warehouse, or Gordon's Jewelers. If you want to catch the latest flick, there is a 14-screen cinemaplex as well. Or just chill out in the seating area with its leather upholstery, and snack on some chocolates from Godiva or for the more health conscience, a smoothie from Frullati Cafe.

Arboretum at Great Hills

10000 Research Boulevard
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 873-8099
http://www.simon.com/mall/mall_info.aspx?ID=384

With its plants, flowing fountain, and picnic area, the scenery is enough to bring you here as much as the more than 35 stores this mall holds. This is definitely the place to people watch. Or, if your money is just burning a hold in your wallet, stop in at Chico's, Express, Pottery Barn, or Barnes & Noble. When you get hungry, this mid-size mall has a T.G.I. Friday's and The Cheesecake Factory. Don't leave without seeing the marble cow sculpture. It's an Austin landmark.

Things Celtic

1806 West 35th Street
Austin, TX 78703
http://www.thingsceltic.com

Let's say someone asks you to bring them back a Scottish kilt. I don't know why--just work with me here for a moment. You are thinking, "where in the world am I going to find that in Austin?" Well, traveler, fret no more. In central Texas, you will find this store that caters to everything Irish. Besides kilts, you will find unique gifts like Welsh love spoons and a mini-trinket box for little ones to put their "gift" in for the tooth fairy. There is a garden behind the store with a pond and a stage where you can relax after shopping or see a special event.

South Congress Avenue Shopping (SoCo)

South Congress Avenue
http://www.austincityguide.com/navf/austin-shopping-guide.asp

Located between Travis Heights and Bouldin Creek, this is the place for hip, trendy clothing, houseware, and everything in between. For the ladies who want to look slimmer, stop in at Blackmail where you'll find everything black. Of course, you will need a new pair of shoes with your outfit. So, the next place to go is Goodie Two Shoes. Other notable shops include New Bohemia and Uncommon Objects.