10 Reasons Why Austin Is the Best Vegan-friendly City In Texas!

Some of the experiences I had while visiting Austin were provided to me free of charge in exchange for my review of the experience. Please know that whether I paid for it or it was provided free of charge, that what I share with you is my honest opinion! 

 

While Austin hasn’t cracked Happy Cow’s coveted list of the Top Ten Vegan Cities in the World just yet, this southern city is well on its way! With our move to Berlin fast approaching, it was time to head to Austin to visit family AND check out the city’s ever growing vegan scene. In preparation of her future world travels, Violet decided to join us so she could share her dog-friendly adventures with you too!  Park Lane Guesthouse is quite simply THE place to stay in downtown Austin. Located in the heart of the SOCO District – trendy South Congress Avenue is made up of legendary night clubs, live music, hip boutiques and vegan-friendly eateries. And don’t miss the world’s largest urban bat colony beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. This veg-friendly bed & breakfast will have you comfy & relaxed before you know it & is walking distance to all SOCO has to offer.  Members of the Green Hotel Association – the cottages & garden are 100% smoke free; chemical & fragrance free; include organic, fair trade coffee & filtered water and a delicious vegan breakfast in your cottage or deck each morning! It is obvious that Shakti puts lots of love into the food she prepares. And includes freshly squeezed orange juice & vegan creamer to compliment the breakfast. Our first morning, we feasted on soyrizo breakfast tacos made with avocado, local tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, mild salsa & almond cheese all wrapped in a jalapeño tortilla with a side of fresh melon & raspberries. The next morning was sunny & warm so we ate our sweet polenta topped with roasted pecans, berries, maple syrup & vegan butter overlooking the pool & garden. Our final meal was also poolside and included savory tofu scramble with fresh spinach & local tomatoes, avocado toast served on rosemary infused bread with a drizzle of oil and fresh end of season grapefruit that came from a sprouted seed Devkirn planted years ago! Each meal was just glorious! Steve & I stayed in the romantic little Carriage House. Furnished with a King size wrought iron bed & antique claw foot tub it was cozy & sweet. Overlooking the serene garden and breathtaking natural pool, it is paradise on earth. The garden is full of happy songbirds & a huge beautiful live oak tree that is between three and four hundred years old. The tree was there long ago and according to Shakti will be there “long after we’re gone.” Shakti & her partner Devkirn, tired of the cold on the East Coast, landed in Austin with plans to buy land, build a brand new home and retire. Instead, they drove down Park Lane, found this long neglected property and lovingly restored the home & garden to its current grandeur! Park Lane Guesthouse is proud to be the first U.S. veg-friendly hotel to be featured by Veggie-Hotels.com. Shakti & Devkirn have two darling little dogs – Layla and Olevia who greeted us every morning and welcomed our little Violet into their magic garden! 

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