When we planned our 2 month excursion, we did a lot of research to find a downtown location in Austin. We had never visited Austin, but always wanted to based upon its reputation as a hip, laid back, high-tech, college town. We found the Pecan Grove RV Park and booked a stay despite some of the reviews. This is an urban campground, which has only 12 transient sites, since 90% of its occupants are long-term residents. The daily rate of $45 was increased to $100 the day we left because of SXSW. Ouch! Let me start with the bad news. Don’t plan to use the rest rooms, showers, laundry or “free wifi”.
Here’s the good news: Location! Location! Location!
- You can walk 1.5 blocks to Lamar. Cross the bridge and in less than 15 minutes you are in downtown Austin.
- You can walk 3 blocks in either direction along Barton Springs Road, and be in two lovely urban parks.
- Since this is a college town, it is very cycle friendly,
- There is a bus stop right outside the front gate that will take you anywhere downtown or to the suburbs.
- The camp manager insures that you are in a safe, quiet environment. All tenants are on a month-to-month leases, and Texas law enables him to get rid of any “undesirable’ tenants with very little notice.
As for Austin, we loved it. The music scene is robust. The food is fantastic. We were able to cover 6 of TripAdvisor’s top 8 “things to do” in Austin, in one day by walking around this vibrant (and very clean) city. While visiting the State Capital Building we were able to enjoy a brass quartet. At the historic Driskill Hotel, we enjoyed lattee’s and scones. Good, but it made me long for Cafe Dumonde.
But beyond the architecture and robust building taking place today, are the people.
- We had a fantastic conversation with a post-doctoral student, I didn’t even know there was anything beyond a PhD, that was zapping molecules to detect viruses.
- Our server, Avalon, took time to write down restaurants and museums to visit that aren’t on any lists.
- Jeannie, who drove us to our campsite after pickleball, was genuinely happy that there was a downtown campground, slowing the urban sprawl that seems to be everywhere.
Austin, is a fun and funky and accepting place to hang out. And if all you want is a safe and quiet place to stay, near all the action, check out the Pecan Grove RV Park.