Need a break? An Archer Hotel Austin staycation, plus Domain shopping guide

By: Kristin Finan
May, 2021

Our suitcases were packed, the grandparents had arrived and pizza was on the way.

For the first time in years, including a pandemic season that required being quarantined at home with our six kids, my husband and I were getting out for a night.

Sure, in reality it was only about 16 hours––all we could squeeze in between soccer games and cheer practice as life began to slowly creep back to normal––but still, we couldn’t wait. And there was only one hotel at the top of my list for this rare night away: Archer Hotel Austin.

RELATED: Gruene Hall: Day trip to this timeless Texas treasure

Located in the heart of Domain Northside (and directly across from the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM), Archer is gorgeously appointed, from the fresh-cut flowers that greet visitors to the stunning iron and crystal chandelier and grand staircase just beyond the lobby. The contrast of Western imagery with bright pops of color only adds to the unique Austin aesthetic.

Our 408-square-foot king suite featured a modern sofa, platform bed with high-thread-count bedding and special touches including a copy of “Black Beauty” as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. After checking in, we headed for a drink by the pool, which is adorned with a wide Lone Star and is flanked by a crackling fireplace and chic cabanas.

You could easily enjoy several days at the hotel and never leave––it also houses Austin’s popular Second Bar + Kitchen––but we decided to take advantage of its prime location by spending our evening window shopping, followed by dinner at Perry’s Steakhouse. To walk through the Domain, which was bustling with a mix of couples, college students and groups of friends on this March Saturday night, was to be reminded of many evenings out on Sixth Street in college. While everyone was masked, it was a definitely sign that the world was starting to open up.

After the best sleep I’ve had in months, we grabbed coffee in the lobby the next morning and took a quick stroll through the Domain’s Rock Rose district, which was much quieter in the light of the morning and included a pop-up mural installation by Hope Outdoor Gallery.

RELATED: Get away, give back at stunning Hill Country glamping spot

And then, just like that, it was time to head home. Short, sweet and unforgettable, our staycation at Archer was a much-needed breath of fresh air after a long and exhausting year and rare time away that we’ll never forget.

If you’re heading to the Domain, here are some places to check out. As always, call ahead or check websites for COVID-19-related regulations.

Erin Condren: This flagship store for the Erin Condren lifestyle brand features planners, notebooks, journals and gifts. Don’t miss the rainbow-hued staircase, which is perfect for selfies. https://www.erincondren.com/austinstore

Kicking It ATX: Do you love sneakers? Do you love meeting other people who share your interest? This fun store, with its walls lined in the trendiest of shoes, is the place for you. https://kickingitatx.com/

Limbo: If you love Austin and you love Austin-made gifts, you’ll love Limbo. This is an ideal one-stop shop for hand-crafted jewelry, shirts, totes and more. https://limbojewelrystore.com/

Yeti: Those who depend on Yeti’s coolers, mugs and tumblers to protect their favorite drinks will want to stop by their Domain outpost, where it seems like there’s always a new color to discover. https://www.domainnorthside.com/stores/yeti

Wonder Bar: This bar was literally built for Instagram. Expect bananas, rubber ducks, stripes, disco balls and much more. http://wonderbaratx.com/

If You Go

Stay:

Archer Hotel is located in the heart of the Domain Northside and steps from the Rock Rose entertainment district. https://archerhotel.com/austin

Shop and Eat:

Both the Domain Northside and Rock Rose are brimming with unique boutiques and restaurants. Learn more at https://www.simon.com/mall/the-domain.

Follow Austin Travels


Austin Travels is a women-owned, Austin-based travel magazine committed to highlighting destinations in Texas and beyond through the lenses of diverse and talented writers.

Subscribe

A Dozen Central Texas Pumpkin Patches Near Austin

A Dozen Central Texas Pumpkin Patches Near Austin

October Festivals: 10 Texas Celebrations to check out this month

October Festivals: 10 Texas Celebrations to check out this month

Fishing, kayaking and beachcombing on Matagorda Bay

Fishing, kayaking and beachcombing on Matagorda Bay

Gone glamping: Get away, comfortably, this fall near Austin

Gone glamping: Get away, comfortably, this fall near Austin

September Festivals: Celebrate in these 10 Texas Towns this Month

September Festivals: Celebrate in these 10 Texas Towns this Month

Relax and unwind in Round Top, Texas

Relax and unwind in Round Top, Texas

Cozy up around a firepit at a Valencia hotel this fall

Cozy up around a firepit at a Valencia hotel this fall

August Festivals: 10 Texas towns to visit this month

August Festivals: 10 Texas towns to visit this month

Seeking out adventure and finding respite at Horseshoe Bay Resort

Seeking out adventure and finding respite at Horseshoe Bay Resort

Family friendly fun in San Antonio (even if your kids bail on you)

Family friendly fun in San Antonio (even if your kids bail on you)

Bastrop State Park: A backyard gem, then and now

Bastrop State Park: A backyard gem, then and now

Eight beginner-friendly places to paddle in Central Texas

Eight beginner-friendly places to paddle in Central Texas

July Festivals: 10 Towns to Visit this Month

July Festivals: 10 Towns to Visit this Month

Nine Nearby, Natural Spots to Keep Cool this Summer

Nine Nearby, Natural Spots to Keep Cool this Summer

June festivals: 10 Texas Towns Worth a Trip

June festivals: 10 Texas Towns Worth a Trip

Hiking, horses and history at Hill Country State Natural Area

Hiking, horses and history at Hill Country State Natural Area

Explore the great outdoors in little Castell, Texas

Explore the great outdoors in little Castell, Texas

Camping out at Enchanted Rock

Camping out at Enchanted Rock

Walk in the footsteps of Judge Roy Bean in little Langtry, Texas

Walk in the footsteps of Judge Roy Bean in little Langtry, Texas

Getting back to nature at the Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary

Getting back to nature at the Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary

Heading to Brenham? You’re in for a treat

Heading to Brenham? You’re in for a treat

5 hotel pools ideal for beating Austin’s summer heat

5 hotel pools ideal for beating Austin’s summer heat

Thirteen things to love about Lubbock

Thirteen things to love about Lubbock

May Festivals: 10 Texas towns worth a trip this month

May Festivals: 10 Texas towns worth a trip this month

Glamping out at Onera Fredericksburg

Glamping out at Onera Fredericksburg

Six places to park your campervan in Texas this Spring

Six places to park your campervan in Texas this Spring

5 fun family-friendly experiences on the Texas Coast

5 fun family-friendly experiences on the Texas Coast

April Festivals: Celebrate blooms, berries and birds at these top 10 Texas events

April Festivals: Celebrate blooms, berries and birds at these top 10 Texas events

Go wild: A dozen spots to see Texas bluebonnets and wildflowers

Go wild: A dozen spots to see Texas bluebonnets and wildflowers

A new way to ride: Take an E-bike for a spin

A new way to ride: Take an E-bike for a spin

March Festivals: 10 Texas Celebrations Worth a Trip

March Festivals: 10 Texas Celebrations Worth a Trip

Three Texas sips to warm you up this winter

Three Texas sips to warm you up this winter

February Festivals: Top 10 Texas celebrations to check out this month

February Festivals: Top 10 Texas celebrations to check out this month

January Festivals: Top 10 Texas events this month

January Festivals: Top 10 Texas events this month

Weekend getaway: Carefree in Concan at 7 Bluff Cabins

Weekend getaway: Carefree in Concan at 7 Bluff Cabins

A winter retreat at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

A winter retreat at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

10 Magical Holiday Hotels to Check off Your List

10 Magical Holiday Hotels to Check off Your List

Seeking relaxation and uncovering empathy at Miraval Resort

Seeking relaxation and uncovering empathy at Miraval Resort

Texas towns shining bright this holiday season

Texas towns shining bright this holiday season

Soaking in the holidays and Austin’s history at the iconic Driskill Hotel

Soaking in the holidays and Austin’s history at the iconic Driskill Hotel

Martin Dies Jr. State Park is an East Texas treasure

Martin Dies Jr. State Park is an East Texas treasure

Make your way to Matagorda Bay for coast without the crowds

Make your way to Matagorda Bay for coast without the crowds

Fishing up old memories and making new ones at Inks Lake State Park

Fishing up old memories and making new ones at Inks Lake State Park

FIRST LOOK: Inside Chef Tim Love’s new Fort Worth shipping container hotel

FIRST LOOK: Inside Chef Tim Love’s new Fort Worth shipping container hotel

Go to Garner this fall for the Frio, foliage and family fun

Go to Garner this fall for the Frio, foliage and family fun

Wurstfest: New Braunfels’ epic Bavarian bash is back

Wurstfest: New Braunfels’ epic Bavarian bash is back

Discover the diversity of LBJ National Grasslands

Discover the diversity of LBJ National Grasslands

November Festivals: Top 10 Texas events to check out

November Festivals: Top 10 Texas events to check out

20 Texas pumpkin patches ripe with fall fun

20 Texas pumpkin patches ripe with fall fun

October festivals: 10 top Texas celebrations to check out

October festivals: 10 top Texas celebrations to check out

Falling for Fredericksburg: Sample all this Hill Country haven has to offer

Falling for Fredericksburg: Sample all this Hill Country haven has to offer

Central Texas Camping Guide

Central Texas Camping Guide

A fall paddle down the Devils

A fall paddle down the Devils

5 nearby parks perfect for an RVshare road trip

5 nearby parks perfect for an RVshare road trip

September festivals: 10 top Texas events

September festivals: 10 top Texas events

Texas Glamping Guide

Texas Glamping Guide

Women, wind and waves: Surfing for adventure

Women, wind and waves: Surfing for adventure

Dive in: 7 swimming holes and natural spots to splash into near Austin

Dive in: 7 swimming holes and natural spots to splash into near Austin

Girls getaway: 24 hours in San Antonio’s Historic Pearl District

Girls getaway: 24 hours in San Antonio’s Historic Pearl District

A downtown Houston hotel reimagined –– plus 5 things to do nearby

A downtown Houston hotel reimagined –– plus 5 things to do nearby

Texas 2021 Beach Guide

Texas 2021 Beach Guide

A true escape: Domovina Ranch in Smithville

A true escape: Domovina Ranch in Smithville

Royal treatment: 24 hours of spa bliss at one of Houston’s poshest hotels

Royal treatment: 24 hours of spa bliss at one of Houston’s poshest hotels

7 magical things to do with kids in Big Bend and West Texas

7 magical things to do with kids in Big Bend and West Texas

Photo Essay: The missions of San Antonio

Photo Essay: The missions of San Antonio

Becoming a birder at Galveston’s FeatherFest

Becoming a birder at Galveston’s FeatherFest

Seminole Canyon’s world-class rock art is a lens to history

Seminole Canyon’s world-class rock art is a lens to history

Need a break? An Archer Hotel Austin staycation, plus Domain shopping guide

Need a break? An Archer Hotel Austin staycation, plus Domain shopping guide

Discovering Surfside Beach, a Texas Gulf Coast treasure

Discovering Surfside Beach, a Texas Gulf Coast treasure

Nature and nurture: Hill Country wellness retreat offers a salve for the soul

Nature and nurture: Hill Country wellness retreat offers a salve for the soul

Gruene Hall: Daytrip to this timeless Texas treasure

Gruene Hall: Daytrip to this timeless Texas treasure

Everyone’s an artist at Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch

Everyone’s an artist at Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch

Get away while giving back to foster children at stunning Hill Country glamping spot

Get away while giving back to foster children at stunning Hill Country glamping spot

Plan Your Outdoorsy Adventure

Plan Your Outdoorsy Adventure

Discover history and simple pleasures in Baffin Bay

Discover history and simple pleasures in Baffin Bay

Texas bluebonnets are back! 10 wildflower hotspots

Texas bluebonnets are back! 10 wildflower hotspots

8 Great State Parks for Camping with Kids

8 Great State Parks for Camping with Kids

Fishing and Sea Turtles and Birding, Oh My: A weekend at South Padre Island

Fishing and Sea Turtles and Birding, Oh My: A weekend at South Padre Island

Relax and relish the coastal charms of Rockport

Relax and relish the coastal charms of Rockport

Social distancing in sleepy Sonora: Escape to a luxury ranch resort 3 hours from Austin

Social distancing in sleepy Sonora: Escape to a luxury ranch resort 3 hours from Austin

Lessons in life and death on the beach in Port Aransas

Lessons in life and death on the beach in Port Aransas