The Driskill Hotel
If you'd rather hit a lively scene than a golf ball, Austin is the place to go to get your yah-yahs out. Known as the music capital of the world, the city boasts more than 100 music-oriented clubs, many of which are just a hop and a skip from the Driskill. A recent restoration returned the landmark hotel to the splendor that cattle baron Jesse Driskill envisioned when he erected his Frontier Palace in 1886. Each of the hotel's 188 rooms, suites, and marble or Art Deco bathrooms got a facelift. For both privacy and action, you can't beat the Heritage Suite, which boasts not only a comfy fireplace and sauna/shower with Jacuzzi but a balcony overlooking Austin's rocking Sixth Street. Downstairs, the Driskill's posh dining room was the site of a historic first date in 1934 between a young Lady Bird Taylor and her future husband, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Rooms from $215; 800-252-9367.