San Antonio Adventures with Kia Niro #ExperienceNiro

Exciting News! My Christmas wish came early this year. I was granted one last travel adventure before the year ends. I’m off to San Antonio to check out the 2017 Kia Niro! Be sure to watch instagram, twitter, and facebook for real time updates Dec 14th- 16th!

Kia Niro #ExperienceNiro

If you’ve been following our story for very long, you’ve seen we have regular routine of traveling throughout the year. We had scheduled to end our travels mid November through the new year intentionally so we could be home for a variety of family events and holidays. After a few weeks without a trip however, I was getting rather restless. So when presented with the opportunity to come and check out the brand new 2017 Kia Niro in San Antonio, I jumped at the chance. It was a Christmas miracle! 😉

Living in Texas, I’ve visited San Antonio several times before but this trip will give me the chance to experience the city in a whole new way. I’m really excited to share this adventure with you all as well! Since Kia is an official NBA automotive sponsor we couldn’t miss the opportunity to attend a Spurs game. That will actually be new for me too.

NBA San Antonio Spurs Kia Niro #experienceniro

I’m sure there will be fabulous food! Our family has always found great places to dine in San Antonio. I’ll be staying at the Hotel Emma with its rich history and divine details. Take a peek at their website and you’ll see why I am SO excited to be a guest there.

Hotel Emma San Antonio Texas

I’ll also be able to give you first hand information on the Kia Niro. It’s a vehicle I’ve been checking out as I’ve shopped this season. If you’ve seen my IG posts, it’s been featured in malls across the country this holiday season. Our family had the opportunity to look it over and now I’m looking forward to driving before the year is out. Thanks Santa!!

Not only does this fit the bill for the welcome travel opportunity I’d told Santa about but it also combined an automotive brand I love in my very favorite state in the US #texasforever. I’ll do a full recap after I get back but for now you all can follow along live on IG, facebook and Twitter.

Thanks so much to Kia for covering all travel and accommodations on this adventure! 

Hotel Ella Austin’s Iconic Landmark Boutique Hotel

Hotel Ella

As part of the Volkswagen #VWDrive event, Randall and I had the privilege of being guests at Hotel Ella.  As Austin “locals” now, it was fun to explore a new spot in our own city. After our stay, I am officially claiming Hotel Ella my favorite luxury staycation destination in Austin! It is a spot rich in local history, art, and luxury making it my ideal combination. Hotel Ella registrationFrom the moment we arrived on property, we were greeted with exceptional care and attentiveness. The hotel staff were at the ready attending to every detail. Their hospitality was so genuine and able to anticipate our every need to meet it with superior quality. When you visit I recommend planning to talk with a staff member about their favorite part the hotel, everyone has a unique story to share and are well versed in the property’s history.

hotel ella lobby

And what a history it has! Previously known as the Mansion at Judges’ Hill and the Goodall Wooten Mansion, this elegant estate stands today as an iconic Austin landmark.  The origins of the property can be traced back to 1846 when the land was first granted to Adam Mag by the State of Texas only a year after it was admitted to the union. Hotel Ella Front doorAfter undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation in the late summer of 2013, it opened as the world-class travel experience, Hotel Ella. So much of the original architecture is still intact today , including the beautifully detailed fireplace mantel and doorways seen in the pictures above.  They are an esteemed part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, as well as the Southern Living hotel collection.
Hotel Ella guestroomHotel Ella features 47 impressive guestrooms, a cabana lined lap pool, and a wraparound veranda overlooking the well-manicured lawn.Hotel Ella veranda
Around every corner you can enjoy an abundance of art pieces that are periodically exchanged. Being the art lovers that we are, we could have enjoyed walking the hallways as our personal art gallery for a portion of our stay.Hotel Ella Art

If you’re famished from your journey, you’ll be glad to know that the dining options on site have received just as much attention to detail. Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar is a local American Bistro with lovely indoor and outdoor dining options. Foodies will not be disappointed.

Hotel Ella foods

Whether you are traveling to Austin or a local resident, be sure to put Hotel Ella on your agenda of “must see Austin”.  Take a tour of the property for your next event, or stop into the Parlor Bar for signature hand-crafted cocktails( half-off during weekday happy hour 4-7 pm). After one visit, this luxe mansion estate will feel like home. We didn’t want to leave.

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Hotel Ella|1900 Rio Grande, Austin TX 78705|800-311-1619

*We received an overnight stay on this property as part of our participation in the VWDrive event and all thoughts/opinions are solely our own.