Nine spectacular Austin vacation rentals where everyone wants to stay

Tired of the barking dogs, screaming kids and annoying neighbors that pepper your humdrum everyday routine? Wish you could escape to somewhere new and sparkly and special for a few days, even if it’s still within Austin city limits?

Maybe this sprawling West Austin Art Deco beauty so fabulous that it’s registered as a historic landmark would do the trick.

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This Art Deco home in West Austin is one of the most popular rentals in the city on vacation rental site HomeAway.com. credit: HomeAway.com

It comes with its own rooftop deck, wine room and retractable magic door. There’s even a media room that was formerly a bomb shelter.

Or consider a treehouse studio a block from South Congress Avenue, where you’ll spend the night in the clouds above the tall oak trees under vaulted ceilings and surrounded by stainless steel appliances.

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This treehouse studio near South Congress Avenue is surprisingly affordable. credit: HomeAway.com

Oh, and it’s only $134 a night, so go ahead and splurge on that second round of drinks at the Continental Club.

These are just two of the nine most popular rentals in the city on HomeAway.com, an Austin-based online marketplace for the vacation rental industry. The rentals were categorized as most popular based on their popularity with travelers, said Melanie Fish, HomeAway’s travel expert, and measured using a variety of factors including number of page views, booking inquiries and traveler stays. The properties can be found under HomeAway.com’s “most popular” tab.

“Travelers are attracted to the listings because they are beautiful with great photos and in popular locations in Austin,” Fish said. “When travelers visit HomeAway.com, these are the types of homes families and groups traveling to Austin are looking for — a large home that sleeps the whole group, with multiple bedrooms and privacy.”

Check out our gallery of the nine most popular Austin vacation rentals on HomeAway.com here, then get to work planning your next staycation.

Where is the Travel Channel filming in Austin today?

If you’ve always thought you should be on the Travel Channel, today’s your day.

The Travel Channel show “Food Paradise” will be filming all day at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St. The restaurant, known for its craft beer, specialty meats and, of course, sausage, will be offering discounts on food and drink this afternoon in honor of the occasion.

“We haven’t been on a ton of national TV stuff,” said owner Ben Siegel. “It’s really exciting and flattering.”

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Christopher Kramer, senior producer of “Food Paradise,” oversees filming at Banger’s Sausage House. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman

Show producers couldn’t give details on the topic of this particular episode but did say it will likely air in spring or summer. The show always airs on Sunday night.

“We think Austin is a fun town,” said Christopher Kramer, senior producer of “Food Paradise. “We did some research and they seemed like fun guys so we gave them a call.”

Siegel said he first heard that the show wanted to film at Banger’s earlier this year and received the firm date for the shoot about a month ago.

“They said they wanted to come down and film and we said awesome,” Siegel said.

Sausage, beer and a side of stardom? Sign us up. But hurry — shooting began around 6 a.m. and will end this evening.