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An Austinite's guide to quirky getaways and more popular stories

An Austinite's guide to quirky getaways and more popular stories

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You don't have to travel to Marfa to find Texas quirk. Photo by Knoxy Knox
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This Austin high school is at the top of its class. Blog.Lavoro-Formazione.it
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Be More Pacific is moving into Rebel Pizza Bar's old space. Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar/Facebook
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It's hard, but not impossible, to find an affordable home in Austin. Photo courtesy of Kuper Sotheby's
Old Settler's Music Festival
Old Settler's Music Festival is changing locations. Old Settler's Music Festival/Facebook
Rancho Pillow Round Top teepee
digital texbooks college students studying
Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar taco
Williamson Creek EXT
Old Settler's Music Festival

Editor's note: Quirky getaways and top schools lead this round of top stories. Read on for more of the week's most popular headlines.

1. Forget Marfa: Five quirky weekend getaways just an hour from Austin. Whether you're not about that six-and-a-half-hour drive out west or you've had it up to here with all the hype, Marfa is far from your only option when you're looking for a unique weekend getaway from Austin. There's plenty of quirk hiding closer to the city that make for one-of-a-kind escapes.

2. The best public high school in Texas is right here in Austin. The Austin Independent School District’s Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) ranks No. 1 among public high schools in Texas, according to Niche.com.

 

4. Five Austin-area homes you can buy right now for $400,000 or less. It's no secret that home prices in Austin are on the rise. Historically, first-time homebuyers have a limited budget, and thus want to find the absolute best bang for their buck. So what can you get in Austin in the $200,000 to $400,000 range?