Welcome to Design Heat Maps, wherein travel journalist Stirling Kelso—a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and the New York Times, among other outlets—breaks down that which an architecture and design junkie can't miss in can't-miss cities. Feel free to tack on additions in the comments and recommend Curbed's next destination by dropping us an email.
With the South by Southwest festival kicking off today, there's no better time to take a look at some of the host city's most noteworthy design destinations. Long considered an offbeat city in conservative Texas, Austin boasts a burgeoning design scene, along with trendy shops, new museums, and stylish hotels, like the Hotel Saint Cecilia (above) and its soulful pool area. Before SXSW-goers get too bogged down in the festival's fun times, they'd do well to take a look around this aesthetically pleasing southern state capital.
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