Holiday Joy! At the Four Seasons Austin

by Marla on December 23, 2011 · 33 comments

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Christmas decorated reindeer and fireplace mantle with ornaments and f estive ribbon

Circling back from the wilds of Girl Hunter weekend, I made a pit stop to be pampered at the Four Seasons Austin. I know, you are feeling bad for me right now. Wipe those tears away and come party with me! This place had the halls decked and the season was shining bright in true Texas style!

Let’s take a look…

Homemade chocolate cowboy boot at the Four Seasons. Welcome amenity.

A hotel that welcomes with a chocolate cowboy boot filled with candied pecans served with a side of decadent sweets is sure to charm!

Christmas reindeer statue with red high heel boots and ornaments

A hotel that decorates with fancy reindeers wearing high heeled boots is surely a treasure!

Check out this edible village that took over 300 hours to create by hand…do you think they would mind if I grabbed a piece?

Edible holiday village at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, Texas  Even the spa was dressed up in pretty ribbons and bows…

Spa at the Four Seasons Austin, Texas

Clearly I need a pedicure next time I visit. I was too busy this trip having a massage…

Nail polish colors at the Four Seasons Austin spa.

Lip Macaron flavored lip balms? Who could live without that? All girls need candy treats on their lips.

My son would argue that little boys need sweet flavored lips too.

Lip Macaron lip gloss flavors at the Four Seasons Spa

There were so many fun things I would love to take home as gifts: one or two of each please!

Scented candles at the Four Seasons, Austin Texas hotel spa

With all of the busy-ness of the holidays I could certainly use a  break at the spa right now. Check out those homemade energy bars, bursting with oats, flaxseed, nuts and dried fruits.

Spa at the Four Seasons Austin hotel.

I enjoyed a few meals at TRIO restaurant. Here are some glimpses of my breakfast with fresh fruit, a veggie & cheese frittata and lots of coffee…

Breakfast at TRIO restaurant in Austin, TX. Frittata, berries and and coffee.

Let’s take a stroll outside, shall we?

It was a dark rainy day. Photoshop actions & filters made it a bit more sunny!

Backyard and pool at the Four Seasons, Austin Texas

In the backyard of the hotel is a beautiful lake where lovers stroll and people run with their pets.

Man jogging with pet dog in the Fall in Austin, Texas on running path.

In the warmer months a good book and an ice tea would be nice on this cozy hammock…

Hammock at the Four Seasons Hotel, Austin Texas

Apparently others find sweet memories here too…

Initials carved into board walk in Austin, Texas

Are you traveling at all for the holidays? Do you have any fun trips planned for 2012?

Happy holidays to you all! XOXO

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All of the photography in this post and Family Fresh Cooking (unless otherwise noted ) is ©Marla Meridith Please contact us for usage or to photograph your needs. I was hosted to stay at the Four Seasons Austin.  All of the thoughts, opinions, images and such are my own.

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1 Rosa December 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

What a great place!

Happy Holidays!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Lori @ RecipeGirl December 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

Beauty. Lucky you w/ the Four Seasons stay!!

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3 jenjenk December 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

awwww!! totally want to check out the FS Austin!!!

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4 Amanda December 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

Yes, I would be delighted to go here. What do you say, you can throw your book launch party here?? ;)

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5 Marla December 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Amanda, I think that is a dreamy idea :)

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6 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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7 Shaina December 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

Fun, Marla! Looks like you had a great experience.

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8 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 23, 2011 at 11:12 am

So it was awful and horrible then, right? :)

Kidding!

It looks fabulous and love looking at your beautiful!! images of it. I’ve never met a Four Seasons I didn’t want to move into!

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9 Marla December 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Averie, I’m with you girl. Would be a nice place to live full time. You would love Austin too. A fun & funky city!

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10 Amy Tong December 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

What a lovely place to get away and pamper yourself! I would love to stay there if I travel to Austin. :) Thanks for the review. Happy Holidays!

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11 Marla December 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Amy, I hope you get to & if you do we can compare notes :)

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12 Jeanette December 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Looks like a fabulous place to unwind!

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13 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I want to go! Looks like a blast!

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14 Marla December 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Alison, I saw that you were recently at the FS Atlanta. Sounds like it was a wonderful trip! How awesome that you learned so much from the chef there too :) Hopefully one day we can take a trip together.

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15 Thu December 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Lovely photos, what a great place. thanks for sharing.

Happy Holidays to you as well!

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16 Asmita December 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Wow , lucky you. The place looks gorgeous, it’s a treat just looking at the pictures. Happy holidays.

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17 Marla December 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Hi Asmita…thanks for stopping by and I am so glad you enjoyed this visual journey. Happy holidays to you too!

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18 susan December 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I love a Four Seasons, anywhere in the world. Happy Holidays, Marla. Much love to you and your family!!

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19 Faith December 24, 2011 at 7:28 am

Looks like such a wonderful, relaxing time…the setting is just gorgeous! Love the chocolate cowboy boot, how adorable. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Marla!

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20 Angie December 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

There is nothing finer than the four seasons. Lux all the way! I love the dreamy hammock outside. Your photos are so beautiful as always.
Merry Christmas sweet friend!!!! Looking forward to another inspiring year in 2012.

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21 Marla December 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Angie, isn’t that hammock wonderful! I want to curl up with the kids in that thing & read books together. You would love the FS Austin & the city is amazing too. I look forward to a super fun 2012 with lots more memories in the making. Happy holidays & I’ll see you in the New Year!! xo

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22 Valentina December 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Marla, this looks amazingly beautiful and decadent! Happy holiday’s to you and yours! I betting your kiddos are as excited as mine today . . . awaiting Santa! xo

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23 Marla December 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Hi Valentina…my kids are soooo excited for Santa! That elf in the shelf has been keeping them on their best behavior ;) Merry Christmas to you too!

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24 A Canadian Foodie December 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Not travelling – just got home from almost the entire autumn season away… gorgeous photos. A much more beautiful place than I had imagined and you captured the restful bits (shopping!!!) that I love when holidaying, too! :) Merry Christmas, Marla! There is definitely magic in the air! Best wishes for a prosperous and dream filled 2012!
:)
XO
valerie

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25 Marla December 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Hi Valerie!! Thrilling to see you pop over. Where were your travels? I know you go to amazing places all the time. Thanks for your sweet words. I am looking forward to a bright and happy new year. I hope your holidays are filled with love, laughter, health and great memories :) XXOO

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26 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] December 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Pampering in deed! I need to make a stop there. I love being pampered…when I can.

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27 Marla December 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Allison, a little pampering goes a long way that’s for sure! Happy holidays :)

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28 Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} December 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Happy Holidays Marla! The hotel looks great!

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29 Lauren at Keep It Sweet December 27, 2011 at 5:38 am

I love all the decorations but especially love that chocolate cowboy boot!

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30 bridget {bake at 350} January 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

I think I need a trip to Austin!!!

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31 Winnie January 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

I am way too jealous right now. Looks fabulous!

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