Kristin Finan

Travel editor

Kristin Finan is the travel editor at the Austin American-Statesman and the author of multiple books on topics such as budget travel, food-lovers' travel and weekend getaways. An Austin native, Kristin holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Latest from Kristin Finan

A treasure trove along Florida’s Emerald Coast
 The shades of blue stack up on the horizon like a beach-lover’s paint chip. Sky. Ocean. Pool. When I envision the Florida Panhandle, these are the colors I see. Growing up, I cherished my family’s annual August pilgrimage to Destin, where we’d spend a carefree week filling up on hearty breakfasts at the Donut Hole, shopping...

Posted: 47 minutes ago

The shades of blue stack up on the horizon like a beach-lover’s paint chip. Sky. Ocean. Pool. When I envision the Florida Panhandle, these are the colors I see. Growing up, I cherished my family’s annual August pilgrimage to Destin, where we’d spend a carefree week filling up on hearty breakfasts at the Donut Hole, shopping...
Bobby Bones among celebrities to join Season 27 of ‘Dancing With the Stars’
 He hosts. He writes. And now, he dances. Bobby Bones, host of the Nashville-based country-radio format “Bobby Bones Show,” which is syndicated on more than 100 stations
            and has millions of listeners each weekday morning, announced on air this morning that he will be among the celebrities featured
            in...

Posted: 9 days ago

He hosts. He writes. And now, he dances. Bobby Bones, host of the Nashville-based country-radio format “Bobby Bones Show,” which is syndicated on more than 100 stations and has millions of listeners each weekday morning, announced on air this morning that he will be among the celebrities featured in...
Grounds for competition: Austin baristas’ monthly throwdown showcases a latte talent
 Melanie Marcee-Ducayet has dedicated her career to coffee. So it’s no surprise that the former Jo’s Coffee and Caffe Medici barista was in her element on a recent Thursday night at Texas Coffee Traders as she crafted a heart on top of a latte in front of a roomful of cheering spectators. “(Coffee) is kind of my world,&rdquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

Melanie Marcee-Ducayet has dedicated her career to coffee. So it’s no surprise that the former Jo’s Coffee and Caffe Medici barista was in her element on a recent Thursday night at Texas Coffee Traders as she crafted a heart on top of a latte in front of a roomful of cheering spectators. “(Coffee) is kind of my world,&rdquo...
At Austin’s first 100 percent inclusive coffee shop, change is brewing
 Alyssa Smith needs a recommendation. It’s her first time at Empowered Coffee in downtown Austin, and she’s not sure what to order. Barista William Mullican, 21, is ready to help. Get the Rwandan, he says. Iced. Smith accepts his suggestion and takes a sip. “It’s delicious,” she says. It may sound like a typical...

Posted: 24 days ago

Alyssa Smith needs a recommendation. It’s her first time at Empowered Coffee in downtown Austin, and she’s not sure what to order. Barista William Mullican, 21, is ready to help. Get the Rwandan, he says. Iced. Smith accepts his suggestion and takes a sip. “It’s delicious,” she says. It may sound like a typical...
Today is Cheap Flight Day! Here’s what you need to know
 If you’re not a frequent traveler, the week of Aug. 23 may have no special significance, but for those of us who spend a lot
            of time in the sky, it can be even better than Black Friday. That’s because Aug. 23, aka Cheap Flight Day, traditionally marks
            the start of the fall travel season...

Posted: 29 days ago

If you’re not a frequent traveler, the week of Aug. 23 may have no special significance, but for those of us who spend a lot of time in the sky, it can be even better than Black Friday. That’s because Aug. 23, aka Cheap Flight Day, traditionally marks the start of the fall travel season...
Relax and recharge in Round Top
 It’s fair to say we were not being the best versions of ourselves when we left for Round Top that day. The late-July heat and inconsistent summer routine had tempers flaring among our three kids, who had spent the morning battling with “Fortnite”-level intensity over everything from who should control the TV remote to who...

Posted: 30 days ago

It’s fair to say we were not being the best versions of ourselves when we left for Round Top that day. The late-July heat and inconsistent summer routine had tempers flaring among our three kids, who had spent the morning battling with “Fortnite”-level intensity over everything from who should control the TV remote to who...
Road-tripping to Round Top? Don’t miss these 7 fun things to do
 Round Top, population 90, is located about an hour and 15 minutes east of Austin and is famous for its antiques scene. Here
            are some things to see and do during your next visit. The Flophouze Hotel: Relax and unwind at this shipping container hotel that comes complete with hammocks, record players and, yes, a shipping-container...

Posted: 30 days ago

Round Top, population 90, is located about an hour and 15 minutes east of Austin and is famous for its antiques scene. Here are some things to see and do during your next visit. The Flophouze Hotel: Relax and unwind at this shipping container hotel that comes complete with hammocks, record players and, yes, a shipping-container...
Heading to Hamilton Pool? Here are 5 things you need to know
 Those of us who grew up in Austin can remember making spur-of-the-moment jaunts to Hamilton Pool Preserve, where the cool,
            blue-green waters offered instant relief on 100-degree days. Hamilton Pool Preserve is currently accepting reservations for as early as August and September. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman But as you...

3:32 PM Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

Those of us who grew up in Austin can remember making spur-of-the-moment jaunts to Hamilton Pool Preserve, where the cool, blue-green waters offered instant relief on 100-degree days. Hamilton Pool Preserve is currently accepting reservations for as early as August and September. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman But as you...
25 places to swim in Austin and around Texas before summer ends
 Earlier this summer, my daughters and I made a pact. For a whole month, we would try to go swimming every day. It didn’t matter if it was a swimming hole, a pool or a water park so long as we could get wet and cool off. What we discovered during out adventures is that Central Texas is brimming with fun, fresh and funky spots to make...

8:00 PM Friday, Aug. 03, 2018

Earlier this summer, my daughters and I made a pact. For a whole month, we would try to go swimming every day. It didn’t matter if it was a swimming hole, a pool or a water park so long as we could get wet and cool off. What we discovered during out adventures is that Central Texas is brimming with fun, fresh and funky spots to make...
Four Seasons Hotel Austin announces new restaurant concept, other updates
 Guests at Austin’s Four Seasons will find “a nearly new hotel” this fall thanks to the completion of a multi-million dollar,
            three-year renovation spearheaded by designer Michael Dalton. The renovated lobby at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin will include a direct view of Lady Bird Lake. credit: Four Season Hotel...

5:22 PM Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018

Guests at Austin’s Four Seasons will find “a nearly new hotel” this fall thanks to the completion of a multi-million dollar, three-year renovation spearheaded by designer Michael Dalton. The renovated lobby at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin will include a direct view of Lady Bird Lake. credit: Four Season Hotel...
5 places to go swimming with the family before summer ends
 It’s almost August, which means there’s less than a month to soak in those long, lingering, school-free summer days. If you’re
            craving a splash, here are five spots that offer fun for the family. Camp Ben McCulloch Camp Ben McCulloch offers easy access to a rope swing. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman First things...

6:13 PM Friday, Jul. 27, 2018

It’s almost August, which means there’s less than a month to soak in those long, lingering, school-free summer days. If you’re craving a splash, here are five spots that offer fun for the family. Camp Ben McCulloch Camp Ben McCulloch offers easy access to a rope swing. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman First things...