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

Heading to the airport soon? Here are 5 new places to check out
 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has always made a point to highlight local businesses. And if you haven’t flown in
            a few months, you’ll be glad to know that now even more options are now available. “It’s always great to represent Austin, keep it local,” said Jacob Moreno, store manager...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has always made a point to highlight local businesses. And if you haven’t flown in a few months, you’ll be glad to know that now even more options are now available. “It’s always great to represent Austin, keep it local,” said Jacob Moreno, store manager...
Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz dishes about his love for Austin ahead of Saturday tour stop
 It’s been 25 years since Counting Crows’ debut album, “August and Everything After,” took the ’90s by storm. Ahead of the band’s 
            Saturday show with Live at the Austin360 Amphitheater, frontman Adam Duritz chatted with reporters Addie Broyles and Kristin Finan about topics ranging from his new...

Posted: 3 hours ago

It’s been 25 years since Counting Crows’ debut album, “August and Everything After,” took the ’90s by storm. Ahead of the band’s Saturday show with Live at the Austin360 Amphitheater, frontman Adam Duritz chatted with reporters Addie Broyles and Kristin Finan about topics ranging from his new...
Austin ‘critically important’ to Port Aransas recovery, tourism official says
 It’s been 11 months since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast, and Port Aransas tourism officials have a message to
            send: It’s time to come visit. “We’re open for fun,” said Jeff Hentz, president and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, when
            he stopped...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s been 11 months since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast, and Port Aransas tourism officials have a message to send: It’s time to come visit. “We’re open for fun,” said Jeff Hentz, president and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, when he stopped...
10 fun things to do in Galveston
 Galveston made national news in late May when photos and videos surfaced of something shocking happening there: The water had gone from its typical shade of mud brown to crystal clear. By coincidence, my family, which visits Galveston frequently, had already booked a trip there for the following week, and as we drove up to the seawall, we...

Posted: 7 days ago

Galveston made national news in late May when photos and videos surfaced of something shocking happening there: The water had gone from its typical shade of mud brown to crystal clear. By coincidence, my family, which visits Galveston frequently, had already booked a trip there for the following week, and as we drove up to the seawall, we...
From treehouses to trailers, check out these unconventional Texas hotels
 Sure, hotels and Airbnb’s are great, but sometimes we all crave a little something different. If you’re seeking a unique stay during your next Texas getaway, here are some spots to consider. Cypress Valley Canopy Tours The Nest at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. Contributed by Cypress Valley Canopy Tours Cypress Valley Canopy Tours...

Posted: 8 days ago

Sure, hotels and Airbnb’s are great, but sometimes we all crave a little something different. If you’re seeking a unique stay during your next Texas getaway, here are some spots to consider. Cypress Valley Canopy Tours The Nest at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. Contributed by Cypress Valley Canopy Tours Cypress Valley Canopy Tours...
Need a sweet treat? Let’s go for some fro-yo!
 Sometimes, you just can’t beat a trip for fro-yo. There’s nothing quite like the satisfying, creamy swirl of frozen yogurt as it fills the cup or the delicious creativity that comes with choosing between thousands of topping combinations. Now that summer is in full swing, here are some ideas to help you plan your frozen yogurt...

Posted: 8 days ago

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a trip for fro-yo. There’s nothing quite like the satisfying, creamy swirl of frozen yogurt as it fills the cup or the delicious creativity that comes with choosing between thousands of topping combinations. Now that summer is in full swing, here are some ideas to help you plan your frozen yogurt...
Want to try a rope swing? Head to this free swimming hole just outside of Austin
 We weren’t planning to try a rope swing that day. But when my two daughters and I walked past one last week while visiting one of our favorite swimming holes — Camp Ben McCulloch
            — the temptation was immediate. They looked at me expectantly: “You go first, Mom.” It’s been years since I...

Posted: 10 days ago

We weren’t planning to try a rope swing that day. But when my two daughters and I walked past one last week while visiting one of our favorite swimming holes — Camp Ben McCulloch — the temptation was immediate. They looked at me expectantly: “You go first, Mom.” It’s been years since I...
Heeding the call: Local artists find inspiration in grackles
 Carly Weaver hated grackles. They’d eat her dog’s food, relieve themselves on her deck and interrupt the morning quiet with their squawking. Unsure of what else to do, Weaver, an artist, decided to start painting pictures of them. “I liked the irony of giving such prestige to what most people consider a pest,” Weaver...

Posted: 10 days ago

Carly Weaver hated grackles. They’d eat her dog’s food, relieve themselves on her deck and interrupt the morning quiet with their squawking. Unsure of what else to do, Weaver, an artist, decided to start painting pictures of them. “I liked the irony of giving such prestige to what most people consider a pest,” Weaver...
The Zilker Summer Musical celebrates 60 years with ‘All Shook Up’
 The crunch of thirsty grass under bare feet. The squeak of a cooler lid opening wide. The sight of a hillside so filled with blankets that, from a distance, it almost looks like it’s covered in one giant patchwork quilt. An evening at the free annual Zilker musical feels like pure summer in Austin. “There are people on this hill...

Posted: 14 days ago

The crunch of thirsty grass under bare feet. The squeak of a cooler lid opening wide. The sight of a hillside so filled with blankets that, from a distance, it almost looks like it’s covered in one giant patchwork quilt. An evening at the free annual Zilker musical feels like pure summer in Austin. “There are people on this hill...
Did you know there’s a tropical island paradise an hour’s drive from Austin?
 If you’ve lived in Central Texas for very long, you probably have 
            a list of favorite swimming holes. But here’s one I just discovered and instantly fell in love with — Son’s Island in Seguin. Son’s Island in Seguin has a tropical feel. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman Picture this: A private, thatched-roof...

Posted: 17 days ago

If you’ve lived in Central Texas for very long, you probably have a list of favorite swimming holes. But here’s one I just discovered and instantly fell in love with — Son’s Island in Seguin. Son’s Island in Seguin has a tropical feel. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman Picture this: A private, thatched-roof...
Ideas for free fun in Galveston
 There’s nothing more fun than a trip to the beach in the summer. But costs can add up. Got Galveston in your travel plans?
            Here are three free things to do. Bicyclists roll past the Galveston Pleasure Pier at sunrise, before Sea Wall Boulevard fills with cars. credit: Galveston
                  Island CVB Tree sculpture...

Posted: 21 days ago

There’s nothing more fun than a trip to the beach in the summer. But costs can add up. Got Galveston in your travel plans? Here are three free things to do. Bicyclists roll past the Galveston Pleasure Pier at sunrise, before Sea Wall Boulevard fills with cars. credit: Galveston Island CVB Tree sculpture...