While it is easy to spot some of Kingdom Chauffeured Limousine Services' fleet of vehicles—such as a stretch limo transporting a bridal party or headed on a tour of wine country—some of their most impressive cars fit in any old parking space. The drivers spend most of their days catering to regular business travelers, ferrying them around town in the less elongated, yet more pronounced, style of a Mercedes Benz S550, Cadillac Escalade ESV, or Rolls Royce Phantom.
Most of the vehicles have tinted privacy glass for passengers, as well as pristinely maintained leather seats. Additionally, the stretch limousines boast privacy dividers, a premium sound system, and room for up to ten passengers or one extremely happy passenger and all of the stuffed animals he won at the carnival.
Because space tourism is not yet a reality, the sensation of floating is usually only achieved by those submerged in water. Not so at Steiner Ranch SUP—the staff here rent out stand-up paddleboards that let visitors float atop Lake Austin, a gigantic, picturesque reservoir on the Colorado River. Visitors check out boards by the hour or half-day to navigate the calm waters, exploring nearby sights such as the dam or the renowned Lake Austin Spa. To propel themselves, they use the high-performance paddles that come with each rental.
The staff stresses that, regardless of age or experience level, anyone can learn to balance on the board. They even hold paddleboard fitness classes for those hoping to hone their strength and balance in a tranquil outdoor setting.
Suited for all kinds of aquatic explorers, the enormous fleet of watercraft curated by Austin Boat Rentals ranges from long houseboats to three-person WaveRunners and boats to pull water-skiers. But not only do they rent out boats, they plan parties, offer access to the Volente Beach Water Park, wakeboarding lessons, and even limo service to the downtown area.
After 22 years in the air force, Water 2 Wine–founder John McFadden established his first custom winery in San Antonio seven years ago. Already the business has spread as far as Milwaukee to the north and Denver to the west, bringing the country's vinophiles more than 100 wines, each of which are fermented on site and available for tastings every day. Those who want to get more involved in the crafting process may sign up to make their own wine and steep themselves in each step of the operation, from selecting the grape varieties, beginning the fermentation process, withstanding a wait of about 45 days, and finally christening their creation by smashing a tiny boat against the bottle. All custom-made wines are plastered with personalized labels made from one of Water 2 Wine’s templates or images that customers design from the ground up.
When you hear “two stories with a spiral staircase,” an English manor might be the first thing to come to mind. But Austin’s Boat Tours has a different idea—the double-decker party barge, a spacious boat whose spiral staircase leads to the top of a water slide. During its party cruises, passengers can ride the slide into the sparkling waters of Lake Travis or stay onboard to cook steaks at the grill and have a drink (the barge is BYOB).
The boating company offers alternative ways for exploring the lake, too, including lake tours aboard their Baja speedboats. These tours showcase Devil’s Cove, the Oasis, and the luxurious houses that dot the lakeside cliffs. Watch the sun fall on one of the company’s sunset cruises, or explore the lake’s depths on scuba adventures. And for the truly adventurous, consider the company’s new FlyBoard jet pack, which allows a person to hover above the water like a superhero or a David Blaine impersonator.
Texas Bike Tours offers guests the chance to explore Austin on the back of one of a cycle. During the Exploring South Austin tour, groups cruise south of the Colorado River, learning about the history of the neighborhood's development and checking out local shops, eateries, and heritage homes. A Taste of Austin takes groups towards downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, where they explore the city's iconic landmarks and the terrain of the prairie and hill country that contain them. Tours vary according to guests' preferences, and can be customized according to preferred duration, pace, and route.