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Inside Marfa Invitational — Showcasing a Vibrant Art Scene in the West Texas Oasis

“On a rainy morning in Austin, art enthusiasts boarded Commodore Perry Estate‘s private jet before sunrise, bound for the Marfa Invitational in West Texas. Austin’s authentic luxury adventurers conceived the trip, while Ellis Force Art Partners organized the art-filled extravaganza. The event celebrated the opening day of the Marfa Invitational, showcasing the town’s vibrant art scene. With over 30 galleries in two square miles, tours, talks and previews comprised an impressive lineup for the day.” ~ Tribeza, May 2023

The 30 Best Restaurants In Austin, Texas, From Tacos To BBQ

“Lutie’s, on the grounds of the Commodore Perry Estate, is among the hardest reservations in town to get. (Formerly the home of Edgar 'Commodore' Perry and his wife, Lutie, it is now a Ken Fulk-designed hotel with 10 acres of gardens.) The restaurant offers an impressive cocktail menu, as well as farm-to-table, seasonally-focused dishes that are colorful and uniquely delicious.” ~ Southern Living, 2024

This 10-acre Texan Retreat Is Unlike Anything Else in the State — Here’s Our Review

“Together, the team has formed a multi-dimensional destination, one with many reasons to pause and appreciate the beauty, whether you’re in the Commodore’s original library — where his private collection of books remains — or on the patio, sipping a glass of wine and overlooking the outdoor pool, which serves as a reprieve from the Texas heat.” ~ Travel + Leisure, 2024

Where to Stay Now

“Lutie’s, which has become a local favorite for its vegetable-forward menu and lush decor. Completing this daydream of a hotel are the European-style gardens, a chapel that’s used for yoga classes and other events, and a circular pool straight out of a Slim Aarons photograph, where you can sip cocktails and nosh on treats.” ~ Texas Monthly, May 2023

Hot Hotel Restaurants To Visit In Austin Over The SXSW Festival

“The Estate provides an elegant getaway in the city, with a 50-foot oval swimming pool, organic garden and lush greenery. Lutie’s Garden restaurant offers simple, seasonal, Texas heritage cuisine from Executive Chef Bradley Nicholson, in a relaxed and congenial setting that conjures its Jazz Age history. For SXSW, Chef James Yeun Leong Parry, founder of The Happy Crane, a San Francisco-based popup, joins the culinary team at Lutie’s for a special collaboration.” ~ Forbes, March 2023

These Romantic Hotels Are the *Perfect* Spots for Your Next Getaway

“Originally built in 1928 as a country home for a wealthy businessman, this 10,000-plus-square-foot Italianate mansion now offers sumptuous sleeping quarters in 42 guest rooms and seven terrace suites. The Ken Fulk designed interiors are a visual feast, but visitors will also enjoy relaxing at the private pool and kayaking Lady Bird Lake.” ~, January 2023

Top 15 Hotels in Texas: Readers’ Choice Awards 2023

“Condé Nast Traveler readers rate their top hotels in The Lone Star State” ~ CN Traveler, October 2023

Partners In Business And In Life: 15 Couples On How They Balance Working Together With Their Relationships

"Chef Bradley Nicholson and pastry chef Susana Querejazu trace their romance back to Austin’s food scene, where they met working at an old-school Italian restaurant 11 years ago. And while the couple had since made waves in other markets, including San Francisco, they decided to return to the Texas capital to join Commodore Perry Estate’s dining program. “We have and had always planned on working together in future projects,” says Querejazu. 'Commodore Perry Estate needed a bread and pastry program to compliment the food, so it made sense that we work together.' And after learning each other’s kitchen quirks over the years, they both feel having their romantic partner at work has only been an asset. 'Working through the pandemic has helped us roll with the punches,' Querejazu adds. 'We have good days and bad days, but we do it together.'” ~, February 2022

The Best Places to Travel in March

"Check in to Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection, a Hot List winner that feels like a secret European escape (even though it’s just 10 minutes from downtown)." ~, January 2022

Best City Hotel

"New hotels have burgeoned in tandem with Austin’s growth, but I have been waiting for a property of real distinction to arrive on the scene. My wish came true last June. The Perry mansion is a 10,800-square-foot Italianate structure that dates from 1928. It was built for cotton shipping tycoon Edgar Perry, nicknamed 'Commodore' by his friends, and sits adjacent to the historic Hyde Park neighborhood across from a nine-hole golf course. The hotel regularly offers wine tastings and live performances by local artists, for those who want to experience the city’s renowned music scene without leaving the comfort of the grounds. The Commodore Perry Estate offers the best of both worlds: an urban resort in a lively capital with the distinct feeling of being a tranquil hideaway." ~ Andrew Harper's Hideaway, January 2022

Top 20 Hotels in Texas: Readers' Choice Awards 2021

Commodore Perry Estate was #8 in Texas for places inspiring your return to travel. ~ Conde Nast Traveler, October 2021

World's Best | #1 Resort in Texas

"A top-to-bottom renovation by renowned designer Ken Fulk brought a whimsical spirit to a residential estate, where the staff excels in creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. "The staff at this property went above and beyond to provide amazing service and were attentive to detail. Their kindness was genuine," said one reader, who added that "the property itself has a great location and is in immaculate condition." Another remarked, 'Unique property all around — incredible design and customized touches by the staff.'" ~ Travel + Leisure, September 2021

Best of the Best | What Becomes a Legend Most

"The Southern Classic - Auberge Resorts picked this historic, 10-acre estate for its urban debut, which was originally built for showman-like cotton broker and real-estate developer Edgar "Commodore" Perry in 1928. He sold it 16 years later, saying the house was too big for a home but perfect for a party. Be among the first to fete him here as the complex is rebooted as a hotel, its interiors masterminded by the suitably theatrical Ken Fulk, who picked up many of the fixtures trawling the local Round Top antiques fair. The hotel includes 42 rooms and seven suites in a newly built in, a three-story courtyard-style complex, but the best option is one of the five oversize suites in the Perry family's original Italianate mansion. In a nod to their determined good-lifing, every room features a vintage-style bar cart stocked with cocktail fixings customized to each guest's whims." ~ Robb Report, June 2021

14 Hotel Picnic Packages Perfect For Celebrating Summer

"Commodore Perry Estate is set on a 10-acre estate in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin, blending intimacy and character with heritage and the independent spirit of Austin. Their picnic experience features a chef-prepared meal on Sundays on their sprawling lawn overlooking seasonal blooms and ornamental water fountains. Dine on the classic gingham picnic blanket, sip Champagne on ice, and enjoy delectable bites prepared with fresh, local ingredients by award-winning chefs, Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu." ~ Forbes, June 2021

AD's 2021 Hotel Awards

"Austin Transformed by the AD100 designer Ken Fulk, this historic Austin mansion (now an Auberge Resort) brims with color, pattern, and glamour galore, from the lemon-hued lounge chairs and umbrellas that ring the pool to the Pierre Frey fabric that cocoons the showstopper LaVerne suite." ~ Architectural Digest, May 2021

The 2021 Hot List | The year's top hotel and industry openings

"Why book? A revitalized, 10,800-square-foot 1928 Italianate mansion and newly-built Inn that block out the hurried city beyond. Set the scene: Although it’s a mere 10 minutes north of Downtown Austin and off busy Red River Street, you’d never know it. Across from the over 120-year-old Hancock Golf Course and with Waller Creek streaming through the 10-acre property, the Commodore Perry Estate feels like a rural European hideaway. The restored 1928 Italianate Mansion and three-story newly-built Inn are enveloped by humungous oak trees, flowing fountains, and pristine, English-style gardens. When you wander the manicured grounds, you’ll spot well-heeled adults in flowy patterned dresses and summer linens dining on the Terrace while families skirt around the fountains and splash in the 50-foot oval swimming pool. The Estate feels as if you’ve removed yourself from bustle-y Hyde Park in Central Austin and can take a relaxed, meditative breath." ~ Conde Nast Traveler. May 2021

These New Luxury Road Trip Itineraries Are the Best Way to See the U.S. This Summer — Mercedes Included

"Auberge Resorts Collection and Black Tomato want you to hit the road in a stunning Mercedes. The brands have teamed up to create 'Remarkable Drives of Discovery,' a set of five road trip itineraries that take travelers to Auberge Resorts Collection properties throughout the United States. Each itinerary, the duo explains, is paired with curated programming from Black Tomato. The best part? Guests will get to test drive some of the newest models in the Mercedes-Benz fleet, including the GLS600 Maybach, and take to the skies with Surf Air as well. Love art? Book this ten-night trip through Texas and New Mexico. Kicking off in Austin at Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection, guests will have the chance to participate in a graffiti street art class with a local artist who will also walk them through the city's most legendary public installations. Then, travel into the desert for a stay at El Cosmico, a one-of-a-kind accommodation in Marfa, before continuing north to the new Bishop's Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection in Santa Fe. This package starts at $8,950 per person, including 10 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, and a customized private experience program." ~ Travel and Leisure, May 2021

The 21 Best New Hotels of 2021

"Built in 1928 by cotton broker Edgar Perry, this Italian Renaissance Revival mansion proved to be too much of a good thing: Perry sold the estate in 1944, calling it 'a great place to throw a party, but too big to live in.' Last fall, Auberge Resorts Collection added a 49-room inn to the existing five-suite mansion, recapturing its Jazz Age conviviality with elaborate frescoes, 1920s-inspired bar carts, and decorations from the Round Top Antiques Fair. While this all may be reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, don’t be scared of the pool: Surrounded by carpet-like lawns and canary-yellow umbrellas, it’s a beauty. Photo: Oscar Romero" ~ Hemispheres Magazine, May 2021

The 2021 Legend Awards | The Best New Five-Star Lodges and Resorts in the US

"Opened in July, the Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection is exactly what Austin needed. Just like the city itself, the 54-room hotel is stylish and youthful, with eclectic Ken Fulk-designed interiors, a retro-chic pool, and a garden restaurant that’s open to the public. A private members club and lively roster of events and activities (including glamping brunch Sundays on the manicured lawn) are already making the property a hot spot for Austin locals and tourists alike." ~ Departures, May 2021

It List 2021: Our Editors’ Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World

"The first urban hotel from Auberge Resorts Collection began as a grand Jazz Age residence for a wealthy businessman. The original 1928 Italianate mansion remains the centerpiece, but Auberge has added an adjacent three-story building with a similar feel (white stucco façade, arched hallways, a terra-cotta roof) that gives the whole 10-acre property a cohesive look. Interior designer Ken Fulk created a baroque world of dusty-pink walls and muraled ceilings and filled it with Spanish Revival–inspired furnishings sourced from the famed Round Top antiques fair nearby. Even with all the eye candy, the best part of a stay might be a few hours spent lounging poolside under a canopy of oak trees with lunch from chef Bradley Nicholson, who uses produce supplied by the estate's two-acre farm." ~ Travel + Leisure, April 2021

How to Pack a Superior Picnic Basket, Plus 6 Hotels That Are Redefining the Art of Picnicking

"A Classic Picnic at Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection in Austin, TX: Set on a 10-acre estate in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin, Commodore Perry Estate is the first hotel of this caliber in the city, and their picnic offering matches their one-of-a-kind spirit. Spread out with a chef-prepared picnic on Sundays on their sprawling lawn overlooking seasonal blooms and ornamental water fountains. From the gingham picnic blanket and Champagne on ice, to delectable bites prepared with fresh, local ingredients, no detail has been spared." ~ Parade, April 2021

The wait is over: Lutie's Garden Restaurant opens at Commodore Perry Estate

"When married chefs Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu announced in December 2019 their return to Austin from San Francisco to open Lutie’s Garden Restaurant at the Commodore Perry Estate, they could not have imagined what the next few months would bring. The Auberge Resorts Collection hotel and private club eventually opened at the end of June, and the chefs, who both worked at Barley Swine before heading to some of San Francisco’s top restaurants, stayed busy serving hotel guests and club members. Now, almost a year after its intended opening, the chefs get to unveil the crown jewel of the jazz-era property’s dining options. Lutie’s Garden Restaurant, named after estate matriarch Nannie Lewette 'Lutie' Perry, will open to the general public for dinner service on April 14, with mandatory reservations now being accepted via OpenTable." ~ Austin American Statesman, April 2021

South's Best Stays

"Opened in 2020, this elegant resort is the former Italian Renaissance Revival home and 10-acre estate of wealthy cotton distributor and real estate developer Edgar Howard 'Commodore' Perry. Built in 1928, the property became part of the Auberge Resorts Collection in 2017 and now offers an incredible country-in-the-city experience, with gorgeous landscaping and gardens, Lutie's restaurant, and on-site instructors teaching wellness, Pilates, yoga, and meditation. Monthly palm readings are available in the library." ~ Southern Living, March 2021

An Urban Landmark Transitions Stylishly into a Boutique Hotel

"Auberge Resorts Collection has reimagined an Austin landmark for one of its newest hospitality projects, the Commodore Perry Estate. This architectural gem, built in 1928, is set on 10 acres with formal gardens in the central city’s Hancock Park, and was once the country estate of Edgar 'Commodore' Perry, a longtime Austin real estate developer." ~ 360 West, July 2020

A New Classic

"Few Austinites can remember when the 10-acre Commodore Perry Estate, which opened June 29 as a resort hotel, served as a gracious hilltop residence overlooking Waller Creek and what was then the Austin Country Club. There, Edgar Howard Perry, a cotton trader, hotel owner and developer, lived in a 10,800-squarefoot Italianate home, built in 1928, with his wife, Nannie Lewette “Lutie” Perry, and their adult son, Edgar Howard Perry Jr., along with their servants." ~ Austin-American Statesman, July 2020

First Look: Austin’s Most Anticipated Grand Hotel

"The original mansion has been brought back to life, and once again sets the scene for a roaring good time thanks to interior designer Ken Fulk, who also outfitted the property’s new Inn, a three-story courtyard-style building with 42 guest rooms and 7 terrace suites. Join us below on an exclusive, virtual tour of the resort’s idyllic grounds (BYO champagne coupe optional)." ~ Texas Monthly, June 2020

The Southern Agenda: Hotel Texas

"'The funny thing is, Commodore Edgar Perry wasn't really a commodore at all,' says Marco Bustamante, general manager at the new Commodore Perry Estate in Austin. Perry once lost his houseboat during a flood on Lake Austin, and after that, there were no shaking the tongue-in-cheek nickname. Although perhaps inept with watercraft, Perry was a successful early-twentieth-century businssman, estate builder, and host, as evidenced by the gorgeous ten-acre property that he owned and once claimed was 'a great place to throw a party.'" ~ Garden & Gun, March 2020

20 Highly Anticipated Restaurants Opening This Spring

"The best part of winter ending, aside from longer days and shorter jackets, is the return of spring dining. Not only do we feel more inclined to venture out for dinner when it's brighter and marginally warmer, but we're also enticed by a flurry of new openings. This spring, several highly anticipated concepts are opening around the country. Located at the lush, historic Commodore Perry Estate in Central Austin, the restaurant will serve seasonal Texas cuisine, sourcing from the on-property garden and local purveyors." ~ Food & Wine, February 2020

5 Places to Travel This Spring

"As a tatted-up, grill-wearing James Franco so eloquently uttered in Spring Breakers: 'Spring Break forever.' And while all that movie left me with was an irrational fear of hot tubs, the sentiment still stands—March and April are prime months to pack your bags and get out of town. But to where, and to do what? There’s a number of fabulous places on Vogue’s radar, each occupying a different spring travel niche. Some are perfect for relaxation, some for adventure, and others for raging. (In the spirit of the season, we had to include at least one.) Below, our favorite five." ~ Vogue, February 2020

Eclectic boutique hotel Commodore Perry Estate slated to launch in Austin this April

"Some Texas food fans are likely already familiar with Lutie’s, an upcoming and wildly anticipated Austin restaurant. However, not as many diners know about the hotel that houses the whimsical new establishment: The Commodore Perry Estate, which is slated to make its debut in April. At Lutie’s, former Barley Swine industry names, Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu, will be offering New American fare made with locally sourced ingredients.The name of the restaurant comes from the property’s original owners: Edgar Howard Perry and his wife, Lutie. When it opens sometime in early 2021, look for it on the east side of the property." ~ Chron, February 2020

This New Austin Resort Looks Absolutely Dreamy

"Wedding planners and wanderlusters, meet your match. A new resort debuting in Austin this April aims to rival Texas Hill Country’s most luxurious offerings, and if these stunning renderings teach us anything about the forthcoming Commodore Perry Estate, it’s that its operators, California-based hospitality group Auberge Resorts Collection, sure knows how to make an entrance. Though the resort is located in the heart of Austin, on the historic country estate of Edgar Howard Perry and his wife, Lutie, its 10-acre compound, including their 10,800-square-foot mansion (dating back to 1928) and enchanting grounds, feels fairly secluded, situated as it is along Waller Creek and a municipal golf course in Hancock Park. Between the mansion and a new building designed to mimic it, the Commodore Perry Estate will feature 42 hotel rooms and 12 suites. The lovely on-site chapel, pool area, and sunken gardens will surely make this everyone’s favorite new destination-wedding buy out. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places." ~ Houstonia, January 2020

83 Hotel Openings to Look Forward to in 2020

"The new year is here, and from the number of recent and planned hotel openings, it’s clear that the hospitality industry is booming. A few trends became apparent as we gathered details on new hotels and resorts around the world. The focus on wellness continues: Several properties offer not only high-quality fitness centers and spas, but also yoga, fitness, and nutrition experts, as well as group exercise classes and individual trainers. There's also an emphasis on the health of the planet, as properties are promoting sustainability and letting guests know of their efforts to conserve resources, reduce waste in their culinary outlets, and provide experiences that contribute to the overall improvement of the environment. Set in the heart of the city on a 10-acre estate, this ultra-luxury property comprises a 10,800-square-foot home, a chapel, and gardens enclosed in a walled compound. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the estate is designed for both leisure and business travelers." ~ Travel + Leisure, January 2020

The 21 Most Hotly Anticipated US Restaurant Openings of 2020

"Drawing from the gardens of the landmark Commodore Perry Estate and local purveyors, husband-and-wife culinary team Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu will open a luxe seasonal restaurant. The two Texas natives have worked in some of the world’s best kitchens honing their skills before their homecoming. Nicholson, who has cooked at Benu, Birdsong and Matt Orlando’s Amass, will handle the savory side, while Querejazu, an alum of Quince, Saison and Le Meurice, will lead the pastry kitchen." ~ Robb Report, January 2020

2020’s Most Anticipated Hotel Openings

"From a resort complex in Malaysia to a “super boutique hotel” in central London to a 14-room hideaway surrounded by the gardens of Versailles, there’s no shortage of “see it to believe it” concepts opening in the new year. Here are the hotspots discerning globe-trotters will be clamoring to check into in 2020 and beyond." ~ Fortune, January 2020

Food For Thought: Here's what's cookin' this month in the Austin culinary world

"'Planning the opening of a restaurant around the start of the new year gives me the opportunity to set high standards for zero waste and sustainability in the kitchen from the start. I want to recycle everything and waste nothing in 2020. Having a garden on property is a major advantage and seems to be a fully functioning circle in my mind. With the in-house garden, I’m able to source fresh, organic ingredients and then recycle the compost in the garden to keep it lush.' — Susana Querejazu, executive pastry chef at Lutie’s Garden Restaurant, opening in the spring" ~ Austin Woman, January 2020

Eight Ways Travel Will Change in 2020

"These eight trends will reshape the way you get around. The 2010s were the decade when travel became easier. The arrival of short-term lodging services, the embrace of “second cities,” and the rapid growth of budget airlines both shrunk our globe and made it more intriguing. And the siren song of social media sent us to far-flung corners in search of “authentic,” “local,” and “undiscovered” places, or (contrarily) to recreate influencers’ brilliant snaps." ~ Bloomberg, December 2019

Talented Barley Swine Veterans Return to Austin to Open New Restaurant

"Lutie’s Garden Restaurant will source from a farm on-site to create seasonal, vegetable-driven dishes, with an emphasis on aged proteins and fermentation. While there are no details on the menu, Nicholson states there will be 'simple presentations of ingredients that are meticulously cared for.' The restaurant is slated to open in the spring." ~ Austin American Statesman, December 2019

The Best-Designed New Hotels of 2020

December 19, 2019

"The preeminent design hotel of 2020 is difficult to describe in just one word or phrase. Our newest annual list is curated with something for everyone. Architect Lord Norman Foster (who designed the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center that made our 2019 list) describes the hotels of the future as places that are all about lifestyles—inviting the community to become a part of the property. Opening in March 2020 is a treasured historic landmark reborn with a resort-style sensibility in an idyllic section of the Texas city. Located in the neighborhood of Hancock Park, this traditional property that dates back to 1927 has only 42 rooms and 12 suites, complete with a chapel and gardens. Designed by Ken Fulk, the resort boasts a varied history: It housed several private schools as well as a convent. Rooms echo the history of the place." ~ Architectural Digest, December 2019

Luxury Hotel Set for Spring Debut at Austin’s Storied Commodore Perry Estate

"A new chapter is at hand for the historic Commodore Perry Estate in central Austin, one that will see the 10-acre property transformed into the first hotel in Texas for the Auberge brand. A spring opening is planned for the luxury hotel, Auberge executives told the American-Statesman. They said the Commodore Perry Estate resort will be a popular destination because Texas is a big market for Auberge’s properties, which include 19 hotels and resorts across three continents for the Mill Valley, Calif.-based Auberge Resorts Collection." ~ Austin American Statesman, December 2019