Hotel & Austin Info

BOOK YOUR HOTEL TODAY! This luxury Austin Arboretum hotel offers NEWLY renovated rooms for groups and leisure travelers alike.

Renaissance Austin HotelRen logo
9721 Arboretum Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78759 USA
Phone: 1-512-343-2626
Fax: 1-512-346-7953



If you call be sure to mention US Composting Council Conference to receive the discounted rate of $164/night.

Hotel Details

Hotel Website
Marriott Rewards Category: 6
AAA Diamonds: 4

Check-in and Check-out

  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Express Check-In and Express Checkout
  • Video Review Billing , Video Checkout

Internet Access
COMPLIMENTARY High Speed Internet (in your sleeping room) is provided for all guests.

USCC has negotiated the discounted rate with the hotel on behalf of its members and attendees. This includes a $5 rebate paid to USCC to help offset conference expenses.

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Composting and Central Texas–Your 2015 Vacation is Calling!!

Austin Texas alternatively bills itself as Weird and the Live Music Capital of the World.  Whatever moniker appeals to you, we have highlighted some of the spots that could make for a memorable central Texas vacation built around COMPOST2015 in January.


Then we’ve got a couple ideas to tickle your tastebuds.

Franklin BBQ

Aaron Franklin’s parents ran a barbecue operation where he grew up in Bryan, Texas, starting a family tradition that was passed to Aaron.

Franklin BBQ

In 2009, wife Stacey and Aaron opened Franklin BBQ in a truck on a parking lot in the city. When their fans began a line that wound around the block, press like the Washington Post flocked out to cover the stand and it all came together when Bon Appetit named Franklins the Best BBQ in America. This summer, they are in the midst of building a new smokehouse onto the travel trailer that will be well underway for the USCC”s visit in January!

Food Truck Paradise

Austin is known for its food trucks and savory offerings from those humble sources. Plan to make several stops at food trucks offering everything from cupcakes to tacos and Korean BBQ!



Thinking of Austin naturally brings Austin City Limits to mind.

Live shows now take place at Moody’s Theater, part of the W Hotel, and you can begin to watch the schedule in coming months for who might be coming in during the Conference in January.

Austin City Limits is an American public television music program recorded live by Public Broadcasting Service Public television member station KLRU that is re-broadcast on many PBS stations around the United States and lays claim to the longest running live music television broadcast. The new venue is the only mixed-used LEED accredited property in the country, according to Austin City Limits.


The Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake

The Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail makes a circuit around Lady Bird Lake, and the longest trail designed for pedestrians and cyclists  in the City of Austin Parks System. The Trail Foundation, a local non-profit, maintains the trail, which is 10.1 miles (16.3 km) long and flat.. The trail’s surface made of crushed granite except for a few sections of concrete and some sections  over city sidewalks. A pedestrian bridge incorporated into the trail makes a bridge over Barton Creek. A pedestrian walkway crosses over Lady Bird Lake; the trail is a favorite of both visitors and locals.

Sustainable Food Center

This hub for gardeners, foodies and farmers market aficionados features cooking classes at the Happy Kitchen and a self-guided or arranged group tour of the Peace, Love, and Happiness Foundation Teaching Garden. The teaching garden demonstrates sustainable food gardening techniques appropriate for the Central Texas climate—where water is a particularly scarce and precious resource. Water conservation techniques (such as wicking beds, Hugelkultur, drip irrigation, and ollas) are a prominent feature, and you’ll also find space-maximizing strategies like keyhole beds, themed vegetable beds, a children’s garden, wild and native edibles, and even a Compost Garden.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

This beautiful native botanic garden, conservation organization and planner/developer of landscape approaches that preserve the Texas heritage was in spirited by the wife of Lyndon B Johnson, the nation’s 36th president’s wife.

The Wildflower Center demonstrates ways to employ native plants to address challenges of dwindling water supplies, climate change, pollution, and invasive species. Gardens, meadows and nature trails show off 650 native Texas plant species, as well as indoor art exhibits, biographic exhibits about Mrs. Johnson, a café and store.  There are also tree swings at the arboretum, a tower for panoramic views; turtles and fish in ponds, the Little House for children, a visitors gallery and picnicking.

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center


The Domain

In its park setting, The Domain features 100 upscale and mainstream retail stores and restaurants, almost half of which are exclusive within the market. A sampling of retailers includes high-end boutiques such as David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co. and Neiman Marcus, as well as more traditional retailers like American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Express and more. Restaurants include favorites like Daily Grill, Maggiano’s Little Italy, McCormick & Schmick’s, NoRTH and many more.

The multi-phased Domain development is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Dillard’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods and also offers more than 800 residential units and ample Class A office space, in addition to three on site hotels – Westin Austin at The Domain, Lone Star Court by Valencia Group and Aloft Austin. With the center’s ideal location and exceptional amenities, amazing restaurant selection, convenient parking and wifi connectivity, The Domain is the most desired place in Austin to shop, dine, live and work!

The Arboretum

The Arboretum Shopping Mall is an open air cluster of upscale shopping stores and boutiques. The Arboretum area was named after the shopping center. The mall supplies an array of upscale shopping options to tourists and residents and is filled with restaurants, professional services, and boutiques. Major retailers like Pottery Barn, Barnes and Noble, and Sunglass Hut can all be found in the Arboretum Shopping Mall. The restaurants at the Arboretum Shopping Mall include the Cheesecake Factory, TGI Fridays, Kenobi Sushi, and Thundercloud Subs. A famous ice cream shop – Amy’s Ice Cream, selling sundaes, shakes and yogurts  is also located in the Arboretum Shopping Mall. The ice-cream shop sells sundaes, shakes, and yogurts.