What is a detour?
- A shared, interactive experience between guests and hosts, making every tour one-of-a-kind.
- A balance between “headline” and “offbeat” Austin so guests can check off their bucket list and also experience the unexpected wow moments.
- An experience led by big-personality, local-expert hosts. We don’t simply “find Tour Guides,” we seek out culture creators – actors, musicians, comedians, and other talented locals.
A shared, interactive experience between guests and hosts, making every tour one-of-a-kind.
A balance between “headline” and “offbeat” Austin so guests can check off their bucket list and also experience the unexpected wow moments.
An experience led by big-personality, local-expert hosts. We don’t simply “find Tour Guides,” we seek out culture creators – actors, musicians, comedians, and other talented locals.
ELIZABETH ALDERSON| Owner & Chief Experience Officer
Creator. Dreamer. Mom of twins + 1. World Traveler. Harley-Davidson rider. Adventure-seeker. Pickle-addict.
MANDY ARNOLD| Director Of Experiences
Plant lady. Chicken momma. National Park explorer. Cheese hater. Pinterest princess. Camping queen.
MARIELLE KNEMOELLER| Senior Experience Manager
World traveler. Dog momma. Loves to cook. Cheese and wine lover. Happiest when at the beach.
ASHLEY PARK| Marketing Manager
Comedic entertainer and improviser. Expert cat pillow. Wine lover. Filmie. Prone to breaking out into random accents and songs. Podcast host.
SIERRA VERNON| Office Manager
Enthusiasm enthusiast. Singer. One woman musical theatre. Lover of food. Rockstar.
SHEENA GENDRON| Operations Manager
Sassy. Crazy Crafter. Whovian. Rockhound and Gem Hunter. Biliophile. List Maker and Note Taker. The Magician in the Tarot Deck.
ALISON LAMELL| Experience Manager
Amazon woman. Dog mom. Crafter. Aspiring green thumb. Using her height to reach the top shelf since ’92.
JOEY GREEN| Experience Manager
Australian, Vegemite lover, Drummer, Sight see'er, Creative enthusiast
JASON WEEMS| Experience Host
Award-winning singer-songwriter. 17-year Austin music veteran. Local history expert. Podcast creator. Folk festival producer. Origami folder. Science geek.
STEVEN MCFARLIN| Experience Host
Award winning comedian. 50+ TV appearances. Performed in every state and 32 countries. Published author. Screenwriter. Collector of “Do Not Disturb” signs.
SUNNY FAIRLY| Experience Host
Artist. Musician. Glass Sculptor. Die hard crowd pleaser. Swimming hole scout. Singer. Patio lover. Real name Billy. Friends changed name because he really is like a ray of sunshine.
JOE VALADEZ| Experience Host
Drummer. Jazz nut. Colorblind. Teacher. Ocean lover. Music festival junkie. Won contest for best hair.
IKE EICKSTAEDT| Experience Host
Unicyclist. Jaw harp enthusiast. Trumpeter. Although childless....collector of Dad jokes. Metal artist. Geodesic Dome fabricator. Buckminster Fuller Super-Fan.
RICHARD KRIESE| Experience Host
Living out most Dad jokes. Globe trotter. Loooong time Austinite. Soccer super fan. Addicted to Home Remodeling.
MATT ALSPAUGH| Experience Host
Comedic improver. Sports fan. Book worm. Movie buff. Coffee lover. Dad-like.
BOBBY STRUZICK| Experience Host
Curiosity seeker, travel bug, baseball fanatic, penguin aficionado, animal trivia beast, searching for the greatest running trail anywhere, big time hugger, professional nap taker, lover of writing
JAX WASHINGTON| Experience Host
Mixtape Maven. Olympic Chocoholic. Wrong Lyrics in the Car Singer. Biography Binger. Plawright/Novelist. Green Tea Connosieur. Ghost Hunter.
MARTIN MOELLER| Experience Host
Pianist. Wine-Enthusiast. Fantasy Nerd. River Lover.Stinky Cheese Hater. Dog Lover. Happy Dad.
MARK DOWNS| Experience Host
Map Maker. Paragon of Crossword Puzzling. Sierra Nevada Enthusiast. Game Designer. Quietly Confident Dance Floor Smasher. Calififornia Bay Area Native. Keeper of Many Unique Nicknames.
ALLY QUEST| Experience Host
Costume collector, Player of multiple instruments, Actress / Improver / Creater, Got married in a cave, Expert crafter
BRENT BELLINGER| Experience Host
Aquatic scientist. Traveler. Bowler. Fantasy Football enthusiast. Reader. Seinfelt quoter.