Monday, June 2, 2014

Visit Austin


If you haven't been to Austin, GO! Neal and I recently spent a long weekend exploring the city and we fell in love.

Having grown up in Texas, I had visited the state's capital before, but seeing the sites with my sweetie made it all the more fun. Here are some of the highlights to hit when you visit:

Tacos @ Tacodeli
Tacos: Start your day with migas at Torchy's Tacos, hit up Tacodeli for some cowboy-rubbed beef tenderloin, and then hit up Guero's Taco Bar for a hand-shaken margarita and a little dinner. Tacos and Tex-Mex are everywhere. Bonus: corn tortillas are naturally gluten free and tacos are amazingly delicious!

South Congress: This trendy strip just south of the river is full of eclectic shops, restaurants, music venues, galleries, and boutiques. Take a stroll to work off your tacos from Guero's, and do some shopping! I loved popping into the the different shops, but Kendra Scott is one you won't want to miss. A beautiful pair of Turquoise Alex Earrings seems like the perfect souvenir for this trip...

Barton Springs Pool, Image from Pinterest
Zilker Park: Put on some comfy shoes and take a walk through the park. While you're there, take a dip at Barton Springs. These four natural springs are beautiful and the perfect way to cool off after a long walk. If swimming isn't your thing, you can also kayak the creek.

Barbecue: If you have a full day, stand in line and enjoy some Franklin Barbecue. The line starts early, and the wait is long, so bring a comfy lawn chair and just take it all in. As an alternative, try La Barbecue. Pitmaster John Lewis is the former protege of Aaron Franklin, and you're sure to have an equally yummy experience here. The Salt Lick is another incredible option, but you'll have to take a little drive through Hill Country to reach it.

Outdoor seating @ Banger's

Rainey Street: In the southeast corner of downtown you'll find a street of historic single-family homes that have been converted to incredible bars and restaurants with plenty of outdoor seating and live music. Neal and I checked out Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden and I was pleasantly surprised to find a large gluten free beer selection.

This is a short list, but Austin is full of fun activities. Brush up on your Texas history at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, tour the Captiol, check out a food truck (they're everywhere!), or grab a drink and enjoy the sun at one of the many rooftop bars downtown. Enjoy y'all!

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