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The Domain is home to more than 75 luxurious retailers and restaurants, with over 40 unique to the Austin market, situated in a beautiful park-like setting. Destinations include Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Apple, Anne Fontaine, Bailey Banks & Biddle, Barneys New York CO-OP, Betsey Johnson, Burberry, California Pizza Kitchen, CALYPSO Christiane Celle, Crú Wine Bar, Cole Haan, Daily Grill, David Yurman, Diesel, Free People, Intermix, Jasper’s, Joe DiMaggio’s Italian Chophouse, Juicy Couture, Kona Grill, Lacoste, Lilly Pulitzer, LOFT, Louis Vuitton, Madewell, Martin + Osa, McCormick & Schmick’s, Metropark, Michael Kors, NoRTH, Ralph Lauren, Ruehl, Shabby Chic, SonyStyle, St. Thomas Boutique, Stuart Weitzman, Sur La Table, The Steeping Room, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama, Viva Chocolato, Z Gallerie and more. Located two miles north of The Arboretum, along North Mopac, exit Braker Lane or Burnet Road. Shopping Line® 512.795.4230. www.TheDomainInAustin.com. www.celebrateaustin.com • Celebrating Austin Since 1980 | 


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Celebrate Staff

The City of Austin Welcomes You!

President & Publisher Judy Barrick Executive Vice Presidents Linda Olson Marilyn Crawford Celebrate Cityview TV, CEO Carlos Benavides Art & Production: Editor Kelly Ayoub Art Director & Production Manager Shannon Skinto

Greetings!

Advertising: Senior Account Executive Meagan Staff-Bubela

On behalf of the City of Austin, I would like to welcome you to the Capital City. We are proud to be the home of the University of Texas Longhorns, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best entertainment, shopping and dining in the Lone Star State.  

Account Executives Michelle Broyles Dineen Lucido

Austin is a special place, but what makes it unique is hard to define.  It’s partly the people - a richly diverse mix of students and tech millionaires, artists and engineers, musicians and entrepreneurs, small-business men and women.  It’s partly our cultural scene -- earning the reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World, but that only skims the surface of the arts and entertainment available here. Ultimately it’s the indefinable qualities that make Austin magical.

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Courtesy of Art on 5th Gallery Artist: Virgil Stephens, Title: Psychodalia Medium: original oil on Canvas, Size: 30” x 20” Photo by Jodi Brauner

Contributing Writers: Jennifer Juranek Caitlin Malone Christy Wink

During your stay, I invited you to explore the many landmarks and museums that have made Austin one of the most dynamic cities in the country. The Texas State Capitol is a popular tourist attraction and a favorite spot for Austinites. Other points of interest include the Governor’s Mansion, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Regards, Enjoy your stay in Austin, and we hope you visit us again.

Will Wynn Mayor

Straight from the Staff!

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elcome to Austin! There is so much to love about our great city, and this issue really sums it up. We have been Celebrating Austin for the past 29 years, and we never get tired of enjoying all that Austin has to offer. Whether this is your first visit or you have been here many times before, let us show you “How to Celebrate Austin.” We invite you to use our visitors’ guide as your gateway to the city. We have added new sections and some new advertising formats that create an exciting visitors’, newcomers’ and locals’ guide at your fingertips. As you look through Celebrate Austin, take note of our advertisers. Each invites you to come visit their business to learn their stories and enjoy what they have to offer. From downtown to midtown, to the Arboretum and uptown you will find the most unique shopping and dining experiences. Most are locally owned and operated, and they certainly take pride in their business. And don’t forget to mention how you found them! If Austin has fulfilled your craving for the city life, be sure to take a trip into the amazing Texas Hill Country. Check out our Destinations section for an astounding list of day and overnight trips from grape stomping at a Texas Winery to touring the wonderful European-inspired quaintness of many cities, small towns, and villages that will make you wonder, “Are we still in Texas?” Please be sure to visit our Web site www.celebrateaustin.com, where you will find daily and weekly specials from our advertis-

Intern : Brenna Burkarth Advertising Inquiries: publisher@celebrateaustin.com Job and Internship Inquiries: jobs@celebrateaustin.com Celebrate Austin (ISBN 978-1-893524-30-9) is published by Celebrate Texas Publications, Inc. Corporate offices are located at 10713 RR 620 N. Austin, TX 78726. For more information, please call 512-346-6235. Copyright and Trademark, 2009, by Celebrate Texas Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher. Celebrate Austin magazine is published annually for distribution in hotel rooms and as a relocation guide for Austin newcomers, real estate agencies and Austin corporations.

ers conveniently linked to their Web sites. You can also use your lap top to make dinner reservations, shop and get directions right to their front doors! Visit our partner Celebrate City View TV, the visitors’ channel in your hotel room, that provides videos and commercials on local events, arts, shopping, dining, nightlife, live music and much more. It takes you right to the heartbeat of Austin: The Live Music Capital of the World. Wherever your travels take you, we hope Celebrate Austin is able to provide a glimpse of the good life we all share here in Austin and the Texas Hill Country. So the next time someone asks you how you “Celebrate Austin,” you can tell them all about us. Y’all come back, now.

Warmest Regards, The Celebrate Austin Team


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Celebrate Austin inside

Austin’s lifestyle 16 18-19. Things to Do and See 19. Calendar of Events 20. Recommending the Best of Austin 21. Traveler’s Tipping Guide

lake travis 22

27. Comanche Canyon Ranch 29. An Escape Unlike any Other 34. Entertainment and Shopping in the Beautiful Hills 35. Austin Loves the Water

Fine Arts 36 37. Art at a Glance 38. Tips for Selecting Great Art

spirituality 40

42. Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough 43. Rooted in the Past... Walking into the Future

sports-outdoors 44

business

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49. Austin Business Rocks the Nation

health & wellness 54

The Texas Hill Country 92 93. Map of the Texas Hill Country

56. Staying Healthy and Fit in Austin 56,. Spas at a Glance

entertainment 60 62. Old Pastime Makes New Buzz 64. Bars at a Glance 66. Rooftop Buzz, the New Bar Scene

shopping 68

69. Shopping Bonuses 70, 74, 76. Shop ‘til Your Drop, Where to Go 75. Experience the Ultimate in Jewelry, Buckles and Belts

78. A Midtown Oasis

Dining 80

81. Famous Austin Edibles 82, 84, 86. Dining Menu 88. Sizzle and Salsa 90-91. Fine Dining

Driftwood 94 Fredericksburg 102 Marble Falls 104 Horseshoe bay 109 Pflugerville 110 WimberlEy 114


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There are many advantages to living in and visiting Austin, including the hip shops, the lovely scenery, the cooperative weather and the incomparable music. By Jennifer Juranek

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he lifestyle in Austin is truly different from any other city in the world. Visitors often ask the question, “What makes Austin so weird or unique?” There are so many answers! From the political scene at the capitol to the abundance of live music venues or the casual dress and atmosphere, people enjoy living in Austin for countless reasons. One simple reason Austinites love their city is the environment. The breathtaking Texas Hill Country and almost yearlong sunshine makes everyone here eager to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Luckily for Austinites and visitors, the city has endless ways to do so. Austin has an abundance of hike and bike trails, outdoor sports locations, and swimming holes. From gazing at the evolving downtown skyline from a kayak on Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake to many locals) to hiking past rock structures on the greenbelt to sitting on an outdoor patio café near one of Austin’s lakes, the idea remains the same: the prestine beauty of Austin is one to be enjoyed. Although Austin has many places to slow down, relax and enjoy life, the business and technology industries also thrive here. The prestigious schools and universities, including the University of Texas and St. Edward’s, provide students from across the

Welcome to the 29th edition of Celebrate Austin! What makes Austin, Texas so irresistable? We have a reputation for southern hospitality and are equally notorious for fantastic live music, a love of nature and a mecca of amazing food. When in Austin, do as the Austinites do, and find an outdoor festival, take a dip to avoid the Texas sun, have an icy cold batini (ask your bartender!) or put your walking shoes on, because you have a lot to see and do. Join us in celebrating the Austin lifestyle! Austin is a fabulous city in which to find amazing and unique attractions and shops. We invite you to explore these local Austin finds that will make your trip simply unforgettable. Whether you are taking a tour, exploring a museum or shopping for souvenirs, our special recommendations are sure to please!

country with a chance to get an education, form new ideas and change the world for the better. As “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is home to famous music events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest, many famous musicians flock to Austin to showcase their talent, bringing music fans along to enjoy it. However, often unknown local musicians put on the most heartfelt shows, and with its abundance of live music venues, Austin is an oasis for these up and coming musicians. Whether celebrating rock’s roots at a local blues club or dancing to country music in cowboy boots, Austinites can enjoy music from any genre on any day. There are many advantages to living in and visiting Austin, including the hip shops, the lovely scenery, the cooperative weather and the incomparable music. But there is an unspoken, intangible reason that Austin is such an amazing place to live. Something about the incomparable spirit of Austin makes it relaxed yet chic. In Austin, business executives, activists, sports enthusiasts, music lovers, cowboys and students comfortably mix and mingle on Guadalupe Street or listen to music on Sixth Street. It is this unique blend of different types of people that makes every facet of life in Austin so special. n

ByJennifer Jurenak

Celebrate 100 Years of Shiner Beer

Early last century the Czechs and Germans who settled around Shiner, Texas decided to open a brewery. They longed for the beers left behind in their homelands. They needed a brewmaster and looked to the old countries for the right guy. And what a guy they found. Kosmos Spoetzl. A one-time Bavarian soldier and trained brewmaster who came to Texas by way of Egypt and Canada. He bought the brewery, gave it his name and kick-started Shiner down the dirt road toward beer fame. 100 years later, Spoetzl is one of the country’s oldest independent breweries. And every drop of its beer is still made in Shiner, by only 56 employees. You can still feel the Czech and German influence in town – the names on the buildings, a hint of an accent here or there. But the heritage is most apparent in the beer still produced on Brewery Street, very near the spot where it all started in 1909. Take the 90-mile drive from Austin to the quaint town of Shiner, tour the brewery and meet the people who are handcrafting one of America’s best-loved beers. The brewery is closed on weekends. Learn more at www.shiner.com. -Eric Webber

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Things to Do and Things to See...

AIRSCAPE PARASAIL Fly high above Lake Travis for the thrill and the view. Take off and landing is on the boat’s deck, so parasailing is fun for all ages anytime of the year! Fly alone or double. Great special occasion celebration, gift certificates available. Pick up available from various locations. 512-257-9675; www.airscapeparasail.com

BOBALU Got Cubans? Watch authentic Cuban cigar rollers and enjoy the best Cuban coffee in Austin’s only indoor smoking establishment on Sixth. Experience the finest cigars north of Havana. Custom-labeled and flavored cigars, lighters, accessories. Open daily. Highly recommended! 509 E 6th St., 512-469-5877; 88833CIGAR, www.livecigarrollers.com

ARABIC BAZAAR Find beautiful treasures directly imported from Syria, Egypt and Morocco. Selections include jewelry, rugs, furniture, antiques, lamps, brass and glassware, leather goods, mosaic boxes, Egyptian hookas, belly dance costumes, clothing, perfume oils, cosmetics and soaps. Custom design and shipping available. Arabic Bazaar; 5013 Duval St.; 512-533-9227; www.wmdproductions.com

THE WILDFLOWER CENTER Explore  279 acres of Texas heritage  and 650 native plant species at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.   Visit our butterfly garden, walk two miles of nature trails and  take your kids to the Little House.  Don’t forget our café and store.   Open daily except Mondays.   4801 La Crosse Avenue.  512.232.0100.   www.wildflower.org

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AUSTIN DUCK ADVENTURES For a unique tour of downtown, hop on-board this amphibious vehicle that travels the city streets before splashing into Lake Austin. Tours depart daily from the Austin Visitor’s Center. 1605 W 5th Street Austin, TX 78703; 512- 477-5274; www.austinducks.com

LUCKY LIZARD/ MUSEUM OF THE WEIRD In the heart of Austin’s famous 6th Street lies the city’s most curious and mysterious gift shop, featuring an intriguing blend of local art, imported goods, jewelry and unusual one-ofa-kind items and, of course, lizards! Featuring the Museum of the Weirda must-see experience for visitors! 412 E. 6th St.; 512-476-5493; www.luckylizard.net


AUSTIN’S LIFESTYLE

and a reason to come back!

Calendar of Events Please visit our online event calendar at www.celebrateaustin.com for an extensive, updated list! January

ZINGER HARDWARE Locals declare, “It’s a Zinga!” Relive your childhood in this store loaded with the coolest new gadgets, retro gifts, groovy glassware and furniture from around the world. Peruse the extensive line of Texas jams, salsas and BBQ sauces. Shipping available. 2438 W. Anderson Lane ; 512-533-9001; www.zingerhardware.com

18-19: Austin Reggae Festival (Marley Fest) Auditorium Shores www.austinreggaefest.com

31: Carnaval Brasileiro 512-452-6832 www.SambaParty.com Location: Palmer Events Center

25: Eeyore’s 46th Annual Birthday Party, Pease Park 512-448-5160 www.eeyores.sexton.com

12: Diez y Seis Celebration www.diezyseis.org

February

May

20-21: Old Pecan Street Festival, 6th St. at Brazos 512-443-6179

7: Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo www.rodeoaustin.com Location: Palmer Events Center 27- March 1: Austin Green Living & Home Products Expo www.showtechnology.com Location: Austin Convention Center

March 1: Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Homecoming concert Paramount Theater 713 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 701 www.texasheritagesongwriters.com/new/homecoming.html

2-3: Old Pecan Street Festival 6th St. at Brazos 512-443-6179 www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com

23-25: Austin Wine Festival The Domain www.austinwinefestival.com

June 11-14: Republic of Texas Biker Rally

13-21: SXSW Interactive Music and Film Festivals www.sxsw.com Location: Austin Convention Center 21-22: Artisans Festival Ladybird Wildlife Center 4801 La Crosse Ave. http://wildflower.org

April 5: Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival 18th and Congress www.roadstarproductions.com

7311 Decker Lane www.rotrally.com 17: Keep Austin Weird 5K & Concert Republic Square Park; 422 Guadalupe, Austin

July 4: Austin Symphony concert with fireworks Ladybird Johnson Auditorium Shores 501 Congress Ave www.austinsymphony.org

August 8: Ice Cream Festival Waterloo Park www.roadwayevents.com 22: Batfest Congress Ave. www.roadwayevents.com 24: Austin Hot Sauce Festival at Waterloo Park www.austinchronical.com/events

6:The Grind Music Festival, MLK and Congress www.roadwayevents.com

12-14: ACL Fest, Zilker Metropolitan Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd. www.aclfestival.com

www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com

October 24-25: City-Wide Garage Sale, 512-441-2828 www.cwgs.com Location: Palmer Events Center

31: Halloween on Sixth St. East Sixth St. www.6street.com

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13-28: Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo www.rodeoaustin.com

Treaty Oak Platinum Rum Treaty Oak Platinum Rum is handcrafted in Austin, Texas by Graham Barnes Distilling, owned by Daniel Barnes and Bruce Graham.  Treaty Oak was introduced with the idea of creating a premium, smooth rum that uses only Texas ingredients.  Treaty Oak is available for purchase at most local liquor stores. www.treatyoakrum.com

September

15-18: Austin Boat Show Austin Convention Center www.austinboatshow.com

November 1: Dia de los Muertos Procession and Celebration

www.mexic-artemuseum.org 7: Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival 3200 Sunset Valley www.austinpowwow.org

December 11-24: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar www.armadillobazaar.com Location: Austin Convention Center 30-31: Austin Symphony Orchestra New Year’s Pops, 512-476-6064 www.austinsymphony.com Location: Palmer Events Center Month of December: Zilker Park Trail of Lights Zilker Metropolitan Park 2100 Barton Springs 512-974-6700 www.ci.austin.tx.us/tol/default.htm n

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Recommending the Best of Austin Why Your Concierge is So Important Live the Austin Lifestyle Like a Local!

Best Wurst Ok, we’re just a cart, but the Austin Chronicle claims “hands-down, the best late night food of the party district!” With locally made sausage, we serve incredible sandwiches — straight and simple — with fresh-cut grilled onions, hot sauerkraut, our own brown mustard and a curry ketchup that’s like nothing you’ve tasted. It’s old world, it’s kitschy, it’s damn good! In New York it’s Grey’s Papaya, LA has Pinks, and New Orleans raves Lucky Dogs, but Austin boasts “The Best Wurst”.

Celebrate Austin recommends the best and finest that Austin has to offer, but there is another source for recommendations: With a reputation for achieving the impossible, your hotel concierge is sure to enhance your stay in Austin and is your best tool for unlocking the secrets of the city. Take the short elevator trip downstairs to take advantage of all that your concierge can offer. Naturally, he or she is able to address the standard requests like making dinner reservations, purchasing tickets to concerts and events, coordinating travel arrangements and booking tours to the best places in Austin, but those just skim the surface. With a slew of personal contacts with local merchants, restaurateurs and service providers, your concierge can meet your needs regardless of how unique your request may seem. In

the mood for Italian and need a place that is pet friendly? Or looking for live music and vegetarian cuisine? Your concierge knows the best spot in town and will book your table so that you may effortlessly enjoy your experience. Whether visiting Austin for business or pleasure, a gift of fresh flowers or box of sweets is a lovely gesture that is sure to be loved by your local friends, family or colleagues. By involving your concierge, it’s a breeze! He or she will suggest the perfect gift for the occasion, place the order and coordinate delivery, making it easy to show your hosts how much you appreciate their hospitality. Nothing else can stand up to the personalized service and care that a concierge is more than happy to provide. Make the most of your time in Austin. Do all you can to take in the city, and leave the rest to a concierge! n

Menu Selection

Bratwurst: German style pork sausage, double ground with nutmeg and pepper. Smoked Pork Italian: A Texas variation of the New York sausage seasoned with cayenne and fennel. Smoked Jalapeno: A pork and beef version of a Texas favorite-the hot link. All Beef: just how it sounds. New York Buttered SaltPotatoes: Yukon Gold New Potatoes boiled in a salt brine and served with real melted butter, green onions and secret spice! (festivals only)

Featured Concierge, Angie Roid: Originally from Oregon, Angie has a background in Food & Nutrition. She moved to Austin two years ago and became familiar with the city quickly through many hours of research and connecting with local businesses. Angie is currently concierge at 360 Condos downtown at 3rd & Nueces.

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Traveler’s Tipping Guide Skycap It is customary to tip $1 per bag, $2 for very heavy bags.  An additional $1-$2 is optional for curbside check in. Valet Parking Attendant $1-3 is an appropriate tip to thank your attendant for parking or returning the car. It is not necessary to tip for parking, but always tip when your car is returned. Hotel Doorman/ Lobby Attendant No tip is necessary for opening the door for you. If your Bellman hails a cap for you, thank him with $1. If he is especially helpful, offering dinner recommendations, directions, or other information, tip $5-$10. Bellman/ Bell Captain In most situations, $1-$3 per bag is suitable.

AUSTIN’S LIFESTYLE We all want to show our appreciation for the services we receive when traveling. Here is a quick guide to thanking the folks who help you enjoy your trip- back by popular demand!

Housekeeping $1-$3 per day is customary, depending on the amount of mess and the grade of the hotel. For higher-end hotels, you should leave $5-$10 per day.  Leave the tip someplace obvious along with a note that clearly says “Housekeeping.” Remember that chambermaids often rotate, so you need to tip daily.

the difficulty.  You can tip at the time of service or at the end of your stay.

Room Service Gratuity is often included in the room service bill. If not, 15%-20% of the bill is appropriate, depending on service.

Tour Guides If you are pleased with the tour, you can tip $2-$5 to the tour guide for a full day tour. Tip a private guide more, 10%15% for the entire party. Don’t forget the driver! Give $1-$2 to the driver, or more, if he is helpful with luggage or souvenirs. 

Concierge For ordinary advice and simple reservations, tipping is unnecessary.  If he does something out of his way, like getting difficult restaurant reservations or tickets to a sold-out event, $5-$20 (or more) is the norm, depending on

Pool Attendant No tip is necessary if you are only provided a towel. If your attendant gives you exceptional service by reserving lounge chairs, lending reading material, or giving you sunscreen, tip $3-$5.

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Lakeway Resort and Spa

mid the rolling greenery of the Texas Hill Country, the Lakeway Inn has maintained the tradition of lakeside luxury in Austin since 1963. More than 40 years later, it has fostered a resort community in the Lakeway area and transformed itself to provide an exceptional destination on Lake Travis. With a wide array of activities, Lakeway Resort and Spa is the ideal getaway for any traveler – indoor or outdoor, waterfront or winery, golf or galleria, relaxation or recreation. Take time to experience life at the lake.  Private Balconies with Inspiring Views Contemporary and inspiring, the sophisticated deluxe guestrooms and suites offer spectacular panoramic views. Lakeside balconies and the calm of the water lure patrons over freshly brewed coffee at the start of each day and provide the perfect ambiance for morning breakfast. From plush robes and blissful beds to oversized desks and high speed wireless internet, every comfort imaginable is available to work and relax.   Lavish Villas Offer Only the Best of Home Perfectly designed for family vacations, reunions, engagement parties and bridal showers, these suites can also be utilized for small receptions and events with full catering services.  Enjoy all the comforts of home with a full kitchen and applianc-

es, dining room and place settings, living room with flat panel screen and laundry room.  Enhance your experience even further by adding concierge welcome packages to stock the kitchen in honor of your arrival, in-room spa treatments, or chef prepared meals brought to you.  Relax, Rejuvenate, Renew Lake Travis offers its most inviting hydrotherapy from the tranquil, quiet rooms of the San Saba Spa. Austin’s signature lifestyle spa caters to the individual with treatments and techniques that adapt to each person, their pains, aches and physical features. Let the caring staff help choose the ideal treatment from among a Texas-sized menu of services for both men and women or select a unique seasonal specialty. The beautifully appointed spa offers clients his and her dry saunas and a fitness center with the latest training equipment and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden and infinity edge pool.  Delights for the Palette Nourish the appetite and the imagination with the contemporary American cuisine of Travis restaurant. With expansive views of the shores of Lake Travis, subtle aromas, ambiant lighting and the sunset views of the covered terrace, this signature restaurant provides a feast for all the senses in a comfortably elegant environment. The distinctive fine dining menu complements the relaxed setting of Travis Restaurant, and it provides an exceptional culinary experience for patrons unlike any other in the area. Recent winner of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine, the extraordinary wine list only enhances each flawlessly paired dish.   Casual dining is equally festive with great entrees served alongside unique cocktail creations, billiards and nationally televised sports on multiple flat screens at Josey’s Bar and Grill. To take advantage of the great outdoors, meals can also be arranged poolside, in one of the many patio areas or even aboard a chartered yacht. 

Endless Possibilities Linger on the picturesque balconies, enjoy a relaxing spa treatment or select one of many nearby activities.  This retreat offers all the privileges and amenities of a luxury resort, including outdoor pools, swim-up bar, lakeside whirlpool, private cabanas, fitness center and tranquil spa facility.  Also look for seasonal classes, chef’s table receptions, wine pairings, poolside concerts and much more.  Indulge in sports and recreation offered year-round in the amiable climate of Austin, Texas.  Beginning with a full service marina, choose from among chartered sunset cruises, water sports and fishing excursions. Visit the nearby Lakeway World of Tennis or play on up to 72 holes of championship greens. Four golf courses provide links for all skill levels, including designs by Jack Nicklaus and Jack “Jackie” Nicklaus, II.   Celebrate In Style From intimate get-togethers to dream weddings, the Catering and Events Team has created a distinctive menu of tantalizing gourmet dinners featuring truly remarkable culinary masterpieces. Experienced planners are on-hand to tailor an occasion that is personalized, exciting and always memorable.  It’s All About Location Lakeway Resort and Spa is located just 18 miles northwest of downtown Austin and 30-40 minutes from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Take advantage of being perfectly situated on the edge of the lush Texas Hill Country, alongside stunning Lake Travis, and only minutes from Downtown Austin. As the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin offers a rhythm all its own. The culture, nightlife, museums, restaurants, shopping and eclectic spirit of the city are the perfect complement to everything that life at the lake has to offer.   Visit Lakeway Resort and Spa, and create lakeside memories this year. n www.lakewayresortandspa.com


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Modern Luxury.

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Explore your style like never before in an environment filled with natural beauty and an eclectic mix of shopping, dining and entertainment. Like live music at the amphitheater. And retailers including Barnes & Noble, Dillard’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cinemark Theatres. Plus, you can purchase gift cards year round at Guest Services. So shop outside the box at Hill Country Galleria today – and enjoy an experience like no other. Visit the 2009 Events Calendar at www.HillCountryGalleria.com for more.

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Hill Country Galleria: Entertainment & Shopping in the Beautiful Hills

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Experience the best of both worlds. Explore Bee Cave’s newest lifestyle center – 152 acres of expansive natural beauty mixed with eclectic shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as first-class office and residential space. Wrapped in a verdant nature preserve cloaked with wildflowers, native trees and rocky streams, Hill Country Galleria is more than a fashion icon, more than a thriving business district or residential utopia – it’s a social evolution.   Conveniently situated near the intersection of major thoroughfares RM 620, Texas Highway 71 and FM 2244, Hill Country Galleria is the ideal lifestyle destination. The first and only retail resort of its kind in this rapidly growing area, its ease of location and unique, independent style make it the perfect escape from the everyday.   At Hill Country Galleria we like to

think of ourselves as a family – a very diverse family. With big name retailers along side boutique-style shops, an outdoor amphitheater close to a Cinemark movie theater– not to mention a menu of tastes, sights and sounds- it’s easy to see why we’re the destination of choice among savvy shoppers. Find out for yourself. Explore the array of stores and restaurants including: Barnes & Noble, Limited Too, Bath & Body Works, Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, Learning Express Toys, Toni & Guy, Dillard’s, Zoltan David, American Eagle Outfitters, Panera Bread, Chico’s, fab’rik, James Avery Craftsman, Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar, Backwoods, Hollister, Eddie Bauer, Banana Republic, Lenscrafters, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Jos A. Banks, Fish City Grill and much, much more!   Stop by Guest Services to purchase a Hill Country Galleria Gift Card.  Gift

Cards can be purchased in any denomination between $5 and $500 at Guest Services located in Suite T-100.  There is a $2 activation fee per card.  Accepted only at Hill Country Galleria stores and restaurants.   Come out for our fabulous annual events including our Spring and Fall Concert Series, Independence Day Celebration, Rolling Sculpture Car Show, Starlight Charity Stroll, Halloween Trick or Treat, Howl’oween Pet Costume Contest, Santa’s Grand Arrival and much more! If you’d like to find out more about our ongoing growth and style choices, or if you’re simply looking for an outdoor adventure, you can share with the whole family, check out the events and announcements on our Web site at www.hillcountrygalleria.com Visit us often and watch us evolve! n


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Mild climate- Austin sits at 30 degrees latitude, allowing for a glorious subtropical warm season and very brief winters. Last year, Austin had more than 100 days of 90-degree weather, making local lakes and rivers a popular retreat.

Water sports- Austinites are active people and off the water. Visit the shores of Lake Austin, Lake Travis or downtown’s Lady Bird Lake, know as Town Lake to locals, and find numerous rental and touring centers for boats, rowing, kayaks, water skis, jet skis and so much more! Lake side dining- That long languid summer that Austin is famous for has encouraged the growth of an amazing number of lake side restaurants and bars. If you are in the mood for a lazy afternoon in the sunshine coupled with romantic sunsets, breathtaking views and (of course) live music, take a drive along one of the many shores and explore a favorite Austin pasttime. Nature at its best- Austin is graced by brilliant bodies of water. One of the world’s largest natural aquafers, Barton Springs, sits right beside downtown with a year-round temperature of 68 degrees. Combine that with the waterfall at Hamilton Pool and the numerous lakes and rivers, and you are in water heaven! Auditorium shores- The area on the south side of Lady Bird Lake, from Lamar Boulevard east to South First Street, hosts many festivals, concerts and activities, as well as a great location for restaurants and shopping.


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Fine Arts

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Art on 5th 1501 W 5th Street, 512-481-1111 www.arton5th.com

Abstract, Modern, Still-life, Regional (Texas), local, whimsical.

Artworks 1214 West 6th Street #105, 512-472-1550 www.artworksaustin.com

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personifies Austin is reflected in the sheer scope of selection to be had. The streets of downtown offer every genre of art for purchase, in any imaginable setting. Large selections of fine contemporary art hang quietly in peaceful and austere museum-quality settings. Roomfuls of unique sculptures and glasswork are tucked carefully away in tiny antique houses turned galleries. Austin’s offerings also run the gamut of Texas art, whether it’s quirky cowboy-kitsch or sweeping Southwestern-style murals. Being a nationally and internationally recognized mecca for the creative, it is understandable that art finds its way to Austin from across the world. A word of advice for the visitor looking to bring home an Austin original: be sure to find out from where the art or artist hails. True, not all of our artists are Austin born-and-bred, but would you still want that popart silkscreen of Kinky Friedman if you discovered it had been made outside of Texas? In addition to the galleries and museums peppering the downtown scene, there are numerous festivals and exhibitions throughout the year to expand buying opportunities. One of the highlights includes Art City Austin, occurring over the last weekend in April 2009. Each year, hundreds of emerging and independent artists

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ustin is a city defined by its creative heart, individual soul and eccentric spirit. Its inhabitants are at its expressive and ever-evolving core, and they wear “weird” as a proud badge of their citizenship. The city and its people exist in a symbiotic relationship, each thriving off the creative energy of the other. Austin has an inspirational vibe that is fueled by the enthusiasm of its people, who are notorious for their active lifestyles, free thinking and love of all things art and media. No wonder, then, that Austin’s visitors are eager to take part in its culture and bring back a part of that unique atmosphere to relive and reflect upon, at home. Arguably the artistic epicenter of Austin, downtown is alive with the spirit of creation. It is known for its pervasive music scene, diverse performing arts venues and, of course, its eclectic offering of visual arts. From Sixth Street to the Warehouse District, South Congress to The Drag, the streets of downtown are a hive of activity for the visual arts, be it painting, glass, sculpture – even those Austin originals that defy the traditional classifications of artistic media. Art is everywhere you look, so if you’re in the market to take home a little slice of Austin life, your search will not be a difficult one. The diversity that Architectural Elements

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Shop Around- There is absolutely no shortage of opportunities to purchase art in Austin – take advantage of it. Check out as many galleries, auctions, art fairs and exhibitions as time will allow. Look at as much art as possible to find the perfect piece(s).

Know What You’re Buying - Understand the medium or the method by which the art was created, and clarify whether it’s an original or a reproduction. Be sure to ask about the artist if you’re looking for something local. Talk About It- Don’t be shy. Get the seller, be that the gallery owner or the artist themselves, to open up and tell you about the art. They will appreciate the opportunity to communicate their ideas, and you’ll have a better understanding of the piece. Put It in Perspective- So, do you actually have enough space on the blank wall in your den for that 6’x12’ mural you have your eye on? Will it clash with everything else you own? These questions shouldn’t be an ultimate judgment, but they should be considered in the very least. Trust Yourself - Art is an incredibly personal experience and a statement of who you are. Buy it because you love it. Ultimately, greatness is in the eye of the beholder.

Randy Smith Photography

Randy Smith is well-known for capturing Austin and many other cities in Texas. His love for the Lone Star State is obvious from his sweeping hill country photos to his large collection of college prints. No trip to Texas is complete without taking home one of these amazing photographs.

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SPIRITUALITY

you never know what you’ll find that may lift your spirits and enlighten your soul. By CP

“Saint Michale and Lucifer,” a statue found within the collection at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Musuem, one of many sites in Austin the contain enlightening art pieces to inspire the soul. Visit the garden at 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

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ustin’s spiritual side is as abundant and diverse as its many other distinguished qualities. Residents hail from all over the world, allowing the region to embrace a multitude of historical and contemporary belief systems that span the globe, bringing meaning to the millions of lives rooted here. The variety of spiritual organizations, churches and temples located throughout the area represent numerous conceptions of faith and range from Jewish community centers to Hindu temples to non-denominational worship services atop Austin’s Mount Bonnell. As Texas is also a part of the Bible Belt, several fundamentalist Christian churches also blossom throughout the state and serve as the modern-day link to some of our nation’s oldest religions. In addition to being inspirational places of worship and personal discovery, many of the religious structures in Austin also stand as architectural masterpieces that embody major historical significance. For example, Central Christian Church, in downtown Austin, has stood proudly for more than 80 years, exemplifying the

Eclectic movement of the 1920s. Just down the road, San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, another spiritual landmark, serves as the final resting place for the defenders of the Alamo. The cathedral’s first cornerstone was laid in 1738, giving it the privilege of being the oldest in the United States. Thousands continue to attend the cathedral’s masses each weekend and tour buses regularly bring in thousands of visitors eager to view the church’s original sanctuary walls, hand-carved stone baptismal front, believed to have been gifted from King Charles III of Spain in 1759, and a pipe organ built by illustrious St. Louis organ builder George Kilgen in 1884. Wherever you prefer to practice your spirituality or whatever your personal beliefs may be, you’ll have no trouble keeping the faith in Austin –a place that’s known for inspiring the mind, as well as the heart. n

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Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough

Texas Author’s Pen Healthy, Vegan Cookbook Inspired by Biblical Fasts Texans have a deep love for God and country.  That’s why it’s not hard to believe Texans authored The Daniel’s Fast Cookbook.  Grace Bass and Lynda Anderson, a mother daughter team, developed each of the recipes to help people successfully complete this Biblical Fast.  The spiritual and health benefits of fasting are well known but many have difficulty with “water only” fasts. In The Daniel’s Fast Cookbook the recipes are based on what Daniel of the Bible requested to eat in order not to be defiled. They are vegan (no dairy, no eggs, no animal products) and whole grain. Included in the book is an explanation of the fast from a biblical perspective with helps for drawing closer to God.   Although Grace Bass was born and raised in Texas, she now resides in Tempe, AZ with her husband, Rev. Patrick Bass, senior Pastor of New Life Church of Tempe, and

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their four children: Austin, Kaylyn, Jaden and Ana.  She is a full time student at Western Governors University and homeschools two of their children.  Her mother, Lynda Anderson, currently lives in Lago Vista, Texas- one of the most beautiful places on earth! For 15 years, she was the Founder and CEO of Des Laurier Perfumes, Inc. While enjoying retirement, she enjoys cooking and serving her community.  She is widely regarded as a gourmet chef, creating delicious and compelling dishes for the community, her friends and, of course, her family.  Grace and Lynda are both very thankful to Rev. Elmer L Towns who has given his endorsement. “I believe in Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough. Yes is a discipline that God has given to the church for renewal, revival and worship of the Lord. I am so glad that Grace Bass and Lynda Anderson have written this cookbook on The Daniel Fast. I pray that God will use it in the lives of many people.” n


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Rooted in the Past…

Walking into the Future

By Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church

The history of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church is wedded closely to the growth and development of Westlake Hills: 1874 - William and Sophie Teague deeded two acres of their land to the County School Supervisor for a building to be used as a school/church house. 1923 - Presbyterian Seminary sent a full-time minister to hold services; the church became a mission of University Presbyterian Church. 1928 - A stone church building was erected near the school. The men of the community carted stones in wagons from the Eanes-Marshall ranch and barrels of water for mortar as they did construction themselves. Years later, the Austin Fire department gave the

church a bell that had been used to call volunteer firemen. The bell’s beautiful tone could be heard through the hills on Sunday morning. The building was dedicated December 11, 1932, and called Eanes Chapel. 1954 - Eanes Chapel was renamed Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in April. 1956 - A new brick church was built on Westlake Drive and Bee Caves Road. In the early 60’s an education wing was added and a white stone manse was built near the church. 1985 - The present church at Bee Caves Road and Barton Creek Drive was dedicated in October. The church bell has been moved each time the church moved as part of its roots from the past.

We are thankful for those who have gone before us, the faith they exhibited and the opportunities God is creating for those who follow. Since 1985, WHPC has grown in its deep-rooted ability to serve Christ through the many diverse ministries which have blossomed as the congregation has grown and the Lord has opened new doors for us to serve. The strong, spiritual convictions of our leaders have guided us in understanding the biblical mandate for supporting the Kingdom of God as we have branched out in ministry through the years. As we walk by faith into the future, we at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church invite you into God’s larger story as we follow Christ together. n

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Austin enjoys over 300 sunny days a year, making the hill country and downtown the perfect place for fun, play and sports, like golf and biking.

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spans Town Lake from Barton Springs to Congress Avenue and there are numerous bike paths throughout town. The 360 Highway offers a challenging route for more advanced bikers. Amazing natural water excursions like Hamilton Pool and the gigantic Barton Springs Aquafer provide opportunities for swimming and play, and you can’t drive down Lamar without seeing plenty of people enjoying frisbee golf or jogging along Town Lake. The gently sloping hill country is the perfect environment for over a dozen lush golf courses, beautiful and relaxing resorts and endless opportunity for fun in the famous Austin sunshine. Austin is lucky to be surrounded by green and has a well-earned nickname: “A City Within a Park.� Austin is home to two-dozen greenbelts and more than 200 parks and 12 different dog parks. Find 40 miles of hike and bike trails surrounding

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and within the city. A love for being active isn’t all that you will see in the “Live Music Capital of the World.� Austinite’s are also big fans of boat, car and motorcycle shows and college and national sports teams. There are sports bars around every corner of active downtown and dotted throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. The fierce competition that University of Texas athletics provides can be felt during March Madness and through football season. Austin also enjoys baseball leaguers, the Round Rock Express. and, Austin’s newst sports franchise, The Austin Toros that have brought the love of basketball from Austin to a national scale. While in Austin, enjoy the oppotunity to enjoy sports and athletics. From a frosty beer in your favorite sports bar while cheering the bowl game or by participating in Austin’s strange local sports (ask about bouldering and windsurfing) to taking advantage of the lush, natural environment that makes Austin so special. There is something sporty for everyone. n

One of the largest and most well-known motorcycle rallies in the country, the Republic of Texas Biker Rally celebrates its fifteenth year in Austin this June. For four days each summer, Austin is transformed by a sea of steel and a refrain of rumbling from over 40,000 motorcycles pounding the pavement. ROT combines the best in live musical entertainment, specialized vendors, professional fighting matches, celebrity guests and all things motorcycle — attracting over 200,000 to central Texas!

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Grey Rock Golf Club

Come play at the scenic and challenging Jay Morrish-designed Grey Rock Golf Club, named one of the 2009 Best Places to Play by Golf Digest. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, yet only minutes from downtown, this championship course offers a premier golfing environment perfect for all golf levels, or simply relaxing in the beautiful Austin outdoors. From the welcoming staff of experts to the impeccably maintained course, every aspect of this award-winning club is designed to exceed your expectations. Grey Rock Golf Club, 7401 Highway 45, 512-288-4297; www.GreyRockGolfClub.com.

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The healthy and robust economy, combined with an active, youthful city makes Austin an attractive location to both live in and visit. By SS

Austin proudly carries the title as the Capital of Texas. The Texas State Capitol building houses both the Texas State Legislature and the state Governor office. Free tours are conducted daily! Featurued art by local artist Georg Williams, “The Dome” Original Acrylic on Board 24x12. Courtesy of Art on 5th

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he Austin region, with a population of about 1.6 million people, ranks fourth among the country’s 200 largest metropolitan areas, according to the Milken Institute and Greenstreet Real Estate Partners’ 2008 Best Performing Cities list. Based on such criteria as job creations, competitive salaries and growth of technology, Austin outperforms many other areas of the country and excels in sustaining jobs and economic growth. Even in a sluggish nationwide economy, Forbes’ has just listed Austin, Texas as one of the best places to spend your dollar on a list of where money goes the furthest in the current market. Affordable housing, low gas prices, sluggish inflation and a healthy job market make Austin very appealing. Nestled in the middle of the Lone Star State, Austin is a shining star in the energy and technology sectors. To make Austin even more appealing, Travel+ Leisure just gave the Capital of Texas 2nd place for its friendliness and athleticism and 3rd place for intelligence; about 40% of adult Austinites hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to bizjournal.com. The music and entertainment sector of Austin adds to its success, with the week-long and world-famous South by Southwest Festival and Conference and the weekend-long Austin City Limits Festival, combined with other music festivals pumping millions a year into the Austin economy. The success generated by Austin-filmed television series “Friday Night Lights” and movies such as Spy Kids, Sin City

and Secondhand Lions have added a new level excitement to the urban mecca that has become Austin. The city’s support over its growing entertainment industry gives it a welcome edge and different perspective in an economy otherwise focused on technology, education and politics. Austin enjoys a successful technology sector and is well-known for its universities, but it still maintains its “weirdness” by attracting unique businesses from around the country to make a new home in the “Live Music Capital of the World.” This year, ArtistForce.com, the Los Angeles-based business platform and professional marketplace for the live entertainment industry announced the decision to relocate its sales, marketing and software development teams to Austin, according to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Joining the Austin corporate scene is Twisted Pixel Games, Setcom Corporation and Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Org. The healthy and robust economy, combined with an active, youthful city makes Austin an attractive location to start your business. The mild humid subtropical climate allows for a lot of outdoor activity and sprawling the corporate campuses makes the 40+ acre campus of the University of Texas extraordinarily accessible. Austin is a green and eco-friendly city, interested in growth and modernism, maintaining a quaint and rustic downtown scene while melding effortlessly with the sprawling Texas Hill Country around it. n

Austin Business Rocks the Nation

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Booming economy- Despite economic turns in the national business world, Austin remains a great place for businesses to thrive because of its diverse range of industries. With an unemployment rate of less than 4%, major employers continue to flourish. Numerous opportunities allow small business growth by ensuring innovation and competition, coupled with lower prices over the long term.

Networking- No matter the type of business, Austin welcomes all industries large and small. With a variety of chambers, associations and networking communities, you can find the right networking group to opening many doors for your particular business. Education & Business- Austin is ranked 7th among hottest job markets for young adults. With its exceptional universities and colleges offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as accelerated degree programs for part-time and adult students, Austin is the ideal location for employers. international airport- Upon arriving at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you may be greeted by a threepiece jazz band accompanied by the smell of Texas bar-b-que in the air; you know you have arrived! As a major hub for several airlines, arrival and departure is trouble-free. The people- The city of Austin is filled with a sense of southern hospitality and friendliness. You can make a new friend, a business partner or just share a story or a smile with anyone you meet. In Austin, there is no end to the variety of people and their interests; here, no one is “weird.” The true Texas spirit of the Austin lifestyle makes it a one of a kind city to live, work and play. www.celebrateaustin.com • Celebrating Austin Since 1980 | 49 www.celebrateaustin.com • Celebrating Austin Since 1980 | 49


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HEALTH & WELLNESS Not only does Austin have an endless array of health and beauty options... Austin has endless ways to indulge your senses and breathe a little slower too.

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hether you are already familiar with the friendly, small town feel and southern hospitality of the people in Austin, Texas or are completely new to its eclectic culture, Austin is always an ideal spot for relaxation and rejuvenation. One of the best ways to unwind and relish leisure time is simple: do what you love. Often during the chaos of everyday life we don’t have enough time to do what we enjoy most, so take advantage of your time in Austin to experience it. Austin’s many local day spas offer tranquil environments and relaxing ways to cleanse the mind, body and soul, such as massages, facials, aromatherapy or body wraps and scrubs. Many also offer an endless array of beauty luxuries, from manicures and pedicures, to waxing or hair styling. A combination of Austin’s luxurious spa and beauty treatments will leave you looking and feeling beautiful inside and out. If you want to escape for a few days, the Texas Hill country near Austin also offers many retreat centers that are the perfect place to take a break from the bustle of the city and enjoy sparkling pools, com-

fortable lodging, golf and many other outdoor activities. You can also experience the temptation of a tantalizing beauty enhancing treatment from one of the reputable Medical Spas offering beauty enhancing solutions such as SmartLipo, Power Assisted Lipo, Laser Body Sculpting, Photofacials, Botox, Juvederm and many procedures that can be performed during your stay in Austin. Austin offers an array of medical facilities to those needing options for various treatments. Austin continues to supersede other metropolitan cities for excellence in healthcare. We have several hospitals, oncology clinics, medical centers and one large children’s center that brings families to our city for treatment options. Not only does Austin have an endless array of health and beauty options but we boast more than 300 sunshine-filled days for outdoor enjoyment. Austin has endless ways to indulge your senses and breathe a little slower. If you have a love for the outdoors, take a hike on the greenbelt or enjoy the peaceful beauty of Barton Springs, one of Austin’s many natural pools or Lake Travis with all its beauty. n

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Austin on the Move- Austin is proud to be ranked one of

the Top Five Healthiest Cities in America. We are a city that hosts numerous marathons and half marathons every year, including Race for the Cure and Susan G. Komen races. Governor Rick Perry and Mayor Will Wynn take part in many events and are great role models for Austinites! Plus, we are home to none other than Six Time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong. 

parks & trails- Austin has many beautiful parks and trails to enjoy a day of hiking, biking and outdoor activity with friends and family! Whether you are just starting out, or you are a professional athlete, we have the climate and training facilities needed to reach your health goals!

Relaxation and Rejuvenation at the Spas- If you are planning a

trip to Austin, why not take some “me” time and enjoy a day at one of the many spas in the Austin area? Specialty services from hot rock massages or lemon verbena body polish to laser body sculpting and power assisted lipo, offer with minimal downtime and permanent results.

lake time- Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake are ideal places to relax, unwind

or enjoy various water activities such as waterskiing, canoeing, parasailing, boating or spending a day with the family. Lady Bird Lake, known as Town Lake to many locals, also offers a fabulous trail with amazing views of downtown and nature. The City of Austin has developed one of the finest trail systems in the nation. Currently, over 50 miles of well-surfaced scenic paths follow natural greenbelts into all areas of the city, making an excellent trail accesible to all. Jogging is one of the easiest and most convenient forms of exercise and a relaxing way to stay in shape while in Austin.

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through medical solutions. One of our major hospitals, Scott & White, has expanded their hospitals and clinics throughout the Austin and Central Texas areas. Many people facing health issues choose Austin for their healthcare and recovery, knowing we have highly-regarded facilities in Texas.

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Austin’s great musical heritage... lives in the landmark performance venues that gave the city and the musicians a name; it haunts the nighttime establishments packed throughout downtown. By Christy Wink

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ou might have heard a little something here or there about the music scene in Austin. Chances are, if you aren’t in town for business, your trip has something to do with one of our famous music festivals. If not, you can be fairly certain that the music will touch your visit in some form or fashion while you’re here. Wander the streets of downtown during the day, and you will likely encounter bands unloading equipment for a gig or rehearsing in garages cubbied between old stone buildings. As the evenings descend, the city comes alive and the music takes over, buoying its inhabitants on sweet guitar riffs. Imbued as it is in Austin’s history, music leaves an indelible mark on today’s culture – one that bleeds into the streets of the city and hearts of the people. Austin’s great musical heritage is not a tale told by museum portraits or untouchable artifacts. It lives in the landmark performance venues that gave the city and the musicians a name; it haunts the nighttime establishments packed throughout downtown. From legendary artists like Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan who got their start back in the early Austin scene, to relatively new or up-and coming-musicians, the spirit of music is a continuous presence in all aspects of life here. It is this deep dedication that has gained Austin the worthy title of “Live Music Capital of the World.” Austin’s inherited namesake is supremely invoked during any one of its yearly music festivals, including South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, and Fun Fun Fun. Lasting anywhere from a couple

of days to an entire week, thousands of music makers and lovers alike flock to the streets of downtown for nonstop aural stimulation and other forms of revelry. The excitement often lasts long into the night, spilling over into the numerous bars, clubs and lounges of Austin in the form of after-parties and impromptu jam sessions. The best aspect of Austin nightlife is that there is always something happening. In any given night you can find a wide variety of energetic live music shows, bumping night clubs and cool cocktail lounges. The most popular is Sixth Street where venues range from cozy pubs to raucous dance clubs, music from raw alternative rock to sweet, soulful blues. Sixth Street is closed to traffic starting on Friday and Saturday nights, and there is always a vigilant police presence for security. For a slightly slower paced, more sophisticated environment, head a couple of blocks over to the Warehouse District. Spanning along Fourth Street from Guadalupe to Congress, you’ll find a vibrant yet still laid-back selection of cocktail lounges, wine bars and tap houses. Looking for ultra hip? Check out SoCo, an eight-block strip of South Congress that nurtures and fosters the funky little bohemian spirit in every Austinite. Whatever you’re doing for the evening in Austin, get into the vibe and find some great music. Just duck into the nearest dive – you might very well discover the next big act coming out of Austin… or is that the phantom wail of Janis echoing off those weathered walls? n

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Old Pastime Makes New Buzz! Sports on the Big Screen

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Sports lover? Looking for a great place to watch the game and avoid the crazy Texas weather of either blaring heat or the frigged cold? Sports Bars are the place to be to enjoy the big game. You can catch just about any type of sport on the big screens in comfort. Say you are looking forward to the big UT game, but your favorite pro team is playing at the same time. No problem! You can watch both on two separate screens in the same room. You will still be able to share in the excitement without the hassle of the crowds. Sports bars aren’t just for male bonding anymore. The sports bar atmosphere is as much for the hip crowd as it is for the family friendly bunch. And don’t forget about the cold beverages and hot meals. They beat the concession lines for a half-spilled beer and cold hot dogs or popcorn once you finally get back to your seat any day. Austinites love their award-winning University of Texas collegiate athletes and hate to miss a game, so you will most likely find them at the nearest tavern with the game on one plasma, and the pro Austin Aztecs (Soccer) and Austin Toros (basketball) playing on the other. Sure tailgating is fun and the game is exciting, but you can’t beat the fun and excitement you experience in a relaxed atmosphere. n

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Voted Austin’s Best Jukebox, Burgers, Atmosphere and Bar Food many times over- Casino El Camino is famous 6th Street’s only neighborhood bar. Find this hideout nestled on the south side of 6th between Red River and Neches and enjoy the garden patio in the back, the friendly service, pool tables and downtown’s largest liquor selection. And, of course, don’t miss the amazing, world-famous burgers that were featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins’ and Dives. This local favorite is a can’t-miss! World Famous Burgers, Full Bar, awesome Jukebox OPEN: 365 Days a year, 4pm-2am & from noon to 2am on Sat and Sun. Kitchen open ‘til 1:30am. Free wi-fi!

One of our favorite burgers: The Amarillo Burger: 3 quarters of a pound of charbroiled certified angus beef, cooked medium, topped with roasted serrano chiles, jalapeno jack cheese and cilantro mayo!

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Robert Hurst, nationally renowned for vibrant acrylic images portraying icons from the worlds of sports and music, has been the official artist for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame since 1997. His work is included in the collections of such notable athletes as Muhammad Ali, Reggie Jackson, Michael Johnson and Hakeem Olajuwon. Located on Sixth Street in the heart of Austin’s Historic Entertainment District, Maggie Mae’s is an entertainment venue unlike anywhere in the world. Famous for live music that will have you rockin’, a rooftop deck with a panoramic view of Austin’s Skyline and a huge 26 foot screen, an English Pub and a gas-lit New Orleans-style courtyard, Maggie Mae’s has been Austin’s premier nightlife destination for over 28 years! Visit Us for an afternoon of cheering on your favorite teams, a night of dancing to live music or a few hours of relaxed fun...you’re guaranteed a good time at Maggie Mae’s! �

ONE BLOCK FROM CONVENTION CENTER

MULTIPLE TELEVISIONS AND BIG SCREENS PRIVATE EVENTS FOR GROUPS UP TO 1,500

PROFESSIONAL FULL SERVICE IN-HOUSE CATERING

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Rooftop Buzz

by Brenna Burkarth

Lanai

Maggie Mae’s

Lanai is an urban rooftop lounge offering a serene terrace environment in Austin’s historic warehouse district.  Lanai is open for Happy Hour with acid jazz and light house echoing in the background. Continue your escape with an exotic martini or cocktail with a tropical flair and enjoy a bite or two from our mouth watering menu.  Lanai makes the smooth transition from a casual lounge in the early evening to an exciting high energy late night experience with exceptional DJ’s.

For more than 30 years, Maggie Mae’s has been a corner stone of active Sixth Steet. Maggie Mae’s has hosted countless well-known live bands, SXSW parties and shows, offers catering and party services and has something for every patron. Explore this multiple level venue that has a nook for everyonefrom the downstairs sports bar to the spacious rooftop that has an amazing view of downtown and includes two bars and a large stage.

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There are frequent shows. Please visit www.maggiemaesaustin.com for an updated calendar of events.

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323 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701 Visit our website for more contact info! 512-478-8541

Tuesday through Friday from 4pm-8pm $1 OFF all Drinks  *Food served daily until 10pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10pm-2am Local Austin DJ’s with occasional guest DJ’s spinning varieties of Acid Jazz, Downtempo, and House.

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the New Bar Scene

Austin’s rooftop bars provide plenty of options for tippling on top of the world: a unique ambiance combined with panoramic views overlooking the city. Many bars entertain their guests with posh couches and sleek table displays often illuminated by candles and enclosed by transparent curtains, which together create an exclusive and chic experience for locals and visitors. Rooftop bars in the city add a cool element which elevates Austin’s nightlife, literally. “People love to enjoy the weather and the outdoors and they can get the best of both worlds at Lanai. A lounge environment with great cocktails while still enjoying the beautiful weather of Austin,” says Erin Collins, the general manager of one of Austin’s newest rooftop bars, Lanai. Rooftop bars offer smokers a venue in which they don’t have to leave in order to enjoy their cigarettes and cigars. Most Austin bars and restaurants without rooftops, an outdoor porch, or balcony, adhere to the “No indoors smoking” ordinance passed in 2005. “I was surprised that one of the other advantages for guests is that they can smoke on the roof since we have open air.  They do not have to leave the establishment to go outside to smoke,” she adds. Many of them also showcase live music and DJ’s who transform the venue into a magical environment. For a romantic date, couples can unwind on the rooftop terraces as they wine and dine while surrounded by picturesque views of historical downtown Austin. Many Austin rooftop lounges offer reservations which can really spice up the evening’s intimacy. “Being on the roof, your view is mainly up and out.  You are not looking at the traffic or all of the people walking by on the street level, which helps to make people feel that they have escaped from the rush of everyday life,” exclaims Collins. No night out in Austin is complete without experiencing one of the city’s acclaimed scenic rooftop bars, with their starlit views of the sky and breathtaking silhouettes of skyscrapers. n


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SHOPPING Austin’s homegrown stylists, designers and artists express their individual flavor, each one contributing to this continuously evolving and progressive city. by Brenna Burkarth

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ith their unconventional and extraordinary vibe, Austin’s trendsetters have marked their territory beyond the topnotch music scene and into the world of style and glamour. Amidst the avant-garde architectural specimens that have sprouted in the modest downtown grid, a new, chic shopping district has emerged, solidifying Austin as a city suitable for runway divas and fashion enthusiasts of all kinds. The expansion of the urban real estate, including luxury lofts, condos and apartments all across Austin, has catalyzed an innovative form of living and shopping. A concept which has literally materialized into the buildings and stores that harbor the articles of clothing themselves: shop outside the box. Beneath the 15-story high-rise apartments, eclectic and eccentric boutiques feature cutting-edge fashion that transcends clichés and faux pas. At the convenience of the residents who live about these stores, anyone can live and shop without having to cross a single street. Tourists and Austinites alike can easily become lost in a myriad of exclusive shops that line historical downtown districts, as well as areas in the northern and western parts of the city. Each has its own share of specialty stores and chic boutiques and authentic collections of local and international designer-wear, according to the Gridskipper, a fashion travel guide that rates cities

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throughout the world. Austin’s homegrown stylists, designers and artists express their individual flavor, each one contributing to this continuously evolving and progressive city. Impressive sculptures with intricate detailing; timeless and elegant ball gowns; edgy handbags that imitate top-of-the-line brands; hip floral sun dresses; hand-embroidered guitar straps; and unique, funky impressionistic paintings entice even the most ambivalent window shoppers. Taking a peek inside the multitude of stores that have established Austin as the forefront for shopping never looked so appealing. “A cool, spring day wandering down South Congress or South Lamar as I venture into a few shops to pick up unique clothing items or some pieces of art- that’s what I call an ideal shopping experience,” said Katie Walthall, a local jewelry maker. Outdoor malls wrapped in verdant nature, rolling hills, native trees and streams create an entirely new shopping experience only fit for Austin’s year-round pleasant weather. A social evolution in shopping, a phrase coined by the Hill Country Galleria, Austin’s shopping scene has become a phenomenon any style fiend who craves the newest fads can appreciate. n

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Exercise- Walking briskly, or even jogging in between stores to get ahead of the crowds, can make anyone break a sweat, especially during Texas’s infamous sweltering summers. Consider going shopping as killing two birds with one stone next time you need to go to the gym, but also need a killer black dress for an upcoming social event. Shopping in the undulating hills Austin was built upon can be a great opportunity for a cardio workout.

Free Snacks- On the first Thursday of every month, the boutiques on South Congress host a special event any shopping aficionado can appreciate. Starting at about 5 p.m. and lasting until approximately 10 p.m., visitors can peruse all of the store’s discounted items while enjoying appetizers and drinks provided by each boutique. Crackers, cheese, wine, margaritas and other beverages (depending on the store) re-energize shoppers and create a fun, social atmosphere that the “First Thursday” experience is known for. Mailing Lists- After a successful shopping spree at most any fashionista’s beloved store, salespeople often ask if you would like to subscribe to their mailing list. By joining their preferred customers list, you can gain coupons, gift certificates on your birthday and be informed of any upcoming sales or other events. This is a perfect way to begin saving at some of the pricier stores and getting the first class treatment you deserve. The Outdoors- Shopping enthusiasts agree a venue that incorporates the outdoors into the everyday humdrums of the mall is one worth experiencing. Austin is fortunate enough to have two outdoor malls: the up-scale Domain and the Hill Country Galleria. Both offer expansive beauty mixed with dining, entertainment, retail and even residential lofts. Wrapped in nature’s finest wildflowers, native trees, rocky streams and lush hills, the mall has never looked so green. Samples- Free samples don’t just happen at the grocery store. The mini-perfume vials, lipstick tubes, eye shadow smudges and other personal hygiene bottles represent just a few of the great freebies that salespeople distribute in some of your favorite stores. You might even be lucky enough to leave with free lingerie or an accessory, making anyone’s shopping experience extra special.

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politician a store for one-stop shopping with more than 150 merchants and an array of gift ideas. This is a can’t miss in a great area of Austn. Drive on down to 4211 S. Lamar Blvd Ste A-19; 512-326-9460; www.austingiftcompany.com

stone, shell and wood beads. They also carry jewelry supplies like wire, clasps and chain, and a huge selection of already-made jewelry. Bead It; 2041 S Lamar Blvd., 512-693-2323; www.beadittx.com

Founded in 1977, this store is really Allens boots, hats, pants, shirts, accessories, gifts and more! They’ve corralled two stores full of your kind of merchandise, from simply fine to pretty fancy. Remember: for Western wear, Allens is your one-stop shop. Open seven days. Allens Boots; South, 1522 S. Congress Ave.; 512-4471413; Round Rock, 2541 S. IH-35; 512-310-7600; www.allensboots.com

Old-school vintage at its best! Ages range from mid-1800s through late-1960s. Styles range from elegant to outrageous. Hats, linens, lamps, decorative items and furniture. Vintage stylists also available. Open Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for extended holiday hours and events schedule. Amelia’s Retro Vogue Relics; 2024 S. Lamar Blvd.; 512-442-4446 ; www.ameliasretrovogue.com

With more than 40 of Austin’s most unique shops, restaurants and services, you can find everything you need at Austin’s original Arboretum. The beautiful outdoor atmosphere guarantees a one-of-a-kind experience. Mon.Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Some store and restaurant hours may vary. The Arboretum; 10000 Research Blvd.; 512-257-7471; www.simon.com

Started at the turn of the century to provide Austinites, tourist, movie sets and the occasional

More than 180 specialty retailers and anchor stores including Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney, Nordstrom and Sears. Fabulous food court, children’s stores and day spas. Shop in luxury with limestone reminiscent tile, comfortably stylish carpeting, wood floor accents, plush seating areas and benches. Barton Creek Square; 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy.; 512-327-7040; www.simon.com

Austin’s largest bead store features “hard to find” vintage glass and plastic beads, as well as

Bella-Mi

Discover whimsical, expressive, gorgeous treasures for your child at Bella-mi, Austin’s newest children’s boutique located in Jefferson Square. Reminding customers inner beauty makes you fabulous, and clothing just reflects that. 1601 W 38th St; 512-452-3552; www.bella-mi.com

Callahan’s General Store

It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Our feet are firmly planted in tradition with our wagon hitched to a star. We’re not just a feed store, or Western wear, hardware, tack, house wares, lawn, garden and gift store. We’re all of that and more! Someone here even knows how to custom shape hats, kill fire ants, thread pipes and season cast iron. Callahan’s General Store; 501 Bastrop Hwy.; 512-385-3452; www.callahansgs.com.

Crystal Works

6103 Burnet Road at Koenig 323-5011

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Delights the eye and soothes the spirit, providing a unique gift-shopping experience. Featuring 14kt and sterling jewelry handcrafted by local jewelers, and spotlighting crystals, fountains, Feng Shui items, music, harmonically tuned wind chimes, aromatherapy products and spiritual reminders. An Austin original for 27 years. Crystal Works; 908 A W. 12th St.; 512-327-0404; crystalworks.ypguides.net

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Austin’s Hidden Treasures Some of Austin’s most beloved shopping is found just across Congress Bridge and nestled in the crooks and crannies of the “Southern Streets,” lovingly referred to as SoLa, SoFi and SoCo. South Lamar, South First and South Congress make up a mecca of vintgage and trendy shopping, local restaurants and pubs where pizza and coffee abound and lots of fun surprises await you. Take a bike or put on those comfortable shoes because you will find yourself never wanting to leave the shaded, oak-lined streets of these amazing neighborhoods and the treasures you will find within them.

Callahan’s

General Store Welcome to Callahan’s General Store -- an Austin landmark for more than 25 years! In 1978, we set up a general store right next to our Feed & Milling Company to serve nearby ranchers who didn’t want to make the long drive into the Austin. Now we find ourselves in the Austin metropolitan area between downtown and the airport. We provide just about anything one would need to live a simple life at home on the range: from live baby ducks and chicks to, horseshoes to saddles, and, of course, a full line of Stetson cowboy hats.

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SHOPPING

Hatbox

A modern Haberdashery, known for its Austin-centric, one-of-a-kind cowboy hats with a rockabilly feel and some of the most hair-raising hat puns imaginable. 115 E 6th St # N; 512- 476-1203; www.hatbox.com

Heros & Legacies

Heroes & Legacies has a rich heritage of quality products and personal service, never wavering from the standards established by its owners. Purveying the finest selection of premium cigars; rare pipes and tobaccos; accessories and distinctive gifts; the very best which life has to offer. 10000 Research Blvd.; 512-343-6600; www.heroesandlegacies.com

Hill Country Galleria

Shop outside the box at the Hill Country Galleria. Our outdoor shopping design becomes more than a destination, housing over 60 businesses; it’s a way of life. 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave; 512-263-0001; www.hillcountrygalleria.com

Lakelike Mall D’Vine Wine

D’Vine Wine Austin offers a unique experience to the wine enthusiast; specializing in custom bottling and labeling for special events. Enjoy a glass or bottle of wine at our wine bar while browsing products and gifts in the boutique. 1501 Ranch Road 620 N # B; 512-266-8040; www.dvinewineofaustin.com

The Domain

Known as Austin’s second downtown and the most fashionable retail destination, The Domain features a multitude of the world’s most desired, luxury retailers, including Neiman Marcus and Macy’s, extraordinary restaurants and high-end living space. The Domain, where luxury lives. 11410 Century Oaks Terrace; 512-795-4230; www.thedomainaustin.com.

Dragonsnaps

Out-of-the-ordinary children’s clothes, where everyone from baby to size 14 big can find an outfit. The designs are fun and easy to wear for the most free-spirited child. Baby gifts, toys, exciting jewelry and indispensable accessories are also available. 2438 W Anderson Ln.; 512-445-4497

Faraday’s Kitchen Store

Faraday’s Kitchen Store delivers a unique retail experience around feeding your passion for cooking, allowing the opportunity to indulge in all aspects of cooking, from technique and style, to the pure fun and enjoyment of crafting a newly created dish. 1501 Lakeway Blvd.; 512-266-5666; www.faradayskitchenstore.com

Garden Room

One of Austin’s most enchanting stores. Creative decor and an appealing mix of unique merchandise delight your senses. Rare clothing and gift items range from classic to whimsical. Choose from a myriad of carefully selected accessories: shoes, jewelry, evening bags, hair ornaments and much more. Mon-Sat, 10am-5:30pm. 1601 W 38th Street; 512-458-5407; www.gardenroomboutique.com

More than 150 specialty retailers, a 9-screen theatre, two restaurants and a 9-merchant food court featuring dazzling architecture. Located adjacent to Lakeline Village and Lakeline Plaza; which offers 11 more anchor stores outside of the mall. Lakeline Mall; 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., 512-257-7467; www.simon.com

Prime Outlets- San Marcos

Texas’ largest outlet mall offers over 115 top brand name designer outlets. Just 30 minutes south of Austin, the mall is conveniently located off I-35 at exit 200-Center Point Road. Enjoy Mediterranean architecture and lush green courtyards as you shop and save up to 70%. Prime Outlets; 3939 IH-35 S.; 512-396-2201; www.primeoutlets.com

Rewards

More than 350 silver and 14kt gold belt buckles made by America’s most famous buckle makers. Beautiful gold jewelry, money clips and the largest collection of Loet Vanderveen bronzes in Texas. Belts and wallets made of the fine leather. Custom orders of belts and buckle sets. Rewards; 9722 Great Hills Tr.; 512-502-9799; www.shoprewards.com (continued on page 76)

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ewards is Austin’s elegant jewelry store featuring an extensive collection of beautiful, handmade jewelry in 14kt. or 18kt. gold by award-winning artists. There are contemporary international designs featuring Australian opals, South Seas pearls and precious gems and exciting new pieces by noted jewelers throughout the United States. Famous designers featured at Rewards include Yvel, John Atencio, Michael Sugarman, Susan Helmich, Thistle and Bee and many more. Rewards carries a dazzling selection of over 500 individual StoryWheels™, in 14kt. yellow or white gold set with diamonds and colored gems, allowing you to create and wear a storybook Call (512) 502-9799 a bout you, your for our free belt buckle and jewelry life and loved ones. catalogs. Wonderful Angels with Attitudes pin/pendants by designer Susan Helmich are perfect for the special angels in your life. Rewards is, perhaps, most famous for its incredible collection of buckle sets in sterling silver and 14kt. gold. Buckles from Rewards are worn in the White House, the State House and in clubhouses and ranch houses

Rewards stocks over 400 different buckle sets in sterling silver, 14kt and 18kt gold

throughout the country. One can choose from hundreds of belt buckles by America’s leading makers including James Reid, Edward Baird, Greg Jensen, Matt Hackett, Bohlin, Sunset Trails, Randall Moore, B. G. Mudd, Douglas Magnus/Heartline, Mike Hutton, John Atencio, Chacon and more. Your selection can be mounted in just moments on your choice of beautiful hand-crafted belts in alligator, hornback alligator, ostrich, lizard, hand-carved leather, bison or calf. Buckle sets and jewelry officially licensed by the University of Texas, Baylor University, Texas Tech University

and Texas A&M University are also on hand. These beautiful designs are handmade in sterling silver and 14kt. gold and are exclusively at Rewards. There are wonder ful g ift items here as well: money clips and key rings in sterling silver and 14kt. gold feature golfer, star, longhorn and other popular motifs. There are also many items celebrating the Lone Star St ate : ea r r ing s, cu f flink s, buck les and much, much more. Handcra fted wallet s in a l l ig ator or ost r ich are offered in a variety of styles. Rewards is located in t he Arboretum Market, 9722 Great Hills Trail, next to Saks Fifth Avenue. Phone (512) 502-9799. If you Watches by Bohlin are unable to visit in person while in Austin, you can find Rewards online at w w w.ShopRewards.com.

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Turquoise Trading Post

Best selection of contemporary and traditional Native American jewelry in Austin. Where Austinites bring their East Coast relatives for gifts to take home. Features Zuni carvings, Navajo kachinas, Pueblo pottery, dreamcatchers, carvings, flutes and storytellers, plus distinctive furnishings with a Southwest flair. Turquoise Trading Post; 6103 Burnet Rd. at Koenig Ln., 512-323-5011; www.texasttp.com

Whit Hanks Antiques

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Austin’s premier antiques gallery features extensive collections of European and American antiques and accessories, including furniture, art, silver, lighting vintage books and rare estate jewelry. Select group of fine antiques merchants attracts the most discriminating and selective dealers and individuals from around the country. Whit Hanks Antiques; 1009 W Sixth St.; 512-478-2101; www.whithanksantiques.com

Wolf Ranch Town Center Round Rock Premiium Outlets

Discover designer outlet shopping 20 miles north of Austin. Save 25% to 65% every day at 125 stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG, Maz Azaria, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Theory and much more. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-6pm. For more information, visit www.premiumoutlets. com/roundrock or call 512-863-6688.

Samuels Jewelers

When it was founded in 1891, Samuels Jewelers was known as “The House of Lucky Wedding Rings.” If you bought your wedding ring from Samuels, the legend said, you would be married forever. Today, Samuel’s Jewelers continues to provide timeless, one-of-a-kind jewelry for any occasion, solidifying relationships each day. Samuels Jewelers offers five locations to serve you. Please see www.samuelsjewelers.com for more information.

Terra Toys

Terra Toys! Classic, fun, beautiful toys from around the world – intriguing for infant or architect. Children’s bookstore, art supplies, science, novelties, candies, wooden toys, puzzles, games, dolls, miniatures, major plush collection. Landmark store worth the visit. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun., noon to 6 p.m. Terra Toys; 2438 W. Anderson Lane; 512445-4489; www.terratoys.com

Things Celtic

Largest selection of Irish and Scottish wedding rings in Texas. Special order handmade kilts from Scotland and rent kilts. Art and unique crafts are featured throughout: china, crystal, books, music, candles, pewter and selection of Celtic wall crosses. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Things Celtic; 1806 W. 35th St.; 512-472-2358; www.thingsceltic.com

The Treasury

Showcasing unique antiques, soft modern home, office or ranch furnishings, quality decorative accessories for all lifestyles and interior design services as well. Shopping for

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Featuring an interpretive nature trail, ponds and scenic areas that reinforce the natural Central Texas elements of wind, water and shade. This open-air community center is home to 11 anchor stores, more than 40 specialty retail stores and restaurants currently, with more to come! I-35 and SR 29 Georgetown; 512- 930-8008; www.simon.com

Zoltan David

On August 27, 1988, Zoltan David was bestowed Knighthood in honor of Sir Zoltan David I, his loving father and a highly esteemed hero of the Hungarian Nation. His title of Knight represents the highest form of secular honor and his legacy continues through the pristine quality of his jewelry. As the 2005 Jewelry Designer of the Year, Zoltan David is committed to the notion that masterful craftsmanship is the rarest of luxuries. His hand-crafted, extraordinary pieces reflect a trio of qualities: precision, technical innovation and a strong personal style that no other jeweler achieves quite so elegantly. Zoltan David Atelier; 12901 Hill Country Blvd Ste. D1120; 512-372-8888; www.zoltandavid.com


exquisite treasures for those you treasure

clothing, accessories and hand-painted furnishings for girls (infant to size 16) & boys (infant to size 7). Jefferson Square 1601 W. 38th St. Suite 3 Austin, Texas Hours 10-5:30ish Monday-Saturday telephone {512} 452•3552 www.bella-mi.com

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26 Doors Shopping Center:

A Midtown Oasis: 1206 W. 38th St.

Whether you’re looking for fabulous food, gifts, original toys or clothing, it can be found at 26 Doors, located in the heart of mid-town Austin. The shopping center is an Austin original. The central plaza—featuring a bronze sundial—is a perfect meeting place for friends, family and kids. Courtyards feature fountains, sculptures and beautiful landscaping. If you’re craving a tasty bite to eat, visit Santa Rita Cantina, in the heart of 26 Doors. The cantina offers specialties such as fish, salads and slow-roasted chicken or pork loin, as well as traditional Tex Mex. Be sure to sample their award-winning salsa and famous margaritas. The Cantina has been featured in Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels. Dine indoors or on the large outdoor patios. Adelante Boutique is a unique women’s store with an eclectic mix of clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry. Like its name, which means “forward” in Spanish, this boutique is always on the cutting edge, offering the latest style trends. To satisfy a sweet tooth, treat yourself to Teo’s, a perennial winner of the “Best of Austin” awards. Teo’s offers a fullservice coffee bar staffed by Italian-trained baristas. Gelato is available in a variety of flavors, and for a refreshing treat, sample a

sorbetto. The more than 37 flavors range from an unbelievably creamy chocolate cappuccino gelato called mattissimo to a sugar-free strawberry sorbetto. They’ve also added breakfast and lunch menus. In the cooler months, enjoy your treats by the outdoor fireplace. One of Austin’s most popular boutiques is Sweet Charity, which offers gifts, accessories, seasonal décor, collectibles and art. During the year, Sweet Charity welcomes top designers such as Round Top Collection’s Jeff Krause and chefs like Rebecca Rather and Sibby Barrett. One of the store’s two signature departments is P.S. by Sweet Charity, featuring gifts, cards and candy. The other, Sweet Baby, offers the best in children’s attire, toys and furniture. They are a project of Seton Volunteers and proceeds benefit patients in need at Seton. Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers offers custom-made wooden toys for all ages. Inside, visitors can peek into the workshop to watch the master craftsmen at work. Rootin’ Ridge also offers a selection of highquality commercially produced wooden toys, games, puzzles, furniture and musical instruments. Kids feel special when they visit Margo Bower’s Hair’s Lair. This hair-cutting and styling salon is located in a small cottage and features toys, movies and snacks. Fast and fabulous hairstyles make kids—and their parents—look forward to a fun haircut every time. The Needle Works specializes in hand-painted canvases and an extensive selection of threads. Their collection is exceeded only by their commitment to clients: classes, special orders, the latest in designs and fibers, pulling threads, stitch guides and finishing. For a beautiful portrait, make an appointment with Nancy Whitworth. For more than 20 years, her work has been characterized by natural expression, beautiful lighting and simplicity in design. Feel more beautiful when you visit Urban Betty. The salon offers the best and most current trends in professional hair color and styles, as

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well as fabulous updos and wedding treatments—in the salon or at your location. Urban Betty features PureOlogy and Bumble & Bumble products. Pamper yourself at Bellissima European Skin and Nails. Skin care is their passion and life’s work. Their methods combine the best of European and American skin care techniques and products. If it’s burgers, platters and cold beer that you’re searching for, stop by Waterloo Ice House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Waterloo is a casual neighborhood gathering spot serving great food any time of day. At night, the dining room comes alive with the best of Austin’s music scene. From its flagship location in Amarillo, Duncan & Boyd Jewelers has served a five-state area for almost 40 years as one of the premier jewelry stores in the Southwest. Duncan & Boyd of Austin continues the company tradition of providing exceptional quality and personal service. Rae Cosmetics offers a mineralbased cosmetics line designed specifically for the hot Austin climate and active lifestyle. Their cosmetics are created from the philosophy that makeup should enhance beauty, not mask it. Rae Cosmetics is designed for hard-working, fun-loving women who are always on the go. Bay Hill Designs offers home furnishings and accessories, as well as interior design services. In their store you’ll find ideas for living and entertaining. Whether it’s bedding, window treatments or lighting, come by and be inspired! Frost, the largest home-grown, Texas-based banking organization, has helped Texans with their financial needs since 1868. Focusing on outstanding service and one-on-one customer relationships, Frost offers banking, investments and insurance to individuals and businesses across Texas. n


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Hot Hot Hot! Sauce—If you live life on the oh-so-spicy edge, and happen to be traveling in the Fall, then you will love Austin’s Hot Sauce Festival. With on-going live music all day and hundreds of entries (sauces) to judge (taste), this delicious and free event may not make your wallet sweat but we can’t promise anything for your taste buds! Grapes of Austin—The beautiful landscape of Austin is perfect for wine-making, and the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival is the place to taste it all! Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just someone who enjoys a good glass, don’t miss out on this delectable event. Hearty Hamburgers—The cattle land of Texas sure has its advantages! Austin is full of tasty burgers, with just about any topping you can think of—keeping Austin’s food as eccentric as the city itself. Sassy Steak—Have a hankering for Texas style beef? Sink your teeth into a juicy fillet of world famous Angus, straight from the ranges of the Lone Star State. Find a local steakhouse for the finest cuts. You won’t be disappointed! Bar-B-Que—What else is there to say? Top it off with any of Austin’s flavorful BBQ Sauces and you’ll have one of Austin’s best authentic meals!

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Paradise Cafe & Bar

Paradise Cafe & Bar has been an Austin staple for more than 28 years and has maintained its prime location at the corner of famous Sixth Street and Trinity. Enjoy a fun, fully-loaded and low key bar and restaurant with knowledgable and helpful servers. The menu is affordable and delicious, with unique and creative entrees. This is a local favorite! The kitchen stays open ‘til midnight, there are daily drink specials and three 50” plasma TVs to enjoy the game. Look for the local (purchasable) art on the walls- which update every six weeks. And coming soon: a newly renovated upstairs that can seat up to 300 and will have outdoor seating. Happy Hour M-F, 4-7:30pm Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a Week (Kitchen open ‘til Midnight) 401 East Sixth Street (512) 476-5667

Star of India

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Serving a real taste of India since 1980. All you can eat lunch and dinner buffet and serving a-la-carte everyday. More than 30 items on buffet! Voted the best restaurants in Austin serving authentic North Indian cuisine from The Austin Chronicle 1997 through 2004 and by Austin Monthly in 1999. Indian cuisine comes in various flavors and styles from various parts of India. The most famous is the North Indian cuisine with its mouth watering dishes like Chana Masala Matter Paneer, Shrimp Vindaloo, Lamb Curry, Chicken Kabob, Tandoor Naan andVegetable Biryani just to name a few.

Brick Oven, an Austin favorite for more than 25 years, uses wood fired Brick Ovens to bake award winning pizza and pasta. Brick Oven’s sourdough crust blends 5 grains and the sauce has 25 herbs, spices and cheeses. Choose your own favorite or try a specialty pizza including portabella mushroom and proscuitto or southwest chicken with chipotle pesto and fresh cilantro. Freshly made pastas include lasagna, pasta primavera, chicken rigatoni, and shrimp and basil fettuccini. Visit Brick Oven, an Austin Tradition.

Lunch 11am-2:30pm Dinner 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Sun - Thurs) 5:30pm- 10:30pm (Fri - Sat) Two locations: Star of India - 2900 W Anderson Ln., #12 Phone (512) 452-8199 Bombay Grill - 3201 Bee Caves Rd., #148 Phone (512)329-0234

Downtown 12th St & Red River 512-477-7006 North 183 & Braker Lane 512-435-6181 South Brodie & Slaughter 512-292-3939

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Salsa: Sizzle andAustin’s Tangiest Cuisine

Within the walls of the enticing restaurants that line downtown Austin’s historic streets, locals and visitors that come to gather with friends and family will always find something to satisfy their taste buds. Over warm conversation, the sound of clinking utensils and mouth-watering aromas, all are invited to partake of the best of Central Texas’s offerings from enchiladas and chile con queso to barbeque ribs and schnitzel. Leaving with smiles on their faces and full stomachs, patrons can reflect on the deeply rooted history of Texas that has continuously transformed the face of its legendary cuisine “A cuisine evolves with the arrival of new ethnic influences, new foods introduced in the area, even new appliances or newly discovered cooking methods. So, of course Texas food is not the same as it was 100 years ago or even 25 years ago. It’s just the way we eat in Texas today,” said Terry Thompson-Anderson, culinary teacher and author of three cookbooks, among them Texas on the Plate.

A Brief History:

Indian tribes who first inhabited this state cultivated a diversity of crops and spices that serve as fundamentals in today’s food, such as corn-based dishes with chilies and herbs, usually accompanied by beans and tomatoes. The Spanish, the first Europeans to arrive here, claimed Texas for their mother country in the 16th century and quickly called the Indians

their friends. They combined their diet of rice, pork, chicken, wine, garlic and onions with the native indigenous foods of preColumbian Mexico, including chocolate, chorizo, tomato, vanilla, avocado, guava, papaya, pineapple, chili peppers, beans, squash, peanut, fish and turkey. With its long ties to its southern neighbor, Mexico, it’s no surprise that Texan food shows strong Mexican influences. The cuisine so closely coincides with Mexico’s food that an entirely new genre of food was created, Tex-Mex, which combines traditional Mexican flavors and techniques with American customs. Most of today’s Mexican food is based on Mayan and Aztec traditions combined with culinary trends introduced by the Spanish colonists.

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Hispanic foods continue to shape Texas, even in the subtlest of ways. Whether you’re eating chili Frito pie, traditional Texas barbeque, or a classic steak—they are all centered on the strong tradition of vaqueros (cowboys), who herded beef for their supper and used it to make signature dishes. The tradition is carried on into modern day cowboy’s and cowgirl’s standard diet of meat and potatoes. As we all know, “everything is BIGGER in Texas,” and that includes our Texassized “pantry.” Grannies and executive chefs alike are easily inspired. With such an array of ever-evolving ethnic influences to pull from, cooks in the Lone Star State can always please a crowd. n

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Sao Paulo’s

From its humble beginning in a small North Austin home to its many locations in Austin, Antonio’s has always welcomed guests to delicious Tex-Mex cuisine and friendly service. Food is prepared by hand every morning with the freshest ingredients and heirloom family recipes. Join us for the best mouth-watering margaritas and Mexican martinis!!

At Sao Paulo’s, we bring you award winning flavors and sensual music. Our menu selections depict flavors from various regions of Brazil as well as a few local Tex-Mex favorites. Come join us for an unpretentious experience every Foodie should have.

Mexican Restaurant

Three Locations to Serve You! 11835 Jollyville Road Austin, TX 78759 512-257-2144

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Full bar featuring Caipirinhas and Mojitos Happy hour daily 2pm- 7pm Open Monday - Saturday 11am- 10pm Closed Sunday Live music: Thursday- Saturday evenings

El Gallo Restaurant

The Kennedy family has been serving Austin fine food for 50 years. Their dishes are made expertly with recipes from their native Mexican roots and with the best ingredients. The family also prides themselves on quick and courteous service. Find rare specialties at El Gallo, a very special place indeed. Find them nestled along the amazing South Congress corridor, just across from St. Edward’s University. Full Bar Live music: Enjoy authentic mariachis at dinner. Lunch Ser ved 11am - 2:30pm

7522 N IH35 Austin, TX 78752 512-419-7070

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16912 N IH35 Round Rock, TX 78728 512-238-8969 For Deliveries: 512-973-0333

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Fine Austin Dining

For truly remarkable steaks served with a generous helping of Austin attitude, visit Austin Land and Cattle Company. Serving great steaks and good friends for 15 years. 512- 472-1813 Open daily at 5:30

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Fine dining restaurants offer the most exceptional cuisine in a formal environment that represents the high-quality of expertise and experience the chefs and staff maintain. Crisp, white table cloths, five-course meals and waiters in tuxedos contribute to the most luxurious service available. Operating on the priciest menu items, fine-dining restaurants provide patrons with the most unique delicacies in the culinary world. Many restaurants use prix fixe menus, or limited menus, that change frequently. Customers have the advantage of eating seasonal items at their peak of freshness, which is one benefit of the smaller, rotating menus. Chefs exercise great variety and creativity when designing menus in order to showcase their talent. Customers should be more attentive to their dress code, which is much more formal than in normal dining establishments. Many fine dining services escorting patrons to the table, holding the chair for women, crumbing the table in between courses and replacing linen napkins if the patron leaves the table. The rigorously trained waiters should also be able to thoroughly explain dishes without notes, assist the patron in making a dining choice and serve food directly on the plate at the table. Music plays subtly in the background to reflect the theme of the restaurant, such as classical for a traditional restaurant or jazz for a modern restaurant, and the lighting should be dim to create a romantic atmosphere. No detail is ever too small to pay attention to in fine dining. n

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When you’re looking for more, better, different, you’ll always find it at Carmelo’s Ristorante. From more choices of authentic Italian cuisine to more selections of fine wines, from more private rooms for meetings, banquets and receptions to more live accordion music, from more elegant tableside cooking to more convenient valet parking, our belief is always amore the better!

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Getting Started: You must not start eating

until everyone has been served. Do not salt your meal before you have tasted it; it is an insult to your chef. Small pre-dinner snacks must always touch your plate before being put in the mouth.

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This region of rolling hills and snaking rivers extends from Austin on the eastern boundary and northward through the Highland Lakes, continuing west as far as Junction and Uvalde before brushing back to the northern edge of San Antonio. While the official state map doesn’t specifically identify the Hill Country, it’s easy to find. It’s the brown semi-circular patch in the middle of the state marked by Edwards Plateau, an elevated piece of land where the plains from north Texas meet the flat, brush country

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The Texas Hill Country of south and east Texas and hardwood forests level off into west Texas deserts. Within these vast boundaries lie some of the state’s most beautiful scenery, friendliest townspeople and volumes of history. President Lydon Baines Johnson was born and raised in the Hill Country. His political career took him to the pinnacle of world power, yet he never forgot his roots. Every chance he could, he came home to his ranch dubbed The White House on the Pedernales (pronounced Purd-nal-es). Just hop in your

car, roll down the windows, and come along for the ride to see what makes the Texas Hill Country so special. The Texas Hill Country is quickly becoming a huge success in the wine industry. Delicious reds and whites flow from the beautiful valleys and rolling hills around Austin, which has become the #2 fastest-growing wine destination in the nation, according to Orbitz. For a complete key of the wineries listed above, please visit the inside back cover of this issue of Celebrate Austin. n

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The ideal Driftwood experience must include Since 1969, The Salt Lick has been serving up mouth-watering brisket, sausage, and ribs that have been lauded by food critics on Rachel Ray, the Today Show, and the Travel Channel.

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ighway 1826 begins to sway like a Hill Country hammock as it makes its way toward Driftwood from Austin. The rhythm speaks of the peaceful beauty that lies just ahead. Only 20 minutes from Austin, this lovely respite boasts spectacular vineyards, unforgettable restaurants, breathtaking Hill Country vistas and the first commercial olive orchard in Central Texas. “This area will be to Austin what Napa Valley is to San Francisco. We will have it all – vineyards, wineries, restaurants, spas and elegant accommodations,” says Scott Roberts, owner of the venerable Salt Lick Restaurant and Driftwood development. In the 1880s when Driftwood began as a supply center for neighboring ranches and farms, Scott Roberts’ family was already established in the area. By 1890, Driftwood had a general store, a cotton gin, post office, a school and churches. The population grew to almost 100 during the middle of the twentieth century, then dwindled to fewer than 25 in the 1970s.

Now Driftwood has been rediscovered. What first drew the Roberts family to the area – the amazing natural beauty – is now bringing others for vacation, relaxation and permanent residence. In 1969, about 100 years after the first members of the Roberts family arrived, Thurman Roberts, Scott’s father decided he loved Driftwood too much to continue his bridge building job that required so much travel. He, his wife Hisako and two sons began to do whatever work they could to replace the income Thurman made at his traveling job. The Salt Lick was the most successful of these ventures. It began with Thurman building a pit (still the centerpiece of the Salt Lick) and cooking and selling his meat to people passing by on the highway. Then came one picnic table so that customers wouldn’t have to dine on the hoods of their cars. The world-renowned barb-que restaurant grew from there and now serves thousands of diners each week hungry for a taste of true Texas bar-b-que.

a meal at the legendary barbeque restaurant The Salt Lick Location: 18001 FM 1826 Driftwood, Texas 78619 Restaurant: 512-858-4959 Office: 512-894-3117 Hours: Monday thru Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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magine Mama Grace Mandola’s skilled hands weaving back and forth sprinkling the perfect amount of fresh basil over a steaming pot of pasta. As the Mandola family adds one delectable dining experience after another to the restaurant landscape across Texas and beyond, they seem to be taking lessons from the fabulous family cooks, like Grace, who have gone before - make it unique, warm, delicious and inviting. Damian Mandola grew up in the kitchen blessed by his mother’s gracious culinary expertise. Mandola has spent 30 years in the food business developing delightful restaurants like Carrabbas’s, D’Amico’s and Damian’s Cucina Italiana. He has co-authored several cookbooks and even co-hosted a PBS cooking series, “Cucina Amore,” with nephew and Carrabba’s co-

founder Johnny Carrabba. In 2006, he and his wife Trina opened Mandola’s Italian Market in The Triangle at Lamar Boulevard and West 47th Street in Austin.

Damian’s Dream Now Mandola Estate Winery and Restaurant rise from the Driftwood countryside. With the help of partners Stan and Lisa Duchman, both Houston physicians, the Mandolas have delighted vacationers and residents for the past two years with Italian hospitality, world-class cuisine, breathtaking vistas, and magnificent architecture that make you feel you have been transported to Tuscany. You will sense the embrace of Mandola hospitality as you savor fine wines and sample delightful family recipes.

“We make our own soft cheeses, fresh ricotta mozzarella, soppressata, salami, bresaola, pancetta, gelato, breads, egg pasta and wines,” says Damian. “All our wines are Italian varietals grown in Texas. We have 20 acres planted here and four growers in the High Plains.” Trina and Damian fell in love with this property the day they first saw it five years ago. They climbed to the highest hill on the place and soaked in the gorgeous views. Then they descended to the creek and watched clear Hill Country water spilling over the rocks. When a large flock of wild turkey wandered by, Damian and Trina looked at each other and knew they had found home. In stages, the couple eventually purchased 375 acres and spent over two years building their dream home.


Although Damian had talked of retirement, soon after opening the Market in town, he began to discuss his dreams of a winery and restaurant on the property. “Frankly, we fought about the idea,” Trina says. “It was a big commitment. But now I am so glad we did it.”

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Mandola Estate Winery: 512-858-1470 Sunday: 11am-8pm Monday: Closed Tuesday-Friday: 12pm-9pm Saturday: 11am-9pm

www.mandolawines.com Trattoria Lisina:

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Is it possible to have a favorite dish in your own restaurant? Trina is a self-proclaimed “dessert queen” who says she adores their Italian doughnuts with honey and homemade vanilla cream. Damian’s favorite dish comes from his mother’s recipe for eggplant parmesan. In Damian’s previous ventures, he had a stellar reputation for quality

food, authenticity and great hospitality. That is the vision he would like to extend here in Driftwood. This year because of the demand for events and weddings on the property, they are adding a 4200-squarefoot banquet facility with a 300-guest capacity. And now that Trina has helped Damian to fulfill his Driftwood dreams, she looks foward to a dream of her own – a luxury day spa on the property. “Maybe that will take a few years but I think it would be great,” she says. So someday there may be even more pleasures to enjoy on the estate. But for now this Tuscan treasure will still draw every guest with open arms and heavenly, hearty food and drink. Mama Grace would be proud.

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Don’t forget to watch for special events such as cooking demonstrations and wine dinners directed by visiting wine experts.

“We want our winery to bring the beauty and authenticity of the Italian vineyard experience to this area.” Trina Mandola

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Driftwood Vineyard A visit to Driftwood Vineyard would be rewarding if only to bask in the beauty of the surrounding landscape dressed in pristine, jade vines and magnificent stands of oaks. The winery and tasting room are perched on the highest point of the Driftwood property with grand views of the vineyard and rolling hills. But there is so much more to savor. Driftwood vineyard has grown to 14 acres focusing on Mediterranean varietals such as Syrah, Viognier and Muscat. They also produce a traditional Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The Elliotts sold their entire crop for the first couple of years before getting into the winemaking business. But now the vineyard yields a crop of 60 - 80 tons enabling the winery to produce 7-10 different wines. You can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy wine on their 1,000-square-foot cliffside deck or call ahead and have them cater for groups of 10 or more.

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Guests enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets over Driftwood Vineyards.

Accommodations When vacationing in Driftwood, you will find beautiful accommodations. There are many inn and bedand-breakfast options within a 10-mile radius - such as The Inn Above Onion Creek. This inn provides 12 guest rooms, including two private cottages and two luxury suites for romantic Texas getaways. Large fireplaces, entertainment centers, feather mattresses, oversized baths and relaxing porches are featured in each room. Executive Chef Adrian Galindo creates the fixed menu about one week in advance with the guests’ dietary considerations in mind. Fresh, local ingredients are used when possible. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Leigh Christian Surrounded by 100 unspoiled acres, The Inn Above Onion Creek offers beautiful views.

Where to stay: Accommodations listed on www.bedandbreakfast.com within a 10 mile radius of

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Driftwood: Memory Lane, Creekhaven Inn, Highpoint Manor Inn, Star House, Canyon Sunrise, Prow’d House B&B, Mt Gainor Inn

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The Bella Vista Ranch grows both olives and grapes.

Bella Vista Ranch As you travel toward Wimberley from Driftwood, you will have the opportunity to visit The Bella Vista Ranch. The Ranch was designed to reflect a traditional Italian family farm with over 1,000 producing olive trees, a frantoio (olive press), vineyard, winery, a Red Brangus herd and many seasonal fruit and vegetable specialties. Sample their fresh pressed Texas Extra Virgin olive oil. After harvesting the Texas olive trees, all pressing, milling and bottling operations are performed in a frantoio on the Ranch. Bella Vista Cellars, also located on the Ranch, is a winery that hand-crafts country wines. Using fruit grown on the ranch, as well as the highest quality grapes grown locally, they create Italian varietals and an offering of fruit wines including a popular blackberry wine.

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Mary Stone Scott Roberts is developing a vineyard community to the west of the Salt Lick.

Mary Stone Onion Creek meanders through Driftwood.

To the west of the Salt Lick, an upscale vineyard community is in the works. Right now 40 acres of vineyards are already producing. But soon homes will border organic gardens, vineyards and a winery with a tasting room. In addition, a five-star restaurant, lodge, spa, amphitheater and events center will provide entertainment. A general store with wood-fired bakery and gourmet deli is in the works along with plans for antique shops and galleries displaying the work of local artisans. Four and one-half acres will be organic vegetable gardens and 10 acres will be organic fig, persimmon, and olive trees. Watching the progress of this development might spawn in the vacationer a desire to put down roots.

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Fredericksburg

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inding yourself in Fredericksburg is truly like finding yourself in a part of the Old World. Fredericksburg, with its German flair, historic buildings, attractions, outdoor activities, shopping and fine food, offers something for the entire family. Fredericksburg has always prized its deep German roots that stem from its founding in 1846 by a group of German settlers led by John O. Meusebach. Among Fredericksburg area attractions are two state parks, one municipal park, one wildlife management area, a national park and a property of the Texas Historical Commission. They are the National Museum of the Pacific War, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, LBJ State and National Historical Parks, Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and The Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area. The National Museum of the Pacific War is dedicated to everyone who served in World War II under Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Enchanted Rock is a 1,643-acre park that is home to the second largest granite dome in North America. The grounds feature 60 primitive campsites, as well as shade and picnic areas. A moderately strenuous trail leads visitors to the top for a spectacular view, while other areas provide challenges for serious rock climbers. Enchanted Rock received its name through Indian folklore that was passed through generations of native tribes. The LBJ State and National Parks offer a historical look at the late President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. The orientation/visitor center for the national park is located in Johnson City. At the LBJ Ranchlands, a guided bus tour shows visitors the Texas White House, Old Junction School, LBJ’s Birthplace and the Johnson Family cemetery. Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, located approximately three miles from Main Street, features an 18-hole golf course, picnic pavilions, The Live Oak Wilderness Trail, a swimming pool, an RV park and a “fishing hole.” The Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area, otherwise known as “The Bat Tunnel,” is open LET US BE YOUR GUIDE TO nightly June through October. This abandoned railroad tunnel has become home to over one million Mexican free-tailed bats, which emerge each evening around dusk. The city’s architecture has also been preserved in a beautiful historic district. One of the outstanding features in the historical district are the quaint Sunday Houses, which are very small homes built in town by the German pioneers. In addition to attractions, Fredericksburg is always brimming with activity with more than 100 special events, concerts and festivals held annually. Events include: Fourth of July Parade, Night In Old Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Inter-Tribal Powwow, Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest, Oktoberfest, horse racing, arts and crafts fairs, homes tours, Gillespie County Fair, Weihnachten in Fredericksburg and many more. Fredericksburg lies in the top peach producVisit our Gallery of Homes at ing county in Texas and during June through 231 West Main (UPTOWN West Of Marktplatz) early August the town is filled with road side Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 stands selling peaches and other fruits in season. Grapes also grow well in the Hill Country soil, and the area is the home of eight wineries that have produced award-winning wines, with www.fbglodging.com most open daily for tours and tastings. To plan a trip to Fredericksburg, located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, call 1-888-9973600 to request a free visitor information kit.

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Marble Falls

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Preserving the Foundation of thePast it is the natural setting of lakes and hills thaT makes the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ area one of the most attractive and popular tourist and retirement destinations in all of Texas. Courtesy of Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce

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ounded in 1887 by General Adam R. Johnson, Marble Falls is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country on the Colorado River. Before the dam was built to form Lake Marble Falls, water cascaded over 20-foot ledges which resembled marble, providing a name for the new city. The falls are now underwater and only visible on those rare occasions when the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) lowers the lake for repairs to the dam and boat docks. The first city officials were elected in 1907 when a mayor-alderman form of government was instituted. In 1917, Ophelia “Birdie” Crosby Harwood was elected mayor - thus becoming the first woman mayor in the United States to be elected by an all male electorate. However, it was the 866-foot stone monolith called Granite Mountain looming on the town’s western edge that secured Marble Falls’ place in Texas history. It was here that the famed “Texas Pink” granite was quarried to construct the Texas State Capitol Building in Aus-

tin. The stone was a donation from progressive area citizens in exchange for a rail connection with Austin. The Austin and Northwestern Railroad built an extension to Marble Falls from Granite Mountain in 1889, and a post office was also established that year. Granite Mountain is still actively quarried, and a variety of granite products are shipped all over the world. Today, it is the natural setting of lakes and hills that makes the Marble Falls/ Lake LBJ area one of the most attractive and popular tourist and retirement destinations in all of Texas. When exploring Marble Falls, do not miss these amazing sites: The Marble Falls Depot, Granite Mountain, Governor O.M. Roberts home, Hills of Home Memorial, Otto Ebeling House, Christian-Matern House, The Roper House, the old Post Office Building, Liberty Hall, HardinUssery House, Brandt Badger House, the Marble Falls Alliance University, theMarble Falls Factory Site and Dead Man’s Hole. n

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Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce

Schedule of Events

January 1-3 Walkway of Lights This is the last opportunity to enjoy more than 1 million lights in Lakeside Park. This holiday wonderland will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (weather permitting). March 14 Market Day More than 100 vendors with a variety of items, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Main Street April 3-5 Highland Lakes Fine Art & Wine Festival Sculptors, painters and other artists showcase world-class fine art amidst live art and amazing Hill Country cuisine and wines. Location: Main St.

April 18 Children’s Day Celebration Enjoy food and activities for children of all ages. Location: Johnson Park April 25 Citywide Garage Sale More than 50 different garage sales in one location, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Johnson Park May 7-10 MayFest Carnival, washer fishing & volleyball tournaments, parade, Womanless Style Show, live music, arts, crafts & food vendors and a ton of family fun. Location: Johnson Park July 4 Independence Day Celebration

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Patriotic program for the whole family with fireworks at dusk. Location: Lakeside Park August 7-9 LakeFest Drag Boat Race More than 100 boats on a liquid quarter mile racing at speeds up to 250 mph. Location: Lakeside Park & Johnson Park September 12 Market Day More than 100 vendors with a variety of items, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Main Street October 3 Citywide Garage Sale More than 50 different garage sales in one location, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Johnson Park

October 29 Moonlight Madness Businesses offer sales and promotions throughout the day. November 20 Christmas Light-Up Parade A parade that is sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit! Location: Main Street November 20-January 2

Walkway of Lights More than 1 million lights transform Lakeside Park into a holiday wonderland; open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (weather permitting) with Santa on the weekends. 916 Second Street Marble Falls, Texas 78654 For more information: (830) 693-2815; www.marblefalls.org


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Horseshoe Bay

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ix miles from Marble Falls, find the hidden treasure called Horseshoe Bay. The hub of the upper Highland Lakes, it is the retail, banking, educational and professional capital, servicing some 100,000 plus area residents, Horseshoe Bay Resort, and hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. The roads, rivers, hills and lakes all come together at Marble Falls/ Lake LBJ. Horseshoe Bay sits on the shore of Lake LBJ - a 6,300 surface acre constant-level lake full of pure Texas Hill Country water. Lake LBJ, named after President Lyndon B. Johnson, is part of the Highland Lakes chain of seven lakes starting in Austin and going northwest for more than 85 miles. Lake LBJ starts near Horseshoe Bay, 45 miles from Austin and goes all of the way to Kingsland. Lake LBJ is normally a constant level lake and is just upwards of 21 miles long with a maximum width of 10,800 feet. Lake LBJ is perfect for sailing, boating and all water related activities. Ideally located on 7,000 lakeside acre and nestled in the heart of Texas, just 45 minutes west of Austin, is the renowned Horseshoe Bay Resort. Conveniently located in the center of the Texas Golden Triangle, where twothirds of the state’s wealth and population reside, the Resort lies along the panoramic shore of beautiful Lake LBJ in the midst of the scenic Texas Hill Country.

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Horseshoe Bay Resort is a true Texas original - unique in location and amenities with unerring focus on Texas Premium service. Horseshoe Bay is the perfect place to relax, play or live year round. Additional lakeside living opportunities rest in a 22-mile framework of tree-covered hills and limestone cliffs encompassing the confluence of the Llano and Colorado rivers in the very heart of Texas. Life in this naturally stunning area is, quite simply, exceptional. Horseshoe Bay Resort boasts three championship Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses, an 18-hole par 72 Dwarf Bermuda grass putting course, four stunning swimming pools, a white sand beach, a spa and fitness facility, a full-service marina, five dining facilities, 12 professional tennis courts, a 349-room Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott Hotel and luxury villa rentals Fine dining, great golf courses, access to Lake LBJ, a beautiful new Marriott Resort Hotel and other fabulous resort amenities make Horseshoe Bay an ideal place to live or vacation. Relax and enjoy a weekend just a few minutes from the urban heart of Austin, Texas. Horseshoe Bay is where the the air is clean, the sky is clear and the water is pure. Near-perfect, year-round weather makes Horseshoe Bay an ideal place to let your spirit and body unwind. n

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Where Quality Meets Life Eager to embrace technology and new business, the City of Pflugerville is a community melding a rich German heritage with today’s upcoming technology and business opportunities. Courtesy of PCDC

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the lake offers opportunity for fishing, swimming, jogging, canoeing, kayaking and wind surfing.  The lake also has a 3.1 mile walking/jogging trail and seven fishing piers. Another way to enjoy the fresh air of Pflugerville is to relax in either one of our two community pools. Enjoy the calm, relaxing, Jr. Olympic size pool at Gilleland Creek Pool or the fun, exciting family slide or lazy river at the Scott B. Mentzer Pool. Bring family and friends to one of Pflugerville’s three city parks. Pfluger Park is located in the heart of downtown Pflugerville and is the perfect family gathering place. The city’s hike and bike trail loops around Pfluger Park and Gilleland Creek Park with picnic tables and barbeque grills along the way. The park has restrooms, a basketball court, sand volleyball court and a playscape. Heritage Park is located along the hike and bike trails and is home to the Scott B. Mentzer pool and the Green Red Barn. The Green Red Barn is a demonstration in renewable energy. Aside from the recreational side, Pflugerville is beginning to obtain a significant amount of retail. Come visit one of our major commercial projects on FM 685, known as Pfluger Crossing. Here you will find Pflugerville’s first Wal-Mart Supercenter. After shopping at Wal-Mart, you can enjoy Yaghi’s Pizza or stop in Baskin Robbins, Game Stop, Radio Shack and many more. Next, you can walk around Stone Hill Town Center located on the southwest corner of SH 130 and SH 45. It is a 196-acre masterplanned development with 5,100 square feet of street frontage consisting of approximately one million square feet of retail. Last, but certainly not least, if love is in the air for you, family or friends, check out the Plantation House. It is a breathtaking estate set on five meticulously groomed acres. The grand plantation-style mansion creates a whimsical feeling of southern charm and hospitality, providing a welcoming and comfortable feel. The interior is picture perfect, yet intimate and personable, and the spiral staircase that leads to the grand entrance will take your breath away, creating a truly remarkable event. Pflugerville has so much to offer. These are just a few of the things to see and do. We will see you soon. n

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elcome to Pflugerville! “Between a rock and a weird place” as locals know it, Pflugerville is situated in the heart of central Texas between Round Rock and Austin. The City of Pflugerville is 12 minutes from downtown Austin and 15 minutes from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. New times have begun to move Pflugerville from a bedroom community to that of a community with business opportunities with that same small town feel. Pflugerville has a rich German heritage. The city was founded in 1860 when William Bohls established a general store and post office in his residence and named the town in honor of Henry Pfluger. In 1872, residents established a school, and in 1875, a Lutheran Church known today as Immanuel Lutheran Church. From 1980 to 1988, new development in Pflugerville made it the fastest growing community in the state. Forbes’ Magazine recognized Pflugerville in 2008 as one of the fastest growing US suburban cities. Pflugerville has risen from a population of 452 in 1986 to 41,817 in 2008. Some of Pflugerville’s growth is partially due to the newest Texas tollroads – State Highway 130 and State Highway 45. State Highway 130 is a project of the Texas Department of Transportation and is the state’s first highway to be developed under a Comprehensive Development Agreement, allowing the work of property acquisition, design and construction to be undertaken simultaneously. The new SH 130 is a 49 mile tollway extending from Interstate 35 north of Georgetown southward to U.S. 183, southeast of Austin, passing through Williamson and Travis Counties. State Highway 45 North is approximately 13 miles long, extending from Ridgeline Boulevard west of U.S. 183 eastward to State Highway 130. These two tollroads connect in Pflugerville creating many new opportunities for the community. To aid in the growth of the community, Pflugerville thought ahead of the game and created more recreational possibilities by providing a great quality of life by building a 180-acre lake to become Lake Pflugerville - family playground.  Located at the intersection of Weiss Lane and Pflugerville Parkway,


Things to Do and See

Make it a Day in Historic Pflugerville

Baris Pasta and Pizza is named for the village in Italy where the family resided before their ancestors migrated to the States. Baris gives diners the kind of Italian cuisine you want and expect from your basic Italian family-style restaurant. The portions are large, the prices ridiculously low and the quality is fine. Located at 1501 Pecan St W., Ste 100; 512-989-8900. Blue Marble Java...“where gourmet meets convenience.”  They pride themselves in having superior products while still being environmentally conscious.  They believe that making superb coffee is an art form that can never be achieved by a simple touch of a button, but with careful, meticulous practice and attention. They also have smoothies, gourmet desserts, pastries and more. Located at 1912 W Pecan Street. 512-670-3100. www.bluemarblejava.com Bohls House is a two-story, eight room house that was built in 1913. The Bohls family deeded the property to the city in 1992 to promote and interpret the city’s heritage and culture. The house is the site of the historic Heritage House Museum and is open to the public for tours. Bohls House is located at Heritage Park at 901 Old Hutto Rd. Cele BBQ which closed in 2007 after 115 years in business, has reopened at the same location. It was first established as Richland Saloon in 1891. Owners Marvin and Marilyn Weiss decided to reopen with the help of grandson Brandon Fuchs. They serve brisket, sausage and ribs for lunch and dinner on Saturdays by reservation only so they know how much meat to cook. Cele store has even been featured in movies! For reservations, call 512-251-3562. Lunch does not require a reservation and starts at 10:30 a.m. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations only. Located at 18726 Cameron Road.

Ceramics-N-More is a family-friendly place where memory making is created with each piece, but most of all is easy on the budget. www. ceramicsam.com. Located at 101 W Pecan St.; 512-252-2243. Charlie’s

Steakhouse

opened in 1972, but entering the dining room with red vinyl table cloths, low ceiling and friendly, casual atmosphere it could have been 1942. Charles and Gladys Parker and their son, Charles Jr., have been serving home-style food to Pflugerville residents for more than 33 years with prompt waitstaff that’s like family. The true test for any old Texas eatery is the chicken fried steak, and diners won’t be disappointed. Located at 15601 Visions Dr. 512-251-9358.

Cookie HauS is one of Pflugerville’s best kept secrets. Susan Tyson ran her bakery for family and friends out of her home for 10 years. At the Cookie Haus, customers can purchase cut and decorated sugar cookies, mini-pies and lots more. All of the Cookie Haus’ treats are homemade from scratch and feature recipes from her family. Located at 104 N Railroad. For more information, call 512989-7300.

Dazzle Coffee provides a wide variety of gourmet coffees, teas and fruit smoothies with the convenience of a fast and fun drive through experience. Located in the heart of downtown Pflugerville at 100 N 2nd Street. www.dazzlecoffee.com or www.myspace.com/dazzlecoffee.

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European-Bistro was founded by sisters Anni Zovek and Piroska Althauser and is located in downtown Pflugerville. With a 100 year-old setting, the unpretentious ambience of intimate dining alcoves, gently oscillating ceiling fans, white tablecloths, twinkling lights and Eastern European classical music -- an apt atmosphere for the traditional Austro-Hungarian empire dishes that they serve. Enjoy Old World cuisine and European pastries while listening to classical music. Visit them at www. european-bistro.com; 111 E Main St.; 512-835-1919. Graham Central Station has SIX nightclubs under one

roof ... all for only ONE admission price! From western dancing to karoke, from local music to wild table top dances, Graham’s meets the standards for every taste. Visit 1719 Grand Ave Parkway. 512-252-0664 or on-line at www. grahamcentralstationaustin.com

Hanover’s Draught Haus

is an original Pflugerville tradition located in the heart of downtown. They are traditionally known for having plenty of choices for thirst reduction, with many beers on tap. They also host some of the best live music acts from around the area. They have a sand volleyball court in their backyard for tournaments and just for fun they also have karaoke, poker and more. 108 E Main St. 512-670-9617.


Pflugerville Fallen blers of the Day, served with a scoop Warrior Memorial was cre- of Blue Bell ice cream. Located at 2505 ated by a group of grateful citizens that inquired about Pflugerville residents that have given their lives in service for their country. On November 11, 2005, the memorial was dedicated. Life-sized bronze sculptures of three generations of warriors stand in front of a granite pentagon upon which will be engraved with names of our fallen warriors. The Fallen Warrior Memorial is prominently located in Pfluger Park.

lake pflugerville is a family playground located at the intersection of Weiss Lane and Pflugerville Parkway. The lake offers opportunity for fishing, swimming, jogging, canoeing, kayaking and wind surfing.  The lake also has a 3.1 mile walking/jogging trail and seven fishing piers.

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Pflugerville’s popular sandwich shop! The deli features a drive-thru window, a large dining room and an outdoor area. They have great burgers, fries, tater tots, etc. There is also a great selection of sandwiches, soup and even a salad bar. They serve breakfast as well. For more information, call 512-251-0296 or visit them at 1005 W Pecan St.

W. Pecan St. 512-251-0159

Springhill RESTAURANT

was opened in 1985 by Linda and Carroll Humphrey. The atmosphere they created, with antiques covering walls and ceilings and the tables with advertisements laminated into the tops, fits the small town atmosphere that is Pflugerville. If you love seafood, you’ll be in heaven here. No matter how much you eat, someone at the table has to order dessert, like one of the Fruit Cob-

and Railroad for 15 years and specializes in items imported from western Europe, mainly The Czech Republic. They carry unique gifts as well as being one of the largest dealers for Tyler Candle Company products in Texas, a line which includes candles, fragrance fuel, diffusers, etc., and are made in Tyler, Texas. Visit them at 117 E Main or at www.oldpraguemarket.com; 512251-7330. A great shop owned by  W. C. and Barbara Kolinek. n

Pflugerville Event Calendar

**May- August, Tuesday Night Farmer’s Market!**

April

October

Easter Pfestival Bluebonnet Drives

May

34th Annual Deutschenpfest

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Friday Nights Music in the Park KidFish 3rd Annual Lake Pflugerville Triathlon

July

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National Night Out GPCC Pfamily Pfestival Halloween on Main Street

Friday Nights Music in the Park

November

2nd Annual Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival

Pfall Chili Pfest

Pfall Pfest Craft Show

December

Holiday Sing-A-Long Holidays at Heritage Park 4th Annual Old Town Holiday Stroll and Christmas Parade          

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Wimberley

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elcome to Wimberley! Leave your city worries behind and take a hill country drive for a relaxing weekend in Wimberley, located approximately 45 minutes south of Austin- a drive which is scenic and lovely. The Wimberley Valley is nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the cool shaded quietness of cypress-lined streams, the splendid vistas or just the relaxed, laid back atmosphere. A good place to start your visit is at the Visitors Center located on Ranch Road 12 just across Cypress Creek from the Wimberley Town Square. Wimberley has been a retreat for artists, musicians and writers for many years, and it hosts the most popular Market Day in the area which bring visitors from all over the country. Shoppers come the first Saturday of the month, March through December. Wimberley has outstanding venues for critically acclaimed live theater. EmilyAnn Theater—west of Wimberley on Ranch Road 2325—each year hosts Shakespeare Under the Stars and is also the location for the Christmas Trail of Lights with more than 100 separate sparkling displays. The Annual Wimberley VFW Rodeo is one of the largest in the state and is held on the weekend closest to July 4. Three nights of bull riding, bronc busting, calf roping and much more held at the rodeo grounds at Veterans Memorial Park. If you want to experience a “Norman Rockwell” moment, you must see the July 4th Parade that

goes down the main streets of Wimberley, followed by an old-fashioned Jubilee. Be sure and take in the daily glassblowing demonstrations at the Wimberley Glass Works. Watch talented artists manipulate molten glass into works of art, then visit their on-site gallery. There are two local wineries where visitors may tour the vineyards and wine-making facilities to sample some of the finest in Texas wines. Wimberley has two magnificent natural swimming holes. The Blue Hole, rated the second best swimming hole in Texas, and Cypress Falls in Woodcreek, welcome swimmers with cool clear waters. Cypress Creek also offers a nature trail and hiking (Old Baldy will provide a unique panorama of the Wimberley Valley). Veterans Memorial Plaza, located on a scenic hilltop at EmilyAnn Theater, consists of a United States Flag, a Texas Flag and the flags of each of the armed forces as well as one representing prisoners of war and those missing in action. The newest attraction is Wimberley Zipline Adventures. This incredible adventure gives you a bird’s eye view of the surrounding valley with breathtaking scenery. Begin with trained guides leading you on an educational walking tour-- at the top, the course consists of five ziplines. You will feel like you’re flying as you zoom down the cable! Each tour lasts one and one half to two hours. Call ahead to book your adventure! Visit www.wimberley.org or contact the Visitor Center at (512)847-2201 for more information! n

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An old-world toy store specializing in European and educational toys. Children and adults are encouraged to come on in and play. Our staff will assure that you find the perfect toys for the children in your life Wimberley Square | 512.847.2150 Open 7 days a week | BlueBaconToys.com

Celebrating our 4th year on the square!

a cooperative of hill country artists Featuring pottery, jewelry, hats, handmade soaps and more.

106 Wimberley Square - Wimberley, Texas 78676

(512) 847-2113 www.calicodaisy.com

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Handmade Fudge ✮ Confections Bulk and Novelty Candy Soft Serve Ice Cream Toys and Funky Stuff

(Look for the red door)

512.847.1259

On The Square, In Wimberley

www.wimberleycandy.com (512) 847-7774 14015 Ranch Road 12 Sweet One Wimberley, Texas 78676

RainStar Ranch

“The Wild Side of Western”

High quality, unique items at reasonable prices Women’s Wear, Gifts, Accessories, Home Accents, Gourmet Coffee 14000B Ranch Rd. 12 Downtown Wimberle Two doors to the right of Ino’z Restaurant 512-847-0501 / www.RainStarRanch.com 118| |www.celebrateaustin.com www.celebrateaustin.com• Celebrating • CelebratingAustin AustinSince Since1980 1980 118

“the purple house one block south of the square” Every Woman’s Boutique...a fine selection of styles from casual to “Hill Country Chic” 13701 Ranch Road 12     Wimberley, Texas 78676 512.847.1263 www.DovetailsOfWimberley.com

There are many reasons to visit Wimberly: the beautiful vistas of the breathtaking hill country surrounding the quaint valley, the opportunity for unique outdoor fun and adventure, delicious local food and wine... but one cannot forgo the fun shopping. Wimberly is famous for attracting artists of all types and you will discover a plethora of unique stores and shops to serve every taste- from art to western wear, from candy to toys and much more than you could imagine!


Featured Businesses 1886 Café & Bakery .....................86 Adelante Boutique .........................79 Ah-ha! Boutique ..........................105 Airscape Parasail ............................18 All My Sons Moving & Storage ..53 Allens Boots............................70, BC Amelia’s.......................................70, 72 Ancho’s Restaurant ......................82 Antonio’s Restaurant ............82, 89 Arabic Bazaar ..................................18 Arboretum, The ........................2, 70 Art on 5th .............................36, 37, 39 Artworks .....................................37, 38 Aspasia Medical Solutions ....55, 56 Aunt Jenny’s Attic.........................118 Austin Duck Adventures .............18 Austin Gift Company ............17, 70 Austin Land and Cattle........82, 90 Austin Toros Basketball........44, 46 Baris Pasta and Pizza ..................112 Barton Creek Square ...............2, 70 Bay Hill Design ..............................79 Bead It ........................................70, 72 Bella Vista Ranch .........................101 Bella-Mi .....................................70, 77 Bellissima ..........................................79 Best Wurst ................................20, 82 Blue Bacon Toys ............................118 Blu Parrot.................................82, 120 Blue Marble Java ..........................112 Bobalu ................................................18 Bombay Grill ............................82, 87 Brick Oven Restaurant .........82, 87 Café Blue .....................................9, 82 Callahan’s General Store ......70, 72 Carlos ‘N Charlie’s ...................9, 82 Carmelo’s Ristorante .....82, 90-91 Casino el Camino ..........................64 Cele BBQ ......................................112 Ceramics-N-More ..................... 112 Charlie’s Steakhouse ...................112 Chocolat .........................................103 Comanche Canyon Ranch ..........27 Cookie Haus ..................................112 Copper Restaurant .......................82

Country Folk’s Gatherings & Antiques .........................................118

La Palapa Restaurant ............84, 88

Samuels Diamonds ..................11, 76

LBJ Wildflower Center..........17-18

Santa Rita Cantina........................ 79

Lakeline Mall ..............................2, 74

Sao Paulo’s Restaurante ........86, 89

Lakeway Resort and Spa..28-31, 56

Saxon Pub ........................................64

Lanai Rooftop Lounge ........64, 66

Schlitterbahn .................................4-5

Creeks Restaurant ........................82

Lucky Lizard/Museum of the Weird .................................................18

Scott & White Healthcare ...........57

Crystal Works ..........................70, 76

Lynx Steakhouse .............................84

D’Vine Wine .............................35, 74

Maggie Mae’s ....................62, 64-66

Daniel’s Fast Cookbook ...............42

Mandola Estate Winery and Restaurant ................................98-99

Courtyard Restaurant ..................82 County Line, The....................82-83 Coyote Ugly ......................60, 64, 67 Creekhaven Inn .............................117

Dazzle Coffee ................................112

Shiner Spoetzl Brewery .........17, 63 Snack Bar Diner & Lounge ........86 Southwest Bistro ...........................86 Spa Reveil ............................54, 56, 59

Marble Falls COC..............104, 106

Springhill Restaurant ..................113

Mesa Ranch .....................................84

Star of India ..............................86, 87

Mews, The .....................................107

Stories Fine Dining Est. ..............86

Dovetails Boutique ......................118

Nancy Whitworth Photography ...............................................................79

Sullivan’s Steakhouse .....12, 80, 86

Driftwood, City of.................94-101

Needle Works, The ......................79

Driftwood Vineyard ..................100

OASIS, The .......................22-27, 84

Duncan & Boyd Jewelers ............79

Old Mill Store, The ....................118

El Gallo Restaurant ...............84, 89

Old Prague Market, The ............113

Texas Hill Country Wineries ....................................................93, IBC

eOs Dermatology & MedSpa .....56

One World Theatre .......................15

Texas Ski Ranch .............................46

European-Bistro ...........................112

Onion Creek Grille ......................84

TGI Friday’s ...................................86

Falconhead Golf Club ..................47

Onion Creek Salon & Spa ...........56

Things Celtic ............................74, 76

Faraday’s Kitchen Store ..........35, 74

Paradise Café & Bar ...............84, 87

Third Base Sports Bar ..........62, 64

Finn & Porter ..................................84

Patina ...............................................106

Travis Restaurant ..........................86

Frank & Angie’s ..............................84

Pecan Street Station ....................113

Treaty Oak Platinum Rum ..........19

Frost Bank ........................................79

Pecan Tree Restaurant .................84

TRIO Restaurant..........................86

Garden Room, The..........68, 74, 77

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar ......61, 64

TrueResults ......................................58

Gastehaus Schmidt .....................103

Pflugerville, City of...............110-113

Turquoise Trading Post .........70, 76

gg Ganache ....................................105

Pitzer’s Fine Arts ..............................8

Under One Roof ..........................118

Graham Central Station ............112

Polvo’s Restaurant ..................86, 88

Urban Betty .....................................79

Grey Rock Golf Club ..................46

PPD .....................................................51

Volente Beach ...............................120

Hair’s Lair, The...............................79

Prime Outlets San Marcos ......3, 74

Waterloo Ice House ........79, 85, 86

Hanover’s Draught Haus ..........112

R&R Limousine & Bus Rental ..21

Hat Box .......................................21, 74

Rae Cosmetics ................................79

Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church .......................................40, 43

Heroes & Legacies ...................13, 74

RainStar Ranch .............................118

Hill Country Accommodations.....115

Randy Smith Photo.s..........37, 38, 92

Hill Country Dining Room .......84

ReVive! Restaurant .....................86

Hill Country Galleria ......32-34, 74

Rewards ............................74, 75, IFC

Wimberley Valley Candy Company .........................................118

Hill Country Listings ..................115

Rock Visions Group ......................41

Wolf Ranch .................................2, 76

Hooters ...............................62, 64, 84

Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers ............79

Yellow Wagon ..................................52

Horseshoe Bay Corp ..............7, 109

ROT Biker Rally ............................45

Your Address Magazine ...............50

Hut’s Hamburgers .........................84

Round Rock Premium Outlets ..................................................71, 74, 76

Zinger Hardware ............................19

Dig Pub, The ...................................64 Doc’s MotorWorks ................82, 85 Domain, The ...............................1, 74

Iguana Grill ................................35, 84 Iron Cactus .................................9, 84 Just For Fun ........................................9

Ruth’s Chris Steak House ....86, 91 Salt Lick, The ...........................96-97 Salem’s Jewelry .............................108

Sweet Charity ..................................79 TEO Caffe .......................................79 Terra Toys/dragonsnaps! 71, 74, 76

Whit Hanks Antiques ...........73, 76 Wildseed Farms ............................103 Wimberley Glassworks ...............116

Zoltan David ..............................6, 76


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Your first stop as soon as you get your ditty bag unpacked should be Allens Boots - just 3 minutes away from downtown! We have those special 40's and 50's throwback designed boots from the days of the singing cowboys and cowgirls and more pants, shirts, and accessories than Dale Evans ever had! So when you want to really be seen in the Austin scene, get into Allens first. We're the one stop western shop for men, women and kids!

1522 S. Congress Ave. 512 447-1413 1051 S. IH35, Exit 252 Round Rock 512 310-7600 WWW.ALLENSBOOTS.COM


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