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From the State of Texas and Office of the Governor: Greetings! As Governor of Texas, I am pleased to welcome you to Austin. With world-class entertainment, historic landmarks, beautiful scenery, fantastic food and a vibrant cultural scene, Texas’ capital city has something for everyone. Celebrate Austin is your guide to all the fun. More than 20 million travelers visit Austin and other destinations in the Texas Hill Country each year. Top attractions in Austin include the State Capitol, the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, Lake Travis, the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge bat colony, The University of Texas-Austin and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Austin is also home to world-class events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest. Residents of the great State of Texas pride themselves on greeting friends and strangers alike with a warm welcome. Our famous hospitality, along with our state’s great natural beauty, abundance of attractions and exciting travel experiences, make Texas one of the most visited states in the United States. First Lady Anita Perry joins me in wishing you a wonderful time.
President & Publisher Judy Barrick Executive Vice Presidents Linda Olson Marilyn Crawford Creative Teicher Creative Contributing Writers Christy Wink Joyce Stephens Shannon Barrientes
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Welcome From The Celebrate Team: These days, travelers have so many options for gathering information about their vacation that it’s a wonder we find time to vacation at all. You’ve checked with travel agents, collected recommendations from friends, neighbors and the internet on where to go (Austin, of course). Why not? We have the best weather, the best restaurants, the best bars and the best shopping; you will never run out of things to see and do, and there’s more coming every day. We are pleased you chose Austin; you will not be disappointed, we promise. You have in your hands the answer to why you are here: our in-room visitor’s guide! Our team has scoured the area, spent hours checking out some of the best places to eat and shop, finding fun things to see and do and plenty of reasons to come back. Since the outdoors is a large part of what draws visitors to the area you will discover some great biking, hiking and walking tours, even water sports right outside your hotel room. You will find plenty to get you going and few local secrets to boot. You will find the right place for lunch, a quiet place for dinner and some of the best brunches you will ever have in your travels. Be sure to check out the food trailers all over the city, they are wonderful. (We know, we have tried pretty much all of them!)
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If you want to find out where the locals go, just ask anyone. We are one of the friendliest cities in the world; they might even take you there. They have some great secrets to share with you. After all, the satisfaction from knowing an area intimately is why those of us who live here choose to do so. Our publication is organized into many helpful sections and its purpose is to provide you with enough in-depth information to make the most of your time exploring Austin and the surrounding Hill Country…and feel like a local. The Shopping, Arts and Culture, Dining, Nightlife, Kids, Lake Travis, Sports, Historic Sixth Street, Newcomers, Tour Austin and Day Trips sections will get you going in the right direction with the latest on where to dine, shop and enjoy the rich culture of Austin. Welcome to Austin. Enjoy your time here, tell your friends about us and hurry back. Sincerely, The Celebrate Austin Team
Corporate offices are located at 10713 RR 620 N. Austin, TX 78726. For more information, please call 512-346-6235. CopyrightandTrademark,2014,byCelebrateTexasPublications, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher. Celebrate Austin is published annually for distribution in hotel rooms and as a relocation guide for Austin newcomers, real estate agencies and Austin corporations.
Concierge Page 7
Tour Austin Page 8
Historic 6th Page 26
Kids Page 44
Art Page 30
Dining Page 46
Sports Page 18
Lake Travis Page 22
Shopping Page 36
Nightlife Page 54
Georgetown Page 70
Newcomers Page 62
Salado Page 76
Concierge Services by robin owens
Tipping Guide Taxi/Limo Driver: Standard tipping is 15% of the total fare for taxis and 20% of the total fare for limos. Bellhop/Porter: $1-$2 per bag is customary ($2 for heavier items). Doorman: If the doorman simply opens the door for you, no tip is required. However, if he or she gets you a cab, then $1 is acceptable. Special care, such as covering you with an umbrella in the rain or hailing a cab rather than just calling for one, might prompt additional tip. Parking Valet: It is okay to tip only when the car is retrieved rather than when it is parked. $2 is typical. If you are driving an expensive car and want it parked in a premium spot with extra care then you can expect to tip your valet anywhere between $5 and $10 dollars both ways.
Room Service: Oftentimes, hotels include a “service charge” to deliver to your room along with an added gratuity charge. If no gratuity charge was added then 15%-20% of the bill is appropriate. Tipping extra is fine, particularly if the person delivering the order takes extra care to set up your meal. Housekeeper: If the maid goes above and beyond in service, such as providing extra soaps or folding towels in the shape of swans, feel free to leave a dollar or two. Whenever tipping, put the money in a clearly marked, sealed envelope, so there is no confusion as to who it belongs to. Concierge: No tip is required for ordinary advice, giving directions or simple reservations. However, it is typical to tip $5 for special dinner reservations and $20 for hard-to-get theater tickets, because of the difficulty of the reservation. Tipping is
acceptable at the time of service or at the end of the stay. Pool Attendant: Tipping is not required unless extra service was provided such as reserving lounge chairs, lending reading material, inflating pool toys or providing sunscreen. In those cases, $2-$3 is normal. Tour Guide: If the tip is not already included, give 10%-20% of the tour price. $3-$4 for a full day tour is acceptable and it is customary to tip private tour guides more. Give the tip when saying goodbye. Also, if the driver is particularly helpful, then tip $1-$2. Bartender/Cocktail Waitress: 15%-20% of the total tab or $1 a drink is reasonable. Front Desk Staff: No tip is necessary.
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by christy wink
What to do in the Capital City
ustin is a city that is truly in a class of its own. What is it, specifically, that makes this place so unique? Austin is home to a blend of eclectic cultures and grassroots politics, with a thriving music scene, a strong smallbusiness network and a rich historic background, all set to a backdrop of a gorgeous Hill Country landscape. Take one look around and it becomes clear that this is not your ordinary capital city: it is home to the largest state capitol building in the United States, a feat of architecture that brings to life Texas’ proud and independent history. Add to that Austin’s unique politics; long known as a single blue dot in a sea of red, Austin’s colorful political views reflect the extreme diversity of the city. Stir in a deep-rooted musical history, a significant selection of art houses and museums and a generous handful of locally owned and revered restaurants and businesses, and you’ve started to create the melting pot that is Austin. Its live music culture is a living, breathing thing, and the
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film making, interactive and software development industries are quickly becoming an integral part of Austin’s infrastructure. The people of Austin thrive in their environment. The temperate weather encourages outdoor activity, and residents make good use of the multiple outlets in which to hike, bike, walk, run or swim. Hippies and hipsters alike bump elbows with the forces of gentrification without sacrificing their soul. Ask anyone on the street and they’ll tell you—Austin is proud of its off-beat heritage and fiercely protective of its free-thinking, liberal spirit. So where do we end up? Visitors come for the beautiful environment and the interesting tourist attractions. They stay because of the infectiously positive vibe. And in the end, they get carried away with the thrum of Austin’s lifestyle until finally they realize: they’re not a tourist at all, but instead another piece of what makes Austin unique in the first place.
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In his sixteen year tenure as The University of Texas at Austin Head Football Coach, Coach Brown truly found an adoring fan base as he revitalized the Longhorn Football program. In his early years at the University of Texas Coach Brown gained a reputation for bringing in successful, high-talent recruits and solidified his reputation as a specialist in wide receiving. His first six years with the Longhorns ended with a Holiday Bowl or Cotton Bowl Classic to conclude each season, with an overall 3-3 record. Under Coach Brown’s leadership the Longhorns took the 2004 season in a bull rush, setting a record for the largest come-from-behind-win and beating Oklahoma State 56-35 after falling behind 35-7. A series of victories quickly brought Texas to the #5 position and, shortly thereafter, an invitation to the Rose Bowl. The 2004 win was considered by many to be one of the greatest Rose Bowl victories of all time. Texas welcomed the 2005 season with blood boiling fervently orange. Many Texans worship football and these mid-career seasons of Coach Brown were like a rebirth. Led by quarterback Vince Young and the wisdom of Coach Brown, Texas overwhelmed their adversaries with ease and returned, once again, to the Rose Bowl. In a celebrated 41-38 win in the fourth quarter by a game-winning touchdown in the final minute, the Longhorns took their first national championship in 35 years. Moments such as these won the hearts of Longhorn fans everywhere, and won the respect of a nation. With no short list of accomplishments, fans of Coach Brown’s tenure can boast twenty consecutive winning seasons, eighteen consecutive bowl game appearances and a national record for the longest active streak of winning games in a season with ten wins or more. Coach Brown has been awarded Coach of the Year three times with the 2005 NCAA Football Coach of the Year award, the 2006 Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and the 2008 Bobby Dodd award. During the Thanksgiving game of 2008 Coach Brown achieved his 200th career win, making him the first Texas coach to reach that prestigious mark. Coach Brown is known on and off the field as a reliable family man with a philanthropic heart. Despite his rigorous coaching schedule, Coach Brown remained active in community activities, serving on the Board of Directors for the Rise School of Austin, the city’s only school dedicated to the early childhood
education of children born with disabilities in an integrated environment. In May of 2012 Coach Brown and his wife Sally were named Couple of the Year at the Tenth Annual National Football League Alumni Caring for Kids Banquet. The couple also endorsed a Texas license plate designed to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect. In recognition of these efforts and many more, Mack and Sally Brown were honored by the City of Austin. Mayor Lee Leffingwell presented them with a proclamation and January 30, 2014 was named “Mack and Sally Brown Day” in Austin. After sixteen dedicated and fervent years, Coach Mack Brown resigned from his position in December of 2013 and left his legacy in the capable hands of former Louisville Cardinals Coach Charles R. Strong. After Texas fell to Oregon in the 2013 Alamo Bowl, Coach Brown was given a warm send-off and salute from Bevo, the beloved Texas mascot, the Texas marching band and a stadium full of cheering fans. As he walked off the field for the last time as Texas coach, he flashed the “Hook ‘Em Horns” sign and hearts lifted in the stands. Coach Brown’s fervor for football will carry forward in the years to come and many football enthusiasts will remember his dedication to the Longhorns and a passion that revitalized the University of Texas at Austin football program.
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THE WILDFLOWER CENTER
Explore 279 acres of Texas heritage and 650 native plant species at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Visit our shady Arboretum, walk four miles of nature trails and take your kids to the developing Luci and Ian Family Garden. Don’t forget our café and store. For hours and events check www.wildflower.org. 4801 La Crosse Avenue, 512.232.0100
AUSTIN DUCK ADVENTURES
Take an amphibious tour of Austin’s downtown and beautiful Lake Austin inside and unsinkable, U.S. Coast Guard inspected, Hydra Terra vehicle. Austin’s best tour with 75 minutes of sightseeing that includes Historic 6th St., the State Capital Building, Bob Bullock State History Museum, the Governor’s Mansion and Lake Austin. Tours depart daily year around from the Austin’s Visitor Center; also available for corporate charter. 209 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78701, 512-477-5274; www.austinducks.com
CAPITAL CRUISES Come view the famous Congress Ave bat emergence and take in some vestiges of scenic Lady Bird Lake! Offerings include Bat Watching and Sightseeing Excursions, boat rentals and a wide variety of private events including dinners and entertainment. Book today and have the ultimate Austin experience! Reservations can be made at 512-480-9264; Located on the lake below the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd. www.capitalcruises.com
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AUSTIN POWWOW AND AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
A rich experience in culture that occurs the first Saturday of every November at the Toney Burger Center in Sunset Valley–the largest such event in the nation. Share, honor and learn about local and national American Indians. Includes storytelling, songs, crafts, a food court and more. For more information visit www.austinpowwow.com
NATURE’S TREASURES OF TEXAS
Located just north of downtown on I-35 (lower deck) find this Austin treasure. With an ample selection of minerals, fossils, crystals, natural stone jewelry, salt lamps and more, well, what can we say... they rock! Open 7 days a week. Nature’s Treasures of Texas, 4103 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78722, www.ntrocks.com, 512.472.5015
BUSTI’S CHAMBER OF WAX
Come visit Austin’s newest all-ages attraction! Located in a full-size castle on South Congress, this wax museum is a chronological walk through the history of classic monster movies. Our gift shop, SFANTHOR!, features comics, collectibles, toys and more! 1101 S. Congress, Austin, TX 78704. 512-444-7326; www.sfanthor.com
SHERWOOD FOREST FAIRE
Hear ye! Hear ye! The faire showscases a castle playground, comedy shows, falconry, juggler, dog show, mud show, jousting, glass blower, and live music; over 100 performances a day. Enjoy 150 artisans and merchants with clothing, swords, hand crafted beauty lines, art, glass, jewelry, leather and more. Wine tasting tickets available. Open every Spring through March 31st, see website for dates and times. Hwy 290 near Hwy 21, 35 miles east of Austin. www.sherwoodforestfaire.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, unusual one-of-a-kind items and, of course, lizards! Featuring the Museum of the Weird, a must-see experience for visitors! 412 E. 6th St.; 512-476-5493; www.museumoftheweird.com www.luckylizard.net
SHORE CLUB VOLENTE BEACH ON LAKE TRAVIS
Austin’s water park on the shores of Lake Travis is the perfect retreat for children and adults on a hot summer day. Enjoy pools, a sandy beach front and two lighted volleyball courts. The Shore Club, a fine dining casual restaurant, open year round, features hand-cut steaks and seafood. Hilltop lake house available for rent. 16107 FM 2769, Volente, TX 78641. 512-258-5110. Check hours/ events at www.shoreclubtx.com
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VIP MARINA ON LAKE TRAVIS
Enjoy a rental fleet second to none for boat rentals, jet ski rentals, sunset dinner cruises, houseboats, boat sales, and covered boat slips. The cleanest facilities on Lake Travis, closest marina to Austin, and a fully stocked ship store. Free fuel on rentals. Open 7 days a week, and late in Summer. Adjacent to The Shore Club fine dining, Volente Beach and Airscape Parasail. Boat captains available. 16107 FM 2769, Volente, TX 78641, www.viplaketravis.com (512) 331-5375 www.celebrateaustin.com • Celebrating Austin Since 1980 | 13
Outdoors in Austin
by robin owens
photo by jim nix
Austin Nature and Science Center; 512-974-3888; 301 Nature Center Drive, Austin, TX 78746; www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-nature-and-science-center. This center provides a place for visitors of all ages to enjoy nature exhibits and educational programs. Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 12 pm-5 pm. Zilker Botanical Garden; 512-477-8672; 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746; www.zilkergarden.org. Zilker Botanical Garden allows visitors to enjoy a pleasant walk through numerous themed gardens. Daily 7 am-5:30 pm. Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary; 512-288-1490; 10807 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736; www.austinzoo.org. Not your typical zoo, the Austin Zoo is home to rescue animals, supporting their mission of rescue and rehabilitation. Daily 10 am-6 pm. Lake Travis; www.laketravis.com Lake Travis allows for numerous types of outdoor fun including swimming, boating, water parks and restaurants. Mayfield Park; 3505 West 35th Street, Austin, TX 78703; mayfieldpark.org. Mayfield Park is best described as a peaceful preserve with walking trails and beautiful wildlife. Daily 5 am-10 pm.
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Mount Bonnell; 3800 Mount Bonnell Drive, Austin, TX 78731; Generally considered to be the highest point in Austin, Mount Bonnell is a wonderful place to have a picnic or watch the sun set over the hills. Daily 5 am-10 pm.
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Barton Springs Pool; 512-476-9044; 2201 Barton Springs Road; Austin, TX 78746; www.austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool; Barton Springs Pool is one of the more unique attractions in Austin as it is a swimming hole with water fed from underground springs. Daily 5 am-10 pm.
$2 OFF with the purchase of a regular priced adult admission* 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736 512.288.1490 â€˘ www.AustinZoo.org
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Hamilton Pool; 512-264-2740; 24300 Hamilton Pool Road; Dripping Springs, TX 78620; www.texasoutside.com/hamiltonpool.htm; Hamilton Pool is a beautiful swimming spot with a grotto and a 45-foot waterfall, formed by thousands of years of water erosion. Daily 9 am-6 pm.
Shoal Creek Greenbelt; 2600 Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78705; This section of the greenbelt leads you all the way to Lady Bird Lake and is great for bicyclists, walkers and dogs. Deep Eddy Pool; 512-472-8546; 401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin, TX 78703; www.deepeddy.org; Man-made and fed with water from a spring, Deep Eddy is the oldest swimming pool in Texas. VIP Marina on Lake Travis; Boat rentals, jet ski rentals, sunset dinner cruises, houseboats, boat sales, and covered boat slips. 16107 FM 2769, Volente, TX 78641, (512) 331-5375; www.viplaketravis.com. Lady Bird Lake; Located downtown and also called Town Lake by locals, Lady Bird Lake is a perfect way to simultaneously enjoy the beautiful landscapes of both nature and the city skyline that Austin has to offer. See live music at Auditorium Shores or take a cruise with Capital Cruises; (512) 480-9264. Shore Club Volente Beach Water Park; 512-258-5110, 16107 FM 2769, Volente, TX 78641, www.shoreclubtx.com; Austin’s water park on the shores of Lake Travis is the perfect retreat for children and adults on a hot summer day. Enjoy pools, a sandy beach front and two lit volleyball courts. Next to the The Shore Club, a fine dining casual restaurant open year round.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; 512-232-0100; 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739; www.wildflower.org; Created by Lady Bird Johnson in order to protect native plants, this center has plants, wildflowers and landscapes. Tues-Sat 9 am-5:30 pm, Sun 12 pm-5:30 pm. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum; 512-445-5582; 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin, TX 78704; umlaufsculpture.org; A great place to experience the art outside of a normal museum. The natural environment has birds, a waterfall, ponds and wooden bridges. Wed-Fri 10 am-4:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1 pm-4:30 pm. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve; 512-327-7622; 805 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746; www.wildbasin.org; At this preserve visitors can experience over 3 miles of hiking trails through woodland, grassland and streamside habitats. Open from sunrise to sunset.
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Event Calendar in Active Austin January
Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show: Austin Convention Center, January 16-19, 2014 12th Anniversary Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival: Moving to an even bigger venue at the Austin Convention Center for a special edition in 2014. January 24-26, 2014
Carnaval Brasileiro: Palmer Events Center - “Carnaval in Austin is one of the biggest Brazilian carnaval celebrations outside Brazil – samba, costumes and wild abandon – Brasileiro style in the heart of Texas.” February 1 , 2014 Chinese New Year’s Festival: Chinatown Center - “March in the Year of the Horse with All-Day festivities.” February 9, 2014
77th Annual Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo: Travis County Expo Center, March 1-16, 2014 9th Annual Austin Spring Home & Garden Show: Austin Convention Center, Feb. 28-March 2, 2014 86th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival: Zilker Park, March 2, 2014 Mardi Gras: Downtown Austin - “Time to whip out the purple, green, and gold, people! Mardi Gras is officially right around the corner. Who says you can’t celebrate a New Orleans tradition in a different city?” March 4, 2014 SXSW Education Expo: Austin Convention Center and Hilton Austin Downtown - “A public event celebrating the Central Texas community’s hunger and passion for lifelong learning, from cradle to career and beyond.” www.schedule.sxswedu.com, March 3-6, 2014 South by Southwest: Locations vary, March 7-16, 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Festival: Various Locations - “For over ten years the Celtic Cultural Center of Texas has organized the best Austin St. Paddy’s Day
celebration in central Texas. A family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day where families can come out and enjoy the culture of Ireland including music, dance and language.” www.stpatricksdayaustin.com, March 17, 2014
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays: Mike A. Myers Stadium, UT Campus - “The premier track & field event brings together the best high school, college and professional athletes from Texas, the U.S. and the world. The weekend wraps up with the Urban Music Festival on Saturday, which features soul, R&B and hip hop artists.” www.texassports.com, March 28-29, 2014 Zilker Garden Festival: Zilker Botanical Garden, March 29 & 30, 2014
22nd Annual Austin International Poetry Festival: Location: TBA - “This fourday citywide, all-inclusive celebration of poetry and poets will include poetry readings, workshops, and slam poetry presentations.” April 3-6, 2014 The 13th Annual Lonesar Round-Up: Travis County Expo Center - “A huge outdoor car show and live music festival with tons of vintage hot rods and custom cars driven here from all over the country, and bringing visitors from all over the world.” www.lonestarroundup.com, April 4-5, 2014 The Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival: Austin American Statesman Parking Lot - “Come take a part of this live music and food festival where 7,000 pounds of Crawfish will be given away. The crawfish is given away one plate at a time while supplies last.” www.roadwayevents.com, April 12, 2014 Art City Austin: Cesar Chavez Street and 2nd Street District “An iconic Austin weekend long arts festival that transforms the streets of downtown in a celebration of art, culture and creativity.” www.artallianceaustin.org, April 12-13, 2014 Austin Reggae Festival: Butler Park, April 18-20, 2014
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Moto GP: Circuit of the Americas -“The premier motorcycle racing World Championship; an eighteen-race series visiting thirteen countries, four continents and with pan-global television coverage.” www.circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp, April 19-21, 2014 Moontower Comedy Festival: Paramount and State Theatres “This marathon of side-splitting nights throughout the city is slated to bring over 100 comedians doing everything from stand-up and sketch to improv and musical comedy.” www.moontowercomedyfestival.com, April 23-26, 2014 Austin Fashion Week: Frank Erwin Center and Austin Music Hall - “An event showcasing the work of fashion designers in clothing, accessories and jewelry from throughout Texas.” www.fashionweekaustin.com, April 24-May 3, 2014
Austin Food and Wine Festival: Butler Park and Republic Square Park - “Get prepped for tastings, libations, hands-on grilling demos with top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin’s own acclaimed gourmet scene for an experience unlike any other.”April 25-27, 2014 Eeyore’s 51st Annual Birthday Party: Pease Park - “Live music, beer, food, acrobats and costume contests surround this annual gathering of Austin’s most eclectic locals. Eeyore’s Birthday serves as fund-raiser to benefit many local, Austin non-profits.” www.eeyores.org, April 26, 2014
200 athletes.” www.xgamesaustin.com, June 5-8, 2014 Republic of Texas Biker Rally: Travis County Exposition Center and 6th Street - “The state’s largest motorcycle gathering attracts thousands of bikers for rides, parades and music.” www.rotrally.com, June 12-15, 2014 Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K: The Long Center - “A blowout party full of music, family activities and local vendors eager to reflect the creative nature of Austin. Think of this festival as the ultimate toast to Austin, a toast to hospitality, fun and a sense of community.” www.keepaustinweirdfest.com, June 28, 2014
Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony: The Long Center for Performing Arts - “The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.” www.austinsymphony.org, July 4, 2014
8th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival: Fiesta Gardens - “This event will include lots of games, activities, contests and live entertainment as well as what we all scream for ICE CREAM!” August 9, 2014 19th Annual Austin Fall Home and Garden Show: Austin Convention Center, August 15-17, 2014 10th Annual Austin Bat Fest: Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge August 23, 2014
The Old Pecan Street Spring Festival: 6th Street - “Bi-annual juried arts and crafts festival featuring over 275 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade art and craft work.” www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com, May 3-4, 2014
4th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival: Fiesta Gardens, August 24, 2014
Fantastic Fest Film Festival: Alamo Drafthouse - “The largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just
X Games: Circuit of the Americas - “Showcasing the world’s best in action sports and music, presenting more than
UT Football: Opening Game vs. North Texas: Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium August 30, 2014
TOUR AUSTIN plain fantastic movies from all around the world.” www. fantasticfest.com, September 18-25, 2014 WEC/Tudor United Sports Car Challenge: Circuit of the Americas, The only place in America to see these two amazing championship series! September 19-20, 2014
Austin City Limits: Zilker Park “An annual weekend music and art festival that has become one of the United States premier rock festivals. Approximately 130 bands on eight stages attract crowds of around 65,000 fans to listen to music including rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae and bluegrass.” October 3-5 & 10-12, 2014 SXSW Eco Conference: Austin Convention Center - “Hosting an audience of thought leaders and decision makers, this threeday event serves as the platform to evolve critical matters such as complex challenges facing civil society, the economy and the natural world towards actionable and profitable solutions.” www.sxsweco.com, Date: TBA
St. Elias Mediterranean Festival: St. Elias Church - “This two day event includes live music, dancing, wine, cocktails, children’s games and a festival marketplace with a Greek Orthodox Bazaar.” www.mediterraneanfestival.org, Date: TBA 21st Annual Austin Film Festival: Various Locations, October 23-30, 2014 Texas Book Festival: State Capitol, Date: TBA Art Outside: Apache Pass Festival Grounds - “A family friendly avant-garde art and music event featuring artwork, multimedia, large scale art installations, yoga, aerial acrobatics, fire spinning, music and workshops along the banks of the San Gabriel River northeast of Austin, Texas.” www.artoutside.org, October 24-27, 2014 Formula One Grand Prix: Circuit of the Americas, October 31-November 2, 2014
Fun Fun Fest: Auditorium Shores, November 7-9, 2014 Junior League’s Christmas Affair: Location: TBA, Date: TBA Victorian Christmas Festival: 6th Street - “A stroll down Sixth Street, Austin’s haven for hipsters, becomes a walk down memory lane each November as the present day melts away, replaced by the innocent idyll of the Victorian era.” Late November Austin Celtic Festival: Fiesta Gardens - “Join the Austin Celtic Festival as we present world class music, dance and fun for you and your family.” www.austincelticfestival.com Date: TBA 23rd Annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival: Location: TBA “Hundreds of Native American Indian dancers, singers and drummers gather each year in Austin on the first Saturday in November to celebrate American Indian culture.” www.austinpowwow.net, Date: TBA
East Austin Studio Tour: “A two-weekend self-guided tour of working art studioswith over 100 artists and studios participating and located east of I-35, west of 183, south of 51st Street and north of Town Lake.” www.eastaustinstudiotour.com, Date: TBA
Zilker Holiday Tree and Trail of Lights: Zilker Park, Date: TBA Armadillo Christmas Bazaar: Palmer Events Center, Date: TBA Austin’s New Year: Long Center at Auditorium Shores - “A family-friendly, alcohol-free event that features local music, dance, film, art and food with a fireworks finale.” www. austintexas.gov/department/ austins-new-year, December 31st-January 1st, 2015
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French Legation Museum; 512-472-8180; 802 San Marcos Street, Austin, TX 78702; www.frenchlegationmuseum.org; Originally built by Alphonse Dubois de Saligny, the home is now a museum dedicated to sharing the site’s rich past as well as the cultural history of Texas. Tues-Sun 1 pm-5 pm.
Texas State Capitol; 512-305-8400; 112 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701; www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/capitol/texcap.htm; Visitors can observe the legislative process, learn about Texas history or simply walk the grounds to admire the grand architecture. Mon-Fri 7 am-10 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am-8 pm.
Neil Cochran House Museum; 512-478-2335; 2310 San Gabriel Street, Austin, TX 78705; www.nchmuseum.org. Considered to be one of Austin’s most important historic residences, this house was constructed in 1855. Tues-Sat 2 pm-5 pm. Driskill Hotel; 512-474-5911; 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701; www.driskillhotel.com. The oldest operating hotel in Austin, the Driskill is a stunning and intricately decorated hotel with a columned lobby and stained glass dome.
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Texas State Cemetery; 512-463-0605, 909 Navasota Street, Austin, TX 78702; www.cemetery.state.tx.us. Visit the final resting place of notables including Stephen F. Austin, General Albert Sidney Johnston and Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock. Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm.
Texas Governor’s Mansion; 512-474-9960, 201 East 14th Street, Austin, TX 78701; www.txfgm.org. This mansion, filled with exquisite and richly decorated rooms, has been the official home of every Texas governor since 1856.
German Free School; 512-482-0927; 507 E. 10th Street, Austin, TX 78701; germantexans.org. The first chartered school in Austin and the site of the German Texan Heritage Society. Tours given on Thurs from 12 pm-4 pm or by appointment. Susanna Dickinson House; 512-472-1903; 409 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701; www.ci.austin.tx.us/dickinson. Home of Susanna Dickinson, who is known as the “Messenger of the Alamo” for surviving the Battle of the Alamo and carrying the news of the fall to Sam Houston. Wed-Sun 12 pm-5 pm.
University of Texas Campus; 512-471-3434; 2247 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78705; www.utexas.edu. Founded in 1883, the University of Texas is one of the largest public universities in the U.S., with a 350-acre campus that contains 17 colleges and more than 50,000 students.
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Bremond Block House District; within the square block bordered by West Seventh, West Eighth, Guadalupe, and San Antonio streets. This district is one of the few remaining Victorian neighborhoods from the middle to late 19th century in Texas with houses that have been preserved in an almost unaltered form.
Treaty Oak; 507 Baylor Street, Austin, TX 78703; Legend has it that this tree is the last surviving member of the Council Oaks, a grove of 14 trees that served as a sacred meeting place for Comanche and Tonkawa tribes as well as the location of the first boundary treaty signed by Stephen F. Austin and the local Native Americans. Daily 5 am-10 pm. Madison Log Cabin; 512-478-0098; 2300 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX 78702; Built in 1863, this historical landmark was the former home of Henry Green Madison, the first black man to serve on the Austin City Council. Daniel H. Caswell House; 512-472-0779; 1404 West Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701; www.austinjuniorforum.org/caswellhome.html. Daniel Caswell began construction around 1899 on this elegant, two-story mansion, which is a Texas Historic Landmark. Hours vary.
www.au Littlefield House; West 24th Street & Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78712; Built in 1893 for $50,000 by cattle baron, banker and Confederate officer George Littlefield, this house functions as a great example of Victorian-style architecture. Texas State History Museum; 512-936-8746; 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701; www.thestoryoftexas.com. This museum seeks to tell the “Story of Texas” with themed exhibits spanning three floors that illustrate land, identity and opportunity. Mon-Sat 9 am-6 pm, Sun 12 pm-6 pm.
Elisabet Ney Museum; 512-458-2255; 304 East 44th Street, Austin, TX 78751; www.ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney. Viewed as one of the oldest museums in Texas, this building is home to the former portrait collection and studio of 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney. Wed-Sun 12 pm-5 pm. George Washington Carver Museum; 512-974-4926; 1165 Angelina Street Austin, TX 78702; www.ci.austin.tx.us/carver. What was once Austin’s first library, and later Austin’s first branch library, this museum is the first African-American neighborhood museum in the state of Texas. Mon-Thu 10 am-9 pm, Fri 10 am-5:30 pm, Sat 10am-4 pm. LBJ Library and Museum; 512-721-0200; 2313 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78705; www.lbjlibrary.org. Located on the UT campus, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of 13 presidential libraries. It houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including the papers from the public career of LBJ himself. Daily 9 am-5 pm. Blanton Museum; 512-471-7324; East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Austin, TX 78701; blantonmuseum.org, Collections at this diverse art museum include European, American and Latin American paintings, prints and drawings. Hours vary. Harry Ransom Center; 512-471-8944; 300 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712; www.hrc.utexas.edu. For those interested in the study of arts and humanities, the Harry Ransom Center is a great resource with art, books, film and manuscripts. Tues, Wed and Fri from 10 am-5 pm, Thu 10 am-7 pm, Sat-Sun 12 pm-5 pm. Mexic-Arte Museum; 512-480-9373; 419 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701; www.mexic-artemuseum.org. This museum focuses on traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin-American art and culture with education programs and exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 am-6 pm, Fri 9 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12 pm-5 pm.
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O. Henry Museum; 512-472-1903; 409 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701; www.ci.austin.tx.us/ohenry. Located in the cottage that O. Henry and his family rented from 1893 to 1895, this museum strives to collect and preserve artifacts and materials related to the author. Wed-Sun 12 pm-5 pm. Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History; 512-471-1604; 2400 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78705; www.utexas.edu/tmm. Located on the UT campus, the museum’s exhibits spotlight dinosaurs, fossils, wildlife and rocks. Mon-Thu 9 am-5 pm, Fri 9 am-4:45 pm, Sat 10 am4:45 pm, Sun 1 pm-4:45 pm. Austin Museum of Art Laguna Gloria; 512-458-8191; 3809 West 35th Street, Austin, TX 78703; www.amoa.org, Visitors can view art exhibitions that focus on 20th century and contemporary art, attend discussions focusing on art and nature, or participate in one of many art classes.Tues-Wed 12 pm-4 pm, Thu-Sun 10 am-4 pm. Texas Military Forces Museum; 512-782-5659; 2200 West 35th Street, Austin, TX 78703; www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org. The museum’s exhibits display the story of Texas military forces from 1823 to the present day.
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ustin is known for many things. It has a hot music scene, fantastic shopping and dining, and tons of things to do and see, indoors and out. That includes sports. From baseball and football to hockey and basketball, and now, Formula 1™ racing, Austin has you covered. For those who like nothing better than beer, hot dogs and the crack of the bat as it hits the ball, there is the Round Rock Express. But if you prefer the thrill, energy and excitement of ice hockey, the Texas Stars are your team. The Round Rock Express is a AAA Pacific Coast League minor league baseball team owned by Nolan Ryan, Don Sanders and Reid Ryan. Founded by Reid Ryan, son of baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, the team is affiliated with the Texas Rangers, of which Nolan Ryan is the president, principal owner and former player. The name of the team comes from Nolan Ryan’s nickname as a pitcher, The Ryan Express. The Round Rock Express was ranked as the second most valuable franchise in minor league baseball by Forbes in 2012. Home games for the Express are played at the Dell Diamond. Built on 85 acres and named for Dell, Inc., the Dell Diamond is an open-air ballpark with 8,688 seats. In addition it has 30 private suites, a swimming pool, hot tub, basketball court and a playscape for the kids. It’s a great place for any group outing, so get your work buddies or your friends and family together and enjoy a night at the ballpark. Austin is a very popular college sports town, particularly when it comes to football. During the fall, there is no better place to go than the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium to watch the University of Texas Longhorns take on their latest rival. Named
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after legendary football coach Darrell K Royal, the stadium currently holds over 100,000 fans and is frequently sold out. Since their first season in1893, the Longhorns have won numerous national and conference championships. Stepping up the game of assuring Austin is a first-rate city for the sports lover is the exciting arrival of Formula 1™ in Austin in 2012. The Circuit Of The Americas is a multipurpose facility that hosts the most prestigious racing events in the world, including the Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix™. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility
in the U.S. Built around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans, the facility is designed for any and all classes of racing – from motor power, to human power. Circuit of The Americas is ideally situated on a 1000-acre site in southeast Austin, approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport, and has with scenic views of downtown. Far more than a racetrack, Circuit of The Americas is a world-class performance, education and business center that will eventually encompass a private motor sports driving club and a karting track, public spaces for private events, live entertainment space, a retail center and museum, a center with research facilities a 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art conference center, a 5,500 sq. ft. medical center, offering paramedic services, EMS & medical student training, educational programs and training areas for fire, rescue and law enforcement. In 2003 Texas Rollergirls was formed as the only sports leagued of its kind, Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Rollerderby® started today’s Falt Track Derby movement. There are now more than 300 Flat Track Derby leagues worldwide, with more forming every week. In its current incarnation, Roller Derby is a genuine athletic competition complete with welldefined rules, divisions, tournaments, and a governing body: the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The Texas Rollergirls, Austin born and bred, is 100% skater-owned and managed. The league is composed of four home teams supported by a loyal, enthusiastic fan base: Hell Marys, Hotrod Honeys, Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, and the Hustlers. A fifth team, the Texecutioners, is comprised of all-star members from each of the four home teams. In 2006, Texecutioners were crowned the WFTDA Champions on the Flat Track National Tournament. Regular season bouts are held at the Austin Convention Center, hosting sell-out capacity crowds of 2,500 fans. In addition to the regular season bouts, the Texas Rollergirls also skate in exhibition games and interstate competitions and are available for public appearances.
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A Luxurious Retreat
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is a luxury resort destination nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country that goes far beyond the ordinary resort experience. With 309 luxurious, newly renovated guestrooms and suites, a spa salon, four golf courses and exquisite dining options, there is a seemingly unending list of things to do and see. The pro shops and boutiques that make up the Shops at Omni Barton Creek have something for everyone. There is a new golf and active wear shop, as well as separate tennis and golf pro shops. Enjoy the elegant boutiques, which carry the latest in fashion, spa products and spa apparel. Stop by Omni Barton Creek Coffee Market to pick up Omni Barton Creek logo apparel and gift items. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is the number one golf resort in Texas, featuring four distinct championship courses: the signature Fazio Foothills, the impressive Fazio Canyons, the stunning Crenshaw Cliffside and the secluded Palmer Lakeside. Each 18-hole course contains its own set of challenges while offering spectacular views of the Texas Hill Country.
The Three Springs Spa Experience at Barton Creek Resort & Spa focuses on three goals—Quieting the Mind, Healing the Body and Renewing the Spirit—to form a powerful synergy of balance and wellness. There are many experiences to choose from, including body and skin therapies, expert fitness instruction, guided stretching, meditation and fresh spa cuisine.
round of tennis or golf, de-stress at Three Springs Spa, indulge in a bit of shopping, take a dive in any of the indoor or outdoor pools or just go take a hike! Of course, you can always simply relax and enjoy the beautiful views. Don’t forget that, while the resort offers many options for you to take pleasure in, a quick and easy drive is all it takes to be right in the heart of Austin.
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is one of Austin’s premier dining experiences, providing an eclectic variety of cuisines and dining options. Every restaurant offers something unique, whether it is a casual breakfast with the family or a romantic dinner for two. Restaurants include the Hill Country Dining Room, 8212 Wine Bar & Grill, Barton’s Lounge, and Pool Cabana. An extensive and diverse in-room dining menu is available for those who just can’t bear to leave the sanctuary of their accommodations.
With its spectacular views and convenient location, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is the perfect place for your next special event. With more than 43,000 square feet of meeting space and a staff of certified meeting planners, you can host virtually any type or size of gathering. From business meetings to weddings, the event planners can assist you in making your event memorable.
A wide range of activities are available for your pleasure at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa. There’s fun for the whole family, however there’s plenty of kids-only and adults-only activities, as well. Play an invigorating
So come and immerse yourself in the Texas Hill Country experience, and embrace all the luxury amenities that Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has to offer.
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Beautiful Lake Travis is part of the grand
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filled days. The exciting capital city gets,
Colorado River that was dammed into
picnicking, hiking or even zip lining,
on average, over 200 days a year of glorious,
a reservoir in the 1940s. Winding like a
Lake Travis has fun for every person
bright-blue days. The subtropical latitude
snake through the gently rolling hills of
at every age. Fortunately for Austinites
is generous with the mild climate but,
northwest Austin is a 65-mile stretch of
and visitors, itâ€™s just a short 20-minute
you guessed it, makes for swim-worthy
refreshing water just begging for visitors.
springs, long, fiery summers and a
With nearly 30 square miles of surface,
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there is room for everyone. No matter
There are close to 20 beaches and
Where is the relief, you ask? Two words:
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communities on the shores of Lake Travis.
ustin is known for beautiful, sunshine-
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A local favorite is Volente Beach, which has a fully equipped
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The lake itself is a beacon for glamorous cuisine, with restaurants at which you can even dock your boat. Don’t miss The OASIS, a local favorite and famous tourist spot that sits 450 feet above Lake Travis on a cliff and offers the best sunset views a diner could anticipate. There are so many events that happen on Lake Travis, it’s likely AIRSCAPE PARASAIL
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Historic Sixth Street
HISTORIC SIXTH STREET
he most famous street in Austin is, hands-down,
Sixth Street. The portion that extends from the grand and his¬toric Driskill Hotel at Brazos Street and continues six city blocks to Interstate 35 makes up the heart of Austin’s live music and exciting urban nightlife scenes. What many people do not realize is that Sixth Street is a part of one of the most historic districts in Austin. Before Sixth Street became the bustling urban center that it is now, it was once called Pecan Street. Edwin Waller, elected as the city’s first mayor in 1840, engineered a grid plan for the streets of the city; most of this grid plan is still in-tact as modern downtown Austin. The original grid designated all north-south streets to be named after the rivers of Texas (with the one exception being Congress Avenue). All east-west streets were named after trees native to the region; Pecan Street was the major thoroughfare into town for the farmland communities to the east, and soon became a major commerce district. Before the Civil War, Sixth Street was already bustling with stores, saloons and hotels. The Missouri House, still standing at Brazos and Sixth and rumored to be haunted, was erected in 1861 as Austin’s first boarding home for travelers on their way to the Wild West. Austin commemorates this history with the free bi-annual Pecan Street Festival every first weekend in May and last
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weekend in September. The festival features hundreds of
Flavors from Mexico
artisan vendors, various stages for live music, dozens of
With unique flavors and over 100 types of tequila, Iron Cactus
food vendors, a petting zoo, workshops and so much more.
is Austin’s premier Mexican dining destination.
Austinites come out in droves for this one. Austin is full of beautiful historic buildings and examples of breathtaking architecture. One of the best places to begin a tour of these sites is between Congress Avenue and Red River Street on Sixth Street. Sixth Street is alive and bustling during the day, and the perfect corner on which to begin is the historic Littlefield Mall at the base of the handsome Littlefield Building, at the northeast corner of Sixth and Congress. This building was built in 1910 and is exemplary
of the beautiful architecture style known as Beaux Arts. In the days of the Wild West, the Littlefield Building was
boasted as being the tallest skyscraper between New Orleans and San Francisco. Just east of that corner is where Brazos Street and Sixth Street connect.
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HISTORIC SIXTH STREET
Wild About Music and the Hatbox will be moving soon since their building has been sold! Please check their websites at www.wildaboutmusic.com and www.hatbox.com for their new locations. Within easy walking distance, just east of Trinity Street on Sixth Street, is Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts® and Museum of the WeirdTM, a beloved Austin favorite that cannot be missed! The museum features mummies, unexplained phenomena and self-proclaimed “freaks of 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. Customlabeled and flavored cigars, lighters, accessories. Open daily. Highly recommended!
nature,” as well as a clever curio and gift shop on the street front, which carries a large inventory of local artisans’ products and unique imported souvenirs. Look for their newest adventure Sfanthor in our Things To See and Do section certainly worth checking it out. Once you’ve explored the mysteries of our favorite local show-of-oddities, cross the street and visit Bobalu Cigar
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Company to watch live cigar rollers in the ancient and beautiful art form that is cigar rolling. You can watch through a window from the street as trained professionals make custom cigars for a waiting line of locals and visitors.
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Oldest Bar on Sixth Over 15,000 sf to Enjoy in Four Historic Buildings Circa 1850’s Available for Private Events
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Les Paul Room
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This renowned shop also carries a fantastic selection of unique and imported cases and accessories, as well as a liberally stocked humidor. One of the prides of historic Sixth Street is the recently renovated Ritz Theatre. Originally built in the 1920s, it is everything you would expect from that era and has been faithfully restored by local favorite movie chain Alamo Drafthouse. On a hot summer afternoon, the crisp air-conditioned interior of The Ritz will have you sighing in bliss. Enjoy current, classic and indy films while you enjoy a snack, a lunch or a cocktail served to you dining style. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is fun and refreshing and you’ll be amazed at the authentic and original old movie interior. After all this shopping, touring and dining the sun, while glorious in Austin, is sure to eventually set. Once it does don’t forget to stop at any of the world-famous bars or restaurants that line Sixth Street. The oldest bar on Sixth Street is Maggie Mae’s, which has stood proud for 36 years, and is a local institution. It is located in a beauti¬fully restored building erected in the 1850s. Maggie Mae’s features an authentic New Orleans-style courtyard with a staircase that extends to a rooftop that allows for a gorgeous view of downtown Austin. Also nestled inside is an authentic English pub with Guinness on draft, a sports bar, gallery art by locals, a 26-foot jumbo screen on the rooftop, the Gibson Guitar Room featuring unique shows and the Les Paul Lounge for an exclusive get-away. Right across the street is Iron Cactus Restaurant and Margarita Bar, which stays open late to accommodate hungry locals and tourists after a long day of exploring. Located in an enchanting turn-of-the-century building that was remodeled to maintain the authentic, historical aspects of its construction, it occupies several levels and has a rooftop of its own on which to dine beneath the moon. A must-order appetizer is the guacamole, which is made fresh tableside and to taste, which makes it a rare delight. There are countless hidden treasures along this wonderful corridor that make up the heart of Austin. Don’t miss the daytime opportunities that abound in the form of shopping, retail and, for the historically inclined, the beautiful monuments that stretch from the legendary Driskill Hotel next to the Littlefield Building and on toward I-35.
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Arts & Culture
A City Alive With
rt is quite literally everywhere you look in Austin. It’s built into our architecture and painted on our walls and sold on our sidewalks. The diversity that personifies Austin is reflected in the sheer scope of artistic expression to be seen. Our art, like our music, is part of the soul of this city. In Austin, one can find just about any genre of art, in any imaginable setting. 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. 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 Southwesternstyle murals. In addition to the galleries and museums peppering the downtown and Hill Country scene, there are numerous festivals and exhibitions throughout the year to expand your exposure to the arts. One of the highlights includes Art City Austin, which takes place on the second weekend of April 2014. Each year, hundreds of emerging and independent artists spread themselves out over the rolling hills and streets surrounding Austin City Hall to sell their creations to thousands of eager art enthusiasts.
For even more of the flavor of Austin, head down to 6th Street in either May or September for the bi-annual Old Pecan Street Arts Festival, a 30-year Austin tradition. The Pecan Street Festival is a smorgasbord of local music, food and arts and crafts. Visitors coming to Austin in December shouldn’t miss the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, where you can sip local beers, listen to local music and shop for handmade gifts from over 160 local artists. Visitors arriving in Austin early in any month of the year can catch First Thursday on South Congress. Affectionately referred to as SoCo, this hip, bohemian section of downtown plays host to a wide variety of events and activities, including arts and crafts vendors, street performers and plenty of people-watching. Local stores keep their doors open until 10 p.m. or later at this festive monthly happening. Austin’s 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 residents, who are notorious for their active lifestyles, free thinking and love of all things art and media. Austin truly is a city alive with the spirit of creation.
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Jim Nix www.nomadicpursuits.com
Wimberley Glassworks 512-393-3316 www.wgw.com
Art Glass Lighting
Todd White 512-983-2274 www.toddwhite.org
Jessica Flynn 706-575-8100 www.seeoutsideyourbox.com
Robert Hurst 512-444-7661 adamnfineartist.com
Robert Hurst - A Damn Fine Artist ADamnFineArtist
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John R. Rogers email@example.com 512-699-6468
Abstract, Ethnic, Local, Modern.
Artworks 1214 West 6th Street #105, 512-472-1550 www.artworksaustin.com
Antique or Collectable
Abstract, Local, Modern.
Art on 5th 3005 S. Lamar, 512-481-1111 www.arton5th.com
At a Glance
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Art Hot Spot:
n the heart of the Texas Hill Country lies Wimberley, an artist’s community that many around the country are calling the Arts Capital of Texas. Getting there could not be prettier, either. Take a scenic drive through fields of wildflowers, limestone encrusted hillsides and picturesque views of the Blanco River, right into Wimberley, just south of Austin, TX. Downtown Wimberley has a quaint town square that boasts boutique shops, tree-lined side-walked streets, gourmet restaurants, and local Hill Country musicians playing year round at the surrounding wineries & brew pubs. Long known for its thriving community of performing and visual artists, Wimberley has a unique concentration of art galleries and working studios spread throughout the area.
Among the most known and sought after working studios is Wimberley Glassworks, the Southwest’s premier hand blown lighting and art glass studio. It’s been hailed as a “Must See” by Texas Highways and “Wimberley’s most
Come experience the ancient art of glassblowing.
famous attraction” by the prestigious Texas Monthly magazine. The Glassworks hosts daily glass blowing demonstrations for travelers and art glass enthusiasts from around the world. While many visitors are drawn in by the daily glass blowing demonstrations (which, if you’re lucky, you might even get to see a demonstration by renowned founder & lead gaffer Tim de Jong) the studio’s custom lighting designs are featured in luxury and commercial properties around the region. When you visit Wimberley Glassworks, you will have a chance to browse its exclusive art glass collections, limited edition vases, sculptures, platters and home lighting fixtures. Stop by on your scenic Hill Country drive to experience the ancient art of glassblowing first-hand by a talented team of glass artisans using centuries-old techniques. Visit wgw.com for more information. Visit wimberley.org for travel information.
Glassblowing Demonstrations Blown Glass Lighting Art Glass Collections Limited Edition Pieces Custom & Commercial
“A Must See”
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Interview with Lanora Davidson, Owner of Things Celtic When did you become interested in Celtic culture? I always loved reading historical novels, so I grew up with romantic notions of the British Isles. When I was 18 I realized I wasn’t ready for college, so I sold my books and bought a one way ticket to London. I spent 3 months travelling through England and Scotland, I even stopped over to the Isle of Man and Ireland. The next year I applied for a student work permit and fell in love with a man who had been born in Scotland and grew up in Ireland. What inspired you to get involved with the business? As we approached our 40s we began expressing an artistic side. I was making jewelry featuring Celtic beads; my husband was carving stone with Celtic and Pictish motifs. This was in the late 1990s and when we began selling at festivals we realized there was a huge demand and no products available locally. In 1997 we began importing a few pieces of jewelry from Ireland; by 1999 we gave up the day jobs and opened Things Celtic as a store. What are your core products and services? I’d say about 40% of our sales are jewelry; we work with about a dozen different jewelers producing everything from pewter beads to diamond wedding rings. Another 40% is
clothing, mostly kilts and kilt accessories as well as our own line of t-shirts. During the cooler months we sell ruanas and scarves. Then we have art, books, family heritage products and we’ve recently started selling more food items. What are the challenges of the profession? The biggest challenge was giving up the stability of a safe day job. When we opened the store I had been working for the University of Texas for 17 years; if I had kept that job I would have been eligible for full retirement benefits by now. The stress of running the store, combined with a devastating flood in 2001 prompted my husband to leave after 23 years of marriage. He went off to pursue his artistic career and I kept the store open. What are the rewards? TRAVEL! I get to go to Ireland and/or Scotland where I meet creative people, artists, weavers, jewelers and musicians, to name a few. My customers are wonderful and I never get tired of hearing “I love this store, I want EVERYTHING!” I love having my boys involved in the store whether it’s selling kilts or changing light bulbs.
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From Locally-Owned Treasures to Gorgeous Retail Centers When it comes to shopping, Austin has you covered. From funky and eclectic to refined and elegant and everything in between you can find it here. Along with the retail chain department stores you are accustomed to finding in most major cities, Austin has many independent, one-of-a-kind stores that make for fun and exciting shopping experiences. In the spirit of the “Keep Austin Weird” motto, there are numerous quirky stores, stylish boutiques, art galleries and antique shops lining the streets of downtown. First Thursday is a great tradition that, as the name suggests, takes place the first Thursday of each month. On this day all of the shops and restaurants along South Congress Avenue stay open late, offering special sales and offers, plus the amusement of people watching. But it’s not all about the odd and offbeat. Austin has traditional stores as well, and one of the best places to explore them is The Domain. A 700,000 square foot outdoor shopping center, The Domain offers traditional anchors such as Dillard’s and Macy’s along with luxury shopping at stores like Neiman Marcus. There are many designer shops as well, Cole Haan, David Yurman and Michael Kors among them. If you work up an appetite while at The Domain, you are in luck because California Pizza Kitchen, Daily Grill and Austin Cake Ball Kitchen & Bar are there for your enjoyment. Another beautiful, natural, outdoor shopping center in Austin is the Arboretum at Great Hills. Home to a wide range of national retailers, the Arboretum offers great shopping in a relaxed parklike area. The Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Sephora, Z Gallerie and the Gap are just of few of the retailers that make up this calm shopping environment. And once you are done shopping, head over to Cheesecake Factory or Five Guys Burgers for a bite to eat. With so many exciting retail centers to appeal to you, don’t overlook the local stores. Shopping at locally-owned stores benefits the culture of the community. Visitors and locals love the originality of the Austin spirit, and spending a portion of your budget with local merchants helps to preserve what is unique about Austin. Some of the most original treasures and finds, such as art, jewelry, clothing, toys, and more can be found at one-ofa-kind stores that can only be found in Austin. If you love Austin be sure to love your locals! Visit the Austin Independent Business Alliance website at www.ibuyaustin.com for a list of locally-owned businesses. The AIBA is a nonprofit organization of locally owned and operated independent businesses that have joined together to promote the cultural and economic benefits of shopping locally. AIBA works to ensure the success of Austin’s local independent businesses so that we can continue to contribute to Austin’s rich character and vibrant quality of life. Whether you’re at the fabulous outlet malls, on South Congress for First Thursday, or midtown finding some local treastures, you have so much to choose from. With all of the shopping choices that Austin has to offer, you are sure to discover the perfect place for you whether you enjoy shopping indoors or out, at stores you know and love or at new and different shops.
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Where to Shop!
Gifts | Fountains | Jewelry | Candles
DOWNTOWN/ CENTRAL AUSTIN
908 A W. 12th Street Austin, Texas 512.472.5597
Open since 1985, Artworks in the West 6th Street district sells wonderful fine art and glass as well as woodworking, jewelry, fabrics, and more. Artworks also provides services such as custom framing and art restoration. 1214 W. 6th St. #105; www.artworksaustin.com; 512-472-1550
An excellent boutique in which to find every sort of fashion inspired by music. Edgy and unique clothing and gifts for the rocker inside of you, this store is a one-of-a-kind treasure found at 301 W Willie Nelson Blvd. in the 2nd Street District. austinrockstexas.com; 512-983-0929
BOBALU CIGAR COMPANY
Manufactures and sells its own line of cigars (20 brands!), plus exotic tobaccos and a large wrapper inventory. Bobalu brand cigars are made with fine long filler from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Bobalu also has smoking accessories and custom label cigars. 509 E. 6th St.; 512-469-5877; www.bobalu.com
Delights the eyes and soothes the spirit, providing a unique gift-shopping experience. Featuring 14 kt 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 29 years. 908 A W 12th St., www.crystalworksaustin.com; 512-472-5597
HATBOX: A MODERN HABERDASHERY
Absolutely the best hat selection in town, featuring exclusive women’s and men’s hats, whimsical fascinators and practical caps from around the world in all price ranges! Enjoy a professional fitting and shopping experience unlike any other. Downtown; 115 E. 6th Street, across from the Driskill; 512-476-1203; and at The Domain; 11401 Century Oaks Terrace, near H&M; 512-833-9595; Call or check our website for our new Downtown location to be announced in 2014! www.hatbox.com
Sells model kits, toys, action figures, collectibles, comic books, posters, T-shirts, and other novelty items and Austin souvenirs. The Lucky Lizard building is also home to Museum of the Weird, which features oddities and wax figures. 412 E. 6th St.; 512-476-5493; www.luckylizard.net
NATURE’S TREASURES OF TEXAS
Located just north of downtown on I-35 (lower deck) find this Austin treasure. One of the largest selections of minerals, fossils, crystals, natural stone jewelry, salt lamps and so much more, well, what can we say...they rock! Open 7 days a week. Nature’s Treasures of Texas, 4103 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78722, www.ntrocks.com, 512.472.5015
Offers outdoor clothing and apparel for men, women, and children, as well as travel gear and accessories. If you need gear for sports and activities such as climbing, hiking, surfing and running, Patagonia is your place. 316 Congress Ave.; 512-320-8383; www.patagonia.com
Largest selection of Irish and Scottish wedding rings in Texas. Special order handmade kilts from Scotland. Kilt rentals available. Art and unique crafts are featured throughout: china, crystal, books, music, flags, pewter and selection of Celtic wall crosses. 1806 W. 35th St.; 512-472-2358; www.thingsceltic.com
WILD ABOUT MUSIC
The world’s first and only art and gift gallery dedicated entirely to music. They represent over 100 local, national and international artists and carry thousands of gift items all entirely dedicated to music. They are in their 21st year of operation and bring the spirit of music and its celebration in art and gifts to musicians and music lovers worldwide. We are moving. Check out our web site for details: www.wildaboutmusic.com
NORTH AUSTIN DRAGONSNAPS
Comfortable, captivating children’s clothing. Modern designs, natural fibers – durable, U.S. cottons. Go anywhere – stay cool – keep warm. Children love them; you’ll love the look. Infant-10 girls. Infant-7 boys. Accessories, jewelry, outerwear. 2438 West Anderson Ln.; 512-445-4497; www.terratoys.com
Welcome to 2nd Street District where they say Texas warmth meets Austin cool. In any fast-growing urban community, special city attractions like 2nd Street, also known now as the district where you can walk down Willie Nelson Blvd., are popping up around numerous corners. Austin’s 2nd Street has grown into its own district: a fusion of culture and style that is unique to the urbanites that live, work and play there and for every local and tourist that visits. With more than 50 shops (many locally owned) it is distinctively Austin, but unusually modern and innovative. Austin Rocks is our favorite new shop on Willie Nelson Blvd. In a town where music defines style, Austin Rocks Texas is the perfect fit: A boutique that sells edgy rocker-style apparel and gifts and a line designed for kiddo rockstars (Austin Rocks The Cradle). The street offers everything from condos above to cafés below and there’s always a place to kick back for happy hour. Morning or night, it’s a bustling area not to be missed. Visit www.2ndstreetdistrict.com for more information.
KARAVEL SHOES COMFORT CENTER
Specializing in fashionable foot comfort, Karavel Shoes is Austin’s premier locally owned shoe retailer. Wide selection of brands, including New Balance, Mephisto, ECCO, Finn Comfort, Birkenstock, and more. The Wellness Center is staffed with Certified Pedorthists. 5525 Burnet Rd.; 512-459-7603; multiple locations found at www.karavelshoes.com
26 different brands of top quality, fashionable children’s shoes, socks, shoelaces, and accessories. Check out these developmentally healthy selections for children from birth through middle school. 2438 W. Anderson Lane; 512-467-7463; www.kidoshoe.com
You will find a huge selection to choose from at Magnum. They have the best in trailers from food, concession, car haulers, goosenecks, boat and cargo. They also have a fantastic selection of BBQ Pits, fire pits, hunting blinds and feeders, as well as, truck accessories. They design, build,and service a complete line of trailers and are celebrating 40 years of service. Find in Austin, Georgetown, San Marcos & San Antonio. www.magnumtrailers.com
Terra Toys! Classic, fun, beautiful toys from around the world – intriguing for infant or architect. Children’s bookstore, art supplies, science, novelty candies. Wooden toys, puzzles, games, dolls, miniatures, major plush collection. Landmark store worth the visit. 2438 W. Anderson Lane; 512-445-4489; www.terratoys.com
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SHOPPING TURQUOISE TRADING POST
Best selection of contemporary and traditional Native American jewelry in Texas. Where Austinites bring their East Coast relatives for gifts to take home. Features Zuni fetish carvings, Navajo kachinas,Pueblo pottery, dream-catchers, carvings, plus distinctive furnishings with a Southwest flair. 6103 Burnet Rd. at Koenig Ln., 512-323-5011; www.turquoisetradingpost.com
Quality outdoor clothing & gear organic cotton • hemp • tencel® • recycled and recyclable polyester Austin 316 Congress Avenue (512) 320-8383 twitter.com/PAtAgoniAAustin fAcebook.com/PAtAgoniAAustintexAs
Featuring all kinds of furniture, gifts, kitchenware, housekeeping products, outdoor garden materials, rain harvesting barrels, composting systems, pet and wildlife items, architectural hardware and toys to include Legos and Playmobil. Zinger is the best bet for all your hardware needs! 4001 North Lamar Boulevard, Ste 300, Austin, Texas 78756; 512-381-8111; www.zingerhardware.com
SOUTH AUSTIN ALLENS BOOTS
An Austin, Texas tradition since 1977, Allens Boots specializes in fine Western wear, from casual, to work, to dress. Allens Boots will complete your Texas shopping experience in one stop. They have two locations: South, 1522 S. Congress Ave. (3 short miles South of the Capitol), 512-447-1413; North, Round Rock, 1051 S. IH-35 (located on the frontage road); 512-310-7600; Can’t make it to the store? Shop online at www.allensboots.com
ART ON 5TH
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Austin’s largest contemporary art house, voted “Austin’s Best Gallery,” has a new home in Austin! After nearly fifteen years on West 5th Street, ART on 5th has moved to a new location in South Austin. The new building, located on 3005 S. Lamar, offers 7,500 square feet of space for the gallery’s famed Dr. Seuss collection and custom framing center. The new gallery location opened early 2013. www.arton5th.com, 512-481-1111.
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SHOPPING AUSTIN GIFT COMPANY
Started at the turn-of-the-century to provide Austinites, tourists, movie sets and the occasional 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 Austin. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 12pm-5pm; 4211 S. Lamar Blvd Ste. A-19; 512-326-9460; www.austingiftcompany.com
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Austin’s largest bead store features “hard to find” vintage glass and plastic beads, as well as stone, shell and wood beads. They also carry jewelry supplies like wire, clasps and chains, and a huge selection of already-made jewelry. Mon-Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 1pm-6pm. Bead It; 2058 S Lamar Blvd.; 512-693-2323; www.beaditaustin.com
Trailers of all kinds BBQ & Fire Pits Hunting Equipment Concession & Food Trailers Custom Designs Over 40 Years
BUSTI’S CHAMBER OF WAX
Come visit Austin’s newest all-ages attraction! Located in a full-size castle on South Congress, this wax museum is a chronological walk through the history of classic monster movies.Our gift shop, SFANTHOR!, features comics, collectibles, toys and more! 1101 S. Congress, Austin, TX 78704. 512-444-7326; www.sfanthor.com
MARIGOLD - GATEWAY TO INDIA
A unique retail store with Clothing for men, women and children, Accessories, Gifts, Home Furnishings and Furniture - all imported from India! 2200 South Lamar, tAustin, TX 78704; 512-442-6600; www.marigoldaustin.com
GREATER AUSTIN AREA PREMIUM OUTLETS®
Shop Round Rock and San Marcos Premium Outlets and discover two impressive collections of designer and name-brand outlets at savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. For the most up-to-date information, including a complete list of stores, center hours, upcoming sales and to join the free VIP Shopper Club, visit www.premiumoutlets.com.
Simon Property Group, Inc. owns several malls in the Austin area, including the Arboretum at Great Hills, the Domain, Lakeline Mall, Barton Creek Square, and Gateway Center. Check out their website to purchase Simon gift cards and to learn about new sales, events, and programs at various malls! www.simon.com
SUNSET CANYON POTTERY
Handmade pottery for the home, fine art ceramics and beautiful, long- lasting casual dinnerware and kitchenware in 12 different glazes – it’s all at Sunset Canyon Pottery. Also features clay classes. 4002 East HWY 290, Dripping Springs, TX; 512-894-0938; www.sunsetcanyonpottery.com
WIMBERLEY GLASS WORKS
Handblown art glass, lighting, home décor and gifts from the Texas Hill Country! Visitors can watch free demonstrations of the glass blowing process and shop in the gallery for indoor, outdoor and commercial lighting selections as well as vases, sculptures and gifts. The lighting studio features custom installations. 6469 Ranch Road, between Wimberley and San Marcos, TX; 512-393-3316; www.wgw.com
Keeping the Family Tradition At the corner of South Congress and fun is none other than Allens Boots, Austin’s very own, and one of the oldest, retail stores in the city exclusively dedicated to Western wear. Since 1977 they’ve been known for carrying the best in style, quality and selection. With a vast array of styles and colors in boots, hats, clothing and accessories Allens Boots is your one-stop-shop for Western panache.
Allens Boots is a staple of Austin’s history. Despite the fact that Allens Boots now has a second location in Round Rock off Interstate 35, one of the things that makes the original location so memorable is the location. South Congress has long been known as a premier location for shopping, great dining, and lots of fun. There are so many fun things to do and see around them that making the trip to their store is a special treat. Not to mention what South Congress is synonymous for around Austin – First Thursday.
In Texas, boots are worn with everything and third-generation apparel merchant Steve Allen Greenberg has made it his mission to maintain not only the best selection, but also the best customer service around. Allens is no chain store and they don’t sell shoes. They sell boots but, more importantly, they know them. Their dedicated staff is known as an expert group and they won’t grab you by the shoehorn just to get some leather on your feet. Expect to be greeted with enthusiasm and to find yourself in a pair of boots that are truly made for you and that you will wear for years to come.
Occurring every first Thursday of the month, the shops on this historic lane open their doors late into the evening for pedestrian traffic. The parking lots fill with vendors and food trailers, musicians come out to play, street performers put their game face on and people spill out into the night to enjoy all the sights and sounds. Be sure to visit this special event and, when you do, Allens Boots will be waiting.
Being a part of Austin’s history doesn’t mean that Allens Boots isn’t keeping with the times. Fourth-generation owner, Sean, and his wife, Lauren McAuliffe Greenberg, have rolled out a brand-new smartphone application called Dry Goods. This clever new application will give Austin shoppers instant access to local area shops and product updates. 44 | www.celebrateaustin.com • Celebrating Austin Since 1980
Don’t worry about finding this special store; if you’re walking along South Congress you will be sure to spot them. They’re famous for the big red, statuesque red boot over their entrance that’ll beckon you with a big, Texas-sized welcome. Be sure to add Allens Boots on Facebook. Locally they’re known for smart fashion updates and lots of fun news to share. www.facebook.com/allensbootsaustin and www.allensboots.com.
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Kid-Friendly Austin From 0 to 100, there is something in Austin for every kid.
Austin is a great town in which to be a kid. There is so much to see and do that is not only fun but also educational. From festivals to bats to mini trains, your kiddo will not be disappointed in all that Austin has to offer. Does you child love the movies? On Saturday at the end of each month (and Mondays through Thursdays in the summer), Austin’s famous Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers a free showing for children and their parents. Known as the Free Kids Club, this event is a great opportunity to watch classic children’s films and unique selections that kids love. Want to teach your kids about the world around us? The Austin Nature & Science Center is tons of fun for children. Take them to see animals such as coyotes and owls as well as many other examples of Central Texas wildlife—both flora and fauna. And your kids will love digging up fossils in the Dino Pit exhibit, or studying the natural world through microscopes in the Naturalist Workshop. This is definitely not an excursion to be missed! The Nature & Science Center also offers programs such as summer adventure camps, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. For more animal adventures, pay a visit to the Austin Zoo. The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary performs animal rescue and rehabilitation, giving a home to 300 different animals of over 100 species. Originally started as a goat ranch, the Austin Zoo now houses many exotic as well as domestic animals. Come see the big cats, monkeys, reptiles, birds and more! The Austin Zoo is open
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daily from 9:30 am to 6 pm from February 1 to October 31, and 9:30 am to 5:30 pm November 1 through January 31. Also check out some of the great Austin parks and pools. One of the most popular is Zilker Park on Barton Springs Road. Zilker Park has 350 acres of all kinds of fun activities. For an admission fee, you can swim in Barton Springs Pool, take a ride on the train (known as the Zilker Zephyr), paddle in a canoe or visit the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. However, Town Lake’s hike and bike trails, the Zilker Botanical Garden, the playground and a shallower part of Barton Springs are all free, as are the many picnic areas. And don’t forget to come to the Zilker Hillside Theater in the summer to watch free musical productions! Zilker Park is open from 5 am to 10 pm every day. In addition, Austin has several kid-friendly events throughout the year that great for the whole family. These include Free Museum Day in September (29 Austin museums open for free!), the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park during Christmas time, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo in September and the Old Pecan Street Festival in spring and fall. A local kid favorite is the annual Ice Cream Festival, held every August at the peak of the hot summer in Waterloo Park. And, of course, the beloved annual Kite Festival, which happens every spring in Zilker Park, is a can’t-miss event. Be sure to bring your children to Congress Bridge, home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats. Each night from mid-March to November, the bats emerge from under the bridge at dusk and fill the sky. It is an educational experience that children will delight in, and an experience that will mesmerize the adult as well.
Kid Hot Spot: Terra Toys Terra
Toys is a family owned, Austin-original toy store. It is located at Anderson and Burnet, in an iconic 11,000 square foot toy wonderland. The store merchandises over 800 lines of toys from all over the world. The story of Terra Toys’ beginning is as rare and wonderful as the store itself. “Terra” comes from the Latin word for Earth. Originally, all of the toys in the store were hand-cut from wood by Charles and hand-painted by Romalda, the founders and owners of Terra Toys. After graduating from the University of Texas in 1977, their first enterprise was a snow cone cart called “The Camel Cone Casbah.” They designed a wooden cart of two camels facing head-to-head, cut it with a band saw, painted it by hand and stocked it with exotically bottled syrups. During the winter, Charles and Romalda used the same band saw to cut wooden toys, painted them by hand, and sold them as toy wholesalers. They made over 50 kinds of toys, from climbing toys to wooden rocking horses and rain sticks.
The wooden toys, seen above, are original handmade productions from the owners of Terra Toys. Today you can still buy their pull-string heart at their storefront at Anderson Lane. Pictured above left is locally owned idoshoe, a children’s shoe store, carrying over 55 brands of shoes from all over the world. Sizes newborn to youth 6.
In 1979 the owners found a space in an old warehouse on Congress Avenue and began to offer toys made by others while they continued creating their own toys for other stores. This garage warehouse also served as their home. They used their creativity and love for the craft as motivation to continue their dream of having their own unique toy store. In 1984 Charles and Romalda started a little retail store on South Congress Avenue. They still made their own toys but also added unique toys such as hand-painted nesting dolls called Matreshkas from Russia and hand-made plush animals from Germany called Steiff. Their store grew over the years, and in 2004 Terra Toys moved to a larger location at the West Anderson Plaza, where they are housed today. Terra Toys continues the 35-year tradition of providing Austin with original, hand-made toys from around the world along with a huge selection of classic, fun and beautiful toys. They believe that imagination and play is not just the work of childhood, but an activity that enhances all ages.
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DINING OUT A
Austin is on fire
ustin has lined its sights on all types of cuisines. From big juicy steaks, mouthwatering barbeque and crispy fish tacos to refined and innovative, French, Italian and Western fare, we’ve got it covered. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a cowboy looking for a quick bite, the possibilities are sure to tempt your taste buds...heck yeah, it’s chow time. No trip to Austin would be complete without indulging in Southern fare. Native favorites include sweet tea, fried food,
dishes made with fresh, local ingredients, and some of the best barbeque you’ll find anywhere. But Austin eateries also dish up interesting, award-winning menus that span all kinds of cuisine. No matter what you choose, you’ll find something Southern at every restaurant—the hospitality. Our Dining section will provide you with some of the best restaurants Austin has to offer. So go out and enjoy the flavors of Austin.
Visionary restaurateur Shawn Cirkiel has partnered with the Radisson Hotel and Suites in downtown Austin to open chavez. The new restaurant features contemporary southwestern cuisine, with a menu built around shareable plates and sides. Cirkiel, who was raised in Austin—and the restaurateur behind parkside, backspace and olive & june restaurants, sources meats, fish, and produce from local purveyors when possible and combines them with the flavors he grew up with to create true Texas fare. Diners can expect homemade tamales and folded enchiladas to grilled cowboy steak and fresh fish simply finished. chavez is serving breakfast (everything from classic migas to steak and eggs grilled over an oak fire), lunch (featuring five kinds of tortas), and dinner (nibbles from a raw bar with ceviche to fried oyster taquitos and lamb en mole). Desserts such as a corn churro and café con leche cake are made in-house by Cirkiel’s Executive Pastry Director Steven Cak. An über-selective wine menu and de rigueur hand-crafted cocktails such as smoked cherry margarita (Milagro Reposado, cherry, habanero, and lime); congress (Tito’s vodka with hibiscus, lemon, and cava); and michelelada (Pearl Snap pilsner with kale Mary mix, lime, and salt) add to the festive ambience, whether in the dining room or seated at the bar. The design of chavez is modern yet inviting, featuring clean architectural lines, oversized windows with views of Lady Bird Lake, and a contemporary, warmly crafted design aesthetic highlighting innovative and one-of-a-kind details, including the entryway backlit foyer etched with a pattern using the letters from the restaurant’s name—a nod to Cesar Chavez Street, where the restaurant is located. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, chavez is open Sun-Thurs, 6:30am to 10pm, Fri-Sat, 6:30am-11pm, bar open late. Visit chavez-austin.com.
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Late Night Dining
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The Carillon, 1900 University Ave. 512-404-1900, meetattexas.com
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Carmelo’s Ristorante, 504 E 5th Street 512-477-7497, carmelosrestaurant.com
Casino el Camino, 517 E 6th St, 512-469-9330, casineolcamino.net
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Chavez, 111 East Cesar Chavez 512-478-2991
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Copper Restaurant, 300 S Congress Ave. 512-469-9000, copper.austin.menuclub.com
County Line, *2 Locations to Serve You 512-346-3664, countyline.com
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Courtyard Restaurant, 6505 IH-35 North 512-454-3737, doubletree1.hilton.com
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The Creeks Restaurant 9515 New Airport Drive, 512-385-6767
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Driskill Grill, 604 Brazos Street 512-391-7162, driskillgrill.com
Flore’s, *4 Locations to Serve You 512-996-9636, floresmexican.com
Finn & Porter, 500 E 4th Street 512-482-8000, finnandporter.com
Hill Country Dining Room 512-329-4527, bartoncreek.com
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Imperia Asian Dining, 310 Colorado St 512-472-6770, imperia-austin.com
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Iron Cactus, *3 Locations to Serve You 512-472-9240, ironcactus.com
Live Oak BBQ, 2713 E. 2nd St. 512-524-1903, liveoakbbq.net
Lynx Steakhouse, 5901 North IH-35 512-454-8004, embassysuites1.hilton.com
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The OASIS, 6550 Comanche Trail 512-266-2441, oasis-austin.com
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Rudy’s, 4 Locations to Serve You 512-418-9898, www.rudys.com
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Southwest Bistro, 208 Barton Springs Rd. 512-477-1234, austin.hyatt.com
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Trace Restaurant, 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, www.traceaustin.com
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Austin Land & Cattle, 1205 N Lamar Blvd. 512-472-1813, austinlandandcattle.com
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Ancho’s Restaurant, 700 San Jacinto 512-476-3700, omnihotels.com
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everyone is a part of Gino’s family.” “Where Serving Central Texas Over 20 years! Lunch & Dinner
Homemade Pasta, Veal Scallopini, Authentic Italian Seafood Dishes, Original Cannoli, Tiramisu & Italian Wines!
(512) 218-9922 1701 S. Mays St. Round Rock, TX 78664 www.ginosroundrock.net
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Austin Nightlife & Entertainment O
ne of the best things about Austin is that there’s always something happening. Look at any local events calendar; very few days are left unmarked by some festival or special interest activity. We’ve got marathons, cook-offs, art fairs, biker rallies, pet parades, bizarre celebrations in honor of fictional characters (check out Eeyore’s Birthday)—the list goes on and on.
Austin City Limits and Fun Fun Fun Fest. 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.
As evening descends, a very different Austin comes alive. In any given night you can find a wide variety of energetic live music shows, bumping night clubs and cool cocktail lounges. If there’s one thing that Austin is known for, it’s got to be the nightlife!
The most popular nighttime attraction for younger crowds is Sixth Street, where venues range from cozy pubs to raucous dance clubs, music from raw alt rock to sweet, soulful blues. Want to hang like a local? Head over to Rainey Street. This recently re-energized neighborhood on the banks of Lady Bird Lake is host to a handful of renovated houses-turnedbars and lounges, complete with porches, backyards and food trucks.
The Dig in Cedar Park 401 Cypress Creek, 512-996-9900 www.thedigpub.com
Iron Cactus, 3 Locations, 512-472-9240 www.ironcactus.com
Credit Carts Accepted
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Beer and Wine Only
Coyote Ugly 501 East 6th Street, 512-236-8459 www.coyoteuglysaloon.com
Maggie Mae’s 323 East 6th Street, 512-478-8541 www.maggiemaesaustin.com Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar 421 East 6th Street, 512-472-PETE www.petesdeulingpianobar.com Speakeasy 412 Congress Ave., 512-476-8017 facebook.com/speakeasyaustin Ten Oak 409 Colorado Street, 512-472-2822 facebook.com/tenoakaustin
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?
Casino el Camino 517 East 6th Street, 512-469-9330 www.casinoelcamino.net
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Austin’s inherited namesake is supremely invoked during any one of its yearly music festivals, including South by Southwest,
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.
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.TM”
For a slightly slower paced, more sophisticated environment, trek a couple of blocks over from Sixth Street 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.
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Imbued as it is in Austin’s history, music leaves an indelible mark on the city’s culture—one that bleeds into the streets of the city and hearts of the people. While you’re visiting our fair city, you can be fairly certain that the music will touch your visit in some form or fashion.
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irst-time visitors might be surprised to find themselves being
entertained with live music as they walk through the terminal at Austin’s airport after deplaning. But they shouldn’t be. Live music, and music in many other forms, is everywhere in Austin. Musicians play in everything from grocery stores (Central Market, Whole Foods) to city council meetings. They play outdoors at the Blues on the Green series and at festivals: Austin City Limits and South by Southwest you’ve likely heard of, but there’s also Pachanga Latino Musical Festival, Urban Music Festival, Fun, Fun, Fun Fest, Chaos in Tejas and many more worth checking out. Mostly, you’ll find Austin musicians at clubs, coffeehouses, bars, taquerias, auditoriums and concert halls - and with more than 250 live music venues, it can be intimidating knowing where to start. 58 | www.celebrateaustin.com • Celebrating Austin Since 1980
Other Festivals Carnaval Brasileiro Urban Music Festival Texas Wine and Food Festival Chaos in Tejas Art City Austin Eeyore’s Birthday Party Old Pecan Street Festival Keep Austin Weird Fest The Texas Rock Fest
Available for Private Events Maggie Mae’s is a local legend and no visit to Austin is the same without a view from the largest rooftop on Sixth Street. No matter what your taste, you will find exciting entertainment at Maggie Mae’s including a Sports Bar, complete with big screens for the game, an authentic English Pub, a New Orleans-style courtyard beneath the stars and three live music stages with different genres of music on each. Maggie Mae’s consists of four historical buildings, beautifully restored, which together make for one of the largest entertainment venues downtown. Don’t miss a view of the Gibson Lounge and the Les Paul Lounge upstairs, which feature dynamic art by Robert Hurst (adamnfineartist.com) and iconic photgraphy by Edwin Kramer, as well as custom Gibson Guitars for your viewing pleasure.
Gibson Lounge Les Paul Lounge Est. 1978 Locally Owned & Operated 323 E Sixth Street 512-478-8541 www.maggiemaesaustin.com facebook.com/MaggieMaesAustin Text MAGGIESROCKS to 22828 for live music and event updates
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In the heart of Austinâ€™s Warehouse District
Speakeasy: 412 Congress Ave.
Terrace 59: Outdoor Nightclub Atop Speakeasy
Imperia: 310 Colorado St.
TenOak: 409 Colorado St.
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Bambu: Nightclub Nextdoor to Imperia facebook.com/bambuaustin
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Did You Know? @11:30am
• Th e slogan “Live Music Capital of the WorldTM” became official in 1991, after it was discovered that Austin had more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. • F rom blues to indie rock, country to jazz, rock en español and more, Austin’s nearly 200 live music venues mean you can catch a show any day of the week, at almost any time. • I n fact, every night over a hundred venues stage live music, with more than 1,900 musicians calling the Live Music Capital of the WorldTM home. • Th e music of Austin, Texas, USA has gone beyond 6th Street and now includes other areas such as Red River, the University of Texas, the Warehouse District and Downtown, South Lamar, South Austin, East Austin and the Market District where bars and clubs of every kind can be found. • A ustin also supports two orchestras: the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Civic Orchestra. • A ustin is the home of South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual film, music and interactive conference and festival. • Th e ACL Music Festival hosts more than 130 acts playing rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and more on Zilker Park’s eight stages, with over 70,000 fans attending the festival each day.
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eciding where to live can be a daunting task. With everything to consider from the weather to the economy, choosing the right city to make your new home should not be taken lightly. Consider the city of Austin, however, and your life might be made a little easier. The capital of Texas consistently ranks high in numerous categories regarding standard of living year after year including #1 Top 12 American Boomtowns - Bloomberg News (2013) and one of America’s Coolest Cities to Live – Forbes 2012. One of the main reasons this city excels is because of the great diversity, including a lively downtown set within the beautiful Texas hill country. While local businesses hold a very fond place in the hearts of Austinites, the city also houses many technology corporations (Nerdwallet.com ranks Austin #3 as the Best city to start a business). Politicians and capitalism contrast with the hippie culture. It is known for being a great city for young adults and singles (ranked #3 Best city for Young Adults – Kiplinger’s Personal finance magazine – 2012), while nearby suburbs are some of the best places to raise a family. We completely agree and would like to show you exactly why Austin is the perfect place to live.
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For starters, Austin has a stable, if not booming, economy. Austin’s unemployment rate of 5.5% is lower than the national average, making it one of the best cities to live and work. Austin has also become famous as a technology center with the proliferation of many major corporations, such as IBM, Dell, Motorola, Intel, National Instruments, and Advanced Micro Devices. Facebook has established a 200-employee regional office, Samsung added 200 jobs, with Apple and eBay also adding large numbers of new employees. Austin has attained esteemed recognition as well, being the top cities for entrepreneurs and innovators – ranked #9 for the Most innovative city by Business Insider (2013). Intellectual pursuits, and the energy that goes along with it, don’t just appear in Austin’s big businesses. Austin is home to the University of Texas and seven other public and private universities and colleges, including St. Edward’s University, Concordia University and Austin Community College. The world-class University of Texas at Austin breathes life into the city with its sports and research, which would not otherwise be available in a non-university town. The Austin population is highly educated with
38.2% of its populace over age 25 having a bachelor’s degree. Austin also has the 6th highest percentage of residents with a college degree of the United States’ large metro areas according to CNNMoney.com and the U.S. Census Bureau (2010). With its 29 public school districts, 17 charter schools, and 69 private schools, there are also many great primary and secondary schools to choose from. To sum it up: Austin is a welleducated city. Just as Austin’s businesses and schools provide solid foundations, so do the neighborhoods step up to the plate. The city of Austin has many diverse neighborhoods that fit anyone’s needs, whether they want to be near the nightlife or just find a quiet, cozy neighborhood in which to settle down. The variety of Austin realty makes it easy to find something in various price ranges. Safety is not a critical issue, according to the FBI Unified Crime report of 2012 – Austin is the second safest major city (Population over 500K) in the U.S. Austin also excels when it comes to outdoor experiences. Forbes names Austin among “America’s Best Cities for the Outdoors” in 2009 due to its mild climate, assortment of
NEWCOMERS & RELOCATION outdoor activities and ample park land. This “mildness” is defined by short winters with snow and ice being rare occurrences, an average annual temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and approximately 300 days of sunshine a year. The city’s 205 parks, 14 nature preserves, more than 50 miles of trails, more than 50 public swimming pools and 25 greenbelts mean an abundance of open spaces and outdoor activities. With such an obvious love for the outdoors, the city also emphasizes recycling and green living. It has made a commitment to meet 20% of its energy needs with renewable energy by the year 2020 and ranked 10th on the “greenest cities in America” list by Mother Nature Network. For an energetic, urban city, Austin proves that it does not forget about its nature lovers, outdoorsmen and athletes. Aside from the well-known slogan “Keep Austin Weird,” the city is also celebrated for being the Live Music Capital of the World®. In addition to the ample amount of concert venues, Austin sponsors several music festivals each year including South by Southwest, Austin City Limits and Blues
on the Green. In 2010, Austin was named a favorite music destination by Budget Travel and one of the best cities in which to make movies by MovieMaker. Enjoying the party scene doesn’t require a special event, however, as Austin’s downtown houses an entertainment district that is sure to cure anyone’s nighttime boredom. The city’s famous 6th Street is often compared to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, while the Warehouse District offers some cool fun with jazz. Austin’s creative and eccentric flare along with its acceptance of all sorts of subcultures provides a base for concerts, festivals and other fun events to be found almost any day of the year. And if all of this isn’t enough to entertain – Austin now has Formula One US Grand Prix World Championship events. The inaugural event took place at new Circuit of The Americas in November 2012. Come see what Austin has to offer. We’ll make you feel right at home!
About Austin Austin MSA Population 1.8 Million Austin City Population 820,000+ Student Population 118,000 Mexican Bat Population 1.5 Million Texas Population 26 Million Average Home Price $195,000 Founded in 1839 City Ranking in U.S. 14th Largest Average Temperature 70º Named for Stephen F. Austin Travis/ Williamson Counties Council-Manager Government Type 296 sq mi City Size Mt . Bonnell (785 ft) Highest Point Austinite Demonym CST/ CDT Time Zone 787**, 786** Zip Code 512 Area Code Slogans: “The Violet Crown,” “Keep Austin Weird” “Live Music Capital of the World” “The Human Capital,” “Bat City”
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BECAUSE YOU HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO THINK ABOUT. The protection of your private assets and lifestyle requires a personal insurance team dedicated to your financial situation and goal. Time Insurance Agency’s staff of highly skilled professionals can provide a comprehensive insurance package to meet your needs. Time will identify comprehensive personal property and automobile policies, including homeowners, single or multiple automobiles and collections of fine art, antiques and jewelry. We provide advice on other important coverage for watercraft and yachts, farms and ranches, family offices, workers compensation for household staff members, executive personal risk management and commercial insurance. Time recognizes that your personal insurance needs extend far beyond indemnifying you against losses to your home or automobile. We have significant experience in developing strategies to protect the assets that you have worked so hard to earn. Time is dedicated to serving our clients’ personal insurance needs with the highest levels of professionalism, commitment and service. Our goal is to provide you the assurance that your family and assets are always secure.
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BESIDES FABULOUS SHOPPING, THIS SMALL CITY IS HOME TO HAMILTON POOL. ONE OF THE BEST SWIMMING HOLES IN TEXAS, THIS LUSH RETREAT IS A GREAT PLACE TO PICNIC AND SWIM.
he Texas Hill Country is a beauty to behold in Dripping Springs, Texas, where Onion Creek makes its way through the edge of town and into Wimberley, Texas. Just twenty-one quick and pretty miles west of Austin, it’s a hidden gem in our own backyard. The small city is a quaint destination for shoppers who crave some Hill Country inspired art and to take in the breathtaking vista. Besides fabulous shopping, Dripping Springs is home to Hamilton Pool. One of the best swimming holes in Texas, this lush retreat is a great place to be during the hot Texas summer. It is located about 30 miles west of Austin on FM 3238. The preserve is managed as a natural area, or preserve, with emphasis on habitat protection and restoration, environmental education for public and private groups, and ongoing research; it offers limited, day-use only, with recreational opportunities such as picnicking, hiking, swimming and nature study. The preserve’s pool and grotto were formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago.There is a 45 foot water fall creating a great swimming hole. Swimming is allowed only when the water quality meets safety standards and updates can be heard at 512-264-2740. The parking lot is sized for 75 cars, and when all spaces are taken, cars are held up at the gate until a space opens—so get there early as “seating” is limited! Drinking water or concessions are not available in the preserve; chemical toilets are provided. Hours are 9am to 6pm and there is an entrance fee.
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Local, handmade art and pottery, from functional to fabulous!
4002 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Tel: 512.894.0938 • SunsetCanyonPottery.com
Tuscany in Texas
Salado Creek Winery & Vineyard 418 North Main Street Salado, TX 76571 254-947-9000 www.saladoswirlandsip.com
10587 E. US Highway 290 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 644-2710 • www.grapecreek.com
101 W. 7th Street (at the corner of 7th Street and Main) Georgetown, TX 78626 (512) 863-4020 • www.grapecreek.com
Enjoy the Hill Country
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es, Texas has some great wineries and most are just down the road from Austin. You can travel from winery to winery learning about the various wines produced as well as each winery’s history. Many have overnight accommodations or will suggest places to stay. Many are located within walking distances from great dining and shopping, some towns offer a fine collection of bed and breakfasts for that small home town feeling. Experience multiple wineries in a day or weekend at your own pace. You can hire a Limo or Shuttle vans and leave the driving to them. Check with the front desk of your hotel. Many offer Party and Private events, wine tours and of course wine tasting. You will notice that many of our wineries have Award Winning Wines, they are proud to showcase them. You will even find a little Tuscany feeling as you travel into the hill country. you may even get the chance to do a “ little wine stomping”. Lucy and Ethel style. Below we have showcased four great wineries just down the road. Please let them know that you saw their ad in Celebrate Austin and Enjoy the Hill Country one Glass at a Time.
Come experience a Award Winning Winery located in a historical building built in 1885. Georgetown Winery offers a wide range of Sweet Fruit Wines, Dry Reds, Semi Dry Whites and some World Class Dessert Wines. Georgetown Winery has been in operation for over 6 years producing wines from Texas and California grapes. Also while you are at the winery try some of the Flavored Oils and Balsamic Vinegars made by Georgetown Winery. A little taste of Tuscany in the Heart of downtown Georgetown Texas.
715 S. Main St Georgetown Texas 78626 512-869-8600 www.georgetownwinery.com
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Welcome to Georgetown
photo courtesy of georgetown convention and visitors bureau
teeped in history and truly charming, Georgetown, Texas offers you the chance to shop, dine and unwind on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. Leave the stress at the office, the worry at home and re-discover your weekends in a city that is more starry nights than big lights.
A trip to Georgetown offers you the chance to try some of the best cuisine in Texas. When it comes to pleasing the palette, our restaurants and cafes leave diners dreaming of one more bite! With more than 100 restaurants to choose from, you always have a reason to come back for seconds.
From a stroll through historic neighborhoods to dinner at one of our award-winning restaurants, Georgetown offers something for everyone. It is a destination where the young and the young at heart can find just what they are looking for. The city is a vacation from your regular routine, one that is always ready to welcome you back with open arms.
Georgetown is a place where friends become family. A warm smile and wave are more than just a courtesy; they are a way of everyday life. We invite you to come experience main street America at its finest. Leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind and settle into a time fellowship and friendship that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Downtown Georgetown comes alive every day and night, giving visitors the chance to take a step back into a simpler time. Explore a snapshot into the past that you will not soon forget. It can be your home away from home, one to revisit every time you just need to get away from it all. Find the perfect home furnishing or indulge your familyâ€™s sweet tooth with a decadently prepared candy treat at one of our many shops and boutiques. It is a shopperâ€™s paradise in Georgetown and it may take more than one shopping bag to fit everything in.
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American Ironhorse Showcase!
every Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Your complete source for all your motorcycle needs. Specializing in Harley Davidson and all American made V-Twin Motorcycles. Open: Tuesday - Friday - 9:30am-6pm Saturday - 9:30am-5pm
Hours: Monday-Friday - 11am-12am; Saturday - 10am-1am; Sunday - 10am-12am
1515 N IH 35, Georgetown, Texas 512-869-5454 www.hardtailsbarandgrill.com Log on to the website for Calendar of Events!
1525 N IH 35 • Georgetown, Texas www.hogalley.net
Shop Local, Shop Small, Shop Pink Poppy
Pink Poppy is a Local ARTisans Boutique that features made in the USA Women’s Clothing lines and Jewelry. I feature Local Artisans and Local Talents such as “The Best of Georgetown’s Photographer”, Local Canvas Artists, Local Jewelry artisans and Local specialty crafters. Pink Poppy supports companies that are made in the USA, Fair Trade and Rain Forest Approved. Most of all our companies are Women owned and operated.
114 W. 8th Street • Georgetown, Texas 78626 • 512-943-8252 www.pinkpoppyboutiquetx.com • Find us on Facebook - Pink Poppy ARTisans Boutique Pink Poppy is a very socially conscience business.
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“Big City Cuisine...Small Town Charm” & “reason to move to Georgetown” Our food is artistically presented but straightforward and hearty, appealing to both the epi-curious and the real meat-and-potato folk as well. Atmospheric and relaxed fine dining. Come in and enjoy Rack of Lamb, Bison, Elk, Ostrich, Ahi Tuna and Dry Aged Prime Beef cooked over Oak Logs.
“The Taste of Texas”
812 S. Austin Ave. Historic Georgetown, Tx 78626 WildFireTexas.com FB/WildFireTexas 512-869-3473 (fire)
Consignment Boutique High-End Hand-Me-Downs in Georgetown, Texas
Featuring Juniors, Kids & Maternity Clothing 70% off Retail Prices
109 W. 7th Street, Suite 115 Georgetown, Texas (512) 943-4591 • www.littleloftgtown.com
Remember your unique shopping experience. We’ve got many of your favorite things: Vera Bradley, Brighton, Swan Creek Candles, Jon Hart, Dian Malouf, Specialty Foods & more!
THE SCREEN DOOR 1003 S. Austin Avenue • Georgetown, TX • 512-591-7889 www.thescreendoor.com
& UNWIND Georgetown is the perfect destination. Shop for favorites at one-of-a-kind boutiques, catch a matinee at the Palace Theatre or savor a dinner out. Discover all there is to do on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.
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Salado, Texas Artfully Yours
photo by jesica flynn
estled deep in the heart of Central Texas is the ever-endearing hideaway known as the Village of Salado. The personal appeal of this haven reaches out to all walks of life by offering an experience that is unlike any other. While many find in Salado a space to wander into beckoning adventures, others discover a needed refuge for reprieve and inspiration. Experiences such as the vibrant pieces of public art that line main street and the public Sculpture Garden spark vision and depth within the community. Deep-rooted Texas history is ever present throughout the Village, particularly when visiting the famous Stagecoach Inn, dining at the historic Barton House, wandering through the grounds of Old Salado College, or basking in the solitude and sunlight of the beloved, bubbling Salado Creek. Joyful innocence thrives as children dive into creativity with the dreaming hearts of Silver Spurt Arts Academy or learn within walls of the newly renovated Salado Public Library. All who have journeyed here would agree: the experience of Salado is rare and not one to pass by. A multifaceted community, which purposefully curates Salado’s vibrant, steady, way of life, stands ready to welcome all sojourners at their doors. Among them are innovate artists like Gail Allard. Lighting the way on the south entrance of the village with fire (literally) and a gathering place for eclectic camaraderie is Salado Glassworks, Gail’s glass blowing studio and gallery. Gail chose to open his gallery in Salado because of the long-standing reputation of quality artists, and tightly
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woven community. He’s quick to comment about what is most energizing about his creative endeavor; “it’s the people. It’s the ability to invite them to pull up a seat, share their stories, and be a part of what’s going on here.” By opening his gallery and offering a distinctive hands on experience to his patrons, Gail preserves a deep truth that has always been understood in Salado: that art, while always powerful, is infinitely more meaningful when it is forged in inclusiveness and community. While Gail charges ahead with progression and fuels the fire of the vital, emerging generation of artistic visionaries, Teresa at Salado Mercantile extends an equally personal, yet different approach. The sweet comfort of the familiar greets each patron at Salado Mercantile. A step inside reveals each detail that sparks her imagination and nourishes her heart. A genuine hug and an invitation to “sit a spell” – just to be – is always freely offered. “Salado has always been my refuge,” she comments, “and the best part of owning a storefront here is the people that we encounter every day who are seeking that same escape and renewal”. Teresa is one of the many merchants who take the longstanding beloved shopping tradition of The Village beyond the merchandise and transform it into a gift that resonates within any heart; the meaningful experience of an honest and personal connection. Balancing the stability of the familiar with a more adventuresome approach to life and trade are other local entrepreneurs, such as Jon of Salado Creek Winery. Not only does his winery offer the enjoyment of carefully crafted wine, it also boasts award-winning
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quality and innovation. The carefully crafted Reveille’s Reserve Ruby Port has won numerous national awards while SCW is one of two wineries in the state of Texas who craft wine from fruit juices. No small amount of risk was assumed when choosing to step away from the status quo and turn his love of winemaking into a venture that could be enjoyed by others. Jon observes that, with the establishment of the winery in Salado in 2009, he began to understand that the deep satisfaction of “creating a product with your own hands, and then having the ability to be present
when someone is enjoying that art form” was well worth the pursuit. Salado was the ideal place to share the benefits of his bold creations. Personalities, like Jon, that embrace the thrill of discovery are readily welcomed in Salado also find a reprieve here. This solace is revealed easily at many of the local inns such as the historic Baines House, or Inn on the Creek. But it is unearthed elsewhere within the borders of the Village. Kaye and her business partners at 21 Main have created such a haven of rest and inspiration by reviving a historic storefront with traditional
o Vintage Cakery SaladCupcakes, Cakes,
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Unique Fine Jewelry & Gifts 106 N. Main St., Salado, TX 254-855-5538, jewelrysaladotx.com www.facebook.com/Kikiscreation
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Salado Vintage Cakery 110 N. Main, Salado, TX (254) 247-9358 www.saladovintagecakery.com
Salado Mercantile Gourmet General Store & Gift Shop 371 S Main , Salado TX, 76571 (254) 231-1399 • www.saladomercantile.com
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