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How to

Celebrate Austin and the Hill Country

Texas Style

The Pocket Guide for Visitors, Locals & Newcomers

Recommended Shopping, Restaurants Can’t-Miss-Souvenirs and Attractions


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Inside Celebrate Austin, a Pocket Guide Fun, Fantastic Austin.......................................... 4-8 Shopping ........................................................9-15 Wellness ......................................................... 16-17 Dining .............................................................. 18-23 Entertainment................................................. 24-27 To Austinites, Visitors and Newcomers: Please enjoy our collection of recommended attractions, restaurants and retail. Be sure to tell our advertisers that Celebrate Austin sent you! Look for our hardbound book in Austin area hotel rooms and gift shops or visit us at www.CelebrateAustin.com.

Copyright and Trademark, 2011, by Celebrate Texas Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher. Corporate offices are located at 10713 RR 620 N. Austin, TX 78726. For more information, please call 512-346-6235 or visit our Website. www.celebrateaustin.com.

Publisher: Judy Barrick Executive Vice Presidents: Linda Olson and Marilyn Crawford

Art Director & Production Manager: Shannon Barrientes Cover Photographer: John R. Rogers www.johnrrogers.com

Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin ,TX 78736 www.austinzoo.org, (512) 288-1490 With more than 350 animals from more than 100 different species, Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is a private, non-profit zoo rescuing animals and serving the Austin community.

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Fun, Fantastic Austin 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. Sincerely, Rick Perry Governor

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Fun, Fantastic Austin June 9-12th, 2011. One of the largest and most well-known motorcycle rallies in the country, the Republic of Texas Biker RallyŽ celebrates it’s sixteenth year in Austin this coming June. ROT combines the best in live music entertainment, specialized vendors, professional attractions, celebrity guests and all things motorcycle. Every year the ROT RallyŽ attracts over 200,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to Central Texas, creating an economic impact of $36 million dollars for the city of Austin. Four days each summer, Austin is transformed by a sea of steel and a refrain of rumbling from over 40,000 motorcycles. Info at: www.rotrally.com. The ROT RallyŽ is the highest rated rally in the southwest. It’s easy to join the fun... did you know you can rent a Harley here in Austin? Renting a Harley-DavidsonŽ motorcycle should be just like owning one, a top-quality riding experience. Central Texas Harley-Davidson Round Rock rental bikes are fully serviced and prepped according to the Motor Company standards. Every rental includes the use of a Harley-DavidsonŽ helmet that meets DOT specifications, rain gear, 24-hour roadside assistance, security system & locks, and short-term luggage storage. All you have to do is bring a sense of adventure. www.centraltexasharley.com or call (512) 652-1200.

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Lake Travis’ Newest and Most Exciting Adventure Opening Summer 2011

Zip & Dip.... Enjoy a thrilling zipline adventure through and over the canyons of Lake Travis, then relax on more than 8000 feet of waterfront and beaches.

To Make Reservations Visit:

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Entertainment & Music

Where to Shop

Founded in 1977, this store is really Allens boots, hats, pants, shirts, accessories, gifts and more! They’ve corralled two stores full of your kind of merchandise, from simply fine to pretty fancy. Remember: for Western wear, Allens is your one-stop shop. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 12pm-6pm. Allens Boots; South, 1522 S. Congress Ave.; 512-447-1413; Round Rock, 2541 S. IH-35; 512-310-7600; www.allensboots.com

Cypress Vanguard

Austin’s first and only fashion co-op! Discover over ten exclusive designers in one vintage little house in downtown Austin- so conveniently located it’s a must-visit. Find cutting edge fashion brought to you directfrom-the-designer! All in the stunning interior of a historic 1860’s home. Enjoy some coffee while you shop, support some local talent and go home with one-of-a-kind fashion. 606 E. 3rd Street; 512-922-6843.

D ow ntown

Allens Boots

Shopping

Lone Star Legacies

Specializing in unique executive & corporate gifts, bar-ware, gift baskets, home & office decor and much more. Lone Star Legacies offers a unique brand of gifts reflecting the spirit of Texas. Many of the items within their inventory can be customized with your company logo or personalized. Find the perfect “Texas” gift or accessory. 1220 Lavaca St., Austin, TX 78701; www.lonestarlegacies.com; 512-476-1181

Designer brand and vintage clothing, awesome shoes, handbags, and the most exquisite jewelry collection of any consignment store anywhere. A treasure for women who want to look like a million, but don’t want to spend a million! They have an extensive vintage collection. 5100 Burnet Rd.; 512-451-6845.

Things Celtic

Largest selection of Irish and Scottish wedding rings in Texas. Special order handmade kilts from Scotland. Art and unique crafts are featured throughout: china, crystal, books, music, flags, pewter and a selection of Celtic wall crosses. 1806 W. 35th St.; 512-472-2358; www.thingsceltic.com

Mid Town

Second Time Around Boutique

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 carvings, Navajo kachinas, Pueblo pottery, dream-catchers, carvings, plus furnishings with a Southwest flair. 6103 Burnet Rd. at Koenig Ln., 512-323-5011; www.turquoisetradingpost.com

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. 4211 S. Lamar Blvd Ste. A-19; 512-326-9462; www.austingiftcompany.com

Premium Outlets, Round Rock and San Marcos

Discover designer outlet shopping 20 miles from Austin in either direction. Save 25% to 65% every day at over 100 stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG, Maz Azria, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo, Ralph Lauren and Theory; www.premiumoutlets.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. Just a few minutes away down Hwy. 290: 4002 East HWY 290, Dripping Springs, TX; 512894-0938; www.sunsetcanyonpottery.com

South Near Austin

Austin Gift Company

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Shop BRILLIANTLY. BANANA REpUBLIC FACToRY SToRE, BCBGMAXAZRIA, CoNVERSE, GUESS. TWo AREA LoCATIoNS. J.CREW, JoE’S JEANS. KENNETh CoLE, LUCKY BRAND, MIChAEL KoRS, LAST CALL BY NEIMAN MARCUS, 65%VARYEVERY DAY. NIKE, TRUE RELIGIoN AND MoRE.* SAVINGS oF 25% To*STORE PER CENTER.

LEGENDARY BRANDS. ABUNDANT SELECTIoN. REAL SAVINGS. SAN MARCOS PREMIUM OUTLETS 140 STORES | IH-35, EXIT 200 | (512) 396-2200 ROUND ROCK PREMIUM OUTLETS www.celebrateaustin.com 125 STORES | I-35 N: EXIT 257, I-35 S: EXIT 256 | (512) 863-6688 | 11


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Lone Star Legacies Gifts Reflecting the Spirit of Texas

1220 Lavaca St., Austin, TX 78701 www.lonestarlegacies.com; 512-476-1181

SUNSET CANYON POTTERY “Your Place for Texas Made Fine Craft”

4002 E. Hwy 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 (10 miles west of the “Y” in Oak Hill)

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Wellness

5

BEST Reasons to

Relax and Renew

Indoors or Out

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From pampering at local spas and retreats, to an outdoor healing oasis, Austin has everything you need to unwind completely. Work out on a patio overlooking trees, or get a massage under the sun.

Treat the Whole Self

From medical spas to exercise to therapy, many places in Austin offer “wholistic” treatments. It’s the perfect place to try it for the first time or to receive the best treatment of your life.

Massage Therapy

Texas produces some of the best massage therapists in the nation. For you, this means the opportunity to get an excellent and inexpensive massage from a trend-setting professional. Relax, and breathe easy!

Something for every budget

With the plethora of spa centers in the city, visitors and locals can take advantage of inexpensive haircuts, massages, manicures, makeovers, facials and other beauty treatments. Try something new!

The Latest in Trends

Austin is home to cutting-edge beauty treatments, cosmetic surgery, and trends. Visit one of the many nationally recognized or award-winning stylists for a wonderful treatment, style or remedy.

at The Domain

Austin’s exclusive spa sanctuary located in The Domain. Luxurious Sanctuary Lounge and Hammams, romantic Couple’s Suite with private tub, exquisite Vichy, Hydrotherapies and Rituals of healing from around the world. Experience the Spa Réveil difference. Discover Your Bliss Now! Save 10% on services excluding packages and promotions.

sign up at SpaReveil.com for exclusive offers and updates 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste. 140 Austin, TX 78758

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Dining

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Dining

Favorite Austin Eats Austin Eats Food Tours

Rudino’s

County Line BBQ

The OASIS

www.austineatsfoodtours.com 512-963-4545 Get a sample of it all! 3 hours walking tours which includes 6-8 eateries. Promo code on page 20.

www.countyline.com On the Hill - 6500 W Bee Caves On the Lake - 5204 FM 2222 Nationally Famous and often cited as Austin’s best BBQ.

Frank & Angie’s Pizzeria Hut’s Hamburgers 508 West Avenue/ 807 W 6th St. www.hutsfrankandangies.com Pizza, Italian food... and famous hamburgers, back to back!

Iron Cactus Grill

www.IronCactus.com Downtown - 6th & Trinity North - 10001 Stonelake Blvd West - 13420 Galleria Circle Award winning Tex-Mex. Order the tableside-made guacamole.

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www.rudinos.com FM 620 and Anderson Mill Amazing food, fun and sports bar! 1890 Ranch in Cedar Park for pizza to go!

www.Oasis-Austin.com 6550 Comanche Trail The Sunset Capital of Texas and amazing food- so worth the quick drive to the lake.

Spicy Pickle

www.spicypickle.com Campus - 404 W 26th 300 S Lamar 1335 E. Whitestone (Cedar Park) A UT Austin favorite, known for their amazing sandwiches and, of course, their spicy pickles.

Cannoli Joe’s

www.cannolijoes.com 4715 US HWY 290 West 512-892-4444 A delicious reputation for the only Italian buffet of their size in all of Austin.


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frank & angie’s Pizzeria 508 West Avenue (Just behind Hut’s Hamburgers) (512) 472-3534 www.HutsFrankandAngies.com Scrumptious piping hot pizzas, pastas and calzones, on the patio or inside. Select from our great wine list at inexpensive prices. Just behind west 6th St... a local Austin delight for many years. Hut’s Hamburgers 807 W 6th Steet (Just in front of Frank & Angie’s) (512) 472-0693 www.HutsFrankandAngies.com An Austin tradition since 1939. Affordable and delicious, try our grassfed longhorn, buffalo or organic veggie burgers. Top it off with a homemade shake. Located on convenient 6th St.

Visit today!

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Meet Me at The OASIS!” “

The OASIS on Lake Travis, Sunset Capital of Texas, features the best Tex-Mex in Austin! Outdoor decks soar 450’ above the lake and the sunsets are spectacular. Perfect lunches and sunset dinners; private rooms for any event. Live music Thursday - Sunday!

THE OASIS 6550 Comanche Trail (off 620)

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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, a Harley-Davidson bar downtstairs, an authentic English Pub, a New Orleansstyle 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 Room 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.

Est. 1978

Locally Owned & Operated

323 E Sixth Street 512-478-8541

www.maggiemaesaustin.com

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