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From the State of Texas and Office of the Governor:

Celebrate Staff President & Publisher Judy Barrick Executive Vice Presidents Linda Olson Marilyn Crawford

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 s omething 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 TexasAustin and the Bob Bollock 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,

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A Letter From the Publisher Welcome to Austin! Austin has tall boots to fill as the Texas state capital, but does an incredible job of representing all that the Lone Star State has to offer in one city. Full of incredible historic landmarks, breathtaking vistas and a skyline that grows and changes every year, this capital city has so much to offer, you would be challenged to fit it all into one trip, or even one year. Find nestled within the heart of Austin a seemingly endless selection of live music venues, acclaimed resorts and spas, awardwinning dining, nationally acclaimed film and music festivals and dozens of parks and natural sites to explore. Austin is a multi-dimensional city known for being the home of the prestigious University of Texas- Austin, for being an international center for the high-tech industry and for maintaining an ambiance of fun and coziness. Not many cities can pull off a small-town feel and still manage to offer a bustling downtown filled to the brim with pedestrians, but Austin certainly has succeeded in this endeavor. You will find here a thriving cultural city, recognized by the world as the home for the South by Southwest Film and Music Festival, as well as the Austin City Limits Festival, both events which bring millions of visitors into the streets of Austin every year. Smaller events are the staple of Austin, like fun First Thursdays on Congress Avenue, the annual Eeyore’s birthday party, and a bi-annual Pecan Street Festival featuring live music, arts and crafts. There’s so much to share about what makes Austin exciting, but if we’ve sparked you’re interest here we’ve succeeded! We’ve been celebrating Austin for thirty-one years now and we never tire of informing locals and visitors about everything we love and respect about our beautiful city. We encourage you to visit the attractions, retail sites and dining options in this book. Almost every store has a story, and almost every attraction a history, and it’s all waiting for you to walk through their doors! As a locally owned and operated publication itself, Celebrate Austin proudly supports its local businesses. Our annual book is full of fun information, but be sure to visit our Web site at www.celebrateaustin.com to find continually updated information on events, attractions, dining, retails option and more! Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes our hearts, our minds, our fun attitudes and our sense of adventure. This issue we’re encouraging locals and visitors to celebrate Austin and the surrounding Hill Country “Texas Style” and to embrace the eclectic culture that makes Austin, and Texas, so very unique. So get out there and enjoy The Live Music Capital of the World, a city we know and love, and let us be your guide! Allow Celebrate Austin to be your handy tipster to all that Austin and the Texas Hill Country has to offer! Y’all come back now! Warmest Regards,

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Austin, a City that Love Its Food 50 Where to Dine Chart 51, 54 Taste the Culture of Austin 52 Fine Dining in the Capital City 56 Fun Fine Dining Tips 56

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ou’ve made it to Austin – congratulations! Take one look around and it becomes clear that this is not your ordinary capital city. What is it, then, that makes this place so unique? What exactly is the special recipe for such a splendidly off-beat creation?  Start with the biggest ingredient – literally – the capitol city 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 rich, deep-rooted musical history, a significant selection of art houses and museums, and a generous handful of locally owned and revered restaurants and businesses. Top it off with the picturesque and culturally rich Hill CounThe Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is try that surrounds the city, and you’ve a local favorite that shouldn’t be missed. Check started to create the melting pot that out a show at the IMAX or visit an exhibition is Austin. celebrate_austin_1_10.pdf PM Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm and1/6/10 Sun- 3:18:07

 The people of Austin thrive in this self-styled environment. The temperate weather encourages outdoor activity, and the folks make good use of the multiple outlets in which to hike, bike, walk, run, or swim. The art and music scene is a living, breathing thing in Austin, and you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting someone of such persuasion. 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 eclectic 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 stick around 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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Come view the famous Congress Avenue 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 at 512-480-9264; Located on the lake below the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd. www.capitalcruises.com

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

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

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

LUCKY LIZARD/ MUSEUM OF THE WEIRD In the heart of Austin’s famous 6th Street lies the city’s most curious and mysterious gift shop, featuring an intriguing blend of local art, imported goods, jewelry and unusual one-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.luckylizard.net

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


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began almost immediately, and although there were decades of work still left to complete the structure, government in its entirety arrived from Houston in oxcarts in October 1839. Years passed as the population inflated and Austin grew into a bustling capital city. Residents saw the secession of Texas into the Union in 1845, the development of new landmarks including the Governor’s Mansion and the Driskill Hotel, and the foundation laid down for a “university of the first class.� Edwin Waller, elected as the city’s first mayor in 1840, engineered a grid plan for the streets of the city, most of which is still in-tact as modern downtown Austin. The original grid designated all northsouth 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, with Pecan Street (now 6th Street) being the major east-west thoroughfare. It wasn’t until 1888 that our beloved state capitol, made of local Texas Sunset Red granite, opened its doors for the first time. The building was lauded as the “7th largest building in the world,� larger in square footage than all other state capitols and surpassing the national Capitol in height by 14 feet. In the winter of 1871, Austin acquired

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

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its first connection to the railroad, triggering a decade-long growth spurt. With the railroad came more people, more trade, and more commercial and educational opportunity. Although the original Forty Acres were set aside for would become the University of Texas, it wasn’t until 1882 that construction was started on the university. In the meantime, Austin opened its public school system in 1881 and became host to multiple other universities, including St. Edwards and Tillotson Collegiate and Normal Institute. Today, Austin is seen, among other things, as the educational center of Texas. As the heavy industrialization of Austin in the late 1800s and early 1900s gave way to more modern times, a new industry took hold: technology. The 1950s saw the first of the city’s think tanks and research labs. Tracor Industries moved to northwest Austin in the 1960s, and many others tagged along, including IBM, Texas Instruments, Samsung, 3M, and Motorola – so many that, in the 1990s, Austin adopted the unofficial nickname of “Silicon Hills.� The University of Texas produced many a bright techno-centric mind, including Michael Dell, who established his own Fortune 500 company in the suburbs of Austin. The technology industry continued to be a major influ-

unnecessary. Difficult restaurant reservations or tickets to a sold-out event, $5-$20 (or more) is the norm, depending on the difficulty.  You can tip at the time of service or at the end of your stay. Pool Attendant No tip is necessary if you are only provided a towel. If your attendant gives you exceptional service by reserving lounge chairs, lending reading material, or giving you sunscreen, tip $3$5. Tour Guides If you are pleased with the tour, you can tip $2-$5 to the tour guide for a full day tour. Tip a private guide more, 10%15% for the entire party. Don’t forget the driver! Give $1-$2 to the driver, or more.


ence into the late 1990s and early 2000s with the dot-com boom and subsequent bust. Although the fall was far, Austin is still seen as a hub in the industry. It was in the 1970s that the city began to truly establish itself as a non-traditional, free-thinking, liberal society. As political parties realigned and strong political leadership established itself, Austin became a blend of downtown liberalism and suburban conservatism, with a heavy dash of libertarianism. A strongly determined and vocal majority brought to the forefront the issue of preserving the natural environment and historical neighborhoods of the area, distinguishing Austin as a place of constant vigilance in the preservation of quality of life. These same political movements continue today: Austin purists clash with development companies as the appearance of downtown changes dramatically, with emphasis being placed on downtown living and development. The 1970s also brought with it a musical revolution. Although it was the jazz and blues clubs that sprung up east of downtown in the 1920s-1940s that established Austin’s musical heritage, it was the country and western musicians who, 30 years later, sought refuge from the corporate overtaking of Nashville and brought the city’s underground music scene to life. These influential musicians found a home in Austin at a time of political and cultural upheaval. Austin became a breeding ground for the alternative music industry, and anti-establishment musicians flocked to the city where they could play to a receptive audience. Not surprisingly, this tradition continues today: Austin has become a city where national acts and struggling musicians alike can come and receive recognition in the form of appreciative audiences. From the beginning, Austin has been a cultural, ethnic, political, and professional melting pot. Germans, Swedes, and Mexicans were prominent settlers in early years, with Mexican immigration growing more prominent in the mid-1900s. Educators and politicians have historically inhabited the city in large numbers, with the additional influx of writers, musicians, artists, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and more adding to the eclectic mix every day. With the population of Austin at least doubling in size every 20 years, it is to be expected that people from all walks of life will come and leave their imprint on the city. Whether it’s the strong economy, the educational, business, or musical opportunity, the lovely environment, or the alternative culture, each has their own reasons for coming. But the overall attraction is the same: Austin is a beautiful place to be.

Did You Know? Fun Facts about Austin! The unofficial slogan “Keep Austin Weird” refers partly to the eclectic and liberal lifestyle of many Austinites, but is also the slogan for a campaign to preserve smaller local businesses Mt. Bonnell, at 785 feet, is one of the highest points in the city. Legend has it that the first time a couple climbs the steps, they will fall in love. The second time, they will get engaged. Beware the third time… Congress Avenue houses the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tail bats in North America. Their evacuation of the bridge can be seen every night at sunset between March and October. Austin has been called the “violet crown,” a saying penned by writer O. Henry, because of the wintertime violet glow of color across the hills just after sunset. The Austin Moon Towers were created and built in the 19th Century to shed light on the early downtown streets. Among the most famous artists that migrated to and developed the Austin alternative music scene are Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. The Armadillo World Headquarters was the premier place in Austin at the time, where you could see these musicians perform their acts. Both US presidents with affiliations to Austin have an association with the Driskill Hotel: it was the site of Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird’s first date. It was also the site that both Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush set up office to await the results of their respective elections.

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Celebrate Austin’s Favorite Tours & Attractions by Catherine H.N. Tran

The Texas State History Museum 1800 N. Congress Avenue (866) 369-7108 www.thestoryoftexas.com

Being greeted by a 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star defines how much we care about our history…BIG! With three floors of interactive exhibits, the special effects show in the Texas Spirit Theater, and Austin’s only IMAX theatre in town, what’s not to like?

Haunted Bat Segway Tour in Austin 6th Street, (888) 881-3285

Do you enjoy listening to eerie ghost stories? Here’s your chance to do so in a unique way…on Segways! Watch bats and visit supposedly haunted places! Make 48 hour minimum advance reservations.

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French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St. Austin, TX 78702 www.frenchlegationmuseum.org

What building has the oldest wood structure in Austin? Why, that would be the French Legation. Now a museum, it used to be the residence of a French government representative in the Republic of Texas in 1840

Austin Nature & Science Center 301 Nature Center Drive Austin, TX 78746, (512) 974-3888 www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc/default.htm

Explore nature with your family at the Austin Nature & Science Center. Come see a coyote or red-tailed hawk in Wildlife Exhibits, dig up fossils in the Dino Pit, and much more!

Elisabet Ney Museum 304 East 44th Street, Austin, TX 78751 (512) 458-2255 http://www.cityofaustin.org/elisabetney/html/main.html European sculptress Elisabet Ney was one of the most influential women in early Texas history. She sculpted the life-size figures of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston, which are now standing in the national and state capitols. See her art!

George Washington Carver Museum 1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702 (512) 974-4926 www.carvermuseum.org

The George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center used to be Austin’s first library. Today, it is the first African-American museum in Texas and features a dance studio, conference room, darkroom, theater, archival space, and four galleries!

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LBJ Library & Museum 2313 Red River Street (512) 721-0200, www.lbjlibrary.org

Lyndon Baines Johnson declared at the dedication of his library on May 22, 1971 that he wanted his library to “…show the facts, not just the joy and triumphs, but the sorrow and failures, too.” It is the only one of thirteen presidential libraries with free admission to all!

Texas State Capitol http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/capitol/texcap.htm

The Texas State Capitol is one of the top destinations for tourists visiting Austin. It is the second largest capitol building in the U.S. You can buy a gift from the gift shop at the end of the tour as a piece of memorabilia of your visit at the capitol.

Texas State Cemetery 909 Navasota Street Austin, TX 78702 (512) 463-0605 www.cemetery.state.tx.us

Honoring those who have made what Texas is today, stop by and pay respect to those like Stephen F. Austin and Bob Bullock.

Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78746 (512) 477-8672 http://www.zilkergarden.org/

Known as “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. It is filled with a diversity of garden life. See gorgeous arrays of butterflies. Listen to the gush of waterfalls. Enjoy breathtaking themed gardens. Open and free to the public.

Sixth Street www.6street.com

Most of you know Austin to be “The Live Music Capital of the World”. Well, 6th street is the place to be. Loads of stuff to be excited about: art galleries, casual cafes, upscale restaurants, eclectic shops, live entertainment venues, and so much more! Of course you’ve got your live music! Hey, you might even see a celebrity! Come have a great time on 6th street.

Austin Zoo 10807 Rawhide Trail Austin, TX 78736 (512) 288-1490 www.austinzoo.org

Home to exotic, domestic and rescued wildlife.


Texas Governor’s Mansion Corner of 11th and Colorado www.txfgm.org/

Since June 1856, the Texas Governor’s Mansion has been the official residence for all Texas governors. Exquisite rooms are filled with ornate furnishings. Feel the richness of Texas history as you walk through the halls.

Lake Travis

Lake Travis has an abundance of things you can do…sail, wind surf, ski, scuba dive, etc. There are also many other things around the lake that you can do if you’re not the water type like golf and parks. It’s full of ways to enjoy the wate.

University of Texas Campus 24th and Rio Grande

Founded in 1883, the university boasts some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Texas. One of its most visible features is the Beaux-Arts Main Building, including the famous “bell tower” designed by Paul Philippe Cret and in mid-campus. The tower usually appears illuminated in white light in the evening but is lit orange for various special occasions

The Blanton Museum 200 East MLK Jr Blvd Austin, TX 78701 (512) 471-7324 blantonmuseum.org

The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art is the art museum and research center of the University of Texas at Austin under the College of Fine Arts. The museum is one of the largest university art museums in the United States, housing some 18,000 works from Europe, the United States and Latin America.

Harry Ransom Center 300 West 21st Street Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-8944 www.hrc.utexas.edu

A library and archive at specializing in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the United States and Europe. The Ransom Center houses 36 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and more than 100,000 works of art. The Center has a reading room for scholars and galleries which display rotating exhibitions. The Gutenberg Bible, the first substantial book printed with movable type, is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center’s collections.

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Sixth Street is one of the city of Austin’s most eclectic and famous roads, well-known for its fun, boisterous night life and live music scene. What many people do not know is that Sixth Street is also one of the most historic districts in town and contains a large range of unique retail, restaurant and entertainment venues that are pedestrian friendly during the daytime as well as the nighttime. Before Sixth Street became the bustling urban center that it is now, it was once called Pecan Street, and was the main thoroughfare into town (a nice flat trail) for the farmland communities to the east, and soon became a major commerce district. By the 1860s, log and frame houses, wagon yards, livery stables, and saloons were present along Pecan Street, as were pigs and cows from time to time. What is now modern day Buffalo Billiards was once Missouri House, erected in 1861, and was Austin’s first boarding home for weary travelers on their way to the Wild West. The beautiful Littlefield Building, at the northeast corner of Sixth and Congress, was built in 1910 and displays the beautiful architecture know as Beaux Arts Style. At the time of it’s completion, it was undeniably the most modern and opulent building in the southwest part of the nation. This building was the tallest skyscraper between New Orleans and San Francisco at the time (be sure to ask on the local shop owners about the fun rivalry that added a ninth floor to this impressive building). Located within Littlefield, in modern day Austin, is Hatbox, a haberdashery that combines old world charm with contemporary style, and is well-recognized for being “every man and woman’s” hat store. Right next store is the beloved Wild About Music store, the worlds first and only art and gift gallery dedicated entirely to music. This unique retail treasure represents over 100 locals, national and international artists and carries thousands of items all entirely dedicated to music. No trip to Austin is complete without visiting these locally recommended stores. Within easy walking distance is Lucky Lizards & Museum of the Weird, a beloved Austin favorite that cannot be missed! The museum features mummies, unexplained phenomena, and self-proclaimed “freaks of nature,” as well as a clever curio and gift shop on the street front which carries a large inventory of local artisan’s products as well as unique imported goods and souvenirs. Right across the street is Bobalu Cigar Co., which proudly presents fine boutique cigars made live in the window by real Cuban born cigar rollers. This locally renowned shop also carries a fantastic selection of cases and accessories. Although historical Sixth Street is extraordinarily pedestrian friendly, don’t miss out on your chance to tour Austin in the most fun way possible at Seg(continued on page 21)

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Your Key to Historic Sixth Street Retail Aaron’s Rock & Roll Bobalu Cigar Co. Hatbox Keeper’s Men’s Clothing Littlefield Market Lone Star Souvenir Lucky Lizard Hollywood Rock n Roll Old Pecan Street Market Scruffy’s Texas Souvenirs Shop 24 Sole Fresco Tears of Joy Hot Sauce

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Austin Segway Tours Austin Visitor Center Musuem of the Weird Texas Lottery The Driskill Hotel

Entertainment *Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz Esther’s Follies

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bar/ Pub

1886 Cafe & Bakery Bikini’s The Boiling Pot Chupacabra El Sol y La Luna Extreme Pita Geisha Sushi Habana Hoek’s Pizza Iron Cactus Jim Jim’s Jimmy John’s Sandwiches Louie’s 106 Marisco Grill Mekong River Mi Casa * Paradise Cafe Parkside Roppolo’s Pizzeria Roppolo’s Pizzeria

311 Club 512 Bar Agave The Aquarium Blind Pig Pub Barcelona Bat Bar * B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub * Beale St. Tavern * Bikinis * Buffalo Billiard’s * Casino el Camino Cheers Shot Bar Chuggin’ Monkey Coyote Ugly Darwin’s Dirty Dog Bar Dizzy Rooster Emo’s Flamingo Cantina BODY STUDIO Friends Joie De Vie Salon & Spa The Jackalope Black Cat Tattoo Parlor Klub Krucial Custom Tattoos From the Soul The Last Stand Golden Apple Studios The Library In the Flesh Tattoos

100 Block (Congress - Brazos)

300 Block (San Jacinto - Trinity)

200 Block (Brazos - San Jacinto)

400 Block (Trinity - Neches)

500 Block (Neches - Red River)

600 Block (Red River - Sabine)

The Lodge * Logan’s Maggie Mae’s Malaia Mooseknuckle Pub Nuno’s The Parish Peckerheads Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar Pure The Rooftop Shakespeare’s Pub Soho Lounge Spilz The Thirsty Nickel Toulouse Touche Treasure Island The Treehouse Trouphy Room Velveeta Room Venue 222 Vice

700 Block (Sabine - IH35)

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Live Music, Sports Bar, English Pub, New Orleans Style Courtyard, Rooftop, Art Gallery and More! Edwin Kramer Gallery, Robert Hurst Artwork, Custom Gibsons Available for Private Events Beautiful 5,000 sf Rooftop Deck 323 E Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78701 Austin Favorite for 32 Years 512-478-8541 www.maggiemaesaustin.com

Four Historic Buildings (circa 1850’s), 14,000 sf of space renovated and restored Gibson Room and Les Paul Lounge

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way Tours, located near Bobalu Cigar Co. The tours take you from Sixth Street to the State Capitol and you will be amazed at what you’ll learn! On a hot Summer afternoon, don’t forget the opportunity to step inside the crisp air conditioned interior of Alamo Drafthouse, which plays movies in the early afternoon and into the evening, and features continually evolving special events and fun features. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is fun and refreshing, and you’ll be amazed at the authentic and original old movie interior, which was one known as The Ritz. After all this shopping, touring and fun, don’t forget to stop at any of the world famous bars or restaurants that line Sixth Street. Maggie Mae’s Austin has stood proud for over thirty years and is located in a beautifully restored building erected in 1874 and features an authentic New Orleans style courtyard with a staircase that extends to a rooftop that allows for a gorgeous view of downtown Austin. Right across the street is Iron Cactus Restaurant and Margarita Bar, which is located in an enchanting turnof-the-century building which was remodeled as recently as 1995 to maintain the authentic, historical aspects of its construction that make Sixth Street so charming. There are countless hidden treasures along this wonderful corridor that makes 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 abound from the legendary Driskill Hotel next to the Littlefield Building and on toward IH35.

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Got Cubans? Watch authentic Cuban cigar rollers and enjoy the best Cuban coffee in Austin’s only indoor smoking establishment on Sixth. Experience the finest cigars north of Havana. Custom-labeled and flavored cigars, lighters, accessories. Open daily. Highly recommended!

509 E 6th St., 512-469-5877; 888-33CIGAR, www.livecigarrollers.com

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s a x e T f o l a t i p a C Sunset

The OASIS on Lake Travis is the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas and, probably, in the country! A visit to Austin is not complete without a venture out to The OASIS, which is only 20 minutes from downtown. The 30,000 sq. ft. interior boasts dining areas complemented by fireplaces seasonally, as well as spectacular views of the lake from any seating. Rain or shine, live music is performed during most of the year in the Starlight Terrace, which has a dance hall feeling and an ambiance of pure fun! Organizations, clubs, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, weddings, and receptions abound in nine private rooms with a view. Delicious food, tasty beverages, lake views, wonderful sunsets, and kick back on an outside deck. It doesn’t get any better than The OASIS, Sunset Capital of Texas!

Oasis-austin.com 512/266-2442

6550 Comanche Trail off Ranch Road 620 512.266.2442 Sunset Photo by Justin Lai

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(continued from page 25) one of the coolest destinations in Lake Travis! Open seasonally, Volente Beach features exciting rides and slides, a marina, rentable houses, and a restaurant known as the Blu Parrot. Craft rentals are available too. Lake Travis has some awesome dining options. The OASIS, with its fine dining, romantic atmosphere, and beautiful lakeside view, is great for booking large events—including weddings. And Carlos ‘n’ Charlies has a fun atmosphere and amazing food and drinks, as well as live music and other events such as AquaPalooza. Also on the shore of Lake Travis is Café Blue, with panoramic views, public boat parking, international coastal cuisines, Caribbean inspired cocktails, and fine wines. If you love shopping, the northern parts of Austin offer plenty of it! Visit the Arboretum (with stores such as Barnes and Noble, Cheesecake Factory, Pottery Barn, Heroes and Legacies), or the Domain (with Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Cru, McCormick and Schmick’s, and more). And don’t forget about Lakeline Mall and the Hill Country Galleria in the Lake Travis/Bee Cave area. North Austin offers excellent dining, too: try some of our favorites and visit Flemings Steakhouse, the County Line BBQ, or the Iron Cactus. Looking for something to do in Cedar Park? Try Cedar Park Cave Days: Visitors can view caves and are treated to rope climbing demonstrations at the Dies Ranch Treasure Cave. The Avery Ranch Cave takes visitors underground to see the formations. Can’t get enough of those Hill Country views? Check out the Austin Steam Train! The Hill Country Flyer and the Bertram Flyer will take you on a railroad journey through the Hill Country. Special themed rides for the kids, too, including Murder Mystery night trains. Seating is limited and goes quick, so reserve your spot soon!

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The beautiful Texas sunset makes a trip to the Lakeway Resort even more relaxing.

Enjoy all the comforts of home in the private condominium villas.

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An Escape Unlike any Other Courtesy of Lakeway Resort and Spa

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Lakeway Resort and Spa

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

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

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

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Offering fashions for all Four Seasons and Year-Round Cruise Wear

The Arboretum (next to Restoration Hardware) 512.372.1600

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Where to Shop! DOWNTOWN/CENTRAL AUSTIN Arabic Bazaar The Arabic Bazaar features gifts, clothing, antiques, and home furnishings, all directly imported from Syria, Morocco, and Egypt. Shipping and custom design services are available. The building is also home to Zein’s Dance Studio, with authentic bellydance classes taught by Zein Al-Jundi. Mon & Wed 11am-9pm; Tue, Thu & Fri 11am-7pm; Sat 10am-7pm. The Arabic Bazaar; 5013 Duval St.; 512-533-9227; www.TheArabicBazaar.com

Artworks 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 art services such as custom framing and art restoration. 1214 W. 6th St. #105; 512-472-1550; www.artworksaustin.com

Bobalu Cigar Company Manufactures and sells its own line of cigars (20 brands!), plus exotic tobaccos and a large wrapper inventory. Bobalu brand cigars made with fine long filler from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Bobalu also has smoking accessories and custom label cigars. 509 E. 6th St.; 512-4695877; www.livecigarrollers.com

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With treasures of Mexico for the discerning taste, the store has been an Austin institution since 1979. Exceptional folk art and amazing selection of handwoven textiles and timeless cotton clothing. Includes woodcarvings, silver jewelry, pottery and tin work. 1009 W. Lynn St; 512-474-8680; www.elinterior.com (continued on page 40)


A Collection of Fine Antique Galleries

Whit Hanks Antiques is a shopper’s paradise, a collector’s dream and a designer’s resource. Stroll through the galleries of Whit Hanks Antiques and discover why it has earned the prestigious reputation as Austin’s premier collection of fine antique galleries. Antique Swan // Fancy Finds Lotus Gallery // Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques Négrel Antiques // Pat Monroe Antiques 1776 House Antiques // Witte Global Antiques

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Gifts | Fountains | Jewelry | Candles

Hatbox A modern Haberdashery, known for its Austin-centric, one-of-a-kind cowboy hats with a rockabilly feel and some of the most hair-raising hat puns imaginable. 115 E 6th St # N; 512- 4761203; www.hatbox.com

908 A W. 12th Street Austin, Texas 512.472.5597

Lucky Lizard 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

Things Celtic Largest selection of Irish and Scottish wedding rings in Texas. Special order handmade kilts from Scotland and rents kilts. 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

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CRYSTAL WORKS

Austin’s 26 Doors shopping center is a hotspot for food, gifts, original toys, and clothing. Meet up at the central plaza, which features a bronze sundial, or hang out at the courtyards with beautiful fountains, sculptures, and landscaping. Check out businesses such as Santa Rita Cantina, Adelante Boutique, Teo, Sweet Charity, Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers, Rae Cosmetics, Waterloo Ice House and more. Just head left on 38th St. from Medical Pkwy, north block.

Whit Hanks Antiques Austin’s premier antiques gallery features extensive collections of European and American antiques and accessories, including furniture, art, silver, lighting, vintage books, and rare estate jewelry. Select group of fine antiques merchants attracts the most discriminating and selective dealers and individuals from around the country. 1009 W. 6th St.; 512-478-2101; www.whithanksantiques.com

Wild About Music The worlds first and only art and gift gallery dedicated entirely to music. We represent over 100 local, national and international artists and carry thousands gift items all entirely dedicated to music We are in our 17th year of operation bringing the spirit of music and its celebration in art and gifts to musicians and music lovers worldwide. 115 East 6th Street; 512-708-8600; www. wildaboutmusic.com

NORTH AUSTIN Bella Maui When shopping in the Arboretum at Great Hills, be sure to check out Bella Maui Boutique. This unique clothing store located next to Restoration Hardware has an affordable, trendy selection and features sizes from xs-3x. 10,000 Research Blvd. #131; 512-372-1600; search for Bella Maui Boutique on Facebook.

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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 W. Anderson Ln.; 512-445-4497

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; www. karavelshoes.com

KidOShoe 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; 512467-7463; www.kidoshoe.com

The PJ Shop The PJ Shop Style Lounge has a large selection of women’s pajamas, loungewear, couture tees, tops, dresses and gifts from top designers and for the latest styles in women’s sleepwear and clothing. 2127 Lohmans Crossing Rd., #312; 512-351-7900; www.thepjshop.com

Simon Malls 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 giftcards and to learn about new sales, events, and programs at various malls! www.simon.com

Terra Toys 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

The Treasury Showcasing unique antiques, soft modern home, office or ranch furnishings, quality decorative accessories for all lifestyles and interior design services as well. Shopping for beautiful furniture and art is a delightful walk across the street from The OASIS. 6535 Comanche Trail; 512-266-6444; www.thetreasuryaustin.com

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

Zinger Hardware Featuring all kinds of furniture, gifts, kitchenware, housekeeping products, outdoor garden materials, pet and wildlife items, and architectural hardware. Zingers is your best bet for all your hardware needs! 2438 West Anderson Lane, 512-533-9001; www.zingerhardware.com

GREATER AUSTIN AREA Eskimo Hut Everything you need from their infamous Eskimo Hut Daiquiris, delicious Delaware Subs, ice cold beer, and even a tube rental service only five minutes away. 216 N Edward Gary, San Marcos; 512-757-8920; www.eskimohut.com

Premium Outlets, Round Rock and San Marcos Discover designer outlet shopping 20 miles north of Austin. Save 25% to 65% every day at 125 stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Maz Azria, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Theory and much more; www.premiumoutlets.com (continued on page 42)

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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; (800) 846-6175; www. sunsetcanyonpottery.com

Wimberley Glass Works Blown 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 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

Elisa Ilana Sells jewelry and supports cancer awareness and research. Cancer awareness jewelry is made of highest quality materials such as Swarovski crystal, sterling silver, and 14 karat filled gold balls. They also have custom designer jewelry such as customized name bracelets. Main headquarters are in Omaha, NE, but they have many selections in online store. Elisa Ilana; 402-926-3479; www.elisailana.com

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Congress Avenue, North and South by Carl Mamula

by Carl Mamula

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SOUTH AUSTIN Allens Boots Founded in 1977, this store is really Allen’s 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, Allen’s is your onestop shop. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 12pm-6pm. Allen’s Boots; South, 1522 S. Congress Ave.; 512447-1413; Round Rock, 2541 S. IH-35; 512-3107600; www.allensboots.com

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. Austin Gift Company; 4211 S. Lamar Blvd Ste. A-19; 512326-9462; www.austingiftcompany.com

Bead It 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 chain, and a huge selection of already-made jewelry. Mon-Sat 11am7pm; Sun 1pm-6pm. Bead It; 2058 S Lamar Blvd.; 512-693-2323; www.beaditaustin.com

Neiman Marcus Last Call Find quality you expect at prices you don’t. Save on a vast selection of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, plus a fantastic selection of home furnishings, all marked at 30% to 75% off original Neiman Marcus prices. Mon-Tue 10am-6pm; Wed-Sat 10am-7:30pm; Sun 12pm6pm. Last Call® Clearance Center; Brodie Oaks Shopping Center; 4115 Capital of Texas Hwy. S.; 512-447-0701; www.lastcall.com

Patagonia 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.; 512320-8383; www.patagonia.com

Congress Avenue is one of Austin’s bestknown streets: imbued with a rich history and diverse options for nightlife, shopping, and dining, Congress Avenue is a must-visit for anyone! North of the river, be sure to check out historic Congress. Here you’ll find the Capitol Building at 11th. This nationally renowned organic cotton s hemp s tencel® s recycled building, completed in 1888, is visible from and recyclable polyester many points in Austin and is one of Austin’s significant landmarks. Austin Take advantage of a 316 Congress Avenue free Capitol tour, avail(512) 320-8383 able daily! South of the Capitol, twitter.com/PAtAgoniAAustin historic Congress has fAcebook.com/PAtAgoniAAustintexAs plenty of casual and fine dining options: get a burger, grab some Mediterranean, or get a cappuccino.Or you could go to one of the © 2011 Patagonia, Inc. many downtown bars and clubs. To get a further taste on SoCo stay open late, and many ofof Austin’s history, pay a visit to some fer sales and free drinks! local theatres such as the State TheNorth and South Congress both ofatre or the Paramount Theatre between fer plenty of local attractions, but the 7th and 8th Streets, built in 1915. bridge that connects them has a charm South of the bridge over Town Lake of its own: bats. This bridge is home you’ll find South Congress, referred to to North America’s largest urban bat by the locals as SoCo. SoCo is one colony. Throughout the spring, summer, of Austin’s most famous shopping and fall, millions of Mexican free-tailed districts, featuring clothing stores, gift bats emerge for food every evening as shops, as well as other specialty shops, the sun sets. Viewers line up en masse from carnivalesque clothing to novelalong the Congress Avenue bridge ties and kitschy items. In any case, or find a spot to sit on the grassy hills don’t miss First Thursdays—on the first below, as the bats fly overhead. Don’t Thursday of every month, all the stores miss it!

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26 Doors Shopping Center:

A Midtown Oasis: 1206 W. 38th St.

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Whether you’re looking for fabulous food, gifts, original toys or clothing, it can be found at 26 Doors, located in the heart of mid-town Austin. The shopping center is an Austin original. The central plaza—featuring a bronze sundial—is a perfect meeting place for friends, family and kids. Courtyards feature fountains, sculptures and beautiful landscaping. If you’re craving a tasty bite to eat, visit Santa Rita Cantina, in the heart of 26 Doors. The cantina offers specialties such as fish, salads and slow-roasted chicken or pork loin, as well as traditional Tex Mex. Be sure to sample their awardwinning salsa and famous margaritas. The Cantina has been featured in Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels. Dine indoors or on the large outdoor patios. Adelante Boutique is a unique women’s store with an eclectic mix of clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry. Like its name, which means “forward” in Spanish, this boutique is always on the cutting edge, offering the latest style trends. To satisfy a sweet tooth, treat yourself to Teo’s, a perennial winner of the “Best of Austin” awards. Teo’s offers a full-service coffee bar staffed by Italiantrained baristas. Gelato is available in a variety of flavors, and for a refreshing treat, sample a sorbetto. The more than 37 flavors range from an unbelievably

creamy chocolate cappuccino gelato called mattissimo to a sugar-free strawberry sorbetto. They’ve also added breakfast and lunch menus. In the cooler months, enjoy your treats by the outdoor fireplace. One of Austin’s most popular boutiques is Sweet Charity, which offers gifts, accessories, seasonal décor, collectibles and art. During the year, Sweet Charity welcomes top designers such as Round Top Collection’s Jeff Krause and chefs like Rebecca Rather and Sibby Barrett. One of the store’s two signature departments is P.S. by Sweet Charity, featuring gifts, cards and candy. The other, Sweet Baby, offers the best in children’s attire, toys and furniture. They are a project of Seton Volunteers and proceeds benefit patients in need at Seton. Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers offers custom-made wooden toys for all ages. Inside, visitors can peek into the workshop to watch the master craftsmen at work. Rootin’ Ridge also offers a selection of high-quality commercially produced wooden toys, games, puzzles, furniture and musical instruments. Kids feel special when they visit Margo Bower’s Hair’s Lair. This haircutting and styling salon is located in a small cottage and features toys, movies and snacks. Fast and fabulous hairstyles make kids—and their parents—look forward to a fun haircut every time. Feel more beautiful when you visit Urban Betty. The salon offers the best and most current trends in professional hair color and styles, as well as fabulous updos and wedding treatments—in the salon or at your location. Urban Betty features PureOlogy and Bumble & Bumble products. Pamper yourself at Bellissima European Skin and Nails. Skin care is their passion and life’s work. Their methods combine the best of European and American skin care techniques and products. If it’s burgers, platters and cold beer that you’re searching for, stop by Waterloo Ice House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Waterloo is a casual neighborhood gathering spot serving great food any time of day. At night, the dining room comes alive with the best of Austin’s music

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scene. Bell and Bird is a jewelry shop specializing in antique pieces from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Their offerings also include hand fabricated platinum and gold custom jewelry. What a special find in this nook of Austin! Rae Cosmetics offers a mineral-based cosmetics line designed specifically for the hot Austin climate and active lifestyle. Their cosmetics are created from the philosophy that makeup should enhance beauty, not mask it. Rae Cosmetics is designed for hardworking, fun-loving women who are always on the go. Bay Hill Designs offers home furnishings and accessories, as well as interior design services. In their store you’ll find ideas for living and entertaining. Whether it’s bedding, window treatments or lighting, come by and be inspired! Frost, the largest home-grown, Texas-based banking organization, has helped Texans with their financial needs since 1868. Focusing on outstanding service and one-on-one customer relationships, Frost offers banking, investments and insurance to individuals and businesses across Texas. Massage Harmony is a locally owned and operated spa offering the most affordable massages across Austin. Named in honor of Austin’s local music scene, Massage Harmony also differentiates itself from competitors by not requiring clients to purchase a membership in order to take advantage of its low rates. Clients can choose from Swedish, deep tissue, sports, Shiatsu, reflexology, pregnancy and, now, Ashiatsu massages without having to pay extra. Be sure to visit Pearl Events, a refined and embellished event planning service which provides singular, special and fashionable events. Whether you are raw and edgy or simple and classic, or a combo of both, Pearl Events will help you design the perfect details. Every event is infused with personality and unique Austin touches. Enjoy stress free planning on any budget!


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RAE Cosmetics, 512-320-8732, raecosmetics.com Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers, 512-453-2604, rootinridgetoys.com Santa Rita Cantina, 512-419-7482, santaritacantina.com Sweet Charity, 512-324-3399, sweetcharitygifts.org Teo, 512-451-9555, caffeteo.com Urban Betty, 512-371-7663, urbanbetty.com Waterloo Ice House, 512-451-5245, waterlooicehouse.com

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26 Doors Shopping Center:

A Midtown Oasis: 1206 W. 38th St.

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Whether you’re looking for fabulous food, gifts, original toys or clothing, it can be found at 26 Doors, located in the heart of mid-town Austin. The shopping center is an Austin original. The central plaza—featuring a bronze sundial—is a perfect meeting place for friends, family and kids. Courtyards feature fountains, sculptures and beautiful landscaping. If you’re craving a tasty bite to eat, visit Santa Rita Cantina, in the heart of 26 Doors. The cantina offers specialties such as fish, salads and slow-roasted chicken or pork loin, as well as traditional Tex Mex. Be sure to sample their awardwinning salsa and famous margaritas. The Cantina has been featured in Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels. Dine indoors or on the large outdoor patios. Adelante Boutique is a unique women’s store with an eclectic mix of clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry. Like its name, which means “forward” in Spanish, this boutique is always on the cutting edge, offering the latest style trends. To satisfy a sweet tooth, treat yourself to Teo’s, a perennial winner of the “Best of Austin” awards. Teo’s offers a full-service coffee bar staffed by Italiantrained baristas. Gelato is available in a variety of flavors, and for a refreshing treat, sample a sorbetto. The more than 37 flavors range from an unbelievably

creamy chocolate cappuccino gelato called mattissimo to a sugar-free strawberry sorbetto. They’ve also added breakfast and lunch menus. In the cooler months, enjoy your treats by the outdoor fireplace. One of Austin’s most popular boutiques is Sweet Charity, which offers gifts, accessories, seasonal décor, collectibles and art. During the year, Sweet Charity welcomes top designers such as Round Top Collection’s Jeff Krause and chefs like Rebecca Rather and Sibby Barrett. One of the store’s two signature departments is P.S. by Sweet Charity, featuring gifts, cards and candy. The other, Sweet Baby, offers the best in children’s attire, toys and furniture. They are a project of Seton Volunteers and proceeds benefit patients in need at Seton. Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers offers custom-made wooden toys for all ages. Inside, visitors can peek into the workshop to watch the master craftsmen at work. Rootin’ Ridge also offers a selection of high-quality commercially produced wooden toys, games, puzzles, furniture and musical instruments. Kids feel special when they visit Margo Bower’s Hair’s Lair. This haircutting and styling salon is located in a small cottage and features toys, movies and snacks. Fast and fabulous hairstyles make kids—and their parents—look forward to a fun haircut every time. Feel more beautiful when you visit Urban Betty. The salon offers the best and most current trends in professional hair color and styles, as well as fabulous updos and wedding treatments—in the salon or at your location. Urban Betty features PureOlogy and Bumble & Bumble products. Pamper yourself at Bellissima European Skin and Nails. Skin care is their passion and life’s work. Their methods combine the best of European and American skin care techniques and products. If it’s burgers, platters and cold beer that you’re searching for, stop by Waterloo Ice House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Waterloo is a casual neighborhood gathering spot serving great food any time of day. At night, the dining room comes alive with the best of Austin’s music

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scene. Bell and Bird is a jewelry shop specializing in antique pieces from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Their offerings also include hand fabricated platinum and gold custom jewelry. What a special find in this nook of Austin! Rae Cosmetics offers a mineral-based cosmetics line designed specifically for the hot Austin climate and active lifestyle. Their cosmetics are created from the philosophy that makeup should enhance beauty, not mask it. Rae Cosmetics is designed for hardworking, fun-loving women who are always on the go. Bay Hill Designs offers home furnishings and accessories, as well as interior design services. In their store you’ll find ideas for living and entertaining. Whether it’s bedding, window treatments or lighting, come by and be inspired! Frost, the largest home-grown, Texas-based banking organization, has helped Texans with their financial needs since 1868. Focusing on outstanding service and one-on-one customer relationships, Frost offers banking, investments and insurance to individuals and businesses across Texas. Massage Harmony is a locally owned and operated spa offering the most affordable massages across Austin. Named in honor of Austin’s local music scene, Massage Harmony also differentiates itself from competitors by not requiring clients to purchase a membership in order to take advantage of its low rates. Clients can choose from Swedish, deep tissue, sports, Shiatsu, reflexology, pregnancy and, now, Ashiatsu massages without having to pay extra. Be sure to visit Pearl Events, a refined and embellished event planning service which provides singular, special and fashionable events. Whether you are raw and edgy or simple and classic, or a combo of both, Pearl Events will help you design the perfect details. Every event is infused with personality and unique Austin touches. Enjoy stress free planning on any budget!


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RAE Cosmetics, 512-320-8732, raecosmetics.com Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers, 512-453-2604, rootinridgetoys.com Santa Rita Cantina, 512-419-7482, santaritacantina.com Sweet Charity, 512-324-3399, sweetcharitygifts.org Teo, 512-451-9555, caffeteo.com Urban Betty, 512-371-7663, urbanbetty.com Waterloo Ice House, 512-451-5245, waterlooicehouse.com

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Kids

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Kid-Friendly Austin by Carl Mamula

There’s always plenty to do in Austin—for adults and kids alike! Listed below are only a few of the many kidfriendly activity options in the Texas Capitol. For some big-screen fun, why not take your child to the IMAX Theatre at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum? This fully accessible facility has 400 seats and features an IMAX projector on which your kids can watch movies in 2-D and 3-D! Operating independently of the museum, the Theatre is open on evenings and weekends. The IMAX shows movies for the whole family, including educational films such as Hubble 3D. Can’t get enough of the cinema? No worries—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 your kids will love. Want to teach your kids about nature

and science? 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. Definitely not an excursion to be missed! The Nature & Science Center also offers programs such as summer adventure camps. Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. 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! Open daily from 10am-6pm Feb 1 to Oct 31 and 10am-5:30pm Nov 1 to Jan 31.

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Shopping, Attractions and Fun for Children... from age 0 to 100!

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 trolley (known as the Zilker Zephyr), paddle on 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 daily from 5:00am to 10:00pm. In addition, Austin has several kidfriendly events throughout the year, 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.


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Zilker Park: Austin is home to one of the best metropolitan parks in the state! It contains the Barton Springs Pool, open year round, as well as an enormous playground for toddlers to big kids. There’s a train depot for the Zilker Zephyr, a miniature train that takes a 20 minute tour around the park. There’s also a Hillside Theatre and The Austin Nature and Science Center where your kiddo can practice being a junior archeologist in the dinosaur pit. www.ci.austin.tx.us/zilker/ Austin Zoo: The Austin Zoo is special because many of the animals housed there are rescued. Its manageable size makes it less crowded and a very doable daytime activity. There is a great petting zoo and the enclosures feel much more part of the natural setting rather than generic cages. It is definitely worth the short drive out of town. www.AustinZoo.org Festivals: Austin is famous for its massive music festivals, but there are many kiddo-centered events as well. The Austin Kite Festival, held in Zilker Park, happens every Spring and is truly a site to behold. Every Summer, just as the heat seems to be at its worst, you can find the Ice Cream Festival in Waterloo Park. Also look for the Pecan Street Festival (bi-annual) and Bat Fest, a spectacular even held on the Congress Bridge. Use our Web site to find dates and times of special events. www.celebrateaustin.com Bat Watch: You can’t mention Bat Fest and Congress Bridge without bringing up Bat Watching! The bridge is 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. This event has become one of the most spectacular and unusual tourist attractions in Texas. Watching the bats is so mesmerizing, not only will your chid learn and have fun, but you will feel like a child again as well. Water Play: Austin has lots of fabulous opportunity for fun water activities. Enjoy the beautiful sunshine Austin offers by indulging in a day (or weekend camping trip!) at gorgeous Lake Austin, rent a canoe at the shores of Lady Bird Lake, or discover one of Austin’s beloved pools- like Deep Eddy, Barton Springs, or even Hamilton Pool, just a short drive from town in Drippings Springs, TX.

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Wellness

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Achieve desired results without looking ‘done.’

Dr. Daniel Leeman (seen above) is a doubleboard certified Austin-based surgeon who uses the latest technology to achieve a more natural appearance. Courtesy of NEWU Plastic Surgery

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ith innovative technology advancing faster than ever, cosmetic medicine seems to be getting an ongoing facelift. We turned to Dr. Daniel Leeman, board certified facial plastic surgeon and Medical Director at Austin’s NEWU Plastic Surgery, to learn more about the most advanced methods in facial rejuvenation and body contouring.

The New Face of Plastic Surgery Most exciting are the advances in nonsurgical options that provide beautiful results with little to no downtime. Dr. Leeman recently introduced to Austin a breakthrough, non-invasive facial lifting procedure called Ultherapy. “Ultrasound therapy” is the first and only energybased aesthetic procedure cleared by the FDA for a non-invasive lift, and it is revolutionizing the way physicians counteract the effects of time and gravity on the skin. Ultherapy gradually and gently shifts the skin back into a more youthful position, so clients achieve desired results without looking “done.” With just one treatment, the regenerative process is initiated, with the full effect will building subtly over the course of two to three months. Another way Dr. Leeman rejuvenates without the use of his scalpel is by employing fillers that enhance and restore a youthful contour to the face and hands where time and gravity have taken their toll. Fillers can be injected in less than an hour and can help smooth deep facial wrinkles, restore sunken areas beneath the eyes, fill out hollowed cheeks, even out acne scarring, improve chin contour and add volume to the lips. For a more permanent result, Dr. Leeman uses patients’ own fat in place of artificial fillers. Fat is an abundant,

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natural source of stem cells, containing 300 times the amount found in bone marrow. Because of their miraculous ability to renew and regenerate, the stem cells found in fat are vital to the latest method to combat the effects of aging. “Synthetic facial fillers like Restylane®, Radiesse® or Sculptra® have historically been able to provide a suitable, albeit temporary, solution to add volume to the face and hands,” said Leeman. “Now, with the help of stem cell-enriched fat from patients’ own bodies, we can do more than volumize – we can actually rejuvenate.” The key to using the stems cells to their maximum potential lies in a harvesting technique that gently removes unwanted fat from the body in an improved way. Employing water-assisted liposuction, Dr. Leeman uses a gentle, pulsating spray of fluid to dislodge fat without the brute force used in traditional liposuction procedures. During the harvesting process, patients enjoy the added benefit of precise contouring of donor areas including the thighs and abdomen. To learn more about Dr. Leeman and the minimally invasive treatments available at NEWU Plastic Surgery, visit www.NEWUplasticsurgery.com.


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When you are considering plastic surgery and other rejuvenation treatments, you want a doctor with a reputation for excellence and natural-looking results. As one of the only double board-certified facial plastic surgeons in Austin, Dr. Daniel Leeman brings extra levels of skill and expertise to the complex nuances of facial enhancement. Using an arsenal of cutting-edge medical grade spa treatments and (non)surgical techniques, Dr. Leeman and his can safely and beautifully refresh timeworn features, deliver precise body contouring and renew your self-confidence with minimal downtime. Whether you want to dramatically counteract the effect of time with Ultherapy (non-surgical face lift) or achieve the body you’ve always wanted with our gentle and effective liposuction methods, Dr. Leeman and his team of highly qualified medical aestheticians can help you look and feel your best.

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Dining

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Austin, a Mecca for Amazing Food by Shannon Barrientes

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rom cool Japanese steakhouses to fine French bistros, you can enjoy cuisine from around the globe right here in Austin. With hundreds of restaurants in the area, there are eateries to suit every taste. Many restaurants serve special dishes to accommodate even the pickiest of eaters. Even in a land dominated by steakhouses and barbecue joints, vegetarian restaurants are plentiful, and chefs aim to please by concocting flavorful recipes like barbecued tofu and spicy meatless chili for their guests. Home-style cooking in Central Texas may put your mother’s meatloaf to shame. Here you can feast on Southern favorites like chicken fried steak, fluffy mashed potatoes, fresh veggies, warm cornbread, delicious pecan pie, and hearty chili. It would be sinful to leave Texas without indulging in some saucy barbecue. Texans will barbecue just about anything – it doesn’t matter if it’s pork, beef, or chicken; loin, brisket, or breast, we will throw it over an open flame and douse it in delicious thick barbecue sauce. Don’t be afraid to get your fingers dirty; napkins are plentiful and bibs are often provided! Although Texas is best known for its Southern home-style cooking, Austin provides an excellent selection of foreign cuisines. Local chefs prepare tasty dishes from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, India, South and Central America, and, of course, Mexico. With one of the largest Hispanic and Latino populations in the nation, Central Texas boasts some of the best

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authentic Mexican dishes north of the border. In addition to the multitude of fabulous Mexican restaurants around Austin, Tex-Mex is also popular. Favorites like breakfast tacos, chips and salsa, fresh tortillas, burritos, and margaritas are staples in many Austinites’ diets. There is nothing better to wash down a good meal with than a great drink, and the area has of bars, wineries, and breweries where you can do so. In addition to in-town brewpubs, Central Texas hosts the Spoetzle Brewery, located in the tiny town of Shiner. Spoetzle is famous for handcrafting Shiner Bock, a seasonal fullflavored, deep amber-colored beer popular with Austin residents. If you’re in the mood for a good glass of vino, visit the Hill Country, where beautiful rolling hills and abundant sunshine have created a backdrop for some excellent vineyards, and make a great destination for a wine-tasting getaway weekend. Although you may be tempted to enjoy second helpings at dinner, be sure to save room for dessert. Austin has great coffee shops and bakeries, where you can relax on cushy furniture and enjoy a frothy cappuccino and a slice of homemade apple pie. A hot summer night is perfect for socializing with friends at one of the ice cream parlors around town that serve ice cream, frozen yogurt and gelato. Wherever you end the evening, you will return home full and satisfied with your Austin dining experience.


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Taste the Culture of Austin Within the walls of the enticing restaurants that line downtown Austin’s historic streets, locals and visitors that come to gather with friends and family will always find something to satisfy their taste buds. Over warm conversation, the sound of clinking utensils and mouth-watering aromas, all are invited to partake of the best of Central Texas’s offerings from enchiladas and chile con queso to barbeque ribs and schnitzel. Leaving with smiles on their faces and full stomachs, patrons can reflect on the deeply rooted history of Texas that has continuously transformed the face of its legendary cuisine “A cuisine evolves with the arrival of new ethnic influences, new foods introduced in the area, even new appliances or newly discovered cooking methods. So, of course Texas food is not the same as it was 100 years ago or even 25 years ago. It’s just the way we eat in Texas today,” said Terry Thompson-Anderson, culinary teacher and author of three cookbooks, among them Texas on the Plate. A Brief History: Indian tribes who first inhabited this state cultivated a diversity of crops and spices that serve as fundamentals in today’s food, such as corn-based dishes with chilies and herbs, usually accompanied by beans and tomatoes. The Spanish, the first Europeans to arrive here, claimed Texas for their mother country in the 16th century and quickly called the Indians their friends. They combined their diet of rice, pork, chicken, wine, garlic and onions with the native indigenous foods of pre-Columbian Mexico, including chocolate, chorizo, tomato, vanilla, avocado, guava, papaya, pineapple, chili peppers, beans, squash, peanut, fish and turkey. With its long ties to its southern neighbor, Mexico, it’s no surprise that Texan food shows strong Mexican influences. The cuisine so closely coincides with Mexico’s food that an entirely new genre of food was created, Tex-Mex, which combines traditional Mexican flavors and techniques with American customs. Most of today’s Mexican food is based on Mayan and Aztec traditions combined with culinary trends introduced by the Spanish colonists. Hispanic foods continue to shape Texas, even in the subtlest of ways. Whether you’re eating chili Frito pie, traditional Texas barbeque, or a classic steak—they are all centered on the strong tradition of vaqueros (cowboys), who herded beef for their supper and used it to make signature dishes. The tradition is carried on into modern day cowboy’s and cowgirl’s standard diet of meat and potatoes. As we all know, “everything is BIGGER in Texas,” and that includes our Texas-sized “pantry.” Grannies and executive chefs alike are easily inspired. With such an array of ever-evolving ethnic influences to pull from, cooks in the Lone Star State can always please a crowd.

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El Gallo Restaurant

Established in 1957, The Abraham Kennedy family has been serving Austin fine food for over 50 years. Their dishes are made expertly with recipes from their native Mexican roots and with the best ingredients. The family also prides themselves on quick and courteous service. Find rare specialties like the Brocheta de Camaron, two kabobs of jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon, onion and bell pepper and served with Spanish rice and charro beans or another favorite, the Cabrito Al Horno, which is sumptuous baked young goat specially seasoned. Find them nestled along the amazing South Congress corridor, just across from St. Edward’s University.

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Full Bar Live music: Enjoy authentic mariachis at dinner. Lunch Ser ved 11am - 2:30pm Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11am - 10pm Friday - Saturday 11am - 11pm Sunday 8am - 11pm Closed Mondays

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Fine Dining in the Capital City by Christy Wink

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ustin has long been known for its eclectic offering of dining destinations, ranging from the expected (Tex-Mex, BBQ – some of the best in the world!) to the more worldly or even completely unexpected (ever been served a humongous cupcake out of a 1960’s Airstream?). One perk of grubbing in this wickedly weird city is the privilege of dressing to suit your own style when hitting the town. Going casual is an unspoken rule in Austin, and to dress down is to look like a local. One of the rare occasions in which an Austinite trades in the cargos for a pair of slacks is the opportunity to sit down at one of the city’s many fine dining establishments. It might not be the first thing you think of when visiting this fair city, but make no mistake that Austin has become a culinary epicenter for prestigious up-and-coming chefs and both nationally known and self-proclaimed foodies. From succulent, tender Texas beef to fresh seafood flown in from the Gulf and beyond to delicate, handmade pastas, Austin has a world of haute cuisine at its fingertips to satisfy even the most discriminating gastronome. As is expected in a city so dependent on its local businesses, the number of family- and privately owned upscale restaurants at least equal the number of the finer chain establishments. So at least once while you’re here, be a gourmand. Step out of your sneakers and into some exceptional cuisine.

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Fun Fine Dining Tips Cutlery Confusion: Always remember to work from the outside in; the cutlery farthest away from your plate is for the first course and so on. Napkin Knowledge: If you leave the table during the dinner, place your napkin on your chair. If your napkin drops to the floor, it is acceptable for you to pick it up. When you have finished eating, the napkin should be placed tidily to the left side of your plate (but not on your plate). Getting Started: You must not start eating until everyone has been served. Do not salt your meal before you have tasted it; it is an insult to your chef. Small pre-dinner snacks must always touch your plate before being put in the mouth.

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

Proper Bread: You should not put the bread on your plate directly- use the small bread plate or place directly on the table. Bread should never be cut. When you wish to eat it, tear a bite sized piece off with your fingers S T E A K S

Downtown at 1205 N. Lamar Blvd. www.austinlandandcattlecompany.com

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Common Courtesy: Don’t blow on food to cool it. Don’t move your plate once it has been served. Don’t point with your cutlery. Don’t hold your fork while you drink your wine.


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Find Local Entertainment Favorites- and Enjoy! by Christy Wink

Casino el Camino 517 East 6th Street, 512-469-9330 www.casinoelcamino.net Coupland Dancehall 116 Hoxie Street, 512-856-2226 www.couplanddancehall.com Coyote Ugly 501 East 6th Street, 512-236-8459 www.coyoteugly.com Dallas Nightclub 7113 Burnet Road, 512-452-1300 www.danceatdallas.com Hooter’s *menu options may vary by location 3 Locations, 512-478-9464 www.hooterstexas.com

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar 421 East 6th Street, 512-472-PETE www.petesdeulingpianobar.com Third Base 2 Locations, 512-476-BASE www.thirdbaseaustin.com Venus 222 222 East 6th Street, 512-477-2237 www.222austin.com

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find a vibrant yet still laid-back selection of cocktail lounges, wine bars and tap houses. Looking for ultra hip? Check out SoCo, an eight-block strip of South Congress that nurtures and fosters the funky little bohemian spirit in every Austinite. Whatever you’re doing for the evening in Austin, get into the vibe and find some great music. Just duck into the nearest dive – you might very well discover the next big act coming out of Austin… or is that the phantom wail of Janis echoing off those weathered walls?

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the music will touch your visit in some form or fashion while you’re here. Austin’s inherited namesake is supremely invoked during any one of its yearly music festivals, including South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, and Fun Fun Fun. Lasting anywhere from a couple of days to an entire week, thousands of music makers and lovers alike flock to the streets of downtown for nonstop aural stimulation and other forms of revelry. The excitement often lasts long into the night, spilling over into the numerous bars, clubs and lounges of Austin in the form of after-parties and impromptu jam sessions.

  The best aspect of Austin nightlife is that there is always something happening. In any given night you can find a wide variety of energetic live music shows, bumping night clubs and cool cocktail lounges. The most popular is Sixth Street where venues range from cozy pubs to raucous dance clubs, music from raw alternative rock to sweet, soulful blues. Want to hang like a local? Head over to the Red River district to hear the best indie band you’ve never heard of. For a slightly slower paced, more sophisticated environment, head a couple of blocks over to the Warehouse District. Spanning along Fourth Street from Guadalupe to Congress, you’ll

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

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Photo by Ashley Garmon for C3 Presents of ACL Festival from the sky.

Austin Rocks Live Music

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Every year, thousands of tourists visit Austin for the ACL Music Festival. The three day, multiple stage event showcases over 100 bands. Story by Ameena Shurdom

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ustin is known for its super friendly vibe, as well as a rich music scene which officially earned the title “Live Music Capital of the World” in 1991 due to having the highest number of music venues per capita in the nation. This trend began as early as 1933 with the opening of Threadgill’s, a home style cooking restaurant that also served as a music venue and went on to host musicians such as Janis Joplin. Today, at the Lamar St. Threadgill’s location, there is a room dedicated to her, with photos and various memorabilia hanging on the walls. During the 1940’s, music venues appeared which featured big bands, jazz and blues. Some musicians who graced Austin’s presence during this time were Tina Turner, Ike Turner and B.B. King. Willie Nelson livened up the

country music scene in the late 1960’s and 1970’s which led to more liberal musicians landing in Austin such as Roky Erickson with the 13th Floor Elevators, who helped to bring in the psychedelic era. In 1970, the Armadillo World Headquarters opened and for more than a decade featured music from all genres, including local ballet, blues and jazz. The punk/new wave era made its way to Austin in the late 1970’s with bands such as The Skunks, the Violators and the Big Boys. It was said that the Skunks helped to put Austin on the rock n’ roll map. The Armadillo went on to host bands such as the Police, Blondie, Talking Heads and Joe Jackson. The blues club Antone’s was opened by Clifford Antone in 1975 and became one of the first music venues on 6th Street, assisting in launching the career of many musicians, including Austinite Stevie Ray Vaughan who won a Grammy in 1990 for best contemporary blues album. Sadly, Stevie tragically died in a helicopter crash in August of the same year. He was memorialized with a statue on the south side of Town Lake. Throughout the years, Austin earned a reputation as a place for struggling musicians to be welcomed by receptive audiences. South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) has been going strong since 1987. The event is held annually in March and is recognized internationally. It was created to bring a wide (continued on page 62)

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COUPLAND inn & Dancehall A TEXAS TRADITION FOR OVER 100 YEARS.

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variety of talent together from all over the world in an effort to develop careers and share ideas. In 1994, a film and interactive component was added to accommodate these growing industries. Austin is the perfect location for this event with its eclectic and open environment. Another music festival which is held at Zilker Park in the fall is Austin City Limits. In addition to food and art, ACL includes over 130 live bands from all over the world to play rock, folk, indie, country, electronic and more over a three day period on eight stages. Over 70,000 fans attend each day. In addition to the outstanding music, there is a great food selection including awesome burgers, incredible pizza, burritos, tasty BBQ and more as well as an art market displaying various crafts and merchandise from Austin’s creative community. The festival is family friendly and children aged ten and under are allowed in for free with a ticket paying adult. ACL will be celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2011. Ticket sales benefit the Austin Parks Foundation, which assists in improving parks throughout Austin. Music is a way of life in Austin as it is home to approximately 8,000 professional musicians and contributes $1 billion dollars to the economy. A show can be seen almost every night of the week and is the perfect way to unwind after a hectic day. Weekends in Austin thrive on culture and fun with music flowing through every activity. SXSW offers amazing opportunities to see new talent in the spring, and ACL follows through with an incredible line-up each year in the fall. Regardless of personal taste in music, Austin’s unique combination of talent, energy and good feeling vibes guarantee a little something for everyone, served with a smile.

Looking for COUNTRY MUSIC? Do you like GREAT DRINK SPECIALS? Do you like to DANCE? Come by the WORLD FAMOUS...

Where COOL COUNTRY meets HOT ROCK and DANCE!

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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, 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 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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Historic Marble Falls, TX D E S T I N A T I O N S

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

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ounded in 1887 by General Adam R. Johnson, Marble Falls is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country on the Colorado River. Before the dam was built to form Lake Marble Falls, water cascaded over 20-foot ledges which resembled marble, providing a name for the new city. The falls are now underwater and only vis-

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ible on those rare occasions when the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) lowers the lake for repairs to the dam and boat docks. The first city officials were elected in 1907 when a mayor-alderman form of government was instituted. In 1917, Ophelia “Birdie” Crosby Harwood was elected mayor - thus becoming the first woman mayor in the United States to be


elected by an all male electorate. However, it was the 866-foot stone monolith called Granite Mountain looming on the town’s western edge that secured Marble Falls’ place in Texas history. It was here that the famed “Texas Pink” granite was quarried to construct the Texas State Capitol Building in Austin. The stone was a donation from progressive area citizens in exchange for a rail connection with Austin. The Austin and Northwestern Railroad built an extension to Marble Falls from Granite Mountain in 1889, and a post office was also established that year. Granite Mountain is still actively quarried, and a variety of granite products are shipped all over the world. Today, it is the natural setting of lakes and hills that makes the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ area one of the most attractive and popular tourist and retirement destinations in all of Texas. When exploring Marble Falls, do not miss these amazing sites: The Marble Falls Depot, Granite Mountain, Governor O.M. Roberts home, Hills of Home Memorial, Otto Ebeling House, Christian-Matern House, The Roper House, the old Post Office Building, Liberty Hall, Hardin-Ussery House, Brandt Badger House, the

Marble Falls Alliance University, theMarble Falls Factory Site and Dead Man’s Hole.

LIBERTY HALL: 119 Avenue G. Adam G. Johnson’s home, an elegant, three-story 1887 mansion.The 7,000-square-foot house faces south, which provided the Johnsons with a spectacular view of the waterfalls that gave the town its name.

MARBLE FALLS ALLIANCE UNIVERSITY: 2001 Broadway. Part of Adam Johnson’s master plan for Marble Falls included a university.

MARBLE FALLS FACTORY SITE:

Be Sure to See: HARDIN-USSERY

HOUSE: 700 Main Street. This grand two-story house was constructed in 1892, and served as a private residence until 1993. It has undergone restoration and now houses a shop offering gifts and collectibles.

This site is on US 281, just north of the Colorado River Bridge on Lake Marble Falls.

Post Office Building: 115 Main Street. The original Marble Falls Post Office was established in 1884, and was located on the south side of the Colorado River. This building was constructed in 1910.

BRANDT BADGER HOUSE: South

The Roper House: 707 Third Street

Fourth Street, between Avenue M and N Streets. Built in 1888 with stones from Granite Mountain that were cut from the quarry rubble remaining after the shaping of the blocks used in the state capitol.

at US 281. George C. and Elizabeth Roper constructed this double galleried hotel building around 1888.

Casual Lakeside Dining

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San Marcos CVB 2010 The crystal clear San Marcos River is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. Rent a tube or kayak and navigate its length, snorkel, scuba dive, or just float about in the deep-water pools.

Exciting San Marcos, TX D E S T I N A T I O N S

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The San Marcos Downtown unique blend of old and new, charming and hip, natural and Historic District offers a spectacular, San Marcos unique alternative to the boasts a unique multicultural mainstream. heritage and history where cultural influences are a part of everyday life. Conveniently located between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos is known not only for its natural beauty and the crystal clear, spring-fed San Marcos River, but also for some of the best shopping you could ask for. Featuring more than

Come for a visit. Enjoy an adventure. Stay for a while.

San MarcoS chaMber of coMMerce 512.393.5900 | www.sanmarcostexas.com San MarcoS convention & viSitor bureau 512.393.5930 | www.toursanmarcos.com

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240 shops and amazing discounts up to 65% off retail, the prices and selection at Tanger Outlet Center and San Marcos Premium Outlets are hard to resist. Together they make San Marcos home to the largest outlet shopping center in the Unites States! Looking for something a little different? The San Marcos Downtown Historic District offers a unique alternative to the mainstream. Nestled around the restored 1909 Hays County Courthouse, it’s just a short walk to trendy boutiques, gift shops, restaurants, and more all in the heart of the city. When you’re ready for a break from shopping, why not take in our historic homes and architecture? San Marcos is fortunate to have preserved its past and is home to many neighborhoods designated as Historic Districts. The areas contain a variety of Victorian, Classical Revival, and Craftsman architecture built between 1880 and the 1940’s. Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy the many flavors of San Marcos. From homecooked treats to international cuisine,


we have a variety of restaurants that is sure to delight every palette. Get a taste of what you’ve been missing and dine at one of our local establishments. If it’s museums or art you are hoping to find, San Marcos has choices that are sure to please. The LBJ Museum of San Marcos preserves the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson by focusing on his formative years when he honed his political skills and developed a strong commitment to education and civil rights. The 36th President of the United States attended what is now Texas State University, the only Texas college to graduate a future President. Dick’s Classic Garage contains three decades of the finest cars ever made in the United States. With pristine models dating back as far as 1929, the collection is a tribute to the American passion with the automobile. The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University is a literary/photographic center that inspires visitors with changing exhibitions related to Southwestern writers and photography of the Southwest and Mexico. Seven large gallery spaces include a permanent display of costumes, props, set pieces, and other memorabilia from Lonesome Dove. San Marcos also has many ways to enjoy the natural beauty of our area. Start at the beginning where 1,000 springs bubble to the surface and form the headwaters of the San Marcos River at Aquarena Center. Walk the Wetlands Boardwalk on a self-guided tour or take an historic glass-bottom boat ride. Feeling a little more adventurous? Paddle out on a Glass-bottom Kayak Tour and see that there’s more to the river than meets the eye. These one or three hour guided tours are an intimate way to learn more about this native habitat. Enjoy the crystal clear San Marcos River at Rio Vista Falls Park. Shaded by giant Cypress trees and a refreshing 72 degrees year-round, the crystal clear San Marcos River is the perfect place to jump in and cool off. Rio Vista Falls is three amazingly fun drop-offs of

easy, whitewater rapids. Rent a tube or kayak to take a run through it or just float about in the deep-water pools that precede it. Bring your bike. Bring your backpack. Bring your binoculars. Explore expanded hiking and biking trails along our scenic parks and natural areas. Choose from half-mile ADA accessible trails with information kiosks and benches that are perfect for beginners, to miles-long natural trails to satisfy those looking for a little more adventure. The in-town trail locations make them a perfect greenspace when you need your nature fix. Go deep underground and see up close the devastation of a major quake at Wonder World Park. Unlike most caves, Wonder World is a dry-formed cave where touching the walls is not only allowed but encouraged. Exit by the “Stratavator” and ride high into the sky to the Tejas Observation Tower. Be amazed by the topsy-turvy world of the Anti-Gravity House where everything is backwards, even water flows up hill! Board the

train and splash through the waterfalls of Mystery Mountain on your way to the Texas Wildlife Petting Park. Noteworthy Web Sites: www.tangeroutlet.com/sanmarcos www.premiumoutlets.com www.lbjmuseum.com www.dicksclassicgarage.com www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu www.aquarena.txstate.edu www.wonderworldpark.com www.toursanmarcos.com

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SUNSET CANYON POTTERY Your Place for Texas Made Fine Craft Studio and Gallery

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Austin’s Neighbor Dripping Springs, TX

John Vela

SCP - Luna Verde

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4002 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Tel: 512.894.0938 • SunsetCanyonPottery.com

The 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 twentyone 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. Perhaps one of its most popular features is lush Hamilton Pool (featured above), a swimming hole found just upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, where Hamilton Creek spills over the limestone edge, creating a fifty-foot waterfall in which to play. It can be found at 24300 Hamilton Pool Road and is a fun day trip destination. Be sure to get there early- “seating” is limited!

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Airscape Parasail..................12 Arabic Bazaar........................12 Austin Duck Adventures.......12 Austin Gift Company.............15 Austin Zoo............................14 Bob Bolluck Museum.....................11 Capital Cruises.....................12 www.celebrateaustin.com.....7 The Hideout Theatre.............17 LBJ Wildflower Center..........12 Lucky Lizard/ Museum of the Weird....................................12 Nicaragua .............................9 ROT Rally..............................13 SegCity Tours.......................17 Texas Ski Ranch...................15 Zinger Hardware...................16

Austin Land and Cattle.....56 Cafe Blue .................................25 Carlos n Charlie’s....................25 Carmelo’s......................57 The County Line BBQ...51 El Gallo ..............................55 Fleming’s....................IFC Flores............................55 Garrido’s.......................53 Hooter’s.........................64 Iron Cactus..........................21 The OASIS....................22-23 Third Base Sports Bar .........53 P.F. Chang’s......................IBC Sushi Sake .........................56

Artworks ...............................33 John R. Rogers ....................32 Wimberley Glassworks ........31

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Wellness Lakeway Resort and Spa..28-29 NewU Plastic Surgery .....48-49

Business AIBA....................................72 All My Sons Moving.............71 Sandy Cary Real Estate......35 Turnquist Real Estate ..........24 Villa Montana ......................24 (continued)


We Recommend These Local Businesses! Retail Allens Boots......................BC Arboretum............................2 Barton Creek Square ............2 Bead It ...............................41 Bella Maui Boutique...... 36-37 Bobalu Cigars .....................21 Crystal Works ....................40 The Domain..........................1 dragonsnaps! clothing ........47 El Interior ...........................41 elisailana.com...............42 The Hatbox ........................19 Karavel Shoes.................... 38 kidOshoe.........................47 Lakeline Mall.........................2 Last Call by Neiman Marcus 3 Mana Culture ......................38 Patagonia ...........................43 The PJ Shop .......................26 Prime Outlets San Marcos ......5 Round Round Premium Outlets ...5 Terra Toys ...........................47 Things Celtic ......................42

Entertainment

The Treasury ......................26 Turquoise Trading Post ......40 Whit Hanks Antiques.........41 Wild About Music .............19 26 Doors Center.............44-45 Teo Coffee Santa Rita Cantina Waterloo Ice House Adelante Boutique Bayhill Design Bell & Bird Jewelry Bellissima The Hair’s Lair Frost Bank Urban Betty Sweet Charity Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers Rae Cosmetics Massage Harmony Pearl Events

Activities Just for Fun..........................25

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Alamo Drafthouse ..............21 Casino El Camino............64 Coupland Dancehall ...........62 Coyote Ugly ....................58, 61 Dallas Nightclub ..................62 The Dig Pub .......................25 Hooters ...............................64 Maggie Mae’s .............20, 62, 65 Perfect 10 ...........................62 Pete’s Piano Bar ................65 Third Base Sports Bar .....68, 52 Venue 222 ........................60

Destinations Blue Bonnet Cafe .................66 River City Grille...................67 Eskimo Hut/ Don’s Fish Camp.71 Pappa Pastas.....................68 San Marcos COC..................68 Tres Hermanas...................69 Sunset Canyon Pottery........70


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