A Weekend Guide to Austin

14 07 2010

Austin, Texas could be one of the greatest cities in the south.  It is full of life, music, amazing food, genuine people and a general awareness of sustaining the land, city and its people.  Austin, Texas is a city to visit and a city where you can live and live well. 

Headed to Austin for a weekend? Here is our guide to a perfect weekend in the city. 

Friday

Austin City Limits Stage Tour – this 10:30 am Friday (only) tour, on the campus of the University of Texas (for now, it is moving soon), takes you into the heart of the building where you see the stage, lights and seating of the longest running music television program.  For thirty-six years, the Austin City Limits stage has provided PBS viewers with the opportunity to experience music that is on the fringe but will soon become famous.  Make sure to pick the mind of your tour guide.  They have a wealth of music knowledge.

Olivia– Enjoy lunch (or dinner) at this charming modern décor restaurant, which comes complete with outdoor garden.  It is a great spot to cool down and enjoy a delicious meal that will engage your pallet.  Olives are served prior to the meal to tease your mouth and prepare your taste buds.  Seasonal, as well as, sustainable and organic items are featured on the menu. 

Museum Tour – Both the Blanton Museum of Art and the Austin Museum of Art provide residents and visitors alike a unique perspective on art.  The permanent collection at the Blanton contains many European pieces while also nodding to the modern revolution of art in some of the larger galleries.  The Austin Museum of Art tends to focus on local Texas art, and more modern interpretations of art.  The Austin Museum of Art also boasts an art school for which classes are available to everyone. 

University of Texas Stadium Tour – Available throughout the year, except the week of football games, you can enjoy the views of the field, trophy rooms and other exciting stops in UT football history. 

Uchi– Dinner at Uchi will not disappoint.  As one of Austin’s most sought after restaurants, you will want to arrive for happy hour to ensure a seat for this culinary adventure.  Your waiter will be able to suggest items, but the tasting menu will stand out, as will a variety of appetizers for which you will be coursed and instructed upon the best way to enjoy. If only all restaurants were this delicious.

Late night listening at either Stubbs Bar-B-Que or The Parish is bound to provide you with a unique live music experience.  As Austin is the live music capital of the world, you do not want to miss the opportunity to perhaps listen to the next Spoon, or Okkervil River. 

Saturday

Running, Walking, Kyaking in Austin You simply cannot forget your exercise regiment while on vacation and Austin makes it really easy for you to forget that you are even working as you stroll or jog along the water, trees, landscaping, dog park, and bridges.  You can also Kayak, row or use a standing paddle board along the river.  The people of Austin will be right there along with you as these trails are very popular.

Austin Farmer’s Market After your morning exercise routine, head to downtown Austin for a walking breakfast through the outdoor Austin Farmer’s Market.  You can grab a mushroom breakfast taco from the Taco Deli stand and walk around to share in the life at the market.  If it is hot day, refresh with a GoodPop, a local and all natural popsicle.  Market stands include everything from grass fed, local beef, honey, clothing items, home garden how to, persons making orders for their organic grocery home deliveries (genius idea), seafood, and pretty much everything you could need. 

WholeFoods– This organic and sustainable grocery store was birthed in Austin, and their message resonates throughout much of the city. It is worth a trip for anyone who has never visited such a grocery store, and at the headquarters in Austin, you can also find a unique schedule for cooking classes. 

Barton Springs A hot day in Austin can leave you miserable and exhausted, but with a dip in Barton Springs, you will leave revived and refreshed.  Barton Springs is located within the city limits and is a popular spot for families and hipsters alike.  As a city operated park, the springs offer lifeguards, showers, changing rooms, and green hillsides for sitting and resting between swims.  You can even come in during the evening or early morning for lap swimming. 

Heading further afield for Saturday evening

Mount Bonnell Overlook the beautiful water and home views atop Mount Bonnell.  Often a spot for hikers, boot camp exercise groups, and couples, the serene beauty of the Texas hill country and Lake Austin will rest your mind and soul. This is also a great spot for picnicking, views, and sunsets.

Oasis– On French Riviera of Texas, one can enjoy the most spectacular sunsets, colorful umbrellas, and tex-mex food.  Don’t be fooled by the odd décor.  This is the Disney World of restaurants, but equipped with a cold beverage, watching the sunset over Lake Travis and the Texas hills, any complaints will fall away. 

Sunday

24 Diner – Breakfast at 24 Diner will satisfy all of your comfort food cravings.  Chicken and waffles, fried egg sandwich, home fries, and a wonderful farm to table special menu.  You can order breakfast all day, including at two am after a late night show on 6th Street or on a Sunday morning.

***Shopping in Austin- If you have the time, you will not want to miss these amazing stores on South Congress:

Feathers Boutique – Vintage clothing that seems so current.

Parts and Labour – all Texas handcrafted items. T-shirts, dresses, jewelry, bags. Items for both men and women.

Uncommon Objects – This is the store to outshine any and all other stores.  Antiques displayed ever so perfectly to create the ultimate rooms and add life to your dwelling.  Just remember that getting items home can be pricey, especially if you arrived in Austin via plane. 

Allen’s Boots – Don’t miss out on the best selection of cowboy boots ever. 

Big Top Candy Shop – Candy, malt shakes, sodas, chocolate galore.

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