In many ways, Austin is everything that I thought it would be. The city is saturated in music, hearty BBQ and eclectic food trucks, and there truly is extra warmth and politeness in everyday interactions.
We saw our first show on our first night, which I still look back at as one of the most fun nights of the trip. Here are a few more of our favorite finds.
The Jogging Destination: Zilker Park
We visited Zilker on Valentine’s Day and it was packed with picnicking couples and joggers making their way through the paths. It felt like the kind of place you’re supposed to go on a Saturday in Austin — relaxing and serene and yet, totally social.
There’s even a spot tucked away in the park where you can rent kayaks and paddleboards!
To Brush Up On Your History: The Texas State Capitol
When our first Uber driver recommended that we visit the state capitol, I was hesitant. All I could think of was my grade school trip to the Washington State Capitol, which I remembered as being less than exciting. ;)
But by the time the third Uber driver recommended we visit the capitol, I was game. And why not take a tour? If you’re gonna visit, you might as well take a tour.
We lined up for the 11 o’clock and were impressed by our guide’s booming voice and extra-practiced spiel. He made our visit interesting and educational, instead of one where we were wandering the halls with nowhere to go.
The star in the ceiling is actually eight feet wide. Oh, and do you see those tiny letters in the crevices of the star? They spell Texas. Everything, everywhere spells Texas, when you’re in Texas. :)
Someday, I’d love to have a painting like that one above my fireplace. ;)
Look closely — can you tell what those lightbulbs spell? See! Told ya.
Each desk has a small red light that lights up when their personal telephone rings. And the desks are original! I love the uniformity of it all.
The Viewpoint: Mt. Bonnell
The view from the top of Mt. Bonnell is heralded as the best view in town, and it definitely deserves the title. You can see a complete view of the river (or lake, as residents of Austin call it) and enjoy lush, green surroundings. It’s a great escape.
The Quick Honorable Mention: The Stage at Lamberts BBQ
I couldn’t go without a quick shout-out to the stage at Lamberts BBQ, where we saw Dawn & Hawkes on our last night in Austin. The venue was intimate, noisy, and energy-filled. It was the perfect way to cap off our trip to Texas.
Have you visited Austin? Any favorite haunts?
Hope y’all have the best weekend. (Just thought I’d throw that y’all in there for authenticity’s sake).