365 Things Austin

austin365

229 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

Austinites don’t just love our pets—we live for them! And we want to give them the very best. Humans in this town are all about the juice cleanses, nature walks, and organic food, so it’s only right that our animals get in on the action, too.

Kriser’s Natural Pet, otherwise known as “the Whole Foods for pets,” has just opened a brand-spanking new South Lamar location and they are having a party to celebrate! They’ll have free nail trims, raffles, and more. They’ll also be giving away fun-filled gift bags with poop bag holders, can lids, and a bunch of samples from their vendors.

Kriser’s opened its first storefront in Chicago in 2006 and has since spread to 47 locations throughout the country. Their natural pet foods are free of corn, wheat, soy, and by-products and their grooming products are gentle and non-irritating. You can shop knowing that they stand behind the treats, supplements, and pet supplies they feature and feel good about recommending each brand.

“The Austin pet community is thriving and we’re thrilled to continue our mission of helping pets live happier, healthier lives, naturally, with this second location,” said Brad Kriser, founder and CEO. “We’re excited to help even more pet parents care for their pets with education, outstanding products, and grooming.”

Whether your beloved furry friends need toys, food, supplements or anything else under the sun—you’ll find a huge selection here. Come meet the animal lovers at Kriser’s at the location and share that healthy, happy Austin lifestyle with your best pal.

When: Saturday, August 18th

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:
2330 South Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas

Tiny is in! The concept of minimal living has taken off in recent years and now enthusiasts of the less-than lifestyle are coming together to learn from experts and one another. If you’ve contemplated purging your giant wedding Koozie collection and old pots and pans from college and going stylishly tiny, this is the event for you!

The Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree is coming to Austin later this month and is the place where enthusiasts, lifestyle advocates,  and industry professionals will come together. Come celebrate the best that simple living has to offer: mindful practices, eco-friendly products and services, and of course, one-of-a-kind tiny houses and small living structures.

More than just a festival, the Jamboree aims to raise awareness about the small-living movement, re-address how we look at housing, educate about the latest developments across the nation, and serve as a platform to discuss issues such as affordability and attainability in the housing market.

If you’re totally committed or just a tiny bit curious—come check it all out for yourself.

When: August 23rd – 26th, 2018

Location:
Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Ln.
Austin, TX 78724

South Congress is a bustling street just below the river and Downtown Austin where you can spend an entire day without even hitting a side street. If you’re new in town or want to get an efficient taste of the city in one straight shot, here is a tried-and-true itinerary for this super-famous part of town …

Start with brunch at Perla’s. “A seafood restaurant for brunch?” you say, exasperated. Yes. You’ll see. Order the Crab Florentine, a twist on the classic eggs benedict, except, you know, with crab instead. Wash it down with a bloody mary, and yes, add a cocktail shrimp for a couple bucks extra, if only for the Instagram picture you’ll take.

Next, it’s time for some shopping. SoCo is home to a ton of vintage stores. Feathers is always a good bet. And check out Prototype Vintage where you may find that rare Iron Maiden tour T-shirt you’ve been looking for. Men of all ages flock to Stag, a heralded menswear boutique stocking everything from swim trunks and henleys to cologne and flasks. Need some cowboy boots? Allens. A Day of the Dead wedding cake topper? Tesoros. Your shopping needs are covered on just this one street.

After a long day of shopping, refuel at Jo’s coffee shop for an iced turbo, which is exactly what it sounds like: a cold drink that provides a big boost. Sit outside and people-watch; it’s a hallmark of South Congress. If you want to look like a tourist, take a picture in front of the “I Love You So Much” wall out back.

Hop right next door after you’re caffeinated to the Hotel San Jose’s outdoor patio. It’s time for a drink. Order a michelada with Modelo or a glass of rose and relax. If it’s time for another meal already, dinner at the legendary Guero’s Taco Bar is never a bad idea.

Whew. OK, you’re off to C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, a hip, double-decker bar near the intersection of Oltorf and South Congress. On any given night, a soul or blues band will be playing inside, and the outdoor patio is one of the best in town. Have an extra cocktail or beer, because the night is about to get pretty crazy.

Next stop, yes, is Ego’s.

Is it kind of a cluster? Is everyone inside very drunk? Is it located at the bottom of a parking garage? Yes, yes, and yes, but it’s also an Austin rite of passage to wobble into Ego’s for a late-night karaoke session. Tip the DJ if you want to sing your heart out to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” before closing. You’ll be glad you did.

If you take a drive just 20-ish miles west on Highway 71 out of Austin, you’ll reach one of the most picturesque spots in the entire state: Hamilton Pool Preserve. The swimming hole has been a popular spot for Austin residents and tourists alike since the ’60s, but was actually formed thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed.

Now part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, the preserve is home to many rare and endangered species of plant and animals, including the golden-cheeked warbler bird and plants like canyon mock-orange and the chatter-box orchid. Visitors to the park are asked to be mindful of the efforts to preserve this natural wonder.

The natural pool and creek are natural, left untreated and pure for your swimming pleasure. The swimming area is surrounded by a tiny beach at one end and a massive, horseshoe-shaped limestone cliff around the rest. There’s even a waterfall opposite the beach, a much Instagrammed locale at the preserve. Because everything is natural, swimming at Hamilton Pool is sometimes off-limits due to high levels of bacteria. Updates are available every morning at 9 a.m. by calling 512-264-2740.

Unfortunately, as is customary, the “secret” of Hamilton Pool was unearthed in recent years, correlating with both the large growth in population and the influx of tourism as a result of the innumerable festivals and conferences inside city limits. Wait times to even enter the park reached into multiple-hours on weekends and particularly nice days, with a large majority of late-arrivers being turned away because the preserve had hit capacity.

To combat this, a couple of years ago the Travis County Parks Department implemented a reservation system for the busy season. A reservation is required if you want to visit the pool between now and October 31, 2018—and that goes for each and every day of the week.

To make your reservation, click here. But before you do, please note the following super important fine print:

“You make your reservation online by paying $11 with a credit card. You will also pay $15 per vehicle in cash for an entrance permit when you arrive at the preserve.  Credit cards are not accepted when you arrive at the preserve. Bring cash.

You can bring only one vehicle with each reservation. You can bring no more than 8 people with each reservation.

Your reservation receipt will be emailed to you very shortly after you make the reservation.

Reservation Periods: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

No entry after 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. All recreational activities end at 12:30 pm and 5:30 p.m.

All fees are non-refundable once you have paid them. The deadline to reschedule a reservation is midnight before your reservation. You cannot reschedule on the same date as your reservation.

Swimming is sometimes not allowed due to high bacteria. Swimming is NOT guaranteed with your reservation.”

Got all that? It may sound like a hassle, but we promise it’s all worth it! Get yourself a rezzy and make the most of this amazing spot.

In honor of National Tequila Day, we put together a list of the places you would most likely be able to find us celebrating this important holiday. Frozen or rocks, chile-salted rims, or no salt at all; here are our favorite spots in Austin for margaritas in 2018.

 

 

Enter Full Screen View
Exit Full Screen

The Best Margaritas in Austin 2018

  1. La Condesa
  2. Fresa's
  3. Licha's Cantina
  4. Ranch 616
  5. Curra's Grill
  6. Trudy's Texas Star
  7. Fonda San Miguel
  8. Vivo
  9. Matt's El Rancho
  10. Hula Hut
  11. El Alma
  12. Polvo's
MORE INFO
In honor of National Tequila Day, we put together a list of the places you would most likely be able to find us celebrating this important holiday. Frozen or rocks, chile-salted rims, or no salt at all; here are our favorite spots in Austin for margaritas in 2018.
powered by
Venue Name
Enter Full Screen View

12. Polvo’s

The cult favorite restaurant just opened its third location downtown at the base of the 360 building. All three restaurants offer the various margarita options that made them famous.

11. El Alma

When we want options, we go sit up on the roof at El Alma. Their drink menu offers ELEVEN types of margaritas.

10. Hula Hut

Because sometimes the ambiance of where you’re drinking your margarita is just as important as the taste. Nothing beats a Hula Hut margarita after a long day on the lake… or at the office.

9. Matt’s El Rancho

This South Austin institution pumps margs out by the hundred. Frozen, rocks, or premium, you can’t really go wrong here.

8. Vivo

We loved the original Vivo location on Manor road, but while the location has changed, their consistently delicious margaritas have not.

7. Fonda San Miguel

Photo by Ashlyn Allison

Deemed the mecca of Mexican Food in Austin, they also have really great margaritas. Try the Silvercoin, Watermelon infused with Patron Silver, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice.

6. Trudy’s

We typically go all-in and just order Mexican Martinis (sans glass), but they offer swirls, dots, and other fun combos of frozen drinks as well.

5. Curra’s

Photo by Melody Fury

The most unique margarita in Austin can be found off Oltorf. The Avocado Margarita isn’t just a gimmick, it’s delicious as well.

4. Ranch 616

Photo by Julia Keim

The West 6th Street hotspot offers several margarita variations, but the true star of the show at 616 is the Ranch Water. A concentrated, boozy version of a margarita topped with Topo Chico.

3. Licha’s

Three words: $5 Happy Hour (four words?) Combier finished margaritas and hearty snacks for five bucks a pop.

2. Fresa’s 

Our biggest struggle is whether to order frozen or on the rocks, and then to drink them inside at the bar or outside on the patio.

1. La Condesa

Polls have been conducted, and the margs here typically finish top of class. If a $10 margarita is out of your acceptable price range, check them out for happy hour in their bar area M-F from 5-7pm.

Cover Photo by Melody Fury

 

It’s time again for that festival that combines three of our greatest passions—slow smoked meat and vino—along with amazing live music into a giant Texas Party.

Come out to Spicewood Vineyards for the BBQ & Wine Festival. Watch the recap video of last year’s epic experience here to get a good idea of what you are in for. This year none other than The Cory Morrow Band will be headlining a lineup that also includes Django Walker, Drew Womack, and Barnhill!

Get your advance tickets now for just $59, which get you unlimited BBQ from the greats below and free wine tastings to wet your whistle from 4-6 p.m. (or until the wineries run out!).

The event will most definitely sell out, so don’t think about it too long. You can buy your tickets right here

BBQ Vendors include:

  • Salt Lick BBQ
  • Opie’s BBQ
  • Lambert’s
  • Kreuz Market BBQ
  • Schmidt Family Barbecue
  • It’s All Good
  • And more!

Bring your chairs and blankets to the festival, but outside food and drink will not be allowed in.

When: Saturday, July 21st

Time: 4-10 p.m.

Location:
Spicewood Vineyards
1419 Co Rd 409
Spicewood, TX 78669

Float On, Austin’s highest boat rental company, is giving service industry pros a chance to live it up like only they know how this summer. During the week (Monday through Thursday), you can get the fourth hour of your party on the lake totally free, and they’ll throw in a YETI cooler filled with ice and water. That’s 30% less than you would normally pay.

Cruise on Lake Austin or Lake Travis and take advantage of the fact that the rest of the city is working away at an office somewhere.

Here’s the whole deal:

12 Passenger Pontoon
Highly rated FloatOn Captain
Aqua Lily Pad
Free YETI package ($50 Value)

This is all for only $350. Call your work pals and get something fun on the calendar! Just mention this post and where you work to get the discount.

Do you fancy yourself a connoisseur of whisky? Mostly because you are just really really good at drinking it? Well friend, this event is for you.

Whiskies of the World, an evening that celebrates all things whisky, is making its triumphant return to Austin on September 20th and tickets are on sale now.

With hundreds of whiskies to taste, whisky masterclasses, and food and cigar pairings, it will be an evening purely for your senses.

Hundreds of the world’s finest and most unique whiskies of different styles and origins will be highlighted here: Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Canadian, Japanese, Indian, and many others. American Craft distilleries will also be presented to demonstrate the growing popularity of the innovative, local distilled spirits, and craft distilling in general.

And you’ll learn a thing or two while you sip—the event will feature educational seminars conducted by master distillers, blenders, and brand representatives. Discover just how complex your drink of choice really is!

When: Thursday, September 20th

Time: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Tickets: $120 General Admission (7:00 p.m. entry), $145 VIP Admission (6:00 p.m.), Early Bird to July 31st ($20 Off)

Location:
Fair Market
1100 East 5th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Photos by Tony Secker

It had been several years since we’d been out to Horseshoe Bay Resort, and as soon as we turned in off the highway, we were both asking ourselves why it had taken us so long to come back. This golf and vacation destination, located about an hour west of Austin, has a somewhat tropical feel to it that at times feels a bit more like South Florida than Central Texas. Vacation vibes were immediately in full swing.

The landscaping definitely plays a huge part in the allure of this place. From the moment you enter the resort, it appears that every flower and every palm tree is part of a grand design. We were also fortunate enough to visit in late spring when everything was in full bloom.

For this trip, we decided to stay in one of the villas, rather than the main tower. We were still only a short walk to the front desk, restaurants, and other amenities, but with the luxury of having what felt like our own town home—complete with kitchen, family room, and a parking spot right by the front door. The villas are also pet-friendly, which was the main selling point for us because we wanted to bring the pup.

After settling in (and a trip to the bar), we headed straight for the real bermuda grass miniature golf course, which was one of our favorite memories from the previous trip. The 18-hole, par 72 course is complete with sand traps and other obstacles, and is surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, ponds, and rose gardens. We have a standing rule that the loser has to buy post-round drinks, which is a tradition that I highly recommend for anyone (over 21) that plays here.

To claim my free drink, we wandered into the Whitewater 360 Sports Club, which is conveniently located right next to the mini golf course. This place had been remodeled since the last time we were here, and now hosts a full bar with 360 degrees of flat-screen TVs. We decided to order a pizza and watch the NBA Western Conference Finals, which was a perfect way to end the evening.

In the morning we took the dog for a walk around the resort (have I mentioned the beautiful landscaping?) before heading over to the tower for breakfast at Lantana. They offer an extensive buffet that looked great, but we both opted for made-to-order options off the breakfast menu.

I asked for a cup of coffee for the road and we hopped on the resort shuttle for an early tee time at one of four golf courses at Horseshoe Bay. Today we were playing Slick Rock, possibly the median of the four courses from a difficulty perspective, depending on who you ask. It’s home to the “Million Dollar Hole,” which includes a waterfall feature that you drive your cart across.

And that was that. We were unfortunately only able to spend less than 24-hours at the resort this time around. Not nearly enough time to hit the pool, the impressive spa, the other two golf courses, or rent jet-skis on Lake LBJ like we did on our last trip! But, we hear they just opened a waterfront bar, which has our name all over it, and their Ram Rock course recently reopened after extensive remodels; as if we needed more reasons to visit again.

 

It’s already way too hot in Austin to do anything but eat ice cream. So now we have the only festival that matters—the 12th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival!

Coming Saturday, June 23, 2018 to Fiesta Gardens, this super sweet event has two parts, and two very different flavors. Here’s the scoop …

Part one is all about daytime fun for the whole family with samples from over a dozen local, regional, and national brands to tickle your taste buds. They’ll also have crazy contests, yard games, live music, rock wall climbing, and a dunk tank.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (ZIP ticket holders may enter early at 9 a.m.)

Children six and under receive free entry to the festival.

When it’s time for the kids to go home and eat a vegetable or two, the After Dark party will begin. Grown-up types can soak in summer under the stars with performances by Lee Fields & The  Expressions, Tameca Jones, and DJ Mel—all while enjoying frozen treats, boozy frozen cocktails, savory eats from food trucks, and fun and games all night long!

6 – 10 p.m. for the general public (with ZIP guests entering early at 5:30 p.m.).

If you want that VIP treatment, purchase early. There is a limited number of ZIP passes!

Click here to learn more and get your tickets for either option. It’s an ice cream festival—what more could you possibly need to know?

Photo by Andrew Holmes.