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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:
Vault Space
2214-A West Braker Lane
Austin, Texas 78758

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. 

Located just 25 miles from Downtown Austin, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is the ultimate summer staycation destination for Austinites.

Near the McKinney Roughs Nature Park and situated along the Colorado River, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines provides a wide variety of experiences to enjoy the Texas wilderness.

Throughout the summer months the resort will feature river activities including kayaking and rafting trips, as well as river float excursions and air boat rides that depart directly from the resort.

Guests can also enjoy the resort’s onsite Crooked River Water Park. The water park features everything from an active pool with a volleyball net and sandy beach for building sand castles to a lazy river, a two-story water slide, and a splash pad for children. It also includes an adults-only section with a relaxing pool and whirlpool. Throughout the summer, the Crooked River Water Park will feature family pool parties with a live DJ, pool games, and activities.

Guests also get the opportunity to meet and interact with its live-in mascots, including two Texas longhorns, miniature horses, and alpacas. There are also regular falconry shows by Sky Kings, an organization that is dedicated to the education and preservation of wildlife. The demonstrations feature free-flying birds such as hawks, owls, and falcons and wildlife expert discussing each bird’s traits and natural abilities.

Guests can also explore the Loblolly Pine region with guided horseback rides, explore more than 18-miles of hike and bike trails, or soar over the McKinney Roughs Nature Park with excursions to the Zip Lost Pines ziplining adventure.

Additionally, local residents can now enjoy “Daycation” opportunities to Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. The resort recently partnered with ResortPass.com to provide general, spa, and golf day pass options. The general day pass includes access to the resort’s water park, access to poolside food and drink service during the summer months, and complimentary Wi-Fi.  Rates for the general day pass begin at $35 for adults and $18 for children.

Spa Django, named after the famed gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, is also offering a spa day pass for locals. The passes get you full access to the spa’s facilities and amenities, including the spa’s outdoor pool and patio, which overlooks the resort’s pond and provides scenic views of the Wolfdancer Golf Course. You can also spend time in the spa’s eucalyptus steam rooms, dry saunas, hot tubs, relaxation lounges, and state-of-the-art fitness center. The spa passes are $40 per person.

The day passes to the resort’s Wolfdancer Golf Club are $75 and include a round of 18 holes as well as unlimited access to the full-scale practice facilities, which include a 13-acre driving range with target greens, a short game area, two chipping greens and bunkers, a practice putting green, a golf cart rental, and warm-up range balls.

Additionally, local residents have access to membership programs at Spa Django and Wolfdancer Golf Club. The golf club provides individual, family, and corporate membership opportunities in which locals can received special guest rates for tee times, complimentary guest passes, special rates on private golf instruction, as well as discounts at the resort’s food and beverage outlets and services and products at Spa Django. Memberships at Spa Django include unlimited access to the spa’s facilities during business hours, 24-hour access to the spa’s fitness center, monthly specials and promotions, discounts at the resort’s food and beverage outlets, and more.

 

A Texas summer just isn’t complete without floating the river. And if you’re going to embark on this age-old journey of aquatic debauchery, you might as well do it right! This year, we’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company to offer public floats with added features that make it a floating party unlike any other.

We’re offering the ultimate floating experience—we provide transportation along with your tube, ice chests, ice, and more! You can meet new friends and live it up on the river without worrying about getting home safe.

Duration: 5 hours (roughly)

Cost: $55.00

Here’s what you can expect:

The best season of the year is here and that’s FLOATING SEASON! Public Floats will always run Friday, Saturday & Sunday. We will be offering Public Floats seven days a week May 4th – September based on availability. For last minute Monday – Thursday floats please call 512-282-8687 to confirm whether or not a Public Float will be running.

Details for Public Floats are below, click here to arrange a Private Float. 

*For day-of ticket purchases, please call 512-ATC-TOUR for availability*

The best season of the year is here and that’s FLOATING SEASON! 

**For last-minute float requests for groups of 10 or more, please email ebuthman@austintourcompany.com if the date is note available on this page** All floats are subject to availability.

Your ticket includes:

– Round trip transportation from downtown Austin to and from the San Marcos River to float with our partners at Texas State Tubes. 

– One tube for you and one for your group to put your cooler in. 

We provide the coolers complimentary for your convenience on the bus. An ATC guide will help ice down the coolers and assign them to groups. 

– After leaving downtown Austin, we will stop on the way to the river for you to pick up alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and ice for you to take on the river. In order to protect the San Marcos River, styrofoam and glass are not allowed.

-Floats normally last 3-3.5 hours, depending on the speed of the river which is altered by the amount of rain we have in the area annually. 

– Will will return to downtown Austin at approximately 5PM – 5:30PM

– The bus and float are BYOB

Need to know:

– New regulations are being enforced by the city of San Marcos on the river – stopping for long periods of time not will be allowed on the float during prime season dates, July-August. 

– Please grab a reusable trash bag from Texas State tubes before hopping on the river to collect your trash for the duration of the float. If you do not grab a trash bag, put empty cans back in your cooler. Please do not throw your trash in the river. 

– The bus will leave from Texas State Tubes no later than 4:45PM. You are responsible for arriving by this time in order get a ride with ATC back to Austin. The bus cannot wait longer than this time. If you are later than this time, your valuables will be left on site and you will be responsible for getting your ride back to Austin. There is plenty of time to float and arrive back before this time – just be mindful!

– Full trip details and information will be sent out VIA EMAIL the week of your float. Please check your email for those trip details as they are subject to change. 

*Weekday tickets are subject to availability (excluding Friday). Please email info@austintourcompany.com for more information*

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When the founders of Sunroom Rentals set out to reinvent the house hunt, they had a simple goal in mind: Make finding a long-term rental as easy as booking an Airbnb.

Searching for a new place through an apartment locator or other real estate sites can be depressing, tedious, and the services always end right when you really need more help—when you are trying to submit an application and actually land the property before someone else does.

The people behind Sunroom Rentals realized that we were being left in the lurch, so they designed a totally free, soup-to-nuts service with the renter in mind. Search the best homes and apartments, schedule showings any time you want, submit an application quickly, and even get money off rent whenever possible—all from a sleek website that makes the process fun.

When you create an account and customize your preferences, a tour guide will respond within minutes to your requests. They meet you at each property, show you around, and walk you through the details. Even if you see a place you like on another site, just send them the link and they’ll help you. There’s a simple way to apply online, right from the Sunroom site.

Sunroom has just launched in Austin and is exclusively ours for the moment. But plans for expansion are already in the works. Where you live matters. Don’t leave it up to Craigslist or a soulless listing service. Tour the best places and offload the grunt work to experts who know what they’re doing. When you’re kicking up your feet and drinking a cold one in your beautiful new nest, you’ll be so glad you did.

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Want to peak dreamy rentals? Follow them on social media. Check out our instagram for a chance for a chance to win a gift card to West Elm. 

We love it when businesses get together to make Austin an even happier place. Now when you stay at the Hyatt Regency Austin, which is downtown on Lady Bird Lake and right next to views of the famous bats, you will get a very Austin-y bonus: the VIP treatment at YETI’s flagship store. Guests at the hotel can visit the brand’s retail store (right next door) and get a bunch of amazing loot. If you’re a fan of serious insulation, cold beers, and hot coffee—this is the thing for you.

Book “The Ultimate YETI Experience” package and you’ll take home a 20oz YETI Rambler stainless steel tumbler, a YETI Colster insulator for canned beverages, as well as a YETI hat, decal, and keychain bottle opener. You’ll also get two drink vouchers for the store’s BARRR, which is located just steps away from the hotel. This sweet deal will be available throughout 2018—just make sure you book the package at least 48 hours in advance of your stay and use the promotion code YETIPK.

 

It’s hard to fathom why anyone would ever want to leave the great city of Austin, but every blue moon, even we get a wild-hair, and set out to explore outside the city limits.

Our Escape from Austin series will provide guides for easy trips from Austin throughout the Lone Star State, and beyond. “What defines easy?” you may ask. For the purposes of this series, we’ll be exploring destinations that are a relatively easy drive from Austin (think cities like Fredericksburg and Port Aransas, as well as destinations like the JW Marriott Resort in San Antonio, and the BBQ Trail in Lockhart), OR destinations that Southwest Airlines flies to non-stop from Austin (think cities like Nashville, Denver, New York, and Portland).

In each post we’ll tell you why the destination made our list and provide insight on how to make the most of your trip. Happy travelin’ y’all.

Have a suggestion on somewhere we should visit? Somewhere you’ve never been that you’d like us to post about? Shoot an email to kristy@365thingsaustin.com

*Disclaimer: We receive compensation from some of the places we’ll visit, most often in the form of a free night’s stay. Just want to be up front with y’all and extend the guarantee that we will NEVER include a recommendation that we don’t fully stand behind. It’s just that we’re modest bloggers and in no financial position to turn our nose up at a free room!

If you and your pup are looking for something dog-friendly to do, it doesn’t get any friendlier than this. The humans behind Grocery Pup, the insanely healthy dog food that was born and bred right here in Austin, are throwing a doggie luau party to celebrate the launch of their new product, Porky’s Luau, which is made with fresh pork, pineapple, and veggies. Stop by and let your furry best friend sample the new flavor and their full product line, including Bitchin’ Beef Stew and Turkey Pawella.

The people can grab complimentary pork sliders from Hot Mess (while supplies last) and a pineapple infused cocktail from Austin Eastciders. Plus every new Grocery Pup subscriber gets an awesome goody bag!

Austin Animal Center will be onsite facilitating dog adoptions and everyone can enjoy dog caricature portraits, face painting, balloons, and lots of other fun activities.

*This event is free and dogs of all sizes are welcome on leash. Hawaiian attire is encouraged for dogs and their humans. 21 and up!

Register right here!

When: Saturday, May 12th

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location:
Parlor and Yard
601 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701