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The beauty of living in Austin is that you don’t have to go far to feel worlds away. One of our favorite escapes is  Hyatt Regency Lost Pines & Spa, a gorgeous 405-acre property on the banks of the Lower Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop. It’s just a 20-minute drive to paradise!

And now the resort is embracing the “staycation” trend and offering a ton of—and we mean like endless—activities to entice families to bail on city life for a few days give ourselves a much-deserved break. They’ve just announced its lineup that offers everything from outdoor survival skill classes, moonlight stand-up paddle board tours of Lake Bastrop, and special rates for horseback rides!  

Younger guests can also take part in the “Pony Trail Ride Adventure,” an abbreviated trail ride experience where children learn about horses while being led side-by-side by an experienced handler. Trail rides are $85 per person, and the “Pony Trail Ride Adventure” costs $45.

Led by a naturalist with the LCRA, the one-hour survival class will teach children the basics of outdoor survival skills including fire building, water filtration, shelter building, edible plants and insects, cordage and knot tying, as well as wilderness first aid. The organization will also feature “Extreme Teen Challenges” where teenage guests and their parents can take part in some of the LCRA’s most daring activities including zip lining at Zip Lost Pines, rock climbing, and gladiator challenges.

A new moonlight stand up paddle board tour of the nearby Lake Bastrop is an amazing experience. As the resort is directly connect to the Colorado River, guests can take the “Kayak the Colorado” excursion in which they are led by a guide who discusses the local scenery, wildlife, and foliage of the area, or enjoy the “Sunset Raft Trip” tour which takes place at dusk when local animals are most likely to be seen in their natural habitat.

Additionally, the resort will provide a jam-packed itinerary of family-friendly spring break activities including tractor-drawn hay rides, family movie nights, magic shows, an inflatable bounce house, glow-in-the-dark putt-putt and glow dance parties, nightly s’mores by the firepit, and scavenger hunts, as well as arts and crafts sessions with everything from slime making to tie-dying shirts. It’s camp for everyone! Families can also take part in friendly competition with lawn bowling tournaments, volleyball and soccer games, as well as several giant yard games including Jenga, Connect 4, chess, and more.

Kids and their parents will also get a chance to meet the resort’s mascots, including two Texas longhorns, an American mustang, miniature horses, and alpacas.   

As always, guests can relax at the on-site Crooked River Water Park. The water park features an activity pool with a sandy beach for building sand castles, a 1,000-foot lazy river, and two-story water slide. It also includes a splash pad for children and an adults-only section with a relaxing pool and whirlpool.

The resort also provides Camp Hyatt, a kid-friendly program that introduces young travelers to the Lone Star State. While children are enjoying a fun-filled time with arts and crafts, games, and sports, parents can enjoy a round-of golf at Wolfdancer Golf Club or escape to total relaxation with customized treatments at the on-site Spa Django.

To learn more and reserve your staycation to find your #LostPinesMoment, click here or call or call 512-308-1234.

 

Because of that Marie Kondo magic, we’ve all spent the last month meticulously folding our underwear and donating our extensive collection of branded swag. And now it’s time for phase two—the deep clean!

Thankfully, a company has expanded into Austin to help us all live our best lives. Modern Maids is exactly what it sounds like, a cleaning service for the 21st century. A green cleaning service! Ban those toxic chemicals from your life. They provide all the supplies and equipment and offer flat-rate pricing that makes booking super convenient. Once you’ve noticed that crazy layer of dust that lives on each of your ceiling fan blades (gah!) you can book with Modern Maids in under a minute.

And what’s really great is that you can leave your home while they clean and rest assured that everything will be fine. They are insured and bonded and do background checks on their employees. For apartments, they even have a key release option where you work with your leasing office to let them in your pad.

Cleanliness leads to happiness, so let Modern Maids take it from here. And guess what! Our readers receive an exclusive 25% discount when they book by using promo code 365thingsaustin. Click here to schedule an appointment.

 

Get your gals together and join the atxGALS for a pop-up party celebrating some amazing female artists in this city. It’s the third year in a row for this event we truly love! Fair Market will be transformed for the evening into a Queen of Hearts land that will make your inner child jump up and down.

In addition to the art (all available for purchase) the party will have two live DJ sets; an open bar provided by Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vida tequila, Austin Eastciders, and Caffe del Fuego; and local food trucks!

VIP ticket buyers will get swag bags filled with goodies from local favorites and there will be a raffle benefiting Girls Empowerment Network and Austin Pets Alive! So you can support the art scene, female empowerment, local causes and vendors all in one go.

 

General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now.

When: Friday, February 8th

Time: 6–11 p.m.

Location:
Fair Market
1100 E 5th St.
Austin, Texas 78702

We have so much to celebrate in this glorious town, but let’s take a moment to honor something special—the sausage! It’s time, once again, for our hotly anticipated contest of the greatest links this city has to offer. Join us on February 24th for the 2019 Sausage Kings of Austin throw down.

Meat masters like Styles Switch, Micklethwaite, and Banger’s and will go head-to-head in a smoking hot competition where YOU are the judge. If you have a tastebuds, you are totally qualified. After a few hours of drinking, eating, and voting, the results will be in and the most delicious sausage will be crowned!

Come on by, get yourself fed, and enjoy music from the Urban Achievers Brass Band. This is one of our favorite events of the year.

When: Sunday, February 24th

Time: 2:30–5 p.m.

Location:
The Brewer’s Table
4715 E 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702

We are quickly approaching the point of knowing whether or not this year’s resolutions are going to stick. And if you are still determined to be one of those glowing, healthy Austinites who are always on the hike and bike trail, then we salute you!

For those of you, like us, who could use some help, we’ve partnered with Heart Rate Social, (the local app that connects people with active lifestyles for healthy relationships) to compile a list of our favorite workouts, studios, and activities around town. There are so many affordable, fun, and interesting options to choose from—your body will never get bored.

Yoga/ Barre/ Pilates

Barre3

Barre3 is a full-body workout that involves sustained holds, micro-movements, and cardio bursts that will leave you feeling balanced in body and empowered from within. It’s hard as heck, but totally worth the burn!

https://barre3.com/studio-locations

Wanderlust Yoga

Austin owners, Ashley Spence and Krish Patel are bringing the extraordinary aspects of the Wanderlust Festival into the everyday lives of the people who live, work ,and visit ATX. You will love the warm and happy vibe at this studio.

206 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 502-5183

Practice Yoga Austin

Practice offers “absurdly high-quality” donation yoga (suggested $10-$20 anonymous donation) all day every day, which makes it easy and accessible for all. And there is no need to sign up ahead of time, just drop in!

1103 E 6th St 
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 730-1638

Black Swan Yoga

At Black Swan Yoga, instructors are encouraged to freely express their own interpretation of the practice, giving you an authentic connection to their unique journey. Their mission is to gather a community of yogis that is accepting and loving of all.

https://blackswanyoga.com/studios

Yoga Vida

Yoga Vida opened its doors in 1999 and was the first hot studio in Austin. They now offer classes of all levels seven days a week, including 60-minute and 75-minute heated power vinyasa flow classes led by caring, experienced teachers.

3620 Bee Cave Rd Ste A 
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 750-2213

MOD Fitness

MOD Fitness is another barre-based workout that takes an athletic approach to the principles of ballet, pilates, and They combine innovative strength and resistance training, cardio, and stretching into a full-body workout. Get a long, toned physique, better posture, and increased flexibility in 2019 with their help.

https://modfitness.com/studios

Local Gyms

Athletic Outcomes

If you hate the impersonal nature and massive size of the big box gyms, this place is for you. It’s a boutique studio that focuses on functional fitness and modern athletic recovery through personal training and small-group classes.

2301-A E Riverside Dr #50 
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 291-3562

Castle Hill Fitness Gym & Spa

This place is old Austin at its best. A gym that doesn’t feel like a gym, their mission is to provide a welcoming environment for the Austin community to improve their overall health. The vibe is about community, variety, refueling, recovering, and challenging your mind and body and it’s always a great experience.

1112 N Lamar Blvd 
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 478-4567

Tetra Fitness

Tetra is known for intensity. Work hard and listen to great music while you get it all over with. The effort here will really pay off and you might find yourself actually find yourself liking that intensity after a while.

1717 W 6th St #110 
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 480-0262

Affordable Options

Swimming at Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool is the fourth-largest spring fed pool in Texas with a constant 68 degree water temperature making it one of the best places to swim year-round. Here’s a fun fact: Robert Redford learned to swim here. We say that bodes well for your athletic aspirations. If you want to get in shape and live your best Austin life while you do it—swimming the length of this civic treasure should be a go-to.

2131 William Barton Dr 
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 974-6300

Roy and Anne Butler Hike and Bike Trail

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, a lush, urban path that meanders along the water’s edge and passes by skyscrapers, neighborhoods, ball fields and cultural attractions. It is THE Austin workout and a great way to fall in love with fitness and this fabulous city at the same time. The 10-mile trail is Austin’s most recognized and popular recreational area.

900 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 495-9163

Walnut Creek Greenbelt

A popular spot for both hikers and mountain bikers, Walnut Creek is an explorer’s dream. There are tons of unmarked paths, so you may get a little lost; but that’s more fun, right? With multiple winding paths and few obstacles, undertaking part of the trail is perfect for beginners. The hike offers plenty of overlooks, so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses on the way up. And of course, cool down in the beautiful creek on the way down.

2611 Park Bend Dr 
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 974-6700

The YMCA

An oldie but a goodie—don’t forget the Y! They have great group classes, a primo location, and all the equipment you need to get fit.

https://www.austinymca.org/locations

Hidden Hiking Trails

Research continually shows that walking is an amazing workout, and getting outside is obviously great for the soul. We’ve put together a list of our favorite hidden gems in Austin that may not be on your radar. All the trails are free and are within a 30-minute drive from downtown. Check ’em out!

Bootcamps

Camp Gladiator

If you want to get in shape, get hooked up with a supportive community. Camp Gladiator is a bootcamp with lots of heart. They offer unlimited workouts at thousands of locations nationwide to fit your lifestyle that are always different and geared toward all fitness levels. The trainers are super passionate and won’t let you slack.

https://campgladiator.com/locations

Stronghorn Fitness

Another great group option is this program that offers comprehensive eight-week cycle focusing on strength, speed and stamina. One Yelp review says, “Stronghorn is more than a workout group. It’s a true community. One of, if not the, most welcoming fitness families in the city.”

1506 Forest Trail 
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 913-7301

Other Options

Knockout Austin Kickboxing

The 45-minute group kickboxing class combines heavy bag work with body weight exercises around intense training intervals (HIIT) targeting core, legs, butt, and arms. Get in shape and get all that stress and agression out of your system! You’ll feel like a brand new human.

1211 W 6th St Suite 100
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 520-4050

Love Cycling

This spin studio delivers big on fitness and spirituality! The 45-minute workout is intense and upbeat, with some instructors utilizing a giant video wall to make the classes so fun and entertaining that they totally fly by. They also get your upper body in gear with a weight-lifting session on the bike.

507 Pressler St #900,
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 761-3398

City Surf

This place has 35 and 50-minute full body, surf-inspired strength and conditioning group classes. Designed to be the most challenging and rewarding part of your day, because nobody said surfing was easy! Get that California bod in the heart of Texas.

1500 S Lamar Blvd Ste. 130 
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 576-3177

Ride Indoor Cycling

This place is on a mission to help people feel good, on and off the bike! Ride like the wind and burn a crazy amount of calories in a short amount of time. If you haven’t ever spun, one of these classes will kick off your year with a bang.

117 Lavaca St 
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 322-5252

Fight Club Austin

Their trainers will lead you through a 60-minute group workout that emphasizes proper form and technique while incorporating cardio, strength, and kickboxing elements. Each class is different, and no two instructors have the same routine.

2222 Rio Grande St #170 
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 983-0938

OK the holiday party invites are piling up, we know, but you can’t miss this one because—it’s ours! Join 365 Things Austin and atxGALS for our official holiday party, an art pop-up and benefit. You can look forward to two DJ sets, plus an open bar sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vida Tequila, Austin Eastciders, and Lone Star beer.

But the real draw is the chance to see amazing work from 15 emerging women artists. Take it all in and then bid on something fab at the silent auction, with proceeds going to Girls Empowerment Network and Austin Pets Alive! Mingle and toss back a few for some outstanding local causes.

Click here for all the detes and to get early bird tickets (with swag!).

When: Saturday, December 15th

Time: 6–11 p.m.

Location:
Meet at Relay
1023 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX

It’s almost impossible to believe, but Austin’s beloved Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is celebrating its 43rd year of existence! This famous fine art market and musical fest features national and local award-winning artists, at least three bands performing live each day, two full bars, and local food. The holiday atmosphere gets merrier every year.

There is no better place to pick up unique gifts for the people on your list. The event features more than 175 contemporary touring visual artists and local favorites showcasing their work while the Armadillo Bazaar stage entertains shoppers with national touring acts and Grammy nominated musicians. With lights down low, spirits high, and the music just right, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar makes holiday shopping fun.

The 2018 bazaar will also give back to local nonprofits in a big way! Feel good about throwing your money around this year—and shop for gifts that could only be found right here in Austin.

To save time and snag your tickets online, click here!

When: December 13th–24th

Time: 11 a.m.–10p.m. daily

Cost: $10 for General Admission | Free for kids 12 and under

Location:
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

The work-from-home or work-from-your-fav-coffeehouse lifestyle is especially a thing in Austin. Traditional office environments are not as hip these days, and that’s great, except around this time of year when all your buds are singing karaoke with their boss and spilling their hearts out to the IT guy. Let’s admit it to ourselves: Holiday office parties are fun—and we all need to blow off a little steam this time of year.

That’s why the geniuses who run WeWork and Bumble Bizz are throwing a festivus for the rest of us! You got no office? No coworkers? No problem! It’s the first-ever N.O.N Holiday Party (No Office Needed).

Enjoy festive holiday bites, signature cocktails from Sourced Craft Cocktails, live tunes from Christopher Crow Music, giveaways, goodies, and more!

There’s a suggested donation of $5 per ticket that includes entry to the event AND complimentary headshots. All ticket sales will be donated to SAFE to help improve the lives of those affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and abuse.

Come party like your out-of-office is on! It’s a great idea for a great cause. Click here to snag your tickets.

When: Thursday, December 13th

Time: 6–9 p.m.

Location:
WeWork
801 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

It’s the season for sparkle and this event has a TON. For Austin gals, what could possibly be better than an evening of cocktails, Kendra Scott jewelry, and succulents? These are a few of our favorite things after all.

Grab your girls and come to the Domain for a holiday party like no other! The seasonal drinks will be provided by Drink Slingers and Kendra’s favorite florist, The Little Posey, will teach a DIY succulent workshop to customers who spend $100 or more.

For more details and to RSVP, click here!

When: Thursday, December 13th

Time: 6–8 p.m.

Location:
Kendra Scott Domain
11506 Century Oaks Terrace #104
Austin, TX 78758

This year a whopping 280 artists (that’s a record!) submitted their applications for Austin’s famous Cherrywood Art Fair! This beloved ATX holiday event just gets bigger and better all the time.

Come shop for the most unique and meaningful gifts at Maplewood Elementary school in the Cherrywood neighborhood. The hallways and sidewalks will be lined with handmade ceramics and pottery, eclectic art, stylish apparel, one-of-a-kind jewelry, natural skincare, playful pet products, and whimsical children’s merchandise. More than just shopping the Fair offers live music and entertainment, kids crafts, and local eats.

So you can plan ahead, here are some of the participating artists:

HB Ceramics produces organically formed and textured vessels inspired by nature.
Jamie Billman McCormick paints public lands, Austin landscapes, and life outside.
Hatton Henry is a fourth generation leather maker offering classic bags and accessories.
Rebekah Vinyard Jewelry designs and produces wearable art in geometric shapes.
MC Shave Gear crafts distinctive wooden razors, brushes, and luxurious shave products.
Las Ofrendas showcases handmade flower crowns, headdresses, and multimedia art.
Nailivic Studios designs colorful folk art inspired lasercut engravings, etched into wood.
Floating Forest Studio creates whimsical pins, greeting cards, and stickers.
Lucy & Lester represents globally inspired edgy children’s clothing.
Tisa’s Creations sells modern and playful stationary and paper goods.

This is always one of our favorite events in December, because it strengthens local businesses, connects families, and supports aspiring young artists. The proceeds from Cherrywood Art Fair benefit Maplewood Elementary School and Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST program, a free 10-week mentoring program pairing professional artists with East Austin 5th and 6th graders to turn ideas into art and art into business.

Skip the megastores, and go hyper-local with this Austin tradition. There’s really nothing else like it.

When: December 8th and 9th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location:
Maplewood Elementary
3808 Maplewood Ave
Austin, TX 78722