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The new school year is knocking on our door and summer will be over all too soon. But hey, there is still time to get out of town for a little getaway. 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 right now the resort—one of the absolute best in Texas—is offering discounted back-to-school rates for last-minute summer getaways.

Guests who stay between August 18–31 will receive up to 20 percent off of their stay with rates available as low as $158 per night. The discount is available when guests book directly through the resort’s website. Make sure to book your reservation at least seven days before your stay dates to get the lowest prices available.

The kids will love this idea. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is home to the Crooked River Water Park, which includes a 1,000-foot lazy river with a swim-up bar, a two-story water slide, and an active pool with a volleyball net and sandy beach, as well as a splash pad for children. It also features an adults-only section with a relaxing pool, a whirlpool, and cabana rentals for a more quiet and serene pool experience.

For more information or to book a stay, click here or call 512-308-1234.

 

Deep-dish or thin crust? Red sauce or white? No matter what you’re into, Austin has a pizza destination that’s sure to be right up your alley. Gone are the days of the limited national and local chain stores when it comes to delivery, with our partners at Favor Delivery, you can now order from dozens of the best spots in town without “Papa” or “Hut” in their titles.

Our list of the 10 Best Pizza Delivery Options in Austin hadn’t been updated since 2015, which is a lifetime in Austin restaurant years! Below you’ll find a list with some classic favorites, and newcomers as well. There is a ton of pizza variety on this list—something for everyone! And because Favor is #AnythingDelivered, you can get all of these restaurants delivered straight to your door.

We also produced a podcast episode with Rachel Holtin from @AustinFoodstagram that takes a deeper dive into her and 365 Founder Kristy Owen’s favorite spots for pizza around town. Be sure to give it a listen here:

Without further ado, here are our best bets for pizza delivery in Austin for 2019!

Little Deli

If you’re a fan of Homeslice, give this mom-and-pop joint hidden in the Crestview neighborhood a shot. The counter-service restaurant is also great for date nights or just grabbing a quick slice. It’s arguably one of the best NYC-style (Jersey-style if you want to get technical) pizzas you’ll find in the city.

Pinthouse Pizza

Craft brewing and craft pizza collide at Pinthouse. They claim their pizza is “artisanal but not gourmet.” We just think it’s delicious. Do yourself a favor by adding a couple of pizza rolls to your delivery order, and don’t forget the ranch!

ABGB

Fans of fresh produce on pies should add this spot to their delivery rotation. The specialty pizza menu here changes with the seasons and never disappoints. Expect wild toppings like purple potatoes, fried okra, and saffron.

Eastside Pies

If you want a paper-thin crust, the team at Eastside Pies does it best. They also offer sauces outside of typical red and white variety, with options like black bean or chimichurri. ESP also recently opened a spot off of 183 that radically increased their delivery zone.

Desano Pizza

This recently opened Nashville transplant serves up delicious Neapolitan-style pizza from wood-burning ovens imported from Naples, Italy. During lunch and late-night hours, they also serve individual sized pies, so don’t be afraid to order alone!

Pieous

The former pizza king of Dripping Springs recently moved to an Austin  address, and thanks to Favor, you can now get it delivered to just about anywhere in the city. This is seriously one of the best pizzas in town, so if the drive has been what’s stopping you from trying them out, you no longer have that excuse.

Hoboken

The best bet for pizza after a long night on Red River, Hoboken Pies offers great Jersey-Style pizza that was practically made for delivery. Try the Mission—a white pie with mission fig, pineapple, prosciutto, goat cheese, and Italian parsley.

Southside Flying Pizza

This South Austin staple has been a go-to for delivery pizza and their expansion to four locations guarantees quick delivery times and top-notch quality pies.

Spartan

We love a good small-business success story, and this food-truck turned brick and mortar is just that. Their East 6th Street location crafts pizzas from overnight-rising dough and daily hand-cut toppings.

Toss

Serving ‘Texas Inspired Italian Pies,” Toss recently opened a Westlake location in addition to their South First Street home. This family-owned pizzeria is quickly becoming a favorite amongst locals.

Homeslice

No Austin pizza list would be complete without Homeslice. Widely regarded as the best pizza in Austin, you can now skip the (often an hour plus) waits that were once required to try their pie, and order it straight to your door. A newer North Loop location also expands access to this hometown favorite.

Numero 28

Conveniently located downtown, Numero 28 has classic Neapolitan-style pies and a great wine list. For your next party, have their massive 28-inch extra large pie delivered.

40 North

Another food-truck-to-brick-and-mortar success story, 40 North serves up exceptional wood-fired pies. Owner and Chef, Clint Elmore has brought his years of experience and learning from pizza joints in NYC to the streets of Austin.

VIA 313

If you’ve never tried Detroit-style pizza, you’re in for a treat. Their signature rectangle pies come out of the oven with perfectly crispy edges and a sauce (sometimes on top!) that’s to die for. Try the Cadillac, a pie with gorgonzola, fig preserves, prosciutto di parma, parmesan, and balsamic glaze.

The Backspace

Nestled in a small space behind Parkside on a section of 6th Street not normally associated with fine dining, The Backspace offers amazing Neapolitan pies in a romantic setting. The pizzas aren’t huge, so you can definitely order two (or more) for delivery and share (or not) with a friend.

Bufalina

This list purposely isn’t ranked, but if it were, Bufalina would be our founder Kristy Owen’s No. 1 spot! She personally enjoys going for their happy hour the most (50% off all pizzas, and half-priced bottled wines under $100 from 4-5:30 p.m. daily), but thanks to Favor, Bufalina is now available for delivery as well.

Kristy’s go-to order: Margherita Pizza, add pepperoni. She also loves the harissa pizza, with summer squash, salsa verde, pickled onion, and peanuts.

Happy Eating!

Since 2001, twice per year Austin’s most savvy shoppers have flocked to the Palmer Events Center for a two-day spree that’s like nothing else out there. It’s known as Le Garage Sale. This is the chance to score the best deals at clearance prices from some of the best stores and boutiques in the city. You can shop local, and shop smart—all under one giant roof. Retail dreams are made of these!

The expertly curated mix of more than 100 local businesses featured this month are offering insane, end-of-season pricing for one weekend only.

While you go nuts through the aisles there is also great music, coffee, and cocktails to enjoy. Call your friends and make a day of it. Even though it’s 190 degrees right now, you are going to need a whole new wardrobe in just a few months. 

When:
Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. VIP Preshop (EARLY admission)
Saturday, August 24, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets: $10/day | VIP Preshop Tickets: $20 (limited qty)
Skip the line and purchase tickets in advance!

Location:
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

 

 

The scooter craze is officially a thing in Austin and for good reason—buzzing around this beautiful city with the wind in your hair is a fun and easy way to avoid traffic and get where you need to go. 

But the scooting life can also be a pain. You have to search the streets for one when you need it and when you do find one, they are often totally beat up and running out of charge. But now an Austin-based company is coming to the rescue with a new scooter business model that will solve these problems and more. 

CRAFT Scooter is turning the scooter-share trend upside down with a super-smart monthly membership program. The Austin-based company gets you unlimited rides for just $1.50 a day! That’s less than half the price of just one ride on those per-minute scooter brands. 

Our favorite part of their service is how the scooter becomes your personal ride. Since you own your scooter, it stays functional, clean, and maintained. And if it breaks, they will give you a temporary scooter while it’s getting fixed. No more broken, dirty, or unmaintained scooters. They are also foldable, so you can easily put yours in your car or bring it into your home, office, or classroom. The scooters come in seven different colors and are always getting upgraded. When new scooters are released, you can upgrade to the latest model. 

How cool is that? And with your trusty, personal scooter you can go anywhere in the Austin Metropolitan area. There are no boundaries whatsoever. 

The CRAFT Scooter experience is also a win for the local community. Their membership model cuts clutter on our streets and sidewalks, reduces reckless scooter driving (scooter-ownership leads to more accountability), and best of all, it helps reduce carbon emissions so we can all breathe a little easier. 

Start riding today! Click here to learn more or start your membership. 

There’s a new thrill at Circuit of the Americas and this time you won’t be watching—you’ll be driving! Karting is here and it’s a blast for the whole family. A great location for private events, birthday parties, corporate outings, and more; COTA Karting is here to elevate your Karting Experience.

COTA Karting offers high speed fun at the only Formula 1 track in the U.S. They cater to novice karters, elite karters, and everything in between! In a single race, drivers can expect to get 10 minutes of race time on a technical course (plenty of time to get in 10 laps if you are fast enough). Similar to that of the Formula 1 Circuit, the karting track elements include elevation changes, hairpin turn, stars and stripes, and fuels the need for speed!

The classes of karts offered widely range to include children and adults of all ages and abilities. Test your skills in one of our Champ, Rookie, or Junior heats. Click here to get the scoop on all requirements. Single races start at just $28, but if you simply cannot get enough, race packages and upgrades are available in store.  

COTA Karting is open seven days a week, 365 days a year! Book online or over the phone two weeks in advance or arrive and drive. All first time drivers are required to watch a quick briefing video, which covers the rules of the road.

Buckle up and get ready to take your love of racing to the next level. 

The health and wellness industry has taken off like crazy in the past few years, and now a local company wants to bring the best products and services right to you. Smooth Aesthetics is a mobile company that is owned and operated by a husband and wife team, Dr. Aarti Leyva and Oscar Leyva, RN. The company will come to your home, office, or even hotel room for no extra charge. And, the best part is you can make a party out of it! 

Smooth offers a wide range of services in three categories: Hydration, Beauty, and Performance + Wellness. How about throwing a little summer Hydration Party for your closest pals? IV hydrations are the perfect addition to girls night, bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings, and just about anything else you can think of. The service can be customized to help you feel your best or treat whatever is ailing you—a raging hangover, allergies, migraines, and fatigue to name a few. 

Or think about a Beauty Party where your guests can get Botox and fillers in a cozy environment with snacks and drinks! For either option the host receives a gift and the guests get exclusive discounts.

And starting today on their social media, Smooth is hosting a giveaway contest to all local brides and their bridal parties! You could win a free Hydration Party to have at your upcoming bachelorette party. Check out Smooth’s social media to enter the giveaway: @smoothaestheticsatx

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And if you aren’t in the partying mood, Smooth is a fantastic option for just doing something great for yourself–without having to hang around in a waiting room. All staff members are RNs who have been properly trained to administer services. The company is also the exclusive provider of Koniver Wellness in Austin, which are extremely innovative products that take function and performance to the next level. Their NAD+ treatments have shown incredible results with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, depression, chemical depression, and overall brain health enhancement.

If you are curious about these options and all their other services, learn more here: Smooth Services. We can tell you firsthand that it’s a game-changer for the morning after a crazy night. Once on a wedding weekend, the hydration team came directly to our hotel room and hooked about a dozen of the wedding goers up to IVs. They were professional, the process was painless, and we all felt great afterward. The only regret we have is that we didn’t have them come back again on Sunday morning!

If we aren’t already there, we are approaching the point of an Austin summer where you can’t go outside unless you plan on promptly flinging yourself into a body of water—and preferably an ice-cold one like Barton Springs.

But lucky for us, a city this hot has a plethora of ways to cool off. To keep your body temp right and a chilled drink in your hand, we’ve rounded up the best ways to enjoy the water this summer.

Float The River

This is a must do at least once this summer! Floating the River is a rite of passage in Central Texas.

Rent Something From Rowing Dock

Get out on the water and see Austin from a whole new vantage point with kayaks, standup paddle boards, and even fishing kayaks (you read that right!).

Or From Austin Canoe & Kayak

Rent kayaks, canoes and SUPs by the day and take them anywhere. With a rental you can receive a discount on coolers, dry boxes/bags and even sunscreen and bug repellent. Life vests are included with rentals.

Take Your Happy Hour On The Water

Take your happy hour out on the water and experience the beauty and fun of this place in a whole new way. We’ve partnered with Float On and Independence Brewing Co. to offer the booze cruise of your dreams!

Take The Fam To Waterloo Waterpark

This locally owned and operated floating water park and challenge course that is a true evolution in water play! 

Watch Austin’s Famous Bats On A Boat

While most people grab a spot on the bridge, there’s an even better way to watch the bats: from the rooftop deck of a gorgeous boat with pizza in your belly and a drink in your hand!

Sunday Funday With Brunch On The Water

We’re on a boat—no seriously! This brunch-time party cruise on Lady Bird Lake has great music, food, and beverages for you and your crew. Also, air conditioning, bathrooms, and views you can’t get on land.

Swim In Our Glorious Swimming Holes

So grab your swimsuit, a little sunscreen, and a cooler full of your favorite local beer, and check out our favorite natural swimming spots.

Daycation At The Best Hotel Pools

You should really play hooky and spend the day at one of these fabulous Austin pools.

Watch Jaws On The Water (If You Dare)

Pop open a beer, dangle your feet over your inner tube, and watch the film that made everyone afraid to go in the water… while you’re in the water!

A much cheaper alternative to traditional recording studios has just opened in Austin, and you’ll feel like you are right at home. That’s because it’s actually in a home. Brandon Perry is the guy behind Wandering Robot Studio, which is available for musicians to rent from just $50 an hour.

The setting feels comfortable and casual, but it offers the same pro-level gear and sounds as the bigger outfits. The studio also has a guest room for traveling artists who want to record or work while staying in Austin. North enough of Downtown that festival traffic isn’t an issue, but close enough to make it to a gig on short notice, this studio might just be the answer to your musical prayers. We spoke to Brandon to learn more about his unconventional business.

365 Things Austin: How did the idea for Wandering Robot Studio come about?

Brandon Perry: I’ve been playing guitar since I got my first $99 Walmart-brand electric guitar on my 13th birthday. I’ve loved music ever since. As I was learning how to record my own music, I realized I was building a studio that would be useful for more than just myself. This city is overflowing with artists who deserve to be recorded, if only for archival purposes. I wanted to offer a resource for locals with the highest quality gear. I also firmly believe artists deserve to own their music, from production to final payments and distribution.

365: How did you come up with the name?

BP: I have several pieces in the studio by Lauren Briere, a local artist who puts a robot in different landscapes and contexts. I love her art and I’ve never had the chance to tell her personally! I hope I paid her rent once. I purchased her art at Austin Art Garage.

365: Why does Austin (and the world) need something like this?

BP: Artists deserve a chance to make a living from their art. Wandering Robot Studio helps them own their own publishing and keep as many of their own money as possible. With the ability to record and mix at a professional level, and guidance on publishing and managing your own music, we give you the power to keep creating.

365: What’s your favorite part of running this business?

BP: I love capturing the moment when great music is made. It’s usually spontaneous, and often an artist never sings the same song twice. It’s just the one that gets recorded that everyone ends up listening to. Listening to a song evolve as an artist records it, honing the core of where a song is going—it’s very rewarding.

365: What feedback do you get from musicians who record with you?

BP: As a guitar player, I care a lot about how a guitar sounds. Every guitarist I record loves the sounds we can capture. From clear, transparent, acoustic guitars to gritty, sawtooth distortion (sometimes feedback in more than one way), I want your guitars to sound as amazing as possible. Artists also love the vocal tracks we are able to capture. We have modified analog gear that makes vocals ring!

365: What music/artist/album are you loving right now?

BP: I’m currently listening to the Great Courses 30 Greatest Orchestral Pieces. The enthusiasm of the professor and the subject matter make it incredibly enjoyable. I recently found a super funky drum loop on an old vinyl called Something for Everybody by saxophonist Dave Duplissey (1978) that I’m working on for a guitar track. I love the local band Trouble In The Streets. They are awesome and I’ve seen them several times! They recently won an award from BlackFret and it was much-deserved.

365: What are your plans for the future of the studio?

BP: Just keep recording!

Break out your best white summer duds, and get ready for the coolest party of the season! It’s the seventh annual White Linen Night in the heart of Austin’s 2nd Street District. Spend an evening sampling delicious bites and refreshing sips from some of the city’s best restaurants.This giant culinary block party isn’t just a ton of fun, it’s all for a great cause. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to Austin Food & Wine Alliance and Farmshare.

Early bird tickets start at $55 and include all the food, wine pairings from Washington State Wine, beer from Hops & Grain, and cocktail offerings from Tito’s Vodka —and a live performance from R&B singer-songwriter Tje Austin!  

And if you go for the early bird $85 VIP tickets, you get a one-hour head start to everything, plus a complimentary glass of bubbly and a souvenir YETI Wine Tumbler.  

Among the featured restaurants this year are La Condesa, She’s Not Here, Taverna, Living Room Bar at the W Austin, CRÚ Food and Wine Bar, Yummi Joy, and Popbar Austin. Guests can also enjoy food from Le Politique, Second Bar + Kitchen, The Backspace, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Chispas, Revue, Swift’s Attic, and Hotel ZaZa Austin.

All ticket purchasers will be entered to win a staycation at W Austin with a gift card to TRACE.

Don’t miss this celebration of our amazing food and wine scene! It gets better every year.

When: Saturday, August 3rd

Time: 6:30–9 p.m. (VIP Pre-Party @ 5:30 p.m.!)

More info & ticket link: http://www.2ndstreetdistrict.com/whitelinen

If you are a parent of school-aged kids you know that summer is a childcare scramble. Thankfully Cordovan Art School, which teaches visual and performing arts, is offering a wide range of camps at their Northwest Austin and Cedar Park locations.

In a town bursting with culture like ours, Cordovan believes in fostering creativity and self-confidence. The learning environment is positive, enjoyable, and allows students to progress and gain a deeper appreciation for the arts.

Students learn fundamental principles and time-tested techniques that will stay with them for life. If your child enjoys the arts, this is the perfect place for them to develop their talents.

Right now if you purchase three camp sessions for your child, you will get the fourth for free! Cordovan offers full-day and extended care options all summer long. They also have wildly popular themed camps like “Yay Clay!” where campers will turn a slab of mud into a ceramic masterpiece, and “Enchanted Forest” where kids get to paint, sketch, and interact with real furry, fuzzy, and scaly friends!

If you are looking for even more creative fun, you can drop in the studio at your leisure to paint your own pottery (PYOP). PYOP is a perfect activity for friends, family, parties, and even date night! Choose from hundreds of pre-made ceramics pieces.

Take advantage of the summer months and enrich your child’s, and your own life, in a whole new way!