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I’m writing this post while going 70 miles per hour down I-35. It’s not as dangerous as it sounds…

Vonlane is a new premium bus service that wants to change the way you travel between Austin and Dallas. Spoiler alert: I’m sold.

The concept is simple enough- traveling by plane between the two cities is not fun. By the time you drive out to Bergstrom, park, go through check-in/security, and actually get off the ground, you have a solid 15-20 minutes of paid wi-fi to get anything done. The trip ends up taking about as long as it would have to drive, and business travelers struggle with the loss in productivity. Enter Vonlane.

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Let’s start with how easy it is to book your trip. Their site is super user friendly and you can book a seat within minutes of hitting their homepage.

You can arrive as late as 10 minutes before your trip, check any large bags with the driver (for free), and hop on a bus unlike anything you’ve been on before. The seats are as wide or wider than any domestic first-class seats, and I couldn’t reach the seat in front of me if I tried. How far do the seats recline? The answer is, far enough that I accidentally fell asleep on my trip from Austin yesterday.

But it’s actually the service that really makes Vonlane special. When you step onto the bus, you’re greeted by a ‘flight attendant;’ she’ll walk you to your seat and offer to take your coat, which will be hung in a closet rather than stuffed into an overhead bin. You’re then presented with a menu that includes complimentary soft drinks, and food catered from the same companies that cater private jets. I indulged.

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The menu then goes a step further to offer essential travel items like noise-canceling headphones, and cushioned lap desks for your computer. They’ll even provide you with a toothbrush and paste if you left yours at home.

I was actually more productive in the three-hour trip today than I typically am at my own desk; less distraction I suppose! I highly, highly recommend this for business travelers in Austin, and with pricing similar to that of flying between the two cities (around $100 each way), I’d actually recommend it for personal travel as well.

Busses leave from the Hyatt Regency on Town Lake several times throughout the day, and they drop you off in Dallas at a hotel near the Love Field Airport. Give them a try on your next trip to Dallas; I promise you’ll love the experience.

www.Vonlane.com

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***We’re giving away two tickets for tomorrow night’s bash. Share this post on Facebook and tell us who you’d bring with you in the comment section below to be entered to win!

The Goodnight is throwing a casino-themed, all-inclusive New Year’s Eve Party tomorrow night.

$100 gets you:

One raffle ticket for a chance to win a trip to Vegas (flight and hotel for two)

Full Bar

Passed Appetizers

Champagne Toast at Midnight

Unlimited Bowling, Pool, Shuffleboard, and Ping-pong

$5,000 in casino chips

Red Bull DJ

Party hosted by 93.7’s CJ Morgan

This will definitely be one of the hottest NYE celebrations in Austin. To purchase tickets:

GOODNIGHT NYE TICKETS

 

If you’ve driven down South First lately, you’ve probably seen the Bill Murray mural out in front of Criquet Shirt’s store front/office. Inside the store you’ll find high-quality golf shirts that look as good off the course as they do on it.

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the man in your life, they’re offering 25% off  through the weekend when you use the code 365Austin. Orders over $125 will get free expedited shipping to insure they arrive in time for Christmas.

We’re giving away TWO of their awesome shirts (your choice of golf or button-down) to two lucky winners. Just follow Criquet Shirts on Facebook and/or Instagram by Monday morning to be eligible to win.

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www.CriquetShirts.com

Last month we celebrated the Launch of Drizly in Austin, and yesterday they took the joy of alcohol delivery a step further by introducing a ‘gifting’ feature.

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“Whether it’s champagne for your sister, Johnnie Walker Blue for the boss, or Miller Lite for your old roommate, spirits make an ideal holiday gift,” said Michael DiLorenzo, Drizly’s senior vice president of marketing. “And by avoiding the hassle of visiting a store, you’ll have more time to go caroling, construct gingerbread houses, or knit an ugly sweater.”

www.drizly.com 

Local favorite, Shag Salon, has undergone an overhaul in the last five months. Thanks to new ownership in stylist and entrepreneur Hayley Groll (and support from friends and family) the popular South Lamar staple has been rejuvenated with fresh decor and overall interior design updates.

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Tonight, they’re inviting friends, family and the public to join in celebrating these improvements. The ‘First Thursday’ themed party will include complimentary cocktails, bites, and Kevin Murphy product giveaways. DJ Manny will also be on hand to provide tunes for the evening.

When:
Tonight. Dec. 4th, 2014
7-10pm

Where:
Shag Salon
2203 South Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX   78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/671596106291377/

 

 

If you follow this blog, you’ve probably noticed two topics that we post about pretty regularly:

  1. How the Favor Delivery app has changed our lives for the better (we have to be in competition for being their most dedicated customers… we’re not, we asked).
  2. How we prefer activities around Austin that involve alcohol in some form or fashion (sorry they’re just more fun).

With the introduction of Drizly, our worlds are colliding. They’ve finally figured out how to (LEGALLY!) allow Austinites to order booze directly to their front doors.

Drizly Austin Two

We had a lot of questions, and here’s what we learned:

  1. There’s no up-charge on the Beer/Wine/Liquor you order, only a delivery charge issued by the liquor store, just five bucks in Austin.
  2. They carry over 2,000 products, so the variety is similar to what you’d find in your neighborhood shop. Mixers, ice, etc. are also available.
  3. Your beverages will arrive at your door 20-40 minutes after you place your order. Yep, that quick!
  4. The minimum order for Austin is $20.
  5. Use the code 365 to receive your first delivery FREE.

To get started, just click the appropriate link below to download the app, or place your order directly on Drizly.com

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***Lastly, Drizly is currently running its ‘Get a Bottle, Give a Can’ holiday food drive.

Save yourself from the stress of stocking the bar before Thanksgiving this week, and focus on the turkey! When your Drizly order arrives, give the driver any non-perishable food items, and they’ll deliver them to local food banks.

Drizly will also be donating 30% of profits through the end of the month to No Kid Hungry, a great organization that is working to end child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.Win/win/win.

We love events year round, but the Holiday Season might be our favorite. What Austin lacks for in wintery weather, we more than make up for in fun events and traditions.

Here’s a list of 10 of the things we’re looking forward to doing the most:

Austin Holiday Activities 2014

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10 of the best things to do in Austin this holiday season

  • Ice Skating at Whole Foods Downtown

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    In Austin, December is often a mix of cold, cool, and unseasonably warm days. Sometimes you have to participate in activities that remind you it’s the holiday season. 

  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

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    The bazaar was originally created to give local musicians a warm, dry place to play during the Christmas season. The live music combined with the market has made it immensely popular.

  • Austin Symphony Christmas Sing-A-Long

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    Caroling will begin on the grounds of the Capitol, and once the tree is lit, you can stroll down Congress, singing the night away.

  • The Nutcracker at The Long Center

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    This is one of those signature Christmas shows that I just can’t get enough of. Maybe it’s the famous ‘Russian Dance Song’ from the play that just exudes the magic of Christmas.  

  • Trail of Lights

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    Walking through this 1.25-mile trail of holiday awesomeness really gets you in the spirit. It’s basically a rite of passage to becoming an Austinite. 

  • Mozart's Holiday Light Show

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    An extravagant light display covers their building and flows throughout the patio. Each night they do an incredible light show starting on the hour beginning at 6pm. 

  • Decorating a Cedar Tree on 360

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    This tradition began over a decade ago with just one tree decorated under the cover of night by a local family. Now there are hundreds of trees decorated each year. (Don't forget to clean up after!)

  • Domain Tree Lighting

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    Each weekend through Christmas the Domain will have holiday activities including pictures with Santa, Carolers, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides and more holiday fun! 

  • Zilker Holiday Tree

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    Be sure to stand in the center of the big light tree and spin in circles while looking towards the star at the top! It’s an Austin tradition. 

  • Bob Schneider’s New Year’s Eve at The Paramount

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    One of the most Austin-y ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Bob Schneider is back for his annual New Year’s Eve concert at The Paramount. It ultimately turns into one big party.

Music and art collide for a great cause this Sunday.

The show will feature art from local and international artists, live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 4-8 p.m. Originally priced at $75, tickets are now down to a suggested donation of $20, also available their new EVENT PAGE.

As Gallery 702 owner and renowned local artist, Kathryn Goodnite, explained, “We are pleased to offer a special pricing for this event, thanks to our generous sponsors. Hopefully, more of you will be able to attend this wonderful event for the Outreach Program at One World Theatre.”

The artist and host is thrilled to host the event at the venue for such a deeply rooted non-profit organization, as is One World Theatre. Some of the evening’s highlights will include the breathtaking works of Gil Bruvel and the popular works of Elisabetta Fantone, among many others. More musical guests have joined the lineup, as guitar virtuoso Luis Banuelos and songstress Courtney Sanchez will now join Sherah Sleeper, acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter. The yummy food and drinks for guests and VIPs will be graciously provided by The Goodnight. There will be drawings, luxurious silent auctions and many more surprises. It will surely be an unforgettable evening!

Tickets will be available for purchase online through Eventbrite or at the door. Proceeds will go directly to the charity and their various musical programs.

About One World Theatre: One World Theatre’s mission is to educate and inspire youth and adults of all backgrounds with innovative cultural arts performances & workshops. They also provide a highly recognized forum for world- class performers and local professionals to share their artistry, while building a community by embracing the diversity of art forms, traditions & cultures from around the world.

About Gallery 702: Gallery 702 is Austin’s haven for nationally renowned artists, featuring single and multiple artist exhibits. Primarily representing national and international artists, Gallery 702 will also feature new and emerging Texas talent. Located on the top floor of a historic building in the city’s downtown area, the space provides a refined and unique experience to its visitors. With its focus on quality, taste, and sophistication, Gallery 702 is a new and innovative destination for quality and collective contemporary and 20th century art.

Owner and curator, Kathryn Goodnite, created Gallery 702 with business partner, M. Deason, to provide a home for renowned artists whose work is now represented in Austin. On November 23rd the gallery will be home to anyone who supports the One World Theatre movement, to educate and inspire children and adults with innovative and exciting multicultural arts and entertainment programs.

Nestled in the Bremond Block Historic District in the heart of Austin, Gallery 702 uniquely juxtaposes its historical setting with the modern art that adorns its walls. The gallery itself is a work of architectural art, once known as Bellevue Villa, a Victorian-style house that was constructed during the late 1800s. Today it stands as an innovative gallery of contemporary and 20th century art and provides a refined and unique experiences to its visitors.

About the Artists: http://www.gallery702austin.com/artists/

Location: 702 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Tickets: Eventbrite

It’s that time of year again! The annual celebration of all things German in New Braunfels, Texas, WURSTFEST.

If you’ve never been, imagine your favorite scenes from Beerfest and National Lampoon’s European Vacation’s Oktoberfests, conveniently dropped into an awesome German town just 40 minutes south of Austin.

Wursfest CrowdThroughout the park you’ll find a smorgasbord of food and drink options, as well as carnival rides, arts and crafts, and people dressed-up in awesome German attire celebrating with beer and sausage in hand.

The alcohol related event makes the 40 minute drive ill-advised (parking is no picnic either), so this year, Jason Neff (contributor to 365 Austin) and friends are hosting a high-end bus service from Austin to New Braunfels.

The busses are equipped with comfortable seats, TV’s, and possibly most importantly, restrooms!

$45 Includes transportation to and from the festival, and admission to the event. See details on the two available dates below:

Sunday, November 9th

Monday, November 10th

If you have questions, feel free to email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

 

Wow! What a perfect first weekend of ACL. Let’s start by congratulating twitter user @JeffBerres for winning two wristbands to weekend two via our friends at AT&T U-verse. Jeff posted the following picture of this graffiti art boom box, which you can check out during weekend two as well!

Jeff Berres Tweet

The weather was amazing this past weekend, but during the hottest parts of the day, it was really nice to be able to seek shelter under the AT&T tent.

The ‘AT&T Footprint’ (tent) is located between the Art Tents and the Samsung Stage. Inside you’ll find a live-stream of the onstage performances currently happening around the festival. You’ll also find a plethora of phone chargers, friendly AT&T staff members explaining the benefits of GigaPower, and live street art creations from local artists.

We saw a ton of really great shows throughout the weekend, but the AT&T tent was always our rally point, as it provided a chance to catch some shade and a phone charge without missing any of the action.

It’s looking like Weekend Two’s highs will be in the 90’s! Needless to say, we’ll be spending even more time in the tent!

This post was made possible through my association with AT&T. The prize was provided by AT&T, but AT&T is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of AT&T.