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.
Whether you’re single, heartbroken, or moving in with your soulmate—Valentine’s Day can be a daunting holiday. Expectations always run high and in a city like Austin, there are so many plans to chose from.
That’s why we partnered with Kendra Scott to swoop in like little baby cupids to help you pull off an evening to remember. Let’s paint the town red! Here are our top, fool-proof plans.
Galentine’s is almost more popular than Valentine’s these days! And there is a buffet of gal-oriented options this year. Join Bumble BFF and Adelante Boutique to celebrate Galentine’s with your besties! Enjoy complimentary treats and beverages.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Adelante 1206 W 38th St. Austin, Texas 78705
This 10-piece local band has earned national accolades from pubs like The Atlantic and Southern Living. They spread the gospel of classic R&B and soul around the country and will undoubtedly make your heart sing.
Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019, Doors at 8:00 p.m. / Show at 9:00 p.m.
Location: Austin City Limits Live 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A Austin, TX, 78701
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.
Date and Time: Friday, February 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM CST
Location: Fair Market 1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
Until you’ve seen this movie, and sung the songs in a theater with 200 other heart-swept people, you’ll never really know what it’s like to be in love. Bring a date, or else make sure you choose your seat carefully, because you WILL end up falling in love with the person sitting next to you.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 9 – Thursday, February 14, 2019 (Showtimes Vary)
Old Love takes real facts about your grandparents and spins them into heartfelt improvised comedy. Funny and poignant, uplifting and uproarious, spend an intimate evening exploring the evolution of a well-aged relationship—perfect for date night or anyone who cried at the beginning of Up.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Whisler’s will be featuring a special bubbles and booze menu for the evening and giving out chocolates, flowers, and hand-made love bundles throughout the night. Find your fortune with Tarot readings and watch the legendary Seresse burlesque performers!
Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 4:00 p.m.- midnight
Location: Whisler’s 1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Set sail with your lover and enjoy all-local, all-complimentary food and beverages, plus a DJ and photo booth! #TheBrunchBoat provides the perfect opportunity to support local businesses while taking in the best view of Austin’s skyline.
Date and Time: Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 11:15 a.m.
Just friends? More than friends? Doesn’t matter. Fall in love with the DJ and dance the night away with a Red Light Special R&B DJ set and a special food and drink menu for Valentine’s day only. Come early and eat dinner (reservations required) or come late for dessert. And there will be a kissing booth.
Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:30p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Location: Native Hostel 807 East 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78702
Here’s a new way for singles to mix and mingle. Bring your best friend. You know, the one you love, but have already put in the friend zone. All love is welcome. Plus, show your Bumble app and win a prize!
Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: W Austin 200 Lavaca St, Austin, Texas 78701
Austin Public Library is launching a multi-media, interactive exploration of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The month-long event is anchored by a new art exhibit—Mirror, Mirrored: Contemporary Art & the Fairy Tale—which features more than 20 local and international artists and visual artwork inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. All ages are welcome!
Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Austin Central Library 710 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Hopscotch — a new, uniquely curated immersive art experience created by local entrepreneurs Nicole Jensen and Hunter Inman — is debuting in Austin in February as an interactive pop-up located at 6100 Airport Blvd. From February 14 through March 31, Hopscotch: Light and Sound will feature 13 distinctive installations and showcase works from a variety of local Austin artists, as well as a selection of national and international artists.
“I’ve always been very driven by the idea that a uniquely curated event can connect and inspire the people that attend it.” said co-founder Nicole Jensen.“We’re thrilled to announce Hopscotch and invite the public to experience this exhibit.To have a platform that allows us to showcase the works of talented immersive artists is something we’re really proud of and excited about.”
Each room in the 10,000 square foot space contains a different exhibit with colorful design elements from LED lights to live videos and music. Hopscotch is constructed by various artists,the majority of which are Austin-based. Every art activation within the project requires participation from guests, and Hopscotch: Light and Sound invites guests to explore the surreal surroundings in a playful manner.
Hopscotch’s 13 individual installations include: Paint by RGB Wall, curated by Jared Ficklin and Joey Ficklin (Argo Design) from Austin, TX; Infinity Boxes, curated by Matt Elson from Los Angeles, California; Mujō, curated by Kevin Reilly (Vurvo Collective) from Austin, TX; Gemini 6B, curated by Mickey Delp from Austin, TX; Thunder Lightning curated by Nate Culpepper and Stacy Wheeler (The Balloon Collective) from Austin TX; Cloud Therapy curated by ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND from Brooklyn, NY/Austin, TX; Spirits curated by Barna Kantor, Jerome Martinez, Lisa B. Woods (Dadageek) from Austin, TX; Olya curated by Omnia Rosia Design from Kyiv, Ukraine; Hifi God curated by Jerome Morrison from Austin, TX; a Virtual Reality Experience; and Matrix, Experience Over Things and Deep Eddy Ball Pit, all threecurated by Hopscotch from Austin, TX.
Interactive experiences range from controlling the clouds and weather via balloons to painting with light through an infrared brush by hand. Olya, presented bythe only international artist, invites viewers into an immersive space of complicated multidimensional structures and light. Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson uses color, lights, and mirrors to construct beautiful boxes that draw viewers in; it’s an optical illusion project that asks visitors to take a closer look at human perception and social interaction, much like the public’s relationship to social media.
“We’re excited to bring together this talented group of artists and to help them bring their concepts to life,” said Hunter Inman, co-founder of Hopscotch. “This type of experiential art is a perfect fit for the vibrant Austin community that is always looking for a unique and interactive experience.”
Inman discovered his passion for building and creating after receiving his MBA from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and switching his career in finance to focus on technology, start-ups and other entrepreneurial efforts. Since 2012, he’s been in Austin where he helped found software design and consulting firms before co-founding Hopscotch with Nicole Jensen. Jensen studied art and business at CMUand has extensive experience in the corporate event planning, sales and hospitality worlds. She launched Austin Tour Company in 2015, creating a brand and business that highlights Austin in a way locals want to experience and are proud of. The duo joined forces to create Hopscotch in 2018.
Hours of operation for Hopscotch are 4 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 – 8pm on Sundays. Additional hours and dates will be added. Tickets are $23 for ages 13 and up, $15 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free.Hopscotch is 18+ after 7:00pm.. Hopscotch is located at 6100 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752. For this exhibit, Hopscotch has collaborated with local artists, collaboratives, non-profits and creative brands like Deep Eddy Vodka and neighboring Brewtorium.
Following the limited Austin pop-up series, Hopscotch will be opening in downtown San Antonio for a permanent, new exhibition in late summer 2019 and is set to feature different San Antonio-based artists. More details will be announced at a later date. For more information on Hopscotch and to purchase tickets, visit letshopscotch.com.
Garett DiPasquale, a 2014 UT grad in economics, has opened his second i Fratelli Pizza Location on 15th and San Antonio to serve Downtown and the UT campus. His first location is in North Austin (Arboretum). i Fratelli Pizza is baked on a stone deck for a thin and crispy crust.
Their signature pizzas are packed with flavor and topped with provolone and the freshest ingredients. A big best-seller is the del Bianco, with a creamy white sauce, fresh tomatoes, spinach, and breakfast bacon.
And you can elevate your party game with their party-cut finger food. The thin-n-crispy pizza is a crowd-pleaser and it will be the first thing to go from your feast spread. Plus, delivery is free and the perfect go-to for high-volume corporate luncheons.
i Fratelli Pizza is known for exemplary service and a consistent, high-quality product. Dough is handcrafted daily, and fresh vinaigrette and Caesar salad dressings are made in-house. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available.
Stop by for a slice and learn why i Fratelli pizza is uniquely Texan.
i Fratelli Pizza – Downtown
501 W 15th Street Ste C
Austin, Texas 78701
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is gloriously lazy. For the most part, the entire world has gone on holiday. And after watching everything Netflix has recommended for you back-to-back, in your brand new pajamas and socks, you might actually want to exit your house for a while.
Luckily a company called Gift Pass has given this a lot of thought. And now you can save more than 30 percent while seeing the best Austin has to offer. The 30-day Gift Pass gives you access to 10 tours and activities and allows you to choose any three you want.
We’re talking about bus tours, bike tours, food and beer tours, museum visits, and more. You could even go for a little cruise on Lady Bird Lake. Make the most of your time in this magical city and pay one low price to do it all. So just to recap, this is 10 activities in 30 days for only $35. Y’all, that’s just crazy!
And they don’t call it Gift Pass for nothing—it actually makes the perfect gift. Click right here for all the details and to purchase. Give the gift of getting out!
Wait, seriously, how did this happen? Christmas is days away! Don’t panic, you still have time to conjure up a great gift for the people you care about. We actually have the best, last-minute gift idea in the world. In fact, even if you had all the time in the world this would be what they really want: a Favor Delivery gift card! That’s right y’all, give the gift of having anything delivered.
Favor Delivery gift cards are great for new parents, busy college students, or anyone who wants to save time and get items from local restaurants and stores delivered to their door. It’s so much better than any other gift card because using those often involves braving the elements and wearing something dressier than your coziest pajama pants. Why would they want that?
If you’re on the fence about becoming a true holiday hero and giving the gift of delivery, let’s imagine what your loved one could use it for. Austin will be their oyster! Here are a few thoughts off the top of our head …
JuiceLandBecause Austin is full of healthy people, and also sometimes hungover people who really need super fresh coconut water brought to them.
Fresa’s Because your person wants something hot and local and savory and amazing—like tamales or roast chicken. And they want it now!
HopdoddyBecause cheeseburgers and also because truffle fries. And because there is always a line to get into this place and that sounds like a lot to manage.
Amy’s Ice CreamBecause the only thing better than eating delicious, Mexican Vanilla ice cream is having a nice person knock on your door and hand it you.
H-E-BBecause literally everyone in this city is in need of something from our fav Texas-grown supermarket at all times. Paper towels! That awesome guacamole they make! More ice cream! The possibilities are endless.
Chuy’sBecause their queso is our founder Kristy’s No. 1 Favor order, and because that sounds really good right now.
The GroveBecause your parents would love an excuse to relax and indulge. And because you really want them to feel loved this year. And because you want to teach them about Favor.
CVS Because the convenience of having someone run that late-night pharmacy run for you is priceless.
And BLOOMSflower shop, because flowers make everything better. They can dress up their house for any occasion—even if it’s just a Tuesday.
To purchase a Favor gift card, go tofavordelivery.com/gift-cards. Choose a design, your desired amount, and the gift card will be sent your way via email. Also it easily fits in a stocking, so minimal wrapping is required. We have all the holiday tips!
We’re all looking high and low for the ultimate holiday gift—something they would never expect in a million years. Well, here’s a really hot tip: Garrison Brothers’ Single Barrel Program.
People who really love whiskey know all about Garrison Bros.—because it’s the only brand making a legit, real-deal, puritanical bourbon in Texas. At a distillery in the little town of Hye, a man named Dan Garrison has accomplished what many have tried and failed to do. For people who have long conversations in the corners of dark bars about the art of bourbon appreciation, Dan Garrison is a hero.
If you know one of these people, give them an experience they will truly never forget. The distillery offers a program where individuals or groups can come out to Hye and hang out with Master Distiller, Dennis Todd. On this dreamy day, they will drill holes in barrels that have been aging for years and get a taste of the good stuff! Participants can pick a barrel with a meaningful date or just one they are particularly vibing with.
Once they’ve chosen the barrel they like best, they can choose the proof/alcohol content they desire, help cut the whiskey, and bottle it up themselves. It’s a fully immersive, one-of-a-kind, bucket-list sort of thing—and bottles will be custom labeled with whatever they want it to read
There is seriously nothing quite like this present. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Your house will be stocked … like forever. For more info, and to order a single barrel, click right here.
Handy for both the native-born and the wannabe—this manual charts a blueprint for how to live like a true Texan. Learn the lingo and how to take a proper bluebonnet photo, how to get big hair, and the best way to make a Frito Pie. You’ll also have a bucket list of all the places Texans should visit in their lifetimes.
Get glowing with Olive + M! The local skincare line is women-owned, all-natural, cruelty-free, and vegan. Featuring oils, serums, and scrubs that leave your skin nourished and glowing from head to toe.
Give a solid pick-me-up to your favorite espresso expert. The coffee of the month club curates the world’s best single-origin beans from micro-lots around the world. Each 12-oz bag is roasted fresh and delivered to your door monthly, along with flavor notes, brewing tips, and info about the global coffees received.
A mega chill-pill for the stressed out friend. Lake Austin Spa offers luxury spa experiences and a peaceful sanctuary for ultimate rest and renewal in a picturesque Hill Country setting. Their heavenly treatments offer a wide range of massages, facials, body wraps, and more.
For your boo or forever-bachelor friend. Up your dude’s home swagger with a ‘mandle’ from James Thomas Candle Co. Scents like Firewood, Cowboy, Gentlemen, and Hombre are made with 100% premium soy wax for an all natural, eco-friendly, clean burn.
Any home chef will adore the oils from Texas Olive Ranch. The olive oils are pressed with 100% Texas grown olives, along with Texas-sized flavor. The local company offers the freshest olive oils in the state, and fun flavors like Spicy Chipotle Rattlesnake Oil and Hill Country Herb Oil.
In a world full of over stimulation, why not give the gift of nothing! Float effortlessly in 1,200 pounds of dissolved epsom salt while light, sound, and temperature fade away, giving your nervous system a much needed reboot. Take care of your loved one this holiday season by giving them a gift that replenishes the body, mind, and soul.
From art heists to gold rush adventures, this gift is perfect for the person/people you’d just love to spend quality time with. The Escape Game Austin has several puzzle rooms to choose from, and you’re sure to make memories with friends and loved ones with whichever experience you choose. Right now, get 20% off single-game gift cards to The Escape Game with code Austin365on their online store.
The ultimate gift for the fragrance-lover in your life, PHLUR’s sustainable scents and #shelfie-worthy minimalist packaging look as amazing as they smell. The original Hanami fragrance is creamy and floral, subtle and chic. They’ve translated that scent into an equally delectable candle, made with hand-poured vegetable wax in a custom ceramic vessel. Naturally, such a creamy scent is equally satisfying as a body wash or body lotion—or both!
If you didn’t give or get an OV piece this year, are you really even an Austinite? Their locally-loved activewear will get you out of bed and looking good for those post New Year’s resolution early morning workouts (or while drinking mimosas during Sunday brunch) #DoingThings
Noah Marion focuses on untreated, un-dyed, natural vegetable-tanned leather in order to allow the user to personally bring the design to life. Noah Marion makes quality handmade goods in the heart of Austin, TX, out of their shop located at 2053 South Lamar Blvd.
Raven + Lily offers trendy, fair-trade fashion, accessories, and home goods with its core underlying mission to empower women on a global scale. Gift a unique piece and support employing artisan women around the world.
For the person that wants to forget the holidays… Local Liquor
For the booze hound who loves to raise a glass (or four), Treaty Oak Distilling’s liquors are bar cart staples. Pick up a bottle of their Waterloo Gin or Red Handed Whiskey and let the party begin.
We know your loved ones deserve a steak dinner pretty much every night. Keep them well-fed and feeling loved with quality meat delivery from Rosso & Flynn. The local company sources meat from local ranches committed to transparency and sustainability. Add a fine bottle of red wine and you’re on their permanent nice list.
That’s right, the El Arroyo sign has its own book! The Tex-Mex restaurant’s famous marquee sign, whose black letters tell a new joke to passing motorists each day, is featured in El Arroyo’s Big Book of Signs. Share the love and give your friends something to laugh about.
Austin’s famed 2ND Street District is going all out for the holiday season this year. It’s a miracle on second street! Take the whole fam downtown for a bunch of festive activities and, naturally, a ton of great shopping. Austin-owned boutiques, award-winning local fare, and entertainment make walkable 2ND Street District a unique destination. From great food and sidewalk dining to live music, craft bars, and more it’s full of everything locals love.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or others, you’ll find something unforgettable. Peruse items ranging from handmade jewelry and accessories, designer threads, music-inspired apparel to home goods and more.Once you’ve had your dose of retail therapy, refuel with coffee, a snack or enjoy a cocktail at one of the many critically acclaimed culinary options.
And don’t forget to end the day by taking-in the festive window installations at participating businesses in the Holiday Window Walk. St. Edward’s University students will put their design skills to the test for their chance to win $6,500 worth of scholarships on behalf of the 2ND Street District. Participating stores include Hemline, League of Rebels, Austin Rocks, Toy Joy, Authentic Smiles, Austin General Store, and Luxe Apothetique. Cast your vote here through Dec. 7 at midnight for your favorite display. Everyone that votes is entered to win an AWAY Spa by W Austin Massage and a W Austin bottle service package for up to 10 people in The Living Room Bar valued at $500. First place will receive a $3,000 scholarship, $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for first place, and $500 for the public vote. Learn more and RSVP here.
Winners will be announced at the Santa Lounge and Market event on Saturday, Dec. 8 at W Austin. Enjoy photos with Santa and holiday music from KP and The Boom Boom (Trio) and Drew Davis at W Austin while sipping holiday cocktails and browsing the local Holiday Pop-Up Shops. This event will offer guests first-class retail options for all their holiday shopping needs. Participating stores include Sikara & Co., ESPEROS, Austin General Store, Luxe Apothetique, ModCloth, Nina Berenato Jewelry, Sara Reichardt Designs, Upstairs Circus, Toy Joy’s Kid Zone and Tina Reddy Jewelry. The first guests will receive a complimentary holiday cocktail. Learn more and RSVP here.