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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.

 

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

In honor of National Tequila Day, we put together a list of the places you would most likely be able to find us celebrating this important holiday. Frozen or rocks, chile-salted rims, or no salt at all; here are our favorite spots in Austin for margaritas in 2018.

12. Polvo’s

The cult favorite restaurant just opened its third location downtown at the base of the 360 building. All three restaurants offer the various margarita options that made them famous.

11. El Alma

When we want options, we go sit up on the roof at El Alma. Their drink menu offers ELEVEN types of margaritas.

10. Hula Hut

Because sometimes the ambiance of where you’re drinking your margarita is just as important as the taste. Nothing beats a Hula Hut margarita after a long day on the lake… or at the office.

9. Matt’s El Rancho

This South Austin institution pumps margs out by the hundred. Frozen, rocks, or premium, you can’t really go wrong here.

8. Vivo

We loved the original Vivo location on Manor road, but while the location has changed, their consistently delicious margaritas have not.

7. Fonda San Miguel

Photo by Ashlyn Allison

Deemed the mecca of Mexican Food in Austin, they also have really great margaritas. Try the Silvercoin, Watermelon infused with Patron Silver, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice.

6. Trudy’s

We typically go all-in and just order Mexican Martinis (sans glass), but they offer swirls, dots, and other fun combos of frozen drinks as well.

5. Curra’s

Photo by Melody Fury

The most unique margarita in Austin can be found off Oltorf. The Avocado Margarita isn’t just a gimmick, it’s delicious as well.

4. Ranch 616

Photo by Julia Keim

The West 6th Street hotspot offers several margarita variations, but the true star of the show at 616 is the Ranch Water. A concentrated, boozy version of a margarita topped with Topo Chico.

 

3. Licha’s

Three words: $5 Happy Hour (four words?) Combier finished margaritas and hearty snacks for five bucks a pop.

2. Fresa’s 

Our biggest struggle is whether to order frozen or on the rocks, and then to drink them inside at the bar or outside on the patio.

1. La Condesa

Polls have been conducted, and the margs here typically finish top of class. If a $10 margarita is out of your acceptable price range, check them out for happy hour in their bar area M-F from 5-7pm.

Cover Photo by Melody Fury

 

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

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

It’s that time of year again, the holidays are upon us! You’ve been working hard all year, so it’s time to take a break from the office, get your team together, and spread some holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a list of awesome activities around Austin that are sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Urban Axes

What could be more fun than sharing a few beers with your coworkers and competing in urban axe throwing competitions? Group events start with safety instructions and one-on-one throwing practice, then get straight into head-to-head and team events. This place is perfect for group events, the experience is designed for groups of 6 to 24 people and lasts about 2.5 hours.

Book online or call 512.887.2937 for more info.

Your Biker Gang

If you’ve ever had dreams of being part of a rough and tough electric minibike biker gang, now is your chance. Your Biker Gang takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour through some of the city’s most iconic locations in style. No previous experience is needed to ride—they take care of everything make sure you have a safe and memorable experience. They can also organize special requests, food and bar tours. They like to say, “nothing is too weird for Austin, or us.”

Book online or call 512.893.6833 for more info.

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures


Home to one of the fastest and longest ziplines in Texas, this is sure to be a thrilling and memorable experience for the whole team. The excursion also includes access to a private beach where you can relax, eat, swim, or lay out in one of their hammocks. It’s great for smaller events, groups of 50 or more people will require more than three weeks notice.

Book online or call 512.614.1996 for more info.

K1 Speed


With speeds up to 45 miles per hour, K1 will test your competitive edge and possibly bring out some road rage along the way—but all in good fun. They provide everything for your group at the facility: safety lessons, helmets, karts, and even trophies so you can take home all the glory. This is a great space for large corporate events!

Book online or call 855.517.7333 for more info.

Topgolf


Whether you are a seasoned golf pro, or have never swung a club in your life, Topgolf is a great place for people of all skill levels to compete in a fun, casual environment.

Players take turns hitting micro-chipped golf balls that track each player’s accuracy and distance and award points for hitting targets in the outfield, all while kicking back and enjoying some incredible cocktails and appetizers. There are several tiered event spaces, from the Rooftop Terrace, to smaller private lounges, so Topgolf can host any any group size.

Book online or call 866-867-4653 for more info.

The Escape Game


Looking for the ultimate test of teamwork and critical thinking? Look no further! With five different immersive adventures to choose from—ranging in difficulty—The Escape Game will put your brains to the test and bond the group together. This is perfect for a smaller group outing, around 2-12 people.

Book online or call 512-643-0043 for more info.

Painting With a Twist


Not everyone is going to be the next Picasso, but Painting With a Twist makes  lets you take home a one- of-a-kind piece of art. You don’t need any previous experience to create a masterpiece, just a few drinks, and some real artists who will point you in the right direction.

Click here for more info. They have several locations around town.

Spin Lounge


All those you put in at the office ping pong table are about to pay off. Spin is all about friends, food, drinks, smiles, and good old fashioned competition. Even if you don’t want to play you can still enjoy a cocktail and watch people duke it out on the tables.

Book online or call 512-351-7110 for more info.

Austin Bubble Soccer


Want to take a break from the stressors of the office and show your coworkers how your really feel about those TPS reports? This gladiator style soccer match is fun as heck and the gang will get plenty of laughs while getting in a good work out. Great for parties of any size!

Book online or call 512-579-8231 for more info.

The Brunch Boat with Buddy the Elf 

First we passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops, and then we cruised Lady Bird Lake!

Once again we’ve teamed up with Austin Tour CompanyCapital Cruises and many of our other local businesses friends for our second annual season of…
The Brunch Boat with Buddy the Elf!

Welcome to the new iPic® Austin. Enjoy your experience in ultimate style like never before in the comfort of iPic®’s Premium Plus fully reclining leather seating pods, where you’ll receive courtesy pillow and blanket and complimentary popcorn throughout your film. Designed to provide an intimate experience, this visionary new seating features state-of-the-art design innovation and revolutionary acoustic technology for superior sound. Featuring two plush leather seats encapsulated by an elegant curved wood privacy enclosure with built-in cup holders, each pod is equipped with a personal swivel table and convenient cubby in the corner to tuck away small items.

Bringing Your Experience Full Service

At the touch of a button, summon iPic®’s Ninja servers to deliver signature Dine in the Dark menu items and curated farm to glass cocktails for a full-service experience at every seat, all the time. These culinary offerings by Sherry Yard, an acclaimed three-time James Beard Award Winning Chef, are complemented by a monthly rotating Special Guest Chef Feature which can be previewed on-screen before the start of each film. Sit back, relax and enjoy signature dishes sans-cutlery – every item on the Dine in the Dark menu was created to be eaten in theater without causing any sound or aromatic disruptions.

Watch More Than Movies

In addition to featuring the latest Hollywood blockbusters, iPic® delivers premium live entertainment and performances for you to view from the comfort of their plush theater seating. Enjoy live magic, mentalism and comedy shows, plus gaming competitions and other exclusive ticketed events.

Book Your Holiday at iPic®

When it comes to events, iPic® presents a variety of inspired locales and a team of hospitality professionals to bring any vision to life. Host an in-theater meeting and impress colleagues with a big-screen affair, or plan a celebration with family and friends in the luxurious ground-floor lounge. Enhance any event with a menu of signature culinary items by Chef Yard, or indulge in a custom curation designed specifically for you and your guests. Contact an event sales manager for more information.

Membership Has Its Rewards

Become an Access member and unlock new perks with every visit to iPic® Theaters and Tuck Hospitality Group restaurants nationwide. Customize and build your experience via three levels of Access: Silver, Gold and Platinum. Receive special members-only ticket pricing along with enhanced perks such as the ability to earn and redeem points on qualifying purchases, exclusive access to iPic® member events and 10% off all food and beverage purchases. Join Access iPic Membership Rewards® today at www.iPic.com

Plan your experience at iPic® Austin located at The Domain, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin, Tex. 78758. For more information visit www.iPic.com or call 512-568-3400.

One of the best holiday experiences in town is back and better than ever! Bundle up the kiddos and take them to see over a million LED lights kick off the Christmas season. The people at Mozart’s go absolutely nuts and over-the-top this time of year and we love them for it.

Since it’s a coffee house, they will have plenty of hot chocolate and warm treats. They’ll also have a German Market in the parking lot serving up all kinds of goodies. New this year is a cobalt blue piano that will be played by pianist all season long and a gigantic coffee mug!

This is essential holiday fun in ATX, so don’t miss out.

When: Now–January 1st

Time: 6 p.m.–12 a.m.

Location:
Mozart’s Coffee
3826 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703

The 5th annual Waller Creek Conservancy Creek Show is on! Take a stroll along the edge of the creek downtown and see how various artists have lit the way with their original work. It’s a newer Austin tradition and it’s a great way to kick off the holiday season. The location of the art is a little different this year—so take note!

In addition to the amazing art installations, attendees can check out the Creek Show Lounge with a bar and a diverse lineup of Austin bands at Symphony Square. Attendees can also participate in free activities and games for the whole family at the Doyle House and attend an Artist Talk from 6 – 8 p.m. on  Thursday, November 15 at CB’s Lounge at Stubb’s.

When: Friday, Nov. 11th – Saturday, Nov. 17th | 6 – 10 p.m. nightly in Austin.

Location:
Waller Creek between 9th and 11th Streets