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The 20th season of the Austin Skeeball League gets rolling (pun intended) soon!

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Both Tuesday and Thursday night leagues start soon, so grab two friends (teams of three, and an optional alternate) and start thinking about a creative team name. “Flock of Skeegulls” is already taken, I checked…

This season they’re at Gourmand’s Pub on the East Side. Personally, I think this is a great move, I love that place. One time, many moons ago I went there for lunch and ended up staying all afternoon playing games and enjoying too many cocktails for a work day. Everything from the atmosphere to the food is a home run. Easily, some of the best sandwiches in town.

As always, they’ll have great drink specials and since it’s continued to grow in popularity, this is also an awesome way to meet new people in a fun and relaxed environment.

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They give away some pretty great prizes each night including bottles of booze, concert tickets, oil changes, gift cards, t-shirts and more! And when the season comes to a close, you’ll also be invited to a stellar ‘End of Skeeson’ party.

Here’s an easy signup form, all you need is a team name and email addresses for you and your teammates and they’ll contact you with all the details!

Teams that register by Friday, May 27th will get one roller FREE for the entire skeeson!  

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Or email them directly at: AustinSkeeballLeague@gmail.com

See you on the slopes!

Where:
Gourmand’s Pub
2316 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas 78702

When:  Tuesday Night League // Thursday Night League

For more info: Austin Skeeball League

If you’re looking for a fun fitness activity to do with friends and family, nothing beats the Color In Motion 5K. This is unlike any race you have run before: As you sprint, jog, waddle, or stroll along the course, you’ll be splashed with bright colors that transform a group of ordinary runners into a moving rainbow! All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you can’t beat your loved ones in the speed department, see who can come out of the race looking the most vibrant, covered head to toe in color.

How many times have you paid to run a boring 5K with nothing more than a lame T-shirt and warm Gatorade? Why not color outside the lines while being active, social, and a little wacky? CIM5K gives you all these benefits plus unforgettable memories. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Come on out and make a splash!

Cost: $25-50 (Use code “365” for a 10% discount!)

When: June 11th, starting at 8 a.m.

Location:

Round Rock Premium Outlets

4401 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd.

Round Rock, TX 78664

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X Games Austin, which runs June 2-5 at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), is all about watching the world’s best action sports athletes from more than 20 countries compete in BMX, Skateboard, and Moto X events— but there is so much more to explore. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide to maximizing your 2016 experience.

Why It’s Unmissable

This will be the last year to catch the X Games in Austin, and they are really going out with a bang. This year Moto X Freestyle and Best Trick, two competitions that have never been held in Austin, return to the games for the first time since 2013.

Another reason you can’t stay home: Music at X Games Austin will feature two epic nights highlighted by G-Eazy, currently exploding on the charts, and blink-182, who hasn’t played in Austin in more than 10 years!

Getting There

Tickets start at just $29 this year, the most affordable they’ve been in three years. Amazingly, that low price still buys fans access to all sports and festival elements. To buy yours, click here.

They’re also offering shuttles from downtown, which will save you the headache of traffic and finding a safe ride home. X Games ATXPRESS shuttle passes are $35 per day or $99 for Friday-Sunday competition days. The price includes coach bus transportation from the X Games Shuttle Hub at the Austin Convention Center in Downtown Austin to the Circuit of The Americas.

A Handy Guide to X Games Austin

Getting Around

This year there will be plenty of interactive opportunities for the whole family, with six different themed villages offering free activities for ticket holders. The fun includes interactive games, concessions, athlete meet ‘n greets, giveaways, and more. Here’s a rundown of what each one has to offer:

GALLERIA

A central retail hub with large-scale sponsor activations, the Galleria will include an interactive scooter park, virtual reality experiences, mini ramp, remote control boats, airstream photo booth, treasure hunt, graffiti art, spin art, food court with local Austin food trucks, professional Slackline competition and demos, vendor shops, and much more.

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Fans can try to become the next X Games superstar by trying out one of the professionally designed skateboard street and BMX dirt interactive courses. Fans will also be able to test their skills on the Sour Punch obstacle course and race their friends on the remote control truck track. While in the Sour Punch Next X Parks, be sure to check out the extreme dock jumping dogs during the Ultimate Air Dog shows, offered daily.

TORCHY’S TACOS PLAYGROUND

Fans can compete with friends in a game of pop-a-shot basketball, soccer penalty kicks, or baseball toss and soar to new heights while bungee jumping or defend their turf on King of the Hill. Back by popular demand, YouTube star Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel will return to X Games Austin for daily performances, plus spectators can sample Torchy’s Tacos and get a custom Torchy’s airbrush tattoo while in the Playground.

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VERT VILLAGE

Centered around the X Games Skateboard and BMX Vert competitions, Vert Village will also offer daily pro vert demonstrations and a vertical wind tunnel for fans to experience skydiving first-hand. Other features include “Learn to Vert” sessions where spectators can learn to ride the same vert course used by the pros, a large shaded area to relax and listen to DJs spinning daily, and entertaining sponsor activations.

GAMING SHACK  

X Games invites gamers of all skillsets to come out to compete in the X Games Austin ESL Challenge where gamers will battle it out for amazing prizes in this open eSports tournament. Fans will also be treated to classic video games in the Gaming Shack Arcade where Pac-Man is still king.  

SOUND FACTORY

The Sound Factory will feature a lineup of musical artists from Friday to Sunday, June 3-5, that will take place at the Sound Factory stage located at the acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater. Don’t miss X Games musical performances by Logic and G-Eazy on Friday, June 3, and All Time Low and blink-182 on Saturday, June 4. Tickets for the concerts are available at www.xgames.com.

For more information, go to www.xgames.com or follow X Games on Twitter.

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One of the newer neighborhoods in Austin, Barton Creek is nonetheless one of the most picturesque in Central Texas. Located just eight miles southwest of Downtown Austin, the neighborhood has been a popular destination for golfers, tennis players, and those who otherwise enjoy a slice of the good life since 1974. Here’s a perfect day in Barton Creek.

Stay at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, and wake up early for a stack of butter pecan pancakes and a glass of grapefruit juice. The carbs will give you the energy you need to play 18 holes at one of four golf courses onsite, including two designed by Tom Fazio, one from Arnold Palmer, and one from local legend Ben Crenshaw.

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Don’t care much for hitting the links? There’s a ton of other things to do on the expansive Hill Country property. You can go for a run on the indoor track, chill in the hot tub, swim laps in one of the pools, take a private tennis lesson, or get a facial in the spa.

After your strenuous but enjoyable morning, relax poolside at the resort’s pool cabana. Grab a snack to recharge and sip a margarita on the rocks from a lounge chair as you take in the wonderful Hill Country scenery.

After you’ve recharged, head east to The Grove on Bee Cave road, West Austin’s premier wine bar. Try one of ten wine flights, for example, a sampling of three whites from Spain or a trio of California pinot noirs. Grab a good table for dinner.

Start with the crab cakes and Reed’s Salad, which comes with caramelized pecans and feta. Try the porcini-crusted tenderloin filet, an 8-oz. cut that comes with tri-color fingerling potatoes. The pizzas are great, too—go for the Popeye and Olive Oil, with fresh spinach, roasted peppers, garlic-roasted bacon crumbles, EVOO, and goat cheese and mozzarella.

Head over to The Pavillion for a complimentary (if you’re a guest at Barton Creek Resort & Spa) outdoor concert under the stars beginning at 9 p.m. Grab a cocktail made with delicious Basil Hayden’s bourbon and sway in the breeze to the country stylings of artists like Lee Ann Womack and Mark Chestnutt, both playing the Pavillion this summer.

Here is one of our favorite listings in the neighborhood.

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For more information on Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties

With the help of Fittipaldi Exotic Driving in Austin, my daughter just gave me an absolutely unforgettable early Father’s Day gift! Driving a Ferrari on a racetrack has been a dream of mine for years, and it actually happened this morning. I still can’t believe it.

From the minute you arrive at the track, which is just off of 183 and north of the airport, you are greeted by the friendly and professional Fittipaldi team. Their goal is to help you have the time of your life safely, and they really deliver. You spend about 30 minutes in the classroom learning about the track and the cars and what to expect. Then you do a couple of laps in their pickup truck to get familiar with the layout. That alone was a thrill, but I had no idea just how thrilling it was about to get. After a few pictures, you strap in (don’t worry, a professional driver is in the passenger seat) fire up the Ferrari, and you’re off.

I cannot find the words to properly convey the feeling of opening up one of these machines on the track! As I flew down the first straightaway, the force of it all pushed me back in the seat and the V8 roared to life just behind me. Maybe I do have a word: magnificent! The pro driver talked me through the course and coached me how to go faster, faster, and faster. There are no other cars on the track; it’s just you racing against your best lap time over six full laps. You are in full control and it is an incredible feeling. The only disappointment of the entire experience was the moment I was told it was time to turn off the track and return to the pits. By that point I had an ear-to-ear grin plastered across my face. It’s pretty much still there.

If you want to give your dad a once-in-a-lifetime gift, do what my daughter did and sign him up to drive one of the world’s most amazing cars. The experience will make him feel special and the memory will last forever—they give you a video of the whole thing to make sure of it.

Thanks so much Kristy!

Love you,

Dad

 

 

 

We’ve combed through this year’s Austin Passbook to find some of the best date night and day-date ideas.  If you’re not familiar with the Austin Passbook, it’s a little passport-sized book curated each summer with some of Austin’s best food trucks and activities all offering a 2-for-1 (check it out here). Most of the date ideas we came up with have a food and activity to enjoy. So grab a significant other, a friend, your husband or wife, or your dog (we are in Austin) and go have some fun!

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Active Date:

Burro Cheese Kitchen + Juice Austin + Capital Cruises

Start off with lunch and a Juice on South Congress at Burro Cheese Kitchen and their accompanying food truck Juice Austin.  Next head towards the Capital Cruises located at the Hyatt Dock where you can rent a Swan Boat to take out onto Town Lak

See the City:

Austin Bike Tours and Rentals + Austin City Lemons

Start the day off a 2 hour bike tour of Austin courtesy of Austin Bike Tours and Rentals then walk and shop Austin’s famous S. Congress Ave. quenching your thirst with some delicious beverages at Austin City Lemons.

Breakfast Date:

Toaster + Congress Ave Kayaks

Start your day off with Brunch at Toaster then head over to Congress Avenue Kayaks for some kayaking or paddle boarding to kick your day off.

Classy Dinner & Drive-In

Bistro Vonish + Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In

Head over to Bistro Vanish for a delicious vegan dinner (yes, even your meat eating date is going to like it). Next it’s off to the Blue Starlite Drive-In to catch a flick. Did we mention you should fill your car with snacks?

The Night Out

Pubcrawler + Big Fat Greek Gyros + Little Lucy’s

Start the night off with the Pubcrawler Social Suds Tour (a BYOB moving bar powered by pedals), then head over for a bite and dessert at Big Fat Greek Gyros & Little Lucy’s on Rainey St and enjoy the local nightlife.

Double Date:

40 North + Regal Ravioli + Bananarchy + Holy Cacao

We recommend a double date for the amount of food you get.  Both Regal Ravioli and 40 North share dining tables, so you can order from both.  Start your evening out on S. 1st St. with a couple pizzas from 40 North & ravioli from Regal Ravioli.  This location is BYOB, so you can bring wine for your Italian fare, but if you forgot to bring some, you can alway grab a bottle from the 1st Food Mart next door.  After, continue along S. 1st St. to Bananarchy for their unreal chocolate covered banana delights.  Next it’s off to Holy Cacao for an after dinner espresso.

Bring the Kids Along:

Gebby’s BBQ + Dock & Roll Diner + The Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience + The Science Cream

This date night is great for the kids too!  The Midway Food Park in South West Austin has a playground and open space for the kids to play while you enjoy some great food and live music.  Start off with your main fare including both Dock & Roll Diner’s lobster rolls and Gebby’s BBQ barbecue. Then you’re in for a treat your kids will love as well because The Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience serves up delectable mini cheesecake bites and The Science Cream makes your ice cream in front of you using liquid nitrogen.  Did we mention this food truck park is BYOB?

The Austin Passbook is having a pre-sale for $10 off their normal price for the next few days, so if you’re going to buy one, this is the time!

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If you think you’re too old for camp, think again. Last Halloween Alamo Drafthouse, Do512, and Karbach Brewing had the ingenious idea of creating a weekend-long, adult-only sleepaway camp party. They called it Camp Halloweekend and the fun that was had is now the stuff of legend:

We spent our days drinking beer while firing arrows, or climbing on rockwalls and ropes courses, or jumping off rope swings, or sliding down waterslides, or showing off our athletic prowess in heated whiffle ball matches, then we spent the nights partying with incredible live music and watching classic camp movies on the Alamo’s outdoor screen.

As soon as the party was over, the creators of the event started planning the next iteration of the greatest camp that has ever existed. But a year was a really long time to wait, so they’ve dreamed up Camp BrewHaha. Registration is open now for May 6-8 and it’s bound to book up fast. Call your friends and get organized! Here’s how it works:

Your ticket includes your own bunk in an actual summer camp cabin, all activities on the camp grounds, concerts, movies, and meals, which will be prepared by Alamo Drafthouse Chefs. We’ll also have several open bars at screenings, concerts, and select activities (like a hot dog eating contest!), and everyone is welcome to bring other beverages that they may want to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Each bunk sleeps 10 adults, and you can select your ticket by the bunk so that you have the option of choosing some or all of your bunkmates. Check out the full map of the campground and pick out your favorite bunk, then purchase tickets on this site for your favorite available bunk.

Lastly, you could actually be the king or queen of camp! They’ll be tracking everyone’s activities throughout the weekend by giving campers merit badges for activities they complete. Whoever stands out and has the most badges at the end will ride off into the sunset on an amazing cooler scooter.

Happy camping! Oh and don’t be the first one to fall asleep … that’s just asking for it.

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Movies:

Heavyweights, Meatballs, Moonrise Kingdom, Addams Family Values, Wet Hot American Summer, and more

Activities:

Swimming, the Blob, Ropes Course, Archery, Arts & Farts & Crafts, Wiffleball, Climbing Walls, Drinking, Relaxing, Maxing & Relaxing, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Bonfires, S’mores + Karaoke Talent Show & Music Video Dance Party

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Above: The Alamo Drafthouse, Do512, and Karbach Brewing present CAMP BREWHAHA! from Alamo Drafthouse on Vimeo.

 

 

Just west of downtown Austin lies Clarksville, one of the most unique neighborhoods in the entire state of Texas. The area’s rich history began in 1871, when Charles Clark settled here after being freed from slavery. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Now almost frozen in time, Clarksville harkens back to the days of an older Austin, filled with historic homes, quirky restaurants, and mom-and-pop shopping. If you’re looking for the quintessential Austin experience, spend a day exploring this truly walkable neighborhood.

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Start your day at Sweetish Hill Bakery, an Austin institution since 1975. Grab a Texas Coffee Traders espresso to enjoy with a cinnamon roll or a schnecken, a traditional German sticky bun. Then take a fresh-baked baguette and a chocolate croissant (or two) to go.

One of Austin’s oldest gallery spaces Artworks, features original paintings, sculptures, glassworks, and more. Head over to the 5,000-square-foot space to take it all in.

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Next, stop at Nau’s Enfield Drug, a no-frills soda pop shop that will transport you all the way back to the days when you could grab a flat-top cheeseburger and a chocolate malt in the back of a pharmacy. The prices are a bit higher than they were in 1951, when Nau’s opened, but not by that much.

Walk down to 6th and Lamar to Waterloo Records, open since 1982, when vinyl was still king. This megastore still carries new and special release vinyl records, used classic albums, and a large variety of films, books, shirts, and even toys and trinkets. Whoever said that the record store was dead surely hasn’t been here.

End your day at Jeffrey’s, opened in 1975 and revamped in 2013. It’s been named one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit magazine. Get there early and sit at the bar for some crispy fried oysters and a Hokkaido Highball, a Japanese twist on the classic cocktail. Stay for dinner, and try one of four cuts of Wagyu beef topped with one of eight different classic toppings, including the ultra-decadent foie gras butter—an amazing way to cap of the day.

Here is one of our favorite Real Estate listings in the neighborhood.

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For more information on Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties

 

 

Austin’s favorite start-up has been expanding rapidly and making big moves across the country. They have just recently launched in the city that is home to the Philly cheesesteak. You guessed it – Favor has taken on Philadelphia!

Their pick-up zone covers the neighborhoods of Temple, University City, No Libs (Northern Liberties), Fishtown, Rittenhouse, Fairmont, Center City, and Old City. This zone will continue to expand.

Favor will delivery ANYTHING for a $5 delivery fee. Enter the promo code:  PhillyBlog and first delivery is free!

Tell all your Philly friends!

Vintage Market Days Austin Hill Country is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and more.

The Market is a three day event held just twice this year in the Austin Hill Country area. Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues.

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Early Buying Event on Friday    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Early Buying Event (3-Day Pass) $10
General Admission (Sat/Sun) $5

Admission for children under 12 is free.
Cash only at the gate please.

Location: Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.

More Info: http://austinhillcountry.vintagemarketdays.com/

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