Looking for the perfect golfing getaway in the beautiful Texas Hill Country? You’re in luck. The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has a package that highlights so much of what this region has to offer.
Green to Gruene includes a round of golf on one of their four championship courses and transportation to the historic and trendy little town of Gruene, located along the Guadalupe River within the city limits of New Braunfels, Texas, about halfway between Austin and San Antonio. They’ll get you there via a 45-minute shuttle ride and when you arrive, you can roam the antique shops, galleries, and restaurants or dance the night away at Gruene Hall, the Lone Star State’s oldest dance hall, which has played host to country greats from George Strait to Willie Nelson.
When: The package is available through December 30, 2016.
Luxury resort accomodations
One round of golf per registered adult per stay at any of the four courses
Bucket of Shiner Bock upon arrival
Roundtrip transportation for one day during your stay to historic Gruene, Texas
For more information, or to book your getaway, click here!
If you’ve been looking for a fun way to teach kids about giving back to their community, this inspiring event is the answer. Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual CC4C Micro Marathon on Sunday, September 25th!
It is estimated that 350 million people worldwide suffer from a rare syndrome and more than half of them are children. This community lacks a unified voice, as only 15 percent of rare diseases have organizations that can provide support. Endless hospital stays and doctor’s visits drain them emotionally and physically and the rareness of their conditions often leaves these families isolated. That’s where Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children (CC4C) comes in.
The organization was established to bring hope, help, and inspiration to families of children suffering from a rare or undiagnosed medical condition. CC4C provides a network of support both financially and in the medical/research community. Each child is matched with a celebrity teammate who uses their platform to bring awareness and advocacy to rare and undiagnosed medical conditions.
This 2.62 mile walk/run is a family event that brings in high schools, families, and celebrities from all over Austin to inspire these children to their finish line. There are over 15 High School Teams involved this year. So put on those walking or running shoes and join in the inspiration!
Online registration is open now! Click here to sign up. You can also register at the event.
We can’t all be Michael Phelps, or Simone Biles, or Katie Ledecky. But hey, you can feel a little solid gold yourself by celebrating the Rio Olympics with Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa.
Their “Golf’s Return to Rio” special includes a $200 savings on the Unlimited Golf package in August and daily breakfast. Wind down after a round of golf and watch the Olympics at Bartons Lounge, the perfect place to enjoy the latest cocktails, locally brewed beers and extensive wine offerings. Check out one or all their championship courses:
Fazio Foothills – Designed by course architect Tom Fazio, this cliff-lined course in the Texas Hill Country is a shot-maker’s paradise, complete with TIFSport Bermuda fairways and TiffEagle Bermuda greens for a variety of skill levels.
Fazio Canyons – At 7,153-yards, this par-72 course is lined with majestic Red Oaks and Sycamore trees, featuring views of the hill country, complete with a limestone bed creek that meanders throughout the course.
Coore Crenshaw – A championship layout with a variety of interesting holes, this course incorporates durable grasses, rolling fairways and varied green sizes to challenge all levels of golfers.
Palmer Lakeside – Perched on a secluded hilltop overlooking Lake Travis, Palmer Lakeside is a hidden retreat that rewards guests with striking, panoramic lake views and twilight glimpses of whitetail deer.
In addition, the resort’s Three Springs Spa is can help you “glow for the gold” with its new 16 Days of Glory spa treatments starting for as low as $35 a person. Go for the bronze, silver, or gold and leave feeling like the best version of yourself.
25-Minute Bronze Service
$35/each: Neck & Shoulder Massage, Express Facial, or Express Pedicure
The concept of downtown living is relatively new to Austin. Not so long ago, it was where people went to work and not much else. But over the past decade, the center of the city has experienced a major renaissance (much to the dismay of some native Austinites), with new restaurants, shopping, and vibrant businesses transforming the area into a soughtafter residential address.
For many newcomers and locals alike, buying a condo may not be the obvious choice, but it has a ton of great benefits. We’ve partnered with Fifth & West, a new boutique condominium tower in Downtown’s Market District, to spotlight a few big perks of the condo lifestyle. The people behind the project have thought of everything: service, design, and amenities for days. It may not be for everyone, but if you have the cash to invest in your own little piece of Austin, this will be a spectacular place to call home.
Everything you need is right outside your door.
At Fifth & West, residents have a front-row seat to our world famous live music scene and are steps away from dozens of restaurants for any palette or occasion, from breakfast at Walton’s Fancy and Staple to a stylish night out at Fixe or Clark’s. It’s that rare walkable life in Austin—but with your car conveniently parked downtown.
You’re also never far from the lush green spaces that make Austin so unique, like Zilker Park and Republic Square. Hiking and biking trails thread through the city, and water activities like paddle boarding, swimming, and fishing at Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, and Deep Eddy Pool are just a few blocks away.
Lastly, there’s great shopping all around you. Just down the street, you’ll find Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, West Elm, and Austin’s largest independent bookstore, BookPeople. Plus, don’t forget designer apparel at Lululemon and By George.
No maintenance, no worries.
Owning a home can be full of highs and lows. That leaky roof? It’s all yours. But a condo gives you a lock-and-leave lifestyle. For Austinites who are looking to trim the stress out of their lives, it is a difficult option to beat.
Service with a smile.
Imagine this: Your every want or need is just a call away. Breakfast tacos? Tickets to ACL? Sushi? A last-minute pedicure? It could all be knocking at your door with 24-7 concierge service.
Luxurious design and resort-style amenities.
In a gorgeous place like Fifth & West, it’s easy to feel like you are always on vacation. You’ll be surrounded with stunning finishes and sophisticated interior design. Everywhere you look, the atmosphere is stylish and inviting.
Additionally, there is over 20,000 square feet of amenity space—we are talking three full floors—that includes a welcome level, a pet verandah, fitness center, gourmet demonstration kitchen, media lounge, outdoor bar and grill, fireplaces, a stunning pool and sky deck, and a resident parlor.
Safety and security.
Most importantly, you can rest easy with first-class security features like convenient parking with controlled access and a state-of-the-art building access system integrated throughout the building. Visitors, guests, and service providers check in at the welcome level desk.
All in all, the best part of life in a downtown residence like Fifth & West is that it marries the comfort and convenience of home with the excitement and luxury of a premier destination. If your home search hasn’t gone beyond sleepy suburbs and neighborhoods, it might be time to think about how living in the heart of the city could change your life for the better.
To inquire about a residence at Fifth & West, click here.
The power of the crowd has created a new normal. Did anyone imagine that, one day, we’d be fighting for the right to ride in a stranger’s car? Or that you’d hand over your apartment keys to someone you’ve only met online?
These days, those small personal interactions have not just become natural – we’ve grown to rely on them in our technology-filled lives. We’re connecting with people and sharing experiences in new ways.
Now, small businesses are also connecting with the crowd on a deeper level than just doing business. With a new twist on crowdfunding, businesses are inviting people to participate in their financial growth, making real investments and not just donations.
Luxury Hostel concept, “The Native.”
When Austin’s SquareRut Kava Bar opened its first location in 2011, “relaxation drinks” were a foreign concept. The bar enjoyed early success the old-fashioned way, through a good product and stellar customer experience.
But when it came time to expand to a new location on Barton Springs Road last year, the owners decided to try something that not only got them the funds they needed, but also created advocates to help spread the word. SquareRut raised $100,000 for its next location through this new investment concept, which gave patrons an opportunity to invest in a business they could get excited about.
NextSeed is a new crowdfunding platform that makes it easy to invest funds in private businesses and start seeing financial returns quickly. Crowdfunding small businesses allows consumers to invest in the places they already love or in new concepts they want to see in their area. NextSeed’s Texas affiliate has facilitated over $1.2 million in small business investments within Texas over the past year (including SquareRut). And now, NextSeed has launched nationally under brand new federal laws, with plans to democratize investing across the country.
Several new Austin businesses are launching later this year, and they have an open invitation out to anyone who wants to be involved in their growth. A team of experienced bar and restaurant owners is creating a boutique, luxury hostel called The Native, the first of its kind in the region. Vigilante Gaming Bar is a full-service bar and restaurant that is creating a custom experience around board games. And a popular beer personality is rolling out a new craft beer and restaurant concept, The Brewer’s Table, in East Austin.
Rendering of the interior of “Vigilante Arcade Bar.”
Each investment varies, but investors could start seeing monthly payments coming from their investments in as little as a few months. Investing in the community is now a real alternative to savings accounts and stocks. SquareRut has been making monthly payments to its 31 investors with an 18% annual interest rate. Investors also enjoy perks by using the bonus rewards they received as investors in SquareRut, and many have brought friends to try it out.
So who can invest? Anyone, now. Due to recent changes in the law, people of all income levels can come together and support business owners they believe in. NextSeed carefully reviews every deal before presenting an opportunity to investors on its website. Investors can get information about each deal and choose which business they want to connect with and help grow.
Austin business owner Jenna Choe launched a campaign on NextSeed’s Texas platform earlier this year for the popular Jenna’s Asian Kitchen in Cedar Park. She raised $75,000 from investors to install a bar in her established restaurant.
Her investors didn’t need deep pockets to contribute – investments started at $100. By offering smaller portions of the pie, she was able to make it easier for everyone to get a piece. And giving her investors VIP perks like gift cards and party invitations also allowed her to connect with the community that supported the restaurant over the past year.
For NextSeed co-founder and CTO Bob Dunton, the secret to Jenna’s success and satisfaction with crowdfunding is the community.
Dunton says. “Instead of just borrowing from an institution that only cares about getting a monthly payment, Jenna was able to invite people from the community to invest and feel a sense of bond and commitment to her business and her success.”
Although NextSeed is new, community financing harks back to a more down-to-earth approach to building a business that was much more common before big banks took over. Now, Austinites are empowered to invest a range of dollar amounts to boost local bars, restaurants, salons, and other places they are passionate about.
For more information on this new crowdfunding platform, and to see which of your favorite businesses have active campaigns, visit NextSeed.
Any views expressed in this article reflect the personal views of the author only for discussion purposes and should not be viewed as investment advice or recommendation, and does not constitute any legal or tax advice with respect to any securities.
Around these parts, melted cheese is serious business. Any great meal in Austin can and should begin with a velvety bowl of queso— locally, it’s one of our main food groups. A great queso recipe can not only put a new restaurant on the map, it can make it an institution.
Luckily Favor, your personal delivery assistant, understands that queso is the lifeblood of our fair city, and they are standing by to bring your favorite blend of queso straight to your door. With that in mind, here is a list of the quesos we can’t live without.
Quilting is an art form that has seen exciting changes in the last decade, with constantly evolving techniques and contemporary designs. Don’t miss your chance to see award-winning quilts that showcase the outstanding creativity and innovation happening today at the 2016 Capital of Texas Quiltfest. It’s Austin’s largest quilt show and it only comes around once every other year!
Visitors can check out hundreds of fantastic quilts and fiber art works and shop at more than 65 vendor booths. There will be free demos, door prizes, a silent auction, a grand prize raffle quilt, and educational exhibits for all to enjoy.
When: September 16-18
Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday from noon – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Palmer Event Center
900 Barton Springs
Austin, TX 78704
It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of my favorite things to do in Austin. Through June they’re having a special “kids fly free” program where any person 17 or under for free with a full price adult. The “kids fly free” program is on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays and ends June 30th, so get out there while there’s still time.
It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. Now that the lake levels are back up the views are even more spectacular! You reach speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
If you just glanced at the calendar and realized it might be time to re-up on that New Year’s resolution you’ve been ignoring, In Sweat We Trust could be exactly what you need. This 16-week series, brought to you by Austin Fit magazine and benefiting The Flatwater Foundation, showcases the city’s top fitness and wellness offerings through a healthy competition. It’s the perfect way to try a variety of activities and keep your body moving this summer.
Every other week from June 1-September 17, a different Austin fitness partner will host a workout featuring their individual expertise. Competitors will attend each class and their performance will be ranked and averaged into an overall score for the series. The top three males and top three females with the highest cumulative score will take home cash and prizes!
Tickets are just $20 per workout or $130 for the entire series. Each workout will only happen once and there are no make-ups! Commitment is the key.
The series will wrap up with a final party that’s open to the entire community at Austin Bouldering Project on September 25!
If your second or third date with a special someone is on the horizon and you want to break out of the dinner/drinks/repeat routine, why not make it day date? It’s an ideal way to enjoy the city this summer and get to know your sweetheart out in the open. And the most efficient (and adorable!) way to get around town is by driving one of car2go’s two-seater Smart Cars from place to place.
At a time when the city’s transportation options are in flux, you can hop in and drive without stressing over romance-killers like planning ahead, monthly fees, parking tickets, and surge pricing. And now through June 19, members who use the promo code C2G15 will get registration (regularly $35) and 15 minutes of drive time for free. This is the first time in almost two years that the company has had an offer like this. If you’ve been considering joining, there’s no time like the present.
Having a hard time imagining just how great a match car2go could be for you? Here’s a guide to a picture-perfect day date, in three acts:
Act I: Meet Cute
Arrange to meet your lover on the sidewalk in front of Jo’s Coffee on Second Street. You’re practically in a committed relationship already, so don’t be shy about eating an enormous breakfast—three Crazy Carl breakfast tacos?—and loading up on coffee while you stare into eachother’s eyes. When you’re done, walk outside and whaddayaknow: It’s a chariot in car2go form parked at a meter right outside the door. This was meant to be.
Act II: Take the Plunge
As the day unfolds, you’ll see why car2go, which started right here in Austin, has become the No. 1 carsharing company in the world. Head south to Zilker Park and grab a parking spot. From there you can either end your trip or take the key with you. After walking through the park and snagging a nice patch of sunshine on the hill for your towels, jump into Barton Springs Pool and let the refreshment begin.
Act III: Drive Off Into the Sunset
After all that cooling off, you two will have worked up quite an appetite. Luckily South Austin is full of amazing options for a late lunch, like Sway on South First Street. Park your car2go on a quiet neighborhood street and then grab an intimate table in a darkened corner of this stunning Thai restaurant. Share your dreams over raw oysters, noodles, and salt and pepper blue prawns. Walk out into the warm summer air and realize the day is almost over. Hours have passed without you even realizing it. You look at one another and smile. So … where to next?
To take advantage of this super-special car2go membership deal, click here.