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Come see the famously big and bright Texas stars with expert and amateur astronomers! The Austin Astronomical Society will have multiple telescopes available to visitors at the Star Theater, you just have to bring your own chair. They are located far enough away from major light sources that you’ll be able to see multiple planets, constellations, and even the Milky Way.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind before you head out:

– The event is weather permitting. If it’s just cloudy we’ll still be out there, but rain will force us to cancel the event. Look for updates here.

– No lights or cell phones once you enter the viewing area. Each time you look at your cell phone or a blueish light you lose your night vision for up to 40 minutes. This makes it very hard to see the stars even with a telescope!

– If you bring a flashlight, make sure it’s a red light or has a red filter on it. Normal lights can mess up your natural night vision and interfere with the telescopes.

– Dogs will not be allowed in the viewing area, but are allowed in the parking lot.

– Many of the telescopes are owned and operated by these astronomers, so please don’t touch the equipment unless it’s OK with them. Walk on up to any of the scopes and ask what they’re looking at! They’ll all be happy to share.

When: Saturday, October 19th

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Cost:
Normal entrance fees are required to enter the park which is $6 for each person over 13 years old. The office will be closing at 6 p.m., so skip the long line and pay ahead of time here. If you wait to pay at the park, bring exact change for the self-pay station.

Location:
Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, Texas 78636

We recently had the pleasure of a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa on a road-trip from Denver to Austin. While 48 hours isn’t nearly enough time to take in all that the resort has to offer, here are some of aspects we enjoyed the most. 

Scenic Beauty

The resort is located on a Native American Pueblo, roughly 20 miles north of Albuquerque, NM. The natural beauty of the desert and the Sandia Mountains provided stunning sunset views from our patio, and everywhere we wandered around the resort. There are several hiking trails throughout the property that are beautiful and shaded throughout the day. 

Pet Friendly

Saying that the resort is pet-friendly doesn’t do it justice. Upon arrival we were given a gift basket for our pup complete with treats, a Tamaya bandana, and more. Our guest room had bowls set out for food and water, and there was a large dog bed that got plenty of use as well.

The aforementioned trails were also perfect for early morning, and sunset dog walks. 

Golf Course

We’re admittedly huge fans of the game of golf, and Twin Warriors, the on-property golf course was breathtaking and challenging. If you enjoy the sport, this course is worth making the trip on its own. 

Other Activities

Srai Wi means “our children” in the Keresan language which is spoken by the Native Americans who live on the Pueblo. Fittingly, the resort offers many family-friendly activities inspired by the local culture. Traditional bread baking, jewelry and pottery making classes are a just a few of the offerings, and we also enjoyed more traditional resort activities including the beautiful pool area, complete with waterslide, and smore making in the evening over an open fire pit. 

The Spa

Tamaya Mist is the onsite spa at the resort, and it offers a wide variety of specialty treatments. We opted for deep tissue massages, which I highly recommend, but also be sure to arrive early; throw on one of the luxurious robes and enjoy the steam room and hot tub beforehand. 

Dining

The culinary highlight of the trip was dinner at the award-winning Corn Maiden, Tamaya’s fine dining option, but we were also thoroughly impressed with the menu at the more casual Santa Ana Café. We ate there for several meals and were always happy with our experiences. Definitely try the enchiladas!


Overall, we had a great time and will definitely be visiting again before long. Southwest offers affordable non-stop flights daily (golf clubs fly free!) to and from Albuquerque, making this an easy getaway for Austinites. 

To book your stay visit: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/new-mexico/hyatt-regency-tamaya-resort-and-spa/tamay

 

Are you ready for the night of your freaking life? If you live in Austin, or are even just visiting, you would be insane to miss the Roller Derby Championship game happening this Saturday. The undefeated Holy Rollers are taking on the relentless Rhinestone Cowgirls. This sport combines athleticism, blind rage, and the occasional beer chug. If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Rolling Stone, who called it a “brawling party on wheels”.

When: Saturday, October 19thth

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.| Wheels hit the track at 7 p.m.!

Cost: $17–$40 | Free admission for children 12 and under!

Location:
Travis County Expo Center 
7311 Decker Ln, Austin, TX 78724
Austin, TX 78723, USA

On this month’s foodie podcast, I am interviewing Todd Duplechan of Lenoir and Vixen’s Wedding. Todd’s love for food and Austin is apparent in both of his restaurant concepts and in this podcast! 

Todd and his wife Jessica moved to Austin over 12 years ago and opened up Lenoir on 

S. 1st Street shortly there after. Todd is heavily influenced by local farmers. He calls his cuisine “hot weather food” which basically means he likes to use ingredients that are grown near the Equator where it is hot. Austin definitely falls into that category. 

At Lenoir, guests can expect a more refined dining experience where Todd and his crew create dishes that are influenced from flavors from all around the Equator from North Africa to Southeast Asia to Austin. The patio at Lenoir is one of my favorites in town and it’s dog-friendly and has happy hour every day of the week!

Duplechan’s newest concept, Vixen’s Wedding, opened this summer at Arrive Hotel at 6th and Chicon. Vixen’s Wedding is a Goan-inspired restaurant that draws it’s flavors from the Goa region in Indian. Some of our favorites on the menu are the Shrimp Samosa, Coconut Saag and Pork Ribs. If you’re curious about the meaning behind the name Vixen’s Wedding, check out the podcast to hear how they came up with the name!

Vixen’s Wedding

When he’s not in the kitchen at his two restaurants, he enjoys dining out in Austin at local favorites like Bufalina and even gave us the deets on his favorite food truck La Hawaiina! If you’re a gin fan, you’ll be excited to know that Todd is behind the newest gin bar in town located above Lefty’s Bar at Arrive Hotels. 

Treme Zombie & Banh-Boy From Lefty’s Bar

Be sure to tune in to the podcast and let us know what you think! You can follow all my eats around town and kitchen cooking over @natalieparamore. Slide into my DMs and let me know which local chef we should feature on upcoming episode! 

Pork Vindaloo Recipe 

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 piece garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut vinegar
  • ½teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoon Kashmiri chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp
  • ¼  cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 piece cinnamon stick
  • 5 piece cloves
  • 4 piece green cardamom pods 
  • 2 teaspoon black mustard seeds, crushed
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 red bell pepper, large dice
  • Cooked rice or potatoes for serving

In a blender, blend garlic and ginger. Add vinegar, turmeric, cumin, chili powder and salt and blend well. Transfer to a large bowl, add pork and turn to coat well. Cover and set aside at room temperature for one hour.

In a large sauté pan, heat oil. Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and mustard seeds. Fry over medium-high heat until sizzling and aromatic, about 4 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add pork and cook, turning until lightly browned, about 6 minutes.

Add tamarind and bell pepper bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until pork is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Serve with rice or potatoes.

We’re throwing a haunted bash at Gingerland Austin with enough thrills and chills for the whole family.

We’ll have all your freaky, fall vibes in one convenient location. Here’s a rundown of what to expect:

Haunted Hayride

Hop on the back of a tractor-pulled trailer and enjoy a relaxing ride under the Texas sky, just make sure you’re paying attention to what’s around the next turn…

Petting Zoo

Post for pics and pet these carrot-loving, friendly farm animals.

Pumpkin Patch

Instagram influencers (and parents) eat your hearts out. The entire property will be loaded with fall themed photo-ops.

Hay Maze

Equally fun for kids, or adults with a beverage in hand.

Adult and Kid Friendly Beverages

While this is a family-friendly event, there will be plenty of young (and not so young) adults celebrating as well. We’ll have beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverage options available for purchase.

Food

BBQ for purchase from Red White & Blue B-que

Yard Games and General Merriment

Corn-hole, Giant Jenga & Connect Four, Tetherball, and more…This beautiful property is enough to warrant attending alone. Join us for a night of good fun with good people out on the ranch.

We have limited parking spots available for purchase, but if you’re planning on drinking, please take a Lyft, Uber, or other ride-share. 

Cost: $30 per person, kids 12 and under are free 

When: October 30th, Event from 5-11pm with hay rides from 6-10pm

Location:
Gingerland Austin
15709 Richards Dr.
Del Valle, TX 78617

One night of Halloween would never be enough so Gibson Street Bar is going all out for the entire month. Nightmare on Gibson Street is back for the second year of spooky fun, epic Halloween decor and BOOzy specials. Every Friday and Saturday they’ll be in the spooky spirit with DJs, dry ice punch bowls, jell-o shots, deadly cocktails, and more.

And don’t miss the costume contest on Halloween Night!

When: Tuesday, October 8th (and all month long)

Time: 4:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Location:
Gibson Street Bar
1109 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

At 365 Things Austin we are obsessed with helping you make the most out of life in Austin. And doing that means eating your way through it! We are a foodie town full of hungry people who like to take risks and try new things.

That’s why our newest podcast—launching Monday, Sept. 16th—is all about Austin’s thriving, changing, bursting restaurant scene. The choices are overwhelming, so let us help you embrace it all.

Our monthly culinary-themed podcast is hosted by local food blogger Natalie Paramore. She’ll interview Austin’s best chefs (some you may have heard of, not maybe not!) and talk about their restaurants and what inspires them. We’ll also find out where they like to eat when they have a day off and what they make for themselves at home.

Nerd out with Natalie and her guests as they explore topics like ingredients, sourcing, traveling, and the creative process. The first episode will feature chef Callie Speer of Austin’s Holly Roller.

To listen, find us on iTunes and please RATE, REVIEW, and SUBSCRIBE! 

Callie Spear, head chef and partner at Holy Roller, Austin.

Callie Spear, courtesy of Austin Chronicle.

 

As Oprah likes to say, “Your house should rise up to meet you!” We totally agree. And If you need an upgrade for your atmosphere, there is a new store in the heart of Austin’s Crestview neighborhood that is calling your name. Nadeau was founded by Tom Nadeau in 1991 on the idea that great furniture should be attainable by everyone—and it should make you feel at home. 

The store has a wide range of solid wood furniture from around the globe at affordable prices. Each piece is handcrafted and won’t be found in everyone else’s living room. This is a way to make your mark with personal style. 

The Austin store is Nadeau’s 34th retail location in the U.S. and one of five in Texas. The selection is ever-changing and inventory flies out of the store, so if you see something you like on their Austin page, stop by the store right away. You can also subscribe to their emails and get first dibs on everything! 

Check out these Yelp reviews to get a sense of what makes this place so unique: “It really is furniture with a soul. It’s stuff that stands out, stuff your friends will ask you where you got it from. The quality is great and their sales people were so helpful.” – Hilary M. 

“Love this place! Awesome customer service and tons of unique pieces at very reasonable

prices. Everything was delivered by a local company for a flat fee. I went back two weeks later and found the perfect little side table for our family room. Every time I walk in this place there are fabulous new things that I desperately want to own!” – Stephanie P.

Stop in and see what’s waiting there for you!

 

It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of our favorite things to do in Austin.
 
They have a new promotion happening until the end of season (November 30th) called “Friends Fly Half Price.”
Fine Print: Valid Monday-Friday. BOGO 1/2 OFF. For every full price ticket purchased, one is half price. Must call 512-614-1996 to receive the discount. Exclusions: Night Flight Tours. 

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. The views are even more spectacular!  You reach speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.

Phone: 512-614-1996

Location:
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Volente, Texas

http://www.ziplaketravis.com/

 

 

 

Wurstfest was  voted the number two Oktoberfest in the country by USA Today.  This “10-Day Salute To Sausage” in New Braunfels is one of our favorite festivals of the year.  With sausage, beer, polka and potato pancakes as far as the eye can see, it’s a Bavarian wonderland that’s not to be missed.    

 

By offering round trip transportation all ten days of the fest again we’re making getting to New Braunfels easier than fitting into last years lederhosen.  Why risk the hour drive when you can take our Wheels to Wurstfest?  

YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:

  • Worry free transportation from downtown Austin to / from Wurstfest in New Braunfels.
  • Buses are comfortable air conditioned motor coaches with bathrooms! 
  • BYOB welcome on the ride down. 
  • Admission into the festival.
  • Pre and post Wurstfest Specials at our downtown Austin check-in location.
  • Four hours on site to enjoy the festival, total trip time is approximately six hours depending on traffic.
  • Each bus holds 54 guests so you can come by yourself and meet new friends or invite all of your friends to book on the same bus as you!  
  • Our buses are 18 and older, proof of valid ID required at check in! 

**The bus will pick up and drop off from Revelry Bar + Kitchen on East 6th Street.  You can start boarding 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour departure time.  Check in early or stay late to receive pre and post wheels specials.  To reserve a private bus email contact@austintourcompany.com