If your Christmas tree is looking a little sad and dry, it’s time to get that beautiful fire hazard out of the house! We hate to see the holiday twinkle come down around town, but the city of Austin takes the edge off our post-Christmas blues by making it super easy to recycle. Give it whole new life!
There are two simple ways to make this happen. All of the details are right here, but this is the basic gist …
The easiest thing to do is recycle their trees at the curb! If you are a City of Austin customer, just remove all decorations and the stand from the tree (obvi!) and set it out by 6:30 a.m. on your regular collection day. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half. Do not place tree in a plastic bag.
Zilker Park Drop-off
All residents can drop off their trees for recycling at Zilker Park. Trees with flocking (artificial snow) are not accepted. Drop-off is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following dates:
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019
Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 17, 9 a.m.Please bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.
If I had to pick one word to describe Spa Luxe it would be “experience.” From the warm welcome you receive upon walking in the door to the truly first-class treatments, the experience was nothing short of exceptional.
I’m not sure how many spa days you need under your belt to be considered an expert, but whatever the number is—I’m close! This is probably very obnoxious, but I swear it’s just part of being a lifestyle blogger. That, and lots of 5Ks, heavy appetizers, and cheap champagne! I’ve been scrubbed and buffed and steamed in hotels and day spas at various price points. But I can tell you: The sprawling Spa Luxe in Georgetown has set a new bar.
A critical part of the spa day for me is the relaxation room, the staging room if you will. A luxurious robe and some not-so-cheap champagne before a massage always sets the tone for some serious me time. Spa Luxe set the stage just right. Next up was a 90-minute massage. You now how certain people are born to do things? Like Michael Phelps was born to swim like a fish? Beyoncé was born to bring the house down? Well my masseuse was born to rub muscles! She had a gift for knowing the right amount of pressure and feeling points of tension without me even mentioning it. It was magical and my 80 minutes were over far too soon.
Photo Credit: Aubrey Young Photography
Next up was a HydraFacial, which is the latest and greatest when it comes to facials. I’ve long struggled with clogged pours and this treatment was just what I needed. It’s been three weeks and my face still feels and looks clear and fresh. That most definitely will not be my last HydraFacial.
Topping off my day of self care was a pedicure, with my glass of bubbly in hand. The thing about Spa Luxe is that everyone was so good at their specific job. I felt like I was the only client of the day and they were truly invested in my longterm wellness. A real highlight in the crazy life of a blogger. Duty calls!
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!
Zilker Park offers an endless supply of things to see and do. And after a long day of swimming in Barton Springs Pool, playing frisbee with your pup, or visiting the Taniguchi Japanese Garden at Zilker Botanical Gardens, you will probably be in the mood for a little food and drink.
Luckily the area around the park offers some of the best spots for happy hour. Here’s a list of some of our favorites—from sushi and sake bombs to barbecue and $2 beers—there’s a little bit of everything in this hood.
Daily Happy Hour: $3 well drinks until 7 p.m. every night, seven days a week.
Sunday: $2 Vodka drinks all day (Bloody Mary’s, Screwdrivers, etc.)
Mondays: $2 Lone Star Longnecks, all day
Tuesdays: $2 Miller Hi Life Longnecks, all day
Wednesdays: $2 Lone Star Longnecks, all day
424 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704
Daily Happy Hour: $7 glasses of wine from 3–6 p.m.
All Day Mondays: 10 select bottles for $20
All Day Tuesdays: ½ price Frose / $6 off Rose, still and sparkling
All Day and Night Wednesdays: $2 off glasses / $6 off bottles
Fridays, 4–7:30 p.m.: $2 off glasses / $6 off bottles
Sundays, while it lasts: ½ priced glasses, bottles opened Saturday
$4 Select Liquors
$4 Local Drafts
Tuesdays: Trivia with Geeks Who Drink from 8–10 p.m. (Free to Play)
Wednesdays : Steak Night 4–11 p.m. and $6 Moscow Mules after 7 p.m.
Thursdays : Select bottles of Bubbles Discounted All Night
Sundays : $1 Mimosas, $10 Mimosa Carafes and $5 Bloodies 11:30–3 p.m.
$1 Off Drafts
$2 Off House Cocktails
$3 Tullamore Dew Shot with any Beer
Daily Deals (In Addition to Happy Hour):
Monday – $1 Off Featured Pints
Tuesday – $5 All Texas Vodka and Local Craft Beer
Wednesday – $3.50 Jim Beam, $4.50 Jack Daniels, $5.50 Tullamore Dew
Thursday – $2 Off House Cocktails
Saturday – $6 Espolon Margaritas or Paloma, $4 Doss XX Pints/ $13 Pitchers
Sunday – $2 Mimosas/ $10 Carafes, $5 Bloody Mary Bar (noon–7 p.m.), $10 tab – Free barbecue (3 p.m., till sold out), $3 Bud Light/ $10 Pitchers
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!
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.
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.
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
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.