Are you a recent Austin transplant Our Austin Move 6 Months Later Arrived July 2013 from Cary, NC where we lived for 4 years.
Thousand Oaks, CA before that for 15 years. I grew up in FL. We have had a blast discovering Austin and finding new things to do here. We are never bored! The daily grind is the same no matter where you live. It's what you do in your free time that makes life enjoyable. To me, if you live your life going to work, chauffeuring kids from here to there, shopping at big box stores, watching TV and eating at chain restaurants, you might as well live in Anywhere USA. If you live in Austin, consider yourself very lucky and get out there and live. We do and we love it! Pinterest and Day Tripper are my friends These are all the things we have done in 6 months, some more than once. Looking forward to doing it all again and then some! Open to more ideas too! Hope this gives newcomers some ideas and even locals who forget what they have here Day Trips Most of our Day Trips are in and around downtown Austin just exploring. We like finding new food trucks. Like Motzarts coffee for bfast and then find something to do downtown. I love that you can just randomly park somewhere and just walk any downtown neighborhood to discover unique locally owned businesses. Wimberley went for a couple hours one day, need to go back. Cute little town with shopping and restaurants. Going to stay at 74 Ranch this summer, go to Krause Springs and Blue Hole. Dripping Springs Rolling in Dough Thyme for breakfast then take a country drive or go for a hike at one of several nearby parks. oakley sunglasses one day sale There are also some breweries I'd like to try, but husband doesn't like beer! Ugh Fredricksburg cute town for walking, shopping wineries. Need to do more wineries. San Antonio River Walk. Been there, checked off list. Not in a rush to go back. San Marcos Aquarena Glass Bottom Boat was fun and walked around downtown. Ate at Root Cellar, not great IMO. Want to go back for swimming this summer. Burnet went to Longhorn Caverns, neat! And then Perissos winery after. Georgetown cute downtown and historic area. Enjoy a cheese plate on the patio and a glass of wine. Kid friendly. They had their lunch and then ran around in the grass while we relaxed. Chisholm Trail Fredricksburg neat drive through ranches. Saw cows and deer. We brought a picnic, oakley beckon did a tasting and then got a bottle to go with our picnic. Boys played horseshoes and had a good time. Westcave Cellars saw the sign after a hike at Hamilton Pool. Happened to be live music too, so that was a fun way to end the day. Perissos Vinyards Burnet. Nice family owned place, great views, good wine, picnic tables. Food Shopping! My favorite pastime Trader Joes TGFTJ I was dying until it opened in Sept. I have basically only shopped here for 20 years, so thats all I know. Can't wait for the Arboretum location to open. HEB nice chain type grocery. Too big for me. Central Market love for looking and drooling, but can't afford for everyday shopping. Pick up some indulgences here and there. Great bread, cheese, olives, produce. Think it's owned by HEB? Whole Foods meh I know it's the HQ, but I've never been a fan. Last time I went, the young hipster couple in front of me had more expensive food for their dog than I could buy for my kids. I like going to the downtown store to tool around and take in the sights and smells. And go to West Elm and Anthropology to top of my afternoon of fantasy looking. Specialty food shops Noble Pig for picking up some pt to go with our Cheese from Central Market or Antonellies when we are feeling spendy. There are a few more on the list to try. Mandola's wish there was a better option for Italian, but fun. Ethnic Asian and Indian markets around 183 are great for picking up ingredients way cheaper than half jacket Central Market. Food Trucks Restaurants Midway Food Park a few good trucks and fun playground for the kids. Various trucks around S Congress, S First and around town. Food parks are one of Austin's best features for us. Maybe really the only place to find "weird" in Austin besides some locally owned stores you have to make an effort to find. Jack Allen's on 71 awesome brunch followed by some shopping at Hill Country Galleria, Revival (my fav store in Austin) and/or hike at Hamilton Pool, Milton Reimers Ranch or Perdenales Falls. We have done these combinations a few new oakley lenses times. Roaring Fork had a nice brunch on patio. Never lived somewhere where brunch is such a big deal, so that's fun. More places on the list to try. Suggestions? Oasis Since we live so close, this is a usual stop with visitors.
Views are great Food, not so much. We now just go with out of town guests for drinks and chips salsa. We also go to the car show on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
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