Post # 1
I’m coming to your town for the holidays for the first time. Any suggestiosn on sight seeing? Or "so totally do not do that, its way overrated"? (had to throw in some valley girl lingo, I live in the valley in cali)
Also what to do for new years? do we need to make reservations/buy tickets?
Thanks "Y’all" !!!
Post # 3
Oh man. Eat as much Mexican food and drink as many margaritas or Mexican martinis as you can! It’s been years since I’ve lived there so I can’t make many specific recommendations, but definitely explore the campus area (the Toy Joy toy shop is great!) and 4th-6th street downtown. Some of the little restaurants I loved when I lived there include Trudy’s, El Arroyo, and Eastside Cafe.
Anyway, so jealous!! Sorry i can’t make more specific recommendations but you should have a great time. Be sure to take advantage of their great bus system to get around. If the weather happens to be warm/hot, check out Barton Springs for a tan!
Post # 4
if you’re in texas (and you’re a carnivore) you have to eat BBQ!!! try Rudy’s BBQ- it’s a gas station and restaurant in one. its great! if you have even more time, go to Saltlick which is in outskirts of austin (quite a drive out), but you can get the BBQ All-you-can-eat. you’ve never seen so much meat in your life.
OH! for the holidays, go see Trail of Lights! its at Zilker park . they light up every friggin tree there with all kinds of lights. very fun to go with friends/family/or significant other. there’s also the 37th Street Lights – i never saw this but wish i did. they decorate weird stuff like putting christmas lights on dryers and washers in the front yard! what can i say? "keep austin weird" is the motto!
for typical touristy stuff there is the blanton museum, TX state capitol, and the UT Tower for a great view of the campus.
4th-6th street is where night life is at… clubs, bars, restaurants, etc. most college night life and night life period is there. i wasn’t much of a bar hopper but they also have art galleries along those streets in downtown and you can visit art galleries at night.
oh- and if you like vintage stores, check out s. congress, it has a plethora of vintage stores and local shops that aren’t your typical commercial stores. if you want to go outlet shopping you can try san marcos (30 miles south of austin).
http://www.austin360.com < — all the austinite updates and events. hope this helps!! have fun!!!
Post # 5
Oh- I think there’s also a residential street (in the 40s or 50s, maybe? maybe kbox or austin360 can tell you/us) that does a really funky, untraditional lights display. That’s fun to drive down.
Post # 6
I live in Houston but was just in Austin last weekend visiting my brother. There’s a lot to do in Austin but especially EAT! We hit El Chile, Trudy’s, and Shady Grove Cafe. I also enjoy Kirby Lane from previous trips to Austin. Eat at Amy’s Ice Cream and take a trip to the flagship Whole Foods Store. BBQ and Tex-Mex are delicacies so you can’t really go wrong. If the weather is nice, take a dip in Barton Springs Pool, take a walk (or run) around Town Lake, or hike the Green Belt. The tree in front of the state capitol is all lit up now, and the capital building is quite beautiful. Hit 6th Street if you’re going out at night. There’s a mix of clubs, bars, and more laid-back places with live music. I second the Trail of Lights in Zilker Park.
The nice thing about Austin is that there is ALWAYS something going on. Check out http://www.austinist.com for a local blog that should list a bunch of non-touristy, local things to check out.
Post # 7
i second rudy’s, saltlick, amy’s ice cream, and kirby lane for food~! YUM..
Post # 8
thanks for the input ladies! I can’t wait to go!