Last week the family and I headed south to Austin, Texas for spring break. I had heard a lot of great things about the city, none of us had been there before, and flights were rather inexpensive so it was an ideal fit for our 2019 spring break trip!
I go a little crazy trip planning when it comes to visiting a new city, or any city in general, creating my own Google Map to save all the places I want to visit over the course of the trip. I take my map building very seriously color coding my bookmarked places depending on what type of place it is, i.e. brewery, restaurant, shopping, place for the kiddos, something I want to snap a photo of, or a place to workout. From there, I occasionally build I loose agenda but often just use the list as reference as we begin exploring. For Austin, I had a couple of specific day trips north to Magnolia Market & Silos in Waco and west towards Lake Travis planned but other than that, my pretty lengthy list of places I wanted to visit served as a guide as we hit up different parts of town.
We stayed at the Lone Star Court which was perfect for our family of four. I wanted a place that was unique with a local vibe that would also be great for the kiddos. LSC fit the bill in every way. We were welcomed in with Lone Star beers for my husband and I and root beer for the boys. They also gave us complimentary smores to roast over the open fire pits on the main lawn. Speaking of the main lawn, there was plenty of space for the boys to run around, play bags and release whatever energy they had left at the end of the day. The hotel was right by the Domain which is a HUGE outdoor mall with tons of great places to shop and eat. It was also about a 20 minute drive into downtown Austin which wasn't a bad trip at all. Service was top-notch and a place I'd highly recommend to stay!
Over the course of the week, we visited almost every corner of Austin. I had read before our trip of all the murals in the city and had bookmarked several of them to see during our stay. Checking out the various murals actually ended up being a great way to sightsee around the city. Driving from mural to mural took us to different parts of town that often had a restaurant, brewery or another stop on my list that we could do while on our mural-seeing adventures.
The food in Austin was excellent. Seriously excellent. I had earmarked more places to eat than time we had in the city and I think we managed to grab a bite at nearly every place on my list. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves even if I may have brought home a few extra souvenir pounds. Nothing that a little re-focus of the diet and a lot of water can't fix. A few of my favorite places were Picnik (great, paleo friendly option), Fresa's, Torchy's Tacos, Homeslice Pizza (dough for the kiddos to play while we wait for pizza), Flower Child, Culinary Dropout, Oasis Brewery (best sunset views in Austin), Banger's Sausage House, Zucchini Kill (vegan/gluten-free bakery), JuiceLand and Jo's Coffee. The airport even had a JuiceLand and Jo's so I got to have one final taste of my favs before we took off for home.
If you've followed along for awhile, you know that I love to try new workout places while I travel. Austin was no exception as I got to visit four new places during the week, Wanderlust Austin, F45, SoulCycle and Crush Fitness. Each very different but each so much fun! Wanderlust was my first time trying warmed yoga which for so long I had been scared to try. I loved it!! My class at SoulCycle was also my first there and I heard Rachel Hollis describe it on her RISE podcast best. It totally is like church + therapy + spin class all wrapped into one. Totally worth the $$$!! All the instructors were amazing and so welcoming to me. It is such a fun experience to visit these new places and love adding these stops to my travel agenda.
Unfortunately during our trip my husband came down with the flu and my oldest got sick as well so they didn't get the full Austin experience but my little guy and I managed to see as much of the city as we could despite half our crew being under the weather. Before my oldest came down with his fever, the boys and I visited the Austin Zoo. It's perfect size meaning you can easily see everything in just a couple of hours and they loved it!
It was nice to get some extra one-on-one time with my little as well and we had fun on our 'adventures' exploring Austin together. We still managed to watch the incredible sunset views from the Oasis at Lake Austin, checked out Thinkery children's museum, Austin Nature & Science Center, and did a little more shopping and exploring downtown.
Austin is a great city and such a fun place for our spring break this year. It's great for kids, only 90 minutes from Waco so you can easily get your Magnolia/Fixer Upper Fix, warm, total foodie town and has endless things to do and explore. We'll definitely have to return to visit the things we didn't get a chance to see as well as hit up some of my new favorites! Austin taught me about how amazing butter coffee is making it my latest obsession. I also need another SoulCycle with Chris Chandler in my life because he is just fantastic!
Until next time...keep it weird Austin!!!