It has been scientifically proven that spending time in nature has significant positive mental health benefits. With hundreds of parks and greenbelts all over Austin, we never lack access to nature. Our green space is one of the most unique things we have in Austin. With the help of a fellow blogger, I came up with nine of the best hiking spots in Austin for all of us to utilize and protect, organized by geographic area. [Read more…]
Sometimes I imagine myself riding a motorcycle through Texas Hill Country in an Easy Rider-esque montage. Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” plays as the camera slowly pans past my rotating front tire. Longhorns stop grazing, mouths agape, to watch me roar past bluebonnet fields and over rolling hills. Austin shrinks in my mirrors as I ride west to discover myself, and America along the way.
I am as free as a bird, and this bird you cannot change.
But then the film goes off the reel as I’m snapped awake to bumper-to-bumper I-35 traffic. I taste gasoline fumes, hear a cacophony of horns, and see the frustration of tech workers stuck heading downtown. There is no guitar-filled Americana here.
Luckily for us city folk, Lone Star Moto Rentals exists to help us channel our inner road warrior. Lone Star is an Austin-only shop that rents motorcycles five days a week (including weekends). The idea is simple. Anybody with a valid motorcycle license can visit them and choose one of their motorcycles to ride for the day. [Read more…]
Are you looking for a way to summon your powers of logic, observation and deduction? Do you need an affordable place to take out of town guests, especially those with kids? Want a fun way to blow off steam after exams? Look no further than one of these Austin escape rooms.
Every escape room has a similar overarching purpose: get a group of people together to solve a series of clues embedded in nearly every object in a room (or rooms). The following are four of the finest Austin escape rooms and what makes each one unique. They change out their themes to keep things fresh, but the standbys include some heist operation, some physical escape as from a prison or a sinking or hijacked ship, and some save-the-world spy mission. Whichever scenario you choose, you can count on having fun. [Read more…]
True confession time: I’m not what you would call outdoorsy. I don’t own any fancy wilderness equipment. I would be hard pressed to start a fire without the aid of matches. And my survival skills all involve googling stuff. But the truth is, I love camping. I love having an excuse to get away from computer screens and just sit around a campfire chatting with friends. I love coming up with innovative ways to cook delicious things outside. And I love sleeping under the stars and waking up to the sound of chirping birds.
Camping near Austin is great for fair-weather campers like me. You don’t need a sub-zero-ready sleeping bag. Barring the hottest part of summer and occasional rainy day, the weather is on your side most of the year. Plus, there are so many great drive-up camping sites a short distance from the city. In fact, one of my favorite things about Austin is the fact that you can drive just a few miles outside the city center and feel like you’re miles from civilization. In no particular order, here’s a round-up of some great options for camping near Austin! [Read more…]
Austin is quickly becoming one of the hottest travel destinations in the nation. Bachelors and bachelorettes, food and fashion bloggers, and weekend road-trippers are flocking here by the dozens. And they’re posting all about it on Instagram.
So whether you live here or are coming to visit, make sure to check out 17 of the most Insta-worthy places in Austin.
There is never a day that Zilker Park lays dormant. If there isn’t a festival forming a patchwork over the grassy expanses, then the acres are still alive with visitors exploring its many attractions and arteries. Zilker Park isn’t a place you can fully experience in a day or even a week. It takes a full year to take in all of its faces, and a history lesson to understand how the park came to be the cornerstone of everything we Austinites hold near and dear. [Read more…]
Let’s face it: Austinites don’t know how to handle cold weather. We’re used to living in a land of perpetual summer, drinking our Topo Chicos and paddling across Lake Austin shirtless. When the temperature drops closer to freezing, however, we’re forced inside our homes to hibernate.
That doesn’t have to be the case! The cold season can be your opportunity to explore the parts of Austin you would otherwise ignore. There’s a whole world of local Austin originals waiting for you to walk in the door shivering. [Read more…]
How was your holiday? Probably joyous, fun, and exhausting. Over a month of partying, shopping and traveling leaves most of us tapped out. We all need to recover from a December of debauchery. Luckily, The Austinot is here to help. Check out this surefire plan to use all-things-local to get back into the regular swing of things. [Read more…]
Nothing excites me more than the prospect of hosting a party. From creating menus to dreaming up goodie bags, I can’t get enough. Half of this enthusiasm comes from living in a city that makes party planning so easy. Last year as a maid of honor, I convinced an entire bridal party to come to Austin because of all the bachelorette party potential!
Though I find the role of hostess exhilarating, I realize I might be in the minority. So let me be your hostess with the mostest, and introduce you to a few local Austin companies that can make any party a success. From birthday bashes for tiny tykes to bachelorettes for blushing brides-to-be, I’ve got ideas for everyone. [Read more…]
How is it that some people naturally have a green thumb? Are they born plant experts or did they learn how to make living things thrive over time?
I’ve survived a roller coaster of success and failure with plants of my own. More often than not, I can’t figure out what I did wrong or right. Am I destined for a life of silk flowers and plastic fronds?
That question has crossed my mind a time or two. But after picking the brains of two Austin plant experts at Barton Springs Nursery and Frond Plant Shop, I’ve decided a green thumb isn’t hereditary; it’s contagious. [Read more…]