My goal is to catch up on my blog posts before we leave for our big trip. I’ve been woefully neglectful of my blog. But in my defense, work has been crazier than ever. Going into work early and staying late, giving me little chance to do very much else during the week is stressful to say the least. So…let’s think about happier things, shall we?
How about our week long trip to Austin at the beginning of September? We absolutely love spending time in Austin, it’s one of our favorite cities. There is so much to do, so much to see, so much to eat, and also, so many friends and family to hang out with! We enjoyed every single second of our trip!
We didn’t take a lot of pictures though. I guess sometimes it’s hard to remember to take pictures when you’re having fun. But we did take a few pictures at the wine tasting we went to in Dripping Springs. There are actually quite a few wineries in the Hill Country, but we only had time for one. So, we decided upon Duchman Winery with lunch first at the Trattoria Lisina. What a lovely afternoon with awesome friends! (wish I were still there!)
As for the rest of our trip, I’m just going to make a list for you of all the places you really should try if you ever find yourself in Austin.
- Jester King Brewery in Dripping Springs – Beautiful property, interesting beers, definitely an awesome place to spend an afternoon.
- Trudy’s – an Austin institution, the stuffed fried avocado is legendary.
- East Side King – Very unique and tasty Asian street food, especially loved their beet home fries!
- Deep Eddy Pool – not as crowded or popular as Barton Springs, a nice place to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
- Gourdough’s – Probably the least healthy but most tasty meal we had this trip, EVERYTHING is made from donut dough. Chicken and dumplings? With doughnut holes instead of dumplings. Chicken fried chicken? On a bed of doughnut. Big juice cheeseburger? Served on a doughnut bun. SO good but I’ll admit that it was a little overwhelming. Thankfully, Cathy warned us to pace ourselves and we were able to snack on tasty leftovers for a few days!
- G’Raj Mahal – Seriously delicious Indian food! We absolutely devoured everything we ordered!
- Magnolia Cafe – our perennial favorite, I absolutely adore their Love Veggies dish
- Mozart’s Coffee – a pretty view in the evening with top notch desserts and coffee
- We saw the Congress Bridge bats emerge at dusk, which I’ve always wanted to do. Though honestly, all you can really say is, “wow, that’s a lot of bats” Still a fun experience, but I think I’m good on bat viewing for awhile.
- And we really wanted to go to Hamilton Pool Preserve, which sounds super exclusive. But alas, the pool was closed due to high levels of bacteria in the water when we were planning to visit.
- Amy’s Ice Cream – a local favorite
- Oh! And we (minus Andy) went shopping at the Domain, Austin’s newest fancy shopping area. Delightful!
- Bouldin Creek Cafe – a truly wonderful vegan/vegetarian restaurant that we LOVE.
It was a little too warm to do all the canoeing, hiking, and biking kind of activities that I had hoped for. Darn Texas weather! But that just means we’ll have plenty to do for another trip to Austin!