Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Visiting Austin, TX

Hey everyone who's still reading! Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Grad school got the best of me and I wanted to focus my time on school and extracurriculars.

At the end of the semester, my boyfriend and I travelled to Austin to visit his family. It was my first time in the south and I absolutely loved it! Having only been to New England before, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Austin was less "Texas-y" than I expected, but in a good way!

Mount Bonnell

When we first arrived, we headed straight to the Domain for some shopping where I picked up a few new work pieces for my summer practicum. The next day we visited Mount Bonnell, the downtown area, University of Texas campus, and the Austin Eastciders brewery. They had some of the best ciders I've ever had - my favorites were the Texas honey and grapefruit flavors. We sampled a flight of ciders, munched on tacos from a nearby food truck, and listened to some live music.

My boyfriend and I decided to spend one night at the Lakeway Resort and Spa, which was a great decision. After checking in early, we worked out, and then spent the afternoon sipping cocktails, eating, and reading by the pool that looks out onto Lake Travis (Funny how it's called a lake when it's really just part of the Colorado River :P). We decided that we wanted to go jet skiing the next day, which involved getting a boater's license. You can do this online, which we thought would be quick and easy... Three and a half hours later, plus a bottle of wine, my boyfriend got his licence!

The next morning we jet ski'd on the lake which was probably the highlight of our trip! Not only was the weather perfect, we had the lake to ourselves. I loved admiring the gorgeous houses on the river bank.

After we spent a few more days with my boyfriend's family, we headed to the Kimber Modern on South Congress for our last couple of nights. The hotel itself had a cool, modern vibe and the room was so spacious. There were lots of cute restaurants and boutiques within walking distance from the hotel. The area also has a lot of cool vintage shops, so I dug through a few stores to find some vintage tees for my sister who loves that kind of thing.

The hotel

I didn't take many food pictures for some reason, but the food was absolutely incredible! I gained a couples of pounds eating tacos, Tex-Mex, and BBQ (breakfast tacos need to be a thing in Canada!). My favorites restaurants were Terry Black's Barbeque and Alcomar for ceviche and margaritas.

Rainey Street

Our last night, we went to the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the bats and then walked to Rainey street for a few cocktails. The street has a bunch of bars in little houses, each with it's own unique vibe. We bar hopped up the street so that we could check out a few different places.

Overall I had an amazing trip and I can't wait to visit again!


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