On The Road Again: Austin Bound July 15, 2016 17:17

We are hitting the road again for a trip to Austin. This city has been on our bucket list for far too long! Known for its amazing live music, western flare, delicious food, and amazing scenery, we can't wait to hit the ground running. Read on to see where we plan to go, stay, eat, and explore! 

What to See:

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton PoolImage Source: Hamilton Pool

This natural swimming pool is not something you'll want to miss! This historic swimming spot became a nature preserve back in 1990, featuring beautiful limestone outcroppings and a 50 ft waterfall in certain times of the year (spring/summer). Around the pool, the preserve features gorgeous wildflowers, native grasses, and savannah oaks. This is the perfect place to pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the scenic picnic tables. You can also bring your hiking shoes for some pre-swimming exploring! Make sure to make a reservation at least two weeks ahead of time for your visit because the pool does get filled pretty quickly in the warmer months.

McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State ParkImage Source: The Austinot

Just 13 miles from the state capitol, this beautiful state park is one of the best places in Austin to camp, hike, or bike! With 81 campsites and a beautiful paved bike trail, you'll feel like your out of the city and completely immersed in nature with just a short drive. You can spend the morning exploring the park to get your nature fix and head back to the city for a delicious Austin meal by dinnertime! Just bring some blankets for sunbathing and casual hiking clothes to explore. And it is only $6 to get in the park for the day, how could you say no?! 

Hope Outdoor Gallery

Hope Outdoor Gallery

Hope Outdoor GalleryImage Sources: Lust to Wander

Looking to spot some local street art? Well this is just the spot! Hope outdoor gallery was created to give local street artists a place to share their positive and inspirational work. 

Austin State Capitol Building 

Capital Image Source: State Capitol

While in Austin you have to at least catch a glimpse of the state capitol. This beautiful building in the middle of the city is great to walk by and admire on your way to dinner!

What to Do:

Listen to Live Music at the Mohawk Austin

Mohawk Austin

Mohawk AustinImage Source: Mohawk

When in the Live Music Capitol, you absolutely must see a live music show! Join Austinites at the The Mohawk for great live shows every night. This local joint brings in all kinds of music from local bands to incredible musicians just passing through. 

Kayak at the Rowing Dock

Rowing Dock

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Head to the Rowing Dock to rent a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board. Getting on the water is a great way to get the full Austin experience. You can take lessons and even kayak beneath the full moon! Check out their website for other cool events: The Rowing Dock

Attend Austin City Limits

If you're a music festival lover like us, this festival is a must! Austin City Limits 2016 has an amazing lineup with top indie and rock artists like Radiohead, Flume, and Band of Horses. The venue right on the Colorado River in the middle of Austin provides an amazing outdoor Austin experience, not to mention they always have amazing food trucks!

Austin City Limits

Where to Stay:

Hotel Saint Cecilia 

hotel cecilia

Austin has SOUL. Seriously, who does not want to relax by this pool?! Bring a good read and enjoy some Austin sun in style or hang by the neon after dinner!

Hotel Cecilia

Image Source: Hotel Saint Cecilia

A whole lot of Texas charm, Austin Flare, and a mix of modern and vintage make this hotel a must stay! At least for one night. Can we take that chest home?

Treehouse Oasis

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This Treehouse Oasis Airbnb is a cozy & dreamy Austin hideout in the midst of the city. With a vintage fireplace, two bikes you can ride around the city, and beautiful natural light, it is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. 

Blue Room Austin 

Austin Air BB

Austin Air BB

This eclectic art filled abode is its own little Austin art experience. Being built in 1904 and with collections of art being added over the years, this little room is sure to complete you Austin adventure.  There is even art on the ceilings!

Where to Eat:

Austin is also known for amazing Texas inspired food. They definitely have it down when it comes to the classics like pizza and doughnuts!

Pieous Pizza

Pieous

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If you're in the mood for pizza, pie, or pastrami then this is the place! With a whole lot of southern charm and delicious grub you'll definitely be back for seconds.

Gourdough's Doughnuts

Image Source: Gourdough's

Their slogan "big, fat, donuts" does not let you down! These enormous donuts are creatively crafted to be quite the tasty treat. We would highly recommend this joint to all those sweets lovers out there! Keep an eye out for their food truck at events like SXSW.

La Condesa

La Condesa

La CondesaImage Source: Winery Explorers

And of course we had to search for the best Texas taco! La Condesa which specializes in contemporary mexican dishes does not disappoint. The food is as great as the vibrant, upbeat atmosphere! While street tacos are a plenty in Austin, we love this spot for a delicious sit down Mexican dish.

And for a more extensive list of Austin favorites check out the Austin food blog!

What to Wear:

While in Austin it is always a great idea to add a little southern flare to your look! Why not embrace it? We spiced things up with some fun accessories, leather bags, and statement hats.

The Dress: Cayman Chambray Belted Dress

Cayman Chambray Belted Dress

This lacey chambray high-low dress is made for touring the city streets in summer. It's the perfect way to stay cool and look chic at the same time.

The Hat: The Zulu from Lack of Color

The Zulu

When in Austin you must wear a great hat! The classic wide brimmed fedora from Lack of Color shades your face while adding a little western spunk to your look.

The Shoes: The Cut Out Studded Western Boot

studded western boot

Like we even need a reason to wear these shoes...but Austin would be a great one. The cut-out detailing also keeps your feet cool while you walk around in style.

The Bag: Tooled Leather Saddlebag

Saddlebag

This little cross-body saddlebag is just the right size to tote around your travel essentials like a camera and sunscreen. 

Share your Austin adventures with us by tagging #BaileyBlueonYou! We would love to hear about your favorite spots in Austin in the comments below. Happy traveling.