Most Popular Austin Neighborhoods

Austin is unique among large cities in that the city of Austin is quite large and spread out. One of the easiest ways for locals to describe different areas around the city is by neighborhood name. Austin has a broad variety of neighborhoods with different settings, vibes and proximity to downtown Austin. According to an article from Austin Relocation Guide, here are the top 10 popular neighborhoods in Austin.

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  • Rollingwood: Known for it’s charming 1950’s-style homes, fantastic parks, community events and the exceptional Eanes Independent School District, Rollingwood is located just minutes from Downtown Austin and is convenient to Loop 1 (Mopac) and Bee Cave Road.
  • Barton Hills: This beautiful neighborhood has a fantastic location just minutes from Downtown Austin and is close to Zilker Park. This well established neighborhood has homes from as early as the 1930’s, along with a mix of new construction mixed in. Close to so much including Lady Bird Lake, restaurants and shopping, this neighborhood is highly sought after and established residents are happy to stay put.
  • Tarrytown: Located within 3 miles of Downtown Austin, this stunning neighborhood is located just west of Mopac and north of Lake Austin. Featuring established trees, quiet streets, excellent schools and so much more. It’s no wonder people are clamoring to live in Tarrytown!
  • Allandale: Located in Central Austin, Allandale is an established community with larger lots, mature trees and a traditional neighborhood feel. The location is great as well, located only minutes from Downtown Austin, shopping, restaurants and parks.
  • Mueller: Located in East Austin, this development is much newer than most on this list, as the first homes were completed in 2007 at the site of the old Austin Airport. Mueller was designed as a walkable community of parks, shopping, services, and neighborhood centers. The neighborhood features a mix of lofts, houses, townhouses, and apartments that make the area attractive to many different buyers and renters.
  • West Lake Hills: Known predominantly for stunning luxury homes, proximity to Downtown Austin and local highways and gorgeous landscape and views, West Lake Hills is also in the stellar Eanes Independent School District. This exclusive neighborhood offers easy access to virtually anywhere in the city, along with close proximity to shopping, restaurants and more.
  • Lakeway: Lakeway is located right on the shores of Lake Austin and has grown considerably in recent years. Beautiful landscape, outstanding Lake Travis Independent School District, access to a variety of restaurants, shopping and activities.
  • Avery Ranch: Located about 20 miles north of downtown, Avery Ranch is a large master-planned community. Homes here are some of the most affordable in the greater Austin-area and amenities include the Avery Ranch Golf Club, tennis courts, a 60-acre lake, and more.
  • Circle C Ranch: Featuring over 4,000 homes and located in Southwest Austin, Circle C Ranch offers stunning homes with access to tons of community amenities including community pools, trails, bike-friendly roads, businesses, shopping and restaurants. Circle C Ranch is conveniently located along Mopac and Escarpment Blvd.
  • Old West Austin: Development in this neighborhood began in 1886 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Old West Austin residents have access to local restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and Lady Bird Lake Trail borders the entire south side of the community.

 

Source:

http://www.austinrelocationguide.com/Top-10-Popular-Austin-Neighborhoods/,” Austin Relocation Guide.

 

 

28 Things to Do in Austin in February

One of the great things about Austin is the variety and vast amount of activities to do! A great resource for finding out about the best upcoming events is found at AustinLocal.com.

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Are you a runner? This month features the Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K on February 17th  Downtown Austin. Another exciting event coming to Austin this month is Dancing With The Stars: Live! at Bass Concert Hall on February 20th. If music is more your thing, you can see Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra on February 14th at ACL Live, Fleetwood Mac on February 9th at the Frank Erwin Center, and Panic at the Disco! on February 8th at the Frank Erwin Center. To see the entire list of activities in Austin in February, visit HERE.

 

 

 

4 Unique Spring Break Vacation Ideas

Thinking about getting away for Spring break this year? Are you tired of doing the same thing or do you want some new ideas? Here are some fun and unique ideas you may not have heard about before!

  1. SCAVENGER HUNT VACATION: Do you love scavenger hunts? Cluventure is a company that organizing custom scavenger hunt vacations. Trips last up to 10 days and vary based on the wants and needs of the travelers!
  2. RAIL VACATION TOUR: Another unique idea is taking a spring break adventure by rail! There are a variety of different itineraries to explore and you can experience some of the beautiful scenery the US has to offer! Vacations by Rail is a great company to explore if considering this type of trip.
  3. VISIT A GUEST/DUDE RANCH: This is a fun idea that has something for everyone! You can visit places such as Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, and spend a week or several days exploring the beautiful landscape, enjoying outdoor activities, star gazing at night and so much more. Two fun options are Tanque Verde Ranch in Arizona and Mayan Dude Ranch in Texas.Available for Vacation
  4. VISIT A TINY HOUSE VILLAGE: Have you been curious about what it’s like to live in a Tiny House? Why not escape and stay in one for a week! There are different places across the country that offers a variety of tiny house rental options. Some options include Community First! Village in Austin, Texas, Mt. Hood Tiny House Village near Portland, Oregon or Petite Retreats which has options all over the US.

 

Source:

https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/family/10-under-the-radar-family-spring-break-vacations-,” Travel Channel.

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

With the New Year, many people set goals or have resolutions about things they would like to do, change or accomplish. Of course this varies from person to person, but we wondered what the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions are overall. Do you find any of these 10 resolutions relatable? We’ve also included a few tips to help you achieve any resolution you may have!

TOP 10 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

  1. Exercise More.
  2. Lose Weight.
  3. Get Organized.
  4. Learn a New Skill or Hobby.
  5. Live Life to the Fullest.
  6. Save Money/Spend Less Money.
  7. Quit Smoking.
  8. Spend More Time with Family and Friends.
  9. Travel More.
  10. Read More.

TIPS FOR ACHIEVING SUCCESS WITH YOUR RESOLUTIONS

  1. Be Prepared/Have a Plan. Making a change in your life takes thought, consideration and a plan for how you will achieve and execute your plan. It’s also important to start slow and to be realistic about what you want to accomplish.
  2. Set Goals. Accomplishing something is always easier when you set realistic, achievable goals. Setting goals is also a great way to mark milestones and accomplishments along your resolution journey.
  3. Don’t Over Commit. It can be easy to want to set a whole bunch of resolutions when you’re excited and motivated. However, you may quickly find yourself discouraged and overwhelmed. Be realistic with yourself about what is reasonable. You can always add additional resolutions later!
  4. Write Your Goals Down in a Visible Place. Writing your goals down is powerful in and of itself. Having your goals written down and somewhere you see at least once a day is even better!
  5. Be Accountable. Sharing your resolutions with is others and asking for accountability in sticking to your resolutions can be a great motivator. It also gives you a person or people who can encourage you if and when times get tough!
  6. Set Reminders. You can set automated reminders in your calendar, encouragement “reminders” to help keep you motivated, and more. It can also help you plan ahead and stay on track. For example, if your resolution is to exercise more, making a plan each week and scheduling workouts in advance in your calendar can help keep you on track.
  7. Cut Yourself Some Slack. It’s a good idea to evaluate your resolution and plan for achieving it regularly and make adjustments if necessary. It’s also important not to beat yourself up if you slip up. The best way to get back on track is to do so quickly.

 

Source:

https://www.goskills.com/Soft-Skills/Articles/Top-10-new-years-resolutions,” Go Skills.

6 Unique January Austin Activites

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 is here! Fortunately, there are lots of activities to jump start your new year. Check out some of our favorites.

  1. ICE SKATING ON THE PLAZAWhole Foods Market – January 1 – January 21, 2019
  • Located at 525 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703. Check the website for hours and availability. Cost is $10, including skates!

 

  1. AUSTIN FREE WEEK – January 1 – January 8, 2019
  • Happening at various locations, come enjoy free live music! Hundreds of bands are participating. You can check out the schedule at http://freeweek.do512.com/.

 

  1. THE SWOON EVENTSpringdale Station – January 19, 2019
  • Planning a wedding? This event is for you! This event brings local vendors and businesses all in one place for couples planning a wedding to gain ideas and inspiration. Visit http://www.theswoonevent.com/ for more information.

 

  1. MARTIN LUTHER KING MARCH, FESTIVAL AND FOOD DRIVEThe University of Texas – January 21, 2019
  • Come join the Annual Community March and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King. The event starts at the MLS statue at the University of Texas and ends at Huston-Tillotson University. The celebration continues with live music and vendors! You can also bring canned goods to donate to the Capitol Area Food Bank.

 

  1. PRINT AUSTIN – January 15, 2019 – February 15, 2019
  • Happening at various locations throughout Austin, the Austin visual arts community comes together in this annual event to showcase fine art prints. Visit https://printaustin.org/about-2/ for more information.

 

  1. 3M HALF MARATHON – January 20, 2019
  • This event is fun whether you participate as a runner or just come to cheer the runners on! This event showcases the amazing city of Austin. At the finish line, enjoy live music and fantastic foods trucks!

 

Source:

https://do512.com/iceskatingontheplaza2018,” Do512.

http://freeweek.do512.com/,” Do512.

http://www.theswoonevent.com/,” The Swoon Event.

http://www.mlkcelebration.com/celebration-events/march-and-festival/ ,” MLK Celebration.

https://printaustin.org/about-2/,” Print Austin.

http://3mhalfmarathon.com/,” 3M Half Marathon.

16 Places to Ring In 2019 In Austin

If you’re looking to celebrate in style for New Year’s Eve this year in Austin or do something different, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of some of the top parties, celebrations and concerts happening on December 31, 2018 into January 1, 2019. Have fun, be safe, and welcome 2019!

  1. Experience Austin: NYE 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018, 7:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 3:00am.

NYE Industry Mixer

801 N. Commons Ford Rd.

Austin, TX 78733

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/experience-austin-nye-2019-tickets-50974235310?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

  1. 2nd Annual Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Party

Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:30pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00am.

Moonfire Lounge

310 Colorado St. Unit B

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-fire-ice-new-years-eve-party-tickets-52342153791?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

  1. Willie Nelson & Family New Year

Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:30pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00am.

The Moody Theatre

310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. #1B

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: http://acl-live.com/calendar/willie-nelson-family-2

 

  1. Gatsby’s House – Austin New Year’s Eve 2019

Monday, December 31, 2019, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00am.

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

700 San Jacinto Blvd.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gatsbys-house-austin-new-years-eve-2019-tickets-48751161035?aff=erelexpmlt

 

  1. The Black Puma’s

Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00am.

Antone’s

305 E. 5th Street

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1787341?utm_medium=bks

 

  1. The Black Angels – New Year’s Eve at Mohawk

Monday, December 31, 2018. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Mohawk

912 Red River St.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-black-angels-new-years-eve-mohawk-tickets-51560569050

 

  1. Austin’s New Year Celebration 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018 from 3:00pm – 11:00pm.

Mohawk

912 Red River Street

Austin, TX 78701

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/885686331621836/

 

  1. Keep It Quiet Presents: The NYE Party

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00pm.

Fair Market

1100 East 5th Street

Austin, TX 78702

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keep-it-quiet-presents-the-nye-party-2019-tickets-52905062466

 

  1. New Year’s Eve: A Labyrinth Themed Masquerade Ball

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 1:55am.

Indian Roller

1322, 10026 Manchaca Rd.

Austin, TX 78748

More Information: https://m.facebook.com/events/420218478513918

 

  1. The Nightowls

Monday, December 31, 2018. Doors at 9:00pm.

Stubb’s Indoors

801 Red River

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://stubbsindoor.frontgatetickets.com/event/csau2pyn8czbow8t?utm_campaign=artist&utm_source=the_nightowls&utm_medium=web&utm_content=20181231_the_nightowls

 

  1. Happy Noon Year Cruise

Monday, December 31, 2018, 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Lone Star Riverboat

208 Barton Springs Rd.

Austin, TX 78704

Tickets: https://austintourcompany.rezdy.com/279494/happy-noon-year-cruise

 

  1. A Very Austin NYE on the Downtown Library Rooftop

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 1:00am.

Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

710 West Cesar Chavez St.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-very-austin-nye-on-the-downtown-library-rooftop-tickets-52878651470

 

  1. Fire & Ice – New Year’s Eve at Fairmont Austin

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:30pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00pm.

Fairmont Austin

101 Red River St.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fire-ice-new-years-at-fairmont-austin-tickets-52730130239?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3y73nz-k8md-TzUvb03TR_lXeMdNNy2I61XgOst1mKR4qAJhG1ywzy3So

 

  1. Bob Schneider’s New Year’s Eve Party

Monday, December 31, 2018. Doors open at 8:00pm.

The Paramount Theatre

713 Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://tickets.austintheatre.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=4391

 

  1. New Year’s Eve at Rose Room & 77 Degrees

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00pm.

The Rose Room

11500 Rock Rose

Austin, TX 78758

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-at-rose-room-77-degrees-tickets-53031879780?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR1Dty3reFX55MtJJnDJuVdNrgZ1HmLtKue5Vp382GWc-ax-GXimFeIlZmc

 

  1. The Capitol Countdown at the Belmont – New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00pm.

The Belmont

305 W. 6th St.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-capitol-countdown-at-the-belmont-new-years-eve-party-2019-tickets-52720280779?aff=Amber50&fbclid=IwAR1_X_PIz6eLKpo1ycqgJSneWhdkUkdFuncpe5ibpKa0nOiObbG7lO3nbRE

 

Source:

http://365thingsaustin.com/best-new-years-eve-parties-austin-2018 ,” 365 Things Austin.

9 Holiday Travel Tips

With the Holiday’s in full swing, it’s no surprise many of us are busy with extra activities and festivities. Many of us are also gearing up for some Holiday travel. Whether traveling by car, plane or another method, traveling can be stressful, especially around the Holidays with the increase in people traveling. We’ve included some great tips to hopefully make your Holiday travels a little less stressful and more enjoyable! Bon voyage!

  1. PLAN AHEAD AND DO YOUR RESEARCH
  • This one may seem obvious, but planning ahead and researching ahead of time can save a lot of time, hassle and money. If driving, it can be helpful to map out several routes based on traffic, travel times and more in case you run into something unexpected. When flying, check into potential baggage fees, parking costs, and more to avoid unexpected costs and surprises.

 

  1. PUT YOUR SMARTPHONE TO GOOD USE
  • Traveling by plane? Consider downloading your airline’s app for paperless boarding, up to the minute gate and flight information, in-flight entertainment and more. You can also download the app GateGuru to see approximate security line time estimates. If traveling by car, GasBuddy is a great app to help you find the cheapest gas and SitorSquat is a great app for finding the cleanest bathrooms.

 

  1. PACK SMART
  • If you can avoid checking luggage, it can end up saving a lot of hassle. Luggage gets lost, especially this time of year. Many airlines also allow a free checked bag plus a personal item so avoiding checking your luggage can also save you a lot of money!

 

  1. BRING EARPLUGS OR HEADPHONES
  • Let’s face it. Traveling can be loud. Whether it’s in the airport, on the plane or in the car, sometimes you just need some peace and quiet. Headphones or earplugs can be a great way to zone out and listen to music. Have noise-cancelling headphones? Even better!

 

  1. PACK SNACKS
  • A big mistake when traveling is forgetting to eat and pack snacks. Traveling can be stressful enough, and you don’t want to add a group of hungry and tired travelers to that mix! Having a hearty meal before heading on your way and packing snacks can keep everyone from getting hangry, and that means a more pleasant trip!

 

  1. SHIP GIFTS AHEAD OF TIME
  • Bringing a bunch of gifts when flying can be such a hassle. You’ll likely have to pay to check the gifts anyway, and TSA can unwrap your gifts during the screening process. You can save yourself a lot of hassle by wrapping and shipping your gifts before you travel. Or if you really want to make gift giving hassle free, consider buying gift cards!

 

  1. AVOID TRAVELING ON THE BUSIEST DAYS
  • It may not be ideal, but traveling on the Holiday itself can save you money and is way less stressful because the airport is a lot less busy. Also choosing the earliest possible flight often means less security lines, greater on-time performance and a better chance of getting rebooked the same day in the event of a delay or cancellation. Same goes for car travel. Consider traveling on the holiday itself or choosing less popular times (like driving early in the morning or overnight).

 

  1. PLAN FOR THE UNEXPECTED
  • When flying, carefully look at the times in between flights if you have a connection. It can be very stressful to have a connecting flight in an unfamiliar airport, especially if you have a very small time window. When driving, take care to research the weather conditions and plan accordingly if traveling somewhere with or the potential for snow. It’s always smart to have proper gear in the car in the event of a flat tire or car trouble.

 

  1. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE
  • Remembering that you are on your way to be with friends or family can help keep perspective, even if things don’t go perfectly. And you never know – you might have some great stories to share too!

 

 

Source:

https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/articles/top-10-survival-tips-for-holiday-travel ,” Travel Channel.