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Summer Fun Continues in Lake Travis and Asutin

by Rebecca Shahan

Are you and the kids getting bored with summer yet? There's no reason to sit around the house with all the fun events and activities going on in lake Travis, Austin and the surroundning area this month. Here's a few upcoming events that will keep your whole family entertained this month.

Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures
Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures

“The Ultimate Lake Experience” is this fun-filled floating water park and obstacle course, with access to a beautifully landscaped private resort-style beach. Spend the day playing beach games, swimming, and exploring the additional water attractions in the Aqua Park area.

Paramount Theatre presents Summer Classic Film Series
Stateside at the Paramount
Through 8/31

The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series, now in its 44th year, will feature more than 100 films, including well-preserved film prints and dazzling digital restorations, romance and laughs and thrills, and more.

SRE Promotions presents Corvette Invasion
Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center
July 19

Corvette lovers will unite at this three-day Corvette Invasion. The event begins begins with a "meet and greet." Then there will be a Corvette Car Show and award ceremony, and the first 300 registered Corvettes will invade the Main Street. Also make sure to check out local music, shopping, and restaurants. 

Float Fest
July 20

Float Fest is an annual two-day music festival that will take place in and around the Guadalupe River. Watch performances as you float in tubes in the river. erformers at the 2019 edition will include Major Lazer, Portugal the Man, Gucci Mane, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Ice Cube, Big Gigantic, The Flaming Lips,and more.

There's more fun in store this summer in Austin and Lake Travis, so make sure to check back every week on our blog for more local articles, along with helpful real estate advice. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today. 

Have a Happy 4th of July in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, there's no better place to spend the day than Austin and Lake Travis. You'll find plenty of ways to celebrate freedom here, with fireworks and parties to liven your 4th of July holiday. Here's a few events coming up in the Austin area to plan for.

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks
8 PM | Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park

The Austin Symphony Orchestra will present the largest Independence Day celebration in Austin. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.

2019 July 4th Fireworks Paddle
7:15 – 10:30 PM | Rowing Dock

Be dazzled by the fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake from the best seat in the house – your boat! Late night rentals of kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards are by reservation with prepayment only.

July 4th Frontier Days Celebration
8 PM | Old Settlers Park

The Austin Symphonic Band will perform in front of a crowd of thousands at Round Rock's Old Settlers Park, as part of the annual July 4 Frontier Days Celebration. Watermelon, sky divers, music and fireworks celebrate the 4th of July.

Fourth of July Austin Symphony and Orchestra
Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park

Central Texas' Largest Fireworks Show with a live performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July in Austin!

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today. 

Treat Dad to the Perfect Father's Day in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Father's Day is almost here, so it's time to make sure you've found the perfect way to show dad how much he means. There's plenty of great things to do with dad in Austin this weekend. Here's a few activities you can share with your father to make this a Father's Day to remember.

Saturday

FATHER'S DAY FLYER
​AUSTIN STEAM TRAIN

This special Hill Country Flyer journeys through the Texas Hill Country, crossing the wooden trestle bridge over the South San Gabriel River and Short Creek Canyon. 

TIE ONE ON FOR FATHER’S DAY
​BEN MILAM WHISKEY DISTILLERY & TASTING ROOM

Celebrate Father’s Day a day early on Saturday, June 15 at Ben Milam Whiskey. This party is too cool for dad to wear a neck tie, but if he does, they'll cut it off his neck, and give him a percentage discount off of purchase of a bottle of whiskey equivalent to the length of the cut portion of the tie (10 inches = 10% discount on a bottle). 

Sunday

FATHER'S DAY BUFFET
6:30AM - 12:00PM |  ​OMNI BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA

Serving cooked to order omelets, fresh fruit, yogurt and an assortment fresh-baked goods, the Art of Breakfast Buffet is the perfect way to kick-off Father’s Day. Enjoy $6 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Reservations are recommended. Call 512-329-4000.

FATHER'S DAY: GRILL ON THE PATIO
10:00AM - 7:00PM |  ​Z'TEJAS ARBORETUM

Join Executive Chef Dino on our stunning hill country patio for Father's day. He'll be grilling all your favorites morning and night.

FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH JAZZ TRIO: MANIFEST MUSTACHE
10:00AM |  ​BRENTWOOD SOCIAL HOUSE

Manifest Mustache - a jazz trio comprised of swing dancers turned musicians - play from 10am-noon. Enjoy the hot jazz music from the likes of Django Reinhardt with your morning latte.

DADS EAT FREE AT PLUCKERS
11:00AM |  ​ALL AUSTIN AREA PLUCKERS

All dads can enjoy a complimentary entree, side, and non-alcoholic beverage (up to a $15 value) from Pluckers’ extensive menu when they show their Pluckers Club or Pluckers Club Lite membership.

Have a Happy Father's Day in Austin!

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.
 

Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Memorial Day is coming up quickly, so now is the time to plan for fun this Memorial Day weekend in Austin. It's the essential holiday to remember those who serve and take part in some good old American fun and food. And there's no better place than Austin to do all of those things. Here's a list of Memorial Day weekend events in Austin.

Round Rock Express: Friday Fireworks @ Dell Diamond
Friday, May 24, 7:05 p.m.

Enjoy America’s national pastime and stick around after the ballgame for a post-game fireworks show. Tickets start at $7, and can be purchased here.

Close Assault: 1944 @ Camp Mabry
Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26Shows at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. each day

This free, two-day event includes demonstrations and displays featuring tents, equipment and vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps. Click here for more info. Free admission.

Go Outdoors Kids Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops
Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Go fishing in a catch and release pond, make crafts, take part in a variety of free in-store workshops. Click here for more details.

Summit Hike @ Enchanted Rock (Fredricksburg, TX)
Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26, 9:30 a.m.

Join a park ranger or Master Naturalist as they climb to the top of Enchanted Rock. You'll learn about the geology, history and biology of this special place. Meet at the Gazebo at the base of the Summit Trail. Entrance fee for the park is $7/person (children 12 and under are free); no additional fee for this program. 

Bring the Sing Family Karaoke @ Barrel O’ Fun
Saturday, May 25, 12-2 p.m.

Enjoy a free all-ages karaoke party. There will be a full catalog of songs to choose from, props to take it to the next level, and onstage challenges for the very brave of heart. Kids 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent, so plan to sing along with the kiddos!

Memorial Day Service @ Texas State Cemetery
Monday, May 27, 10 a.m

This annual Memorial Day Service will take place in the SW section of the cemetery, known as “Republic Hill.” The service honors all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country.

Have a Happy Memorial Day in Austin!

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.

Celebrate Mother's Day In Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

​Mother's Day is just around the corner on May 12, so if you haven't thought about how to say "thanks" to dear mother, then here's a few events coming up this weekend in Austin that will help make this a day to remember.

Olamaie: Mother’s Day Biscuits

Olamaie is offering specialty boxes of six or 12 biscuits with house-made jam, pimento cheese, and honey butter.

Cats

You have Broadway In Austin to thank for the return of this beloved musical, now featuring "new sound design, direction, and choreography for a new generation."

Giselle

Ballet Austin, accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, concludes its current season with this 19th-century classic, sure to haunt the majestic Long Center stage and give audiences a good case of the Wilis.

Broad Studios Textile Printing Workshop

Perfect for Mother's Day, attendees will learn methods of block printing and pattern-making. At the end of the class, guests will leave with a pair of textiles perfect for napkins, tea towels, or framed works of art.

Mama's Day Out

A moms-only afternoon featuring margaritas, a braid bar, and a facial mist station, plus a swag bag tailored just to moms. 100% of ticket sales benefit Saint Louise House, a local org providing housing to mothers who are experiencing homelessness.

High Tea For Two

This event for two people includes an owner-guided tour of Nutty Brown Flower Farm, followed by a flower-arrangement demonstration (your mom gets a bouquet for herself!) and then it's time for high tea with delicate finger sandwiches, cakes, and other sweet treats while you customize a wooden box to hold those gorgeous flowers.

Have a Happy Mother's Day in Austin!

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.

FInd Your Piece of the Past in Austin's Antique Shops

by Rebecca Shahan

One of the many great things about Austin Texas is its rich history.  And the many great antiques stores located in Austin let you purchase a piece of that past. Austin is an antique collector’s dream come true.  All the antique stores and dealers are located walking distance or a short drive from each other, so you can literally spend all day perusing the treasures they contain.  You’ll not only find tons of antiques from the Austin and Texas area, but from around the world.  And it’s the perfect way to find unique items to decorate your new home in Austin or Lake Travis. Here’s a short list of some of the best antique stores in Austin to get you started on your journey through time.

The Austin Antique Mall

The ideal first stop on your antique shopping list in Austin, the Austin Antique Mall houses over 100 vendors.  For over 30 years, antique collectors have been exploring the largest selection of antiques and furniture in Austin.  You’ll also find items such as military memorabilia, crystal, toys, sports items, china, and just about anything else you can imagine.

Uncommon Objects

This quirky shop focuses on unique collectables, taxidermy, gadgets and more. With 24 vendors, it makes for a more intimate shopping experience, described as "your eccentric uncle’s attic on steroids." You’ll also find folk arts and parlor crafts from around the world.

Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques

If you prefer antiques with an international flavor, then Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques is an excellent place to find the perfect French and Italian antiques from the 18th – 20th centuries.  They specialize in fine furniture, lighting, and items perfect for  decorating your home in Austin.

Antique Marketplace

Antique Marketplace offers a unique mix of American and European Antiques, featuring art, furniture clocks, potter, and much more.

Other antique dealers in Austin include Antiques & Things, Antique Swan, Room Service Vintage, Out of the Past Collectibles, just to name a few.

Check back each week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Austin. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.

Spring Brings Out the Beauty of Austin's Parks

by Rebecca Shahan

Now that spring is underway in Austin, it's time to get out and explore the many beautiful parks in Austin. Austin boasts a wide range of parks that feature an endless variety of activities and programs.  No matter what you want to do, you’ll find it in one of Austin’s many great parks, whether it be going for a swim, exploring nature, exercising, or learning about art and history. And of course, if you have kids, taking them to the park is the perfect way to wear off all that youthful energy. Here’s a few parks in Austin you might want to explore soon.

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

Runners, walkers, and cyclists alike enjoy the 10 miles of trails that border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. This scenic trail is the ideal place to relax as you enjoy the peaceful green parks and lakes.

Zilker Metropolitan Park

Home to Barton Springs, the Zilker Eagle, a large playscape, and four hundred acres of sports fields and woodlands, Zilker Park is a popular weekend destination in Austin for all ages.

Zilker Botanical Garden

As the centerpiece of Austin, this spectacular park is adorned with trees, grottos, and other natural aquatic features. Zilker Park has been a fixture in Austin for 100 years.

Lake Walter E. Long / Lake Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park

If you’re in the mood for catching largemouth bass, then Lake Walter E. Long, located in Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park is the perfect place to go.  Or you can go boating, jet skiing, swimming, enjoy a nice picnic, walking or running.

Barton Springs Pool

This enormous pool measures 3 acres and is located in Zilker Park.  This historic pool brings together people from all around the city for a unique swimming experience, attracting almost 800,000 people per year.

For more great parks in Austin, visit www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation.

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.

Family Fun Awaits This Easter in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

The Easter Bunny is on his way to Austin, with good times in store this month for the whole family. Even though Easter isn't until April 21, the fun times start next week in Austin with special Easter celebrations for the whole family. Here's what we have coming up this month in Austin to help celebrate the arrival of the Easter holiday season.

Cookie Decorating Class Easter Bunny Box
Apr 6, 2019 | 1:00 PM
Cedar Park Center

Learn how to decorate an Easter Bunny Box with cookies and 3 Eggs with new techniques and royal icing. You'll learn how to make and assemble the box, wet on wet technique, along with all the methods needed to make the finished project.

Caring Bunny
Apr 7, 2019 | 9:00 AM
Barton Creek Square

Caring Bunny provides an exclusive, subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. Located in JCPenney Court 1, photos will be taken and available for purchase.

D&B Austin TX Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Apr 13, 2019 | 9:00 AM
Dave & Buster's

Enjoy breakfast at D&B with the whole family and the Easter Bunny. Breakfast items include Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Waffles, Fresh Fruit, Orange Juice, Soda, Coffee and Tea. Then take pictures with the Easter Bunny and a FUN easter egghunt in the Midway.

South Congress Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 13, 2019 | 10:00 AM
South Congress Avenue

Bring the whole family to South Congress for the first ever Little Limbo Easter Hunt. Pick up your hand painted map created by Watercolor ATX including each participating business. You and the kids will go along to different shops on South Congress, bunny hopping and dancing like a duck to earn your earn your Easter Eggs. The you'll meet back at Little Limbo for a grand prize.

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.

Get Ready For Fun in Austin During April

by Rebecca Shahan

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it's time for the fun times to get underway this April in Austin and the surrounding area. Here's a few events coming up next month that are sure to put some spring in your step. Dance to live music, check out classic cars, discover new art, look at weird homes - there's so much to do in Austin this April!

Old Settler's Music Festival | 4/11/19 - 4/14/19
Tilmon, TX

Have a fun time camping and listening to live music at this signature music event, featuring Grammy-winning Americana. Local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world will perform acoustic jazz, bluegrass, and blues.

Lonestar Round Up | 4/12/19 - 4/13/19
Travis County Expo Center

Custom cars from all over the country converge at this huge outdoor car show and live music festival.

Art City Austin Festival | 4/12/19 - 4/14/19
Palmer Event Center

One of the city's favorite festivals brings together nearly 200 national artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities.

Austin Reggae Fest | 4/19/19 - 4/21/19
Auditorium Shores

Raising money for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts. 

Weird Homes Tour | 4/20/19
Around Town

This annual event shows how we "Keep Austin Weird" with a selection of the most creative homes around town, as you meet the homeowners who keep our wacky culture thriving.

Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival | 4/24/19 - 4/27/19
The Paramount Theatre and other locations

Get a good laugh with some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. National headliners, up-and-comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure three hilarious days of fun. 

Austin Food + Wine Festival | 4/26/19 - 4/28/19
Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park

Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.

Eeyore's Annual Birthday Party | 4/27/19
Pease Park

Live music, local beer, food, acrobats and costume contests surround this annual gathering of Austin's most eclectic locals. Eeyore's Birthday serves as fundraiser to benefit many local non-profits. 

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.
 

Austin Boasts the Sweetest Treats

by Rebecca Shahan

We all need to indulge our sweet tooth from time to time, or perhaps all the time. If you live in Austin or Lake Travis, you'll have no problem finding the right treat to satisfy any sweet craving. Here's a list of some of the sweetest places in Austin, just in time for Spring.

Gourdough's Big Fat Donuts

Located in a vintage Airstream on South 1st Street, they offer some the the largest donuts you'll find anywhere. And these donuts aren't just for dessert. They serve up donut sandwiches, donut burgers, donut entrees, and of course, the most amazing donuts you'll find anywhere. With names like "Black Out" and "Sin-A-Bomb", you know you're in for a treat you won't forget.

Amy's Ice Cream

Reviewers say that Amy's is the best ice cream in Austin, and with 13 locations in Austin, you won't have any trouble finding an Amy's near you. With an excellent variety of outstanding flavors and new items, there's every reason to keep coming back for a new taste.

Lick Honest Ice Creams

For a unique array of homemade ice cream flavors, Lick Honest is one of the best places for dessert in Austin. This ice cream restaurant is considered a bit more "hipster", with flavors that are a bit more subdued, so get ready for a unique ice cream experience.

Le Cafe Crepe

Crepe's are the perfect combination of a meal and dessert, all in one tasty thin wrapping. You'll find all kinds of flavor combinations, from the savory crepes with meats and cheeses, to the sweet crepes with Nutella, fruits, and all sorts of sweet flavors.

Hey Cupcake

It would seem that desserts taste better when served from an Airstream, because Hey Cupcake is also based in the ever iconic Airstream trailer. And of course, we can't leave the best cupcake makers in Austin off this list. 

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.

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