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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.

Upcoming Events in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

March has arrived and it's time to bring in the Spring season with some fun events in Austin this month. Here's a few of the fun and exciting events we have to look forward to.

3/8/19 - 3/17/19
SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival
Various Locations

Hosted by the Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues, noted filmmakers, musicians, and multimedia artists from around the world will come together to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally-recognized event.

3/16/19 - 3/30/19
Rodeo Austin
Travis County Expo Center

The Rodeo Austin is one of the premier events in Austin, featuring Pro rodeo events, daily concerts, livestock show and more. It's a great time for the whole family.

3/17/19
St. Patrick's Day Festival
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

​Celebrates all things Irish at this annual family-friendly festival. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic.

3/27/19 - 3/30/19
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays 
Mike A. Myers Stadium

The premier track & field event brings together the best high school, college and professional athletes from Texas, the U.S. and the world. 

3/27/19 - 3/31/19
World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin Country Club

With a rare, match-play format consisting of the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play field consists of the very best players from around the world and is one of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar.

3/29/19 - 3/30/19
Austin Urban Music Festival
Auditorium Shores

More than 15,000 music revelers converge on Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake to enjoy Austin's only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music.3/31/19

3/31/19
90th ABC Kite Fest
Zilker Park

The nation's oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites in the air and is free to attend for people of all ages; complete with kite flying contests, food, games and more.

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.

 

Enjoy a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

​Have you made plans yet for your romantic outing in Austin? Valentine's Day is coming up fast this Thursday, so don't forget to show your special someone how much you care. And Austin the ideal place for a romantic evening.

Here's some of the best restaurants for Valentine's Day in Austin:

Le Politique

Don't have a date for Valentine's Day? Le Politique will celebrate Galentine’s Day during lunch + dinner on February 13th. Groups of ladies are welcome to make a reservation to celebrate one another. You'll get two complimentary heart-shaped macarons as well. Reservations can be made at https://lepolitiqueaustin.com/reservations.

Central Standard

Central Standard’s is featuring a special Valentine’s Day menu including truffled mashed potatoes, grilled broccolini with braised cippollini onions, porcini mushrooms and wagyu ribeye for sharing. Reservations can be made at https://centralstandardaustin.com/reservations.

La Condesa

La Condesa will feature their A La Carte Dinner special which will be available 2/14 to 2/16. The menu includes Huachinango ($17); Tamal de Pato ($19); Pescado Asado ($39); NY Strip ($45); and Pan y Chocolate ($10). 

Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery

The Uncle Billy’s winter seasonal beer, Shokolad Chocolate Imperial Stout, is back for its third season just in time for Valentine’s Day. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Uncle Billy’s will have a series of sweet pairings during the week of February 11. They will close out the sweet week with two Shokolad Firkins released on Friday, Feb. 15 with an aged cask of Shokolad and a cask of Shokolad infused with chili peppers.

Aloft Hotel

Element  at the Aloft Hotel, will feature a Galentine’s Day special with two buckets of Infinite Monkey Wine in room upon arrival, $250 dining and drinking credit at onsite restaurants & bar, four packages containing robes, slippers, face masks, nail polish and chocolates. Available 2/8-2/18. The Indulgence Package features a sweet treat by Chef Jessica and a bottle of champagne waiting in room upon arrival.

Caroline Restaurant

Caroline’s Valentine’s Day menu specials include Smoked Beef Tataki – $16; Lobster Dinner- $38; and Red Hot Cinnamon Cheesecake – $9. There’s also a featured cocktail – Love Potion No. 9 – $9. Caroline is located in the Aloft Hotel downtown.

Have a happy and romantic Valentine'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 Happy New Year's Eve in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

The time has come to put on our party hats and celebrate the new Year in Austin! 2019 is almost here, so it's time to plan for a fun evening in Austin. Here's a few events to help you bring 2018 to a close.

Experince Austin: NYE 2019
Monday Dec 31, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 3:00 a.m.
NYE Industry Mixer

Experience Austin will have VIP stretch limos and party busses, a private open bar mixer, and performances from Torin, Victor Cyrus, King Paida, and DJ Hubbard.

 

2nd Annual Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Party
Monday Dec 31, 2018, 8:30 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Moonfire Lounge

VIP Seated Tables are available for purchase, which include admission for your group, Champagne, bottles of spirits w/mixers, lite bites, and a Champagne toast at midnight, as well as upgraded party favors.

 

Gatsby’s House – Austin New Years Eve 2019
Monday Dec 31, 2018, 9:00 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

Take a trip back to the roaring twenties, where Flapper and Zoot suits are encouraged at this awesome Gatsby themed NYE party! This event has a little something for everyone with two dance floors, a five hour prepaid bar, and a Casino Night with Craps, Roulette, and Blackjack where you can win up to $250 in VIP gift certificates.

 

The Black Puma’s
Monday Dec 31, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Antone’s

The beat-heavy psychedelic soul project lead by vocalist Eric Burton and guitarist Adrian Quesada will be hosting a NYE Party from 9pm -2am at Antone’s; doors at 8 pm.

 

The Black Angels – New Year’s Eve at Mohawk
Monday December 31, 2018, Doors at 7:00 p.m.
Mohawk

 

Keep It Quiet Presents: The NYE Party
Monday Dec 31, 2018, 9:00 p.m. –Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Fair Market

Ticket purchase includes an open bar, PIZZA, and music from Thank You For Sweating. The event will be sponsored by, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Playa Real Tequila, Red Bull, Nine Banded Whiskey, and others.

 

New Year’s Eve: A Labyrinth Themed Masquerade Ball
Monday Dec 31, 2018, 9:00 p.m. –Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 1:55 a.m.
Indian Roller

Special Creeps will be performing a two-hour live set, followed by DJ Shewolf. There will be a free photo booth and champagne toast at midnight. No cover for this event, doors open at 9pm; 21+ only.

 

Have a happy and safe New Years 2019 in Austin!
 

May Is a Month of Festivals in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

May Is a Month of Festivals in AustinMay is just around the corner, and so are the festivals! You can't beat a great festival in Austin in May, and these upcoming festivals in Austin promise fun for the whole family and for many interests. Here's a few of the festivals coming up in May to plan for.

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Various Locations
5/2/18 - 5/6/18

The festival will showcase contemporary films and videos from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. These films and videos are made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, along with films and videos by or about indigenous groups of the Americas.

www.cinelasamericas.org

JMBLYA
Circuit of The Americas
5/5/18

This three-day, three-city traveling festival comes to Austin this May. The festival will showcase some of the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music today, with headliner J. Cole and performances from Migos, Cardi B, Kevin Gates and many more.

www.jmblya.com

Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival 
East Sixth Street
5/5/18 - 5/6/18

A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafts people turn Sixth Street - historically called Pecan Street - into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages. 

www.pecanstreetfestival.org

Finding Euphoria Fest
Carson Creek Ranch
5/11/18 - 5/13/18

Come to Carson Creek Ranch for live music, camping, yoga and a variety of mindful workshops at this immersive three day festival. There's music styles for everyone - hip-hop, electronic, ambient, tribal and experimental. 

www.euphoriafest.com

There's always fun things to do in Lake Travis and Austin so 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.​

The Best Pizza in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Best Pizza Restaurants in AustinAustin is home to many great things.  And quite arguably, Austin is home to some of the best pizza in all of Texas. That may sound like a boastful statement.  But when you try out some of the top pizza places in Austin, your taste buds will convince you that no other city does pizza better than Austin. If you plan to buy a home in Austin or Lake Travis or already live here, then get ready for some of the best pizza you’ve ever eaten. 

Here’s the top 4 pizza restaurants in Austin.

Home Slice Pizza

If you crave authentic NY Style pizza, then this is the place to go.  They serve it up crispy and fast, with friendly staff to boot. They also put on a great show making their pizzas the NY way which you can enjoy if you can get a seat at the counter.

Pieous

Featuring fresh handmade pizza, great Caesar salads, and outstanding pastrami.  You can enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere inside or on the outside patio. Now celebrating 5 years of making great pizzas, Pieus has quickly become a local Austin favorite, which is evident in the large crowds enjoy their tasty fare.

Pinthouse Pizza

Nothing goes better with great pizza than a refreshing brew. They feature am Irish Stout beer that has a bold flavor that goes with their equally bold pizzas.  Everything is made in house and from scratch from locally sources ingredients when available. Their website describes them as “not gourmet, but we are artisanal. We are not gastropub, but we are craft.”

Via 313 Pizza

313 makes the best Detroit and Bar Style pizzas in Austin.  A slightly different take on the classic pie, the Detroit style is made in a rectangle in metal trays.  The Bar Style have a thin crust that are crispy yet chewy, similar to Detroit style. This style is found from Wisconsin to Massachusetts in any number of beer joints, taverns, and tap rooms. Either way, you’ll get a delicious pie along with outstanding brews on tap.

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.

Austin Is an Antique Collector's Paradise

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.

Wake Up at the Best Coffee Shops In Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

For many residents in Austin, coffee is the way to start the day.  A great coffee shop in Austin is the perfect way to sit and enjoy your favorite hot brew while you converse with friends and neighbors, or just people watch.  Local Austin roasters are obsessive over making the perfect roast.  So if you're looking for a new place to start your day, here are some of the top spots in Austin to find the perfect cup of coffee, teas, and pastries.

Cuvée Coffee

Cuvee Coffee's flagship cafe serves some of the best coffee in Austin, along with beer and pastries.

Patika

Another unique coffee house that also serves wine, beer, cheese and charcuterie plates, housemade baked goods and breakfast/lunch/brunch dishes. They feature sweets such as carrot cake s'mores, root beer float cookies, and peach amaretto pecan doughnuts that are sure to add something new to your morning routine.

Caffé Medici

This Austin staple has 5 branches around town, with makes them more convenient.  They also feature a walk up window and sidewalk cafe. The Clarksville shop offers a warm and homey vibe, while the downtown store boasts a massive espresso bar.

Houndstooth Coffee

If you're a real coffee fanatic, then try Houndstooth. They feature a rotating selection of beans that are carefully prepared. They have two locations in Austin that provide a clean and welcoming atmosphere.

Fleet Coffee Co.

This tiny coffee shop is where you go to try a new specialty drink, such as "The After School Ritual" made with Oreo-infused milk and cookie, or try the "E.T." made with tonic water, espresso, lime, and simple syrup.

Looking for more great things to see and do in Austin? Check out our blog every week for more great reasons to buy a home in Austin and Lake Travis!

Find the Best Golf Courses in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

There are so many things that make Austin stand out as the ideal city to buy a new home. But what really stands out are the amazing golf courses.  And no matter your budget, you can find the right course.  There's municipal courses, daily fee/semi-private courses, a handful of golf resorts, and a collection of exclusive privates for those with connections. So if you love to play golf, then Austin is your city. Here's a few of the top golf courses in Austin to visit.

Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Located just 20 miles from Austin, Wolfdancer is the highest rated golf course in and around Austin according to GolfAdvisor.com.  This course shows off the Texas topography with it's wide variety of landscapes. Plus you won't have to worry about hitting any houses on this expansive course.  You'll also enjoy fine amenities such as fine dining, spa, waterpark, horseback riding, pool, tennis, shops, fitness center and recreational programs.

Omni Barton Creek Resort

Omni is recognized as one of the best golf resorts in the Southwest by GOLF Magazine. This private club and residential course offers outside play to those staying at the hotel. Located near Zilker Park and downtown Austin, this stunning resort offers four unique courses to enjoy. And is you want lessons, there's a Golf Channel Academy available to help you tune up your game.

River Place Country Club

Rive Place is a challenging course that is neck and neck with Wolfdancer for the top spot on the list of best courses in Austin. You can learn from PGA professionals and have access to 6600 yards of hills, creeks, and canyons for a truly memorable golfing experience.

Austin Municipal Courses

Austin also features six municipal courses, reffered to as Golf ATX, which include Jimmy ClayRoy Kizer, Hancock Course, Morris WilliamsLions Municipal Golf Course, and Grey Rock. These courses offer a more affordable experience, while still offering beautiful courses and a great golfing experience. Each course is unique and offer something for every skill level.

There's a golf course in Austin for every taste and budget.  This just scratches the surface of all the great places to golf in Austin.  And if you're looking to buy a home in Austin, you might consider buying a home in one of the outstanding golf course communities here. Check out our Golf Course Communities page to learn more!

 

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