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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.

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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.


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  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!


Round Out the Holidays WIth These Fun Events in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

​The holiday season in Austin is well underway, but there's still time to round out the season and make it one to remember.  Austin is full of great holiday events that will help you and your family get the most out of this holiday season.  Here's a few of the top events for you to enjoy.

Trail of Lights

Bring the whole family to this spectacular mile walk of dazzling lights at Zilker Park. You can also bring a can of food to help the Trail collect 25,000 meals for the Central Texas Food Bank. ​

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Come experience this unique shopping experience and pick up some great last-minute gifts. There's live music, wide aisles for dancing, along with great gifts from more than 100 artists and craftsmen. Don't miss this cherished Austin tradition.

Ice Skating on Whole Foods Roof

Ever ice skated on a roof?  Now's your chance! Whole Foods Market on South Lamar is hosting it's 13th annual Ice Skating on the Rooftop Plaza through Jan 15.  This Austin tradition draws over 16,000 skaters per year. Bring your family and join this fun holiday tradition!

Discover the RIch History of Texas

by Rebecca Shahan

One of the many things that makes Austin Texas such a great city is its rich history.  And there’s no better place to discover the history of Texas and the rest of the world than at one of the many fine museums in Austin. From presidential history to art and military history, there’s something for everyone.  Here’s a few of the best museums in Austin to start you on a voyage of discovery.

LBJ Presidential Library

Learn all about the life and times of Texas native President Lyndon Baines Johnson in this visually stunning presidential library. Exhibits from his historic presidency include The Legacy Gallery, November 22, 1963, The Vietnam Conflict, Social Justice Gallery, The Presidential Limousine, Oval Office, The White House Years, and Humor and the Presidency.

Bullock Texas State History Museum

You’ll learn all about every aspect of Texas history at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. With one of the largest IMAX screens in Texas, you can thrill at feature Hollywood films and special IMAX presentations. The feature an ever-changing display of artifacts, documents, and photos that reveal the rich history of Texas, so you can keep coming back and learning even more each time.

Brigadier General John C. L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum

Discover the exciting history of Texas’ military from 1823 to 1903 when the National Guard was created. You’ll see a wide range of tanks, self-propelled guns, armored personnel carriers, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, trucks, and much more.

Say Thanks to Mother in Austin!

by Rebecca Shahan

It's that time again to tell our moms how much we love them for all they do.  Have you thought about how you're going to tell your mom thanks? If you need some help, here's a few ideas for ways to say thanks to mother in Austin.

The Driskill Presents and Elegant Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Bring mom to The Driskill from Thursday to Sunday for an elegant afternoon tea, featuring delicious French Pastries, champagne, fragrant teas, scones, tea sandwiches, classic French pastries and petite fours.

Build & Brunch With Mom

Why not build a terrarium with mom while you enjoy a delicious brunch? This is a class that lets you and your mom each build your own basic terrarium.  A unique way to spend the day with mom!

Mother's Day Celebration at Krause's Cafe

Treat your mom this Sunday to Nutella Stuffed Pancakes served with fresh strawberries, Fresh Market Quiche made with ham, and other delights.

If you want more ideas, check out this list of ways to thank mom in Austin this week.

Have a happy Mother's Day!

Enjoy the Beauty of Austin Parks

by Rebecca Shahan

Have you had a chance to experience the many beautiful parks in Austin lately? 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. Here’s a few parks you might want to explore soon.

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.

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