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Plan the Perfect Valentine's Day in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Austin Valentine's Day IdeasIf you're looking for something special to do for Valentine's Day this year, don't worry. Austin is full of great ways to spend the day with your sweetheart.  Austin is rife with unique culture, art, diversity, and plenty of special events, activities, clubs, concerts and more. And of course you can find plenty of special packages at hotels and restaurants for a special evening. And you don't have to be in a romance to have fun.  There's plenty of ways for people who are “single and want to mingle,” hanging with girls, or having a night out with the guys to have a great time.  Here's a few of the best ways to enjoy Valentine's Day this year in Austin.

Romantic Weekend Hotel Packages

This is for couples who want to have a weekend getaway. Even if you live in Austin, you can take a weekend getaway to various hotels offering special packages. lets you choose from tons of sweet little inns to get away from the city. Visit to make romantic reservations for a sweet package for two.

Zilker Botanical Gardens

This is a great idea no matter if it's for a family, an outing with friends, date groups, or just the two of you.  The 31 acres of greenery set among the Colorado River makes the perfect setting for a picnic of wine and cheese. Or you can dine at the Garden’s cafe. Best of all, these gardens are free to visit, saving more money for chocolates!

Ride a Horse-Drawn Carriage

What can be more romantic than taking a ride through downtown in a horse-drawn carriage? Die Gelbe Rose Carriage and Austin Carriage both offer great deals. This is also a great idea for the family, especially the kids. Bring some flowers and enjoy the ride! 

Austin Steam Train

Climb aboard this special Hill Country Flyer or the Valentine's Day Dinner Train to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They will take you on a romantic ride through the Texas Hill Country, crossing the South San Gabriel River and Short Creek Canyon. During the two hour layover in Burnet you can enjoy lunch and shopping on your own, a leisurely stroll around the historic town square and the Wild West Gunfight (weather permitting). Adult-only cars and family friendly cars are available. Or take a ride on the Valentine’s Day dinner train and enjoy handcrafted premium wines from The Austin Winery at the three course wine pairing dinner.

Want to learn more about what makes Austin and Lake Travis such a great place to live? Check back on our blog every week for more fun things to do in Austin!


Celebrate the New Year in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Where has the year gone?  It's hard to believe, but another year has come and gone, and now it's time to celebrate a new year in Austin.  If you haven't already made plans, the there's a number of great ways coming up in Austin to help you celebrate. Here's a few events coming up that you're sure to enjoy.

Austin's New Year

This free event has it all - food trucks, fun for the kids, art installations, and best of all, a grand fireworks display over Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy live music from Tomar and the FCS, Brownout, Magna Carda and Ian Moore Band.

Gatsby's House - Austin New Years Eve 2018

The Omni Austin Hotel is hosting one of the most upscale New Year's Eve parties in Austin. Take a trip back to the roaring 20's as you dance the night away toDJ Tony Styles alongside a supporting cast of all-star deejays. Enjoy premium drinks from a fully stocked prepaid bar and multiple courses of hors d'œuvres. Throw on your best 20's attire and get ready to have the time of the year.

New Year's Eve 2018 VIP Party at The Rooftop on 6th

The Rooftop on Sixth​ is hosting the ultimate NYE celebration. Come party at the hottest bar on E 6th St. It's the biggest balloon drop in Austin, with complimentary champagne at midnight. Make sure to reserve early to save money.

Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve in Austin and a happy 2018!

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!

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!

Get Ready For Fun in Austin This Month

by Rebecca Shahan

Fun times are at hand in Austin this month!  There’s plenty of good times to be had this April in Austin.  So get ready for a great time with these upcoming events!

Euphoria Fest | 4/6/17 - 4/9/17

Enjoy live music, yoga, and camping at this four day festival. Artists such as Alesso, Chromeo, Wiz Khalifa, Magna Carda and more will bring together music styles that cover ambient, electronic, hip-hop, tribal and experimental.

The 16th Annual Lonestar Round Up | 4/7/17 - 4/8/17

Hot rod and custom car enthusiasts unite at the Travis County Expo Center to see vintage cars from all over the country.

Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort | 4/14/17 - 4/16/17

Indulge in the splendor and colors of over 20 hot air balloons from across the country as they meet at the Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort. Enjoy balloon rides, live music, and the annual evening balloon glow.

Weird Homes Tour | 4/22/17

Tour some of Austin’s wackiest and creative homes and meet the homeowners, as you discover what "Keep Austin Weird" is all about.

Check out more fun events in Austin this month!

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