Austin City Guide

A city of live music, street tacos, and public (natural spring) swimming pools that welcomes everyone! Although Austin is landlocked in the middle of big ol’ Texas, it has a coastal, easy living vibe. It seems like everyday is a casual Saturday, as people are walking around and enjoying a coffee, hanging out in parks, kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, or strolling on South Congress. Austin is one of the few places I could easily call home. The people here are diverse, friendly and encourage everyone to be who they want to be. Without question it is one of my favorites cities in the United States and I’m excited for it to be one of yours, as well! I’ve divided this city guide up by restaurants, bars, and activities. Enjoy!

Restaurants

Austin is sprawling with restaurants and it seems like new ones pop up monthly. Here are a few of my current favorites…

For date night or nice dinner with friends, I suggest Josephine House, Mattie’s, or the retro Launderette. If you are like me and enjoy variety then Austin has you covered. Check out Uchi for great sushi, Sway for unique, upscale Thai, and Odd Duck for new American bites in a tapa style meal. All three have visual appeal, are dimly lit and are a perfect way to start a night out.
There are several awesome food spots on South Congress. Check out Cafe No Se for a healthy meal or choose from American staples(French fries, hamburger, avocado toast). The atmosphere has an upscale café feel, is bright and rustic cool. If you prefer something a little darker and sexier then head down the street to Central Standard Austin. For more low key and delicious eats on South Congress go to Hopdoddy for burgers or Home Slice Pizza for pizza, obviously. Assuming you are like 99% of the world and enjoy brunch my favorites are South Congress Café (get the bloody mary, crab cake benedicts and carrot-cake french toast!) or if it’s Sunday then head to the unbelievable buffet at Moonshine.
Specific Cravings…..

Bars and Nightlife

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Let’s go by “district” to make it easy. East 6th Street is your college/rage crowd. It is also known as “Dirty 6”. If you are looking for cheaper drinks and a younger crowd that’s ready to turn up then hop around this area. I like the Library bar, East Side Showroom and Blind Pig Pub. You will see a lot of people on their 21st birthday and bachelorette parties. Just a 1/2-1 mile down the road the bars get a little more clean and fancy.  This is West 6th Street. The age range is closer to 25-35 years old. I’m a fan of Dogwood and Parlor and Yard.
For a totally different scene check out Rainey Street. Rainey Street is a growing group of residential houses (some historical) that have been revamped into bars and food trucks with awesome outdoor setups. Day drinking is great here or if you are looking for a more relaxed night out with games, life music and a backyard feel. Definitely grab food at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden!  Eastside/East Cesar Chavez pulls a local crowd and if you prefer off the beaten path then check out this area.  Volstead lounge, Kitty Cohen’s and Whisler’s are good options. To make it a late night…my favorite clubs are Ethics Music Lounge, Summit, and Plush. Check out Barbarella if you like a gritty, quirky vibe with lots of dancing and little talking.
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Activities

Austin is full of activities, but easy access to water activities makes it unique. Take a swim at Barton Springs in Zilker Park — a 1,000-feet long spring-fed swimming pool with a year-round of temperature of 68‎°.  Tons of people picnic and hang here on warm days. A more family friendly option with kiddos is the shallow Deep Eddy in Eilers Park. If you are up for venturing outside Austin, visit the nearby Krause Springs in Spicewood, which has a manmade pool and natural pool fed by springs; and the stunning Hamilton Pool. It is worth the short drive! I highly suggest getting out on Lake Austin or Lake Travis. Lake Austin is just 3-4 miles from downtown and has a party cove, as well as a few fun lake Bars (Hula Hut and Abel’s). Lake Travis is 30-40 minutes away with gorgeous blue water with lots of water sports. There are several boat rental companies to choose from.
For shopping, I enjoy the walkable stretch of South Congress. It has a solid lineup of unique shops including Stag (for men), Sunroom (for women), Feathers & Prototype (vintage clothing) and South Congress Books, where you can find an unusual collection of vintage books focusing on art, photography and music.
I hope you enjoy Austin as much as I do!
Thanks for adventuring. On to the next..
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Blonde Boarding
@SeeKelsGo

Cabo City Guide

Cabo is going to be one of my happy places. Waking up to the sound of waves, eating chips and guacamole at every meal and not being overwhelmed with too many tourists or hotels. Plus the margaritas are just flooowin’! The best and simple kind… tasty tequila, a solid orange liquor, fresh lime juice and muddled jalapeno. That’s it. And lets be real, when I can have a gorgeous beach, eat guac and shrimp tacos at any meal, and drink margs then I’m in a very happy place. So you know I love Cabo…. now lets get you prepared to love it too!

Restaurants

  • Flora Farms -This place is a MUST!!!! Yes, it is most likely 30-45 minutes away from where you are staying but it is oh so worth it!! You know I’m always on the search for places with good vibes and this place is better than good.. the energy is amazing! It is a 10 acre organic farm. Imagine getting dropped off and seeing flowers everywhere, a vintage ice cream stand, rescue dogs running happy and free, and veggies being grown all over. Then go to the restaurant and drink the carrot margarita and be happy forever. But really, do it. Pizza, chicken burger, and lemon ricotta pancakes were all mouth-watering.
  • El Farallon – Incredible dinner on a cliff overlooking the ocean. This restaurant is located at the gorgeous Resort at Pedregal so make sure to get a reservation ahead of time, plus it’s a cool resort to check out! Go early and enjoy the champagne terrace at the restaurant.  Everything is written on a chalk board and you will pick the fish and side items you would like to ear prior to being seated. This spot is very romantic and will be more expensive than other dinners. It’s worth it for the views, atmosphere, and great good. Highly recommend it for a date night or special occasion.
  • Edith’s – Amazing Mexican restaurant with great margs. Bright yellow building next to the public beach, you can’t miss it. Fun mariachi band and delicious food. It definitely makes for a special night.
  • Sunset MonaLisa  – 5th coolest restaurant in the world. Words can’t describe this place. Try to go at sunset…. and it’s Italian Food. In Mexico. Just do it.
  • Mango Deck – If you are here for a bachelorette party or with a group of friends then this place is a must!! Dancing on tables, lots of drinking regardless of the time, great entertainment and it is right on the beach!

Activities

  • Medano Beach – This is the only beach where you can actually swim in Cabo. It’s crowded yet still a fun time. Several restaurants surround it and you can order drinks on the beach.
  • G-Force Adventures – UTVs, ATVs and a whole lot of fun. A perfect way to break up laying in the sun and sipping on margs. The tours are wild and the trails are very pretty with great guides. You will get to see a whole new side of Cabo with untouched beaches and cactus everywhere. Most tours run about 3 hours. Get ready to see some ridiculous views, get crazy in the sand and have a dirty, good time. And really, you will get very dirty! I loved this off roading adventure and it totally broke up the relaxing days of the trip with something more exciting. The company will pick you up from your hotel regardless of the location which is an added perk!
  • Take a boat to lovers and divorce beach

Nightlife

Cabo luckily has a lot of it! Most bars and clubs are within walking distance of each other. The clubs are fun and the streets are well-light up. Have fun and hop around.

Lodging

Cabo has less hotels than say Cancun so it is usually a bit pricier. If you are with a big group of people then I would definitely recommend renting a house. If you have some extra change to toss around and want to go all out then stay at One&Only Palmilla or The Resort at Pedregal. Las Ventanas  is another good option. To save some money check out what deals are going on through www.hotels.com or Trip Advisor. Highly recommend staying close to downtown!

Thanks for adventuring along! On to the next..

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Blonde Boarding

@SeeKelsGo

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