Some weekends are better than others. I've been fortunate to have been at the beach more than once this summer and host visitors that allowed me to show them a bit of what our beautiful city of
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Dated: June 1 2019
Take Back Touristy Austin
Just For Locals !
Austin has something for everyone. Even those who don’t live here can easily find an excuse to visit the 512. Be it our Instagram-able food, waterfront views or our myriad of festivals, Austin attracts visitors like Bats to the Congress Avenue bridge.
But where does it all end? Can’t we have our city to ourselves every once in awhile? Thankfully, there are a few places in the corners and crannies that the tourists haven’t discovered yet. These places offer everything Austin is known for, but they’re a bit quieter about it.
No lines, wristbands or badges, just authentic Austin for locals. So let’s take back our city! But shhh…don’t let anyone else know about it. Here are a few of my Favs!!!!!
Covert Park at Mount Bonnell is 5.1 acre historic linear park with a prominent overlook that is one of the most visited sites in Austin. Mount Bonnell is a 775-foot-high outcrop along the eastern shore of Lake Austin. The peak of the overlook is a craggy limestone outcropping surrounded by a forested area of live oak, ash juniper, persimmon and mountain laurel that spans the slope between Mount Bonnell Road and the trails at the top of the park.
Fun Fact my husband proposed to me on the outer cliffs of Mount Bonell where you are no longer allowed.
Dry Creek Cafe & Boat Dock
Hidden in the Mount Bonnell neighborhood is the hole-in-the-wall bar serving cheap beers. Shoot some pool and spin some tunes on the vintage jukebox, or pull up a folding chair and take in the Viewst over Lady Bird Lake.
Casino El Camino
Casino El Camino home to "The Best Burger in Town." Juicy and tender, the 12-ounce monsters come topped with everything from cheese and thick-cut bacon to roasted Serrano peppers and Texas-hot buffalo sauce. For a spicy side, pair your burger with Verde Chili Fries and their awesome bloody mary or selection of Beers.
Laguna Gloria is a restored 1916 Mediterranean style villa that was built by Texas legend Clara Driscoll and is now owned by the AMOA-Arthouse. The home and grounds, located at the end of W. 35th Street, are free to visit. Clara Driscoll married Hal Sevier, the owner of the newspaper The Austin American. After a honeymoon at Lake Como in Italy, they purchased property from Stephen F. Austin. Clara hired an architect from San Antonio to build a home in the Italiante style. The grounds also feature a fountain from Rome and several statues imported from Italy. The lush 12-acre grounds overlooking Lake Austin and it was easy to see why so many weddings are held on the property.
Jester King Brewery
An authentic farmhouse brewery established in 2010, Jester King is an authentic brewer of farmhouse ales connected to a time, place and people. Their philosophy is to work in partnership with nature to create beer unique to our natural surroundings.
Over the years, they've grown into a welcoming destination for people of all ages to enjoy food, drink, friends, family and community. Enjoy all that the brewery, restaurant, farm, event hall and 165 acres of preserved land has to offer!
The Salt Lick
The Salt Lick was opened in Driftwood in 1967 by Thurman Roberts, Sr. and his wife Hisako T. Roberts. It quickly grew in popularity and went from being open just a few times a year to seven days a week. Roberts and Hisako built the Salt Lick restaurant on the ranch where he was born, using locally quarried limestone. Hisako's Hawaiian heritage inspired the sweet barbecue sauce used in the restaurant.Thurman died in 1981, leaving Hisako in charge of The Salt Lick until 1985, when she passed control of the restaurant to its current owners, Scott Roberts (son of Thurman and Hisako) and Scott's wife Susan.
Red Bud Isle
Austin is notorious for being a dog-friendly city. It’s full of restaurants, bars, and events that all welcome the furry family member. Dog parks are also common, but there is one particular park so unique it deserves its own visit, regardless of where you live.
Red Bud Isle Park is an off-leash dog island. Sound like paradise? Basically. As you stroll along the wide, well-kept walking loop, dogs bound about ahead, darting in and out of small patches of forest.
Red Bud Isle (3401 Redbud Trail), which is run by the Austin Parks & Recreation Department, is 13 acres of leash free fun for your furry friend. It’s like going to Six Flags and Sea World and the Zoo all in one.
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