So after I was a total mamarazzi at Disney, I really didn’t take out the camera too too much on our trip to Austin. I mean, I did have to take a few photos of our trip, right? Plus, I knew the Pinkle Toes Workshop would be intense and I’d be taking a gazillion photos.
So our trip was mostly about Austin but we did take the first day to go to San Antonio. A few favorites from the trip:
The Salt Lick – Amazing. Really. I never liked brisket before and that was all I could think about the rest of the trip.This was the first place we ate when we got there and when I was leaving, I was sooo happy there was one in the airport! woo – hoo! (Did you know the Austin airport has live music? #awesome)
So, our first day there we headed to San Antonio. Owen rode two airplanes, a monorail (Houston airport), a riverboat (LOVED) and a taxi all in one day. So you know he loves transportation and was super excited about each one but the cutest was the taxi. We didn’t even mention we were getting a taxi and when he saw it, he started screaming, “We’re in a taxi car, we’re in a taxi!” (Another one of those I used to be a second grade teacher love that he made a connection to his puzzle-first time he’s seen a taxi-connection.)
We haven’t been to San Antonio since 2007, and I totally forgot how gorgeous the river walk is – just breathtaking. We had fun walking around and just love the boat tour – so fun. It kind of reminded me of the Jungle Cruise since I mean, we just got back from Disney.
We also stopped and tried Kolaches while we were there – delicious. I’m not sure how many Owen ate – he loved them and kept asking for more.
Okay – so all about Austin. Let’s see..
*We took Owen to Zilker Park to let him run around – of course he needed his superman cape.
*Next stop – South Congress Avenue. (SoCo) We visited Jo’s Coffee and tried the Iced Turbo. (LOVED!) We also stopped to snap Owen’s picture at the I love you so much wall. We had to wait a few minutes for our turn and watched several photoshoots in the next hour while we were shopping nearby.
Shopping on South Congress is amazing. I think I could spend days there – so many pretty clothes, vintage finds, antiques, boots, etc. Owen got a super cool sheriff pin for his cowboy hat. We met some really nice store owners and one store had a display of old film cameras and equipment. I wanted to take all of them home. (I couldn’t really buy too much because my super bright yellow suitcase and my epiphanie bag was packed to the max.) P.S. – that bag is awesome if you need to fly with your camera, lenses, and laptop. And, I mean, if there is an Austin fire truck practically on the sidewalk, Owen definitely needed to check it out! He thought it was the best thing ever.
Eats. There was like a million amazing places to pick from on South Congress, and we had so many recommendations. (And there are all kinds of food trucks everywhere!) We went with
*The Mighty Cone – the avocado cone is delicious!
*Hopdoddy Burger Bar – So many cool things about this place. First of all, you just get in line to order and they find you a place to sit and put the number on the table. So nice, especially when you have little ones. (And it was BUSY) We walked right in but as we were eating, the line was out the door. We really wanted a good burger and this place was awesome!
What else did we do?
*Definitely ate at The Oasis on Lake Travis. Lake Travis is just gorgeous and our view while eating was just beautiful. It is the sunset capital of the world, for sure, and they definitely ring a bell at sunset so you do not miss it.
*Maria’s Tacos Xpress for breakfast – delicious.
Went and explored the University of Texas campus, checked out the Whole Foods which was founded in Austin, stopped at the Farmer’s Market downtown, and since it was close by, dropped by Jo’s Coffee on West 2nd Street for another Iced Turbo. #ofcourse.
Oh, and we had to take batman to see the Austin bats. We weren’t sure if we were going to see anything this time of year but right at sunset they appeared. It was really cool to see!
When I started this post, I had no idea I had so much to write! It was such a fun family trip, and it was really cool to see and explore Austin. (And now I’m going to check into ordering online from the Salt Lick)