Happy 7-months-in-Texas anniversary to me! Thus far, my only real complaint is the blazing hot weather the city has been experiencing over the past couple of weeks. Apparently it’s only going to get hotter (or so I’ve heard), but that just gives me more of an incentive to bust out my oversized inflatable pizza float – complete with cup holders – and head to the nearest springs. I should probably bite the bullet and apply for a new driver’s license, but my biggest fear is that I’ll get summoned for jury duty. I only live about two blocks from the courthouse; however, the prospect of being confined to an uncomfortable seat all day long while deciding the fate of another human I have absolutely no connection to is dreadful. One would never guess I have a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. But, I digress.
I was able to devote a few uninterrupted hours to “me time” this past weekend, and at last, I penned my long-awaited ‘Quintessential Austin, TX Bucket List’. PS. If you’re wondering why Torchy’s Tacos didn’t make the cut, it’s not because I don’t appreciate a delicious, savory burrito that melts in your mouth on contact, but rather I’ve discovered ample Mexican restaurants in the Austin area that are just as delicious. And it’s my bucket list. So there.
Welcome to Austin!
In no particular order:
Consume authentic breakfast tacos from a food truck. Enjoy a late lunch at Abel’s On The Lake while overlooking beautiful Lake Austin.
- Witness a sunset from the patio at Oasis Brewery.
- Indulge in at least three (or more) different flavors of Amy’s Ice Cream.
- Camp out in lawn chairs at 8am in a bid to taste the delectable flavors yielded by the world-famous Franklin’s Barbecue.
- If that fails, settle for the next best (but still really, really good) option: Snow’s Bar-B-Q.
- Grab an iced coffee with extra cream at Mozart’s Coffee.
- Take a cooking class and learn how to curate a new & exotic dish.
- Biscuits and brunch at Irene’s (Only on Sundays, though).
- Have breakfast accompanied by mimosas on Rainey Street.
- Order my signature drink (a sweet white wine) at the Easy Tiger.
- Celebrate Christmas in July at Lala’s Bar.
- Go to a winery. Any winery. All the wineries.
- Visit a speakeasy.
Eat a meal at Austin’s most instagrammable joint: Grizzeldas.
Dinner at La Traviata downtown. I would eat this Chicken Parmesan dish every night for the rest of my life, if I could.
Things to do and places to see:
- Snap a picture in front of the infamous ‘Butter Half’ mural (as well as every single one of these).
- Attend an ACL Live Taping.
Get a taste of Texas politics through a tour of the Capitol Building. Catch a comedy show at Esther’s Follies. Party on East Sixth, West Sixth AND Dirty Sixth (and by party I mean have a single drink and be home by midnight).
- Brush up on my knowledge of the lone star state at the Texas St. History Museum.
- Two words: Sixth Street.
- See a classic movie at a drive-in movie theatre.
- Partake in a ghost tour.
Go shopping at The Domain. Buy tickets to a movie party at the Alamo Drafthouse.
- Convince my boyfriend that spending the $10 admission fee at Museum of Weird is worth it.
Sneak in (or be invited to) an elusive SXSW party.
- Plan a weekend stay-cation at the iconic Hotel San Jose or equally charming Hotel Ella.
- Spend hours moseying around the Blanton Museum of Art.
The world famous ‘i love you so much’ mural outside of Jo’s Coffee on South Congress.
With the term ‘outdoors’ used loosely:
Climb the extremely tall staircase up to Mount Bonnell. Prance around at Hippie Hollow (with my clothes on, of course).
- Take in the stunning views at Hamilton Pool Preserve.
- Spend the day at Sculpture Falls on the Greenbelt.
- Brave the arctic temperatures at Barton Springs.
- Hike to McKinney Falls.
- Rent bikes and explore the town in true Austinite fashion.
- Hop in a canoe and float down the Colorado River.
- Wake up early on a Saturday morning and head to a local farmer’s market.
- Relax and unwind at the Lake Austin Spa.
- Go swimming in the infinity pool at Traavasa Austin. Seriously, it’s pretty amazing.
- Witness the bat watching phenomenon.
Visit an alpaca farm.
- Attend a University of Texas game.
- Hop on the back of a horse and ride through the beautiful Texas hills (on a non-summer day, obviously).
Scintillating city views from Mount Bonnell.
Spend at least an entire day in the following places:
- New Braunfels
- San Antonio
- Enchanted Rock
- Longhorn Cavern State Park
- Colorado Bend State Park
- Big Bend National Park
- White Sands National Monument (New Mexico)
- Marfa (and spend the night here)
- La Grange
- Johnson City
- Dripping Springs
Have I missed any life altering, quintessential Austin, Texas landmarks, restaurants, and/or attractions that need to be on this bucket list? If so, let me know in the comments below!