Beat the Texas Heat in these Austin Lakes!

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There are so many reasons that we love Austin: dog friendly, constant live music, amazing eats and fantastic bar scene.  All of those reasons, plus we are surrounded by the indescribable beauty of the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes. Everyone complains about the Texas heat but access to these lakes makes that heat so much more bearable. So here are our picks for all the best lakes in the Hill Country. Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake) separates south from north Austin. A loop of 10 miles is a runner’s paradise with tons of shade. It is also home to many kayak and paddle board activities.  The best combo is a run first then follow it up with something on the water to cool off. People also love to take their dogs on walks here and then let them swim and play with other pups at Auditorium Shores. Photo credit: Tekh Radar Lake Austin is a bit colder because the water flow comes from the bottom of Lake Travis fed from Mansfield Dam. But when Austin is 110 plus degrees it makes it so much more delicious, so grab that swimsuit and get at it.  Access can be from the popular location of Emma Long off 2222 and 360. Emma provides picnic areas, camping, courtesy docks, parking and restrooms. Commons Ford Park is located off Bee Caves, it has a 2 minute walk through Live Oaks and hiking trails surrounding it.  Commons has picnic areas, courtesy dock, restrooms…

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Top Thai Restaurants in Austin

By | Austin, Food

Craving something spicy and healthy? Look no further than all that Thai cuisine has to offer! We know all the best spots in Austin when you want to grab a bite whether that be quick and casual, or a fancy sit down 4 course meal! Coat & Thai This is our favorite food truck on and probably hands down one of the best Thai food we’ve ever tasted. The dishes are all at an affordable price and in an amazing location on Barton Springs Road! A popular go to is the Pad Thai and the Pad Peanut Sauce! Make sure to go there early in the day too if you want their spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce. This place is perfect for a quick dinner after a hot Texas day. Head to Barton Springs Pool afterwards, or walk to Shady Grove and grab a beer afterwards! Thai Fresh Love organic and local food? Look no further than Thai Fresh! Located in the desirable Bouldin Creek neighborhood, there is so much to offer here. This restaurant partners with local farmers and business to make their locally sourced dishes. The menu is endless with Thai dishes, coffee options, a gluten-free bakery, and they even offer cooking lessons! This restaurant is open til 11pm if you have late night craving! We recommend trying their curries and the coconut soup also known as Tom Kha. Everything here is seriously amazing, and the best part is they include tips in their pricing! photo credit: Thai Fresh Mai Thai Located in Downtown Austin with so…

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The Best Hidden Bars in Austin

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Did you ever wish you could live in the 1920’s during the Prohibition era and walk into a Speakeasy where you could drink in secret? Well you’re about to experience what it’s like to time travel, because Austin has some of the coolest hidden bars and speakeasy’s we’ve ever seen. These places are super exclusive and intimate. Some of them require a password or a code to get into which is what makes them unique. Get away from the crowds on Sixth Street and add these hidden gems to your Austin bucket list! Floppy Disk Repair Co. Don’t let the name fool you. What looks to be a place to get computer hardware fixed, turns out is one of our favorite secret spots. This hidden bar is right beside the infamous Handlebar (bar featuring a rooftop with fun games, photobooth, and a see-saw!) on the corner of 5th and Brazos. The only catch is how to get in. This place it kept a secret because they change the code to get in every week, and you can usually only get it through a friend of a friend. Walk into an intimate setting through beaded curtains and be greeted by the doorman. There’s also a red neon sign (snap a quick picture for the gram) that says “MMM… your hair smells pretty.” The drinks are amazing, the swing seats rock, and the intimate setting is unbeatable. Garage Bar Ever want to grab a street in a parking garage? Well in this Austin favorite, you can actually make that dream…

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How to Sunday Funday in Austin!

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Austinites know how to Sunday Funday like no other city. While most people would consider this a day to cure their hangovers and wounds from the weekend, Austin knows how to keep the party going! This is an actually thing here ya’ll, we’re not kidding! We know all the perfect spots to be when you’re looking to chase away those Sunday scaries. Now get your group of friends together after you Saturday night out and relive all the memories you made the night before and run to Rainey! Here’s a few of our favorite locations around town if you’re looking to keep the ball rolling! RAINEY STREET If you have never been to Rainey, think of it as that small town feel right in the middle of the city. There is so much character and charm in which is what makes this so special. In rows of little quaint bungalow style bars, lies endless amounts of options for you to explore! This is a super popular area on Sunday’s so make sure you get here early to beat the crowd and avoid the wait! Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden If you’re looking to sip on some manmosa’s (yes MANmosa’s because they’re huge) and listen to live music be sure to stop at Banger’s for their Sunday brunch from 10am-4pm! There’s also outdoor seating and an off the leash dog park so you can bring your furry friend along to hangout! If champagne isn’t really your jam, choose from their super long list of beers! They also have plenty…

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The Best Spots to Nature and Chill in Austin!

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Austin is such a gem of a city because there is so many places to kick back and enjoy nature and chill. With so much greenery and hiking trails to offer, this city is attracting people from all over the map! Moving to a new city may be intimidating, but these places will make you feel right at home and soon you’ll consider yourself an Austinite! Barton Springs Pool Right in the heart of Austin, lies a swimming hole infamously known as Barton Springs Pool. Locals love to come here in the heat of the summer and cool down. Since this pool is sourced from natural springs it stays the same temperature year round which is around 68-70 degrees. It’s the perfect place to swim, picnic, and get your tan on with your friends! Zilker Park Across the street from Barton Springs Pool, you will find probably the most well known park in Austin, Zilker Park! Bring a hammock, or blanket and enjoy a relaxing day off with friends here. Bring a kite or play with your dog as well! There are also many sports organizations that get together and play games here. With gorgeous views of the Austin skyline, so much space this is the perfect location to enjoy all that this city has to offer. Free concert series “Blues on the Green” are featured here in the summer with various local Austin artists. In early fall, Austin City Limits (also known by many as ACL) is held here typically in…

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Domain Living: North Austin's New Hot Spot!

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The newest hot spot in Austin is the Domain and we got you covered on fun things to do here while also living in an amazing apartment! This lifestyle center is something everyone wants in their city and we love the Domain for giving us everything and then some in north Austin. With it being a huge hub for shopping, entertainment, and amazing food spots, we cannot get enough of this location! After being stuck in that rush hour commute, you will want a place where you can have everything in walking distance. Save your time and money by living here! Imagine living in a luxury property, walking out your door to do some shopping, laying out by the pool, and then going for happy hour with your closest friends. You may dream of having all this in walking distance… Unreal, right? Not at all. You really can have it all if you decide to live here and we know you will want to after you see these gorgeous properties! Sports Lovers Paradise For all of you sport lovers out there, we have this first property that is surrounded by awesome bars and food joints. Whether you feel like going to TopGolf to have some target practice and drink a beer, or if you want to walk to Domain Central Park with your dog, the location of this property has so much to offer. It is also a pet friendly community so you can bring your dog along! With full amenities and luxurious units, this place will…

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Queso Quest: Best Places to Chip and Dip in Austin!

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In Austin, we are absolutely obsessed with any related to Tex-Mex and tacos and of course our favorite; chips and queso! We are excited to share all that this energetic city has to offer. Some great places to eat queso is just one of the many reasons why we love Austin so very much. For all you foodies out there, we are on a queso quest to find the best places to kick back and enjoy no matter where you live. Let us take you on a journey across Austin where you can chip and dip all you want! Chuy’s Lets start off with a classic place known as Chuy’s in South Central! This is an Austin original and is always packed with people who are looking to get the ultimate queso experience while also sippin’ on a cold margarita. Queso’s offered here are chile con queso and queso compuesto. Right down the road is Zilker Park (dreaming of ACL and Trail of Lights) and the beautiful and always cold Barton Springs Pool. Don’t worry, we also got you covered on a great property close to here! With full amenities and the close access to downtown and Lady Bird Lake these units have something for everyone. There is so much character with wood style floors, exposed concrete ceilings, gorgeous glass tile backsplash, and huge windows to enjoy a view from any direction from downtown to Zilker Park! One bedrooms starting at $1745 and two bedrooms starting at $2247 (2/2 Available starting in May) Magnolia Cafe Next up…

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SOCO's Sister: South First Street!

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If you are in love with South Congress, but are trying to find a place to live that is more peaceful and has chill vibes, look no further than South 1st Street! We love this street to live on because it has SO much to offer and we consider it the laid back sister of South Congress. From restaurants like Sway and Elizabeth Street Cafe to the low key South Austin Trailer Park Eatery and Bouldin Creek Cafe, this is every foodie’s dream location! The shopping and artwork on this street too will give you all the artistic feels. We particularly love Roadside Relics and the Art for the People Gallery. There is also South 1st Friday’s, which is an art walk along the street! Along the street, there are plenty of trees and greenery too which will make you feel like you’re not in the hustle and bustle of the city, although you will be in walking distance to downtown! There are plenty of trails and parks nearby too, if you need to get a quick workout in such as Lady Bird Lake, and a park next to the Palmer Events Center. Who knew one street could have so much character, and also has great properties to live in! One fancy property that we love is located on the end of South 1st street has all the amenities you would ever need! If you are looking for a place to feel immediately comfortable but also pampered, this apartment complex has it all! In…

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Best Brunch Spots in Austin

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Brunch is the most important meal of the weekend. The perfect combination of breakfast, lunch and booze, and the cure-all for hunger and hangovers; and Austinites know how to brunch better than most. The weekend would not be complete with out mimosa sippin’ and patio chillin’! Here are 5 brunch spots in Austin that we love and frequent on the weekends! Takoba Brunch 10am to 3pm Saturday-Sunday Takoba is a trendy spot that serves delicious Mexican cuisine with a modern flare, and their brunch is FIRE. We love the Migas, Huevo Divorciados, and our absolute fav is the Pan Tostado con Platanos (French toast with caramelized bananas in guajillo honey topped with vanilla whipped cream). Okay, like how mouth watering does that sound?! And they have huge mimosa carafes for $8, plus an array of margs and Bloody Mary’s!   EastSide Tavern Brunch 11am to 3pm Saturday-Sunday Texans know that barbecue is delicious at any time of day, so naturally we had to have EastSide Tavern on our list. Known for their tender cuts of meats, sides, and craft beer, this place is perf if you’re wanting to try something new for brunch! Our fav things on the menu include barbecue breakfast tacos, brisket hash, and endless mimosas. Did someone just say ENDLESS mimosas?!?!?!?! Haaaaay. So maybe barbecue isn’t your thing but you can’t miss out on these mimosas. Also enjoy their rooftop patio with awesome views of Austin! #SundayFunday   Second Bar + Kitchen Brunch 9am to 3 pm…

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Healthy Noms Near Sweet Apartments

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Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and expensive! There are so many delicious and affordable options here in Austin that we just love. Whether you’re on the go or heading to work, here are some sweet apartments located near some delicious, yet healthy options for the next time you’re thinking about getting the “usual,” aka tacos.   Just blocks away from Trader Joe’s and Food Kitchen! Trader Joe’s gives us life. Literally. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick and healthy snack or meal plan for the week, living steps away from Trader Joe’s is as convenient as it gets! Also down the street is True Food Kitchen, one of our fav places to get that healthy nom! They offer delicious vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes like the yummy Chioggia beet bruschetta, the ancient grain bowl, or the sustainable seabass. This complex itself is gorgeous. Wood flooring, granite countertops, all the fancy finishes, and kickass amenities!     Walk To Flower Child! If you haven’t been to Flower Child, you should probably go…like now. If you’re craving soup, salad, or grain bowls, this spot is for you. Everything is organic and healthy AF, seriously you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu! Do you love the Domain? Do you like living down the street from shopping and dining?!? Live here! Plus these units are super cute and totally walkable to everything at the Domain.     Steps away from Poke Poke! Okay so Poke bowls are like kind of a…

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