Austin Tour Guide

Monday, March 30, 2015
If I had a different career, I would likely be a tour guide. I absolutely love finding the best sites, restaurants and activities for people to have the most well-rounded experience in the city/state/country they are visiting.  Recently, I had family from New York come to Austin for the weekend.  I do live in Round Rock, which is north of Austin, so I felt like a bit of a tourist since I don't go downtown very often.  We had a short time in Austin before we headed north to Round Rock to meet up with the rest of the family, so we did as much as possible in one night and a short morning/afternoon.

First stop, dinner at La Condesa. Now this isn't Tex Mex, but my Aunt loves modern and intricate decor and wanted a great cocktail. We ordered lots of different items on the menu and shared. I loved the pork carnitas and Mexican street corn.

I thought about all the places I could take them for a night out on the town. We could go to Rainey Street, East 6th/5th, West 6th, and we ultimately went with Dirty 6th. My cousin had just turned 21, and we just felt obligated to show her what it's like to turn 21 in Austin. We strolled from La Condesa to 6th and enjoyed the view of the Capital at night and the Driskill.  We were bar hopping at 9pm, so the bars were pretty bare. We danced in Barbarella with absolutely no one else on the dance floor. I was amazed how huge the bars were, because I've only experienced them when you can't move inside due to the mass amounts of people.

The next day, we only had a small window of time to explore Austin.  I chose to take everyone to South Congress, because it was within walking distance from their hotel, and it encompassed a lot of great trucks, unique shopping, beautiful hotels, and great restaurants.  You can tell by the photos below that we did a lot of eating, what else do you do when you're in Austin?!

The iconic Austin mural in front of Jo's Coffee
Stopped by The Best Wurst trailer because the employee yelled, "Free beer!"
One of the coolest coffee shops...great spots for lounging and people watching on South Congress
Found these cute heels at the local Creature's Boutique

Juice Austin and gourmet grilled cheese from Burro Cheese Kitchen

We couldn't have asked for better weather (80 degrees and sunny)! During the rest of the weekend we enjoyed antiquing in Georgetown, breakfast from Round Rock donuts, shopping at the Domain, lunch at Punch Bowl Social, dinner at the Roaring Fork, and country dancing at Maverick's.  I can't wait till their next trip so I can show them more of what Austin has to offer!

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